The Comey Memo About Trump Could Be the Last Straw

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

It’s been quite a week for Donald Trump. First, he fired FBI Director James Comey (who was investigating ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia) and then contradicted reasons given by his staff for the firing. Then, he shared classified information with Russia, reportedly imperiling the life of an Israeli spy who infiltrated ISIS.

It was Tuesday’s bombshell, though, that could be the last straw of the Trump presidency. That’s not hyperbole.

According to a report by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, months before firing Comey, Trump asked him to end the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser. Flynn resigned in February after allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence about the tenor of conversations with a Russian Ambassador.

In February, the day after Flynn resigned, Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation — after asking the rest of the room to clear out.

Comey, who Schmidt says was uncomfortable at times with his relationship with Trump, detailed the meeting in a memo.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

What Trump did, if true, is obstruction of justice. And it’s an impeachable offense.

Some more from Schmidt’s article:

After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

Again, this is obstruction of justice. And this time, there is a paper trail, with Comey reportedly willing to go public.

Additionally, it isn’t just Democrats who are up in arms over this. Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, tweeted that he has his subpoena pen ready in order to get his hands on the memo from Comey.

As the news was breaking, Fox News was apparently having trouble getting any Republicans on the air to defend Trump. And Republican Darrell Issa of California flipped off a reporter who inquired about the story.

This really could be it for Trump. And it should be it.

Now, it’s time for Republicans aside from Chaffetz to finally take a stand. To show the American people that country matters over party. To be on the right side of history.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Michael Flynn

Flynn Flies the Coop

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

Here we are again, millennials!

We’re waking up to more news out of the Trump Administration. We saw it from the State Department Senior Staff. We had boycotts prior to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, and an uproar following President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

And now, we’re getting more news. President Trump’s White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced his resignation on Monday evening.

According to CNN, Flynn’s “departure came just after reports surfaced that the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.”

The New York Times also reported that Flynn provided “incomplete information” to Vice President Pence “regarding a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before President Trump’s inauguration.”

Unlike the aforementioned resignations, boycotts and other news out of the White House in recent weeks, Flynn’s resignation is not out of protest to President Trump’s policies. Resignation certainly seems to be the best course of action when a National Security Adviser is a threat to, um, national security…

Flynn has supported President Trump and his policies even prior to his inauguration, but, of course…the judgement of our President is in question once again (as it was upon his naming of a number of his Cabinet picks).

Especially since…according to the New York Times, “the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials.” If this accusation proves true, it violates the “Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits former military officers from receiving money from a foreign government without consent from Congress.”

So…if Flynn is either a) a threat to national security or b) even potentially has ties to a known enemy of the United States…why was he a pick in the first place?

We’ll leave that to you to think about.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.