Michael Flynn

ROCHESTER, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference about the ongoing investigation into the death of Daniel Prude September 20, 2020 in Rochester, New York. Prude died March 30 after being taken off life support following his arrest by Rochester police.   (Photo by Joshua Rashaad McFadden/Getty Images)
Where Things Stand: Isolating With The Oddballs Prime Badge
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Quarantine has forced some of us to spend quite a lot of time in isolation with some … unique characters to say the least.

But President Trump — who, unlike the rest of us, has spent little time actually quarantining since COVID-19 first hit the U.S. — is actively choosing to keep the company of out-there characters.

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Where Things Stand: Flynn’s Descent Into Q Continues Prime Badge
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Since he’s been pardoned from various crimes related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, Michael Flynn has embarked on a concerning descent into the swamps of QAnon.

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Where Things Stand: Even The Tiger King Prime Badge
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President Trump has been laying the groundwork for years at this point.

Even if he had won the election, he’d probably continue floating it — letting a potential Michael Flynn pardon swing in the breeze while he waits for the right moment to let it drop. Now we’ve reached an hour so ripe with presidential turmoil that he might as well fling a distraction at his base.

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Where Things Stand: The Great Unmasking Dud Prime Badge
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President Donald Trump speaks during a White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum on Thursday, September 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/For The New York Times)

There’s a reason this came out through the media rather than some official DOJ press release.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Flynn is expected to testify again on July 15. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
on July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Flynn is expected to testify again on July 15. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on June 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Flynn is expected to testify again on July 15. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
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