A bombshell report by the Guardian has just revealed that our European allies had discovered secret communications between Donald Trump’s campaign team and agents of the Russian Federation as far back as 2015.
But most importantly, the Guardian reveals that through the cooperation with our allies, US officials have discovered “specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion… This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”
British spy agency GCHQ, the “principal whistle-blower,” first discovered the communications between Trump’s team and the Russians as a part of their routine monitoring operations. Further evidence was gathered and passed on to the United States by intelligence agencies from Germany, Estonia, Poland, Australia, the Netherlands, and France.
Despite what Trump has falsely claimed, none of these countries were targeting him specifically for monitoring. His team members brought this on themselves when they began communicating with Russians who were already being monitored as part of routine counterintelligence operations.
Former GCHQ chief Sir Richard Dearlove remarked on Thursday that Trump’s accusation that the UK was spying on him on behalf of President Obama was “simply deeply embarrassing for Trump and the administration. The only possible explanation is that Trump started tweeting without understanding how the NSA-GCHQ relationship actually works.”
Our European allies expressed their frustration that the FBI and the CIA didn’t take their warning seriously enough. “It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep. They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this. The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here’ recounted a source to the Guardian.
There is too much evidence now for any of Trump or his people’s desperate denials to be taken seriously. When the intelligence agencies of at least seven foreign nations have evidence that your campaign team was colluding with the Russians, you don’t have any more room to stand on.
Whether or not we get a special independent prosecutor to discover whether or not Trump himself was involved in this collusion with hostile foreign agents, the taint of treason reeks from this White House.
None of his nominations or appointments can be considered valid until we get the truth. Once Trump and his cronies fall, justice demands that we rid our government of all the self-serving cowards who aided and abetted this treason, putting party over country and siding with our enemies over the American people.
It’s long past time we put our nation back in the hands of people who will actually abide the Constitution they swore to uphold.
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.