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Robert Reich: We need answers to these 6 questions about Michael Flynn

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions


Robert Reich
February 18, 2017 9:59PM (UTC)
This originally appeared on Robert Reich's blog.

The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions about Michael Flynn, 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.

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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.

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Which leads inevitably to the last question:

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


Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written 15 books, including the best sellers "Aftershock", "The Work of Nations," and"Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "The Common Good." 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." He's also co-creator of the Netflix original documentary "Saving Capitalism."

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