At a time when more than 100,000 people have died from a. virus outbreak that could have been contained had the United States voted to have competent leadership in the White House, the current president is desperate to create some distractions. His favorites so far have been a war with Twitter, and a crime he can’t define but has named Obamagate, which includes the arrest and conviction of Trump’s former national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn.
Flynn was arrested for lying to the FBI about discussions he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, saying that he did not discuss sanctions placed by President Obama in response to the Russian attempts to hack the U.S. elections in 2016 prior to Trump’s inauguration. Not only did Flynn say this to the FBI, Vice President Mike Pence appeared on television to say that Flynn had told him the same thing and that he believed it.
The Flynn transcripts shows what we always knew – he lied.
He and Kislyak DID discuss sanctions. At length. No way this just slipped Flynn's mind. pic.twitter.com/FoTLWfTrsS
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) May 29, 2020
In a transcript of Flynn’s call with Kislyak, released on Friday, the former national security advisor can be heard discussing the sanctions against Russia in some detail, far prior to Trump’s January inauguration, when it would have then become legal for Flynn to discuss foreign policy with a government official from a foreign country. Trump insists that members of the FBI swore that they knew Flynn hadn’t lied, but the transcript shows that he clearly did.
Although Flynn pled guilty to the charge of providing false information to the FBI as well as other charges, including failing to register as a foreign agent, his second set of attorneys have drummed up controversy using small, out of context quotes from FBI records to create a smoke and mirrors campaign that convinced Trump’s followers of Flynn’s innocence, although not the judge’s. Although Trump’s DOJ moved to drop all their charges against Flynn, the judge in his court case has refused to do so.
Trump said in December of 2017 that he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired him, and tweeted that Flynn was fired because he lied to both the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence. Trump changed course ahead of the primary elections in 2018, saying that Flynn had been proven innocent and that he would be happy to bring him back to the White House.
Some Twitter followers were confused by the transcript quote, saying that the conversation was about expelled Russian diplomats and not sanctions. However, the expulsion of Russian diplomats by President Obama was part of the sanctions imposed against Russia. Read some Twitter’s other responses below:
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