“The Smoke IS The Fire”: A Republican Lawmaker Just NAILED Trump To The Cross
The smoking gun is now in the open and it’s pointing squarely at president Donald Trump.
For months, Trump has repeatedly denied there was any contact between his team and Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. That is a blatant lie.
It wasn’t just one person. Or two. There’s a growing list of people who had such communications.
As mounting evidence is being leaked to the press, the Trump administration has now conceded that some of its top officials did indeed have contact with Russia during the campaign.
Michael Flynn lost his job as national security adviser over the admission last month, and on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had his power diminished when he promised to recuse himself from investigations into Russia’s interference in U.S. elections.
But it’s not just Flynn and Sessions. On Thursday, officials admitted there were three other people who communicated with Russia during the campaign as well.
Two Trump campaign aides, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Cleveland during the GOP convention last summer. In December, Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, joined Flynn for a meeting with Kislyak.
Now, even Republicans are admitting that Trump is deep in “the danger zone.”
During a conversation with Axio’s reporter Pablo Martinez Monsivais about the White House’s Russia issues, a top Republican said: “This is the rare case where the smoke IS the fire.”
“The warning signs and botched reactions and mounting questions have themselves become huge problems for the President.
So many of the players — by slow-rolling, obscuring or trashing the facts — have made it LOOK like they have something to hide.”
According to Axios, Republicans close to the White House said events seem to be “moving from the Distraction Zone to the Danger Zone.”
Democrats see that the scandal and investigative machinery that was used against them in the Clinton administration can now be cranked up to hobble this president, just as he heads into the months when he needs to be putting legislative points on the board.
On Thursday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews made a clarifying point, highlighted in Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter:
“[W]e’re only learning the truth of all these endless meetings with the Russians because of good reporting … We’re getting great print coverage by the hour. And that’s the only reason this administration is admitting things. Trump didn’t act on Flynn until it was exposed by the press. The attorney general didn’t recuse himself until today because the report ran in today’s newspapers. This is an administration being driven by truth that’s coming from somewhere else.”
But the Russia scandal is not the only matter keeping Republicans awake at night.
There’s a growing realization that something is not right with President Trump. His Twitter outbursts, bizarre fixations on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and TV ratings, the “investigation” into supposed fraud in his own election, and an ongoing circus of “alternative facts” point to a man not in full control of his faculties.
And there is a deeper problem: Donald Trump is profiting from the presidency at public expense. It’s immoral, it’s unconstitutional, and it’s grounds for impeachment.