In our reporting last week, we lauded president Donald Trump for sending a message of American military might right down Syrian dictator and mass murder Bashar al-Assad’s proverbial throat. And we stand firmly by that reporting.
It should be made clear that in no way, shape, form or fashion do we advocate or condone any chatter of rescinding the FBI’s investigation into the possible collusion of Trump’s campaign with Russian officials to “rig” the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Many on the right have made the case that, if Trump’s motivation for colluding with Russia was to become a patsy for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, then there’s no way Trump would have ordered a military strike on a country that is such close allies with Russia and Putin.
Ah … but we do beg to differ.
From a purely investigative and evidentiary perspective, one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. Apples and … pinecones, as it were. Here’s an example: Let’s say one of those Goldman Sachs execs who caused the 2008 financial meltdown that decimated so many American lives had a crisis of conscience and actually, even with their own bare hands, went and built a house for 10, 20 or maybe even 100 families across the country. Would that good deed mitigate the nefarious intent that led to the housing crisis or the disastrous results that ensued the nation thereafter? Nope, it would not.
And such is the case with our Commander-In-Chief and the investigation into his administration’s questionable actives during the most recent election cycle. There are too many gaps, too many questions, too much evidence that flat out warrants an investigation to simply allow it to fall by the wayside because Trump did the right thing by those Syrian innocents.
Former NSA Gen. Michael Flynn: Not even a month after ascending to the post, Flynn was forced to resign when it came to light that he’d lied to Vice President Pence and others about the nature of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. After his resignation, it also came out that he received over $33,000 from Russia for a speaking engagement, income he did not disclose to the information as clearly required. And most recently, Flynn stated he would testify at senate intelligence hearings only in exchange for immunity.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions: After it came to light that he misled the Senate in stating he’d never even spoken to any Russians during the 2016 campaign, Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Trump’s campaign. He spoke with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the election cycle.
Donald Trump: One cannot dismiss or take lightly the fact that during the 2016 campaign, then candidate Trump continually heaped praise on Putin, even to the point of inviting him to hack fellow candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump’s praise of Putin continued throughout the early days of his presidency. Then there’s the fact that during the campaign, Trump said he never met Putin when there is video evidence of him clearly and jubilantly claiming the precise opposite.
And these are very surface points of rationale. Very surface. FBI Director James Comey has stated that there is enough probably cause for an investigation into this matter which is why they are, in fact, conducting an investigation.
So let’s not be wooed or swayed or allow this administration to play the victim card and utilize political sleight of hand to pressure the American public to pressure our representatives to stand down on this investigation. As Americans, not only do we have a right to the truth as it pertains to our leaders, we have the duty to demand it from them.
More as this develops.
Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins
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