The Republican Party is infested with Russian sympathizers and colluders. It starts at the top with Trump and his campaign cronies, but it’s clear now that it trickles all the way down to the foot soldiers of the party.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals that a GOP operative in Florida had direct contact with a Russian hacker, from whom he requested – and received – stolen DNC files.
The operative in question, Aaron Nevins, contacted hacker Guccifer 2.0 immediately after the news broke that Guccifer had hacked into Democratic files. Nevins invited the hacker to forward him any relevant documents. The hacker responded several days later, forwarding 2.5 gigabytes of stolen files to Nevins.
Nevins then uploaded the information to an online blog before forwarding a link to close Trump advisor, strategist, and master of dirty tricks, Roger Stone. Stone is also known for his suspicious connections to Russian-sympathizing WikiLeaks, including prior knowledge of their info dumps during the election season. Stone has a long sordid history of helping criminal politicians, dating all the way back to his involvement with Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal.
Nevins insists he did nothing wrong by engaging in his borderline treasonous communications. “If your interests align, never shut any doors in politics,” he said.
As is public record now, Putin and Trump’s interests were closely aligned during the election. Putin, out of fear, wanted to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. What’s more, he was excited to get Trump elected, because he knew the vain ignoramus would be easy to manipulate. He’s already been proven right, as Trump has divulged classified information to Russian officials little more than one hundred days into his presidency.
Putin hired hackers, the hackers worked with the GOP, and the GOP worked with Trump’s campaign. Russia’s investment is paying huge dividends at the cost of American security and prosperity.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.