ABC Makes “Epic Mistake”, Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story, by Tyler Durden.
Having caused chaos in financial markets briefly, set the liberal media on fire with ‘I told you so’s, and sparked a renewed round of #ImpeachTrump demands, ABC News issued a ‘clarification’ to their bombshell Flynn report that not only negates the entire story but provides President Trump with another round of ammunition to fire against the ‘fake news’ media.
Critically, ABC News reports, correcting their earlier report, that Michael Flynn is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to contact the Russians as president-elect, not as a candidate.
Here is the full ‘clarification’During a live Special Report, ABC News reported that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign.That source later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot spots.It was shortly after the election, that President-elect Trump directed Flynn to contact Russian officials on topics that included working jointly against ISIS.
So to clarify — just as President Trump had stated, there was no contact with Russians during his time as a candidate but in fact it was in transition as he attempted to mend broken bridges with another world super-power in his role as president-elect — this in no way a criminal act at all. In fact, reaching out to foreign governments during transitions is standard procedure.
The markets gyrated wildly, down on the initial news implying there might be something to the “Russia collusion” story — which would imperil the president and his economic agenda — then up an hour later when the media clarified that it was just people doing the jobs they were supposed to. Flynn later told a lie to the FBI about what happened in this period (about matters of little consequence, apparently), which is why he is charged.
If this is all Mueller has, he’s got nothing.