The Russian Connection

You see it on social media every day: Trumpsters question why Congress and others are looking into, as Trump likes to say, “what the hell is going on?” between Russia and Trump’s inner circle.

OK, Trumpkins. Let’s look at what we know for sure.

  1. FBI director James Comey announced on March 20th that his agency is actively investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election. We can assume evidence had already been discovered by his team or else he would not have gone public with that disturbing news.
  1. The Russians wanted to tip the scales in Trump’s favor. Fake news stories about Hillary were sent out by the hundreds from Russia and its neighbors. As Hillary kept pointing out in the debates, 17 U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that Russia interfered in our presidential election—and every bit of it was against Hillary and therefore pro-Trump. Why? What were they expecting for their efforts?
  1. Over the past few years Trump has criticized seemingly every person and entity except Russia and Vladimir Putin. Why?
  1. His hidden tax returns. Lots of smoke there…

We know Trump lied about his tax returns when he said, “I’ll be happy to release them once the audit is over.”  But we now know that an audit (if there really is an audit!) has nothing to do with the ability to release returns. Plus he could have released tax returns from other years. By being the only presidential candidate in decades to hide his returns we can say with certainty that he has something he doesn’t want you to see. For just one worrying concern: To whom does he owe money?  If it’s Russia, as many suggest, we need to know that. (Check my earlier column on what he’s likely hiding.)

  1. The list of people close to Trump who have questionable connections to Russia keeps growing. And those folks – including new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, senior advisor and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and others – lied or tried to mislead about those connections.  Why?

Those are the facts.  And every one of these points is A BIG STORY.  New evidence pops up daily.

So please don’t say “this is a witch hunt.”  It’s not.  In this case, there is a thick layer of smoke, and where there’s smoke, there’s liars.

Spread the word. We have to keep the pressure on. Our democratic values and America’s reputation as a trusted world leader are at stake.

Thanks for caring about the truth.

Ken

 

3 thoughts on “The Russian Connection”

  1. There is no question whether or not the Russians try to meddle in our 2016 election. They did. However, regardless of what the Russians may have wanted in the 2016 election, it had nothing to do with how and why Donald Trump won the election with 306 electoral votes.

    You don’t like Donald Trump. You don’t like Republicans. I get that. But to try and spin the news that is coming out of the bias, anti-Trump media as some conspiracy that would have your readers believe that Trump and all the members of his administration, including his children, are in cahoots with the Russians, are even possibly spies for the Kremlin, (Your Paragraph 5.) as some might get that impression in your characterization, as I did, in my opinion, is grossly irresponsible.

    Donald Trump has the Washington bureaucrats and the Democrats on their ear. They hate that Donald Trump soundly defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. While the Democrats and the Media try to continue to infer that there was criminal involvement in Trump’s or his surrogate’s associations with foreign leaders including the Russians. – All this investigation will end up as another “Tempest in a Teapot” –

    However, the only real crime that has been committed is the illegal “Unmasking” of American citizens during surveillance of Trump and his surrogates before and after the election. How this came about, who is involved and who ordered it and why, is the only real criminal story here.

  2. Shelly, once again you leave facts in the dust. I wish you would take something I wrote and specifically show why it’s wrong. You never do that. Today, for example, you wrote that I “… would have your readers believe that Trump and all the members of his administration, including his children, are in cahoots with the Russians, are even possibly spies for the Kremlin…” is just silly. ALL the members? Never said that. Never implied that. I only said that a startling number of people in his circle are sullied.
    “…Donald Trump soundly defeated Hillary Clinton…” He won, but losing the popular vote by almost 3 million is hardly a sound defeat.
    If this all turn out to be a tempest in a teapot, great. But my post was to show the mounting evidence of weird things happening. And I show it with facts.
    As for “illegal “Unmasking” of American citizens during surveillance,” well, that too may show up in the investigations. Right now, however, there is zero public evidence of that.

  3. Good post, Ken,

    One thing you didn’t mention is that Comey admitted that Trump’s been under investigation since July! It was perfectly all right to talk publicly about suspicions that there could be something in Hilary’s emails, a week before the election. So why didn’t he talk about the Trump suspicions in July? Of course he claimed he didn’t want to influence the election. Yeah, right

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