Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Flynn


Reportedly, the Justice Department warned Trump in January that Mike Flynn misled officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.  Concerns were raised after Flynn claimed he didn’t discuss the sanctions being imposed by former President Obama's administration in retaliation for Russia's interference in the election.  Flynn a retired Lieutenant General head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama until he was forced out.

The message was delivered by then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.  FBI Director James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan, were in agreement that the White House should be alerted.

Trump knew about Flynn's contact with the Russian ambassador at least since January.  Why didn’t he act sooner?  Did Trump authorize Mike Flynn to tell the Russians to ignore President Obama’s sanctions before the inauguration?   And, what other contacts did Flynn and other Trump aides have with Russia before the election?  

Intelligence reports have shown that Flynn was in touch with Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign, and that communications between the two continued after Nov. 8.  The Russian ambassador has even confirmed having contacts with Flynn before and after the election, but has  declined to say what was discussed during those contacts.

As the Republican candidate for president did Donald Trump know that Mike Flynn or other Trump aides know, who was cooperating with Russia by interfering in the 2016 election on Trump's behalf?

These questions won't go away, because they are a reminder of the Watergate scandal.  As Richard Nixon learned many years ago, that coverups can make things much worse.  The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating.  Investigative reporters and some European countries are sharing intelligence on the case.  The truth will eventually be revealed, but I’m predicting Trump won’t be impeached.

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