No American president has ever been asked: ‘Are you a Russian agent?’
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Two devastating bombshell reports dropped on Trump this weekend.
The New York Times dropped a major bombshell on Friday reporting that: “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests. The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security.”
This news was followed up by another stunning report this weekend by The Washington Post stating that: “Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials.”
Legendary Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein weighed in on those reports and this weekend during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” According to Bernstein: “Trump has tried to convince us that unless there is some kind of smoking gun, a recording of him in the room with Putin saying, ‘Yes, Vladimir, i will do your bidding,’ there has been, quote, no collusion. That’s nonsense.”
18 reasons to believe Trump is working on Russia’s behalf against American interests
The Washington Post apparently agreed with that line of reasoning, publishing an article on Monday detailing 18 pieces of evidence suggesting that Trump could be a Russian asset.
We are not going cover all the details of that article, but have listed below the 18 reasons to think that Trump is working on behalf of Russia. [The Washington Post article is well worth reading in its entirety, and we would strongly encourage you to take the time.]
- “Trump has a long financial history with Russia.”
- “The Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help elect Trump.”
- “Trump encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails on July 27, 2016… on the very day that Russian intelligence hackers tried to attack Clinton’s personal and campaign servers.”
- “There were, according to the Moscow Project, ‘101 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives,’ and ‘the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.'”
- “The Trump campaign was full of individuals, such as Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn, with suspiciously close links to Moscow.”
- “Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign for free and was heavily in debt to a Russian oligarch, now admits to offering his Russian business partner, who is suspected of links to Russian intelligence, polling data that could have been used to target the Russian social media campaign on behalf of Trump.”
- “Trump associate Roger Stone, who was in contact with Russian conduit WikiLeaks, reportedly knew in advance that the Russians had hacked Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails.”
- “Trump fired Comey to stop the investigation of the “Russia thing” — and then bragged about having done so to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister while also sharing with them top-secret information. Later, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions because he would not end the special counsel investigation that resulted after the firing of Comey.”
- “Trump has refused to consistently acknowledge that Russia interfered in the U.S. election” even going so far as taking Putin’s word of that of American intelligence services.
- “Trump attacks and undermines the Justice Department and the FBI… — two institutions that stand on the front lines of combatting Russian espionage and influence operations in the United States.”
- “Trump attacks and undermines the European Union and NATO… The E.U. and NATO are the two major obstacles to Russian designs in Europe.”
- “Trump supports populist, pro-Russian leaders in Europe… just as the Russians do.”
- “Trump has praised Putin while trashing just about everyone else… Trump even praised Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats and… congratulated Putin on winning a rigged reelection.”
- “Trump was utterly supine in his meetings with Putin” and even worse – as The Washington Post reported this weekend, Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with . . . Putin.”
- “Trump defends the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and repeats other pro-Russian talking points.”
- “Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, handing that country to Russia and its ally Iran.”
- “Trump has effectively done nothing in response to the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships in international waters, thereby encouraging greater Russian aggression.”
- “Trump is sowing chaos in the government… furthering a Russian objective of undermining its chief adversary.”
The Washington Post concluded their article stating that: “If Trump isn’t actually a Russian agent, he is doing a pretty good imitation of one.”
This is hardly a “beyond a reasonable doubt” case that Trump is a Russian agent — certainly not in the way that Robert Hanssen or Aldrich Ames were. But it is a strong, circumstantial case that Trump is, as former acting CIA director Michael Morell and former CIA director Michael V. Hayden warned during the 2016 campaign, “an unwitting agent of the Russian federation” (Morell) or a “useful fool” who is “manipulated by Moscow” (Hayden). If Trump isn’t actually a Russian agent, he is doing a pretty good imitation of one.