When Michael Flynn announced days ago that he had fired his attorney and hired a new one, it raised eyebrows. Why would a guy who has already completed a plea deal, and who is accordingly on the verge of being given a free pass by a judge, want to change lawyers at the last minute? Donald Trump just gave us the answer in his own words.
We got a big hint yesterday when it was revealed that Michael Flynn’s new lawyer is an anti-FBI, anti-Mueller grandstander. In other words, Flynn has decided to blow up his plea deal, even though that’ll likely land him a lengthy prison sentence. This led to the suspicion that Flynn and Trump had something ugly up their sleeve together. Then Trump opened his mouth today.
Trump posted this tweet: “General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell. Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!” In other words, Flynn has decided to throw himself to the wolves because Trump has promised that it’ll somehow work out better for him that way.
Whatever Donald Trump and Michael Flynn are specifically plotting, it’s going to center around the deranged phony conspiracy theories about the FBI and DOJ that Trump has long been pushing when it comes to the Flynn investigation. It’ll be ugly. The thing is, when Team Trump tries to pull off these kinds of things, they rarely go well for Trump’s side.
In fact, Flynn has already sold Trump out by turning over evidence and testimony against him, which can’t be magically taken back just because Flynn has decided that he regrets having turned it over. At some point Trump will figure out that Flynn has already betrayed him. Flynn is surely counting on a magic pardon, but at some point Flynn will figure out that Trump is planning to betray him. Throw in the fact that Trump and Flynn are both clearly psychologically compromised at this point, and the whole thing will be a disaster for them both.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report