Yesterday it was revealed that, in a possible violation of the law, Michael Flynn met secretly with an agent of the Russian government, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, weeks before Donald Trump became President.
When Flynn was asked about suspicions that such a meeting had taken place, he lied about it repeatedly, saying that no, he had not met with anyone from the government of Russia.
The full extent of what there was about the meeting that Michael Flynn was trying to cover up remains a mystery. However, it is known that Flynn suggested during the meeting that sanctions against Russia could be lifted.
At the time of the meeting, Flynn a retired general who now serves as National Security Adviser to Donald Trump, had no government position and was purposefully undermining the interactions of federal government officials with Russia.
Flynn had extensive ties to the regime of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin before joining the Trump team. He has appeared multiple times on the Russian government’s television channel for international propaganda. He has met Putin personally, sitting next to the dictator at a Russian state dinner, even though at the time Flynn was not a member of the U.S. government.
Donald Trump and his assistants are currently under investigation by several congressional committees for possible collaboration with criminal activities of the Russian government against the United States. 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that, after Donald Trump asked Putin to send agents to attack the U.S. election and steal information from Democrats, Putin ordered Russian spies to do just that. The Russian government worked to ensure that Donald Trump was elected President. A joint investigation by several U.S. intelligence agency tracked several direct payments from the government of Russia to the Trump for President campaign last year. It is has also been alleged that Vladimir Putin holds a kompromat, a file of negative information about Donald Trump, and is using it for blackmail to control Trump’s behavior.
In another revelation yesterday, White House officials acknowledged that in a recent telephone call with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump suggested that a treaty restricting the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia and the United States was a bad idea. Trump, it is said, could not remember what the treaty was, and had to pause the phone call to ask an aide for that information.
Yesterday, U.S. Representative Jerrold Nader introduced a privileged resolution that would force Donald Trump to share all information about his business connections with Russia. Announcing his resolution, Nadler explained that, “Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way, his foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration. Republicans have shown zero willingness to follow through on their duty to conduct oversight, and they must be held accountable if they are truly willing to abdicate this constitutional obligation and must be made to answer to the American people for that failure. We must know what the Department has learned about the Administration’s connections to the Russian government.”