Much like Feminist Monday, I've been collecting a number of news articles about the current US political landscape in order to get a bigger picture of what's happening. I think it's a valuable perspective, one that gets lost in the day to day firehose of data. Today I'm pulling together some stories about the current presidential administration. Here goes.
First, some context. A short video about Watergate and the film that Robert Redford made about it. For even more context, here's a timeline of the events. No. It didn't happen overnight. Stories came out in the press overtime much like they're doing now.
Here's a good general article: THE TRUMP-RUSSIA SCANDAL IS BEGINNING TO SNOWBALL. Early in March, Trump accused Obama of a felony via Twitter. Ever since, the Republicans have been scrambling to prove the accusation. (The recent attempt at blaming Susan Rice is the 3rd fail.) I assume they're doing this because if they don't, Trump has opened himself up for a slander lawsuit. Obama hasn't acted upon it because, I assume, he's aware there are more important fish to fry. Obama is far more intelligent and has played the long game more often than not. Trump has the intellectual stamina of a mayfly. It's also an attempt to shift the American people's focus away from the ever increasing evidence of Trump's ties to Putin: The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards. Who is ‘Source D’? The man said to be behind the Trump-Russia dossier’s most salacious claim. And here's a thoroughly documented series of tweets on the subject by Seth Abramson: The plot to sell America's foreign policy for foreign oil _and_ steal an election in the bargain began at the Mayflower Hotel. (The thread is at least 40 tweets long and has a long list of documented sources.) According to Abramson, the whole thing boils down to a lucrative oil deal for Russia. Since a large piece of Russia's economy depends upon the sale of oil, it makes sense. Also, Russian Elite Invested Nearly $100 Million In Trump Buildings, Records Show which leads us to Ethics Watchdogs Want U.S. Attorney To Investigate Trump's Business Interests. Also this: FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization.
Personally, I feel the reason this is taking so long is because the issue is being taken seriously. The DC establishment isn't messing around. They want to put a serious dent in Trump's administration. When even Trump's Secretary of Education apparently has a connection to Russia I can see why.