May 12, 2017 Update
May 11, 2017 Update
May 9, 2017 Original Post
So there you have it.
Trump was warned by his predecessor not to hire Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. He hired the man anyway.
His White House lawyers were warned by the Acting Attorney General that Flynn could be blackmailed by the Russians because he lied to the Vice President and the Russians knew that.
But Trump fired the messenger instead and waited eighteen days to fire Flynn.
And now Trump has fired the FBI Director looking into his administration’s ties to the Russians.
The White House spin is that there is no cover-up involved; that it’s time to move on from that investigation even though Federal prosecutors have just issued grand jury subpoenas to Flynn associates seeking business records as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling into last year’s election.
“The decision by a President whose campaign associates are under investigation by the FBI for collusion with Russia to fire the man overseeing that investigation, upon the recommendation of an Attorney General who has recused himself from that investigation, raises profound questions about whether the White House is brazenly interfering in a criminal matter.”
Strong words indeed from Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. But I agree.
This is far too serious a matter to be left to Trump. There is clearly a need for the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia investigation and take the matter out of the hands of Trump’s Justice Department minions.
The New York Times is also correct in its editorial on this matter.
“This is a tense and uncertain time in the nation’s history. The president of the United States, who is no more above the law than any other citizen, has now decisively crippled the F.B.I.’s ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates. There is no guarantee that Mr. Comey’s replacement, who will be chosen by Mr. Trump, will continue that investigation; in fact, there are already hints to the contrary.”
People can continue supporting Donald Trump if they choose. But now they will have to do so knowing full well that Trump put the national security of the United States at risk by hiring Flynn. He compounded the threat to our national security by then not promptly firing the man when warned.
Now they will have to support Trump knowing the man is trying to derail an investigation that goes to the heart of our security as a nation.
Donald Trump is a festering, narcissistic, cancer whose only loyalty is to himself, not to the country. He is a threat to the United States and he must not be permitted to continue endangering America’s national security with impunity.
Welcome not just to a constitutional nightmare but to America at risk.