CNN has just reported that last week the heads of eight intelligence agencies presented information to both President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump that show Russian operatives claiming to have “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
This would mean that the Russians have the ability to blackmail Trump into doing whatever they wish. Not only do they have this dirt on Donald Trump, but they were constantly reminding him of it – and telling him what they wanted to see out of him throughout the campaign, since Trump campaign surrogates were in “continuing” contact with Russian government surrogates throughout the entire campaign.
The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
With this confirmation, it’s clear that Republican Party and Trump data files were also broken into by Russian hackers – only what they found was kept to use as leverage.
This is why Trump pushed for the GOP’s platform to be re-written to remove sending arms to the Ukrainian government currently engaged in fighting pro-Moscow separatists. This is why Trump has declared that he doesn’t want to uphold our nation’s commitment to NATO. This is why he fawns over Putin’s every move and has already signaled his intention to reverse President Obama’s Russia sanctions.
It also makes this assertion from Huffington Post reporter Andrea Chalupa much more believable:
In intel circles, the story goes FSB filmed Trump in an orgy while in Russia. Yes,this all ends in a Trump sex tape. https://t.co/h5EXta5tRe
— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) November 1, 2016
This is about as much proof as we’re ever going to really get that Donald Trump is a cowardly traitor, actively working to fulfill the agenda of Moscow and violating the integrity of our democracy and putting the American people in danger to save his own political career and public image. Everything Donald Trump has ever done tells us that he would throw our nation under the bus in the blink of an eye if it was a threat to the cozy throne he’s built for himself.
This means that the Republican Party, which has been fighting relentlessly to bury all evidence of Russian involvement and sweep it under the rug so that they can get to repealing Obamacare and sending our nation back to the 1950s, is acting as a defender of Russian interests and are also traitors to the American people.
This election and everything that has happened since then is an abhorrent travesty that must be rectified. Trump is unqualified to lead this nation and has done nothing since his victory to show us otherwise, or to even indicate that he intends to govern at all. Now that we know he has been compromised by a foreign government, we cannot allow him to be sworn in.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.