MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was beside himself Tuesday as he described the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as, “Day one of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra.”
Todd’s reference to the Iran-Contra Affair — a major scandal for the administration of Ronald Reagan involving illegal dealings with multiple foreign governments and eventually dozens of criminal indictments — came after General Flynn was asked to resign on Monday.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in stark contrast to the Iran-Contra scale conspiracy implied by Chuck Todd, described the departure as follows: “Immediately after the Department of Justice notified the White House Counsel of the situation, the White House Counsel briefed the President and a small group of his senior advisers, the White House Counsel reviewed and determined that there is not an illegal issue but, rather, a trust issue.”
These assurances did little to calm Todd’s instance on something much more significant than has yet been revealed about General Flynn’s departure from the West Wing.
“Take a breath, hyperbole aside folks, hunker down. This is a class five political hurricane that’s hitting Washington,” he told his MSNBC viewers, excitedly shifting in his seat as he reported on the matter.