A ‘Morning Joe’ panel hinted that Mike Flynn was behind the revelation of several bombshell reports Wednesday that showed the transition team was aware of his foreign contacts and hired him anyway as national security adviser.
Once named to that position Flynn reportedly killed a planned military action against ISIS at the behest of Turkey and discussed with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak setting up a back-channel network for President Donald Trump to communicate with Vladimir Putin.
Host Joe Scarborough said Vice President Mike Pence – who had been head of the transition team – should have been aware of Flynn’s problems and certainly knew the president had decided to fire the FBI director for probing his ties to Russia.
Karen Tumulty – a Washington Post political correspondent – also pointed out Pence had been present in the Oval Office just before Trump asked James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn.
‘This is a bad story for Pence – either way’ said John Heilemann – managing editor of Bloomberg Politics and MSNBC political analyst.
‘Either he knew and is lying or he did not know and was wildly incompetent.
Either way not a great story for him.
By the way it seems to me the import of this story is that Michael Flynn’s lawyer came out a couple of months ago and said that Mike Flynn had a story to tell — he’s now starting to tell that story’.