Trump inaugurated while under investigation by 5 US agencies (video)

Happy inauguration day, everyone. Yeah, not so happy.

There actually is some good news in the middle of the madness. The NYT has confirmed that several federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, Treasury and the Director of National Intelligence are investigating Trump’s staff for possible illicit ties to Russia.

The Times reports that the investigation is based on “intercepted communications and financial transactions” involving those around Trump and the Russians.

As part of the growing AMERICAblog response to the Trump presidency, I’m working on a new Russia project with Democrats.com, doing a series of quick video updates about the growing scandal over Russia’s interference in our election, and growing evidence of Trump’s collusion with them.

This is my first video, discussing Inauguration Day and this news that several US and foreign intelligence agencies have been investigating Trump and his staff for most of 2016!

Hope you enjoy, and please share this video liberally. It will help me do more of them :) below is the video, and then below that is my commentary on this issue.


Do more than watch: http://investigate-russia.com/ via act.tv

First off, how the heck are we only hearing about this now? This investigation started last spring. No one told us. The FBI had no problem giving us a daily blow-by-blow of the investigation of Hillary’s email server. But the investigation of possible wrongdoing, and even treason, surrounding Trump’s staff? Crickets.

Now, can Trump just come into off and kill the investigations? Yes, at least the ones coming from the executive branch – meaning, the federal agencies. But Trump can’t stop Congress from investigating (though, obviously, there are serious concerns about whether a Republican congress will conduct a fair investigation of Trump’s suspected wrongdoing).

But, if Trump tries to kill the investigations, all bets are off. That would be interpreted as an admission of guilt, and many (me included) would take it as an admission of treason. I think you’d see a groundswell of support for both Trump’s impeachment and criminal prosecution.

So while I don’t see things getting better for a while, these are treacherous waters Trump is entering. And we’ll be be waiting.

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  • Lisa Cautillo

    You fail to mention here that Trump and his companies have been part of the problem for many many years. Aside from his foreign manufacturing companies, he has bankrupted his own companies on purpose to offset his millions in profits gained , resulting in thousands of job losses and he claims a loss to irs, paying zero taxes on millions. Legal, maybe…moral, never…good for the american people, not on your life. Ignored by those who voted him into office….why?

  • Jimmy

    It’s hard for me to not have a strong dislike for the people who voted this buffoon into office. I get there are people hurting in this country. They’ve watched as good paying jobs have gone to cheap labor in other countries and if jobs could be found they were often for far less pay. Members of my own family have been impacted by this and some of them even voted Trump because of it. The problem is, regardless of the dog and pony show Trump has put on with recent job announcements, there is no way he can force businesses to increase American job. if they do so, it will be a completely bottom line decision and not because Trump made threats he can’t follow through on. Moreover, many of these voters could be hurt far more if Republicans destroy or hobble the Affordable Care Act. Trump told everyone who voted for him this was going to be his plan, yet they voted for him anyway and are now moaning and groaning about it. Now, the whole country is going to pay for it.

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