Sessions Recusal A Minor Win, Pushing Resignation Is A Reach

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In 2016, the GOP took a puritanical tone when it came to discussing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Hillary Clinton had, for years, used a private e-mail server in the basement of her upstate New York home to conduct government business. While her supporters tried to argue that the growing scandal was a mere triviality, Republicans insisted that the consequences for her recklessness and arrogance should be severe. As Election Day approached, Republican nominee Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” and end corruption in Washington. The government, he implied to voters, would be held accountable.

But now that Trump’s team is in charge, it seems that government rule-breaking hasn’t exactly disappeared. In an embarrassing turn of events, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a former general, resigned after it turned out that he spoke to the Russian ambassador while still a private citizen.  Technically, Flynn’s dialogue with the diplomat violated the Logan Act, which prohibits the conduct of foreign policy by private citizens.

And, as most people can begrudgingly attest from personal experience, the violation of the little-known rule was made worse by… refusing to come clean about it. Flynn, when asked by investigators, insisted that he did not discuss American sanctions on Russia when he spoke to that nation’s ambassador- but phone transcripts indicate otherwise. Quickly, Flynn resigned his post.

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