By L Whitener
Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned last month after misleading Vice President Mike Pence and others about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office. Trump said Flynn did nothing wrong, but “I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence.”
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would recuse himself in any federal investigation involving the Trump campaign.
Sessions made the announcement after coming under fire for failing to disclose in his confirmation hearing that he met with the Russian ambassador during the campaign.
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Sessions later said that he understood the question to be about contacts regarding the campaign, and said he should have answered differently.
After Sessions publicly recused himself from any future investigations, it was discovered that multiple advisers and close associates to the Trump campaign also had communication with Russian officials during Donald Trump’s campaign. USA Today reported that many of them had initially denied any communication with Russians.
Carter Page, one adviser linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, confirmed on Thursday that he met with Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S, Sergey Kislyak, at last year’s Republican convention.
“I’m not going to deny that I talked with him,” Page said in an NBC interview on ‘All In With Chris Hayes.’
“I will say that I never met him anywhere outside of Cleveland, let’s just say that much,” Page said.
He declined to say what the discussions were about, citing confidentiality agreements and agreements to event organizers. “I’m respectful to confidentiality rules, whether it’s in government or outside of it,” he said.
Trump’s appointment of Page met heavy criticism early in his campaign. Foreign policy experts from both parties expressed their deep concerns with Page for his criticism of sanctions, praise for Putin and his advisers, and his tepid response to what most U.S. policymakers see as Russian aggression.
As Trump’s Russia problems continue to mount, this prior claim by Heat Street resurfaced, followed by a compelling outline of events that suggest that a federal FISA judge had ‘probable cause’ to issue a FISA wiretap.
A FISA wiretap requires no showing of a crime, just evidence amounting to probable cause that the target of the wiretap is an agent of a foreign power, another country or a foreign terrorist organization.
This is YUGE.
Mark Levin and Breitbart News began pointing fingers at the Obama administration in recent days, claiming that Obama ordered the wiretapping. Then, Trump parroted their claims in a string of angry, early morning tweets.
Ben Rhodes, who was Mr. Obama’s foreign policy adviser and speechwriter, addressed Mr. Trump’s claims in a tweet, saying: “No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.”
In light of these disturbing revelations, it is imperative for Congress to review any potential evidence that the FBI may have and act on it accordingly. Americans should expect nothing less than full compliance by the Trump administration and forthrightness by the FBI as these revelations could severely diminish our nation’s security.