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Special Prosecutor Needed To Examine Trump Campaign And Russian Dealings

March 2, 2017

While the specifics are certainly new and most interesting as they become revealed to the public, the overall issue of Donald Trump, Russian President Putin, and their dark dealings was most evident for all to see long before Election Day.  So when the news hit late Wednesday night about Attorney General Sessions meeting twice in 2016 with the Russian ambassador it was amusing to take notice that Senate Republicans were not rushing to Sessions’ defense.   No one was.

There is an uneasy sense more information is likely to drop, and given how many in the GOP were misled with the Mike Flynn matter, no one was eager to get in front of another Siberian Express.

The reason many were stunned and even angry over the news is simply that Ambassador Kislyak is considered by US intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters.  It also happens to be one of the worst kept secrets in Washington!  What was Sessions thinking!

Trump may have rose-colored glasses on with little knowledge of the political downpour that is about to make his every day a living press relations nightmare, but members of congress are savvy enough to know what needs to happen.  There is only one way to proceed if the robust GOP legislative agenda is to survive the sucking of the oxygen from the government over the Trump/Russian scandal.   

A special prosecutor will have to be named and allowed to ferret the way through all the papers and emails to get to the truth.  Trump says he wants no part of allowing a prosecutor to operate,  but the best political path at this juncture is to remove himself and his cabinet from conducting an investigation.   Trump may not recognize it but the congress has already made the mental leap to the outcome of needing an outside prosecutor.   It is now only a matter of timing.

White House lawyers have instructed Trump’s aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related investigations.  Meanwhile the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election, has also asked more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals to preserve relevant records.

As I noted at the start of this post there is no surprise as to the overall issue at play here.  Trump and Putin and Russian deals in the larger context were much talked about in the election. The reason Trump was adamant about not releasing his taxes has much to do, in my estimation, with Russian bankers.  The details about Flynn, and now Sessions, are starting to reveal the edges of what will doubtless contain murky and troubling details.  That is my gut feeling given how congress is moving and at the same time Trump aides are scrambling.

American allies have provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Putin–and associates of the-elected Trump, according to three former American officials.

The Perfect Political Storm has arrived in only weeks for the Trump White House.  There is no glee from this blogger as this all is too serious and most troubling for our nation.  What needs be said again, however, is that the voters had a chance to apply sound judgment last November and failed miserably.   History will severely judge those voters in the years to come.

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