The headline news for the last few days has surrounded the resignation of Michael Flynn, the President’s National Security Adviser. Flynn was the National Security Adviser just 23 days.
Erosion of Trust:
When did the President know?
It seems there is no dispute that Flynn had conversations with Moscow’s ambassador to the US before the inauguration regarding sanctions against Russia. Such a move could be a breach of the law. But the greatest concern should be the attempts of the Trump administration to target not the wrongdoing of Flynn, but the people who leaked the story. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said “Instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he (Trump) chose to target those who brought them to light. Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks.”
Trump knew of the breach of national security by Flynn weeks ago,and failed to take any action. The Justice Department warned the White House last month that Flynn had not been truthful about the calls with the Russian envoy and could be susceptible to Russian blackmail.