Republicans have a Trump problem

Republicans railed against Hillary Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ behavior when it was revealed she kept a private email server while secretary of state.

Voice of the People by James J. DevineNow they have got a problem with President Donald Trump, who uses his cell phone to post messages on Twitter even though it may be used to listen in on and watch activities in the room where it is located even when turned off.

Trump’s National Security Adviser quit three weeks after Justice Department officials informed White House lawyers that the former Army three-star general was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Those disclosures came Jan. 26.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned amid disclosures that he lied about the content of his phone conversation with the Russian ambassador the day President Obama imposed sanctions on the Putin government for its role with interfering in American elections.

Flynn may have violated the Logan Act, a law enacted during the earliest days of this nation barring private citizens from negotiating with foreign officials on matters in dispute, when he allegedly assured the Russians that Trump would roll back punishment imposed on them for helping the celebrity billionaire win.

The “erosion of trust” to which White House Press Secretary alluded in his briefing, hardly touches on the eradication of truth by this president and his party. The probability of collusion with Russia, a longtime international adversary, raises serious concerns about Trump’s personal and business obligations to entities in that country.

Trump may owe Russian banks hundreds of millions of dollars, buthe still refuses to release his tax returns. Republicans in Congresss have power to review Trump’s tax returns but they are putting the partisan interests of their party ahead of loyalty to America.

Trump’s National Security Adviser quit less than a month into the new administration. The president himself is mired in one coverup and possibly leaking information from the Oval Office to anyone with electronic eavesdropping capability. Republicans are closing their eyes to the growing crises.

When they try to spin this cluster bomb into ‘decisive action’ on which Trump was ‘instinctively correct’ the government is lying and making matters worse because classified information is kept as close as schoolroom gossip primarily because at least a few (and maybe many) people with access to those secrets are patriotic enough to distinguish between legitimate security concerns and criminal coverups.

Trump clearly believes there is nothing wrong with upsetting the lives and plans of thousands, if not millions, of immigrants and resident aliens due to improbable fears about terrorism but he is dismissing the likelihood of security risks that he and his aides create.

A guy who thinks he can do no wrong is very likely to engage in the worst crimes. Republicans in Congress have to decide whether they are going to protect Trump or put their country first.


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