Sunday, March 5, 2017

#RussiaGate Heats Up for Trump

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Things are getting stranger as more facts as well as speculation are being tossed around about the Trump Administration's connection to Russia both after the election as well as long before. Everyone in his Cabinet seems to have had some contact with Russian operatives, even Jeff Sessions who is now Attorney General who last week recused himself from any future investigations. And it is pretty clear that the FBI and NSA are looking at the situation as a grave matter of National Security.

From GuardianUK: "Will Russia connection become the Trump administration's Watergate?"
The US president’s joint address to Congress this week was well received but was rapidly overshadowed by revelations that his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had twice spoken with the Russian ambassador during last year’s presidential election.
As it has emerged that other members of the Trump campaign – including his son-in-law Jared Kushner – also met with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, the Kremlin connection seems destined to be the putative scandal that will not go away for the White House.
...Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, has called for Sessions to quit, saying he “clearly misled” the Senate about contacts with Russian officials, and demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed.
Schiff also accused the FBI director, James Comey, of withholding crucial information about its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, and raised the prospect of subpoenaing the agency.

From Washington Post:
Sessions failed to tell the truth during his confirmation hearings about meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and allegedly no one in the White House knew of those meetings until The Washington Post broke the story last Wednesday.
During his confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked one question but answered another, and in so doing, did not tell the truth. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) asked Sessions, “If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?”
This was a prospective question, with Franken asking the likely next attorney general how he would handle such allegations if intelligence officials produced such evidence. Sessions chose to answer it this way: “I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”


Trump himself wondered about possible government wiretaps inside Trump Tower, which would mean that the government definitely has suspicians of espionage. Trump wrongly aimed the blame on former President Obama, who never could have planted bugs anywhere because Presidents don't have the power to order wiretaps. Strangely the one taking up for Obama is James Comey, who just swayed the election to Trump with his erstwhile investigation of Hillary's emails.


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