Michael “Lock Her Up” Flynn tries to cut a deal to avoid getting locked up himself

Well, if the Wall Street Journal can be believed, the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election might be poised to break wide open. According to an article just posted by the Journal, General Michael Flynn, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor until it became public knowledge that he’d lied about his communications with Russian operatives prior to Trump’s inauguration, has offered to testify in exchange for immunity. That’s right. Michael “lock her up” Flynn, who, not too long ago, said that immunity equals guilt, has requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.

More interesting than the fact that Flynn has offered to testify in exchange for immunity, though, is the fact that, as least as of right now, it doesn’t look as though investigators have taken him up on the offer… which would lead one to believe that they either don’t feel that Flynn will give them what they want, or they’ve already got enough evidence against the administration that they don’t need him. Or, maybe, they’ve just decided to make him sweat for a while, considering the very real possibility of serving hard time in federal prison for lying to the FBI. Either way, it looks like the next few weeks are going to be incredibly interesting.

The question, it seems to me, isn’t whether or not someone will flip, but who will flip first… Let’s remember, not only Flynn, but Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone have all offered to testify as well. Sure, they could all lie under oath, but it only takes one of them to either lose their nerve, or make a mistake, for the whole thing to come crashing down, and, looking at these guys, I don’t think they’ve got got what it takes to keep up the lie. I mean, Carter Page looked like he was about to piss his pants last night, and he was just talking with the friendly folks at Fox News.

For what it’s worth, according to CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, the White House isn’t talking. “Sean Spicer tells me the White House has no comment tonight on Michael Flynn immunity offer,” Zeleny just said on Twitter.

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9 Comments

  1. anonymous
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Where are the Democrats chanting “lock him up”?

  2. Meta
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    From the New Republic.

    Why Michael Flynn’s deal-making may backfire.The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s former national security adviser has, via his lawyers, offered to testify to both Congress and the FBI if they grant him immunity. But on the website Just Security, Harvard legal scholar Alex Whiting suggests that Flynn’s gambit might be an attempt to stave off prosecution while giving up as little as possible. Flynn might be hoping that, like Oliver North during the Iran-Contra affair, a combination of congressional immunity and grandstanding testimony could sharply limit any legal liability he faces.
    The strategy in a nutshell, according to Whiting: “Flynn gets immunity, his testimony in Congress gets aired and reported everywhere, and it becomes virtually impossible for prosecutors to bring a case against him.”

    But as Whiting also notes, the bad news for Flynn is that the FBI isn’t taking his bait, which means they might have enough on him to preclude a deal. “The Justice Department will tell Congress that a grant of immunity at this stage could compromise its ongoing criminal investigation,” Whiting argues. “Already, statements from the Congressional committees suggest no interest in granting immunity to Flynn. … And the very fact that Flynn’s lawyer is making a play for immunity at this stage suggests that he has some fear that his client faces real criminal exposure.”

    If Whiting’s analysis is right, Flynn may soon be facing a deal set on the FBI’s terms rather than his own.

    Meanwhile, his former boss is supporting his bid for immunity, framing the whole controversy as a witch hunt. But of course, you usually only get immunity if you’ve committed a crime.

    Read more:
    https://newrepublic.com/minutes/141768/michael-flynns-deal-making-may-backfire

  3. Scott Anderson
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Pro tip on things Flynn should probably avoid:
    • Windows/elevators.
    • Coffee or tea with a cream, sugar or dioxin.
    • Pianos/anvils/safes being hoisted up buildings by faulty wires or harnesses.

  4. M
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    I would add…

    • Young women in “LOL” shirts

  5. M
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Context, for those who don’t read the news:

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/asia/kim-cctv-shirt-trnd/

  6. Frog
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    According to reporting in the Guardian, Flynn signed an email to a Russian woman “General Misha.” (Misha is Russian for Mike.) I find that odd.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/31/michael-flynn-new-evidence-spy-chiefs-had-concerns-about-russian-ties

  7. Teacher Patti
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    He should also look out for walls painted with a fake cave entries painted on them.

  8. NBC News Kasie Hunt‏
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    BREAKING SENATE INTEL: SSCI has let Flynn know they’re “not receptive” to his immunity request “at this time”

  9. Bob
    Posted March 31, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Teacher Patti, nice.

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