Flynn’s Resignation Took 18 Days — Here’s How He Used Them (HBO)

Updated : Sep 11, 2019 in Articles

Flynn’s Resignation Took 18 Days — Here’s How He Used Them (HBO)


Two branches of the American government
were consumed today by the story of one former government official: ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Aides to President Obama disclosed that the outgoing President warned
President-elect Trump about hiring Flynn. In the afternoon, former
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified in front of a Senate Subcommittee
about her own warning: A meeting with the White House Counsel
on January 26th to tell the Trump team that Flynn had lied about his contacts
with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak: — Every time that this lie was repeated, and the misrepresentations were getting more
and more specific as they were coming out, every time that happened,
it increased the compromise, and, to state the obvious, you don’t want your National Security Advisor
compromised with the Russians. — 18 days elapsed between
Yates’s warning to the White House and the day Flynn was fired. That’s 18 days of high-level meetings
and critical foreign policy decisions that are likely to become the central issue
in the investigation into Flynn. Two days after the Yates meeting, Flynn sat-in on the first direct phone call
Trump made as President to Vladimir Putin. They discussed defeating ISIS,
Iran’s nuclear program, and re-establishing ties between the two nations. On day six, Flynn appeared in the briefing room
to put Iran “on notice” for a recent missile test. On the morning of day eight, Flynn called his
foreign counterparts, including a Russian official, to advise them of imminent sanctions against Iran. On day 11, Flynn traveled to Florida with Trump
for a meeting with senior military leaders. On day 13, The Washington Post asked Flynn if
his December conversation with Ambassador Kislyak mentioned sanctions on Moscow. He denied it twice. Day 14 was the beginning of the end for Flynn. He changed his story, saying through
a spokesman that he “had no recollection” of the subject matter to The Washington Post, who reported that day that he did discuss sanctions. On day 18, February 13th, President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation letter. Like the administration he served, Flynn took an unorthodox approach
to National Security Advisor. When he waltzed into the briefing room
to put Iran “on notice,” a source tells VICE News that the person in charge
of Iran policy at the National Security Council learned about it alongside everyone else, by watching it on TV, suggesting that the deeply compromised
Flynn was intimately involved with the President’s decision-making
on national security. The farther that investigators get in figuring out
the secrets Flynn was exposed to, and the decisions he participated in,
they’ll begin to ask: Why did the President allow it? Because, ultimately, it isn’t Flynn’s
judgment that’s at issue here— It’s Trump’s.

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