According to the Associated Press, the White House legal counsel’s office has ordered all White House staff to preserve any materials related to Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
The order comes after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the White House and various law enforcement agencies to keep materials related to Trump’s and his associate’s ties to Russia.
The Democrats have been fearful, and rightfully so, that the White House staff would destroy or hide documents and evidence in order cover up just how deep the administration’s ties to Russian go.
“The downfall does not come from the crime, it comes from the cover-up, and that’s what we’re dealing with now,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said earlier this week.
Trump has refused to admit that anything improper took place between his administration and the Russian government, before or after the inauguration.
Despite the fact that Michael Flynn was forced to step down from his position as National Security Adviser after allegations rose that he has promised to lift Obama-era sanctions against Russia once Trump took office.
Some of Trump’s campaign advisers are also under federal investigation for alleged ties to the Kremlin. This is coupled with the three separate FBI investigations that are looking into the election hacking scandal.
There is no doubt Trump and his administration are covering up dealings with Russian officials. Exactly what Trump’s administration promised and just what kind of information the Russian government has on Trump and his staff that led to the potentially illegal dealings remains to be seen.
The ties seem deep, and the real question now is, which country is Trump’s administration actually working for?
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Dan Arel is a bestselling author of The Secular Activist; and Parenting Without God. He is an award-winning journalist and host of the Danthropology Podcast.