While the media continues to ask the same questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails that have been answered and discussed countless times over the past year, even though nothing unethical or corrupt has been linked to any of it, the list showing Donald Trump’s links to pro-Russian interests continues to grow — yet you hardly hear a peep about any of it.
Hell, just a few weeks ago when Paul Manafort abruptly quit Trump’s campaign after the AP linked him to pro-Russian lobbyist groups that were directly trying to undermine U.S. policy in Eastern Europe, you hardly heard anything about it.
Then there are always the accusations that part of the reason why Trump refuses to release his tax returns is because they might reveal connections to shady Russian business dealings. That’s fairly important when you consider that this is someone who wants to be President of the United States.
I also can’t leave out his anti-NATO rhetoric that plays right into Putin’s hands; his support for Brexit, something that clearly helps Russia; his praise of Putin’s leadership, despite the fact he’s basically a corrupt authoritarian dictator; the fact he defended Putin when he was asked about allegations he’s had journalists killed; and the fact that he literally encouraged the Russian government to commit espionage against the United States.
And we also can’t forget that all of this seems to be linked to the hacking of the DNC and other Democratic officials by the Russian government in what seems like a blatant attempt to manipulate our presidential election to the benefit of Donald Trump.
Now an individual who Trump said was one of his foreign policy advisers is being investigated by U.S. intelligence officials for links to Russian officials, including one who they feel might be involved in Russia’s attempt to manipulate our presidential election.
As reported by Talking Points Memo:
U.S. intelligence officials are examining the relationship between Carter Page, an informal foreign policy advisor for the Donald Trump campaign, and Russian officials close to Vladimir Putin — including a Kremlin official believed to be involved in Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections, Michael Isikoff reported Friday for Yahoo News.
The report is based intelligence and congressional sources, who had knowledge of the intelligence officials’ briefings with lawmakers. An unnamed U.S. intelligence source did not dispute the assertion that Page’s communications with the Russian figures were being investigated when asked about it by Yahoo News.
“It’s on our radar screen,” the official told Yahoo News. “It’s being looked at.”
Intelligence officials are looking into whether Page has engaged in private communications with top Kremlin figures, the Yahoo News report said, which could be seen as an attempt to undermine the U.S.’s official posture towards Russia. Page is known for advocating for the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Russia, which years ago attracted attention from officials in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Yahoo News said.
While this clearly still seems to be a situation that has more questions than answers, how many more links does Trump need to have to Russia before the media starts treating this like the massive scandal it should be treated as?
If this were Hillary Clinton, it’s all we would hear about. Hell, if someone finds an email somewhere where a Clinton Foundation donor met with Clinton then sent a message to one of her aides seeking help with a visa — even if there’s no evidence that favor was ever granted — that will be the headline story for at least two days. Who cares if there’s no proof that anything unethical took place, the media will incessantly obsess about the fact that “it just looks bad.”
Meanwhile, foreign policy advisers and former campaign managers to a major party’s presidential candidate are being looked into and investigated for links to pro-Russian groups trying to undermine U.S. policy is Europe and manipulate a presidential election — and most of the media couldn’t really seem to care less.
If you ask me, these growing Russian links to Donald Trump are one of the biggest political controversies we’ve seen in a very long time, and if we don’t start demanding that the media take this situation much more seriously, we might very well elect a president who turns out to be nothing more than a puppet for Vladimir Putin.
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