By Robert J. Garrison
The Trump administration is caught in the beginnings of a huge scandal that could derail the Trump Train. How did we get from what many called a real reality TV show to a Tom Clancy novel?
Well throughout the campaign Donald Trump railed against the establishment and promised to shake up Washington. This is nothing new. Many politicians have stated this kind of campaign rhetoric in the past only to arrive in Washington and pretty much fall in line with the establishment or get silenced by them.
However, President Trump is different. He isn’t just a senator or representative, he is the President. And he’s Donald J. Trump.
President Trump turned his rhetoric into real policies. The establishment found out within the first couple of days that Donald Trump meant what he said and that he wasn’t going to fall in line with them. Donald Trump is his own man, which is why he had mass appeal among the voters. The voters wanted change; they wanted action not just words and that is what they were getting within the first weeks of Trump’s administration. That makes Donald Trump a danger to the Washington establishment and their power structure, which means he had to be taken out, but how?
Donald Trump’s stance on Russia has always been cozy and not confrontational. President Trump has tried his best to try not to come across as antagonizing towards the Russian bear. This was baffling coming from a candidate that had no problem going after every other country like China, Mexico, Iran, Japan, and various European countries.
Throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign, there were reports that the Trump campaign had staffers with Russian connections. This led to Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort to resign.
President Trump comments about Vladimir Putin during his Super Bowl interview with Fox News Bill O’Reilly also caused a stir.
While I disagree with the media reports that President Trump was trying to draw a moral equivalence between Putin killing journalists that disagree with him and the US tactics of killing those that disagree with us; President Trump was being truthful about what we have done.
Of course saying statements like that just hit our patriotic ear wrong. We don’t want to hear a president say stuff like that; it makes us feel too uncomfortable. Finally, the establishment had enough of President Trumps kind of change and frankness. Thus enter the Tom Clancy novel.
The Trump administration is in the crosshairs of a political assassination attempt by the intelligence community. The spies are out and they are doing the dirty work for the political establishment to derail the Trump Train.
The New York times this morning broke a story about Trump campaign aids having communications with senior Russian intelligence agents back in 2016! This is a huge scandal that could cripple the Trump administration. The story is based on sources (NOT YET VERIFIED) within the law enforcement and intelligence community. The unverified source goes on to say:
The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.
The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.
Wait, this happened back in 2016? You mean during the campaign? My question is this, if this happened back in 2016 why didn’t this come out during the campaign?!?! Why are we now just hearing about it? Something stinks about this story. It seems as though those within the Trump administration are being set up, Jack Ryan style.
This story is being unleashed to kneecap President Trump and to force him to get in line with the establishment. While that is a big story, I think in the midst of all this we are missing an even bigger story.
The fact that the Trump campaign was being spied on during the campaign and is still being spied on! Later in the NYT article, we find out that Michael Flynn was being wiretapped!
The intercepted calls are different from the wiretapped conversations last year between Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, and Sergey I. Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. In those calls, which led to Mr. Flynn’s resignation on Monday night, the two men discussed sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russia in December.
According to a Bloomberg report, it’s not even clear that Michael Flynn did anything wrong or that he mislead Vice President Mike Pence about the conversation he had with the Russian ambassador!
The big story here is that the president and his aides were, and still are, under surveillance and spied on, and it’s being made public for political reasons. Don’t allow the fog of politics to blind you from the real scandal.
Where is the ACLU? Where are the Liberals with their outrage about government intrusion? All I hear is crickets because it’s being done to Donald Trump.
With political candidates, Russian spies, political intrigue, and cloak and dagger tactics to undermine government officials, the Trump administration just went from being a reality TV show to a Tom Clancy novel right before our eyes.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious writer for The Systems Scientist. You can connect with him directly in the comments section, follow him on Twitter or on Facebook, or catch up on his articles in the Archives.
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