In case you missed it, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn didn't resign just because what he did looks bad. It may very well be illegal — and he also lied about it. Before the inauguration, Flynn spoke on the phone with the Russian ambassador, and now thanks to a Washington Post piece shedding light on the matter, he's out. That would look bad in and of itself. But his departure is all the more ironic since Flynn once lead "lock her up" chants for Trump rallies to demonize Hillary Clinton.
That's right. At the Republican National Convention, Flynn led the crowd in a big chant after a fiery speech on Clinton, which Twitter remembered Tuesday. "Lock her up" was trending during the early morning hours as users shared YouTube video of his speech.
At the RNC, Flynn said Clinton "put our nation's security at extremely high risk with her careless risk of a private email server." After the crowd chanted (and yes, he repeated it with them), Flynn had this to say:
It sure sounds different now. By comparison, all Clinton did was put documents on an arguably vulnerable private server (it never was hacked). Flynn's actions on the other hand put him at risk of being blackmailed by Russia, The Post reported.
Flynn had denied that he'd discussed sanctions being lifted under the future Trump Administration while President Obama was still president. But he did. And that's illegal.
If you need your faith in karma renewed, here's Michael Flynn accusing Hillary of being a security risk and leading a LOCK HER UP chant. 💁 pic.twitter.com/3DjzHXceap— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 14, 2017
"If I did a tenth of what she did, I'd be in jail today." Michael Flynn on Hillary Clinton last summer https://t.co/wHeS6w3e7k— Matthew Orr (@Matthew_Orr) February 14, 2017
There's a law called the Logan Act and it pretty much spells out what Flynn allegedly did:
In his conversation with the Russian ambassador, Flynn said that Trump would reverse any new Obama sanctions when he was inaugurated, The Post reported. At the time he was a private citizen — and that negotiation went against the United States government's interests, which at the time was decided by President Obama.
If charged, he could spend three years in jail. With Republicans in charge, that's unlikely, but it hammers home the irony.