There’s no longer any question about whether Team Trump had contacts with Vladimir Putin’s government during Russia’s attack on our elections; the question is just how many members of Team Trump interacted with Moscow during the foreign intelligence operation. The Washington Post reported over the weekend:
Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family members and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit.
Some offered to help his campaign and his real estate business. Some offered dirt on his Democratic opponent. Repeatedly, Russian nationals suggested Trump should hold a peacemaking sit-down with Vladimir Putin – and offered to broker such a summit.
In all, Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and presidential transition, public records and interviews show.
Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President Obama, told the Post. “Both the number of contacts and the nature of the contacts are extraordinary.”
That’s true, of course, but it’s only part of the problem. The communications between the Republican operation and Russia during the Kremlin’s attack obviously appears damaging to Trump World, but making matters far worse is the frequency with which the president and top members of his team lied about those interactions.
This is especially relevant now in light of Friday’s revelations involving Michael Cohen, but let’s not overlook the fact that the list of Team Trump members who denied the communications with Russia is nearly as long as the list of Team Trump members who interacted with Russia.
* At a pre-inaugural press conference, Donald Trump himself said no one from his team was in contact with Russians during the campaign.
* Asked if anyone with Trump’s political operation had any contact with Russians during the election, Vice President Mike Pence said, “Of course not.” It wasn’t Pence’s only bogus denial on this.
* Kellyanne Conway, asked about the possibility of communications between the Republican campaign and Russians, said, “Absolutely not.” She added the conversations “never happened” and any suggestions to the contrary “undermine our democracy.”
* On the same issue, Hope Hicks said, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.”
* Sarah Huckabee Sanders added, “This is a non-story because, to the best of our knowledge, no contacts took place.”
* Reince Priebus said last year, “Of course, we didn’t interface with the Russians.”
What’s more, as regular readers may recall, there’s ample reason to believe various officials in the Trump campaign knew about the Russian contacts, even while the president and his team denied that the communications were happening.
The Manchurian Cantaloupe's election was fraudulent, and he and his campaign lied about it repeatedly. The election itself should be nullified and everyone involved should be jailed for fraud and treason.
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