aside Review Of Russia’s Machinations To Influence Outcome Of 2016 US Presidential Elections

Ukraine’s foreign minster’s visit at the White House on 5/10/16 after the Russians were guests.

By now most folks with the exception of the republican President Donald Trump, his team and ardent supporters, accept the analysis of the US Intelligence community that Russia did in fact hack into the democratic national campaign offices and other related campaign computer systems as well as the republican national campaign offices.

Republicans will argue that this is nothing new. The Russians have been doing this for years and the US has returned the favor. And this is a true talking point. But there is the rest of the story where this time the Russians weaponized the hacking material collected along with an all out propaganda assault on the US 2016 presidential elections process designed to effect the election results.

TRUMP/ FLYNN

The republicans still argue that the Russian shenanigans regarding the 2016 election’s season did not impact the election’s vote counts and President Trump won fair and square. The truth is that there is no way to accurately determine if and how the Russian’s attack on the US election process influenced how peoples voted. But it belies common sense to conclude that there was no impact. What we can be sure of is that “we the people” were robbed of the right to an unencumbered and fair election system due to a foreign government’s provocation.

In conclusion, “we the people” should have been better informed and protected, against this incursion of Russia’s open, flaunting insertion into the 2016 US presidential election season. To add insult to this injury sustained by the American peoples, too many republican legislators appear to be intent on downplaying the significant role, Russia played in our elections.

Kushner/ Kislyak

Here is the review…

On 5/24/17, Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times penned the following report, “Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer.”

Excerpts:

“American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald L. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.”

STONE/ PAUL MANAFORT

“The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump, the officials said. Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump’s opinions on Russia.”

“Some Russians boasted about how well they knew Mr. Flynn. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.”

“The intelligence was among the clues — which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russian officials — that American officials received last year as they began investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were assisting Moscow in the effort. Details of the conversations, some of which have not been previously reported, add to an increasing understanding of the alarm inside the American government last year about the Russian disruption campaign.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF JOHN O BRENNAN“John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., testified Tuesday about a tense period last year when he came to believe that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was trying to steer the outcome of the election. He said he saw intelligence suggesting that Russia wanted to use Trump campaign officials, wittingly or not, to help in that effort. He spoke vaguely about contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, without giving names, saying they “raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”

“Whether the Russians worked directly with any Trump advisers is one of the central questions that federal investigators, now led by Robert S. Mueller III, the newly appointed special counsel, are seeking to answer. President Trump, for his part, has dismissed talk of Russian interference in the election as “fake news,” insisting there was no contact between his campaign and Russian officials.”

“If there ever was any effort by Russians to influence me, I was unaware, and they would have failed,” Mr. Manafort said in a statement. “I did not collude with the Russians to influence the elections.”

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JOHN O. BRENNAN

“Last week (5/15/17), CNN reported about intercepted phone calls during which Russian officials were bragging about ties to Mr. Flynn and discussing ways to wield influence over him.”

“In his congressional testimony, Mr. Brennan discussed the broad outlines of the intelligence, and his disclosures backed up the accounts of the information provided by the current and former officials.”

“I was convinced in the summer that the Russians were trying to interfere in the election. And they were very aggressive,” Mr. Brennan said. Still, he said, even at the end of the Obama administration he had “unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons, involved in the campaign or not, to work on their behalf again either in a witting or unwitting fashion.”

“By early summer, American intelligence officials already were fairly certain that it was Russian hackers who had stolen tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That in itself was not viewed as particularly extraordinary by the Americans — foreign spies had hacked previous campaigns, and the United States does the same in elections around the world, officials said. The view on the inside was that collecting information, even through hacking, is what spies do.”

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CLAPPER/ BRENNAN

“But the concerns began to grow when intelligence began trickling in about Russian officials weighing whether they should release stolen emails and other information to shape American opinion — to, in essence, weaponize the materials stolen by hackers.”

“An unclassified report by American intelligence agencies released in January stated that Mr. Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election.”

“Before taking the helm of the Trump campaign last May, Mr. Manafort worked for more than a decade for Russian-leaning political organizations and people in Ukraine, including Mr. Yanukovych, the former president. Mr. Yanukovych was a close ally of Mr. Putin.

“Mr. Manafort’s links to Ukraine led to his departure from the Trump campaign in August, (2016) after his name surfaced in secret ledgers showing millions in undisclosed payments from Mr. Yanukovych’s political party.”

“Russia views Ukraine as a buffer against the eastward expansion of NATO, and has supported separatists in their years-long fight against the struggling democratic government in Kiev.”

