Give me some context… Intelligent US Agencies said that Russia helped Trump win the 2016 elections against Hilary Clinton by hacking into the services of Hilary’s party, and by spreading fake news on social media.
In 2016, the FBI started an investigation to:
- Investigate Russian interference in the election.
- Look into whether Trump cooperated with the Russians.
But..why would Russia help Trump? Russia doesn’t like Clinton. She supported Ukraine’s democratic aspirations & Trump’s policies aligned with his values.
Why is Trump a suspect?
- At least 12 Trump associates had contacts with the Russians during his campaign.
- In 2017, Trump fired James Comey (the FBI Director in charge of the investigation) saying he wasn’t doing a good job. Robert Mueller (former FBI Director) took over. There was lots of talk that Trump was trying to end up the investigation by removing James.
The investigation. After years of investigation, Mueller said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Trump illegally obstructed justice, that the lack of charges should not be interpreted as innocence and that the Constitution clears the way for Congress to tackle that issue.
Attention! Despite this, many people in Trump’s inner circle have been charged or sentenced to prison as a result of the investigation, including: Rick Gates (former Trump campaign aide), Michael Flynn (former Trump Security Advisor), George Papadopoulos (former Trump Campaign Adviser) and Michael Cohen (former Trump Personal lawyer). Why? They pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature and extent of their contacts with the Russians.
What we don’t know. To what extent the Russians have been responsible for Trump’s victory.
Trump is saying. Bullshit. This whole thing is just a deep state conspiracy designed to foil my presidency.
What now? The Justice Department’s inspector general just released a report that the investigation was both legal and unbiased. As a result, former FBI general counsel James Baker said the President should apologize to him and others in the bureau for the conspiracy theories he’s leveled against them.
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