• Retired US Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling said “hubris and vengeance” are to blame for former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s downfall.
  • Hertling said in an interview with CNN that Flynn’s behavior in recent years was unbecoming of a US armed services veteran.
  • Flynn pleaded guilty to a charge he lied to the FBI. He is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia investigation.

A retired US Army lieutenant general weighed in on Michael Flynn’s guilty plea in the ongoing Russia investigation. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, who served with Flynn in the US Army, said he believes the former national security adviser’s downfall was the result of an unexplained “hubris and vengeance” that overcame any sense of professionalism.

Hertling explained how he felt in a CNN interview Friday night, saying he is “embarrassed for the Army,” and highlighted the small circle of three-star generals who are given “a special trust and confidence by the government and the military, and the soldiers that he leads.”


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