Mr. Flynn’s ties to Russian officials stretch back to his time at the Defense Intelligence Agency, which he led from 2012 to 2014. There, he began pressing for the US to cultivate Russia as an ally in the fight against Islamist militants, and even spent a day in Moscow at the headquarters of the G.R.U., the Russian military intelligence service, in 2013.

“He continued to insist that Russia could be an ally even after Moscow’s seizure of Crimea the following year, and Obama administration officials have said that contributed to their decision to push him out of the D.I.A.”

“But in private life, Mr. Flynn cultivated even closer ties to Russia. In 2015, he earned more than $65,000 from companies linked to Russia, including a cargo airline implicated in a bribery scheme involving Russian officials at the United Nations, and an American branch of a cyber-security firm believed to have ties to Russia’s intelligence services.”

“The biggest payment, though, came from RT, the Kremlin-financed news network. It paid Mr. Flynn $45,000 to give a speech in Moscow, where he also attended the network’s anniversary dinner. There, he was photographed sitting next to Mr. Putin.”

Image result for PHOTO OF FLYNN AT rt dinnerA senior lawmaker said on (5/22/17) that Mr. Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about how he was paid for the Moscow trip. He also failed to disclose the source of that income on a security form he was required to complete before joining the White House, according to congressional investigators.”

“American officials have also said there were multiple telephone calls between Mr. Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, on Dec. 29, beginning shortly after Mr. Kislyak was summoned to the State Department and informed that, in retaliation for Russian election meddling, the United States was expelling 35 people suspected of being Russian intelligence operatives and imposing other sanctions.American intelligence agencies routinely tap the phones of Russian diplomats, and transcripts of the calls showed that Mr. Flynn urged the Russians not to respond, saying relations would improve once Mr. Trump was in office, officials have said.”

“But after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the calls, Mr. Flynn was fired as national security adviser after a tumultuous 25 days in office.”

7 comments

  1. Dear Gronda, “those the people” put dump in the White House, he can not be removed, even excellent work by persons of integrity and perspicacity as yourself and many others to report, and provide natural course of events factually and I believe without discrimination, the dump paradigm is yet to unravel many of the very few positive narrative that was the greatness of the United States of America. I am sick of dump world movie. It is so very frightening to witness. I stop watching, stop listening, don’t want to hear “this is your captain speaking…we are all going down” Good luck to you with love and appreciation.

    • Dear Steele646,

      All of this is wearing and exhausting. Somehow I have more faith because I know most Americans are good decent, hard working and generous peoples who will stand up for others. This DDT will be stopped in his tracks..

      Unfortunately the worst is not over yet as DDT becomes cornered, he will not go down gently.But the USA folks have overcome worse and we will come out of all this as a stronger, better nation.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    Happy holiday! In reading the news, both on the mainstream and also on the back web sites, I have noticed one thing that really stands out above the rest. The high praise that the tRump is giving Kushner, if the past is to be considered, should cause JK to think about the near future. If one were to study the past, and to ignore it would be foolish, one thing immediately come into plain sight, that is anytime tRump heaps praise upon one of his stooges, that person will in a very short period of time be gone from the regime! If I were JK, I would start making plans immediately for the transition back to life out of view of the press… Then again, perhaps my first call would be to my attorney requesting he contact the SC and see what kind of deal could be made to keep himself out of prison..

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      DDT cannot afford to throw JK under the bus as he knows where the skeletons are buried and then, there is his beloved daughter Ivanka who will not stand for JK being mistreated. This is why nepotism should not exist in the WH.

      JK is looking to cover his own debt-load and so, I’m afraid he is along for the ride.

      If I were JK, i would find a more qualified replacement and then, I would leave. But this would take wisdom.

      Ciao, Gronda

  3. Whether the current admin like it or not and irrespective of the exact detail (which will never be known), the 2016 Presidential Election will enter folklore for many people as ‘The One The Russian Won For Trump’.

    Astute and smooth operators would have started cutting ties with Russia the moment they decided to run, AND set up a team for damage limitation for the time when the news leaked out of historical links. The US deserve better than amateurs.

    • Dear Roger,

      AGAIN YOU MAKE TOO MUCH SENSE.Fortunately, in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, there are enough hardliners left that will not allow our president to lift sanctions. As a matter of fact, there are those pushing hard for additional sanctions.

      History will tar and feather these guys in a more literate way. This is quite the inheritance that these folks are leaving behind for future generations to read and study with young peoples using words like, how could they have been so foolish?

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Looking from the outside of the US from an historical perspective, if there is one thing Americans as a nation do not like is having Europeans poking in their nose into American business (include Russia in that)…..I have a feeling the US citizens on the moderate (ie quiet) sides of the divide will gradually merge back together over this and have their say in the 2018 Mid-terms.

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