Trump Defends Mike Flynn, Blasts 'Fake News' and Leaks
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 22:45
US President Donald Trump launched a ferocious attack on the "fake news" media while defending his month-old administration and lamented the "mess" he inherited from his predecessor.
"We as journalists increasingly take precautions to try to protect our sources and to protect ourselves", Entous told CBC's The Investigators this week, acknowledging Trump's words, "could have an impact, to make it harder for us to do our jobs". Pence had previously backed up Flynn's story about the calls. Suddenly, he couldn't remember if the sanctions were discussed or not. It should concern all Americans that Trump had a National Security Adviser who was apparently oblivious that his phone calls with a Russian Ambassador would be picked up by not only United States intel, but also foreign intel agencies.
President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday.
The fake news media is going insane with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. Other members of Trump's campaign did the same.
After Flynn's resignation, Sen.
Alarmed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed Flynn shortly after Trump's inauguration on January 20.
In other words, it wasn't just the Russians meddling in American affairs. Republicans would be foaming at the mouth in their rush to nail him - and the president - to the wall.
Rep. Eliot Engel of NY, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said a rigorous bipartisan investigation is needed because there are "far too many questions unanswered about this administration's ties to Russian Federation".
However, the second official said, Flynn's departure could also reinforce the power of presidential aides Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, whom he described as already having the president's ear.
Mr Trump called the reports a "ruse" and said he had "nothing to do with Russia", adding "Russia is fake news". They're Lindsey Graham and John McCain.
Flynn's alleged involvement comes amid his resignation over lying about his talks with Russian Federation.
Trump has consistently attacked the media following a tumultuous week in Washington, defined by allegations over his administration's ties to Russian Federation. Trump was not yet president when Flynn spoke to Kislyak and Flynn was not yet national security adviser. It is also easy to give in to the over-simplified explanation that demands for a thorough investigation are just partisan politics.
The question was made famous during the Watergate scandal: What did the president know and when did he know it? If true, Trump went from passive beneficiary of Flynn's cover-up to an active participant. About what? Do any of these players have financial interests or liabilities with foreign powers that would divide their loyalties?
There are two questions Trump would have needed answers in order to honestly claim that Flynn did nothing illegal: whether Flynn's phone call broke the law, and whether Flynn broke the law subsequent to the call by lying to investigators about it.