Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has just taken the unexpected step of calling for an investigation into President Trump’s business ties to Russia. Speaking with CNN’s Manu Raju, Graham said that he had been intrigued by something that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had said during yesterday’s hearing with Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
Graham was the only Republican to make even a cursory effort to pretend to be investigating Trump’s Russia ties yesterday, and asked Clapper whether Trump’s business connections in Russia gave him “concern.”
Clapper responded that he couldn’t comment because that could “impact an ongoing investigation,” which set off alarm bells in Graham’s head.
“It’s not wrong to do business with Russians. But Trump has said he never did business with the Russians” remarked Graham after the hearing as he expressed an interest into getting to the bottom of Trump’s business relations with Russia.
Trump has vehemently denied any business connections to Russia or Russians, even though both of his idiot sons have boasted that their family’s company has received significant amounts of Russian investment.
For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
ABC News has previously uncovered millions of dollars in payments from Russian oligarchs to Trump and his businesses, including a staggering $95 million payment from Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for a purchased condo, whose private plane continues to suspiciously pop up wherever Trump goes.
Like Graham said, there’s nothing inherently wrong with doing business with Russians – but the vehemence with which Trump has denied all and any connection to Russia is extremely suspicious.
In light of the mound of evidence which points to Trump and members of his campaign team’s potentially treasonous collusion with Russian agents during the 2016 election, we can’t afford to leave any stone unturned in our efforts to determine if we’ve elected a traitor.
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