“I don’t think [Flynn] knew he was doing anything wrong,” the official said. “Flynn talked about sanctions, but no specific promises were made. Flynn was speaking more in general ‘maybe we’ll take a look at this going forward’ terms.”
As NPR’s Domenico Montanaro has reported, Flynn could face consequences even if there isn’t evidence he violated the Logan Act:
“The White House is confident Flynn didn’t say anything that could have violated the law. Of course, that could be open to interpretation. It would be up to the Jeff Sessions Justice Department to review the transcript and bring a case, if it saw fit. That is seen as unlikely.
“But there are other ways in which Flynn could be at risk.
“Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday it’s possible that Flynn will be called to testify under oath. More could become known about the specifics of the call before then. The New York Times reports Tuesday evening that the FBI questioned Flynn in the early days of the Trump presidency about his conversations. And investigators believe Flynn “was not entirely forthcoming”:
” ‘That raises the stakes of what so far has been a political scandal that cost Mr. Flynn his job. If the authorities conclude that Mr. Flynn knowingly lied to the F.B.I., it could expose him to a felony charge.’ ”
It seems to me this opens him up to the Hillary defense. Hillary wasn’t charged with anything for her server because, ya know, she didn’t mean anything by it. It seems to me Flynn didn’t know what he was doing was wrong and he didn’t mean to do anything wrong, so he should be let off the hook like Hillary was. No?
Oh, wait, no… again, that only works if you have a D after your name! My bad! Hang him by his toenails, I guess.