While the news media is reporting about the ongoing Twitter feud between Donald Trump and Meryl Streep, today, Trump was presented with real news that could easily compromise his presidency and it shows why the Russian hacking story is a Big.F*cking.Deal.
The documents were presented to Trump and to President Obama last week and they revealed that the Russians have a lot of personal and financial information that could seriously hurt the Donald Trump presidency, if it were to come out.
The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.
Apparently, the hacks were not limited to the Democratic party, but all the Russians, through Julian Assange and Wikileaks, released were about Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. They are apparently holding back on the Trump hacks until the day they may need them.
It gets worse for Trump. According to the reports, Trump and his surrogates have been in regular communication with the Russians.
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.
Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States.”
If all of this is true, and it’s looking more and more likely, this is really dangerous for the United States and it’s potentially very bad for the incoming Trump administration. There is a reason that presidential candidates are typically vetted, as Trump never was. It’s important that none of our political figures be beholden to foreign governments, but it’s especially important for the president, who’s the highest diplomatic figure in our country. We are not a part of Russia, but there’s a good chance that Trump will treat us that way, especially if he’s constantly under the threat of exposure.
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