Thursday, January 12, 2017

Trump's Russian connections take center stage just days before inauguration

In a pair of articles, the New York Times reports on the "unverified dossier" presented to Obama and Trump.  The first article chronicles How a Sensational, Unverified Dossier Became a Crisis for Donald Trump.  The second is an op-ed asking  whether Donald Trump is A Modern Manchurian Candidate? Snippets from the op-ed follow.

If Mr. Trump is genuinely innocent of any untoward connections with the Kremlin, wouldn’t he want a full investigation to clear his name? That he so adamantly opposes any such inquiry speaks volumes.

Yet the speculation, which was gaining currency even before the publishing of the dossier by BuzzFeed, isn’t going away. The reason is obvious: Mr. Trump appears to be infatuated with the autocrat in the Kremlin. As the Russian dissident and chess champion Garry Kasparov noted: “Trump has criticized: Republicans, Democrats, the pope, U.S. elections, C.I.A., F.B.I., NATO, Meryl Streep. Trump hasn’t criticized: Vladimir Putin.”

The op-ed author calls for a thorough investigation to verify or disprove the now unsubstantiated claims in that dossier.

There is only one way to get to the bottom of this tawdry affair: Appoint a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate all of the allegations and issue a public report. The former C.I.A. directors Leon E. Panetta and Michael V. Hayden, among other possible choices, would provide instant credibility if they were appointed to lead such a panel.

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