Sean Spicer: Trump Wants Michael Flynn To Testify

From the Washington Examiner:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined on Friday to say whether President Trump believes ousted national security advisor Mike Flynn is guilty of a crime, even though Trump said on Twitter that Flynn should seek immunity from the Senate Intelligence Committee before he testifies about Russia.

Spicer was asked if Trump’s tweet means that Flynn might be guilty of something, but Spicer replied by saying Trump just wants Flynn to testify, however he’s able. “I think [Trump] believes that Mike Flynn should go testify,” Spicer told reporters. “He thinks that he should go up there and do what he has to do to get the story out there.”

“What [Trump] is asking is [for Flynn to] go testify – do what you have to do to tell Congress what we’ve been saying for a long time,” he said. Spicer was also asked if the White House is worried that Flynn might have information that could be damaging to Trump. “Nope,” Spicer replied.

  • Rick

    So it’s all smoke, no fire then. Got it.

  • bkmn

    Translation – Trump wants Flynn to get on the stand and lie his ass off.
    * Money will be transferred to Flynn’s account via a disinterested 4th party within 8 hours of his successful lie-fest.

  • Carl

    “I think [Trump] believes….”

    Phrasing really says it all there. Sounds like Spicer is improvising.

    • Adam King

      I wonder how much mouthwash he uses up after vomiting out bullshit all day.

  • Cuberly

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      • And re-confirming to Joe: Yes, the site continues to work much, much better.

        • Cuberly

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      • Cuberly

        …makes me wonder if the can isolate the local servers the bots sometimes route through. Where they’re physically located. If other attacks are routed through them as well.

  • Todd20036

    I’m really sick of this fucking regime. The fundamental differences in philosophies are bad enough, but this fucking thing is as corrupt as they claimed Clinton to be, and his base are a bunch of fucking Nazis who want anyone who’s not white and Christian, to be dead.
    That includes Muslims, LBGT, Latinos, Mexicans, and anyone with a college education.

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  • Ben in Oakland

    Shorter Spicer: “You’ve been played!”

  • Do Something Nice

    Why do I have a gut feeling that this is all one big conspiracy, that Flynn is in cahoots with Putin and Trump?

    • Todd20036

      Anyone moral enough to stand up to Trump would not be willing to work for him

    • kaydenpat

      Because your gut is right.

    • McSwagg

      Because we’ve seen it before with Corey Lewandowski, when he “quit (got fired from) the Trump campaign” and went to work for the press.

  • Derrick Johns

    count down to melt down, Spicer.

  • ultragreen

    In other words, they want Mike Flynn to do what John Poindexter did during the Iran-contra scandal. Poindexter to investigating committee after being granted immunity: “It’s all my fault. The president knew nothing about it.” Then Sessions’ justice department will stonewall at prosecuting anyone.

  • Treant

    His tone and rhetoric are telling me he knows it’s now only a matter of time until final collapse. And frankly, collapse tends to come a lot sooner than expected unless you intimately know every strut, beam, and nail in the structure…

  • JWC

    He is and he is also a conniving rat He is out foe FLynn period If I were Flynn I would be watching my back

  • Rex

    “Nope” – really, what could he possibly say at this point anyway.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Soon he will just say ” Eat me “

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    This is probably a moot point. I read this morning that either the House or the Senate has rejected an immunity deal “for now.” Usually, when immunity deals are rejected, that means that the deal would impede rather than help an ongoing investigation and/or the prosecution feels that they either have or can get the same information by another means.

    EDIT: It was the Senate that rejected immunity for Flynn.

    • McSwagg

      Why give Flynn a “Get out of Jail Free” card if they card uncover the information elsewhere and nail his ass to the floor.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Spicey havin’ a bad day.
    He is going to turn into a drinker I bet.

    • Joe in PA

      Or me. Wait, too late. 🙁

  • Ninja0980

    Spicer is ready to have a meltdown.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Yay! – Time to yank all his control rods!

  • Joe in PA

    So why did you fire him Trumpee?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      “because he lied to Pence” Ha ha ha ha ha

      Rachel Maddow eviscerated that line last night.

    • Cuberly

      …wellll, uh, because he was a liability.

      (That they kept in contact with via Flynn’s staffers and contacts still part of Donnie’s administration.)

