With Flynn Gone Question is: What Does Trump Know and When Did He Know it?
After the shortest tenure in history for a NSC adviser of three weeks-the previous record was 348 days for Reagan’s first adviser-Flynn is gone. The questions, however, have only just begun.
“Flynn Departure Unlikely to Cool Congressional Probes.”
“Resignation kindles questions on president’s knowledge.”
“Gen. Flynn’s decision to step down…was all but ordained the day he misled the country about his secret talks with the Russian ambassador,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday in a statement.
“But Flynn’s departure does not end questions over his contacts with the Russians, which have been alleged to have begun well before Dec. 29,” when the two men are known to have spoken, Mr. Schiff said. Dec. 29 also is the date then-President Barack Obama imposed new sanctions against Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.”
“The House Intelligence Committee is conducting one of three congressional probes, and more are possible. Mr. Schiff and others said a key question is whether Mr. Flynn “was acting on the instructions of the president or any other officials, or with their knowledge.”
“The White House has said Mr. Trump had no knowledge of the subject of Mr. Flynn’s calls to Mr. Kislyak. He denied the two discussed the issue of U.S. sanctions against Russia, but U.S. officials later disclosed they had.”
If so, the question begs why was he not fired when Sally Yates informed Trump and his team about Flynn? Nope, the questions are just starting.
1. Intel has shown that Flynn and the Russian envoy also communicated during the campaign. What were those conversations about?
2. What does Russia have on Flynn?
3. What did Trump know and when did he know it? Did Trump honestly not know what Flynn did on December 29?
Another question is how long will the GOP game of ‘See no evil, Hear no evil’ with Trump be sustainable?
“It wasn’t immediately clear how Gen. Flynn’s resignation would affect potential inquiries into his Russian or other foreign contacts. But Democrats have made clear that they don’t intend to ease their pressure on the Trump administration.”
“In addition to the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting its own inquiry into Russia’s election interference. That probe will include an examination of any possible collusion between Trump campaign staff or associates and those who carried out a series of computer hacks against Democratic political organizations and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.”
Dems would love for GOP to join them in actually doing their jobs and looking out for the interests of the country not just their own party.
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