In an exclusive published in The Guardian that discredits even further President Trump’s unfounded accusations that President Obama wiretapped him there’s a bomb of its own at the very end, with a source claiming that the official investigation now has “specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion.”
One source suggested the official investigation was making progress. “They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion,” the source said. “This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”
This will be the turning point in the Trump Russia scandal if it’s true. This is the smoking gun, the impeachable offense.
The article notes that at least seven countries tried to alert the United States about the Trump campaign conversations with Russia, which the GCHQ first became aware of in 2015.
Basically the entire Western SIGINT alliance knew there was something rotten between Trump and Russia.
No, Trump et al were not being targeted, as they keep claiming and no, the British spy agency didn’t bugged Trump for Obama.
“It is understood that GCHQ (British spy agency) was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets,” Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Nick Hopkins wrote in the Guardian exclusive.
They wrote the Guardian was told that due in part to U.S. law that prohibits examining U.S. citizens private conversations, both the FBI and the CIA were “slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump’s team and Moscow ahead of the US election.”
“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” the source added. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.’
“The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”
Insert blaming Obama here, but Obama is not the person who possibly colluded with Russia. That’s Trump.
Malcome Nance pointed out that no matter how troubling the alerts were, “FBI is only agency that can touch those foreign intell reports. Until a FISA is obtained allied collection on US citizens is off limits.”
Well. We now know that there was a FISA warrant on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. This warrant was renewed more than once. They got the FISA warrant because there was probable cause that the target was a foreign agent.
The Gang of 8 were told in August and September that Putin might be trying to help Trump win the election.
Team Trump keep crying persecution, but there is evidence that they were in constant dialogue with Russia and that Russia wanted Trump to win. The smoking gun is proof of collusion. That’s what the hold up has been.
The Guardian’s source says they have “specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion” between Trump and Russia relating to hacked material. This claim echoes the spy chatter that’s been going on for months now, and also echoes the partially corroborated dossier by the British spy. That dossier has only been corroborated in parts, but many of those parts went to the more important claims rather than the salacious claims that made headlines.
This is but a step in a long investigation, but it’s a big deal.
Republicans must be so proud to be defending and justifying this, and to have pushed through Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to take a seat they stole from the Democratic President, who was elected twice without the help of a foreign power.
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