Trump seems literally incapable of going twenty-four hours without another bombshell scandal exploding in the media. Hot on the heels of the outrage over his passing of highly classified intelligence to Russia, the New York Times is reporting another incident of gross impropriety on the part of the president.
President Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to cease the investigation into then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn the day after Flynn resigned over Flynn’s secret communications with Russian agents.
The shocking news broke with the unearthing of a memo written by Comey in February. An FBI associate of Comey revealed the contents of the memo to the New York Times.
““I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Trump said.
The news is damning, as it demonstrates clear evidence of Trump attempting to obstruct justice. Trump tried to stop an investigation into someone he knew to be corrupt and a foreign agent of not one but two governments. It also adds a new sinister wrinkle to Trump’s abrupt and unceremonious firing of Comey.
On top of that, it shows a flagrant disregard for our national security. Had Comey bowed to Trump’s wishes and scuttled the investigation, Flynn would still have access to classified information and the ability to leak it to Russia.
A week into his presidency, Trump was warned by Acting Attorney General Sally Yates that Flynn was highly susceptible to blackmail and was compromised by Russia.
“We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible. To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians,” Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump later fired Yates after she refused to enforce his unconstitutional Muslim Ban.
Not surprisingly, the White House has immediately denied the contents of the memo. The Trump administration has quickly established itself as an institution comfortable with peddling lies. Their credibility in nonexistent.
Apparently, Comey created numerous such memos, detailing every single meeting he had with Trump. From the beginning, the FBI Director knew he had to take steps to protect himself against the duplicitous president.
The beginning of the end is nigh for traitor Trump and his ship of fools. This is clear and obvious obstruction of justice in order to protect a traitor who lied to the FBI and to the American people about his secret communications with agents of a hostile foreign power. The Republican Party can’t ignore this forever.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.