The Washington Post reports that there were “frequent” contacts between President-elect Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak following President Obama’s decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats and the imposition of new sanctions over the Russian hacking campaign during last year’s election.
Ret. Lt. General Michael Flynn, a known Putinist and conspiracy theorist wingnut, didn’t even wait a day before calling up Ambassador Sergey on Dec 29th. What was said is unknown, but given the openly cozy relationship between the Trump camp and Moscow, we can safely assume Flynn was reassuring them that Trump would reverse the sanctions as soon as he’s in office.
Flynn’s move is a clear violation of the Logan Act, which states that anyone who:
without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Republicans have made it a point to sidestep the Obama administration whenever they feel like it, as evident in the decision of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and the forty-seven traitors to send a letter directly to the government in Iran stating their opposition to President Obama’s historic nuclear peace treaty.
These communications between Flynn and the Russian government are a clear indication that Donald Trump is kowtowing to Moscow. If Donald Trump truly is being blackmailed by Russian intelligence services, then he cannot be trusted to put the interests of the United States above those of the Kremlin, which a threat to our national security and should disqualify him from the Presidency.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.