George W Bush, Newt Gingrich and Trump’s new intelligence director say answers needed on Trump’s Russia connections


Leading Republicans have weighed in on what is turning the biggest political scandal of post war US history.

As evidence mounts that Donald Trump is just a front man along with Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, for a Russian oligarch and mafia ring,  possibly communicating with them using encrypted apps that leave no electronic or paper trail, Trump’s days  in office may be numbered.

Meanwhile, a gigantic, engineered financial crash is looming in March as the Fed prepares to hike interest rates again in spite of the fact that America has historical levels of personal and government debt and a fiscal debt ceiling kicks in.

From Politico
Former President George W. Bush said Monday that the American people deserve answers on the alleged connection between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“I think we all need answers,” Bush said in an interview on NBC. “I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.”

On Friday, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hire an independent prosecutor to investigate the connection between the Trump campaign and Russia. Issa joins a number of Democrats in calling for an independent prosecutor.

From Politico
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants a special investigator to review the Trump team’s alleged contact with Russian officials during the campaign — one of the few prominent Republicans calling for such an examination.

Gingrich, when asked about the use of a special prosecutor Tuesday on Fox News, advised President Donald Trump to “take a lesson from the past” and assign a “very smart, independent person” to take on that investigatory role.

“Maybe somebody like Michael Mukasey, former attorney general [under George W. Bush] — put them in charge of the whole project, and say, you know, there are questions here, the country has questions, the media has questions, even members of Congress (have) questions,” Gingrich said.

President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the director of national intelligence pledged on Tuesday to support thorough investigation of any Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, seeking to reassure lawmakers worried that partisan politics might interfere with a probe.

“I think this is something that needs to be investigated and addressed,” former Republican Senator Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the top U.S. intelligence official.

From Maine Public

Maine’s two U.S. senators are expressing concerns about reports that officials in the Trump administration attempted to enlist senior intelligence officials and members of Congress to push back against news reports focusing on President Donald Trump associates’ links to Russia.

At issue is whether the contact between the Trump administration and key lawmakers could compromise what is supposed to be an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the election, and allegations that Trump campaign associates interacted with Russian operatives.





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