The impetus behind the Trump campaign’s efforts to change the official Republican Party policy platform’s stance on the Russian intervention in the Ukraine has finally been revealed, and the new information supports a key allegation from Christopher Steele’s infamous Trump-Russia “Golden Showers” Dossier.
CNN’s Jim Acosta just reported that former Trump foreign policy advisor J.D. Gordon told him that it was Donald Trump himself who ordered the abrupt change in language to the Republican Party’s official policy platform. Trump’s changes were a major about-face for the GOP regarding the Russian Federation’s invasion of the Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and support for the pro-Moscow “rebels” in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Instead of “providing lethal defense weapons” to the Ukranian army fighting the Kremlin’s militias and Russian special forces, Trump softened the language to just “appropriate assistance.”
In another suspicious development, J.D. Gordon admitted he and fellow Trump aide Carter Page met with the Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention, right before the language was changed.
President Trump continues to stubbornly insist that he “wasn’t involved in it.”
Trump’s involvement in the policy change appears to confirm assertions made in the Trump-Russia dossier that a quid-pro-quo went down between the Russian government and the Donald Trump campaign, where the Russians gave Trump the emails hacked from the DNC in exchange for the shift in the campaign’s official Ukraine policy.
Most importantly, Acosta said Trump had been pushing for this change in policy as far back as March – two months before the convention, indicating that the Trump campaign’s involvement with the Russians stretches back much further than we previously thought.
Ever since the Republican National Convention, the source of the heretofore mysterious foreign policy change, journalists have been asking who the source of the decision.
The revelation that President Trump himself ordered the change in RNC policy – which, as the dossier remarked – is hugely significant. Donald Trump is well-known for taking very little interest in policy, so for him to propose such a specific change on an issue means there was a reason for doing so.
If Donald Trump and his team sold out the Ukraine in exchange for the DNC emails, then what other deals were made during the secret meetings between Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Or the phone calls between Gen. Michael Flynn and Kislyak? Or at the secret meeting in Trump Tower between Kislyak, Flynn, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner?
And if this revelation confirms yet another allegation in the Trump-Russia dossier, what else is true? Is Trump being blackmailed by the Russian government for his prostitute parties?
We need a bipartisan investigation and a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this – and we needed it yesterday.
Watch the CNN report here:
With writing contributions from Colin Taylor.
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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. Find out more at grantstern.com.