Although most of the Breitbart journalists are completely detached from objective reality, a sprinkling of them do seem to grasp certain aspects of just how bad the Mueller probe is going to be for Donald Trump, particularly with Michael Flynn’s decision to cooperate with him. Editor-at-large for Breitbart News Joel Pollak wrote the following piece about the implications of his turning:
Flynn’s decision to cooperate with Mueller means that the White House now faces immediate legal danger — not so much from the substance of the allegations, but from the kind of “process crimes” to which Flynn pleaded guilty.
At the very least, Ty Cobb and his colleagues are going to be on the defensive for many months — certainly through most of 2018, if not longer. Most of it will have nothing to do with Russia. But it is not going to disappear.
On Friday, reacting to the news of Flynn’s guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with Mueller, Cobb released a bizarre statement in which he called Flynn “a former Obama administration official” — as if Flynn had not also been Trump’s top national security adviser, and his warmup speaker at nearly every campaign rally in the fall of 2016.
Cobb added: “The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”
That is beyond wishful thinking. It is borderline delusion.
Flynn’s future testimony might not stand up in court, given that he will have been convicted of lying. But the information he provides will help Mueller hound anyone and everyone in the Trump orbit, in pursuit of the swamp’s political revenge.
And this is only the beginning.
Pollak is clearly freaked out by the latest turn of events, and despite not believing Trump is guilty of anything (he is still a Trump shill) , he clearly recognizes the president is facing a political scandal he may not be able to tweet or bluster his way out of. Trump is reportedly completely convinced he will be exonerated, but given his mental state is about as stable as Florida’s coastline, this is to be expected. The people around him, however, understand that shit is about to get very, very real. Reported Politico:
There is a growing sense of dread among Trump’s closest confidants that the noose is tightening — if not around the president, then around his closest advisers and family members.
Flynn is the second Trump associate known to have pleaded guilty, after campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts. His plea deal, struck in October after months of silent cooperation, was unsealed the same day multiple charges were unsealed against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and another campaign official, Rick Gates, both of whom have pleaded not guilty to money laundering and other charges.
One person close to the White House described the mood this way: “What they’re freaked out about is that there are no leaks. Papadopoulos didn’t leak. Flynn didn’t leak. They feel like they can’t trust anyone. Their own counsel didn’t know.”
If Breitbart is now acknowledging that the man they’ve been lying for shamelessly for the past two years is in deep trouble, you can be sure that we are approaching some sort of reckoning.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.