On Tuesday, Feb. 14 three separate potential investigations of the Trump administration were called within an hour.
First, the Office of Government Ethics’s recommended the White House investigate Kellyanne Conway’s plug to Fox News viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” when government employees are prohibited from using official positions to promote commercial products.
Second, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) Republican chairman of the Oversight Committee, wants to probe breaching security protocols at Mar-a-Lago. There President Donald Trump looked at sensitive material related to North Korea launching an intermediate-range missile, Pukguksong-2, under the supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an dining room surrounded by onlookers. A Mar-a-Lago paid member, Richard DeAgazio, took photos of President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, surrounded by aides and then published them on social media.
Finally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced it was “highly likely” that the Senate would deepen the investigation into Russia after Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor. Flynn may have violated the Logan Act.
The Logan Act states in part:
“Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”