While there’s still a long way to go before we get to the bottom of the Donald Trump/Russia/treason scandal, I’m a firm believer that where there’s this much smoke on an issue like this, there’s typically fire. One of two odd connections to Russia could easily be dismissed as coincidence, but when you have as many of these shady Russian connections as Trump does, that’s called a pattern.
It doesn’t seem like a “coincidence” that the most pro-Russia presidential candidate in history, a man who refuses to say anything negative about Vladimir Putin, “won” the same election where Russian hackers went after his political opponent in a highly-sophisticated cyber attack directly aimed at undermining our election to aid in that “victory.” It also doesn’t seem like a “coincidence” that this same pro-Russian “Commander-in-Chief” also seems to support many international polices that favor Russia, and has a growing list of people around him who’ve been caught having private/secret meetings/contact with Russian officials.
Then to top it all off, nearly everything about Trump’s behavior in regards to all these allegations just screams “guilty person desperately trying to hide something.” Typically, innocent people don’t lash out aggressively at their accusers, try to deflect attention away from them, push conspiracies, and blatantly try to undermine the very investigation that could prove they’re innocent.
Then again, based on what Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), a member of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Trump’s Russian ties, said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blizter, it’s becoming more clear why he’s frantically trying to undermine these on-going investigations.
“Have you seen any hard evidence of collusion yet?” Blitzer asked.
“I guess I would say this, that my impression is I wouldn’t be surprised, after all of this is said and done, that some people end up in jail,” Castro replied.
“And how high does that go in your suspicion?” Blitzer asked.
“Well, that’s yet to be determined,” Castro said.
“But you think some people are going to wind up in jail, not just one individual, but people, plural, is that what you’re saying?” Blitzer continued.
“That’s my impression,” Castro stated. “Yes.”
After saying that he couldn’t get into certain specifics because of the classified nature of the intelligence related to the investigation, the CNN host kept pressing.
“But at this point you’re confident that at least some Trump associates will end up in jail,” Blitzer said.
“If I was betting, I would say yes,” Castro said.
Blitzer went on to ask if current members of Trump’s administration are individuals Castro thinks could end up in jail, to which Castro said his “impression is that people will probably be charged and I think people will probably go to jail.”
I think it’s important to point out that this is a member of the House Intelligence Committee who’s seen these classified materials and isn’t being coy about his belief that there are people linked to Donald Trump who will very likely end up in jail before all is said and done.
While Republicans like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) seem to be working to protect Trump in what seems to be blatant attempts to undermine the credibility of these investigations, there have been several Democrats with access to the information related to these investigations who’ve seemed quite confident that this is not going to end well for Donald J. Trump, the GOP, or his supporters.
Normally I would say stuff like this could be dismissed as partisan rhetoric, which certainly isn’t uncommon nowadays. However, I don’t believe Rep. Castro is trying to be partisan with what he said. I truly believe he feels that, based on the evidence he’s seen as a member of the committee investigating these Russian allegations, people (plural) associated with Trump (though he wouldn’t say how high all of this goes) are likely going to end up in prison.
So while Donald Trump can continue to claim that all of this is “FAKE NEWS!,” some sort of a “hoax,” or push another ridiculous conspiracy hoping to distract Americans, it’s clear that these allegations are all very serious and part of a real investigation that doesn’t currently look like it’s going to end well for him.
Watch Castro’s comments below via CNN:
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