Disgraced former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is now telling right-wing crowds that state governors can declare war and that “we’re going to probably see that.”
Flynn made his comments at a campaign rally for QAnon-supporting Arizona secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem, who has been endorsed by failed, one-term, twice-impeached ex-president Donald Trump, according to HuffPost.
Of course, Flynn is 100% incorrect, because the U.S. Constitution clearly spells out in Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, only Congress has the power to “declare war” and “raise and support” armies. Also, the president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces and can federalize National Guard troops with the stroke of a pen, so any governor who declared war would find that he didn’t have any forces he could send into battle.
Frances Hill, a professor of law and dean’s distinguished scholar for the profession at the University of Miami also confirmed that Flynn is full of shit, telling Newsweek:
“Even though various and sundry interpreters of the Constitution have, from time to time, tried to argue that the states are sovereign as well…it is a different kind of sovereignty. They have sovereignty over certain elements of action within their own state—declaring war on anybody in their own state not being among those powers, I suppose I should add.”
Professor Hill also addressed the matter of troops:
Flynn also got a thorough mocking on social media.
An inspector general for the Department of Defense has found that disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn violated military protocol and must face punitive action for accepting money from a foreign government that included sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a 2015 dinner.
The Washington Post reports that Flynn took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Turkish and Russian sources:
Investigators determined that Flynn received nearly $450,000 from Turkish and Russian interests in 2015, including for an appearance in Moscow alongside President Vladimir Putin, but found no records that he had sought government approval beforehand. Their findings are detailed in a January 2021 memo to the Army released through the Freedom of Information Act on Thursday.
The Army notified Flynn in a May 2 letter, obtained by The Washington Post, that it would seek to recoup $38,557.06 from him, zeroing in on money and in-kind compensation he received for a gala dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of RT, the Kremlin-run news agency. Putin sat beside Flynn at the event and later told NBC News that he “didn’t even really talk to” him.
Craig R. Schmauder, an Army lawyer, wrote in a letter to Flynn informing him of the punishment that his failure “to obtain the approvals of the Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of State resulted in a violation of the Emoluments Clause.”
In May, Flynn admitted that he would indeed be facing punishment for his actions, remarking:
Flynn could potentially face other actions if the Army inspector general determines that his connections to Russia — along with his calls for martial law to be imposed after it became clear that Donald Trump had lost the 2020 presidential election — were serious enough to warrant that he be court-martialed and stripped of his rank, which would also mean a forfeiture of his military pension.
Earlier today, disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn cited his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination during an appearance before the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection, thereby proving his own guilt in the 2020 election coup, at least according to what his former boss, Donald Trump, has said about those who take the Fifth rather than testify.
The committee subpoenaed Flynn in November, requesting documents and testimony in reference to a December 18, 2020, meeting he reportedly attended with then-President Trump in the Oval Office, where seizing voting machines used in the 2020 election was allegedly discussed.
Flynn was also allegedly involved in efforts to draft several memos ordering multiple federal agencies to seize voting machines, which Trump ultimately did not sign.
Flynn’s lead counsel, David Warrington, said Flynn “exercised his 5th amendment right to decline to answer the Committee’s questions” at his appearance Thursday.
Part of that statement from Flynn’s attorney alleges that members of the committee accused his client of being guilty since he wouldn’t answer any questions:
“During the deposition, Committee staff insinuated that General Flynn’s decision to decline to answer their questions constituted an admission of guilt, consistent with the inaccurate similar statements of the Committee Chair about invocation of the 5th Amendment.”
Where in the world would members of the committee and their staff have gotten the idea that pleading the Fifth is an admission of guilt? Probably from the failed, one-term former president, who has said:
Michael Flynn, the disgraced former national security adviser for Donald Trump, suggested Saturday that the United States should abandon the Constitution and impose a single religion on the country.
HuffPost reports Flynn was speaking at the far-right “ReAwaken America” tour in San Antonio when he remarked:
What exactly is ReAwaken America all about? Well, it’s a mixture of conspiracy theorists and religious extremists who reject science and prefer to deal in lies and innuendo:
The ReAwaken America tour features Flynn and other Trump allies, including Roger Stone and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell. It also includes and anti-vax doctors, including controversial Stella Immanuel, who believes that some medical conditions are caused by demonic sperm in demon dream sex.
Reaction on Twitter to what Flynn said was immediate, with some people noting it sounded like Christo-fascism:
It’s been clear for quite some time now that Michael Flynn, who briefly served (22 days, to be exact) as national security adviser in the administration of failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump, is a scumbag and the lowest form of amphibian excrement to ever crawl on the face of of the planet.
But a new allegation against Flynn suggests that the retired Army lieutenant general is also a traitor and criminal of the highest order who belongs in prison.
Over the weekend, a Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania alleged that Flynn attempted to blackmail election officials in numerous states in order to have bogus election “audits” conducted that would allow Trump to be reinstalled as president despite the fact that he lost the 2020 election by nearly 8 million votes to current President Joe Biden.
Brett Bachmann of Salon was one of the first to report on comments made by Everett Stern:
Stern, a businessman who owns a private intelligence firm called Tactical Rabbit and is running for the open U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, held a press conference Saturday to share his purported findings, later tweeting out a link to the video of his remarks titled, “Everett Stern Releases New Evidence of Ongoing Domestic Terror Threat Links to General Michael T. Flynn.”
“I’m here today not as a candidate running for U.S. Senate, I’m here as a citizen who is genuinely concerned about our country, sincerely concerned about the undermining of our democracy,” Stern said in the opening moments of his statement. He also claimed to be in touch with federal law enforcement about the situation.
Stern also alleges that two people who are part of a group allied with Flynn, “Patriot Caucus” came up to him and wanted to hire his firm for the purpose of collecting “dirt” on officials:
Why was Stern asked to join in the conspiracy? He believes because he’s well-known in the Keystone State, which was one of the states Trump has claimed he actually won, despite the results proving otherwise.
According to Stern, the men who came to him with the plot were also willing to use acts of terror to keep Trump in office, an eerie echo of what took place at the Capitol on Jan. 6:
He claims that he was told to “accomplish the mission even if you have to use domestic terrorism.”
“I believe that Gen. Flynn has committed treason against the United States,” Stern said on Saturday. “Based on what I have seen and witnessed, I truly believe that’s the case.”
Let’s also remember that Flynn himself has called for the overthrow of the American government, telling a pro-Trump crowd that he believed a coup such as the one that took place in Myanmar “should” also happen in the United States.
Remember when Flynn used to stand up at Trump political rallies in 2016 and lead chants of “lock her up” against Hillary Clinton? Clearly, that was psychological projection, and the person who belongs behind bars for the next 20 to 30 years is Michael Flynn. Despite his military service, he’s one of the biggest traitors since Benedict Arnold.