Remember when Russia – and its president – were just fodder for bizarre debate exchanges and late-night jokes? Then-candidate Trump was emphatic that no one was pulling his strings when it came to dealing with our old cold war nemesis. But that was before Michael Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor – after it was disclosed he spoke to Russia's U.S. ambassador prior to Trump's inaugural. That’s a potential violation of federal law. Now there are calls on both sides of the aisle for congressional investigations into what contact took place between the Russian government and top associates of Donald Trump during the presidential election. Another sign of potential problems at the White House – late this afternoon, Trump's nominee for secretary of labor Andrew Puzder withdrew, after several Republicans raised concerns about unpaid taxes for a former housekeeper who was not authorized to work in the U.S. Jim Braude (@jimbraude) is joined by Chris Shays (@CShays), a Republican former congressman from Connecticut who is now a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, and retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan – a former defense attaché to Russia who is now at Harvard's Kennedy School.
February 15, 2017