The Trump administration is grappling with yet another scandal as National Security Adviser Michael Flynn faces heightened scrutiny after a series of news reports confirmed that he spoke with the Russian ambassador about sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for the Kremlin’s interference in the election before Trump took office.
Adding to the drama, the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and that he was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians, according to CNN.
Many inside the Trump administration are concerned with the fact that the national security adviser could have misled senior members of the White House, including Pence, who went on national television and denied that Flynn spoke about sanctions levied by the Obama administration with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington.
However, Flynn has no plans to resign and there are no expectations that he will be fired, even as US official confirmed that Flynn and Kislyak did speak about sanctions, among other matters.
For some reason, Donald Trump refuses to answer questions about Flynn. In fact, the president continues to have confidence in his embattled National Security Adviser.
“Gen. Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president,” White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC.
Flynn was an early supporter and joined Trump’s campaign as his top foreign policy adviser in early 2016. But Flynn was not just a policy adviser. He also played the role of top surrogate on the campaign trail, seeking to boost Trump’s national security bona fides and also leading the charge on political attacks against Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton while being in contact with Russian operatives at the same time.
It’s illegal for private citizens to conduct U.S. diplomacy. Flynn’s conversations also raise questions about Trump’s friendly posture toward Russia after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow hacked Democratic emails during the election.
But there’s something even more disturbing emerging from this development: The Republican-led congress is mysteriously silent on this scandal and Trump is refusing to fire Flynn. This raises an even more imperative question:
Did Donald Trump know about Flynn’s calls with Sergey Kislyak before the election?
Think about it. If Trump knew, then he is as guilty as Flynn and therefore can be impeached.
Maybe Trump is also vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. We don’t know. But we’ll keep digging until we get to the bottom of this.
So, Mr. Trump, did you know about Flynn’s calls with Russian operatives during the election campaign?