The much anticipated event of the season so far is the Hearing on the Flynn fiasco.
I admit it…I watched it and was entertained.
The witnesses were professional and well versed in what was going on. Now the Senators were another thing all together.
As I expected the Repubs were trying to make it into some kind of circus….Cruz, Cronyn, Graham, Grassley…all the usual bullshit suspects had a go at the witnesses…..
Sally Yates was grilled on the events around her going to the White House and informing them that there was a problem with the news National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn……
Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, speaking publicly for the first time about concerns she brought to the Trump White House on Russia, told Congress on Monday she warned that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “essentially could be blackmailed” because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The statements from Yates shed light on the chain of events that led to Flynn’s ouster from government in the first weeks of the Trump administration. Yates, appearing before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, described discussions with Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn in January in which she warned that Flynn apparently had misled the administration about his communications with ambassador Sergey Kislyak, per the AP.
White House officials had insisted that Flynn had not discussed US-imposed sanctions with Kislyak during the presidential transition period, but asked Flynn to resign after news reports indicated he had misled them about the nature of the calls. “We felt like it was critical that we get this information to the White House, in part because the vice president was making (inadvertently) false statements to the public and because we believed that Gen. Flynn was possibly compromised,” Yates said. “We knew that was not a good situation, which is why we wanted to let the White House know about it.” The Jan. 26 conversation took place two days after the FBI interviewed Flynn about those contacts. McGahn asked Yates how Flynn did in the interview, but Yates said she could not answer. She was fired four days later by the Trump administration. (Outgoing President Obama warned President-elect Trump about Flynn.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham came right out of the gate with a false statement at the hearing where Sally Yates is testifying about the Mike Flynn/Russia scandal. Graham said that the joint intelligence report found no collusion between Trump and Russia. This was a false statement.
Here is what the joint report concluded, “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin, and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.”
Like I said turning into a bullshit fest…..
The House is also investigating the Russian ties and some strange news has come out of the House…..
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told CNN that House investigators had uncovered power classified evidence of Trump, his family, his businesses, and his campaign’s deep personal, financial, and political ties to Russia.
CNN’s John Berman asked, “Have you seen things on the classified side that you can not tell us about that is even stronger evidence than what is out there publicly?”
Rep. Swalwell answered, “Yes.”
Berman continued, “Ok. So there are things that you can not tell us that you think perhaps are more convincing than the public information?”
Swalwell answered, “There’s a pattern here on the classified and unclassified side of deep personal, political, and financial ties that Donald Trump, people in his family, and people in his businesses, and on his campaign had with a foreign adversary in Russia that converged at the same time that Russia was interfering with our campaign.”
Rep. Swalwell went on to say they hope that the evidence will be coming forward in the coming months.
It seems that investigators have powerful evidence against Trump, his family, his businesses, and his campaign. All four are so closely intertwined that it is not surprising that Trump’s family and his businesses, and his campaign are all involved in this scandal.
Tweeting bullshit does not make this go away….if anything it makes it worse….and getting your toadies in Congress to repeat bullshit is also not helping….
Personally I want to know what is what…..and if any of these people are found to have been in the pocket of the Russians then they deserve jail time….if not worse.