As per the 12/15/17 Politico report, “President Donald Trump unloaded Friday (12/8/17) on the FBI’s role in the Russia investigations, decrying the probes as a “scam” and “Democrat hoax” that has wasted “millions and millions of dollars“ that hasn’t come up with any evidence of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Moscow.
Here’s the republican President Trump’s standard talking points regarding the FBI’s Trump/ Russian investigation:
“There is absolutely no collusion. I didn’t make a phone call to Russia. I have nothing to do with Russia. Everybody knows it. That was a Democrat hoax. It was an excuse for losing the election, and it should have never been this way, where they spent all these millions of dollars.”
Trump then turns the tables on the Russia investigations to castigate the FBI, referring to the its officials’ texts and the work that FBI agent Strzok did during the Clinton investigation to unfairly indicate undue bias.
He’ll continue with words like, “What we have found, and what they have found after looking at this, really, scam, is they found tremendous — whatever you want to call it; you’re going to have to make up your own determination — but they found tremendous things on the other side.”
“When you look at the Hillary Clinton investigation, it was — I’ve been saying for a long time — that was a rigged system, folks. That was a rigged system. When you look at what they did with respect to the Hillary Clinton investigation, it was rigged. And there’s never been anything like it in this country that we’ve ever found before. It’s very, very sad. Very, very sad.”
Trump has long been a critic of U.S. intelligence reports that have concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 election despite the overwhelming evidence from the US Intelligence community proving this fact.
It has long been my hypothesis that President Trump has indeed a Russian asset before he ever set foot in the White House. The reason that the FBI’S Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has been delving into the president’s past financial history, is that it has been inextricably intertwined with Russian financing for decades so that his business could thrive during some financially troubling times.
Being beholden to Russian financing to where there is outstanding debt is similar to being beholden to the Mafia for financing. They both expect a return on their investment. This is the crux of the probe which helps explain why President Trump keeps pandering to Russian interests even if the US national security interests are compromised in the process. When Mr. Mueller proves his case, the sycophant republicans in the US Congress will be exposed as having supported a Russian asset. This could be why these folks have contrived en masse to enact an unfair, un-warranted full throttle attack on the credibility of the FBI’s investigation.
Here is the rest of the story…
On December 14, 2017, Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and Phillip Rucker of the Washington Post penned the following report, Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked.
“In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.”
“Holding impromptu interventions in Trump’s 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus — prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation’s spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6.”
“They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
“This was part of the normalization process,” one participant said. “There was a big effort to get him to be a standard president.”
“But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma.”
“Told that members of his incoming Cabinet had already publicly backed the intelligence report on Russia, Trump shot back, “So what?” Admitting that the Kremlin had hacked Democratic Party emails, he said, was a “trap.”
“As Trump addressed journalists on Jan. 11 in the lobby of Trump Tower, he came as close as he ever would to grudging acceptance. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” he said, adding that “we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”
“As hedged as those words were, Trump regretted them almost immediately. “It’s not me,” he said to aides afterward. “It wasn’t right.”
“Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House.”
“The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat. The repercussions radiate across the government.”
“Rather than search for ways to deter Kremlin attacks or safeguard U.S. elections, Trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that Russia poses any threat and he has resisted or attempted to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account.”
“His administration has moved to undo at least some of the sanctions the previous administration imposed on Russia for its election interference, exploring the return of two Russian compounds in the United States that President Barack Obama had seized — the measure that had most galled Moscow. Months later, when Congress moved to impose additional penalties on Moscow, Trump opposed the measures fiercely.”
“Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it, administration officials said. Although the issue has been discussed at lower levels at the National Security Council, one former high-ranking Trump administration official said there is an unspoken understanding within the NSC that to raise the matter is to acknowledge its validity, which the president would see as an affront.”
Trump’s stance on the election is part of a broader entanglement with Moscow that has defined the first year of his presidency. He continues to pursue an elusive bond with Putin, which he sees as critical to dealing with North Korea, Iran and other issues. “Having Russia in a friendly posture,” he said last month, “is an asset to the world and an asset to our country.”
His position has alienated close American allies and often undercut members of his Cabinet — all against the backdrop of a criminal probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
This account of the Trump administration’s reaction to Russia’s interference and policies toward Moscow is based on interviews with more than 50 current and former U.S. officials, many of whom had senior roles in the Trump campaign and transition team or have been in high-level positions at the White House or at national security agencies. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the subject.
Here is a link to report: Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves Russian threat unchecked/ 12/14/17