From the Senate floor a little while ago… Here’s Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) making it clear that Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has no choice but to recuse himself from any Justice Department probe of the Trump/Flynn/Russia scandal. (See video below.)
Not seen in this short clip are some other important things Schumer said about how Flynn’s resignation is only the beginning of this story:
“It is now readily apparent that General Flynn’s resignation is not the end of the story, it is merely the beginning of a much longer story. The circumstances of General Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador during the transition, the recent reports of potential high-level contact between the Trump Campaign and Russian intelligence, including general Flynn, should raise hairs on the necks of everyone in this body and every American of goodwill, democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, independent.”
On Trump’s Culpability
“Every report that suggests deeper ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government needs to be followed up on and verified. We need to get all the facts.
“The White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the Vice President and let General Flynn stay on the job. They knew for weeks that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security because he’d be subject to blackmail, and they let him stay on. The president knew for weeks about this and let General Flynn stay on in his full capacity, present at and participating in the highest level of national security discussions until those reports were made public.
“If the reports of General Flynn’s incorrect statements to the Vice President were never made public by the Washington Post, would the president’s trust ever have eroded? Would General Flynn ever have been fired? Would he still be in his job today? We’ll never know now.”