a reply to: whywhynot
I'll star that post. Thank you for actually addressing the topic instead of me or my posting habits.
I'm not at all convinced that if there was any coordination between members of the campaign and the Russian government, that Trump himself would have
had knowledge of it. For that matter, there hasn't been anything but a whole lot of very circumstantial evidence that any collusion at all took place
but too use the where there's smoke, there's fire
analogy, at some point it's hard to believe that with all this smoke, there's not some fire
That said, if somebody said there were concrete evidence of collusion involving exactly one member of the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and I had to
wager money on who that person was, I would probably select Manafort. After Manafort, it would be Carter Page and then rounding out the top three,
Like you and Mr. Abramson, my first thought was "whose the bigger fish?" but that ignores another dimension entirely because it's a question that
presupposes that Flynn is guilty of the crime himself. That makes sense because as we all know, Flynn had contact with Kislyak and lied about it. He
also lied about taking money from the Russian government for his speech at the RT gala. Then there's the failure to disclose the lobbying for the
What if Flynn actually didn't do anything more untoward in regards to the Russian government but lie about his phone calls and the phone calls
themselves were fairly innocuous? (arguments about the Logan Act could be made but let's get real, trying people under the Logan Act isn't a thing
What if the angle is as Nance suggests, in regards to Flynn's dealings with the Turkish government. He might be providing information he has about
another member of Trump Team regarding the even more serious allegations of colluding with the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the election in
exchange for immunity from prosecution from his own wrongdoings.
Folks like Flynn are big personalities with outsized egos. I'd also consider that some aspect of his personality or how he views himself might explain
why he would cut a deal of some sort rather than trying to lay low and have Trump cover his ass with a pardon in the worst case scenario.
There are other scenarios I can imagine like maybe he knows that the gig is up (assuming there is a gig to be up) and that eventually the President
will be impeached and then removed from office. If that's the case, he might just be flipping to bail with what would be the only parachute in a