Ted Lieu, Ruben Gallego urge President to fire General Michael Flynn

Feb 14, 2017, 00:37
Ted Lieu, Ruben Gallego urge President to fire General Michael Flynn

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Flynn reports "very troubling" DNC hopeful Buttigieg wants to capitalize on protest energy Many of Trump's policies will further intensify income inequality MORE (I-Vt.) says he is unnerved by reports President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn talked sanctions with a Russian official before formally starting his post.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Flynn also denied he and Kislyak spoke about the sanctions, which Obama announced on December 29. If he offered Russian Federation reassurances about USA sanctions, the day after Obama's actions, Flynn may need a good lawyer.

As reports emerged that US intelligence agencies were looking at Flynn's intercepted communications with Kislyak as part of their wider investigation of Russia's involvement with the election, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Flynn and Kislyak were merely trying to set up a call between Trump and Vladimir Putin for after the election. The investigations are looking at whether the contacts were illegal.

Previously, Flynn swore to the press a few times that he had never discussed sanctions with Russian officials.

Flynn has denied the reports, saying initially the two had only exchanged Christmas greetings and discussed plans for a phone call between Trump and Putin. A Trump campaign spokesman forwarded my request for comment to Flynn's team on January 12, about seven hours before the column appeared.

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That would suggest that Flynn finally realized that tapes proving these discussions occurred might exist. This contradicts Flynn's flat denials and the Trump administration's characterizations of the nature of the call. If Flynn had such discussions, that could amount to a violation of the Logan Act against interference in foreign diplomacy by non-government officials, although prosecutions over violations of that act have never happened.

The Logan Act was passed in 1799 - but there are no recorded prosecutions under the law. The lack of precedent might make prosecution hard or undesirable. Any discussions about sanctions by a private citizen, the source said, may create conflict and confusion around US national security interests.

Unless, that is, Trump did know of the conversations. "Donald Trump should fire Michael Flynn immediately".

Questions about Trump's friendly posture toward Russian Federation deepened after he dismissed the US intelligence agencies' assertions about Russia's role in the hacking. The connection between Russian Federation and Trump is getting more and more concrete, and the odds are good that more details will be exposed.

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey of MA and Chris Murphy of CT called for an investigation of Flynn. Though GOP representatives haven't done much to challenge the president yet, there's reason to believe that legislators are willing to draw the line at his relationship with Russian Federation. Senator Graham has been vocal about the need for stronger sanctions against Russia, USA Today noted. The fact that big-name Republicans like Marco Rubio, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are wary of Trump's relationship is the first sign that they may actually hold Trump accountable if more evidence comes to light.