Anyone who has paid attention to the current administration has probably noticed that President Donald Trump’s driving motivation appears to be undoing literally anything and everything former president Barack Obama accomplished during his eight years as leader of the United States.
During the transition period after Trump was elected, Obama actually warned Trump against hiring Michael Flynn, saying Flynn couldn’t be trusted. But even still, President Trump made Flynn National Security Adviser. In an arguably karmic turn of events, it appears that Michael Flynn will play a prominent role in Donald Trump’s undoing.
Michael Flynn ended up entering a guilty plea in a Washington DC court for lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia during the transition after the election. As you may remember Flynn, on the first night of the Republican National Convention, led the audience in a chant of “Lock her up” in reference to Hillary Clinton.
Flynn followed the chanting with these words: “And you know why we’re saying that? We’re saying that because, if I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth – a tenth – of what she did, I would be in jail today.” Flynn could be sentenced to up to five years in prison for lying to the FBI.
Documents that were released as part of the plea bargain Flynn made make it clear that Flynn was in contact with Russia at the behest of someone even higher up in the administration. The thinking is that person could be Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. This, of course, leads to a question of whether Kushner would have had the audacity to act without having President Trump’s authority or knowledge.
It is oddly satisfying that, if President Trump had just listened to Barack Obama, he might be in slightly less of a mess than he currently finds himself.
But only slightly because this president has so, so many messes.