A top ranking Member of the UK Parliament just said that Vladimir Putin interfered with the most recent UK election in 2015, and that there is clear proof to back him up. The Independent reports that former Europe Minister, Labour MP Chris Bryant made that forceful remark in London while pushing to sanction Russian oligarchs:
“There is now clear evidence of Russian direct, corrupt involvement in elections in France, in Germany, in the United States of America, and I would argue also in this country,” said Mr Bryant.
“Many believe that some of the highest level decisions affecting security in the United Kingdom, in Germany, in France and in the United States of America are now compromised by Russian infiltration.”
In his full remarks (video below) Bryant also deplored Russia’s bizarre, posthumous trial of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. American travel sanctions named after Magnitsky were implemented in 2012, and Bryant lamented the UK’s failure to match those restrictions.
Bryant was a top member of the Labour Party’s leadership – roughly equivalent to the House Minority Whip in our Congress – up until the Brexit vote last year, when he and most of his party’s leadership retired. Uniquely, Bryant also held a full-time government role as the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, so unlike most legislators in England, he has also had a real government position, and a possesses a first-hand measure of personal knowledge about international intrigue.
MP Chris Bryant is by far the highest ranking member of the UK’s government to unequivocally state that Russia has interfered with their electoral process.
Bryant stressed the urgency of the UK taking action against Russia primarily because of the utter lack of leadership from America in opposing the dictator whose aggressive cyber-attacks on western democracy have become the most pressing international crisis in decades.
That is why America’s closest ally just publicly announced that our new President is no longer the Leader of the Free World, but a sadly subordinate man in the thrall of Russia’s dictator, just one month into Donald Trump’s term.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition