DOMINO EFFECT: After Flynn’s Fall, Democrats Deliver BAD News For Trump
The pieces that helped Donald Trump win the 2016 elections are starting to fall and a domino effect could bring Trump down in the end.
After the resignation of Trump’s national security adviser, Mike Flynn, Democrats are now demanding Jason Chaffetz, the top congressional watchdog in the House, to dig into allegations around President Donald Trump’s role in the collusion with Russia ― or step aside.
Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s email were worth numerous hearings, subpoenas and probes. But possible collusion between the president and Russia? Crickets.
Flynn resigned over his reported contacts with Russians, and discussions with the Russian ambassador about sanctions levied by the Obama administration that he allegedly had before Trump’s inauguration. Flynn at first denied the talks, then said it was only one conversation, then said he could not remember what he talked about.
Democrats have repeatedly called on Congress to launch probes into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton, with limited success. Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), had already asked Chaffetz to seek various documents from the FBI, National Security Council and Department of Defense regarding the investigation.
Chaffetz has declined to do so, prompting Democrats to express greater alarm.
“Today, all Democratic Members of the Committee write to you jointly to request that you either reconsider your decision and initiate this investigation, or step aside and allow the Committee to vote on conducting basic oversight going forward,” the Democrats wrote in a letter to Chaffetz.
Chaffetz’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats find the reluctance of Chaffetz to investigate the Trump administration especially frustrating after Republicans focused so doggedly on Clinton’s role in Benghazi and her ill-considered private email system.
“It is difficult to imagine a more serious list of allegations for our Committee to investigate,” the letter said. “They demand a robust, immediate, and bipartisan investigation rather than partisan stonewalling and the transparent excuses for inaction. If you are not willing to take action, then we ask that you allow us to do our job by scheduling a vote on proposals from other Members of the Committee.”
As Political Dig reported:
After a CIA report confirmed that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections, a tsunami of evidence surfaced online showing that Donald Trump was openly communicating with the Kremlin the entire time, using the press to send not so veiled messages to Vladimir Putin. The video below is an extraordinary example.
During a press conference, Trump called Russia to commit a cybercrime against Hillary Clinton and promising that Russia would be “rewarded mightily.”
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at a press conference in Doral, Florida, Wednesday morning after the second night of the Democratic convention. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”
Despite growing concerns from the Intelligence community, Trump refused to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay out of the American elections and instead reasserted his desire to draw closer to the autocratic Russian leader.
Here’s a timeline of Trump’s comments that suggests his connection to the Russian dictator started years before the election:
October 2007: Trump said Putin’s doing a great job
“Look at Putin – what he’s doing with Russia – I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done – whether you like him or don’t like him – he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period,” Trump told Larry King on CNN.
December 2011: Trump praised Putin’s “intelligence” and “no-nonsense way.”
“Putin has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbors so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe,” Trump said. “I respect Putin and Russians but cannot believe our leader (Obama) allows them to get away with so much…Hats off to the Russians.”
June 2013: Trump wonders if Putin will be his “new best friend”
“Will he become my new best friend?” Trump asked of Putin in a tweet wondering whether Putin would attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant Trump brought to Moscow.
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
“I think he’s done really a great job of outsmarting our country,” Trump told Larry King after Putin successfully dissuaded the US from striking Syria by arranging with the US for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons.
Oct. 11, 2015: Trump says he and Putin had good ratings together.
Asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about similarities between him and Putin, Trump pointed to their appearance on same edition of “60 Minutes.”
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.