Michael Flynn resigned Monday night following the revelation that he lied to Mike Pence and other White House officials about his conversation with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak. That false information led to Mike Pence incorrectly denying that Flynn had had any conversation with Kislyak earlier this month.
Flynn said in his resignation letter: “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.”
That’s it for his three-week stint as a national security adviser — but just the beginning when it comes to the potential consequences that may follow.According to Zero Hedge:
The FBI had no problem letting Hillary Clinton off the hook despite numerous attempts to hide the truth; Mike Flynn may not be so lucky.
Earlier today, media reports hit that FBI agents interviewed Michael Flynn when he was national security adviser in the first days of the Trump administration about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.While it is not clear what he said in his interview, the FBI now adds that investigators “believed that Mr. Flynn was not entirely forthcoming, the officials said.” That avenue raises the stakes of what so far has been a political scandal that cost Mr. Flynn his job, and which Sean Spicer explained today was merely a matter of Trump “losing trust” in his Security advisor, because if authorities conclude that Mr. Flynn knowingly lied to the F.B.I., “it could expose him to a felony charge”, even though some have questioned how an illegally obtained transcript of his phone conversation could be admissable as evidence in a court of law.
So lying to the FBI carries a felony charge now? Amazing how we never heard that when Hillary Clinton was lying to the FBI — documented to have occurred on numerous occasions, whether it be her claim she never sent classified information over her private server, or that she supplied the FBI with all her emails (among many others).James Comey even exposed those lies — right before letting her off the hook.
Even though Flynn is clearly in the wrong, if he gets indicted for doing exactly what Hillary Clinton did, it’ll be yet another reminder who the system really favors.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]