Prepare for the Trump Russia scandal to worsen

Posted by | February 19, 2017 10:28 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics

Luca Trenta at The Conversation explains why:

The White House was apparently notified weeks before Flynn resigned that his calls and behaviour were being investigated by the FBI; former acting attorney-general Sally Yates reportedly warned the White House in January 2017 that Flynn (as well as other members of the Trump team) had extensive contacts with the Russians. (Trump famously fired Yates after she declined to defend his “travel ban”.)

The story is still developing, and it seems Flynn’s resignation might be only the start – not least since Trump’s preferred replacement for him has already declined to take the job. …

We already knew that during the election, Russia helped steal and release emails that damaged Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration later responding with new sanctions. Around the same time, several members of Trump’s team were reportedly in touch with Russian intelligence officials.

Flynn’s ties with Russia were well known even before the election. Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort resigned before the election due to his pro-Russia stance and business ties. Trump is known to have business ties in Russia – and he has many times praised Vladimir Putin while refusing to criticise even his more repressive practices.

Even after all this, Trump seemed to care little for the potential political or security fallout. For secretary of state he picked Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobil, a company which would stand to gain if the sanctions on Russia were lifted. Tillerson is a noted recipient of Russia’s Order of Friendship, the highest honour it confers on foreign citizens.

The evidence on the administration’s connections to Russia is certainly of concern. Even more worrying is the fact that Republicans in Congress have so far shown little desire to formally investigate them. That includes the same Republicans who spent several years and millions of dollars doggedly investigating Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attacks and her use of a private email server.

After months of reporting information that predates Trump’s inauguration, the press corps is now in a position to cover the Flynn/Russia scandal as it develops. As proposed inquiries are stonewalled by Congress and ridiculed by the White House, the president’s tweets have tried to distract from the story by suggesting that the real issue is leakers in the intelligence agencies, not potential treason.

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9 responses to Prepare for the Trump Russia scandal to worsen

  1. Buford2k11 February 19th, 2017 at 11:10

    it is now, fairly obvious whom the real players are…chaffetz blocking/avoiding any investigations except for the guy who set up HRC’s server…ummm…that is suspicious behavior on chaffetz part…then the whole comey/chaffetz ratf*ck of HRC with the emails…McConnell’s immediate disapproval of any investigations, and direct denial that anything is wrong…Paul Ryan, stammering when he lies, is misleading the Nation and using the trump abomination as cover for the evil they are doing in congress…McCain yelling at the clouds, Graham kinda saying something from his fainting couch…and Rand Paul is still a dipsh*t….I really hope we are not pinning our hopes on these guys….to help the Democratic party in saving our Nation from the obvious road to destruction that we are careening towards…

    • StoneyCurtisll February 19th, 2017 at 12:00

      Right on~!

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    • robert February 19th, 2017 at 19:45

      Unless you know of a way to unseat all the senators above Its almost a sure thing we will be going off the cliff

      • granpa.usthai February 20th, 2017 at 10:15

        a Military Firing Squad would be the least expensive to taxpayers (the REAL forgotten ones), though not quite as much fun. I think the long, agonizing day to day chipping away at the republican stone wall will guarantee a long and prosperous future for the MSM. self inflicted paralyzation by LIAR trump would be best for the taxpayers (the REAL forgotten ones) and sooner or later, the tower of LIES will begin to crumble and fall.

        both LIAR trump and mad vlad would most likely prefer nuclear holocaust on their nations before they were put on trial by their own people. China (the nation both were secretly planning a joint surprise military attack on) will most likely enter it into their historical accounts as ‘sic semper LYING DUMBASSES’?

  2. Mike February 19th, 2017 at 13:23

    No matter what happens, Trump’s entire life will now be defined as a bromance with Putin and Neo-Nazi’s

  3. William February 19th, 2017 at 14:59

    I don’t think Vlad thought this through completely.

  4. amersham1046 February 19th, 2017 at 18:49

    will be a long way to the bottom of this hole, as the Trump Team keeps digging it deeper

  5. granpa.usthai February 20th, 2017 at 09:59

    when LIAR trump’s ‘fake lawyer’ starts flip flopping, you’ll know the hook is set.

    DPRK News may be the only source for Chinese Historians to piece the puzzle together.

    this much is known for sure:

    comey, traitor of the Republic
    ryan, traitor of the Republic
    mcconnell, traitor of the Republic
    flynn, traitor of the Republic
    LIAR trump, traitor of the Republic
    bannon, traitor of the Republic

    and a whole lot of other members of the republican party.

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