Our View: Trump is unbalanced. What are Republicans going to do about it?

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Here's what Donald Trump said in the past about handling classified information. Time

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Donald Trump(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

The deeper we get into the Trump presidency, the more serious the questions grow. 

When he was candidate , the future of the Republican Party was in the balance. Would he take it down with him?

Today the stakes are much higher. How Donald Trump acts and behaves in the Oval Office will have serious consequences for the United States. 

Lately his conduct has brought a torrent of accusations that in themselves and their unrelenting fierceness can be destabilizing.

Did the president obstruct justice? Did he commit a crime? We don’t know the answers, but the allegations are powerful and credible.

Only GOP can get these answers

Several months into Trump’s first term, the administration seems incapable of controlling the narrative, of moving beyond the kind of scandal that shadowed Trump throughout the election. 

We are going to need answers quickly about this president and his capacity to function.

And the Republicans must lead. 

We don’t have divided government in America. Republicans hold both Congress and the White House, the major levers of power. And they shoulder the responsibility to act on the nation’s behalf.

Republicans in Congress can no longer view Trump simply as an imperfect tool to achieve their agenda. They have to see with their own eyes there’s a cannon loose in the White House and he’s gashing the timber.

The unanswered questions about this president are not about partisan politics. They are about serious threats to this country’s stability and its international standing.

McCain and Flake must do more

Can the president be trusted with America’s secrets? Can our friends and allies trust this administration with critical intelligence that could save American lives? 

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have pushed back against Trump during the election and early days of this administration. McCain has of the Trump-Russia connection. 

They must do more. They and other Republicans must speak more loudly and demand more answers. 

Loose cannons don’t need slack. They need cinching up. And Trump and his handlers are demonstrating by the day they're out of control.

There have been moments when the administration seemed on the verge of discipline, but they have been short lived. And once again we are immersed in scandal. 

The questions come at the speed of social media.

The answers come as obfuscations, dodges and denials.

We deserve answers and information.

Trump's (latest) outrageous behavior

Consider the surreal situation:

We have a president who to Russia — an action so reckless it should stand Mitch McConnell’s hair on end.

We have a president whose reasons for firing the FBI director are like shifting sand dunes – the inconsistencies should have Paul Ryan pounding the podium.

We have a president who fires Director James Comey with a letter in which Trump he wasn’t investigating Trump.

And then we have the latest outrage: An accusation that the president asked the former FBI director to of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who subsequently resigned because he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about conversations Flynn had with the Russian ambassador.

“He’s a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” Trump allegedly told Comey, according to the memo read to a New York Times reporter over the phone.

Was this an obstruction of justice?

In plain English: That looks eerily close to obstruction of justice, although the White House denies it happened that way.

Comey continued the investigation, but Comey documented conversations, according to the Times.

What else did Comey document? That is one of many questions a Republican Congress needs to ask the former FBI director in full view of cameras and reporters.

Trump fired Comey as the director intensified his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Among the conflicting accounts of why Comey was sacked, Trump called a “made-up story.”

The "Russia thing" is not made up. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia worked to influence the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. It represents a substantial threat to our electoral system.

What we still need to know

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The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. The New York Times says he made the request in February. (May 16) AP

Congress needs to hear from Comey.

We need to know if this president engaged in criminal conduct in addition to his irresponsible behavior.

We need to know the full extent of Trump’s connection with Russia.

We also need to know whether it is safe for this president to have access to classified documents.

Republicans in Congress stand as America’s check against what increasingly looks like an unbalanced president. They need to become the guide rails that keep him from walking us off the ledge.

It’s time to stop pretending. This is not just fodder for late-night comics. This is about America’s future.

Article Our View: Trump is unbalanced. What are Republicans going to do about it? compiled by www.azcentral.com

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