I guess Trump spent the night tweeting that Flynn should get immunity from prosecution because this whole Russia affair is a “witch hunt,” which only begs the question why Trump himself doesn’t ask for immunity. Of course he hasn’t been called yet to testify, but the possibility remains.
In a way one almost feels sorry for him. He never had a clue this investigation could or would happen. He honestly thought that as president, all his troubles would disappear. He thought he could wave his presidential wand and/or Uncle Putie would issue a threat to the American public, and everyone would bow to him and all “fake” news would disappear. And in his perfect world, the only news that would be left would be Fox News, Breitbart, the National Enquirer, and the right-wing radio brigade. There would be no one who would not dutifully cling to the official story. Congress would grovel and be terrified of the mighty Trump and his right-wing fact-creating machine, and would cease to be any kind of threat. And thus Trump would be able to go back to his accustomed looting and his weekend golf outings, undisturbed by facts or danger of exposure. Heck, why not start campaigning for his second term right now? After all, Uncle Putie’s election-eating machine is in place to make that happen (again), and it sure beats working.
But reality has struck. Somebody tweeted last night that the former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele told some group to start cultivating Pence (who is also on the verge of some serious trouble, but that’s for another post), because Trump isn’t going to last long. And it has nothing to do with Flynn or anyone else being given immunity and singing like a tweetie-bird. It has to do with stubborn facts, and an intelligence community and a fourth estate that keep spewing them.
Flynn — probably because of his lawyer’s daft statement about Flynn’s need for immunity (which lined up with Trump’s) — was denied immunity by the Senate Intelligence Committee early today. That’s one of three; we’ll see what the FBI and the disgraced House Committee do. (Slight update: the House Committee is probably too paralyzed to do anything coherent, but Rep. Schiff did state today that he did not see the need for immunity, since no one is being prosecuted at present.)
At first I was alarmed about that, but then I realized that because of one Republican senator, the Democrats actually have a working majority on the Senate Committee. They are not going to give Flynn immunity and then do a softball hearing with him, during which he can say anything, even claim he was the one who cut down the cherry tree, and they can’t touch him for it later.
The Committee must have smelled a rat, so they left Flynn out in the open and vulnerable. As Rachel Maddow stated last night, they must have other ways of getting at the truth, (see video link in article) meaning Flynn is just not that important in the overall scheme — at least, he is no more important than Pence, Bannon, Tillerson, or any of the rest. His case is not outstanding enough to give immunity, and besides, as Rep. Schiff said, no one’s being prosecuted at present, so why jump the gun? You know, “no one asks for immunity unless they’re guilty,” (a quote from Flynn himself). And no one tweets about it at 3:00 a.m. or whenever it was, unless they are guilty.
Worse, actual facts, (as opposed to propaganda), are as resilient a cockroaches.
As I reported last night, there was another tweet that claimed that “reliable sources” felt that Trump would resign shortly. But as of today, when one of three entities Flynn asked for immunity has denied him, I doubt the stupid Trump still feels he’s in that much danger. The logic seems to be that Flynn will tell some tall tale under immunity and get away with it — as will Trump and his administration — but without it, he will plead the 5th (which is probably the only amendment to the Constitution, outside of a sentence fragment of the 2nd amendment, that Trump knows). Either way, in Trump’s view, Trump wins.
Hell, Trump’s probably thinking he should have slept last night, not spent the night tweeting like a guilty 8-year-old anticipating a morning meeting with the school principal. Now he’ll probably happily fly to Mar A Lago and go play golf, and once again hand the taxpayers the tab, oblivious to the fact that a Flynn without immunity is more dangerous to him than a Flynn with immunity.
It would be nice if he found at the end of the weekend that he has no Presidential seat to go back to, but right now it seems like a distant dream. It is good to know, however, that this possibility is being worked on. However arcane the process seems, right now it looks like no one who is being investigated is going to be given a soft landing.
Congress, that is all we ask.