The Washington Post just revealed that Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, lied to the FBI about discussing sanctions in his secret calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Lying to the FBI is a felony, but the onus lies with the Justice Department to bring charges, and it is unlikely that Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, will want to displease the White House so soon after his lengthy confirmation battle.
But it gives the Democratic resistance fresh ammunition to use against Trump and his coven of enabling Republicans who would rather put our national security at risk than squander their opportunity to gut the social safety net and repeal Obamacare for their corporate masters.
Officials say that Flynn may try to disrupt the case by arguing over the definition of what constitutes a sanction.
Both Flynn and the FBI refused to comment on the revelation.
It’s just more bad news for President Trump, who is seeking to distance himself from the firestorm of controversy surrounding his aides’ potentially treasonous communications with members of the Russian government. Trump himself publicly defended Flynn earlier today, telling reporters that he was a “fine” person who had done nothing wrong.
At a press conference today, the President issued a loud and drawn-out refutation of the allegations that he has financial ties to the Russian Federation – and by extension, the allegations that the Russians are blackmailing him with compromising information – which prompts the rest of us to say you doth protest too much.
While Republicans in both Houses of Congress seek to stymie any further investigation into Flynn and Trump, the American public is demanding to know what Trump knew and when did he know it. We deserve to know the truth – and to see justice be served.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.