This is a fast moving story. Here is an update: News stories indicate that Flynn was both in contact with the Russian ambassador before the election and was vulnerable to Russian blackmail since that time. Although the White House Counsel was warned about this by the acting Attorney General, President Trump appointed him to his position. Incredibly, President Trump denied knowing of any concerns with National Security Advisor Flynn just hours before the resignation.
Despite all of the evidence of wrong doing and potential Russian influence, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet and avoiding undertaking serious investigations of just what happened and “who knew what, when.” This Washington Post article offers a quick rundown of all the questions that the White House and Congress are refusing to ask.
This time, tell them:
- Only a truly independent, bi-partisan Commission like the one formed after 9/11 can credibly investigate the extent of Russian involvement in the 2016 election and the Trump White House.
- While you hope the existing Senate and House Intelligence Committees will do their work, this is too important to leave to the current hyper-partisan environment of Congress.
- You fear for the integrity of the electoral system. You are worried about the extent of Russian involvement with the entire Trump Administration. This is scary!
- THE HARD ASK: “Will Senator/Representative _______ commit to supporting an aggressive bi-partisan Commission to investigate the “hacking” of the 2016 elections by Russia and extent of Russian influence in the Trump White House?”