White House says Flynn deserved “due process” before curtailing his access – that’s nuts

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn deserved “due process” before the White House acted on reports that he had been compromised by the Russians.

Yes, the same due process that Sally Yates was offered before she was summarily fired.

And the same due diligence the White House showed in hiring Flynn, when they fully vetted him for any conflicts and/or security risks.

Spicer’s claim comes one day after former acting- Attorney General Sally Yates testified to the Senate that she had warned the Trump White House counsel twice on two separate days that Flynn had been compromised, and was subject to blackmail by the Russians.

The White House did nothing for 18 days, until the story broke in the Washington Post and Trump was forced to fire Flynn out of embarrassment. Had the Post story not broke, a compromised General Flynn might still be in the White House today.

General Michael Flynn

General Michael Flynn, by Gage Skidmore.

But most troubling is Spicer’s bizarre claim today that Flynn deserved “due process” before the White House acted. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You don’t ignore people with top-level security clearances for 18 days after you have been warned by the nation’s top law enforcement official that they may have been compromised by a foreign adversary of the United States. You don’t throw Michael Flynn in jail, either — you need to have the matter investigated. But, contrary to Spicer’s claims today, there is a middle choice between giving a compromised Flynn full access to our nation’s deepest and darkest secrets, in the Oval Office no less, and throwing the man in Gitmo.

The White House could have easily put Flynn on administrative leave and temporarily revoked his security clearance, pending investigation. There is no other option when the acting- Attorney General reports that a top aide to the president has been compromised.

Had President Trump received a credible threat that a top aide might be planning to physically harm him, would the White House give the aide his “due process” for 18 days, cuz, you know, it’d be unfair to remove him from the President’s inner circle until we were sure he was an assassin?

The bottom line is that Donald Trump is his own man, and couldn’t care less what the facts are in any given situation. Trump liked Flynn, and it didn’t matter to him that there were credible reports that Flynn was at risk of being turned, or already having been turned, as a Russian agent. This is another sign of Trump’s incredible hubris, and how his arrogance leads to incredible recklessness.

It’s also, quite possibly, a sign that Trump himself is compromised. What other reason could there be for Trump’s ongoing denial of all things Russia? Trump is still bending over backwards to defend Putin’s role in the 2016 election. And in the case of Michael Flynn, Trump’s desire to defend Vladimir Putin put America’s security at risk.

The question is why? It sounds like Donald Trump is deathly afraid of what a real Russia probe would find. And that is why we must have one. Add your name below to those demanding the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 campaign.

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  • Bill, you and Badgerite have been clogging this thread and others long enough now.
    Either start ignoring each other, or you will both be going into time-out.

  • Bill_Perdue

    You’re lying.

  • Badgerite

    Then why would you cheer the idea of blacks not being able to vote?
    Voter ID laws are specifically designed for that purpose.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I support the idea of Black and Latino independent political action against you Dixiecrats and your Republican allies. 40% of eligible voters rejected your and your Republican allies politics.

    I’m a socialist and everything you said about me is a lie.

  • Badgerite

    At last estimate, 200,000 voters legitimate voters were prevented from casting a ballot in the last election due to Wisconsin’s voter ID law.
    Voter suppression campaign of the GOP works. Of course, someone like you would see that as good news. Because you do not accept the idea of representative government. Of the people, by the people, for the people.
    You believe in government of the rich control freak. Probably Divine Right of Kings for all I know.

  • Bill_Perdue

    More good news. PEW reports that ” “The black voter turnout rate declined for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, falling to 59.6% in 2016 after reaching a record-high 66.6% in 2012. The 7-percentage-point decline from the previous presidential election is the largest on record for blacks. (It’s also the largest percentage-point decline among any racial or ethnic group since white voter turnout dropped from 70.2% in 1992 to 60.7% in 1996.) The number of black voters also declined, falling by about 765,000 to 16.4 million in 2016, representing a sharp reversal from 2012. With Barack Obama on the ballot that year, the black voter turnout rate surpassed that of whites for the first time. Among whites, the 65.3% turnout rate in 2016 represented a slight increase from 64.1% in 2012.”

  • Badgerite
  • Bill_Perdue

    I, and millions of decent people, who refuse to vote because it validates an oligarchic system have a set of politics that despises racism and racists, wars and warmongers, union busters and scabs.

    You don’t.

  • Badgerite

    You have one line. And it never varies. And you are full of shit.
    Bye now.

  • Bill_Perdue

    I’ll let the Post know that you disapprove. I’m sure they’ll be terrified.

    Democrats are Republicans and vice Versa.

  • Badgerite

    “Independent populist.” HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHA! That’s a good one.
    Grifter. Who owes his wealth and that of his family to Vladimir Putin and his Russian pals. As Eric and Donald Jr. have stated. No American or independent European bank would touch them. Enter Deutsche Bank and money Russian money. As they said, they didn’t need any other funding after that. Doesn’t sound too “populist” to me. Sounds more like Putin’s American Bitch, actually.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Democrats are the same as Republicans and that’s why you lost. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a966410571bcf101eaf1a8586f81e9b5a7f0a2faff4ee78eac468dcccb4a03bd.jpg

    “The last time a Republican was president, Trump was still a registered Democrat. His improbable success should be viewed mainly as the triumph of an independent populist who used the splintered GOP as a vehicle to win power.”

    “A veteran Democratic operative told me recently that he believes, if Trump had decided in Sept. 2009 that he wanted to stay in their party and pandered accordingly with a similarly protectionist and isolationist us-versus-them message, he would have defeated Hillary for the nomination in 2016. This person, it should be noted, spent last year working on Clinton’s behalf.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/01/20/daily-202-donald-trump-completes-hostile-takeover-of-washington-puts-both-parties-on-notice/588254a6e9b69b432bc7e050/?utm_term=.8e2a49d9a88e

  • Badgerite

    So you use ‘trumpian” verbiage. Wow. What a surprise.

  • Bill_Perdue

    It describes losers, and you exactly know who they are.

    ““A select group of top Democratic Party strategists have used new data about last year’s presidential election to reach a startling conclusion about why Hillary Clinton lost. Now they just need to persuade the rest of the party they’re right,”

    Many Democrats have a shorthand explanation for Clinton’s defeat: Her base didn’t turn out, Donald Trump’s did and the difference was too much to overcome. But new information shows that Clinton had a much bigger problem with voters who had supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but backed Trump four years later.”

    “Those Obama-Trump voters, in fact, effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost, according to Matt Canter, a senior vice president of the Democratic political firm Global Strategy Group. In his group’s analysis, about 70 percent of Clinton’s failure to reach Obama’s vote total in 2012 was because she lost these voters.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article147475484.html

  • Badgerite

    It describes you.

  • Bill_Perdue

    It describes Democrats bitter over their failures, as you well know. And it describes Republicans facing an impeachment.

  • Badgerite

    Flynn deserves to be in jail. Who do they think they are kidding. He clearly violated several laws.
    “Lock him up”.

  • Badgerite

    I believe that describes you perfectly.

  • Kenster999

    I think you mean WASN’T an assassin :)

  • Zorba

    Off topic. Trump fired Comey. Well, that’s gratitude for you, isn’t it?

  • Bill_Perdue

    The whole thing amounts to little more than a tempest in a pisspot, a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  • JaneE

    You wait 18 days to make sure that he transmits all the info the Russians wanted.

  • iamlegion

    Huh. So did Sally Yates deserve “due process” before _she_ got fired?

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