The New York Times: The Trumps Embraced a Russian Plot

The US president’s son released a chain of emails including a note from a public relations official offering “high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” against his father’s opponent during the US presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr. response; “I love it.” Trump Jr. did not raise questions about Russia’s support nor reported the meddling and offer of services to authorities. Trump Jr., the candidate’s campaign manager and his son-in-law/advisor then met with a Russian attorney with reported ties with the Kremlin. Donald Trump has been president for less than six months. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional committees are investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible Trump campaign collusion. Trump fired the FBI director leading that investigation; also, the president, his oldest son and numerous representatives vehemently denied contacts with Russian officials during and after the campaign – failing to report numerous meetings with Russian officials until the media reported details. Polls prior to the election suggested that Trump, the candidate favored by Russian officials, would not win – but Republicans went on to win the presidency and US Congress. A silver lining is that, despite intimidation, the US media and federal investigators doggedly pursue the matter. Russia’s goals are ultimately to disrupt the United States, diminish the nation’s role as a global leader and discredit democracy as a system of government. – YaleGlobal

The New York Times: The Trumps Embraced a Russian Plot

US president's son responds in email "I love it" to offer of Russian government’s campaign support; Russia's goal is to discredit democracy, US global leadership
Nicholas Kristof
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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