Just when it seemed things were quieting down about Trump’s Russia connections recent news has revealed that an aide to the Trump campaign tried to set up a meeting between Putin and the Trump campaign.
During the 2016 campaign, one of Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers repeatedly tried to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and Russian officials but his efforts were consistently rebuffed, The Washington Post reported last Monday.
George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign volunteer, tried to set up a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, at least six times between March and September 2016, according to internal campaign emails obtained by The Washington Post.
Papadopoulos, whom Trump listed as a member of his foreign policy advisory team in March 2016, sent an email that same month with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.” Papadopoulos said he wanted to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” according to The Washington Post.
“Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” Papadopoulos wrote then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on April 27, 2016.
The suggestions sparked concerns among advisers at campaign headquarters. Campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis said NATO should be consulted before such a meeting.
Retired CIA Russian expert Steven L. Hall told the Post that the emails show “the Russian government was casting a wide net when they were looking at the American election. I think they were doing very basic intelligence work: ‘Who’s out there? Who’s willing to play ball? And how can we use them?'”
According to other reports, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen admits he was part of the discussion to reach out to the Kremlin during the campaign. In addition to this recent news revelation, there is also a damning video of Trump discussing his business relationship and plans to build a Trump Tower Moscow in Russia. This is the main reason Cohen reached out to the Kremlin to pursue Moscow Trump Tower project. Cohen admits he discussed this project with Trump at least three times during the campaign.
Yet, in January 2016 Trump was still bragging about the nice things that Putin said about him and that the US should work with Russia while denying he had any deals with Russia.
In the video Trump is heard saying the following, despite repeatedly denying having any business in Russia and never seeking to do business in Russia:
Watch the video here:
Should Mueller find this video and the recent emails an attempt to collude with Russia, it’s possible Democrats will have enough evidence to seek impeachment. However, the likelihood of that happening with a GOP Congress are slim to none. In addition, seeking to do business in Russia isn’t a crime at this time but it could show favoritism by the Trump campaign towards one of the US most powerful adversaries.
Do you think Trump’s aide and attorney, along with other Trump campaign members like Manafort and Kushner should have been honest up front or stayed away from any deals with Russia? Let us know in the comments.
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