Tuesday, 26 May, 2020

For Trump's defenders, White House turmoil is politics as usual

For Trump's defenders, White House turmoil is politics as usual For Trump's defenders, White House turmoil is politics as usual
Kelley Robertson | 22 May, 2017, 03:08

Flynn, who had to leave the post just 24 days in to the job, was initially retained as a adviser even after the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, warned the White House she was anxious about Flynn's actual contact with the Russian ambassador.

President Trump reportedly told Flynn to "stay strong".

In such an intensely polarized political environment that distrust of mainstream media will make it less likely that Trump supporters - and the Republican officeholders who rely on their votes - will abandon the president any time soon. Second, that he wants to bring Flynn back if the investigation of him doesn't turn up anything. Flynn and Kislyak allegedly discussed creating a back channel for Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to have talks that could bypass US national security bureaucracy.

National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn walks in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Almost every story we read from here on out about high-level administration officials should be filtered through that lens.

The Time cover illustrates its top story looking into the beleaguered Trump White House as it reacts to the numerous scandals involving Russian Federation.

But the Flynn situation has been different, several officials and advisers said. The Breitbart News Network, once headed by Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon, reported that some of the recent accusations were driven by associates of Comey, who was sacked by Trump last week, in a story headlined "Comey Strikes Back".

The new cover comes amid the escalating controversy over the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation.

Comey to testify in public before Senate Intelligence Committee
That flies in the face of the White House's public insistence that Comey's dismissal was not linked to his ongoing investigation. When asked about the Justice Department appointing Mueller as Special Counsel, the President deflected the question.

In the picture, the famous cathedral's spires, which seemingly represent Russia's growing influence and presence in Washington, tower above the White House.

"I do think there is a serious problem with leakers inside the administration and holdovers who can't stand the president and will do anything they can to hurt him".

When news broke this week of the Comey memo on Trump's alleged interference in the Flynn investigation, Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer said he found it "really stunning that nobody, not even from the White House, has come out under their own name in defense of the president here".

The revelation came two days after reports said Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February to shut down the probe of Flynn's Russian contacts - which some Democrats say amounts to obstruction of justice. Flynn led thousands of party faithful in an anti-Clinton chant, "Lock her up!" for the way she handled national security material on her private email server while she was the country's top diplomat from 2009 to 2013. Trump often judges people on his personal bond to them and how they can help him, and he saw both in Flynn.

"These are two men who bonded on the campaign trail", a close associate of Flynn's explained to Yahoo.

"I have many friends who served with Flynn or under Flynn who had great respect for him as a military commander", said Waxman, the Columbia professor.

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