Friday, March 31, 2017

Flynn the Flipper

A friend of mine took the lawyer's statement regarding Flynn potentially turning state's evidence and annotated it thusly:

This got more play on my feed than anything else I have ever tweeted, I think.  And a debate--whether Flynn should get immunity or should he be prosecuted?  My take:

On the one hand, this might be the best early shot at getting some truly impeachable material on Trump--that Trump has sold out American interests to get elected.

On the other hand, I doubt that the GOP in the House would vote for impeachment even with a smoking gun.

On the other hand, it would be harder to call this fake news if a recent Trump appointee is the one pointing the finger.

On the other hand, Flynn is about as unreliable a narrator and perhaps as unconvincing a witness as one can find, given that he is, well, pretty crazy.

On the other hand, no one else has probably been closer to the Trump-Putin relationship.

On the other hand, Mr. Lock Him Up and Mr. If You Get Immunity You Must be a Criminal deserves a heap of prosecution.

On the other hand, we need to shine as much light on what the Russians were doing so that the GOP can perhaps shake off its desperate attachment to Trump as they realize the alternative is to sink with him.

On the other hand, I am still bitter that Oliver North got away with it as his immunized testimony allowed him to appeal his conviction. And the last thing I want is Flynn to be on TV in 10 or 20 years as a pundit.

On the other hand, I ran out of hands a while back.  It is never great that a criminal gets to walk as long as he rats out his bosses, but that is how you bring down the big guys.  Sure, the GOP could just focus on emoulements and dump Trump right now, but that is not going to happen.  Something has to force it to happen.  But I doubt that Flynn can be the key lever to make that happen, especially as some are speculating that the public nature of this offer means he really does not have that much to spill.

Again, I don't think impeachment is going to happen.  Not with the GOP polling numbers still way too high for Trump.  Until the people who are Republican voters see the world as it is and not as Fox/Breitbart say it is, and until they rediscover their values and their patriotism, nothing is going to change much in DC in terms of impeachment. Thus, this picture still applies:

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