The following is an excellent article written bu Gene Lyons on The National Memo website on February 15, 2017 which was published in the March 15, 2017 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 7 titled “Flynn Drama Has All the Intrigues of a Russian Spy Thriller” and I quote:
If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they’d read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration. My favorite Westlake novel is “Bank Shot,” in which a gang conspires to steal a temporary bank building by towing it off with a truck, only to confront the reality—oops!—that Long Island is indeed an island, and they can’t haul the thing to the upstate boondocks without encountering police road blocks.
That’s when things get complicated.
Well, things have suddenly gotten complicated for the Trump White House and its timid enablers among congressional Republicans.
Let’s put it this way: the simplest explanation that fits the facts could be that President Trump encouraged national security adviser Michael Flynn to sweet-talk the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions imposed by President Obama for interfering in our presidential election, and then urged him to brazen it out when word of their improper conversations leaked to the press.
Trump, see, would likely have been ignorant of the fact—as he’s ignorant of so much—that NSA would monitor the calls and that their contents would alarm intelligence professionals. Assuming minimal competence, Gen. Flynn—the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency—surely knew that the Russian ambassador’s phone conversations were intercepted. But he may have assumed that the president could protect him. Indeed, until the Washington Post put well-sourced accounts of those conversations on the front page, it appeared that the White House would brazen it out.
Minimal competence is probably all that should ever have been expected of Flynn, who was sacked from the DIA job due to managerial bungling and a fondness for conspiracy theories.
Seriously, didn’t it make you a little uneasy to know that the genius advising our impulsive Commander-in-Chief subscribed to the “Comet Pizza” conspiracy—the idea that Hillary Clinton ran pedophile orgies in the basement of a Washington pizza joint that doesn’t even have one?
“Lock her up!” the general chanted at Trump rallies.”
(PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYS HE’S A POPULIST BUT EVERYTHING HE DOES MAKES HIM LOOK MORE LIKE AN ELITIST WHO IS TRYING TO EXPLOIT THE POPULISTS WHO ARE THE MAJORITY. NOW, THE SITUATION HAS GOTTEN WORSE BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW DEEPLY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS GOTTEN INVOLVED WITH THE RUSSIANS WHO WANTED DONALD TRUMP AS PRESIDENT, RATHER THAN FORMER SEC OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON. SINCE DONALD TRUMP HAS INVESTMENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH ONE OF THEM BEING IN RUSSIA, WAS THERE ANY MONEY BORROWED FROM RUSSIA? I BELIEVE THERE WAS. THE QUESTION THEN IS–HOW MUCH? TO FIND OUT THAT ANSWER, WE MUST HAVE A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO SEE IF EVERYTHING WAS DONE LEGAL, PARTICULARLY SINCE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DIVEST HIMSELF FROM HIS INVESTMENT WHEN HE TOOK OFFICE.
LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran