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Yes, Michael Flynn resigned — now everyone settle down

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, then-Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Although he might be the first man to be hired by and pushed out of consecutive presidential administrations, its time to settle down about the resignation of Michael Flynn.

First, stop vilifying the man. This man has served his country with distinction and honor for decades — much more so than the career politicians that have been calling for his head.

I echo the thoughts of Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.

“Washington, D.C., can be a rough town for honorable people, and Flynn — who has always been a soldier, not a politician — deserves America’s gratitude and respect for dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security,” he said in a statement to ABC News.

Are we surprised that he spoke with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.? It’s his JOB!

Should it be surprising to learn that part of that conversation would be about the recent U.S. sanctions? No! The problem seems to be that he didn’t tell his only two bosses about that part.

I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here. There are very few people in this nation that understand the chain of command and why we have a chain of command. If something was important,his bosses would know.

You know what? They probably did know.

The reason why I am calling for calm with regards to Flynn’s resignation is that we are focusing on the wrong thing.

We are missing all of the shenanigans surrounding the resignation. Check this noise out:

Right out of the gates, the Democrats lashed out. There have been calls for full investigations into the matter before the man has even cleared out his office. Keep in mind that Obama fired Flynn for being an outspoken critic of the president and his minions.

Now the minions are coming after him.

Then, the Russians themselves weighed in. Right out of the gates, they confirmed that the conversation had taken place.

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of Russia’s senate foreign affairs committee, came out swinging.

“To force a national security adviser to resign for contacts with the Russian ambassador (a usual diplomatic practice) -— it’s not even paranoia but something immeasurably worse,” he wrote on Facebook.

Well, Kosachev, around these parts we call it electoral politics And all is fair in love, war, and electoral politics.

Russian Sen. Aleksei Pushkov called the Flynn situation “paranoia and a political witch hunt.”

He went on to say, “Either Trump has not acquired the sought-for independence or Russophobia has already permeated the new administration from top to bottom.”

He wrapped up with, “The expulsion of Flynn was Act One. The marked man now is Trump himself.”

That is a bold statement. It might very well be true — but a bold statement.

Nice job, Pushkov. Way to hit the Democrats with their own playbook. If someone disagrees with you or doesn’t support your way of life or beliefs, call them some kind of -phobic!

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