While the order of the day in the Senate Intelligence Committee is drilling into terms like “honest loyalty” and “patronage relationship,” fired National Security Advisor Mike Flynn has a couple of more reasons to worry.
In the February 14 Oval Office meeting, after President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had done nothing wrong with respect to the Russians and only fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence, Comey writes that Trump added:
“… that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify.”
Nowhere in the testimony did Comey return to what the president’s other concerns about Flynn are.
There have been scores of stories that have been damaging to Flynn since — from not registering as a foreign agent, to trying to argue on behalf of Turkey in the administration following a lucrative contract he had with the Turkish government during the campaign.
But as of February 14, the White House — and especially the president — had not indicated it was aware of these issues.
The other intriguing moment was in Comey’s March 30 phone call with the president.
Beyond the president’s wish to broadcast that he personally was not under investigation, he may have let Comey know that he realized some of his henchmen might have overstepped their bounds. Following another plea to Comey about his personal non-involvement, Comey writes:
“The President went on to say that if there were some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong, it would be good to find that out.”
For as often as Trump has claimed that there was no collusion and that his team has been innocent, it was a curious statement for him to make.