So far, the investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian government operatives has resulted in indictments, arrests, and guilty please. While Trump supporters insist that none of the charges so far have related to collusion and that no evidence of collusion exists, the truth is that three of the guilty pleas have been related to the crime of lying to the FBI about Russian contacts and that some of Trump’s campaign members, like Roger Stone, have already admitted to collusion.
Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, wrote Charles Krauthammer.
“His defense is pathetic for two reasons. First, have the Trumpites not been telling us for six months that no collusion ever happened? And now they say: Sure it happened. So what?” https://t.co/Il00Ds8dhC
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) June 22, 2018
The focus so far in the investigation has been on whether or not Trump obstructed justice, especially in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and in drafting the false statement that he then dictated to Trump, Jr. about that infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian government operatives. According to Bloomberg, he hopes to have the obstruction of justice investigation concluded soon and to begin focusing solely on the collusion allegations.
‘Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators have an eye toward producing conclusions — and possible indictments — related to collusion by fall, said the person, who asked not to be identified. He’ll be able to turn his full attention to the issue as he resolves other questions, including deciding soon whether to find that Trump sought to obstruct justice.’
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) June 26, 2018
Despite Trump and his supporters continue to insist that no evidence exists so far, but this is untrue and ignoring the very real evidence the public is already aware of is the result of buying into Trump’s lies. The most obvious evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is what has already been revealed about Trump’s informal campaign adviser and long-time friend, Roger Stone.
‘Longtime Trump operative Roger Stone has admitted to a May 2016 meeting with a Russian who was offering to sell damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post. The meeting was with a man named Henry Greenberg, and happened at the request of former Trump campaign communications official Michael Caputo, who met Greenberg through a Russian business partner…the disclosure means that 11 Trump associates have now acknowledged interacting with Russian nationals during the campaign or transition.’
More than a year after Mueller begins investigating contacts between Trump associates and Russian nationals, a longtime Trump associate suddenly remembers he met with a Russian offering dirt on Hillary. https://t.co/A9ololLZRN
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 23, 2018
Only two things are not yet clear and will most likely be the focus of Mueller’s investigation once collusion becomes the focus: what was paid or promised to these operatives in exchange for this illegally-obtained “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, and what Trump was aware of and whether he was involved in the process.
Back to the topic of this feed: #TrumpRussia.
Trump supporters and apologists MUST come to grips with the fact that their hero lied about Russia, over and over and over again.
If I'm wrong about #collusion, then WHY did he do this?
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) June 21, 2018
That 2016 Trump Tower meeting is also a crucial point in this investigation. The president’s son Donald Trump, Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his campaign manager Paul Manafort (who faces criminal charges for many illegal acts over the years), met with people tied to the Kremlin who also promised “dirt” on Clinton and whitewashed the meeting once they were caught by saying they had only discussed “adoption.”
Donald Trump Jr. was reportedly crushed that a Russian lawyer didn’t have dirt on Hillary Clinton during the Trump Tower meeting. If he was this excited about the meeting, did he happen to tell his father about it?https://t.co/FSYIgH3qKO
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 24, 2018
The claim about adoption is connected to a sanction against Russia called the Magnitsky Act, which the U.S. imposed due to the Kremlin’s involvement in imprisoning a man investigating Russian corruption named Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison. If any promises were made about giving over the “dirt” to the Trump campaign in exchange for ending the Magnitsky Act should Trump win the election, collusion is a foregone conclusion.
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