The only question to ask today is “is this the end of the beginning, or is it the beginning of the end?” I don’t ask that question lightly either. The problem is that even with Flynn’s resignation, there are still way too many questions about the situation, and how trump handles classified information as well.
Let’s start here. The Yemen raid was supposedly discussed over dinner. That in itself isn’t a problem, but who was at the dinner and where it was held is a question. As I have written before, I do not see any reason why Kushner was present. Nor do I understand how the president could discuss and then make his decision without a full briefing from the entire security staff in a non-secure space. Having dinner outside a SCIF to discuss such a raid is very troubling, at least to me.
Then we have what happened over the weekend. As you probably heard, the Prime Minister of Japan was visiting. Our beloved leader took him to Mar-a-Lago for a weekend of golf. While they were having dinner on an outside patio, North Korea launched their missile test.
In another breach of security, the president and the Prime Minister started talking about the launch and their reaction to it at the dinner table. According to reports, the president’s staff began bringing documents about the launch to the table and other guests were milling around and taking pictures. There are even pictures of staff holding cell phones to light up the documents so they could read them.
We don’t know what was in the documents, and we probably never will. I don’t even want to claim that the information was classified, but the optics of just how lackadaisical the president seems to hold such discussions is very troubling.
Then late list night, Mike Flynn resigned his position over the Russia scandal that he started. I am sure that trump and his team will consider the matter closed. But it is not closed and we the people cannot let it end with Flynn’s resignation.
There was something very odd about his letter of resignation. It wasn’t what he said in the letter, it was what he did not say. In his letter he wrote:
Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.
He admits that he misled the Vice President Elect. However, he does not admit that he misled the president-elect. That is a glaring omission to me. If you are resigning because you lied to your boss, why didn’t you mention his name in your letter? If I were Pence, today I would be demanding and explanation from trump about that omission!
This all means that there are way too many questions about this whole mess that still need to be answered. As we discussed, “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Additionally, why did the president take so long to do something about this? We never heard anything from trump about this matter right up to Flynn’s resignation, except a lie when he sad “I didn’t see that report”.
According to our intelligence communities, Flynn also had contact with the Russians during the campaign. That is extremely troubling. Especially when you consider the fact that our intelligence agencies say Russia was behind the hacks during the campaign and that Russia was trying to influence the election in trump’s favor.
So, was Flynn and/or trump actually coordinating the campaign with Putin and the Russians? Was there any illegal activity between the two parties during the election? If there was any coordination, then there were a whole bunch of laws broken.
Then we have the fact that Flynn talked to the Russian Ambassador about the sanctions that the Obama Administration was going to impose on Russia over the election interference. I am sorry, but I do not believe that trump did not know about the phone calls. I can’t even say I believe that trump did not order the phone calls.
Furthermore, it was also reported last night that Sally Yates, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Justice warned the White House about Flynn. According to the report, she said that Flynn was “compromised and could be subject to blackmail from Russia.” She gave the warning last month. With that information in hand, the White House did nothing!
Then, Yates said she believed the travel ban that trump ordered was not constitutional and would not defend it. Right after that, trump fired her. Question – Was she fired due to her not defending a law she considered unconstitutional or because she ratted out Flynn?
And, who are the ones crying the most about Flynn’s resignation? The Russians! There have been some very interesting tweets from Russian lawmakers about what they are calling “Flynn’s Retirement”. One even said he was forced out because of “Russophobia”.
This mess has become so bad, I have to wonder if we can trust trump or anyone in his administration on anything? What makes them think that the American People are so stupid as to not see through the veil they are trying to place over everything.
Our beloved leader is a disaster when it comes to national security. He keeps saying that his travel ban and his round up of undocumented immigrants are all designed to “keep America safe”. Yet, when you look at the overall picture, you will discover that the biggest threat to our country’s safety and security is our beloved leader.
We now have a president who really believes that he is above the law. He believes that we, the American People will just fold up our tents and follow him wherever he decides to lead us. That became very apparent when one of his top advisers, Miller, said on national TV that the president’s orders are “unquestionable”.
The media and other pundits keep saying that the administration just doesn’t know what they are saying. They try to give us the impression that they are just getting their feet under themselves. That they are learning a real tough job on the job.
Do not believe this bullshit! THE ADMINISTRATION KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS DOING! Their campaign against the media and the judicial system has only one goal. Make people distrust those institutions so they can ignore the media and the courts and just do what they want.
The whole process behind their methods is to establish an authoritarian government. Our beloved leader does not want to have to deal with a court system that challenges his unconstitutional actions. He does not want a media that tells the people what lies are being forced down their throats. He does not want a Congress who will stop his agenda.
He explained everything very well during the campaign. He said: “ONLY I CAN FIX OUR PROBLEMS”. Once the election was over, he started taking steps to do just that. He began taking steps to make it possible for him to make all decisions and do whatever he wants because he wants to be dictator.
Congress needs to act on the mess. They need to investigate just what the hell happened and who knew what and when. This is way too big for normal committee to investigate. We need a Special Committee with a Special Prosecutor to get to the bottom of this sink hole.
Yesterday was only the fourth Monday of the trump presidency. And, in that short four weeks, we already have a potential constitutional crisis like we haven’t had in about 50 years.
I don’t care if you are a Democrat or Republican. I don’t care if you are a conservative or a liberal. You can not close your eyes to this potential explosive mess that was created by trump and his administration.
We cannot accept any more excuses. We cannot keep explaining away these breaches in protocol or security. Our president is a disaster and he needs to start explaining himself.
If you are willing to accept Flynn’s resignation and let the matter go, then you cannot call yourself a patriot! Patriots don’t sit around and let a president establish his authoritarian government without screaming back, NO YOU DON’T!
Are you listening Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell? Our president ran his campaign on fear and hate. He is running his presidency on fear and hate. He keeps talking about “security” as something behind all of his actions. But, his actions have either been unlawful or inhumane. Is that the kind of president you really want in the Oval Office?
This is not being limited to just “national security” matters either. Our entire government is under threat. The Justice Department has already cancelled a case involving LGBT rights. They have put on hold other cases about voting rights and abortion rights.
If you are concerned about anything special, it will be under attack in the near future by this administration. Even “conservative” ideas since trump is not really conservative.
I warn you. Be very concerned with any administration that claims that everything they do is in the name of “national security”. That is just a cover to sidestep the constitution and the laws.
Remember the warning from Benjamin Franklin. “If you are willing to give up some freedoms for security, you will soon discover that you have neither”. We are being forced by our president to make that choice today.
If you read this and think I am pissed off, you are right. This is not the America I served, and not the America I want my grandchildren to grow up in. All things begin at the top. I do not believe Flynn acted alone. I believe trump knew what he was doing. I don’t know for sure, which is why we need the investigations. We need to find out the truth.
And, the shirts keep marching along!