Donald Trump’s Republican puppets on the House Intelligence Committee released a new report today which once again falsely exonerated Donald Trump and his associates in the Trump-Russia scandal. This was a transparent attempt at distracting from today’s new bombshell that the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower was actually a Russian spy. The report tried to steer attention elsewhere, but ended up giving away a big piece of the Trump-Russia puzzle instead.
Even as today’s House Intel Committee report parroted Donald Trump’s favorite lie by insisting that there was “No Collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia, the report gave away what Trump’s strategy will be going forward. The report makes a point of exposing the fact that Michael Flynn and his son met with the Russian Ambassador near the end of 2015. The strategy here is to paint Flynn as a lone wolf who was acting on his own with Russia. The trouble is that this telegraphs something else instead.
We’ve known all along that Michael Flynn sat with Vladimir Putin at a dinner banquet in Moscow at the end of 2015; there are even photos of the two sitting together. This has long led to questions about whether Putin used this as an opportunity to give marching orders to Flynn, who joined the Donald Trump campaign just a couple months later. Now we know that it wasn’t merely the dinner; Flynn also met with the Russian Ambassador during that same timeframe, leaving little doubt that Russia instructed Flynn to go work for the Trump campaign.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller already knows all of this and more, because Michael Flynn cut a plea deal six months ago. The House Intel Committee chose to make this public today in the hope of shifting suspicion from Donald Trump to Flynn. Instead, it merely revealed that Russia was installing its own people to the uppermost levels of the Trump campaign from the start.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report