We have entered a new phase in the Trump-Russia scandal.
Not only did the president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-friendly lawyer last summer hoping to learn damaging information about Hillary Clinton; he did not seem at all surprised when a Russian contact told him Moscow was supporting his father.
This is the clearest evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
How can Republicans still support Donald Trump now that there is proof of collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia?
Several users on Twitter have suggested that the right-wing media would have gone berserk if this story was about Hillary Clinton. They’re right. Instead of giving Donald Trump Jr. a softball interview, Sean Hannity would be screaming bloody murder.
The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump is under investigation for potentially obstructing justice when he fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, in May.
Last time we checked in with the Russia-Trump scandal, I wondered why the president’s team was so desperate for a back channel with Moscow.
A possible answer comes from Michael Isikoff, who reports for Yahoo! News that one of the first things Donald Trump’s people did when they came to power in January was ask the State Department for proposals to normalize relations with Russia, including lifting economic sanctions and returning diplomatic compounds which had been seized by the Obama Administration in retaliation for Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Read more “Trump Administration Looked to Unilaterally Lift Russia Sanctions”
The Washington Post reports that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the president’s top advisors, proposed setting up a secret back channel with the Kremlin in December during a meeting that was also attended by General Michael Flynn.
According to The Post, Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, reported to Moscow in a cable that was intercepted by American spies that Kushner had suggested to him using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the back channel.
Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team.
The cover-up is worse than the crime. It’s a cliché, but Donald Trump proves it.
Last week, we learned that the president had asked the director of the FBI, James Comey, to end an investigation into the foreign ties of his security advisor, Michael Flynn. When Comey refused, Trump fired him. He admitted as much in an interview with NBC.
Now The Washington Post reveals that Trump asked two of America’s spy masters to undermine the FBI investigation by publicly denying there was any evidence of collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.