Republicans Need to Abandon the Trump Ship ASAP

America’s national security demands it.

The political world is now buzzing over the Washington Post’s blockbuster report on Monday night that Trump divulged code-word secrets — in other words, some of the most highly classified information that the U.S. government possesses — to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during an Oval Office meeting. Yes, that’s important. But don’t lose sight of the firing of James Comey, which is, on balance, an even bigger scandal.

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Russiagate: Trump Is Trying to Put Out a Fire With More Smoke

If Republicans have a shred of intellectual integrity, they’ll ignore the president’s flailing, and follow the evidence wherever it leads.

There’s a lot we know — and even more we don’t know — regarding the Kremlin interference in the U.S. election last year. The most important thing we know is that there was interference. This is the consensus, “high confidence” assessment of the U.S. intelligence community, which further concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. That in and of itself is scandalous enough. What we don’t know — and need to find out — is whether the Trump campaign actively colluded with this Russian operation and, more broadly, what links if any exist between the U.S. president and the dictator in the Kremlin.

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