Donald Trump was so afraid of the testimony of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he invoked a number of risky antics just to delay it. But that’s nothing compared to how afraid Trump is of Michael Flynn testifying about the Russia scandal. Trump has been paranoid about Flynn’s inevitable testimony for months, and it appears Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior is a result of his increased paranoia about Flynn, which is now driving his decision making.
Follow the dots of Donald Trump’s paranoid moves regarding the possibility that Michael Flynn might end up ratting him out in one way or another in the Russia scandal. Raw Story has pieced together that one day after Sally Yates informed the White House that Flynn was dirty on Russia, Trump had dinner with FBI Director James Comey and demanded his “loyalty” (link), in a move so overreaching that it constituted obstruction of justice. And that’s just the start of how scared Trump is of Flynn talking.
Elijah Cummings had already informed the Trump transition team back in November that Flynn was on the take from a foreign government, so there’s no question Trump already knew about it by the time Yates tried to warn him in January. But it appears the warning from Yates made Trump realize that A) he was going to have to part ways with Flynn because Flynn’s criminal actions were inevitably going to become public knowledge, B) Flynn was going to end up facing criminal problems and prosecution, and C) Flynn might ultimately try to flip on Trump to avoid the harshest of penalties.
This is further emboldened by two separate reports yesterday which, combined, paint a picture of Trump now questioning his own decision to fire Flynn for fear he might flip, and even wanting to reach out to Flynn before being talked out of it by White House attorneys (link). All of this serves to further underline that Trump has known all along that Flynn could take him down by blabbing about Russia. It explains why Trump tried to placate Flynn by giving him a major job in the White House even though he already knew Flynn was liability. And it explains why Trump is now panicking more than ever. Help fund Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report