Do you think the Trump campaign colluded with Russia? | The Tylt
Do you think the Trump campaign colluded with Russia?
At Forbes, Paul Roderick Gregory says the Trump-Russia frenzy has grown McCarthy-esque in scope and general hysteria.
The political feeding frenzy has, to date, brought forth the following facts of Russiagate: Persons associated with the Trump campaign had contacts with Russians, some unsavory. Trump businesses, like other luxury property developers, had dealings with wealthy Russian buyers. Trump did not condemn Putin during the campaign and expressed a hope (shared by many across the political spectrum) of improved relations. Where is the evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia?
But Julian Sanchez argues the collusion was real: "It’s just that all of it took place right out in the open."
Russia’s efforts on Trump’s behalf were, for the most part, pretty open, even if Trump affected not to notice them. Trump’s praise of Vladimir Putin...was public, as was his gleeful exploitation of the fruits of hacks against his opponents and encouragement of more of the same, as was his attempt to exculpate Russia long after the intelligence community had reached consensus about their responsibility, as was his use on the campaign trail of stories pushed out by Russian state media.Trump could see they were helping him, they could see he appreciated it and was reciprocating.
If there is no "there" there, then why has Trump been so bent on halting the investigation? Why did he ask former FBI Director James Comey, as well as the heads of other intelligence agencies, to drop the probe? What is he trying to hide?
Sources: WH staffers "audibly gasped" when news broke of today's WaPo story that Trump asked intel officials to deny #TrumpRussia collusion.
But Nancy LeTourneau asks why the president went to such lengths to both hire and protect a man like Michael Flynn.
There could be more to the story of why Trump was so determined to place Flynn in a critical foreign policy position that didn’t require Senate confirmation, keep him there despite all the warnings, and then ask the FBI director to end his investigation. But the fact that Flynn was working with the Russian ambassador (during the time that country was hacking and leaking information about Trump’s opponent) in order to set up a back channel line of communication between Trump and Putin that would bypass this country’s national security bureaucracy goes a long way towards explaining it all.
Lawfare argues that there was undoubtedly collusion—even though it may not have broken the law.
It remains an important question whether anyone in the Trump camp colluded covertly or illegally or whether they coordinated with the Russian operation. But there simply is no question that the Trump campaign collaborated knowingly with a foreign power during this operation, or that Trump himself was the colluder in chief.