aside President-elect Donald Trump Will Have To Admit To The Russian Hacking Scandal

Related imageWith the republican President-elect Donald Trump having openly declared his desire to reorient American foreign policy in a pro-Russian direction on many occasions, there is no reason, not to take him seriously. This stance along with his consistent description of climate change as a Chinese hoax, is part of a puzzle which is adding up to a major clue into the president-elect’s future plans. Then his resistance to admitting that the U.S. intelligence reports are accurate regarding Russia’s hacking of U.S. democratic campaign related websites in order to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election process, paints the picture that the president-elect has interests tied to propping up the fossil fuel industry that the U.S. public is not fully aware of, yet.

And yes, the Russian meddling did have an effect on our elections. The American public will never know what the outcome of the election would have been barring this interference.  However, the democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton also made crucial tactical mistakes which she and the democratic party will have to own. But the president-elect will also have to live with the reality that his victory is tainted. However, any investigations into Russia’s role will not be re-litigated as to whether the president-elect did in fact, win the 2016 presidential election’s electoral vote, even though he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. HE DOES NOT HAVE A MANDATE.Image result for photos of trump family in russia

Still, he will have no choice but to come to terms with the U.S. intelligence assessment regarding Russia’s meddling because real life and facts cannot be as easily dismissed as the president -elect would like. Unlike in the business world, there are checks and balances within the U.S. political system that will force him to admit to Russia’s malfeasance despite his resorting to every political trick in the book to do otherwise.

On 12/18/16 Damian Paletta and Kate O’Keeffe penned the following WSJ report, “Donald Trump’s Team Tones Down Skepticism on Russia Hacking Evidence:”

Related image
DONALD TRUMP AND REINCE PRIEBUS

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Trump’s incoming chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said the president-elect “would accept the conclusion if these intelligence professionals would get together, put out a report, show the American people that they are actually on the same page.”

“His statement follows an intensifying bipartisan push on Capitol Hill to launch a separate investigation into the matter. Mr. Trump has called for opening up new lines of cooperation with Russia, and some of his critics in both parties have said his refusal so far to say Russia tried to interfere in the election was a sign that he is looking past Moscow’s activities.

“A number of Republicans have cautioned Mr. Trump to proceed cautiously with Russia, saying Mr. Putin is a U.S. adversary who is looking to expand his influence in the Middle East and Eastern Europe and threaten U.S. alliances.”

Image result for photo of john mccain and lindsey graham
SENATORS JOHN MCCAIN – LINDSEY GRAHAM (REPUBLICAN)
“On Sunday (12/18/16), four senators—including Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham—sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) calling for the temporary creation of a “Select Committee on Cyber” to probe the alleged Russian hacks, among other things. They said that allowing existing congressional committees to look into the hacks is difficult because there are too many committees that have claimed oversight.” 

“We believe it is justified by the extraordinary scope and scale of the cyber problem,” the letter said, which was also signed by Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Jack Reed of Rhode Island. “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to address this unique challenge.”

Image result for PHOTO OF CHUCK SCHUMER AND JACK REED
Senators Jack Reed -Chuck Schumer
 “The lawmakers have said this select committee, which would need authorization from GOP leaders, would be “time-limited” and face certain deadlines. Select committees can have subpoena power, conduct interviews and have access to classified information.” (This request has already been declined by Senator Mitch McConnell as of 12/20/16).
“U.S. intelligence officials in October reached an assessment that the Russian government launched a cyberoperation to steal emails and other documents from Democratic Party officials and then selectively leak thousands of records to interfere with the presidential election. The Central Intelligence Agency recently found that Russian officials wanted to help Mr. Trump win, a finding that Mr. Trump and his top aides have angrily dismissed.”
“A broader group of Republicans have said they aren’t sure that Russia was specifically trying to assist Mr. Trump.”Image result for photos of cia
“Mr. Priebus on Sunday suggested the FBI has been slow to accept the CIA’s recent view. But he also suggested that Mr. Trump and top aides were anticipating more information about the alleged Kremlin involvement, following weeks of rejecting that there would ever be a unified consensus.”
“We haven’t heard from [FBI Director James] Comey,” Mr. Priebus said Sunday. “These guys should be straight with the American people and come out and say it. I don’t think they’ve been clear about it.”
“The FBI doesn’t make intelligence analysis assessments like the CIA, but both agencies agree that Russia is the likely culprit behind the election season hacking of the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, according to people familiar with the matter.”Image result for photo of fbi director WITH AGENTS
“Mr. Priebus said he couldn’t prejudge how Mr. Trump might respond if the intelligence community and law enforcement presented him with a unified report about the alleged Russian hacking operation. He said, though, that he believed a report on the matter would come eventually.”
“I think they will get there, and when they do we can hear from the president-elect and get his opinion,” he said. He said, though, that even if Russia had tried to help get Mr. Trump elected, “there’s no evidence that shows the outcome of the election” changed because of the hack-and-leak campaign.”Image result for PHOTO OF HACKER
“One week ago, Mr. Trump told Fox News Sunday that intelligence officials didn’t know who carried out the cyber operation, contradicting public statements made by the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security on the matter.”
“They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News Sunday on Dec. 11. “I mean, they have no idea.”

“Since then, Mr. Trump and his aides has repeatedly tried to debunk any alleged connection between the hacking operation and his victory. His closest aides have said the current debate about the hack is an effort to “delegitimize” his victory.”

Advertisements

2 comments

  1. Thanks Gronda. I agree that he must, but doing so would be out of character for his narcissitic nature. To admit he had help to win goes against his high opinion of his abilities.

    • Dear Keith,

      Let’s hope he gets over his vanity issue by January 20. I have no issue with the U.S. working with Russia when it suits U.S. purposes but it wouldn’t pay to treat him like a friendly ally.

      Ciao, Gronda

Comments are closed.