If President Donald Trump did indeed collude with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, his best chance of getting away with it rests on manipulating our culture’s notoriously distractible attention span. Indeed, there has been so much thrown out there about this issue — from countless interactions between Trumpers and unsavory Russians to the president’s attempted deflection with various bogus “I was wiretapped” narratives — that it’s almost understandable that we could lose sight of the important points here.
Focus on this
1. What stories do Michael Flynn and Sally Yates have to tell?
As the media reported last week, the Trump administration tried to prevent former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying about the scandal involving Russia, she said she was going to do it anyway, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes then abruptly — though he’d probably argue coincidentally — canceled the hearing in which she would have testified.
Again, the media reported on this — great! — and then moved on from the story, most likely due to the aforementioned pitifully short attention span. This is a huge piece of the puzzle, especially since Yates would have likely discussed the background that led up to the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The former lieutenant general has extensive connections to Russia himself and actually offered to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity, which he himself would have to admit suggests that he “probably committed a crime.”
There could be more here, if only the…
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