With this information in mind you might recall during the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the candidates were questioned about whether Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee.
Mrs. Clinton, after accusing Russia's president Putin of having “let loose cyber attackers to hack into government files, to hack into personal files, hack into the Democratic National Committee” replied...
“Cybersecurity, cyber warfare will be one of the biggest challenges facing the next president, because clearly we're facing at this point two different kinds of adversaries,” She also referred to Trump’s call for Russia to hack her email. “I was so shocked when Donald publicly invited Putin to hack into Americans -- that is just unacceptable,”
In response Mr. Trump replied...
"She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, okay?"
Well guess what? It wasn't a 400 pound man.
Turns out a top Russian diplomat and Vladimir Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that Russian experts had been in contact with members of Donald Trump’s staff during the presidential campaign. The diplomat made clear that this included the period in which the United States accused Russia of hacking into Democratic Party email systems....
“Our experts, our specialists on the U.S., on international affairs ... Of course they are constantly speaking to their counterparts here, including those from Mr. Trump’s group. Of course, it’s quite natural that Russian experts are trying to maintain the dialogue with people from different camps. It’s very important to understand the main streams, and understand the main tendencies, nuances in the positions of different parties, different camps here in the United States,”
Peskov went on to say in his interview with The Associated Press that Russian experts contacts with the Trump campaign were “quite natural, quite normal.”
If any more proof was needed there is also the statement from Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who said in an interview with the state-run Interfax news agency that “there were contacts” with influential people in Trump’s circle...
“Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage. We have just begun to consider ways of building dialogue with the future Donald Trump administration and channels we will be using for those purposes,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.“I don’t say that all of them, but a whole array of them supported contacts with Russian representatives.”
These revelations only serve to raise the ongoing suspicions about president-elect Trump's relationship with Putin’s government which made it abundantly clear that Russia had pinned their hopes on a Trump presidency and how it played into the hacking that befell the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
When asked for commentTrump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied such contacts saying only...
“It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”
The Trump campaign's denial becomes increasingly hard to believe when one looks into the ties it has to the Russian government.
First there is Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who managed an investment fund for a Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Putin. In addition Manafort advised a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party before its ouster over alleged corruption. Manafort resigned from the campaign days after his name was found in a ledger designating funds to be paid out from the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in a pro-European street revolution in 2014.
Then there is Trump’s national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and his post US government connections with Russia and its propaganda outlet run by the Kremlin-funded television channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today.
Most damning are there are Trump's past business ventures in Russia. There are questions into just how he managed to make millions of dollars taking the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. Couple that with wealthy Russians billionaires who have been an important source of investments in Trump’s businesses in America. This was borne out when his son Donald Trump Jr. said in 2008 that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” adding that “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Now couple that with Trump's repeated calls for better relations with Russia, frequently musing about a rosy world in which Russia and the U.S. get along, his suggestion that the U.S. could abandon its NATO commitments and his pre-pubescent bromance with Putin.
As a result The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a preliminary inquiry in recent months into allegations that Trump or his associates might have had questionable dealings with Russian people or businesses.
The agency has yet to publicly discussed the probe but somehow I think FBI director Jame's Comey might be under a little pressure to redeem himself after the heat he took for his partisan knee-capping the Clinton campaign just days before the election.
Speaking of which... isn't it funny how Director Comey didn't feel the need to inform congress of Trump's ongoing investigation but really really felt it necessary to keep them apprised of every move the FBI made with Hillary and her server?