Recent TV news has focused on the “He Said He Said” between Comey and Trump and largely ignored what the Russian Investigation is really about. Comey testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again.
The Russians are attaching the bedrock of our democracy, the election process. Yet Trump says nothing about this problem, only that he would like the investigation to go away. I don’t think he understands or cares about a key part of his job description – To Protect The Constitution of The United States.
Also he clearly does not respect the rule of law. On one point I disagree with Comey. The President is obstructing justice, pure and simple.
Here are some quotes from Comey’s testimony:
“It’s not a Republican thing or Democratic thing — it really is an American thing,”
“They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back.”
“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.”
For more see: Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back
A recent Facebook post by Dan Rather on the links between Russia and the Trump Administration:
Every once in a while in Washington, the fuse is lit for what seems to be a big scandal. Much more rarely does that fuse lead to an explosion of the magnitude we are seeing with Russia and the new Administration, and frankly the Republicans in Congress. How can anybody say, with all this billowing smoke and sights of actual flames, that there is no need to at least independently investigate whether a fire is burning down the very pillars of our democracy?
News is what the powerful want to keep hidden – Dan Rather
It is hard to understand the logic behind Trump’s pivot from China and Towards Russia.
China a country with almost unlimited human capital and a rapidly growing and diverse economy. They are an important trading partner and an important player in the security of the far east. Russia on the other hand is a weak economy largely based on oil and gas exports and lacking in human capital.
It appears that we are pivoting from a strong trading partner to one that is weak at best. In addition we are embracing a country that is geopolitically dangerous with proven aggressive and ruthless actions against western democracies and with a track record of supporting authoritarian regimes.
What could possibly motivate such a decision?