Monday, February 13, 2017


What did Donald Trump know, and when did he know about Mike Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador?

What did Mike Pence know, and when did he know it?

When will the investigations of the Russian connections begin? Congress? Congress?

When will Mike Flynn be fired or step down? Will Flynn go quietly? Was he following orders? Whose orders?

That's not to mention Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, conspiracy theorist, and general menace who should be nowhere near the White House. Bannon also has Russian connections.
“Steve Bannon, who is the leader of alt-right remember, he runs the alt-right media arm, which is the white supremacist, neo-Nazi arm of the conservative movement,” [Malcolm] Nance said. “He is a believer in what is called Duginism. There’s a guy, Alexander Dugin … He is a Russian that is sort of the Rasputin of the anti-democratic movement in eastern Europe that hates the liberal elite.”

The analyst believes Bannon is setting the strategy for the White House. He told host Joy Reid that Bannon was ultimately attempting to push for Eurasianism, which would “align the United States and Russia together in a Christian war against Islam.”
Nance, who comments frequently on MSNBC, is "a retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer in naval cryptology and author, scholar and media commentator on international terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture." (Wikipedia)

And what about Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon Mobile, now Secretary of State, and his previous lobbying against Russian oil sanctions, which he claims was not lobbying?
I have never lobbied against sanctions,” Tillerson said. “To my knowledge, Exxon never directly lobbied against sanctions.”

This seems hard to believe. Indeed, after the second line, Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the committee, interjected: "I think you called me at the time [Russia sanctions were being debated]," he said. The public record backs him up: There is abundant and clear evidence that Exxon did lobby on sanctions under Tillerson’s leadership.

“In your mind, calling a United States senator to express your belief that sanctions are not effective is not lobbying,”[Sen. Chris] Murphy said. “In my view, that is a distinction without a difference.”
If the Pandora's box of Russian connections between Trump's cabinet and staff is ever opened, much will be revealed.


Anonymous said...

From Russ:

I don't know for certain, of course - but I do strongly suspect that when the real truth of Trump's bromance with Putin comes to light, a horrified public will drive Trump from the White House with torches and pitchforks. Either literally or metaphorically. Pandora's box is opening wider and wider by the day now.

Anonymous said...

From Russ:

And I also want to say that the Flynn scandal and all its ramifications proves beyond all doubt - as if any more proof were needed after the last 15 years of lies, wars, and scandals - that the Republican party is completely unfit to govern, and that from Paul Ryan on down they have all sold their souls to the Devil. And I do mean that literally. Soon they must pay the terrible price.

June Butler said...

Russ, not even on my most pessimistic days did think we'd be this far into the collapse of the Trump presidency before he was a month in office. Mike Flynn resigned, but the story is not over. I and many others seriously doubt Flynn acted on his own.

Trump is still president, and it may take the slow-footed GOP a while to spring into effective action, but he's done for. There is no defense for what's happened. What Howard Dean said on TV tonight is right. Flynn is only the tip of the iceberg.

June Butler said...

Exactly. I have little confidence the GOP will do the right thing until they have no choice. Whatever happens from now on will be entirely on their heads.