The bottom line
Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.
Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin’s version of J. Edgar Hoover.
[T]he [Justice D]epartment … sided with Mr. Flynn’s defense team, which has argued that officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tried to set him up …
- Michaelf Flynn had a more-than-distinguished military career.
- I hoped that Michael Flynn would be one of the “adults in the room” with Trump.
- Michael Flynn lied to the FBI.
- Michael Flynn lied to Mike Pence.
- Donald Trump fired Michael Flynn for lying to Pence (or for getting caught at it by the Washington Post)
- Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI.
- Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. This paragraph is not a typo.
- The FBI did not “entrap” Michael Flynn.
- What the FBI did do to Michael Flynn is what it does to many other people every day: go in, play dumb, ask a question that they already know the answer to but that is embarrassing, and then prosecute the lie — or call forgetfulness a lie, or whatever you have to do to make an inaccurate answer criminal. Do not talk to the FBI!
- Men and women regularly are convicted or plead guilty after this FBI ploy. Remember Martha Stewart?
- The dropping of charges against Michael Flynn is a sweetheart deal that very few others get.
- The Motion to Dismiss wasn’t signed by the prosecutors involved in the case, as is customary, but by interim Washington U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea, a former aide to Attorney General William Barr.
- It’s all awfully fishy, but I do not begrudge Michael Flynn his freedom. I begrudge the imprisonment of hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of others.
So: What if the Wall Street Journal, which has been echoing Trump without saying “hoax,” is right; that Obama, the FBI, James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Fusion GPS, Michael Steele, Robert Mueller and Satan from the Pit of Hell have all been engaging in a big fraud to bring down Trump, ab initio?
I don’t know what to think now about whether Trump was the target of a massive conspiracy. And it just kills me because Steve Bannon planned to “flood the zone with shit” to create epistemic uncertainty. And I feel as if the Wall Street Journal opinion pages are adding to that flood.
And why do I need to decide?
So (same premise as before): Does that make Trump fit to govern?
The question should answer itself — though I’m reminded of Lindsey Graham’s righteous outburst in the Kavanaugh hearings: “God, you people will do anything for power, and I hope to hell you never get it!”