Since before his election victory, President Donald Trump and his administration have strongly insisted that there were no communications between his team and the Russian government. Trump said last week during a press conference that “I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”
But as recent developments have confirmed, this claim is simply not true. U.S. intelligence officials are on record saying that Trump’s team were talking with the Russians during the campaign after they intercepted transmissions between Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. This revelation led to Flynn’s resignation last week.
But yet another bombshell has been dropped. This time it wasn’t by any of Trump’s “enemies” in the media or intelligence community. Nope, it came from the Russians themselves!
Sergei A. Ryabkov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, has stated that the Russian government maintained contacts with Trump’s immediate entourage during the election campaign. In an interview with Interfax news agency Mr. Ryabkov said:
I cannot say that all, but a number of them maintained contacts with Russian representatives [sic].
But Ryabkov isn’t the only Russian government official to publicly confirm Trump’s collusion with them. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak also confirmed in short interview that Trump’s team, namely former adviser Michael Flynn, had held talks before the election, although he didn’t specify what was spoken about.
These damning admissions fly directly in the face of Trump’s official statements about the matter, proving, yet again, that the president and his team are habitual liars, and bad ones too. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s mouthpiece, has replied “Absolutely not” when asked whether communications between Trump and the Russians occurred. She also said that any conversations “never happened” and to suggest otherwise would “undermine our democracy.”
No, Kellyanne. What undermines our democracy is officials representing an unelected presidential candidate having premature discussions about future policy with intelligence officials from a foreign country who systematically, and successfully, subvert our country’s election process for their own gain.
Now that Russian officials have admitted to talking with Trump’s people, and the fact that it has been all but confirmed that Russia launched an espionage operation to help Trump win the election, it’s pretty easy to put two and two together. Trump’s team may not have had any part in Russia’s subversion of our democracy, but the fact the two sides were conversing begs the question: how deep does this conspiracy go?
Trump has been consistently lying throughout his tenure thus far. Now we have irrefutable evidence, from a variety of different sources, that he was colluding with hostile foreign nations. It won’t be long now before the full extent of his relationship with Russia is revealed to the public. Then this embarrassment to the presidency and the American people can be impeached.
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