We have reached the point in Trump’s presidency where horrific weeks are a slow news day. This past week we experienced the following:
But, we are all focused on the border wall and the government shutdown because that is what Trump does best; distract. But, with all the news of this past week, new reporting by the Washington Post is that President Trump has had multiple meetings with President Vladimir Putin and/or Russian officials, but as far as those meetings go, no one knows about it, or is at least not talking about it.
We know already that President Trump speaks on an unsecured cell phone to world leaders, bypassing not only standard protocol for Presidents and national security, but also prevents a transcript of what happened. He has even taken calls on his cell phone in front of members of Mar-a-Lago.
We know that President Trump cleared White House officials out of the room to speak to former FBI Director James Comey privately and ask him to let-go of Michael Flynn’s acts.
When Comey didn’t and was fired, the next day, and this sounds so unbelievable, President Trump had Russians inside the White House and only allowed a Russian news photographer and note taker inside. We only know of the meeting because Russia released the photos.
Transcripts have been edited such as when President Trump insulted the intelligence of one female reporter during a press briefing by saying she never thinks.
We know that President Trump had spoken before to President Putin and made sure the “recorder” was off. But, the Washington Post is focusing on a consistent pattern of secrecy between President Trump and Putin, specifically the act(s) of confiscating notes from interpreters as told by other White House officials.
For example, after a meeting with Putin in which former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present, a White House adviser and a senior State Department official were requesting additional information from Trump’s interpreter that was more than the information provided in a readout from Tillerson.
The fact that meetings and conversations are not documented means Russia now controls the narrative and the United States has no way of counter-responding. This is no doubt dangerous to the nation’s security, unless you ask Republicans, starting off with Senator Lindsey Graham who has already gone on the record to say there is no need to have interpreters testify before Congress.
Senator Graham was a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and a judge. He knows very well that even something as simple as a misdemeanor trial, interpreters would be subpoenaed to testify.
Adam Schiff already tried unsuccessfully to get the interpreters’ notes, but as always, Devin Nunes took on the roll of obstructionist.
Why do Republicans continue to block investigations related to President Trump. The goal should be to find out the truth, not hide it.
Now that the Democrats control the house, maybe Rep. Adam Schiff will be able to proceed with his line of inquiry.
“Last year, we sought to obtain the interpreter’s notes or testimony, from the private meeting between Trump and Putin. The Republicans on our committee voted us down. Will they join us now? Shouldn’t we find out whether our president is really putting “America first?” “
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
This post was updated to correct grammatical error.
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