WAS THE PRESIDENT TOO HASTY in asking Mike Flynn for his resignation? I wonder. Word is that it was a matter of trust, and not the fact that he spoke to the Russian ambassador. He wasn’t honest with Vice President Mike Pence. ” The idea that one should be all aghast because the incoming national security advisor spoke with the Russian ambassador and spoke about sanctions seems to me to be perfectly reasonable,“ said commentator Charles Krauthammer. “The idea that it was illegal is preposterous … it’s a cover-up without a crime.”
I don’t understand why Flynn thought that he couldn’t be truthful regarding his discussion of matters with the ambassador that included sanctions. He should have publicly apologized and sought support. Regarding the president’s desire for trustworthiness in his staff – I get it – but I believe he should have come out when the story was fresh. Now some are asking the familiar question, “What did he know and when did the president know about it,” and the media is having a field day.
ELI LAKE, a digital reporter at Bloomberg, writes, “In the end, it was Trump’s decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition,” adding that “next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus.” Obviously, he doesn’t know the president very well.
REP. DAVID NUNES (R-CA) Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said, “There does appear to be a well-orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration.”
JIM WEBB, former Democrat senator and 2016 presidential candidate, appearing on Meet the Press last Sunday, said, “There is a campaign among DC media insiders, media and academia to personally discredit President Trump and the people around him.”
DID YOU HEAR that Bilal Ahmed Askaryar, a gay human rights refugee from Afghanistan, has been charged with assault in the attempt to block newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a Washington DC school? There’s more. He is a contributor to NPR.
WALL STREET JOURNAL Editor in Chief Gerard Baker upset a number of staffers when he demanded that it would be the WSJ’s policy to be objective when reporting on President Trump and his administration.
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE that the president didn’t ask for the resignation of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who escaped impeachment, but is still under investigation by the Judiciary Committee. Surely his transition team has resumes of a number of individuals who could clean up that agency.
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, in his 1995 State of the Union Address, said, “We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”