The Beginning of the End?

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’.

33 thoughts on “The Beginning of the End?

  1. I hope it is the beginning of the end, Jill, but I honestly don’t believe that the present Senate would vote 2/3 in favor of an impeachment of the president they still support. Perhaps if there are some BIG upsets in the Senate races in 2018…

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  2. Jill, we have been saying this for some time now, but it is nice to hear it from a conservative columnist. Michael Gerson said last night on PBS Newshour, “For this to be nothing, there certainly is a lot of lying going on.” The following will be by my two new favorite questions for ardent Trump supporters:

    1) Why did Trump fire Flynn for lying to Mike Pence about discussing sanctions with the Russia ambassador after his senior staff asked Flynn to do so?

    2) How many times must Trump and his staff change their stories before you are convinced he is lying? He has changed his story about Junior’s meeting three times and he has countless times disavows relations with Russia when it is exalt proven he has had them

    I am hard pressed to understand how Trump could not possibly be guilty of some nefarious activity with the Russians. He is too beholden to them. Keith

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    • Oh there is not a shred of doubt in my mind that in this tangled web, at least half the strands lead directly back to Trump, and it is my hope that Flynn will be able to help Mueller sort it all out. It is further my hope that some people become very nervous now, and decide that it would be in their best interest to also cooperate with Mueller’s investigation. I hope this busts open the Pandora’s box and concludes with not only impeachment, but prison time for treason! Your two questions are good ones, but heck … if any still support Trump, they couldn’t even answer the simple questions a few months back, so they will only be able to stutter out some inanity in response to these. They are noticeably quiet since yesterday … perhaps they are waiting for Trump to tell them how to act, what to say?

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      • Jill, a small but very important story was revealed yesterday. It was reported Mueller fired a prosecutor on the case over the summer for anti-Trump sentiment in an email. This shows that Mueller does not want any sense of impropriety and flies directly in the face of the Christie, Gingrich et al comments about the veracity of Mueller. This is a serious competent man, doing a serious and necessary job for the country. That unnerves the hell out of Trump. If anyone questions why, please ask why has the President lied and continued to lie about this topic.

        By the way, on a tweet this weekend, the President may have added to his obstruction of justice with a claim about Flynn. He then said it was “fake news” that Comey said Trump told him to make the Flynn thing go away. Mr. President, the news reported Comey testified under oath (which is a crime to lie) to a Congressional committee that you did that. It is not fake news because he did it and their is footage. Now, if you are calling him a liar, then why don’t you swear yourself in.


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        • Yes, I saw that about the FBI agent Mueller released for his texts and, in fact, just wrote a post, half about that and half about Brian Ross’ suspension. As for Trump’s comments, he has told so many different things regarding Flynn that I cannot even decipher them anymore. I suspect that is part of his intention, if he can be said to have one. I also think perhaps he is chasing his tail, grasping at any straw, seeing, perhaps, the handwriting on the wall. Who knows … his mind is not like ours.


  3. DearJill,

    This Is Happy dance time. MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Life is great again except for that republican tax bill gathering steam.

    With General Flynn being turned by the FBI, HE HAS TO HOLD SOME PRETTY IMPORTANT CARDS IN HIS HANDS.
    Hugs, Gronda

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