“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
If Russia’s mission was to disrupt the United States and Europe they have succeeded.
In response to a Washington Post report that the CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump win.
They supported the right candidate. Many of 45’s hand picked advisers like the President do not have government experience which makes them vulnerable to professional politicians and governmental spy’s.
In 2015: Britain’s spy agency GCHQ became aware of suspicious “interactions” between members of Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence operatives. Over the next six months, a number of western agencies from Germany, Estonia and Poland share more information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians.
Donald Trump’s determination for doing it his own way damaged his campaign early on. Trump ignored warnings within his circle and US intelligence. He and his teams inexperience with international agencies may have made them vulnerable.
Michael Flynn ( National security adviser)
December 29 2016 , President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia in response to its interference in the U.S. presidential election. Mike Flynn speaks to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., by phone the same day. Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.
On Dec 30th ,Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t retaliate against the U.S. for the sanctions, surprising Obama administration officials. Afterward, intelligence analysts review intercepted communications and reportedly find Kislyak’s communications with Flynn.
The Post reports Flynn, through a spokesperson, admitted he discussed sanctions with Kislyak, backtracking on his previous denial. Flynn reportedly speaks by phone to Pence to apologize for misleading him about the contents of his conversation. The same day, Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he was unaware of reports that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak. Spicer later said Trump was only referring to the Post report and not the broader situation. Feb. 13: Flynn resigns.
In 2015, Flynn received more than $65,000 from Russian Companies including the Russian Propaganda Network RT. In a meeting with Rep. Elijah Cummings When asked about his Moscow appearance, Flynn reportedly says, “I didn’t take any money from Russia, if that’s what you’re asking me.”
Jared Kushner (Senior Advisor and President Trumps son in law) Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mr. Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that Mr. Kushner had proposed a secret channel to President Putin and had suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
Congressional investigators are seeking to determine whether Kushner ‘s son-in-law was vulnerable to Russian influence during and after the campaign because of financial stress facing his family firm’s signature real estate holding – a Manhattan skyscraper purchased at the height of the real estate boom.
And they are focused, officials told ABC News, on a December meeting Jared Kushner held with executives from a Russian bank.
Real estate analysts told ABC News that Jared Kushner’s first major acquisition, a Fifth Avenue office tower signifying his family’s move from New Jersey into Manhattan real estate, is shouldering a $1.3 billion in loans coming due in two years, and it is not bringing in sufficient rental income. An attempt by Kushner to broker a deal with a Chinese company to refinance and redevelop the building fell through shortly after the election. Thomas Fink, a senior vice president at the firm Trepp, which analyzes commercial real estate, said the Kushner firm appears to be in a sizable financial hole.
“I don’t think they have a billion plus in the bank to just write a check to pay off the mortgage,” Fink said. “Potentially they could sell the building, but you know, what will someone pay for it– that remains to be seen.”
The timing of Kushner’s December meeting with executives from VneshEconomBank, or VEB, at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador, has also raised concerns from government watchdog groups across the political spectrum.
Paul Manafort ( Convention Manager) has received more than a million dollars in fees from rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine. He may have appealed to Trump because he likened himself as an outsider. In a proposal to Trump, he describes how he had assisted rich and powerful business and political leaders, including oligarchs and dictators in Russia and Ukraine: “I have managed presidential campaigns around the world. Last August, The Associated Press reports that in 2012 Paul Manafort had secretly routed more than $2 million from Ukraine President Yanukovych’s governing pro-Russia governing party to two US lobbying firms working to influence American policy toward Ukraine. Last summer, Manafort withdraws from the campaign after reports of financial connections to Ukraine.
Carter Page ( Foreign Policy Advisor) Page was named one of five foreign policy advisers by the Trump campaign. Page took a leave of absence from the Trump campaign after U.S. intelligence revealed contacts between him and Russian officials, including Vladimir Putin’s top deputy, Igor Sechin. Page agreed to appear before the House and Senate intelligence committees to clarify his role with the campaign.
Carter Page’s ongoing public criticism of US sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine and his praise for Putin generate increasing attention and concern. Three Russians who the FBI later accuse of spying on the United States discuss efforts to recruit American businessman Carter Page.
Jeff Sessions ( US Attorney General) Jeff Sessions denied meeting with Russians during his conformations hearings. Last week CNN learned Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn’t note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years. The new information from the Justice Department is the latest example of Sessions failing to disclose contacts he had with Russian officials.
Roger Stone (An informal adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign) Fired by the campaign in August 2015, is said to have the ear of the President. Many believe Stone told 45 to fire FBI director James Comey. Stone repeatedly boasted of or alluded to some kind of knowledge or relationship with Wikileaks. Stone opened a lobbying practice with Paul Manafort in 1980. Trump hires Manafort as his lawyer on gambling and real estate issues.
President Donald Trump, has many financial ties with Russian nationals. Some transactions are questionable. In 2008, As the Florida real estate market began to crash, Trump sells a Florida residence to a Russian oligarch for $95 million, believed to be the biggest single-family home sale in US history. The Russian oligarch never lived in the house and, since then, it has been demolished. Three years earlier, Trump had bought the home at auction for $41 million.
In the same year, his son Donald Jr, at a real estate conference he said In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. There’s indeed a lot of money coming for new-builds and resale reflecting a trend in the Russian economy and, of course, the weak dollar versus the ruble.”
Many of Trumps projects were financial by Russian banks. Candidate Trump denied meeting President Putin and other Russian Nationals. It is clear Russia have infiltrated the Trump campaign, if any laws were broken remains to be seen.
News of Russian Involvement is coming in at a rapid clip. This Morning, Yahoo News reported. President Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly to try and lift economic sanctions on Russia and other punishments former President Barack Obama had put in place as soon as it took office in January, according to multiple sources.
“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” according to Dan Fried, who retired in February as Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department.
Fried told veteran investigative journalist Michael Isikoff , a former national investigative correspondent for NBC News and Newsweek alumnus, that in the early weeks of the administration he got several “panicky” calls from U.S. officials. They asked: “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”
The sanctions in question included those imposed by Obama for Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and others inflicted late last year to punish Moscow for its suspected efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The plans Trump’s administration considered early on included returning diplomatic compounds seized from Russia in late 2016—recent reports say Trump is currently worker to put this plan into action.
Lifting the sanctions “would have been a win-win for Moscow,” according to Tom Malinowski who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy until inauguration day. Malinowski told Yahoo News that he heard the administration was working on a “grand bargain” with Russia.
Next’s Week’s Big Event,The Testimony of “James Comey”
CNN: Former FBI Director James Comey will have the nation captivated next Thursday when he testifies before a Senate panel about the stunning accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into his former national security adviser’s ties to Russia.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Friday that “the President will make that decision,” raising the prospect that the White House may try to invoke executive privilege over Comey’s conversations with Trump.
We may never really know what Putin’s intentions are. What we do know our government is in complete disarray. 45 and his top advisers are reportedly considering creating a White House “war room” and a staff shake-up to combat current and future revelations related to the Russia controversy.
As the administration play defense, hundred of positions remain unfilled.
The streets are filled with angry Americans. Racial tension has increased. The CIA had concluded Russia had intervened in the election to help Trump win.
If the intent was to disrupt America they have succeeded!