DOJ 'Hard Pressed' Not To Find Flynn Coup Comment 'Criminal': Gen. Barry McCaffrey

Retired four-star U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey has said that former national security adviser Michael Flynn may face criminal charges for suggesting a Myanmar-like military coup "should happen" in the U.S, during a QAnon conference.

Flynn has been widely criticized for the remarks at the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" in Dallas on Sunday.

While taking questions from the audience at the $500-a-head event, one man asked Flynn: "I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here?"

The question prompted cheers from the crowd.

"No reason. I mean, it should happen here," Flynn said.

Speaking to MSNBC, McCaffrey described Flynn's "dangerous rhetoric" as "harmful" to the country.

"This is putting the country at risk," McCaffrey said. "I have never heard anything like this, probably in the last hundred years. This kind of, just completely irresponsible, provocative language.

"I think Mike Flynn has a mental health problem, to be blunt," McCaffrey said. "He has slipped into a different realm.

"As a senior military officer, retired as he is, to be calling for a coup against our democratic country, and he's done this before, is extremely dangerous."

McCaffrey added that the Department of Justice is going to be "hard-pressed not to consider" whether Flynn's language at the QAnon event was "criminal in nature."

Flynn, who was pardoned by former President Donald Trump after he was convicted of lying to the FBI, is seen as a hero in the QAnon movement.

He is considered one of the leading advocates of the conspiracy theory that believes there exists a cabal of Satanic pedophiles and that Trump will return as president after falsely thinking he lost the 2020 election due to widespread voter fraud.

Flynn was found to have taken a makeshift oath of office which ended with the QAnon phrase "where we go one we go all"—often abbreviated to "WWG1WGA—in July 2020. Flynn's family launched a $75 million lawsuit against CNN, denying that the video filmed in Flynn's backyard had anything to do with expressing allegiance to QAnon.

Flynn also had hashtags used by the QAnon movement in his now-suspended Twitter bio.

The question about the military coup in Myanmar, which has claimed the lives of several hundred people since January and saw democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained, appears to have been influenced by QAnon forums and message boards.

For months, advocates of the radical conspiracy theory have praised the intervention and suggested such a thing could occur in the U.S., in order to force Trump back in the White House.

A Telegram account believed to belong to Flynn—the encrypted messaging service app does not verify profiles—denied that his comments at the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" amounted to calling for a coup.

"Let me be VERY CLEAR—There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort," the post said.

"Any reporting of any other belief by me is a boldface fabrication based on twisted reporting at a lively panel at a conference of Patriotic Americans who love this country, just as I do. I am no stranger to media manipulating my words and therefore let me repeat my response to a question asked at the conference: There is no reason it (a coup) should happen here (in America)."

QAnon John, whose real name is John Sabal, was one of the organizers of the event in Dallas.

Sabal, who frequently attempted to claim the three-day event was not a QAnon conference, also denied Flynn was suggesting a coup should happen in the U.S., despite video existing of him saying those exact words.

"I was there, I heard exactly what was said, and I think the FAKE NEWS is absolutely DESPICABLE for making this GREAT man out to be something that he is not," Sabal wrote on Telegram.

The DoJ has been contacted for comment.

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Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on December 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Retired Four-Star U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey said Flynn may face criminal charges for suggesting a Myanmar-like military coup "should happen" in the U.S. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images