In this episode of "As The Trump Turns:"
Last night, White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC that (then) National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had "the complete confidence of the president."
Just hours later, Flynn resigned as the news emerged that the acting Attorney General Sally Yates (fired for telling the truth) informed the White House last month that Flynn had probably misled Trump and the administration, and had possibly opened himself up to blackmail by the Russian government.
So, President Trump knew of these reports last month, but last Friday when asked about the issue onboard Air Force One by reporters, Trump said he had not read or heard of such reports and he'd have to get back to the media over it.
Watch—Trump Fri nite claimed he hadn't heard about WP story that Flynn talked sanctions. Story was out for a day—and DOJ told WH last month. pic.twitter.com/WOiT10mJOd— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 14, 2017
So, which is it? Did Trump know about the moves by Flynn? Or did President Bannon not keep Trump in the loop?
If Trump knew about these revelations last month, how did Flynn have the "full confidence of the president?"
Or, more importantly, if this had not come to light, would Flynn STILL have the full confidence of the president?
If Trump knew all this, why did he allow Flynn complete access to American intel when he might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail?
It wasn't Flynn's lie to Vice-president Pence that brought Flynn down. It was the facts coming to light. The White House knew about these allegations for weeks. Nothing was done until the info got out to the public.
CNN is now reporting that Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday has called for an investigation into connections between President Donald Trump and Russia, and wants the Intelligence Committee to speak with Michael Flynn.
Here's Kellyanne Conway this morning twisting in the wind with NBC's Matt Lauer:
“Kellyanne—that makes no sense”— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 14, 2017
DOJ warned WH *last month* Flynn misled them. He still had Trump's complete trust? https://t.co/hFRdPmBvyL
And while Kellyanne was talking in circles at NBC, poor Rep. Chris Collins seemed to have drawn the short GOP straw, and had to spin his own circular nonsense over at CNN:
Rep. Chris Collins defends the Trump administration: "I don't believe anyone knew what Gen. Flynn was doing" https://t.co/ammvFP2TPa— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 14, 2017
And just one final piece of irony: here's now-former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn last summer at the Republican National Convention where he led the crowd in chants of "Lock her up!" in regard to possible security leaks from Hillary Clinton's email server.
VIDEO:Mike Flynn leads "Lock her up" chant at GOP Convention#muslimban #trumprussia #resist #trumpleaks #theresistance @HillaryClinton #rt pic.twitter.com/t3tP2Se70n— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 13, 2017