We reported this morning that former national security adviser/literal actual foreign agent Michael Flynn was engulfed in smoke again because it turns out his weird work for the Turkish government also seems to be connected to Russia. Of course he was also taking money from various Russian entities for other work at the time, which was during the 2016 campaign. Meanwhile, Donald Trump allegedly had NO idea his buddy Flynn was a literal actual foreign agent.
Back in March, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the Trump administration, demanding to know whether Flynn disclosed all his Russo-Turkish Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all, when he was applying for his security clearance. In early April, GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, in a rare episode of actually doing his job, said Flynn might have to remit “tens of thousands” of dollars to the U.S., in order that he may be in compliance with the law, since former military officers are not really allowed to be on the take from foreign governments. It’s just, you know, frowned upon.
WELL! Chaffetz and Cummings had a briefing Tuesday morning on Flynn’s possibly criminal feats of derrings-do with the Russians and the Turks, and when they came out of that briefing, they pretty much confirmed that Flynn broke the law:
“Personally I see no evidence or no data to support the notion that General Flynn complied with the law,” Chaffetz told reporters following the briefing.
“He was supposed to get permission, he was supposed to report it, and he didn’t,” Cummings said.
Look, here is a video from their presser, so you can see what it looks like when Jason Chaffetz sort of pretends to do his job. You can also see what it sounds like when Chaffetz refers to the “Department of Army,” like a common Buster Bluth:
Republican and Dem House Oversight chairmen believe Mike Flynn broke the law by taking money from Russians without permission pic.twitter.com/knyHFyKZpT
— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 25, 2017
And here is Chaffetz, in response to a question about whether Flynn broke the law, saying, “It doesn’t appear he COMPLIED with the law.” OKAY, JASON, whichever verb you’d like to use!
y’all, listen to this. pic.twitter.com/RsphC3EEeW
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 25, 2017
For his part, Cummings, who ALWAYS does his job, said the classified documents he saw on Flynn were “extremely troubling”:
Rep. Elijah Cummings: Classified documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn are “extremely troubling” pic.twitter.com/4IM7DVIIZP
— CNN (@CNN) April 25, 2017
Cummings also noted that if Flynn actively lied on his disclosure forms, he is in deep shit, because (he was reading from the statute in question), “knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines and up to five years in imprisonment.” In other words, GO TO JAIL.
Rep. Cummings says there is “no evidence” in Flynn’s security clearance docs that he disclosed payments from Russia https://t.co/WvPtrah5Xd
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 25, 2017
The House Oversight Committee had also requested documents from the White House on Flynn’s disclosures and his foreign contacts. In response, the White House sent a letter last week telling both Chaffetz and Cummings to fuck right off.
So! What does this all mean? Well, first of all, it’s weird that Jason Chaffetz seems to be lifting a single hairy finger to do some work, in advance of his upcoming resignation/prison sentence/Fox News gig.
It also seems like there’s a laser focus on Michael Flynn this week. Stories are leaking, classified briefings are happening … is an indictment coming soon? Will Flynn be the first to fall? (Say it’s so, Jim Comey, SAY IT!)
We’re not sure, but here’s another interesting thing. On the same week this is all happening, Donald Trump’s
state-run newspaper tabloid of choice, run by his BFF Michael Pecker, has decided to give Trump a new narrative in the story of his Russian scandal:
Trump is innocent! He had NO IDEA all these crimers were scheming in his midst! He was clueless that his Studio 54 friends Paul Manafort and Roger Stone were knee deep in Russia shit, and that this new random boy he’s never met, Carter Page, was being “wire tapped” by the FBI for his contacts with Russia. And Michael Flynn? Who is that even? Just a wee foreign agent, a bit player really, who ended up being the national security adviser.
By the way, three of those men (Stone, Manafort, Page) hosed down Slip ‘N Slides with jizz about a month ago and raced to see who could testify before the intelligence committees first. Meanwhile, Flynn was begging for immunity. Is the White House actively throwing them under the bus? Are they supposed to take the fall and pretend like Trump had absolutely no idea what they were up to?
We just don’t know, but if Comey wanted to do one of his famous grandstanding press conferences right now, that’d be cool.
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