Just three weeks in and we’ve already got our first Trump administration casualty… Michael Flynn resigns over illegal communications with Russia

I’m not sure how much I won, but I entered a pool a while back and chose Michael Flynn as being the first member of the administration to leave… So things are finally starting to look up, at least for me.

And, yeah, it’s being reported by the Washington Post that Trump’s embattled National Security Advisor, Michale Flynn, has resigned over revelations concerning his illegal communications with Russia.

So now how about some hearings so we can find out what Trump knew, when he knew he knew it, and whether or not there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the general election.

This, my friends, could very well be the beginning of the end… the first domino to fall in the chain that connects Trump to the Russian hacking campaign that helped him take the White House.

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23 Comments

  1. Eel
    Posted February 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    And this is why you don’t fuck with the CIA.

  2. Anthony Meza Wilson
    Posted February 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Like dominos… I’m hoping someone can prove Pence knew.

  3. Posted February 13, 2017 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    So does Bannon get a promotion now that Flynn is no longer the head of the National Security Council?

  4. XXX
    Posted February 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Poka!

  5. Eel
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Now he can go back to tweeting about Hillary Clinton’s child sex ring that operates in the caves beneath a pizza shop in D.C.

  6. Meta
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    The resignation letter.

    https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/831353443059118082/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  7. Mary
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    I’m afraid that this nightmare isn’t going to end that quickly– wish it were only a matter of dominoes… I heard Al Franken on Bill Maher’s show, and his general take was, this is going to be a long battle because the Dems are in the minority. What a fucking mess.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Who is left on the National Security Council now that Flynn is gone and Trump has removed both the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the Director of National Security?

  9. M
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    So now the search begins for the second most unstable general in DC.

  10. Megan Turf
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I want to know if he resigned before or after the Dems sent a letter to Chaffetz about investigating him. Maybe that the was the last straw, thinking that if he resigned, they couldn’t investigate and find out even more.

  11. Posted February 14, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Hallelujah!

  12. Meta
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    As of yesterday, Chaffetz was still refusing to investigate.

    From the Huffington Post yesterday.

    The top congressional watchdog in the House must dig into allegations around President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn ― or step aside ― Democrats demanded Monday.

    Flynn is embroiled in a scandal over his reported contacts with Russians, and discussions with the Russian ambassador about sanctions that he allegedly had before Trump’s inauguration. Flynn at first denied the talks, then said it was only one conversation, then said he could not remember what he talked about.

    Democrats have repeatedly called on Congress to launch probes into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton, with limited success. Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), had already asked Chaffetz to seek various documents from the FBI, National Security Council and Department of Defense regarding Flynn’s vetting for his job.

    Chaffetz has declined to do so.

    Read more:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dems-jason-chaffetz-flynn_us_58a25388e4b094a129ee44a2

  13. Meta
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Chaffetz has other priorities. He’s now investigating a cartoon character.

    From the Washington Post.

    Angry Utahans shouted down Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, at the Republican’s recent town hall meeting.

    “Do your job!” they chanted, scolding him for refusing to investigate the Trump administration.

    In fairness to Chaffetz, he is busy with more pressing matters.

    True, Chaffetz, after his unending probes of the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton, hasn’t shown any appetite to examine, say, the Trump administration’s ties to Russia or its many conflicts of interest. But the chairman has shown determination to probe, without fear or favor, the threat to America posed by Sid the Science Kid.

    The chairman of the powerful panel — the main investigative committee in the House — sent a letter to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demanding to know why, in an attempt to raise awareness of the Zika virus, “CDC appears poised to make a sole source award to the Jim Henson Company for $806,000 to feature Sid the Science Kid in an educational program about the virus.”

    Scandalous!

    Sid, for readers not familiar with PBS children’s programming, is a preschool cartoon character. Like President Trump, Sid is orange. Unlike Trump, he is highly inquisitive. In each episode, Sid answers questions such as: Why can’t he scratch his ear with his foot the way his dog can? Why does his stomach growl when he makes French toast? Why did his yellow banana turn brown and mushy? In one of my favorite episodes, “The Big Sneeze,” Sid discovers that he needs to wash his hands even if he can’t see germs on them.

    Chaffetz was quick to recognize the danger. On Jan. 26, the day after TMZ reported that the CDC was planning a Zika-education partnership with Sid, Chaffetz fired off a letter to acting CDC director Anne Schuchat, demanding a “written explanation” and “communications between CDC and the Jim Henson Company and also PBS.”

    Read more:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/instead-of-probing-trump-chaffetz-takes-aim-at-a-cartoon-preschooler/2017/02/13/7e74e63c-f232-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

  14. anonymous
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Sean Spicer just said that Trump has known “for weeks” that Flynn lied about his calls to the Russians.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/flynn-russia-trump-resignation.html

  15. Citywatch
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they will send out Kelly Ann Conway to distract the media with an accounting of the much under reported ISIS St. Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago?!

  16. Kim
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Let there be no mistake, this is why Yates was fired. She knew this was bad, and she warned the White House. Instead of firing Flynn, they fired her.

  17. anonymous
    Posted February 14, 2017 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    The NYT is reporting that if Flynn lied to the FBI when they questioned him about this, there could be felony charges.

  18. Kim
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    And the story keeps unraveling.

    “Trump knew Flynn was an unregistered agent for Erdoğan’s Turkey, saw no problem with his heading the NSC.”

  19. Meta
    Posted April 27, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Wall Street Journal: “Pentagon Opens Probe Into Michael Flynn’s Foreign Payments”

    The Pentagon’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn violated the law by taking payments linked to foreign governments after leaving the military, according to a letter released by congressional Democrats.

    The inspector general for the Defense Department told members of Congress earlier this month that the office had opened a probe into whether Mr. Flynn violated both the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution as well as military regulations by failing to obtain permission for payments from entities linked to Russia and Turkey.

    A letter released by congressional Democrats also shows Mr. Flynn was warned against taking any foreign payments without advanced approval from military officials.

    An attorney for Mr. Flynn didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Read more:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/pentagon-opens-probe-into-michael-flynns-foreign-payments-1493303790

  20. Meta
    Posted May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Newsflash from the New York Times:

    Barack Obama warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn after the election. Mr. Trump later named him national security adviser.

    The warning came when Mr. Obama met with his successor in the Oval Office two days after the November election, two former Obama administration officials said Monday.

  21. Meta
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    The Associated Press:

    BREAKING: Top Republican on Senate intelligence panel says Michael Flynn’s lawyers say he will not honor subpoena.

    https://twitter.com/debmorello/status/865225951193559040

  22. Meta
    Posted May 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Mike Flynn, a lobbyist for Turkey, delayed an anti-ISIS plan the Turks opposed http://nbcnews.to/2pQcOPd

  23. Meta
    Posted May 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    New York Times: “Michael Flynn Rejects Order to Hand Over Documents”

    Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has rejected a subpoena from senators investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and instead invoked his right against self-incrimination, a person familiar with his decision said Monday.

    Mr. Flynn had been ordered by the Senate Intelligence Committee to hand over emails and other records related to any dealings with Russians. His decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right puts him at risk of being held in contempt of Congress, which can result in a criminal charge.

    It is up to lawmakers to decide whether to pursue that path. It was not immediately clear how the committee’s leaders would respond, though Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the panel’s Republican chairman, signaled late last week that it might not take that route.

    Read more:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/michael-flynn-fifth-amendment-russia-senate.html

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