Each new day seems to bring a new and even more convincing link between the Russian government and the 2016 Trump Campaign to light. It’s only a matter of time before the president will be forced to answer the tough questions brought about by his campaign’s increasingly undeniable link to Russia.
Michael Flynn used to be Trump’s national security adviser. Now he’s suddenly and unexpectedly become the center of an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is tasked with probing Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election.
The investigation is looking into an email exchange that took place between Michael Flynn’s lobbying company, the Flynn Intel Group, and Dana Rohrabacher, a California Congressman associated with outspoken, pro-Russian rhetoric. Rohrabacher has expressed solicitous views in regards to Moscow, as well as pro-Russia views on a variety of different policies. This marks both the first time that the Mueller’s team has introduced a member of Congress to the investigation, as well as another link between the Trump campaign and Russian associates.
The special counsel team, led by Robert Mueller, was opened for the sole purpose of investigating and identifying cooperation between Trump’ 2016 presidential campaign, and the Russian government. Since it began in May of 2017, the investigation has incurred enough evidence to bring solid cases against several former members of the Trump campaign, including George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort.
Michael Flynn may have just earned his spot on this growing list, as evidence denoting his involvement with Rohrabacher has recently emerged. It is reported that the email served as a thank you message from Flynn, as he expressed his gratitude for the role Rohrabacher played in a meeting. Interestingly, this meeting took place in September of last year, at a time when Michael Flynn was heavily involved with the Trump campaign. Donald Trump has heaped praise on Michael Flynn in the past, calling him “a wonderful man,” and stating that the media had treated him unfairly.
The Trump Administration is once again under the spotlight, as the evidence and intel collected through the Mueller investigation continuously lead back towards Trump and his associates.
The 2016 Trump Campaign has been plagued by accusations of conspiring with Russia for months. These accusations were only intensified last month when Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was charged with conspiring against the US. This revelation verified the notion that the Trump campaign did in fact have ties to Russian officials. According to The New York Times, Trump has maintained since February of 2017 that, to his knowledge, no one involved with his campaign was in contact with Russia over the course of the election. However, records show that Trump was aware of the fact that former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos was in contact Russia. In October, Papadopoulos admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in respect to a conversation he had regarding Russian intel. Earlier today he claimed that he did this, “out of loyalty for Trump.” Is Papadopoulos’ so called “loyalty” to Trump in conflict with his loyalty to America?
When the news broke last month that Papadopoulos was being charged with conspiring against the U.S., Trump unsurprisingly took to Twitter to deflect the accusations and redirect the attention towards his ex-opponent Hillary Clinton.
You can’t blame Trump for attempting to deflect the negative press. As the Mueller investigation digs further into the Trump Campaign’s involvement with Russia, more evidence pointing to some level of cooperation continues to emerge. The heavier the link between the Trump campaign and communication with Russian and pro-Russian officials like Rohrbacher, the harder it will become for Trump to escape this exceedingly sticky situation.
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