Trump Campaign Collusion With Russia Resurfaces
Trump Campaign Collusion
With Russia Resurfaces
In the words of Republican Sen. John McCain, there are “More shoes to drop” inside the scandalous connection between the Trump campaign and Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Will a secret Russian relationship eventually bring down Donald Trump?
According to Forbes, Russian president Vladimir Putin is now the most powerful man in the world. This is possible because Putin not only controls Russia but also (seemingly) controls the Donald Trump White House — or at least several key players within it.
The world now knows that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had secret discussions with Russia both before and after the 2016 US presidential election, while he was a private citizen and member of the Trump campaign. However, a lesser known fact is that he also collected nearly $68,000 in fees and expenses from Russia-related entities in 2015, which he somehow neglected to disclose during his senate confirmation hearings.
Out of Flynn’s huge payout, more than $45,000 came from the Russian government-backed television network RT, as part of a covert December 2015 trip Flynn took to Moscow. Additionally, Flynn was paid $11,250 by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, and another $11,250 by a Russian businessman affiliated with the Volga-Dnepr Group.
The US Justice Dept. has since forced Flynn to register as a foreign agent, once it was revealed that he was a paid lobbyist for the Turkish government while also a top adviser to the Trump campaign.
The Trump-Russian connection doesn’t end with Michael Flynn.
Newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the investigation into Russia’s election tampering, following reports that he had previously undisclosed meetings with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak while an adviser for the Trump campaign.
“In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said, ‘But I did meet one Russian official a couple of times, and that would be the ambassador,’” Sessions has since admitted. However, he also kept his Russian meetings a secret during his confirmation hearings.
Carter Page, who served as an early foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, found himself under scrutiny by the FBI for multiple meetings and discussions he had with senior Russian officials in July 2016 — talks the Trump camp have since admitted to authorizing.
Page, who founded the Global Energy Capital investment company, drew attention last year for a speech criticizing the United States and other Western nations for a “hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change” in Russia and in other parts of the former Soviet Union. Additionally, Page worked as an investment banker in Russia for at least 3 years in the early 2000’s. His extensive business ties to Russia prompted the theory that he was likely serving as a back-channel liaison between Donald Trump and senior Kremlin officials.
New information has revealed that former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone exchanged private messages last fall with Guccifer 2.0, the person and/or group responsible for hacking and leaking documents from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
According to The Washington Times, Stone and Guccifer 2.0 communicated via Twitter private messages in mid-August, approximately 2 weeks after Stone published an article on Breitbart attempting to steer public sentiment away from reports that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC.
On August 14th, Stone sent Guccifer 2.0 a direct message on Twitter saying he was “delighted” to see the hacker’s account reinstated. Guccifer 2.0 then responded by saying:
“wow. thank u for writing back, and thank u for an article about me!!! do u find anything interesting in the docs i posted?”
Two days later, Stone asked Guccifer 2.0 to retweet a column he had written. On August 17th, Guccifer 2.0 sent another message to Stone, saying, “I’m pleased to say that u r great man. please tell me if i can help u anyhow. it would be a great pleasure to me.”
The US Intelligence community reportedly believes with “high confidence” that the Guccifer 2.0 account was a Russian front.
Stone has since claimed that his contact with Guccifer 2.0 was meaningless.
“The content of the exchange is, as you can see, completely innocuous and perfunctory,” Stone said. “Even if [Guccifer 2.0] is/was a Russian asset, my brief Aug. 14 correspondence with him on twitter comes AFTER I wrote about his role in the DNC hacks (Aug 5) and AFTER Wikileaks released the DNC material. How does one collaborate on a matter after the fact?”
Still, regardless of the dates, why did Stone need to communicate with Guccifer 2.0 for ANY reason — particularly considering the nefarious perception it created with him being a member of the Trump campaign?
At least 16 separate government intelligence organizations, including the NSA, FBI, CIA and several military intelligence branches, are all convinced that Russia influenced the US presidential election with the intent to elect Donald Trump. Now, it’s apparent that multiple Trump appointees have deep ties to Russia and/or communicated directly with Russian authorities throughout the Trump campaign.
All roads regarding Donald Trump winning The White House continuously lead back to Russia. With Republicans controlling all branches of government, what will it take for Sen. John McCain or someone of substance to put the pieces of the puzzle together and bring Donald Trump and his corrupt cronies to justice?
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