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I thought Nancy Pelosi’s idea this morning that Nunes got played by the White House was interesting. But Nunes was certainly an eager participant in his own dupedom.

        • Cuberly

          He’s given so many conflicting excuses, as if Bannon didn’t quite get across what Nunes’ supporting role was in all this. Now Nunes is attempting to fill in the blanks, getting more and more inept in the process.

          Made me think of this.

          https://youtu.be/eVWH01E2weA?t=59

      • Acronym Jim

        Exactly, one of Flynn’s appointees was one of three people in the WH who “leaked” the “incidental surveillance” “documents” to Nunes.

  • Carl

    It really does feel different after the health care bill died. Like everyone finally saw the emperor has no clothes and no one is coming to save him now. This house is falling.

    • Christian1234567

      I seriously need brain bleach after reading the no clothes thing. 45 with clothes is an appalling enough vision…

  • Halou

    “…do what you have to do to tell Congress what we’ve been saying for a long time,”

    Notice what he said there? Trump wants Flynn to go before the Congressional committee driven by Nunes, where the questioning can be controlled and steered away from Trump’s guilt. Not the Senate committee.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      The Senate is one of the two chambers of Congress. The House is not Congress by itself.

  • Cuberly
    • Joe in PA

      Moose Mule; Lamb. There!

      Edit, damn autocorrect. 🙂

    • Sissy Spacedout

      Holds up picture of a Xmas tree and a picture of the Son of God.

    • kaydenpat

      And that is saner than how Spicey actually conducts himself.

  • Gustav2

    Report: Obama Admin Officials Made List Of Documents For Senate Russia Probe

    Obama administration officials were so concerned about the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election that they created a list of document serial numbers to give to senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, NBC News reported Friday….

    …On March 1, the New York Times reported that White House officials, in the waning days of the Obama administration, “scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russian,” to ensure that the information would not be lost in the Trump administration.

    The next day, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia Evelyn Farkas (she served until 2015) said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “I had talked to some of my former colleagues, and I knew that they were trying to also help get information to the Hill.”

    That claim has now turned Farkas into somewhat of a target for those eager to pin responsibility on the Obama administration for the surprising volume and pace of leaks about the investigations into possible connections between Trump affiliates and Russia.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nbc-report-obama-white-house-list-serial-numbers-russia-investigation

    • Farkas retired from her position in 2015. She has no real access to current information and that whole line of inquiry is a farce.

      • Gustav2

        Correct,

        The alt right and Christianists sites have been full of Farkas bashing for two days. Especially in the comments sections.

        • Adam King

          Those people are completely off-their-meds, out-of-touch-with-reality, lip-twiddling insane.

      • safari

        But Spicy finds her very troubling.

        • Gustav2

          She must be a woman who talks back, or something.

    • kaydenpat

      Thank you, President Obama!

      • Gustav2

        And I now have questions:
        What info did Rep Nunes give the White House that one evening and was it the list the Senate intel committee was given in January? Did the two wunderkinds use the list of serial numbers then give the info back to Nunes and then we got the press conference on the White House lawn?

        And why are you Trump folks so afraid your communications with enemy foreign leaders are scrutinized?

    • billbear1961

      She’s a hero to me–everyone is, who tried to preserve the TRUTH so that the Republic might be SAVED.

      They would have been derelict in their DUTY had they not done everything they could to preserve that information!

      I honour them for their service to their country, to the Constitution they swore a solemn oath to uphold!!

      • Gustav2

        The thing of it is, she was not part of the saving of the info. She left the admin in 2015 and the info was given to the Senate intel committee in 2017

        • billbear1961

          Oh, I see–she was reporting on conversations she had with colleagues who saved the information.

        • billbear1961

          So, I honour THEM and thank her (and you) for the information.

          🙂

  • It used to be that the most valuable resource for a White House Press Secretary was credibility. If they say something, it’s supposed to be true or at the very least adjacent to the truth. Spin allowed, outright lies, dissembling, or misrepresentation are not.

