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Fri May 19, 2017, 06:56 PM

Evan McMullin in the NYT: The GOP knew of Trump's Russia Connections

Republican Evan McMullin argues that the GOP needs country over party in an op/ed piece:Republicans, Protect the Nation.

"President Trumpís disturbing Russian connections present an acute danger to American national security. According to reports this week, Mr. Trumpís team maintained frequent contact with Russian officials, including senior intelligence officers, during the campaign. This led to concerns about possible collusion with one of Americaís principal strategic adversaries as it tried to influence the election in Mr. Trumpís favor. On Monday, Mr. Trumpís national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, was forced to resign after details of his communications with the Russian ambassador emerged.

Republican leaders in Congress now bear the most responsibility for holding the president accountable and protecting the nation. They canít say they didnít see the Russian interference coming. They knew all along.

Early in 2015, senior Republican congressional leaders visited Ukraine and returned full of praise for its fight for independence in spite of Russiaís efforts to destabilize the country and annex some of its regions. And in June, coincidentally just before Mr. Trump announced his campaign for the Republican nomination, they met with Ukraineís prime minister in Washington ó one of many meetings I attended as a senior aide to the House Republican Conference.

As the presidential race wore on, some of those leaders began to see parallels between Russiaís disinformation operations in Ukraine and Europe and its activities in the United States. They were alarmed by the Kremlin-backed cable network RT America, which was running stories intended, they judged, to undermine Americansí trust in democratic institutions and promote Mr. Trumpís candidacy. Deeply unsettled, the leaders discussed these concerns privately on several occasions I witnessed."

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Reply Evan McMullin in the NYT: The GOP knew of Trump's Russia Connections (Original post)
Julian Englis May 2017 OP
cilla4progress May 2017 #1
Amaryllis May 2017 #3
furtheradu May 2017 #2
Julian Englis May 2017 #4
Amaryllis May 2017 #5
BigmanPigman May 2017 #6
cilla4progress May 2017 #8
kimbutgar May 2017 #9
dalton99a May 2017 #7

Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:03 PM

1. Yep.

He's the leaker from the "Putin pays Trump" meeting, I guess we can confirm!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:19 PM

3. THis from article:

Suspect public comments like these led one senior Republican leader to dolefully inform his peers that he thought Mr. Trump was on the Kremlinís payroll, suggesting that Mr. Trump had been compromised by Russian intelligence. Other leaders were surprised by their colleagueís frank assessment, but did not dispute it.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:07 PM

2. K & R..& thanks! THIS! !

Big story here. Thanks for post!

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:21 PM

4. You're most welcome

I may not agree with McMullin all the time but he recognizes that there's a difference between detente and treason.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:24 PM

5. Read the whole article....reallly good...more:

Shockingly, some of the leaders most concerned about Russian subversion and Mr. Trumpís possible compromise were his first and most vocal supporters among congressional leaders ó some publicly, some privately. It was an inauspicious trade of national security for political self-preservation and partisan ambition.

Now the leadersí worst fears seem validated. Mr. Flynn has become the third Trump team member to step down over Russia-related issues, following the campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

This plotline is unlikely to improve of its own accord, and Americaís security is now at stake. For Republican leaders in Congress, there is no more room for cognitive dissonance. Instead, it is urgent that they recommit to patriotic prudence. They should demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions appoint an independent special counsel to investigate Russiaís assault on American democracy and Mr. Trumpís possible collusion with the Kremlin.

At a minimum, they must establish a bipartisan special select committee with subpoena power in the House or the Senate for the same purpose. This job is too big and significant to be entrusted to the standing intelligence committees, which have critical tasks and limited staff. The nation must have accountability ó including public hearings where possible ó on these matters.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:06 PM

6. Even this info won't deter his base. They'd re-elect all of them tomorrow if they could.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #6)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:18 PM

8. We need to shrink

His base, then!

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #8)

Sat May 20, 2017, 11:58 AM

9. It will be difficult to break the cult of 45

We just have to to peel them away little by little.

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Response to Julian Englis (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:25 PM

7. Kick.

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