A former national National Security Agency (NSA) analyst has warned that Donald Trump could be forced to leave office over the investigations into his administration’s links with Russia.
The Russia connection:
Security expert and former counterintelligence officer, John Schindler, said that Trump’s presidency could end if he faced an indictment over allegations his campaign team conspired with Russia to disrupt the presidential election.
Schindler said in an interview with CBC radio: “If, not just people around him, but the president himself is facing possible indictment down the road, that could be a game changer. He could be removed from office for that, whether he wants to be or not.”
Trump and his team’s alleged ties to Russia would “inevitably” be made public due to the FBI investigation, actions by Congress and a possible independent inquiry. He added: “The administration isn’t getting away from this story.”
Hi comments come after James Comey, FBI director confirming that the Bureau is looking into both Russia’s alleged meddling with the 2016 election and probable links between Moscow and members of Trump’s campaign team.
Possible Russian connection are also being investigated by other congressional committees behind closed doors.
A potential cover-up:
One of the journalists who broke the Watergate scandal, Carl Bernstein, claimed Trump was involved in a “cover up” to hide connections between members of his campaign team and Russia.
Schindler responded to these concerns saying it was “possible” the investigation could come to a dead end and added: “Trump, by inclination, doubles down, triples down, quintuples down at every opportunity.”
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former election campaign manager, was once accused of working to advance Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interests, he is now a leading focus of the investigation by American intelligence.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that Manafort volunteered to testify as part of the investigation.
Manafort’s willingness to testify shows he knows he is facing some very serious federal charges and “wants to clear the air,” according to Schindler.
He said: “It tells me that Trump’s whole defence is one member of his inner circle away from turning state’s evidence and spilling some beans and it starts to be all over. We’re not there yet. But I think that day’s coming.”