As a serious Watergate buff, I usually shy away from comparing scandals to it. BUT the drip drip drip of the Russia scandal is eerily familiar; down to the competition between the NYT and WaPo. The drip drip drip is slowly turning into a flood. It’s like leaving your faucets dripping to avoid frozen pipes and finding them on full blast in the morning.
“When you are given immunity, that means that you have probably committed a crime.”
Neither the House nor the Senate should give Flynn immunity. It might be okay for a prosecutor but this is a trap. Oliver North got that deal and walked; leaving his colleagues at the NSC to take the fall for Iran-Contra. Not a happy precedent. That is why a special prosecutor is necessary. We don’t want Devin Nunes and House Republicans pulling a stunt that means immunity for Flynn is in. It should be ruled out, especially since it looks more and more like Nunes is an active participant in the cover up.
The scariest thing about this moment in time is HOW MANY Trump administration* scandals there are. There’s the Kushner building sale scheme; Carl Icahn’s sleazy self-dealing; the Pruitt perjury scandal to name a few. And, of course, the way the Trump family is profiting from his election. At any other time one of these would be THE BIG SCANDAL but none of them calls into question the legitimacy of the 2016 election. Russia is, to paraphrase Ken Kesey, the bull goose loony of administration* scandals.
I’m not quite sure how this will play out but I am glad that the Senate Intelligence Committee seems ready to conduct a thorough investigation of the Russia scandal. Devin Nunes is the latest in a long line of people who have been damaged by their relationship with Donald Trump. The Insult Comedian is a user and destroyer. Trump asserts dominance over what Josh Marshall calls his “dignity wraiths” and then discards them when they’re no longer of use.
General Flynn knows what it’s like to be one of Trump’s dignity wraiths. They’ve been setting him as the patsy for this scandal since he was shoved off the Titanic, Lusitania, or whatever sinking ship image works for you. It’s still going to be a slow process but Flynn is just the first rat bastard to flee the sinking ship that is the Trump administration*.
Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin has won. Putin and other Russian nationalists were humiliated by the fall of the Soviet Union. Putin wants America to feel his pain. He has embarrassed our country and played many of its citizens-on both the right and left-for suckers. The best we can do is to slap a bandage on the wound and carry on.
As the risk of sounding melodramatic, March 30, 2017 marks the day when the scandal drip, drip, drip turned into a flood. It’s going to be a bumpy ride but we’ll get through it. We’re not a Banana Republic even if we’re governed by a bunch of thieving, lying Banana Republicans.