While everybody’s been freaking out over Comey’s premature departure, there has been some movement on one aspect of the investigation into Russia and one of Trump’s associates.

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

 

Before anyone gets too excited, none of this stuff with the Grand Jury is related to hacking the election.  It’s over his supposedly shady business ties with Russia.  And Turkey, which did not hack our election, as far as we know.

That’s not all though.  Flynn has also been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Community:

The Senate intelligence committee Wednesday issued a subpoena to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for documents regarding his interactions with Russian officials.

That one likely is related to Russiagate.  I’m not clear on what types of documents they’re looking for, but somehow I doubt that they’re going to find a magic “Dear Vlad” letter in which Flynn asked the Russian president to hack John Podesta’s Gmail account and post its contents on Wikileaks.  You know, because that would allow Trump to win the 2016 election and expose the Comet Ping Pong gang and bring them to justice.

As I’ve said before, it looks like Flynn is doomed to be this scandal’s Scooter Libby.  He didn’t do the thing that prompted the investigation, but he goes down for other things discovered during it.  Democrats (and some Republicans) are just too invested in this whole affair to let it come to nothing.  Someone has to be held accountable for something at the end of it all.

I leave you with this excellent article by Alex Whiting, in which Flynn’s avenues for immunity are explored.  It’s an older post but it checks out.

5 comments

  1. As far as I can understand his sun was that he got paid for a interview on Russia Today,whiz has been acknowledged as a FSB propaganda machine…. Was he selling something to them. Givin lectures on us military strategy?

  2. Any way you look at it, he seems like a shady character…Trump definitely should have been more careful; the presidency isn’t like hiring people for a company.

  3. I don’t know that he’s shady, exactly. He was a 3 star general, fer cryin’ out loud.

    It looks to me like he didn’t cross every “t” in accordance with the law in accepting money for speaking to RT, but I’m not sure yet that it was a criminal offense. Chaffetz says it wasn’t in compliance with the law and I give him a lot of credibility, but not every violation of the law is a crime.

  4. It’s not just RT, there’s the Turkey stuff, too, plus lying about the Kislyak meetings, just off the top of my head.

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