The Progressive Populist: Subpoena Trump; Put Him Under Oath

The following is an excellent article written by John Young in the March 15, 2017 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 7 titled “Subpoena Trump; Put Him Under Oath” and I quote:

“Subpoena Trump; Put Him Under Oath”

By JOHN YOUNG

In July, Donald Trump said he’d never spoken to Vladimir Putin. nnSure, he hadn’t. Except that in 2014 he said he had — spoken with Putin “indirectly and directly” when in Russia on Miss Universe business.

Well, who you gonna believe? Donald Trump or Donald Trump?

We understand: Having had a talk with Putin could slip the mind of one so globally powerful as a civilian that, on the campaign trail, Trump’s son Donald Jr. would say that the presidency would be a step down.

Still, this curious nugget of narrative involving Trump and Russia assumes more significance with each day.

What did he know? When did he know it? Richard Nixon said he knew nothing.

One lie. One presidency down the toilet.

At this point, Team Trump has delighted at batting truth around like a shuttlecock without penalty. Lying can be fun and come without political cost.

Fun and games, yes, but one subpoena – one – would empty this White House like a pizza delivered with anchovies and anthrax.

If we recall: In only a few instances did actual “high crimes” put Nixon’s men behind bars and Nixon himself on a chopper out of town. What put them there was knowing and lying.

Until his dismissal as national security adviser Mike Flynn was pulling a Trump: saying one thing, then another.

Multiple sources confirmed for the Washington Post that before he and Trump were employed by you and me, Flynn, via phone, told Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that the Trump administration would relieve Russia of those pesky sanctions imposed by President Obama over Russia’s meddling in our election.

Nyet to worry.

When questions first arose, Flynn said he never said any such thing. Then he said he couldn’t recall. It’s a meaty thing to slip one’s mind, sort of like what Trump said in July about interacting with Putin.

The issue behind L’affaire Flynn is the Logan Act, which forbids civilians from doing foreign policy.

If true, it would be stunningly Nixonian, and so Trumpian. In 1968, before taking office as president, Nixon contacted South Vietnam’s government to head off any last-minute peace agreement by the Johnson administration.

Having broken the law, Nixon’s presidency should have ended before it began.

Trump’s presidency is a month old, and already there are enough plausible concerns of high crimes involving Russia to rev up the helicopter.

Trump’s glowing statements about Putin, his smirking dismissal of what the CIA labeled “an influence campaign … to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process” say more than words ever could, even if we could trust a word he utters.

Oh, and Flynn didn’t phone Russia just once. Reuters reports he called Kislyak five times the day of the sanctions.

What did Trump know? “Plausible deniability” was a catch phrase from Iran-Contra, a scandal that put a batch of Republican schemers in prison for waging a secret war and financing it in part by selling arms to a terrorist nation. The deniability was the sculpting of operations to insulate President Reagan from knowingly illegal deeds.

Flynn is out, and Trump is insulated? Trump’s front men are trying to do that. They say that whatever Flynn might have done, Trump knew nothing.

Subpoena them. Hands on the Bible for the second time in a few days. Subpoena those tax records first.

Team Trump would have us believe that Flynn was a lone wolf. That seems quite implausible.

Citizens, insist on the truth. What was the pre-election relationship between Trump and Putin? We won’t get the truth without subpoenas. Sen. McCain, duty calls.

John Young is a longtime Texas newspaperman who now lives in Fort Collins, Colo. Email jyoungcolumn@gmail.com. See johnyoungcolumn.com.

From The Progressive Populist, March 15, 2017″

(ACCORDING TO THIS VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE, BOTH PRES TRUMP AND MICHAEL FLYNN MUST BE SERVED WITH A SUBPOENA  BY A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, IF WE ARE EVER GOING TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH.  SINCE PRES TRUMP HAS BUSINESS INTERESTS IN 23 COUNTRIES, I DON’T BELIEVE OUR PRESIDENT CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS AND BE FAIR TO OUR COUNTRY.  AND UP TO NOW, HE HASN’T DIVESTED HIMSELF OF HIS INVESTMENTS BUT TURNED THEM OVER TO HIS SONS TO RUN BUT THAT IS NOT DIVESTING.  HOW CAN HE BE CRITICAL OF WHAT RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN DID INVADING UKRAINE WHEN PRES TRUMP HAS BUSINESS INTERESTS IN RUSSIA???

LaVern isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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