(c) 2017 by Paul DuginskiUsed only with express written permission
On a weekend when many of us in California and the West have been focused on the potential catastrophe for people living below Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam in Northern California, it seems as though another dam is threatening to burst.
Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security advisor, resigned over his contacts with Russia Monday night, just weeks into the new administration. Could Trump not have known about the contents of Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? What was Flynn up to? Was he under orders from Trump? Did they discuss sanctions being imposed at the time by the Obama administration?
To use the famous Watergate-era phrase of Sen. Howard Baker, what did the president know and when did he know it?
For many of us who have thought that Trump’s unseemly admiration of and bromance with Vladimir Putin stank to high heaven, this appears to be the first crack in the dam. How long will it continue to hold back the truth about Trump’s involvement, and the involvement of those close to him, with the Russian regime? What is the full story behind Russia’s hacking and involvement in the 2016 presidential election?
High ranking members of both parties will be pursuing this. Many Republicans are repelled by Trump’s efforts to make nice with the stone cold killer, Putin, especially after Putin seemed to support a Trump presidency.
I started out with the intention of riffing on the tense situation in Northern California to comment on Trump’s easy tendency to lie, including his claim that the 3 million or so popular votes by which Hillary Clinton beat him were the result of voter fraud. Never mind that some of his own advisors and family members are registered to vote in two states. That number includes Steve Bannon, Tiffany Trump, Sean Spicer, Jared Kushner and Steve Mnuchin, according to the New York Times.
I was prepared to comment on Trump’s routine lying, until the story broke about Michael Flynn’s resignation.
Now maybe we’re getting at some really big, weighty lies.