When Michael Flynn departed from the White House last February Donald Trump said he was “a wonderful man.” All that has changed and now the Trump administration policy is that Flynn is a liar, and Trump’s lawyers are seeking to discredit him. Washington Post:
Defense lawyers have said privately that Flynn will be unable to point to White House or campaign records turned over in the probe to bolster any claims of a criminal scheme. None of those records suggest a conspiracy by Trump or his inner circle to improperly work with Russians to defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to people who have reviewed the documents. […]
“He’s said it himself: He’s a liar,” said one person helping craft the strategy who was granted anonymity to describe private conversations.
The topic of pardon has come up.
“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” the president said Dec. 15. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see. I can say this: When you look at what’s gone on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry.”
Meanwhile, legal experts are saying that the direction the White House is going is par for the course.
“It’s pretty predictable,” said Randall D. Eliason, a former public corruption prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington. “Defense will always argue that a cooperator who lied previously should not be believed, and that there is insufficient evidence of the conspiracy. It’s Defense Strategy 101.”
He added: “How effective it would be depends entirely on the strength of the other evidence that the prosecution can present to prove its case and corroborate Flynn.”
The big question on everyone’s lips with respect to the Trump Russia matter has been, “Will Trump fire Mueller?” Added to that is now, “Will Trump pardon Flynn?” Will it even be possible considering that Trump himself may be indicted in not too long and perhaps that is what worries Flynn’s brother, who asks for “quick action?” The soap opera is building to a cliff hanger, or at the very least, a new plot twist. Stay tuned.