Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 11 May 2017, 05:55 hrs, UTC, Post #197.
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Russia is the scandal Donald Trump just can’t bury with his tweets and carefully scripted press releases. The sudden departure of Michael Flynn from his role as national security advisor and the revelation that Attorney General Jeff Sessions held meetings with Russian Federation Ambassador Sergei Kislyak are fueling speculation that Trump administration officials have close and perhaps illegal ties to key Russian politicians, including Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
How serious are these accusations?
Here’s the analysis from the BBC:
“The evidence against Flynn…”
“In February, the most concrete and damaging Russia scandal finally surfaced, months after suspicions were raised among intelligence officials.
A Washington Post report said Mr Flynn had discussed the potential lifting of Mr Obama’s Russia sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, before Mr Trump took office.
Mr Flynn, who had appeared regularly on Russian propaganda channel RT and once attended dinner with Mr Putin, resigned as Mr Trump’s national security adviser, saying he had “inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador” late last year.
It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.”
“… and Sessions”
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being accused of lying at his confirmation hearing when he said he had had “no communications with the Russians” during the election campaign.
It has now emerged that he too had met Mr Kislyak – at a private meeting in September and as part of a group of ambassadors in July last year.
The Alabama senator was one of the most prominent players in Mr Trump’s bid to take the White House.
But he says his meetings with Mr Kislyak were related to his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and had nothing to do with the election campaign.
The Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says he lied under oath and should resign, and Mr Sessions is also under pressure to recuse himself from an FBI investigation into the Russian hacking claims, an investigation he is overseeing.”
If the charges levied against the President and his advisors by the FBI, the U.S. Congress, and the NSA are true, then Donald Trump is in deep trouble. If Democrats regain the majority in Congress after the 2018 election, they may use the results of several investigations to bring impeachment charges against the President under the clause of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Trump’s stay in the White House may be brief.
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