Russia & Trump, the National Security Connundrum
By now everyone who cares has heard about the NSA/CIA/FBI Intelligence assessment concerning Russia's disruption of the American election. If not, you can read it here [pdf] and make your own judgment.
This report calls into sharp relief Mr. Trump’s suitability for the office to which he has been elected.
The conundrum for the American Citizenry, in short, is this:
1. If the President-elect participated or knew about the efforts of the Russian State to interfere with the elections of the United States, he is likely guilty of treason.
2. If such a link exists, but cannot be proved by American investigators, then the Russian State has a powerful handle on the President-elect, by threatening to expose those links (blackmail).
In either case, the President-elect poses more than an existential threat to the security and well being of United States of America; The President-elect is an unacceptable risk to national security.
With this disturbing information of Russian involvement in hand, the Senate should postpone and reschedule Cabinet-level hearings and make those hearing consecutive probes into the suitability of each candidate, not six concurrent hearings.
Such deliberations should be made in a measured and democratic manner, giving the public time to digest and weigh-in on the suitability of each individual, as well as give the intelligence community time to thoroughly investigate each individual candidate’s connections to the Russian plot to interfere with American elections. [Note: to date, most of the President-elect's cabinet choices have not even filed routine paperwork so that the Ethics Commission can assess the possibility of conflicts of interest, something that has not happened in over 40 years.]
These are dangerous times in our nation. Now is the time to be an American first. There is plenty of time to take-up partisan causes later.