It started when media mogul Harvey Weinstein stood accused of crimes against women. Not, mind you, a few women, but it seems sometimes that every female who ever aspired to become an actress in Hollywood has, at one time or another, been sexually harassed or abused by none other than Harvey Weinstein. Once his accusers began telling their stories, it was if a floodgate had been opened, as if the tears that had been held in check for years, decades, suddenly began to flow freely, and there could be no stopping them. Even today Weinstein is headline news. A movement by women who have been victims of men abusing their power called #me too, went viral on social media, and suddenly women were empowered. Weinstein does not stand alone … such notables as NBC’s Matt Lauer, writer Garrison Keillor, playwright Israel Horovitz, Senate candidate Roy Moore, actors Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman, journalist and writer Mark Halperin, and a number of members of Congress stand accused.
While this topic needs to be discussed more, it is not the purpose of this particular post, but rather I mention it to show the tidal wave that started as a result of the accusations leveled at Harvey Weinstein, and to point out that once started, it became as an avalanche, unstoppable. Fast forward to today …
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I. and Will Cooperate With Russia Inquiry – New York Times, 01 December 2017
Trump-Russia: Michael Flynn admits lying to FBI, BBC News, 01 December 2017
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about meetings with Russia’s ambassador weeks before Donald Trump became president.
Appearing in a federal court in Washington DC on Friday, he admitted to one count of knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements”. Flynn was asked by Judge Rudolph Contreras if he wished to plead guilty and responded with the words “Yes, sir”. The judge continued: “I accept your guilty plea. There will be no trial and there will be probably no appeal.”
I realize that my predictions for the past year or two have been somewhat less than accurate, but I am not alone in believing that this will turn into the same type of avalanche as the revelations about Weinstein have. I think those who have been dodging questions from the various committees investigatimg the dd Russian interference in the election and the role(s) of the Trump campaign and the ‘man’ himself must be sweating right about now.
“I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to co-operate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country”.
So, what might Mr. Flynn know that he will be sharing with Bob Mueller and his team in the coming weeks? I am not going to speculate just yet, but perhaps Mr. Flynn’s memory is better than some and he can shed some light on things that Jeff Sessions, Jared Kusher and others claim they cannot remember. Personally, I don’t even mind if, at the end of the day, they grant Michael Flynn full immunity from prosecution if his information can be used to turn over all those rocks that are hiding very ugly, treacherous secrets in our White House.
The administration wasted no time in seeking to distance itself from the now-toxic Flynn:
“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.” – White House attorney, Ty Cobb
Right … go think up some more, Ty … you’ll be earning your pay quite soon, I should think.
President Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and reportedly warned Trump about Flynn during a discussion two days after the election.
I have concerns over how Trump may decide to behave in the coming days, for we have seen many times how he reacts under pressure, and it is not a pretty sight. I hope that his handlers can keep him from doing anything too radically disastrous, for he must almost certainly see the handwriting on the wall, understand that this may well be the beginning of the end.
Will others follow Flynn’s lead? I am betting on it, just as the women who have felt they could not come forth with their secrets of abuse and harassment suddenly felt the door open wide for them after the fall of Harvey Weinstein. Who will be next? I have no idea, but watch for it. We must keep our eyes on the ball now and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the smoke screens that Trump and his minions are surely building even now. Wait for it, folks, for I believe that, as Miss Goose said earlier, this could well signal the ‘beginning of the end’.