I’ve never been someone who gets caught up in emotional hype or simply believes things just because they sound good. Even when I first began discussing politics I told people that one of my main goals was to add perspective to issues that impact all of our lives. I didn’t want to just inform people, I wanted to get people to think about the things they believe and hopefully view them in a different way.
To the best of my knowledge, Forward Progressives has never published an article simply telling people something that happened; we’ve always pointed out why we feel the issue is important and hopefully helped to put it into perspective.
Such as Michael Flynn’s guilty plea and cooperation with the FBI.
By now I’m sure everyone reading this is already well aware that he’s admitted he lied to the FBI and he’s agreed to testify that he was instructed by senior members of Trump’s campaign (including Jared Kushner) to contact Russians last year.
That in and of itself is huge news.
With that said, two questions came to mind that, in my opinion, basically prove that Trump was almost certainly colluding with Russia during last year’s election.
1. If nothing unethical, shady, or illegal took place between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, then why were these times they communicated with Russians kept secret, and why have so many people connected to Trump lied about these various meetings, emails, or phone calls — including lying directly to the FBI?
People don’t tend to lie about things unless they’re trying to hide something. It’s one thing if Trump’s campaign was trying to conceal some information they didn’t want to be made public — all campaigns do that. However, it’s quite another when multiple people have been caught lying — including Trump’s son, former top national security advisor, and current attorney general — about their contact with Russians. Especially when you consider that several of these lies were told under oath or to the FBI. I don’t want to hear any Trump supporter tell me that these individuals are risking perjury charges and jail time, but aren’t trying to hide something. And, no, I’m not buying these lame excuses that all these meetings, phone calls, and emails just “slipped their minds.”
2. If Trump’s campaign hadn’t been coordinating with Russia, then why did senior-level officials, including Jared Kushner, seem so comfortable instructing Flynn to call the Russian government to make deals concerning the sanctions levied against them by Barack Obama?
While I understand that, at the time, Trump was the “president-elect,” it seems rather bold for senior-level officials to tell Flynn to make deals with Russians that would undermine the policies of the United States if there hadn’t already been a well-established line of communication and coordination between the two sides. This is politics and international diplomacy we’re talking about here. Some level of trust needs to be established before a foreign government would make deals with a transition team to undermine the policies of the United States government. After all, why would Russia trust Trump to keep up his end of any sort of bargain they might have made — unless they had already established that trust?
Say what you want about Vladimir Putin, but he’s not an idiot. He’s a very intelligent person who I’m sure understands that Trump’s a dishonest, bumbling fool who has no idea what he’s doing. So I can’t see him instructing his government to make any sort of deals with officials from Trump’s transition team unless he had compromising material on this current “president,” already had a relationship with them where he felt he could trust them to hold up their end of a bargain, or both.
I’m not believing for a second that Flynn’s call to Russia last year was the first time Trump’s team had authorized someone to make any sort of a deal with Russians.
You add both of these in with the fact that we’ve already seen a willingness by Trump’s son to “get dirt on Clinton” from Russians, plus this “president” repeatedly pressuring both the FBI and the Senate to end investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia, and the puzzles pieces depicting a fairly clear picture of collusion between Donald Trump and the Russian government are really starting to come together.