Robert Reich: Michael Flynn And The 6 Big Questions – OpEd

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth:

1. Why didn’t Trump act sooner to fire Flynn? He knew about Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador at least since January, when then-acting attorney general Sally Yates notified the White House that Flynn had “put himself in a compromising position” with his phone call to the Russian ambassador.

2. What, if anything, did Trump authorize Michael Flynn to tell the Russians before the inauguration?

3. What other contacts did Flynn and other Trump aides have with Russia before the election? U.S. intelligence reports show that Flynn was in touch with Russian ambassador Kislyak during the 2016 campaign, and that communications between the two continued after Nov. 8. The Russian ambassador has even confirmed having contacts with Flynn before and after the election, though he declined to say what was discussed.

4. Did Flynn or other Trump aides know of or cooperate with Russia in interfering in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf?

5. If so, did Trump know about or encourage such cooperation?

These questions won’t go away. The FBI and the Senate Intelligence Community are investigating. Hopefully, investigative reporters are also on the case. Eventually, the truth will come out. As Richard Nixon learned, coverups in Washington just make things worse.

Which leads inevitably to the last question:

6. If Trump knew or encouraged, will he be impeached?

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Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL.

2 thoughts on “Robert Reich: Michael Flynn And The 6 Big Questions – OpEd

  • February 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Ah, evil Troll Robbie now echoes his mentor’s party line: Flynn bad; Trump bad; both are Russian agents, and; implied in all this is that Russia influenced the election.
    Goodness, Robbie Troll, your lack of imagination is vividly demonstrated in this cameo performance. I’m certain Mommyobammy’s politicized Washington establishment shall dribble more dross for you to trumpet.
    Unfortunately, your audience, lapping up this offal is limited to others of your bent: the rest of us find you boring.

  • February 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Your five questions require that the president discuss secret national security details in public – not a good idea, duh! I know you and yours want to take down Trump, but please leave our national security still standing.


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