Do you think the Trump campaign colluded with Russia? | The Tylt
Do you think the Trump campaign colluded with Russia?
Trump skeptics critics want to know if the president did nothing wrong, then why did he ask half the intelligence community (including the FBI director, whom he later fired) to lay off the investigation into his campaign's dealings with the Russians?
But 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?
Let's see: Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner "failed to report" dozens of contacts with Russian officials during the campaign transition (some would say he lied about them), discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Russia Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, then received a $285 million loan from Deutsche Bank a month before Election Day. Perhaps these were all innocent coincidences, but Jared is under FBI investigation and has certainly has hired a lot of lawyers.
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.