“I cannot say more of what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining,” he said.
Both Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers conceded that neither agency has any evidence to suggest that votes were changed in the 2016 presidential election as a result of Russian interference.
“I don’t think [Flynn] knew he was doing anything wrong,” the official said. “Flynn talked about sanctions, but no specific promises were made. Flynn was speaking more in general ‘maybe we’ll take a look at this going forward’ terms.”
As NPR’s Domenico Montanaro has reported, Flynn could face consequences even if there isn’t evidence he violated the Logan Act:
“The White House is confident Flynn didn’t say anything that could have violated the law. Of course, that could be open to interpretation. It would be up to the Jeff Sessions Justice Department to review the transcript and bring a case, if it saw fit. That is seen as unlikely.
“But there are other ways in which Flynn could be at risk.
“Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday it’s possible that Flynn will be called to testify under oath. More could become known about the specifics of the call before then. The New York Times reports Tuesday evening that the FBI questioned Flynn in the early days of the Trump presidency about his conversations. And investigators believe Flynn “was not entirely forthcoming”:
” ‘That raises the stakes of what so far has been a political scandal that cost Mr. Flynn his job. If the authorities conclude that Mr. Flynn knowingly lied to the F.B.I., it could expose him to a felony charge.’ ”
It seems to me this opens him up to the Hillary defense. Hillary wasn’t charged with anything for her server because, ya know, she didn’t mean anything by it. It seems to me Flynn didn’t know what he was doing was wrong and he didn’t mean to do anything wrong, so he should be let off the hook like Hillary was. No?
Oh, wait, no… again, that only works if you have a D after your name! My bad! Hang him by his toenails, I guess.
Sixteen sitting Democrats, including their Minority Leader, voted for the 2002 bill [several of them were in the House at the time]:In addition, such prominent Democrats as former Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Clinton, former Secretary of State Kerry, and former Majority Leader Reid vote voted for the bill.
Dianne Feinstein has now introduced a bill to overturn Trump’s executive order, but her bill would also overturn, in part, the law on the books she herself sponsored and supported in 2002. In addition, a number of Republicans who are whining about the order, such as John McCain, R-Ariz. (F, 32%), voted for the 2002 bill.
The 2002 bill also established a program to monitor foreign students in the U.S. As part of that program, the Bush administration created the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required visa recipients from countries that represented a security risk (at least 25 countries fell into that category) to register with an ICE office and report regularly about their plans. Unfortunately, Obama’s DHS abolished the program in May 2011. Now, there are twice as many foreign students in the United States, including well over 150,000 from the very countries originally monitored by the Bush administration’s program.
In fact, Rasmussen polls reports that most of them agree with President Trump.
The poll released Monday shows that 57% of Americans agree with Trump’s handling of the vetting issue:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.
In all, 57% of Americans said yes to this question:
Do you favor or oppose a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here?
1. Trump Invokes 9/11. The executive order states that the visa-issuance process needs review because of failures leading up to 9/11, and further attacks afterward. It is true that there have been a bevy of high-profile terror attacks on American soil from refugees and others approved by the American visa system: the Boston Marathon bombing; the Ohio State terror attack; the St. Cloud, Minnesota machete attack; the New York/New Jersey bombing attacks in September 2016. Here’s a fuller listing. The executive order states, “The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law.”
2. The Order Suspends Visas From “Nationals of Countries of Particular Origin.” The Secretary of Homeland Security, as well as the Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence, are tasked under the order with determining the standard necessary for visa entry within 30 days. All entry into the United States is suspended, “as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.” This isn’t unprecedented – Jimmy Carter issued a cancelation of visas for Iranian citizens in 1980.
3. More Countries May Be Coming. Under the executive order, the Secretary of State is told to request information from foreign governments in accordance with the report of the DHS and DNI. The DHS and Secretary of State are then told to come up with a list of additional countries that aren’t fulfilling their informational obligations.
4. The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security Can Waive The Executive Order For Individuals. Under Section 3(g), they can “on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.”
5. Refugees Are Blocked For 120 Days. Syrian Refugees Are Banned Indefinitely. Under the order, the Secretary of State is told to suspend the US Refugee Admissions program for 120 days to “review the USRAP application and adjudication process.” Syrian refugees are labeled “detrimental to the interests of the United States” until the process is revamped.