Last night on CNN, on of the George W. Bush administration’s ethics lawyers tore into Donald Trump for his outrageously corrupt and inept foreign security maneuvers, saying that there are “KGB agents running around the West Wing.” While the KGB itself is a relic of the Soviet Union, attorney Richard Painter was clearly referring to contemporary Russian operatives.
Trump admitted yesterday that he had hired disgraced former General Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser despite knowing that Flynn was an unregistered foreign agent.
Flynn had been working for the Turkish government to promote its interests in America. He was literally being paid to push Turkey’s agenda in American policy making, not America’s agenda.
On top of that, Flynn was already ousted weeks ago from the White House for have sensitive, and probably illegal, communications with Russian officials and then lying about his contacts.
Attorney Richard Painter was stunned by Trump’s mismanagement of national security affairs and his willingness to put personal relationships above national interests.
“It makes no sense to run a government this way. This is a completely chaotic situation, and then Gen. Flynn lied about his contacts with the Russians, lied to the vice president, and we’ve had the attorney general in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee say he did not contact the Russians when he had contacts with the Russians.”
“People [in Trump’s White House] are not being honest about their foreign contacts, and talk about this “deep state theory” as if there are somehow Obama moles in the government under the Trump administration. It’s the KGB agents running around the West Wing or the national security council.”
Finally, directly attacking Flynn for his foreign agent work, Painter destroyed any semblance of a defense for what Flynn did:
“Recent news reports have revealed that Lt. Gen. Flynn was receiving classified briefings during the presidential campaign while his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., was being paid to lobby the U.S. Government on behalf of a foreign government’s interests.”
The catastrophic Trump administration goes beyond the traditional liberal-conservative divide. Particularly when it comes to national security, whatever our political beliefs are we all have an interest in ousting Trump.
Painter is not afraid to speak out against a Republican president, despite having served under the most recent prior Republican president. This is a matter of American lives and common decency.
Time for Congress to step up and do the right thing: Impeach Trump.