There are two related stories here converging at once, and neither is particularly good for the White House, and they’re almost certainly really bad for former National Security Adviser Michael “Lock Her Up” Flynn.
Minutes ago, two members of Congress — Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, the Chairman and Ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee — say fired National Security Adviser Flynn shouldn’t have accepted money from Russia and Turkey.
Cummings basically says that what they have reviewed is “very troubling.” Chaffetz also added that he saw “no evidence … that Flynn followed the law.” He was supposed to seek permission and receive permission before traveling to Russia and Turkey and accepting payments, but Flynn did neither. That’s a felony.
So, that’s not good for Flynn, who may see an indictment in his near future (and recall that a few weeks ago, Flynn offered his testimony in exchange for immunity).
Meanwhile, at the same time, the White House is denying document requests made by Jason Chaffetz and the House Oversight Committee for documents pertaining to Michael Flynn. The White House offered a variety of reasons for rejecting the requests — they’re in the possession of the Department of Defense, the White House doesn’t have custody, or they just don’t feel like accommodating the requests right now, OK?! — but the combination of these two stories does not look good.
ok, this seems sketchy no? Chaffetz says it appears Flynn took RU money (duh) but WH isn't cooperating?? pic.twitter.com/IgJIBV0Mu8— Parker (@parkervb) April 25, 2017
I don’t want to jump straight into conspiracy theory territory here, but superficially, the headlines could not be more troubling for Donald Trump and the White House as it approaches the 100th Day. The word “coverup” is being bandied about a lot right now on Twitter. Throw in the fact that Chaffetz said last week that he’s not only not seeking re-election but may resign before his term is up, and that adds even more confusion (maybe he doesn’t want to be around when the shit hits the fan?).
At any rate, we can all expect Trump to drop a bomb somewhere very soon to divert our attention elsewhere.