President Trump claims he’s been the victim of a “Russian hoax.” Trump continues to declare that any ties between himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin never happened, and the Democrats created the hoax. Trump is upset over the 2016 election results, and the Democrats continued to claim he and his campaign colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to steal the election.
Trump has been shouting that Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax, and there was no collusion between him, the Trump campaign, and any Russians. It turns out, Trump has been lying.
A new report by the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee indicates that much of the outline of conduct included in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and previous news articles by the New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets correctly depict the Russian involvement in the 2016 election and the coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia’s GRU agents.
The new Senate report also highlights further details and facts that emphasize the duplicity going on behind the scenes and ultimately undermines the notion, pushed by President Trump and his crooked Attorney General Bill Barr, that there was no basis for the Russian investigation. The Senate report shows there is ample evidence for what was once widely discussed as “collusion.”
Since a committee led by Republicans developed the report, it can’t be painted as enemies of the president. Mueller’s team was and could completely blow up U.S. Attorney’s John Durham’s Russian investigation ordered by Bill Barr, which has been touted by many of Trump’s sycophants as an approaching October surprise.
Here are some of the most damaging references in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report…
1. Paul Manafort, despite many denials by him and the campaign, worked closely with a “Russian intelligence officer.”
The Mueller report claimed there were the ties between Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager for the summer of 2016, and Russian intelligence officers. In particular, Manafort had a series of contacts and meetings with Konstantin Kilimnik, who was known to have a past with Russian intelligence.
The Senate Intelligence committee’s report offers a much more explicit explanation of Kilimnik’s role:
Manafort hired and worked closely with a Russian national, Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian Intelligence officer as a key member of Manafort’s Ukraine and Russian political consulting business in Kyiv. The relationship endued through the end of the 2016 U.S. Election.
The Senate Report also noted:
“On August 18, 2016, Kilimnik told a journalist in private that he had ‘almost daily contacts with Manafort these days on this ‘Ukraine crisis.’”
“The report states flatly that Konstantin Kilimnik is a Russian intelligence officer,” noted NBC reporter Ken Dilanian.
“So let that sink in: Donald Trump’s campaign chairman worked closely with a Russian intelligence officer. What say those who argue the FBI had no reason to investigate?”
2. Kilimnik and Manafort are likely tied to the criminal hacking of Democratic emails.
Mueller’s findings show that Manafort shared internal campaign data with Kilimnik, who is linked to Russian GRU intelligence. These were some of the most explosive revelations in the entire scandal – and the Senate report makes it clear Kilimnik was tied to the hack-and-leak operation, through Wiki Leaks that are considered by most, the most significant aspect of the Russian attack on 2016:
According to the Senate Intelligence Committee report…
“Some Evidence suggests Kilimnik may be connected to the GRU hacker and leak operation related to the 2016 U.S. election.“
The information that follows is redacted from the Senate report but clearly states….
“Two pieces of information, however, raise the possibility of Manafort’s potential connection to the hack-and-leak operations.”
A lot of evidence already suggests that both men lied and made false statements to Mueller about it — which would be serious crimes by both men. It could lead to Stones's commutation being reversed and could make a pardon illegal if proven that the two collided.
The Senate Intelligence Committee report lays out the contradiction…
“Trump, in written responses to the SCO, stated: “I do not recall discussing WikiLeaks with [Stone] nor do I recall being aware of Mr. Stone having discussed WikiLeaks with individuals associated with my campaign.”
“Trump further claimed that he had no recollection of the specifics of the conversations he had with Mr. Stone between June 1, 2016, and November 8, 2016.” Despite Trump’s recollection, the Senate Intelligence Committee assesses that Trump did, in fact, speak with Roger Stone about WikiLeaks between June 1, 2016, and November 8, 2016, about Stones, access to WikiLeaks on multiple occasions.”
“Damning, especially in light of newly un-redacted material from the Mueller report that suggests Mueller also thought Trump had lied to him about conversations in Wikileaks.”
4. Stone emailed draft tweets to Trump attacking Hillary Clinton for her anti-Russia views
The Senate Intelligence Committee report explains:
On Sunday, July 31, at 9:15 pm, the day after speaking at length with Manafort, Stone, called Gates. Ten minutes later, Stone had two phone calls with Trump that lasted over 10 minutes, Stone then emailed Jessica Macchia, one of Trump’s assistants, eight draft tweets for Trump, under the subject line “Tweets Mr. Trump requested last night.” Many of the draft tweets attacked Clinton for his adversarial posture toward Russia and mentioned a new peace deal with Putin, such I want a new détente with Russia under Putin.”
According to Politico’s Natasha Bertrand Stone suggests these tweets prove that Stone was trying to act as a conduit between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.
5. Roger Stone requested WikiLeaks to drop new hacked emails after the Access Hollywood tape went live — and it did.
The Senate Intelligence Committee also report details:
“At approximately 4 pm on October 7, The Washington Post released the Access Hollywood tape. Witnesses involved in the Trump’s debate preparation recalled that the team first heart of the tape about an hour before its public release. According to Jerome Corsi, however, news of the release also mad its way to Roger Stone. Corsi and Stone spoke that day at length: once at 1:42 pm for 18 minutes, and once at 2:18 pm for 21 minutes. Corsi recalled learning from Stone that the Acess Hollywood tape would be coming out, and that Stone “[w]anted the Podesta stuff to balance the news cycle” either “right then or at least coincident.”
According to Corsi, Stone also told him to have WikiLeaks…
“Drop the Podesta emails immediately.”
“Cori recalled previewing the Access Hollywood tape with conference call participants during one or two calls that day: a WorldNetDaily staff call at 1:08 pm, or a 2 pm call involving Total Banking Solutions that included Malloch. Corsi remembered telling conference participants that the tape was a problem and to contact and to contact Assange.”
“Corsi then “watched all day to see what Assap.ge would do,” and when the Podesta emails were released, he thought to himself that Malloch “had finally got to Assange.” However, Corsi later told investigators that he did not call Malloch or Stone after the WikiLeaks release to convey this reaction because, in contradiction to his earlier statements, he was “doubtful” that Malloch had succeeded.”
After the Podesta emails were released on October 7, 2016, Trump and senior campaign officials acknowledged internally and to Stone that Stone had predicted the WikiLeaks release about Podesta.
The Senate Report says…
“Although WikiLeaks seeks to portray itself as a legitimate media organization, its disclosures have jeopardized the safety and privacy of individual Americans and foreign allies. WikiLeaks has made only minimal, and sometimes no efforts to redact sensitive information, and does not seem to weigh whether its disclosures add any public interest value,” the report noted.
“The Russian government has pursued a relationship with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks that includes formal partnerships with state-owned media platforms, government assistance for WikiLeaks associates and sources, and information sharing. This relationship has existed since at least 2012 and reflects an alignment between the Russian government and WikiLeaks in seeking to undermine U.S. institutions and security.”
And then, in one heavily redacted section, the report leaves one sentence uncovered:
“However, the Committee found significant evidence to suggest that, in the summer of 2016, WikiLeaks was knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials.”
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