I’m usually pretty open-minded of who the President decides to pick for key positions within his administration. That’s why I told myself back in early January that I’d give Michael Flynn a chance as the National Security Adviser to President Trump. This was in spite of the fact that Flynn clearly had some ties to Russia, he was known for pushing conspiracy theories pertaining to Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, and he was pushed out of the Defense Intelligence Agency by the Obama administration who said he often used skewed facts they called ‘Flynn facts’.
It wasn’t until late January, shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, that I started to regret my decision. On January 22, it was reported that Flynn was under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence agents for his communications with Russian officials. This also happened to be right after the infamous Russian dossier was released by Buzzfeed and soon circulated among the media.
Not even in his position for two full days, Flynn’s legitimacy among intelligence agents had already begun to degrade. How could the intelligence community feel at-ease providing sensitive information requiring top security clearance, to a man that they themselves had been investigating for ties to a hostile foreign government? The President would surely have an explanation for all of this, right? After all, the latest reports indicated that the Intelligence community has been withholding key information from the Trump administration because of their fear that the administration may be compromised.
Wrong! President Trump remained fairly quiet in regards to reports that Flynn was under a major investigation by U.S. counterintelligence. In fact he went out of his way to provide the irrational answer to reporters that everything was simply ‘fake news”. The Russian dossier, Buzzfeed, CNN, the New York Times, and reports of Flynn’s involvement with Putin and Russia were all labeled ‘fake news’ by him and his administration.
As weeks passed, it seemed as if the whole Flynn story was finally beginning to fade into a background filled with ‘alternative facts,’ personal attacks from the President via Twitter and bluster towards multiple allies of the United States. Then it hit us all!
On Thursday, February 9th the Washington Post published a story in which they claimed that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to the Trump administration taking power, despite denials by both him and various officials within the Trump administration, including Vice President Mike Pence. It’s been a total of five days since those reports were released and the entire White House, including President Trump, has been completely silent about the issue. In fact, on Sunday, White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller was directly asked by Chuck Todd on ‘Meet The Press’ if the President still had confidence in Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. His response, “That’s the question that I think you should ask the president or Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.”
The problem is, however, that President Trump who usually is very loose-lipped, has remained absolutely silent regarding the issue.
Basically the United States of America is currently in a major crisis when it comes to the President and his advisers’ abilities to protect us from possible foreign espionage or other national security dangers. If the intelligence community is withholding information from the administration in fear that such information may be leaked to foreign governments, then we have a huge, glaring problem; a problem which the President of this nation must address immediately without the slightest delay. Instead, only crickets….
As Americans, we must immediately DEMAND that President Trump and his administration set the record straight as to what exactly is going on behind closed doors. Is our national security at risk? Who besides Michael Flynn knew about the phone calls he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and why were we as American citizens lied to?
As the days go by and the administration keeps Flynn in a position with top security clearance, refusing to fire him and refusing to even shed light on the situation, the prospects that the Russian dossier may be legitimate continues to swell. We need answers and we need them fast. Both Democrats and Republicans must work together to ensure that our national security is not in the hands of a hostile foreign agent. It is of the utmost importance that President Trump hears this message and immediately reacts in a very public manner.