A day after Michael Flynn resigned in disgrace, and the White House tried to cover their asses by lying about when they knew about these conversations, a bombshell dropped: the New York Times reported that during the 2016 campaign, senior associates of Donald Trump had such frequent contact with Russian officials that it raised red flags with U.S. intelligence officers.
The report went on to name Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Michael Flynn and Roger Stone as those officials whose calls with Russian intelligence officials were intercepted. Manafort resigned in August after his name was discovered in a ledger detailing payments to him from the then pro-Russian Ukrainian government. Page resigned after U.S. intelligence officers started investigating him for a July 2016 trip to Moscow. Flynn resigned yesterday after…yeah, that Russian thing.
Stone admitted that he had connections to WikiLeaks, which was utilized as a tool by the Russian government to harm the Clinton campaign. Indeed, Stone tweeted about documents that showed up on WikiLeaks in advance of their arrival on the website. Stone does not currently have a formal job in the White House.
That’s three advisors who have resigned now because of shady connections to Russia and improper activities during the campaign or administration. The investigation into the content of their conversations continues. Just like we did yesterday on the blog, I think there are some questions that need to be answered:
- What were the contents of the conversations that were intercepted between Trump advisors and Russian intelligence agents?
- What is the full extent of the Trump administration and campaign’s activities in Russia?
Trump, Tillerson and anyone else in the White House with known extensive Russian connections need to come clean now.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings as the leaks on this scandal continue to drip.