But of course.
There was a Senate Intel hearing earlier Tuesday, and on the
block was Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, as well as CIA Director
Among the topics covered was a question we all should be
concerned with: What was discussed between President Donald Trump and Russian President
Vladimir Putin when they had their very private huddle in Helsinki?
This was one of about five private meetings between the
reality TV huckster and the former KGB agent. No one knows what was discussed,
with any real clarity, in any of those meetings.
Ok. Somebody explain to me how a government employee can consort
with hostile foreign powers with no oversight?
And let’s be perfectly clear. That’s all Trump is, a
government employee. He is the employee of the people, not a king, no matter
how people like Sean Hannity or Lou Dobbs want it to seem.
Knowing that, we should demand that there be no more private
huddles, absent of policy aides or someone to keep a record of what was
discussed, in order that everyone with a job to do to keep this nation safe and
free can adequately address any foreign policy issues.
It was Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) who kicked off the fun by asking about the lack of details known by senior administration officials, regarding those meetings.
“Donald Trump met privately with Putin and no one in the U.S. government has the full story about what was discussed.,” Wyden opened. “Would this put you in a disadvantaged position in terms of understanding Russia’s efforts to advance its agenda against the United States?
Indeed. Given what we know about Russia’s efforts to create
chaos in the United States, including interfering in the 2016 election, there
should be no room for error, when it comes to communications with their government.
All we do know for sure about the Helsinki meeting is that
Donald Trump stood beside Putin, looking like a subservient pet, as Putin
beamed proudly, and then he threw his own intelligence community under the bus.
DNI Coats’ answer was a doozy.
“Senator, clearly, this is a sensitive issue and it’s an issue that we ought to talk about this afternoon,” the DNI said, adding “I look forward to discussing that in a closed session.”
So does he know?
There has been some speculation that the room the two
presidents met in may have been bugged by Finnish authorities, and that
information turned over to U.S. authorities. It wouldn’t be unheard of, given
the players involved.
If that’s the case, it could be a game changer in the search
for answers, regarding the ongoing Russia probe.
For now, however, we wait.
Just don’t fall asleep and allow a man like Donald Trump to
operate with no accountability.