Spicer Questions: Russia. Russia. Russia. Edition

While some have praised President Trump for making it through one day without a huge controversy or temper tantrum on Twitter, it’s important to remember that the questions swirling around the White House about Russia continue to escalate.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah said, “You don’t get a victory lap for one mediocre day. You’re still likely compromised by a hostile foreign power. Start answering some questions.”

He calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to address the following questions about the ongoing Russia scandal at today’s press briefing:

1. Has President Trump been briefed about the possibility that Russian military pension funds have been funneled to hackers who interfered in the 2016 election?

2. Over the weekend, President Trump’s sons opened the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai. Can you say with certainty that the project did not take money from Russian investors?

3. What else did Trump aides Michael Cohen and Felix Sater discuss with […]

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The Need for an Investigation into Trump’s Ties to Russia Grows Every Day

“Michael Flynn’s potentially illegal conversations with the Russian ambassador are causing more troubles for Donald Trump every day and the White House needs to stop misleading and distracting the public. The American people deserve a thorough and independent investigation of Trump and his aides’ connections to a hostile Russian government,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Newsweek – Why the Flynn-Russia Affair is so Troubling for Donald Trump

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Newspapers Across the Country Call on Congress to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia

Editorials Call an Investigation an “urgent obligation,” “duty to the American people,” and a “dire need”

As Donald Trump flees to Mar-A-Lago this weekend, he can’t escape the scathing headlines and editorials from newspapers across the country calling for a thorough and independent investigation of Trump and his aides’ connections to the Russian interests that stole documents to influence our election. This week it we learned Trump’s campaign  was in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials and his National Security Advisor was forced to resign after lying about potentially illegal conversations he had with Russia about lifting sanctions.

The New York Times – Bring On the Special Prosecutor

“In light of the stunning events of the past week, the question is not whether the Trump administration’s ties to the Russian government need to be investigated immediately and fully — clearly they do. It’s who will be in charge of that […]

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Taxpayers On The $11.8M Hook For Trump’s Weekend Getaways

Donald Trump has had a few strenuous weeks — what with multiple investigations into his campaign’s communications with Russia, his Labor Secretary getting spiked by fellow Republicans, his Muslim Ban stalled in federal court, and his National Security Advisor resigning for “trust” issues (not potentially illegal talks with Russians) — so we can understand why he’d want to get out of Washington, DC. Every. Single. Weekend.

But taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for his weekend jaunts to Mar a Lago just because Trump is incompetent and needs to go on vacation three of the four weekends of his first month on the job.

In total, Trump’s trips will have cost taxpayers at least $11,796,000 and at least $2,240,000 in lost revenue to local businesses, including:

$200,000 per hour to fly Air Force One.

More than $3,000,000 from the federal government for each round trip to Mar a Lago.

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Questions For President Trump’s Press Conference

President Trump has exhibited a troubling pattern of only calling on right-wing media outlets in his press conferences and thus dodging tough questions about ties to Russia consuming his administration. Today should be no different as he announces his new pick for Labor Secretary after losing out on his first choice.

Nevertheless, American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah asks the President to pretend we’re Breitbart and answer the following questions:

1.  On the campaign trail you said “I love Wikileaks” and called on Russian hackers to release Hillary Clinton’s emails. What changed?

2.  Why have our intelligence officials deemed you untrustworthy? Have you inappropriately shared classified information with Russia?

3.  Yesterday you blamed the media for treating Michael Flynn unfairly and called him a “wonderful” man. Tuesday, your press secretary said you demanded his resignation. Which is it?

4.  Is your campaign rally in Florida tomorrow a response to your flailing poll numbers?

5.  Does your administration have any comment on Russia deploying a spy […]

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Pressure Building For Independent Investigation of Trump’s Ties to Russia

As revelations surface that the Donald Trump campaign was in contact with Russian intelligence officials as they were hacking Democratic institutions, pressure is building on Senate Republicans for an independent investigation.

Here are the facts: phone records and intercepted calls confirm that members of Trump’s campaign were in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election; former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about discussing lifting sanctions with the Russian ambassador; and Trump was informed by the DOJ that Russians may have compromised Flynn, but kept Vice President Mike Pence in the dark and continued to give Flynn access to classified and highly sensitive documents.

Senate Republicans’ knee-jerk partisan defense of the national security crisis in the White House is shameful, and puts our country’s safety at risk. It’s clear an independent investigation into Trump’s dangerous ties to Russia must begin now.

What will it take before Senate Republicans put country […]

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Here Are At Least Four Times Trump And His Team Lied About Contact With Russia

Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump heaped praise on Vladimir Putin, defended the dictator’s actions, and repeated talking points like criticizing NATO that could have been written in the Kremlin. He even called on Russian hackers to release Hillary Clinton’s emails saying they will be “rewarded mightily by our press.”

Yet Trump and his team repeatedly cast doubt on reports of Russia’s interference in the election and vehemently denied that they had any contact with Russia during the campaign. That lie came crashing down last night in a bombshell New York Times report.

Here are at least four times we now know President Trump, Vice President Pence, and their top aides misled the American people about the campaign’s contact with Russia:

January 11, 2017: President Trump
CECILIA VEGA: Did you or anyone in your campaign have contact with Russia leading up to or during the campaign? Nothing at all?

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Spicer: Trump Knew At Least 3 Weeks Ago Flynn Had Discussed Sanctions With Russia

Sean Spicer today admitted Donald Trump knew at least three weeks ago that Mike Flynn talked to Russia about easing sanctions and then lied to Vice President Pence.

Rather than take action to fire Flynn or exclude him from classified briefings — despite knowing the Russians might have compromised Flynn or be blackmailing him — Trump didn’t do or say anything, except last week lie to the media about what he knew and when he knew it.

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Trump’s Ongoing Russian Ties Remain A Danger to National Security

With or without the now resigned Michael Flynn, the Trump Administration remains dangerously close to Russia and Vladimir Putin.  That reality is indisputable, and American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response:

“We know Michael Flynn lied about discussing lifting sanctions on Russia, but we don’t know who else in the administration was aware of his potentially illegal conversation.  We know Trump was warned Flynn might be compromised by Russia, so why did Trump gave him access to the most highly classified documents? And why did he as recently as Friday say he was unaware of the ongoing scandal?

“We know this is only the beginning of Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia, that’s why we need an independent investigation of the White House – including what they knew and why they did nothing to protect America’s security.”

Here are just some of Donald Trump and his Administration’s continued ties to Russia […]

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