During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, ask the one question that could bring down the Trump administration. Did Trump instruct Flynn to talk to the Russians?
STEPHANOPOULOS: It also appears Mr. Miller didn’t want to take questions about General Flynn, who’s under criticism for those contacts with the Russian ambassador, perhaps misleading the vice president as well. Do you agree with the Democratic leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi, that his security clearance should be revoked, pending the completion of the investigation?
CUMMINGS: Yes, think that’s an appropriate action. But, George, there’s something else that needs to be asked. That is — did the president instruct General Flynn to talk to the ambassador? And did he know about it? If he knew about this conversation, when did he know it? That, to me, that is the key question. And we need to find out what that answer is.
Now, keep in mind, that he really — that is General Flynn, put the vice president in a very awkward and a very sad position. To have him go out on national media and say that these were just some casual conversations that had nothing to do with the sanctions, and then for General Flynn to be walking that back, that’s not good enough. He is the National Security Adviser. He is supposed to be the one to make sure that these kinds of things don’t happen. And here he is, embroiled in all of this.
So I think we’ve got — I think it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens over the next week. I would be very interested to know how the vice president feels after he was basically thrown under the bus?
Kellyanne Conway’s Ivanka Trump promotion is getting much of the media attention as it should because it highlights the conflicts of interest surrounding this administration, but the nine hundred pound gorilla of scandal that could bring down Trump, Pence, Ryan and McConnell involves Mike Flynn and Russia.
Rep Cummings asked the key question. Did Trump direct Flynn to talk to the Russians? What did the president know, and when did he know it?
Russia has always been the dark cloud over Trump’s presidency. Every top member of his administration has now been dragged into the scandal by publicly making false statements about Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Republicans in Congress have no stomach for Trump’s cozying up to Russia, and if there is one issue that is capable of inspiring a bipartisan Congressional investigation, it is Trump’s potential collusion with Russia.
The Russia scandal has been a steady drip, drip, drip of information that the Trump administration has been unable to stop. All of those little drips of info are combining to form a tidal wave that will have the power to sweep Trump and the Republican Party out of power.
Elected officials are asking the right questions. The next step is getting the answers.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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