Democrats have collectively been going crazy over the President’s recent meeting with Russian diplomats. They have been calling for an independent investigation manned by an independent prosecutor ever since the President was inaugurated. Shamelessly perpetuating the conspiracy theory that President Trump allowed Russian officials to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. While simultaneously arguing that he is covertly promoting Russian expansionism.
Now, Democrats are calling for impeachment over Wednesday’s meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavorgna and President Trump. This is the highest level face to face between the President and a Russian government official since he took office. He has not met with Vladimir Putin yet, despite the allegations that they have a close relationship.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now telling the media that he is willing to disclose what was discussed between the President and his Foreign Minister at their meeting. Indicating that no classified information was discusssed. He made these statements at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentilon.
Putin blamed the mainstream liberal media allegation of classified information being leaked as the “political schizophrenia” of Washington, D.C. politics. The allegations of leaked classified information originally came from two anonymous officials who claim the President told Russian Foreign Minister classified information. It was originally reported on by the Washington Post. The classified information being alleged is in reference to the Islamic State and their plans to attack airlines.
While Putin has said he would give the records of communication between President Trump and his Foreign Minister to Congress it is highly unlike that Democrats or even Republicans in Congress would believe anything that he provided to them. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said the following about any potential information release from the Russian government that would possibly show President Trumps innocence,
“If there are transcripts, we need those transcripts as well. But I’ve got to tell you. We don’t need them from the Russians. The idea that we would accept any evidence from president Putin is absurd. I wouldn’t trust any evidence that the Russians said they could provide.”
On Wednesday Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News to express the same sentiments,
“Well, I wouldn’t put much credibility into whatever Putin’s notes are. And if it comes in an e-mail, I wouldn’t click on the attachment either, that’s for sure.”
The President defended his actions by saying the following,
“As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”
The White House administration, including Press Secretary Sean Spicer, have refuted the allegations that anything nefarious is going on between the Russian government and the administration. At the same time the Russian President seems to offer up the same defense, that nothing nefarious went on. Instead he called politicians in the United States dangerous, stupid, and unscrupulous.
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An independent investigation does seem to be overkill. There is currently a Federal Bureau of Investigation underway, as well as, two separate investigations in the House and Senate Oversight and Intelligence committees. However, in the same breath if the administration has nothing to hide isn’t it worthwhile to allow the investigation to simply get rid of the speculation and talk?
Either way, the Trump administration is not going to go down without a fight.