Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn was set up by both Democrats and neoconservatives because he supported President Donald Trump’s tendency for better ties with Russia, an analyst says.
“Flynn was sacrificed,” and Trump made a “major blunder” for asking him to resign, said Stephen Lendman, a journalist and political analyst based in Chicago.
“Getting rid of Flynn, getting rid of an ally; it weakens him; it makes him more vulnerable,” Lendman said during an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
“Maybe there will be somebody else in this administration that will be targeted for elimination and maybe he’ll make another mistake by getting rid of that person,” he said of Trump.
Trump himself is the target of an impeachment and might ultimately be removed from office, the analyst noted.
The White House confirmed Flynn's resignation on Tuesday. Keith Kellogg, a retired US Army general, has been named as Flynn’s interim replacement.
In his resignation letter, Flynn said he had given "incomplete information" to Vice President Mike Pence, who went on live TV and denied the allegations against the retired US Army general.
Flynn's resignation came just hours after reports surfaced that the Justice Department had warned Trump last month that Flynn lied regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the US and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.
The conversation, which took place well before Trump’s inauguration, centered around lifting then-President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Russia.
Any discussion of sanctions at that time would have amounted to a breach of law against private citizens engaging in foreign policy.
Earlier this month, just days after coming into office, Flynn criticized Iran over its missile test. "We are officially putting Iran on notice,” he said during a White House press briefing on February 1.
In August, Flynn said that “Islamism” was a “vicious cancer” in body of all Muslims and had “to be excised.”