March 27, 2017
President Trump cannot shake the scandal surrounding his nascent administration. Michael Flynn was his pick for national security advisor—obviously a bad choice. Last month Flynn resigned amidst a brewing scandal. It appears that before his appointment, he privately discussed the issue of sanctions with Russian ambassador Kislyak, but he misled Vice-President Pence regarding these conversations. After initially backing Flynn, the V.P. ended up back-tracking. Flynn lasted 24 days in office. He is now under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agencies.
Then we have Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who now says that he met with the Russian ambassador, but he failed to disclose those meetings when interviewed by the Senate. He has recused himself from any existing or future government investigations of any matters related to the campaigns for president.
Meanwhile, James Comey, the head of the FBI, whose continuing public appearances have made him a minor celebrity, has now confirmed before the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
Washington is abuzz with rumors that President Trump has been attempting to muzzle Comey about the Russian interference story. President Trump has muddied these dangerous waters with his recent Tweet alleging that President Obama wire-tapped his phones in the Trump Tower last October just before the election calling Obama a “bad (or sick) guy!” The beat goes on. It’s one Russian doll inside another.
No one has been able to prove collusion with the Russians—yet. James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence in Obama’s reign, stated publicly about the NSA, that “there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, president-elect or campaign.” Score one for Obama. But, he also has said he saw no evidence of collusion during his watch. Score one for Trump.
Most recently Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said while there was some “incidental collection” of information related to the Trump team after the election, this didn’t mean that Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower. Maybe this is the source of the president’s erroneous Tweet.
‘Collusion’ is a conspiracy intended to cheat or deceive.
Was there collusion between the Russians and the Trump operatives? New reports in today’s New York Times indicates that the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to question Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top adviser regarding meetings that he arranged with the Russian ambassador.
Almost every day, we receive new reports related to Russia and President Trump. Can it all be ‘fake news’? Remember, Hillary Clinton and several intelligence agencies agree that Russia has interfered with the election process. She claims that the Russians hacked the DNC email server and delivered them to Wikileaks damaging her campaign. Government officials are attempting to connect the dots between Russia and the Trump campaign. If the link is made to the Trump team, will Hillary ask Congress to void the election by impeaching Trump?