'Morning Joe' Slams Trump Over Flynn Resignation: The Intel Community Has Struck Back
"Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski strongly believes the resignation of Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, is good news for Americans wary of Trump's team.
"I think that Flynn had a very, very, too tight relationship with Donald Trump that also raised questions about the relationship with Russia, which still remains a big question," she opened Tuesday. Brzezinski had predicted Flynn, who resigned Monday, would be the first to leave the administration even before he was sworn in.
“We have been warning this president and Gen. Flynn on the air for months that [if] you go after the intel community, the intel community will go after you,” Scarborough added, after recalling her hunch. “They are the last people you want to go after.”
Ironically, it was former acting attorney general Sally Yates who had warned the White House counsel about Flynn, shortly before she was fired for "betrayal" of the Trump administration last month.
"The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail," the Washington Post reported late Monday.
“Who knew in the White House, and when did they know in the White House and why was the vice president of the United States kept in the dark and allowed to go on television and lie?” Scarborough asked. “The only reason we’re finding out about [Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador] now is because a patriot did leak this.”
According to the report, Flynn denied discussing the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, both in a previous interview and when asked by VP Mike Pence, who defended Flynn mid-January on CBS.
“Was Mike Pence the only one who didn’t know in the White House, that was kept in the dark?” Scarborough asked in response. “Because we certainly know that the White House counsel had to know. You’ve got to believe the president of the United States had to know. Certainly the Justice Department knew, and if the acting attorney general knew—did [Jeff] Sessions know? There has to be a very long list of people in the White House who kept the vice president of the United States in the dark, allowed him to lie on national television and then not correct it afterwards.”
"It goes back to the central question, what is the relationship with Russia?" Brzezinski asked. "There is something—it’s not nothing anymore. It’s not [a] mistake, it’s not being newbies."
"This isn’t Nordstrom, and just ethically inappropriate," she added—a nod to Kellyanne Conway's plug of the first daughter's fashion line. "This is troubling on a deep, global level.”