Flynn’s guilty plea may be just the beginning
The guilty plea of Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, of lying to the FBI by all appearances suggests this is just the beginning of a long and sordid unraveling. Time will tell how deep into the White House the crimes will go and how the nation reacts. It is instructive to look back to previous administrations to get perspective.
My memory starts with “All The President’s Men” and the high crimes of Richard Nixon. An analysis of each administration since then and the number of indictments and convictions of officials within suggests that Mr. Trump’s troubles are not unusual. In fact, this was easily predicted.
Nixon – 2 resignations, 76 indictments, 55 convictions
Ford – 1 indictment, 1 conviction
Carter – 1 indictment, 0 convictions
Reagan – 26 indictments, 16 convictions
Bush I – 1 indictment, 1 conviction
Clinton – 2 indictments, 1 conviction
Bush II – 16 indictments, 16 convictions
Obama – 0 indictments, 0 convictions
Trump – 4 indictments, 1 conviction – and counting ...
Does anyone see a pattern here?
Republican administrations have seen 124 indictments and 90 convictions, many serving jail time, while Democratic administrations have seen only three indictments and one conviction. That is quite a record going back 50 years. Should we really be surprised when Trump officials start going to jail?