The Politex Report #1237

Flynn Felony, Campaign Collusion, Leaky Trump: Indy Probe Needed

For two weeks, President Trump gave Russian-compromised Michael Flynn access to classified government information, although Trump had been warned by the FBI that Flynn might be subject to blackmail for his discussions with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, discussions that had taken place since and during the presidential campaign.

In contrast, Obama's intel briefing team withheld relevant information from Trump and Flynn, once Obama was warned about Flynn's compromised activities. Now we have learned that other members of the Trump campaign team might have been compromised by sharing campaign strategies with Russian intelligence officials. This was during the election while Putin was waging a secret info war against Hillary Clinton in an attempt to control the election.

Trump's reaction to all of this is to focus on his administration's leaks that made this info available to the public. In other words, Flynn was not fired by Trump for his actions, but for the public's discovery of his actions. Meanwhile, most Republicans want to just move on, some think a coverup probe might work, and a few are willing to have an independent probe, which is what is clearly needed.

--Jerry Politex


Should Watch: Rep. Cummings Blasts Republicans for Zero Oversight on Trump -Feb. 14

Should Watch: Trump Camp Aides Had Contact W Russian Intel. before election. maddow video 2/14


Intercepted Phone Calls: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence in 2016. NYT

NYT: Trump Team Had "Repeated Contacts" With Russian Intelligence During the Presidential Campaign. Mojo

Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence. Guardian


We Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Trump Administration. Slate

Top GOP investigators on the Hill say they won’t investigate Michael Flynn

Does anyone seriously believe that if this was the Clinton administration, this would be the House GOP's position?

Flynn departure divides Hill GOPers between pushing for probe or defending Trump

GOP lawmaker: Republicans quiet on Flynn because "it's Valentine's Day"


Michael Flynn's resignation is just the beginning of a major national security scandal involving Russia.

Flynn departure erupts into a full-blown crisis for the Trump WH, as Repub Congress tries for pretend probes. WP


Should Read: NYT ED: The Missing Pieces in the Flynn Story: Unlike Hillary, Trump really endangered the nation; for two weeks.

Trump Was Told Weeks Ago That Michael Flynn Withheld Truth on Russia, But Kept Feeding Him Classified Info. NYT

Trump knew Flynn misled officials on Russia calls for "weeks" before he was forced to resign


Obama Intel Briefings scaled back info provided to Trump, Flynn because of intel reports of Flynn's activities. WP


Former counterterrorism advisor: Trump’s connection with Russia is “dangerous” Salon

F.B.I. Quizzed Felony-Suspect Flynn in Trump’s 1st Days in Office: Suspected answers led to AG WH warning 26 Jan NYT


Background: Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration. (No probe GOP.) WP

Should Read: Flynn’s swift downfall: From a phone call overseas to a forced resignation at the White House - WP

A Limited Timeline of Michael Flynn’s Phone Call With Russia: Who Knew What, and When - NYT


The White House's Rapidly Shifting Story on Firing Flynn Doesn't Add Up. Atlantic

The White House spin on Flynn’s departure is only getting more self-contradictory

Matt Lauer re Flynn Resignation: “Kellyanne, that makes no sense”


Trump Condemns Leaks to News Media in a Flurry on Twitter: Leaks plus reporters produced the info on Flynn. NYT

Trump Workers, If You See Something, Leak Something — The Intercept


The News vs. Breitbart and Fox on Michael Flynn: Patriotic Leaks (exposure) or Political Espionage (coverup)? NYT

Flynn’s the First Casualty of Trump’s Unsustainable Disinformation Campaign


Pence remains above the fray, but is he outside the inner circle? To play the long game, he would have us think that

Coverup: Pence claims he did not learn Flynn misled him on Russia until last week; WH staff knew 2 weeks earlier WP