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JOHN BRUMMETT: The Russian affair

By John Brummett

This article was published February 16, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Let's begin today with seven questions and answers to dive into an unfolding and complex story.

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TimberTopper says... February 16, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Good one, John! Maybe I'm wrong but I thought it was against the law for a private citizen to do what Flynn was supposed to have done. The reason being that at that time he was a private citizen, as Trump was not POTUS. Seems the POTUS is much more upset with the media and the leaker, than getting caught up in all this BS. The BP meds will be needed strongly by the haters over this, They still think Russia is our new bud.

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RBear says... February 16, 2017 at 4:43 a.m.

I agree with Brummett on this issue. This consistent love affair between the Trump administration and Russian interests continues to baffle me. The questions raised are legitimate questions that should help us right a ship already listing thanks to a reckless former adviser. Flynn was a bad choice from the start. He and Junior seem to relish stretching the facts and playing by their own rules.
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Make no mistake. Russia is not an ally on any front. Putin and his folks in government want to push the limits themselves to advance an aggressive foreign agenda. Doing so has helped ruin countries and governments. Playing games with our country should outrage Americans, but it doesn't seem to faze Republicans. After all, the Russian flag IS red, white, and blue so maybe they're a bit confused when saluting the colors.

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BoudinMan says... February 16, 2017 at 5:57 a.m.

I called Cotton's office, and French Hill's office yesterday asking that they push for an independent investigation of all these Putin/Trump shenanigans.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... February 16, 2017 at 6:44 a.m.

Obama holdovers connived and colluded, anonymously of course, to leak highly-sensitive intelligence information to destroy Flynn before he could destroy them. Their target is the president of the United States.
Should we will wait and see till the whole truth comes out before we crucified Trump. Democrats said why wait drive the nails in now.

What has happen to the Democrat party?
Republican Party control the House, Senate, the White House, most governorships and state houses, and will decide a Supreme Court pick.

Republicans are now in control of a record 67 (68 percent) of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers in the nation, more than twice the number (31) in which Democrats have a majority.

The GOP control of both legislative chambers in 32 states, an all-time high, while Democrats will have total control of just 13 state legislatures.
In 24 of the 32 states with Republican-controlled legislatures, voters have also elected Republican governors. In contrast, Democrats have control in just six states.
Republicans tied a 94-year-old record of control of governor's mansions they now hold 34 of them.
Why has the Democrat party loss so much? The Democratic Party has become everything that it once loathed: elitist, globalist, interventionist, self-serving, warmongering and overflowing with pomposity. To come back it must be the voice of the dispossessed, now the majority of Americans.

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mozarky2 says... February 16, 2017 at 7:05 a.m.

Does this column prove once and for all that Deranged Loser Columnist is nothing but a lowly member of the DNC's steno pool?
Yes.

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RBear says... February 16, 2017 at 7:25 a.m.

David, I can't make heads or tails of your rambling rant. Can you attempt to stay on point on the issue? Regarding Brummett's column, the point is had there not been leaks, then Trump would have covered the entire thing up for an appointee that was flawed from the start. I guess folks like David and mozarky are okay being in cahoots with Russia. No outrage from them on that. Just trying to drudge up Obama in defense. Trust me, those in the intel community that may have leaked these documents were there when Bush was in office. Anyone who thinks otherwise doesn't know the intel community. It is one of loyalty and tenure.

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Jfish says... February 16, 2017 at 7:31 a.m.

For the past 20 or so years, our foreign policy and ability to keep secrets has been sliding and it looks like this new administration might not be any better. John, you have no idea if this is bigger because all the facts are not in yet, so that is just pure speculation on your part. Yesterday on some of the cable networks some of the talking heads were saying that it is bigger than Watergate. These are the partisan hacks who want to see the new administration and America fail.

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mozarky2 says... February 16, 2017 at 7:39 a.m.

This, from the Deranged Loser Columnist who completely ignored the Clinton Crime Family Pay to Play Emporium and Cash Washateria...

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... February 16, 2017 at 7:46 a.m.

“The FBI reviewed intercepts of communications between the Russian ambassador to the United States and retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn — national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump — but has not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government, U.S. officials said.”
Another current U.S Intelligence official agreed with the FBI and told NPR. “There is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the transcripts of of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his Obama rivals.
To the media and democrats Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree. The swamp is a huge complex, it will be hard to drain.

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DoubleBlind says... February 16, 2017 at 8:08 a.m.

Anyone who takes the time to read some of the in depth articles available from very credible news sources will see how long and deeply Trump and his cronies have been under scrutiny by the FBI for their involvement with Russia. If only half of what they've uncovered SO FAR is true - and they're far from finished - it's enough to put the most steadfast Trumplicans off their lunch. If it were happening to anyone else, Trump would say it's 'HUGE.' Remember when Trump said he hoped the Russians would steal Hillary's emails and leak them? There's massive evidence now suggesting his team was colluding with Russia to do exactly that. Trump must be soiling his silk boxers. Live by the leak, die by the leak.

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