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Saturday, March 03, 2018

Maybe Trump Is Guilty of Collusion With Russia

Here, Adam Schiff says, "We know that they (the Russians) previewed their dissemnination of those emails with Papadopolous back in April (2016) ..."


Russia “Previewed” Plan to Disseminate Emails with Trump Campaign
A significant recent revelation in the Russia investigation has been largely overlooked in the rush of several breaking news stories over the past few days. 
A nugget of information is contained in the memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee (the so-called Schiff Memo), which was released on Saturday morning. 
Prior to the memo, we knew that a Russian agent told Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos of “Moscow possessing ‘dirt’” on Hillary Clinton “in the form of ‘thousands of emails,’” according to Papadopoulos’s plea statement. 
The memo went a legally significant step further. As Rep. Adam Schiff recently told Chris Hayes, “our memo discloses for the first time that the Russians previewed to Papadopoulos that they could help with disseminating these stolen emails.”
And this:
Mueller's investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia. 
The line of questioning suggests the special counsel, who is tasked with examining whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, is looking into possible coordination between WikiLeaks and Trump associates in disseminating the emails, which U.S. intelligence officials say were stolen by Russia. 
Investigators are also asking questions about Trump's longtime relationship with Stone, the Republican operative, according to witnesses. Investigators have asked about Stone's contacts with WikiLeaks during the campaign and if he's ever met with Assange. 
"They wanted to see if there was a scheme. Was Stone working on the side for Trump?" after he officially left the campaign, one person interviewed by the special counsel's office said, adding that it seemed investigators wanted to know, "Was this a big plot?" 
Russia stole emails from the DNC and Podesta, according to U.S. intelligence officials, and released batches of them through WikiLeaks starting in July 2016 and up until the election. 
As part of his plea agreement with the special counsel, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos revealed that in a conversation in late April 2016, he was told by a professor with ties to Russian officials that they had "dirt' on Clinton in the form of "thousands of emails." 
A 10-page memo from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released Saturday noted that the Justice Department's October 2016 application for a FISA warrant on another Trump foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, included the fact that Russian agents had previewed their hack and dissemination of stolen emails to Papadopoulos.   
Investigators were interested in statements Stone made in the final month of the 2016 campaign that strongly suggested he was aware of information the group had before it became public and when it might be released. 
In one instance, he wrote on Twitter that "it would soon be Podesta's time in the barrel." Weeks later Podesta's stolen emails were released by WikiLeaks.
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assange has repeatedly denied that Wiki-Leaks obtained the email trove from Russia and, more broadly, that Russia had nothing to do with it. If Assange is being truthful then the Schiff assertions are unfounded and meaningless.

Roger Stone has also vehemently denied involvement with Wiki-Leaks in unambiguous language. He has not left himself a walk-back path in weasel words so he would have to be outright lying.

It will take a lot more to convince me that the most logical conclusion, a DNC inside job, should not be the default assumption. Too many "coincidences" on the DNC side.

And Papadopoulis is most obviously a self-important punk.

Saturday, March 03, 2018 7:35:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I think Papadopolous is an agent of the Democratic Socialist/Communist/Hillary/Barack Party.

Saturday, March 03, 2018 9:04:00 pm  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

Assuming all is true, what law did Trump break?

Saturday, March 03, 2018 11:27:00 pm  

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