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Thursday, March 30, 2017


"When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime." -- Gen. Mike Flynn

Flynn offers to testify on Russia ties in exchange for immunity

President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has reportedly told the FBI that he is willing to testify about the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia, in exchange for immunity from prosecution, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Be sure to read the fascinating report on Flynn.

Meanwhile, here's some non-bitter news from Five ThirtyEight's blog:

 Trump Is Beating Previous Presidents At Being Unpopular 

His approval rating is well below those of other presidents at the same point in their presidencies. By Aaron Bycoffe Filed under Approval Ratings President Trump reached a new low on FiveThirtyEight’s job-approval tracker this week, when his approval rating hit 41.3 percent. 

It’s a low for Trump, but how good or bad is a 41 percent approval rating two months into a president’s tenure in historical terms? 

To help put Trump’s ratings in perspective, we’ve added a new section to our tracker: Charts for each of the previous 12 presidents, showing approval, disapproval and net approval ratings compared with Trump’s at the same point in their presidencies.

Trump’s current rating is a low not just for Trump’s presidency so far, but also for this point in any recent presidency. We’re on day 69 of the Trump administration, and his net approval rating — -11.1 — is by far the lowest of any of the past 13 presidents at this point.

Why do Trump supporters think that he represents what America wants when, clearly, America doesn't want or like him?

He's been tanking in the polls since his inauguration. And now he's under investigation by the FBI!

You can't continue to act like a  
and expect the American people to respect you or support you.

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It's important to remember that Flynn has, on the face of it, already committed a crime—and may have committed others that don't necessarily incriminate the Trump campaign. Days after the inauguration, Flynn lied to the FBI about the nature of his contact with the Russian ambassador, denying that they had discussed the sanctions. Lying to the FBI is a felony offense. [….] --Eliot Hannon, Slate Magazine


Rational Nation USA said...

Getting more interesting. And SO early in Trump's administration.

Methinks dark waters run deep.

Ducky's here said...

Flynn is going to roll over. Someone's turning up the heat.

Pass the popcorn, please.

Ahab said...

I can't access the full Wall Street Journal article, but according to Huffington Post, the FBI and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have not yet accepted his offer. If they do, I'm eager to learn what Flynn knows.

Ducky's here said...

“So when you use the term ‘quid pro quo,’ that’s just Latin for rat, isn’t it?”
-- Whitey Bulger

Shaw Kenawe said...

Flynn does appear to be vulnerable to prosecution on fronts other than Russian election meddling, as T. R. Ramachandran argues in a curated series of tweets. But Harvard national security expert Juliette Kayyem — who created a stir last week when she suggested Flynn was about to start cooperating with the FBI — says it really isn't clear what Flynn is willing to proffer..."The idea that this goes directly to the Oval Office, we're not there yet — these cases take a long time," Kayyem said. "But certainly, this is basically horrible news for the White House at this stage." --Peter Weber, The Week

Infidel753 said...

And SO early in Trump's administration.

I think we're already more than halfway through Trump's administration.

To the ironies of Flynn's earlier statements quoted here vs. his current situation, one could add Trump's own epithet "Crooked Hillary". Years of investigations of Hillary never turned up anything crooked, but a month or two of looking into Trump's "administration" (the word "gang" still seems to fit better) and there's sleaze oozing out everywhere they dig. Almost everyone around Trump has had some kind of dirty dealings with the Putin regime. It's hard to imagine he himself is clean. And if he has personally done anything prosecutable in all this, the odds are pretty good Flynn knows about it, or could lead investigators to those who do.

Kevin Robbins said...

Ronald Reagans' Attorney General Ed Meese, "if you're not guilty, then you wouldn't be a suspect."

Is young Jared Kushner going to throw daddy-in-law under the bus, too?

skudrunner said...

It did take BHO longer to give holder immunity so you are correct RN.
To bad there wasn't a viable candidate running who was not a liar and a crook. Joe B said he may have made a mistake by passing. He is a do noting I could support and it would have been entertaining.

Dervish Sanders said...

According to Flynn's lawyer (re immunity) "any reasonable person would make that request before being questioned in such a highly politicized, witch hunt environment without assurance against unfair prosecution".

Also according to Flynn's lawyer, he "certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit". What's the story? Could it lead to a Trump impeachment? Only time will tell. I just hope that the truth (whatever it is) comes out. Trump supporters most likely believe otherwise, but (as a Democrat) I only want the truth to come out. And for there to be appropriate consequences for the guilty.

Should anyone be found guilty of anything, and I definitely believe people in (and who were in) the Trump administration are guilty of something (violating the Emoluments Clause, the Logan act, treason?).

Rational Nation USA said...

@ Infidel... I sincerely hope you are right. That Trump's administration is more than halfway through. With any luck it will crash and burn in the next 50 days.

If Flynn isn't given immunity, I'm hearing the Senate isn't interested, I see him pleading the 5th.

It is going to be interesting.

Rational Nation USA said...

skudrunner, could you give some credible argument why you think Biden is a do nothing. I for one would be very interested in hearing it.

Flying Junior said...

Okay Skud,

I'll bite. But only if you answer me this?

What exactly was criminal about Fast and Furious?

Botched certainly. But I have always found it difficult to find a criminal offense.

Why do right-wing bitches even care about something like that? Because a few more people died in the Mexican drug war? With guns traceable to ATF?

Do you actually give a fuck if the guns came from Holder or if they came from the normal, everyday flow of weapons to Mexico from a network of straw purchasers, drug runners and gun smugglers? You know, the kind of people Holder was trying to target.

I mean, seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you guys?

Anyway, he was never granted immunity. I also doubt that he ever came very close to being charged with anything. Even by a toy pit bull like Issa.

To his credit, I do believe that Issa would love to prosecute Trump. You have to give him that.

Hey man. See the last fifteen years of anti-gun blogging if you wish to understand the criminal, unlimited production of heavy arms, coupled with retarded NRA-approved gun laws, which, somehow uncontrollably, and certainly mysteriously, end up in the hands of Mexican, Central American and south American drug cartels.

No fucking way. Thanks for playing.

skudrunner said...


Maybe it has to do with American lives being lost because of his actions but as a former celebrity democrat said, what difference does it make.

Biden is a glad handing politician but what he has is diplomacy which has been lacking since WJC. Had he have run I would have voted for him even though he represented status quo. He is a fence mender but in the decades he has been in office has done little other than get along, which is something we need.