From the files of not normal: Putin up the wahoo

by Patty Templeton

News you need to knowA stream of high-level advisors and appointees of President Trump had contact with Russia during his presidential campaign.

Why this is not normalIt’s not normal for CIA officials to brief congressional leaders more than a month before a presidential election on the probability of Russian interference for a candidate.

It’s not normal for Michael Flynn, Trump’s appointee for National Security Advisor, to resign in disgrace three weeks into his tenure due to lying about Russian connections.

It’s not normal for Trump to ask the FBI to “let go” of its investigation on Flynn and Trump-Russia ties.

It’s not normal for President Trump to fire James Comey, the director of the FBI, after he wouldn’t stop investigating Russia’s election interference.

It’s not normal for Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, to not disclose conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S.

It’s not normal for Sessions, Comey’s boss and the Attorney General, to not disclose multiple encounters with Kislyak when applying for security clearance.

It’s not normal to have an enormous investigation of a president take up the first four months they’re in office.

To quote Dan Rather, “We are shifting the goalposts for our democracy. We are failing to be outraged by the outrageous because there is something even more outrageous that always seems to hit the news cycle.”

Do not stop seeing that Russia interfered with the election. Do not stop seeing that Trump benefited from, and his campaign possibly knew about, that interference.

Patty TempletonDGO Magazine

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