The sleazy hand of Obama still pulls some strings in the government.
The Obama appointees still
inhabiting the bowels of the State and Justice Departments orchestrated the coup
that brought down General Michael Flynn who quit as National Security Advisor
only four weeks into Trump's term.
Waiting until their confirmations as
secretary of state and defense, neither Tillerson nor Sessions have had the time
to replace the Obama appointees. But, in the interregnum, the Obama operatives
used the time to slit Flynn's throat, Washington style.
Flynn, anxious to
head off Russian retaliation against U.S. sanctions, spoke with Moscow's
Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak to assuage his concerns over the sanctions imposed
in the wake of Russian intervention in Ukraine and Crimea. Because he did so
before Trump took office -- but after his own appointment -- he ran afoul of
The alert Obama-era wiretappers pounced, taping the
conversation and leaking it to the media. Former Obama officials were quoted in
the New York Times as saying that Flynn reassured the ambassador that Mr. Trump
would adopt a more accommodating tone on Russia once in office. They said that
Flynn urged Russia not to retaliate against any sanctions because an
overreaction would make any future cooperation more complicated." One Obama
official said that "he appeared to leave the impression that it would be
possible" to ease the U.S. sanctions under the new president.
former Obama folks at the Justice Department chimed in, gratuitously warning the
incoming president that there was a blackmail risk that Moscow might hold the
fact of the conversation over Flynn's head as he served in
Finally, the former Obama folks at the Defense Department
scrutinized a 2015 trip to Moscow by Flynn during which he received a payment to
attend an anniversary celebration of a Kremlin operated TV station. The payment
(it might have been a nominal gift of some sort) had to be reported because
Flynn is a former general.
Essentially, the Obama team at State,
Justice, and Defense acted as opposition researchers for Obama and the Democrats
to frame the incoming National Security Advisor and leak his sins to the
Caught in the trap sprung by the Democratic operatives, Flynn,
unfortunately doubled down and lied to VP Mike Pence, concealing the full extent
of his conversation with the Russians. But never fear, the Obama minions
helpfully provided the full text of the Flynn-Kislyak conversation that showed
the former general had gone further in reassuring the Russians.
Flynn lied to the Vice President and Pence had gone out in public to defend him,
a resignation was inevitable.
But the prospect of the political
appointees in one administration using their powers and surveillance
capabilities to bring about the resignation of a highly placed official in the
incoming administration is, itself, a more alarming event than any perpetrated
by Michael Flynn.