I don’t understand why we haven’t heard more about this story …
G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Details Ties Between 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia
Everybody understands this, right? After the years of Trump decrying that the investigation led by Robert Mueller was a “hoax” and a “witch hunt”, the Senate Intelligence Committee, a bi-partisan committee comprised of eight (8) republicans and seven (7) democrats, determined that Russia did, in fact, conspire with members of the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election in Trump’s favour. Three years … these 15 people have dedicated the last three years to investigating the exact same things Robert Mueller and his team investigated, reviewing the exact same data that the Mueller team reviewed, and they have drawn almost the exact same conclusion! That Russia did interfere in our elections on Donald Trump’s behalf, and that the Trump campaign aided and abetted them! WHAT THE HELL more proof does Congress, do Trump’s base, need in order to be convinced that Trump & Co BOUGHT the election … he did not win it, but he PAID for it!!! Oh, he didn’t do all the dirty work with his own hands, but left most of the dirty work to the likes of Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, his own children and others, some of whom are serving prison time today, others who should or soon will be. But you can bet your last dollar that Trump knew every move that was made, every dollar spent or received, and knew just how far Vladimir Putin was willing to go to help put him into office.
Below is a chart showing who, amongst the Trump campaign, had contact with the Russians and when.
For further detail about the key players, the New York Times has an excellent assessment.
Some of the most insidious republican senators were on the committee … Richard Burr, Tom Cotton, Susan Collins, and Marco Rubio … and yet, the findings were in agreement with those of the Intelligence Community and of Special Investigator Robert Mueller. This speaks volumes, and yes, I have seen the story reported in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and others, but … nobody seems to be talking about it! Why???
Is everybody too wrapped up in his threats, his bullying, his name-calling, to stop and take a look at this report and what it means??? Is his ‘deflect and distract’ operation really working that well? I would agree that there are a few serious issues this election season: the denigration and destruction of the United States Postal Service, systemic racism, voter rights and suppression, climate change, the handling (or rather, mishandling) of the coronavirus pandemic, the failing economy … well okay, perhaps more than a few. Still … we cannot remain silent on the results of this committee report!
For one thing, it is only further proof that the 2016 election was, in fact, interfered with by the Russian government and with the full knowledge of Trump and his cronies. For another, we are told by the intelligence community that the Russians have been working to help sabotage our November election that is just over 10 weeks away. Do you really think it’s coincidence that Russia claims to have a vaccine for the coronavirus that will soon be ready to go? Do you think it’s coincidence that Trump has been ‘demanding’ the G7 allow Russia to sit in on their next meeting, whenever that may take place?
Since I don’t have a direct conduit to Mr. Putin’s brain, I cannot know his reasons for ‘preferring’ Trump both 4 years ago and now, but I can form an intelligent guess. Putin wants the U.S. to look the other way when he does things that may be against United Nations protocol. Putin has made no secret that he would like to rebuild a Soviet-style empire. He needs the U.S. to, at the very least, sit back and turn a blind eye. Donald Trump is not an intelligent man, and is far more easily manipulated with the promise of some small reward than Hillary Clinton would have been, or than Joe Biden would be.
You can, if you are so inclined, read the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report … well, you can read the parts that are not redacted, at any rate. And there’s another point. Why does any of this report need to be redacted? These are events that happened, mostly 3+ years ago, and I cannot conceive of any events or conversations that would cause a national security issue today, hence the need for heavy redactions. The only damage this report will cause is to the key players who were treasonous in their dealings, who put Trump and the Republican Party ahead of the best interest of the nation. We the People have a right to know … we have a right to know who said what and when. We have a right to know just what the Russian government did to sabotage our election!
I close with one reminder: despite the help of the Russian government, despite the gerrymandered districts and restrictive voter I.D. laws, Donald Trump did not win the vote of We the People – he lost by nearly 3 million votes. He won only the electoral college, and that only because of unfair district boundaries. Will we allow this to happen again this year? I damn sure hope not!