    Spicer lost every last bit of his credibility on day 1 of the Pressers when he tried to spin Donald’s lies about the inauguration crowd. And he’s lied daily. Instead of presenting truths with what would be acceptable White House spin on them, he peddles total fabrications. When asked a direct question about something he does not want to address, he awkwardly scolds the premise of the question and expresses false dismay he’s not being asked the pro-Trump questions he wants. Instead of making things more clear, he engages in doublespeak and deliberately tries to muddy the waters with irrelevant distractions.

    He’s also pretty lousy at lying, often presenting information and narratives at direct odds with others’ statements or established, verifiable facts.

    Even though it can be frustrating, the only words spoken by a Press Secretary should be either truth or “we’re not prepared to comment on that.” NOT, “It’s interesting you don’t ask about (phony conspiracy theory).”

    No idea where I’m going with this, except except to say it’s sad to witness someone who should be a public servant at least acquainted with the concepts of truth and honor behaving at such odds with those ideals.

    • Ross

      “It’s sad to witness someone who should be a public servant at least acquainted with the concepts of truth and honor behaving at such odds with those ideals.”

      Isn’t this a prerequisite of anybody involved in the Trump Regime?

      I am being serious.

    • Joe in PA

      Becca…stop shaking your head! 🙂

    • Gustav2

      I thought is was hilarious when he got angry when the press didn’t go down the Farkas rabbit hole.

      • Steverino

        Yes, he got prettty snippy when the reporter pointed out the inconvenient factoid that Farkas left the White House in 2015, long before the election, and what Spicey was alleging wasn’t what Farkas had discussed, anyway.

        • Gustav2

          Deflection deflected!

          • Steverino

            Kind of like holding a mirror up to some asshole pointing a laser beam at them.

    • billbear1961

      What’s sadder is watching journalists not treat him with the open SCORN he DESERVES, that he earned LONG ago.

      “I’m going to LIE to your face, and you’re going to THANK me for it. I’m going to lie CONSTANTLY, badly, and obviously; but you WILL treat me and this regime with RESPECT.”

      The “press”: “Yes, sir, Mr. Spicer, sir!”

      *Spicer laughs at them*

      *the “press” laugh with him*

    • That_Looks_Delicious
    • ChrisMorley

      The world’s press once used to treat previous WH press spokespin with considerable respect, but has quickly learnt to adapt to a diet of lies. Most of the world realises we are being fed bullshit – all those recent european carnival float mockeries of tRump demonstrate the truthgame is over.

      There will come a point, in some serious global crisis, when tRump and the WH will seriously regret they have no remaining credibility.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I regularly browse through news sites in Spanish, Italian and French. I’ve noticed that they’ve completely given up on reporting anything that comes out of the White House. It’s like they collectively decided that it’s all bullshit that shouldn’t be passed along. I can assure you that this was not the case under Obama, Bush or Clinton.

        What they are paying attention to is Trump’s trade deal moves which are barely getting reported at all here.

  • kaydenpat

    Translation: Flynn has nothing on Trump.

    • McSwagg

      I’m sure Flynn has lots of dirt on dRumpster, but like Lewandowski, they are trying to “embed” him in the “Opposition” to deflect interest away from the truth.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    LOL. If you google “Trump Russia” you get 24,000,000 results in less than half a second.

  • boobert

    NO IMMUNITY ! By flynn’s own words , if you ask for immunity, your GUILTY !

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Lars Littlefield

      If Bill Kristol perceives dishonesty and irresponsibility, well boy howdy, he should know.

      • Gustav2

        When it offends him, it must be really, really bad.

    • scorpiomike

      I have stopped watching all the Trump stooges that have demonstrated to the world that they are liars. No Trump, No Conway, No Spicer, etc.

    • Gustav2

      He was not kind. Especially about no one taking responsibility of signing Rep Nunes in. If it was routine and proper as Spicer said, there is a ‘sign in sheet.’

  • MikeBx2

    So when the time comes to hear from Flynn, there will be no attempt to block his testimony. Great.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Vlad will take care of that. If I were Flynn, that’s what I’d be worried about.

      • Tor

        You read my mind.

  • TexasBoy

    Note delivered by Nunes:

    Mr. Flynn:
    I want you to testify. Here’s what you’re going to say…

    Love,
    Donnie

  • M Jackson
  • grada3784

    Trump Wants Michael Flynn To Testify – Trump and Flynn finally got their stories straight.