After last night’s surprise resignation by National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, Democrats are demanding a full-scale investigation to determine just how deep the collusion between Trump and the Kremlin. Now, award-winning filmmaker and liberal icon Michael Moore is calling for Trump to be arrested. “Flynn DID NOT make that Russian call on his own,” he tweeted last night. “He was INSTRUCTED to do so. He was TOLD to reassure them. Arrest Trump.”
Let's be VERY clear: Flynn DID NOT make that Russian call on his own. He was INSTRUCTED to do so.He was TOLD to reassure them. Arrest Trump.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 14, 2017
What could initially have been dismissed as a far-fetched conspiracy theory is now becoming increasingly difficult to ignore: Trump and his entire candidacy appears to have committed treason in coordinating politically and monetarily with the despotic regime in Moscow. The most recent evidence of such treachery is of course Flynn’s coordinating with, and promising sanctions relief to, the Russian ambassador and then lying about it to Vice President Mike Pence.
What concerned Trump, however, was not the treason itself but the fact that word got out. Indeed Trump had apparently known the extent of Flynn’s conversation with the ambassador for weeks. This treasonous rabbit hole, however, runs much deeper.
Despite the continued denial of those who live in the land of “alternative facts”, there is now complete intelligence agency consensus that the highest levels at the Kremlin ordered interference in our democratic process specifically to help Donald Trump win.
Most of Trump’s top aides and cabinet members, including Mike Flynn, have a laundry list of political and business ties to the Russian oligarchs, as does Trump himself. Indeed Flynn, a “personal friend” of Mr. Putin, was already under investigation for money he likely received from the Russian government during a 2015 trip to Moscow.
There is also increasing evidence that the Kremlin is indeed blackmailing Mr. Trump, as was alleged in the notorious Steele dossier. While the tale of sexual intrigue and blackmail is yet to be independently confirmed, many of the other reports in that dossier have recently been corroborated by American intelligence agencies, increasing confidence in the blackmail story. Moreover, the mysterious sale of 19.5% of the Russian oil giant Rosneft late last year – which was specifically mentioned in the Steele dossier as a potential gift to Trump aide Carter Page in exchange for sanctions relief – is raising eyebrows in capitals across the world.
Make no mistake: the cozy financial ties and collaboration between the Trump administration and the brutal dictatorship in Moscow are grounds for impeachment, particularly if Trump is truly being blackmailed by a hostile foreign power. While it is impossible to know for sure whether that is the case at this point, his comments and actions towards Russia certainly point towards some sort of a deal having been worked out.
Trump has gushed praise for the despotic Putin, talked of reneging on our commitment to NATO to assuage the expansionist autocrats in Moscow, denied that Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea ever occurred, and allowed Russia to violate two major international treaties in the past week without so much as a peep of reprimand. All of this from a man who ran his campaign on a platform of being tough on our dictatorial enemies.
As the rumors and allegations build and more and more fall guys tumble, it will become increasingly difficult for Trump to lift the sanctions on Russia without making his collaboration with a foreign dictatorship brazenly clear. Given his hard-headed narcissism, however, don’t be surprised if such a move does indeed come in the next few months. There are already rumors to that effect swirling around Washington. What’s sure for now is that Congressional Democrats must do everything they can to overcome Republican obstructionism and get to the bottom of this traitorous affair.
James DeVinne is a student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in International Service with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a founding member of Occupy Baltimore and interns at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.