In a stunning turn of events, it appears that disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is ready to throw President Trump and his family to the wolves after being charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this morning.
ABC News’ Brian Ross made the momentous announcement this morning:
“He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team, he is prepared to testify against President Trump, against Trump family, and against other members of the White House. He is prepared to testify that Donald Trump as a candidate ordered him to make contact with the Russians.”
While the tireless work American journalists and Special Counsel Mueller’s investigative team have amassed a mountain of evidence that appears to indicate that the Donald Trump campaign actively colluded with agents of the Russian Federation to tip the election in his favor, Flynn’s testimony will be the first concrete evidence directly tying President Trump himself to the conspiracy that has captivated American politics for the past year.
Flynn only decided to testify in the past 24 hours after facing mounting legal bills and realizing that not only had he backed himself into a corner, the President wasn’t coming to save him.
Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor in February when it was revealed that he lied to the FBI about conducting secret communications with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak concerning the lifting of the Obama Administration’s sanctions on the Russian Federation shortly after the election.
These communications were in violation of the Logan Act, since Flynn was still a private citizen and not a representative of the US government at the time.
Since then, it has been revealed that Flynn had been operating as a paid lobbyist for the government of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who wanted Flynn’s help in a bizarre scheme to kidnap and smuggle Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from his home in Pennsylvania back to Turkey.
Flynn also received nearly $40,000 in 2015 from the Russian government as payment for appearing at a 2015 party for the Kremlin’s state-run media outlet, RT. He was seated at the dinner right next to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the mastermind behind both the hacking campaign against the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign and the disinformation propaganda campaign against the Democratic nominee.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House in January that Flynn was under the threat of potential blackmail by the Russians over those secret communications. When that warning leaked to the press, Flynn was forced to resign in disgrace.
Flynn retroactively registered himself as a foreign agent after his resignation, which means that he was both receiving payments from a foreign government and under suspicion of blackmail from a different foreign government while he was the National Security Advisor and privy to all our nation’s most classified information, all of which the Trump administration was aware of but did nothing to address.
The implications of this testimony are, it goes without saying, enormous. Whether or not it will be enough to dislodge Trump from the White House remains to be seen; but no matter what, the President and his family of spoiled plutocrats are in for a rough foreseeable future.
Watch it here:
Just now: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Flynn promised full cooperation to the Mueller team and is prepared to testify that candidate Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians.” https://t.co/E0tA37GOo0 pic.twitter.com/PmNEO7eekt
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) December 1, 2017
— Joy Lin (@joyindc) December 1, 2017