The Last Six Hours in Politics Have Been Interesting
— The night’s big news is that Mike Flynn has offered his testimony in the Russian scandal to both Congress and the FBI in exchange for immunity, according to the Wall Street Journal. He has, thus far, had no takers. What does it mean? It could mean a few things, but one thing seems fairly certain: They got something on Flynn (“lock him up!”). It’s unclear what he might have on Trump — if anything — or if the FBI has demurred, so far, because Flynn doesn’t have anything good, or because they think they have a case against Flynn (and Trump) without his testimony. This will be an interesting story to follow in the coming days.
Flynn on MTP in Sept: "When you are given immunity that means you've probably committed a crime."— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 30, 2017
Also, according to Flynn’s lawyer, he “certainly has a story to tell.”
NEW: Statement from Flynn's counsel says "he very much wants to tell [his story], should the circumstances permit." pic.twitter.com/OrrOKJgK8E— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) March 30, 2017
This is a pretty good summary of Mike Flynn over the last two months.
I didn't talk to Russia— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 31, 2017
I talked to Russia
I talked to Russia & I resign
I talked to Russia & will tell all for criminal immunity
Based on Flynn’s history, the man is not to be trusted by either side.
— Donald Trump went after the House Freedom Caucus today, threatening to end individual members in the 2018 midterms. The House Freedom Caucus basically gives no f*cks.
— Devin Nunes continues to flounder. After the NYTimes figured out who his sources were, Nunes offered that he “did use the White House to help to confirm what I already knew from other sources.” OK, but then why did Nunes need to take the information he uses the White House to help confirm back to the White House the next day to brief the President? The lies are getting bigger. And bigger.
— There were some murmurings earlier this week that the House Republicans would regroup and attempt to tackle the repeal of Obamacare again. That effort, however, has unraveled again, because the moderate Republicans and the hard-line conservative Republicans not only can’t work together, they seem to hate each other.
— In news of the more fun variety, Ashley Feinberg over on Gizmodo managed to find James Comey’s secret Twitter account.
— In news of the less fun variety, the next President of the United States broke the tie in the Senate today to allow states to block family planning funds to Planned Parenthood (or any other organization that provides abortions). Two Republican Senators, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, voted against the bill, forcing the tiebreaker.
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