A crises of legitimacy

It seems to me that people aren’t quite getting how close we are to a crisis of legitimacy 1/

A hostile foreign power helped put Trump in office. That’s not at all in question except among Trump sycophants 2/

The questions, instead, are (a) whether people close to Trump, perhaps Trump himself, actively colluded in that intervention 3/

or (b), whether ppl close to and possibly including Trump have had other dealings with Russia that effectively make them foreign agents 4/

If Trump uses the power of his office to shut down investigation into these questions, we have to assume that there’s something there 5/

And in that case, how can anyone consider this presidency legitimate? Very, very scary — and could happen within days 6/

Source: Paul Krugman, Twitter.com

First Republicans talk possibility of impeachment for Trump

Republicans are beginning to talk of the possibility that President Trump could face impeachment after reports that he pressed ousted FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Timeline: Targeting Sessions

Flynn was the first obstacle who had to be overcome. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was the next. The Trump loyalist with a strong Department of Justice background would also need to be briefed on the anti-Trump efforts unless he could be sidelined. Comey admitted that early in Sessions’ tenure, he deliberately hid Russia-related information from Sessions because, “it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations.” To secure that recusal, yet another leak was deployed to the Washington Post’s Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller. The leak was intended to tar Sessions as a secret Russian agent and was dramatically spun as “Sessions Spoke Twice To Russian Envoy: Revelation contradicts his testimony at confirmation hearing.” One meeting was in passing and the other was in his function as a United States Senator, but the hysteria was such that the Post authors could get away with suggesting Sessions was too compromised to oversee the Department of Justice’s counterintelligence operations involving Russia. It is perhaps worth noting that the Special Counsel idea was pushed in this article.

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Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence

WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

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Timeline: Leak targets Flynn

The strategy to get Flynn fired didn’t immediately work so another leak was deployed to Greg Miller, Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post. That article, headline “National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say,” was sourced to people who happened to share senior FBI leadership’s views on the Logan Act. This article was also based on criminal leaks of top secret information of phone call intercepts and laid out the FBI’s case for why Flynn’s contacts with a foreign adversary were a problem. The fact that such phone calls are routine, not to mention Flynn’s case that improved relations with Russia in a world where China, North Korea, and Iran were posing increasing threats, never made it into these articles for context.

See: Obama, Biden Oval Office meeting on January 5 was key to the entire anti-Trump operation

Source: Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist.

Schakowsky statement on Donald Trump’s inauguration

“I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will not attend the Inauguration in protest of a President who used bigotry, fear, and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression — and who intends to betray the interests of the ordinary working people who put him in office.

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