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News Friday, May 12 2017

5 Takeaways From The Last 5 Days

May 12, 2017

Chaos, confusion, controversy and cover ups – the Trump Russia scandal is bigger than Watergate. And that’s not hyperbole. From revelations that Trump’s National Security Advisor remained on the job with no restrictions for 18 days after the White House was warned he may have been compromised, to the rapidly growing mound of evidence the President has obstructed justice by interfering into an ongoing FBI investigation, the scandals surrounding the White House have spiraled out of control.
“The President thinks he’s above the law. He’s not, and if things don’t change, he’s going to learn that the hard way,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.
Here are the 5 most important takeaways of the week: 
MONDAYFormer acting attorney general Sally Yates confirmed that she warned the White House that Michael Flynn was “compromised by the Russians” and “could be blackmailed.” Despite this warning, the White House waited 18 days to fire him, and only did so after the media discovered Flynn was telling lies.
TUESDAY: Donald Trump takes the unprecedented move of firing FBI Director James Comey who was investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian hackers who rigged the election in his favor. The White House lies about their rationale, falsely saying that the decision came on the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General. That story quickly unraveled.
WEDNESDAY: It’s discovered that weeks before James Comey was fired, he stepped up the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and asked for more resources for the investigation. This news further suggets that Trump’s motives behind the firing were in fact to interfere with the ongoing investigation.
THURSDAY: Trump admits he was planning to fire Comey before he had received a recommendation from the Deputy Attorney General. With this, Trump shows that the Administration has been lying to the public ever since Tuesday evening about Comey’s firing.
FRIDAY: Trump threatens former FBI Director James Comey, saying there are “tapes” of their conversations and admits his spokespeople can’t be trusted to tell the truth. Sean Spicer refused to deny that Trump is secretly recording conversations that take place in the White House.

Published: May 12, 2017

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