The National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was negotiating an end to Russian sanctions before he was even sworn in as NSA director, behind the backs of the incumbent administration, the State Department, and Congress.
This action, which the Trump administration has already lied about, is a major violation of federal statutes prohibiting private citizens from negotiating with foreign government. It also is itself a violation of the very sanctions themselves, which broadly prohibit contact with top Kremlin officials from American private citizens. Sanctions opposed by our current Secretary of State and flagrantly violated by our National Security Advisor.
Flynn may be the first major scalp of the Trump administration, with conservatives like David Frum arguing it is similar to the Iran Contra Scandal and the Trump administration claiming Flynn misled the President and Vice President with his denials.
This is just the tip of the iceberg this week. His chief political advisor, Kellyanne Conway (no relation I swear!) violated federal ethics laws on television. His press secretary has repeatedly lied to the American public. And his business interests are still tied up with his family members including members of his administration like Jared Kushner. Then we have Bannon on the NSC and the ham handed way he and his loyalists slipped the problematic EO under the noses of the White House Counsels Office; Sec. Kelly: Sec. Mattis; the DOG; and Congress.
We also have an absurd Politico story with an opening line that wouldn’t be out of place in the Onion:
Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought
It’s hard not to conclude that if Donald Trump is Homer Simpson, than the rest of America is Frank Grimes.