Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russia
Reuters confirmed Thursday that the Trump campaign had corresponded at least 18 times with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, bringing the total amount of confirmed contacts to 22.
Many of these conversations were between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. They were attempting to create a back channel between Trump and Putin so that they could talk without being hampered, or you know reasonably monitored, by the U.S. blob.
It seems these attempts have backfired spectacularly. Trumps relation’s with Russia have been put under international scrutiny, and Wednesday former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department as special counsel to oversee the investigation into the Trump-Russia affair.
Though it’s anyone’s guess as to whether Trump has the wherewithal to conduct a private channel of communication with Putin, considering the 70-year-old rotten apricot casually gave away highly classified Israeli intelligence to Russian officials at last week’s meeting in the Oval. To wit, the geriatric knows not what he does, and that’s likely his best defense going forward.
While Reuters’ sources said these contacts don’t show any illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, these new findings are just more smoke in the air that make it harder to believe we just have yet to find the fire.
House and Senate Intelligence Committee members have looked over transcripts and documents related to these contacts at both the CIA and the National Security Agency, which would be a much more heartening development if Congress had shown any aptitude at holding Trump accountable for his actions before now, but it is a tenuous step forward to some sort of reasonable response to this increasingly ridiculous situation.
“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters in that same report.
Rare is a word that should be used to describe a valuable “Magic: The Gathering” card or the existence of true love in this world, not the treason-scented actions of the most powerful man in the world’s associates.
And while this type of communications seems to be way outside the norm, by now we can say they were part of the regular course of action of the Trump campaign. Hell, by now, Trump’s posse has probably had more contact with Russia’s government than Trump has with his daughter Tiffany.