As more evidence of collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump emerged Friday, pundits wondered just how compromised the Trump administration is by the 2016 campaign’s links to Russia.
Security expert Garrett Graff, author of The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror, noted on CNN Monday that even without seeing Mueller’s full report, it’s clear from what we do know that we’re looking at “the worst case scenario.”
He noted that it’s clear the Trump administration was compromised by Kremlin agents in a way that suggests Vladimir Putin has leverage over the President.
“From a counterintelligence perspective, the worst case scenario is to have a foreign power have leverage over your head of state, for them to have some sort of intelligence operation or even blackmail that can convince a head of state to act against their country’s best interests,” Graff observed.
“And what we already know from the Trump investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, especially after these last ten days of revelations from Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort, is that Russia has had leverage over Donald Trump over the last two years.”
Trump elicits unintentional laughter in Oval Office meeting: My wars ‘don’t need exit strategies’
President Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday that he does not use exit strategies when planning for war.
During an Oval Office press gaggle, the president was asked if he had a plan for ending a possible war with Iran.
"You're not going to need an exit strategy," Trump opined, possibly misunderstanding the term. "I don't need exit strategies."
Some in the room could be heard audibly laughing as the president answered.
Watch the video below from CNN.
Moderate Dem lawmaker tells CNN why Trump’s ‘appalling behavior’ changed his mind on impeachment
Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a moderate Democrat and a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, went on CNN on Tuesday to explain why he has changed his mind and now supports starting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
In an interview with CNN's John Berman, Himes said that Trump has regularly shown that he doesn't care about obeying the law, as evidenced by his decision to completely shrug off his own Office of Special Counsel's finding that adviser Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act.
"Kellyanne Conway had clearly broken the law and she should be removed from office," Himes said. "And the president said, 'Ah heck, that doesn't matter.'"
9/11 first responder busts Trump for lying about helping them: ‘There’s no meeting’
Appearing in CNN's New Day, two New York City first responders trashed Congress for its foot-dragging over providing funding to help those afflicted by illnesses directly related from the 9/11 attack.
Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, 9/11 first responder John Feal first took shots at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) before getting around to recent comments made by President Donald Trump where he claimed he was having a meeting with representatives of the firefighters and police this week.
In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, the president noted the work being done by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to help get legislation pushed through, and said that he is taking a personal interest in the 9/11 victims' plight.