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There is Justice, and Then There is Poetic Justice.

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Posted: May 18, 2020 12:01 AM
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There is Justice, and Then There is Poetic Justice.

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Will Michael Flynn – the former National Security Advisor to President Trump – finally get the justice he and all of his supporters believe he truly deserves? And if so, would that justice then morph into a case of poetic justice, in which Michael Flynn is appointed as the next director of the FBI and goes on to head up the very organization he, President Trump, and those same supporters believe framed him in the first place?

I spoke with one senior administration official who says that is now open speculation in some quarters.

For those who are students of the behavior pattern of President Donald J. Trump, such a scenario falls well within the plausibility range. He likes to push buttons and mix things up and is clearly disappointed in the FBI and it's past and current leadership, something he made quite clear two weeks ago when the possibility of FBI abuse in the case against General Flynn came to light.

President Trump blasted the “dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI” he believes are behind the alleged abuse directed at General Flynn. The president then added in part: “Look at what they did to this guy…they came at him with 15 buses and he’s standing in the middle of the highway. What they did to this man, they tormented him, they destroyed him. But, he’s going to come back. Like I say, he’s going to come back bigger and better.”

Bigger and better…where?

Prior to those comments, President Trump had fired off almost 30 tweets or retweets on the exact same subject regarding potential FBI misdeeds. One of the retweets targeting the current director of the FBI, Christopher Wray.

“What did FBI Director Christopher Wray know and when? And why has he been covering up for scum bags?” tweeted Katie Pavlich, editor of Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.

With that retweet, it’s certainly safe to at least guess President Trump is not exactly enamored with FBI director Wray at the moment.

As for Flynn coming back into the Trump administration, the president also stressed it was something he “would certainly consider.”

Vice President Pence then weighed in on the subject of Flynn coming back into the administration by saying in part: “I think General Michael Flynn is an American patriot. And for my part, I’d be happy to see Michael Flynn again.”

Per a report from The Daily Beast last week: “of the nine senior Trump administration officials, campaign staff, an outside adviser, and longtime associates of the president reached on Thursday, all said they wanted Flynn to assume some public-facing role in service of the president…”

But again, what if that “public-facing role” is as the next director of the FBI? Given President Trump’s management style, it is easily imaginable and Michael Flynn is more than qualified in the eyes of many.

In September of 2011, Lt. General Flynn became the assistant director of national intelligence in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Then, in April of 2012, he was appointed the 18thdirector of the Defense Intelligence Agency by then-President Barack Obama. A position he held for the next two years.

The fact that Obama then pushed Flynn out of that job and then basically begged President-elect Trump not to hire Flynn based upon the grudge Obama still held, are seen as badges of honor for Flynn in the Trump White House and administration.

And now, with the news of Obama officials and even former Vice President Biden potentially being involved in the “unmasking” of Flynn, the stock of the former National Security Advisor to President Trump continues to rise.

On the subject of the “unmasking” of Flynn, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham just announced that he will hold a series of “in-depth” hearings in early June on “Crossfire Hurricane” and other alleged Obama administration abuses.

With regard to that unmasking itself, President Trump said: “It was the greatest political crime in the history of our country. If I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, I think everybody would have been in jail a long time ago…and I’ll tell you, General Flynn and others are heroes. Heroes, because of what’s happened to them.”

Could “Hero” Michael Flynn become the next director of the FBI sometime after those hearings commence? President Trump does march to the beat of his own drummer, does think very highly of General Flynn, and does believe he deserves high-profile redemption.

Naming Flynn director of the FBI would certainly be that high-profile redemption and a Trumpian move of the first order.