The Evidence For Donald's Collusion With Russia In One Place
It has occurred to me that one of the reasons it is so easy for the press and the public to sweep the evidence of Donald’s collusion with Russia under the rug is because we have received this information in a slow trickle. Each new piece of proof is judged in a vacuum, not taking into account the evidence we learned previously.
I have taken some time to attempt to put all the evidence I am aware of in place so that others can judge it as a whole, instead of piece by piece. I am not a conspiracy theorist by inclination. The evidence here is not from the Enquirer. The sources include respected journalists from the mainstream Washington Post, the New York Times, Time, Fortune, Forbes, the LA Times, CBS News, etc... and admittedly liberal BUT carefully researched work done by The Huffington Post and Mother Jones among others.
I have separated my findings into "Facts" (information that is strongly backed up by evidence and has supporting links attached to it) and "Opinions" (My own personal analysis of the Facts presented). As so much is generated about and by Donald every day, it is easy to miss the thickening weave of these threads.
The real use of a compilation of news stories like this is to inform voters who might not have been aware of all the evidence related to Donald's possible treason. It is my hope that this list will help people make more informed decisions on election day, and make clear what information is known related to Donald's dealings with Russia.
I encourage the reader to repost this list anywhere she or he feels it is useful/appropriate.
Here we go:
Evidence of motive:
Fact: Donald has many business dealings and financial ties to Russian Oligarchs.
Opinion: Donald clearly has financial interests that would encourage him to work closely with Russian oligarchs.
Fact: A veteran spy with a good track record has reported the following to the FBI:
"The Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance."
Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals."
Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him."
Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."
Opinion: This amounts to an expert witness testimony and should not be disregarded given the amount of other evidence that supports these claims.
Evidence that Donald is someone who could easily be blackmailed or influenced:
Fact: There is a lot of evidence that Donald is a serial sexual assaulter. He is also an alleged child rapist who is going on trial for it in December. He is also someone who repeatedly and it appears intentionally walked in on under aged beauty pageant contestants.
Opinion: Donald seems like the perfect person to catch with the standard sort of honeypot operation which is an old favorite for blackmailers. It would have likely been very easy for a business contact to offer Trump, a lady for the evening who was underaged and use this as blackmail material.
Opinion: Just because Trump is the kind of person who would likely be easy to be blackmailed, does not indicate that he is being blackmailed. However, his character makes the claims of the veteran spy appear much more plausible.
Evidence of Donald’s association with Russia based on whom he has chosen as his closest advisors.
Fact: Donald's former top adviser Paul Manafort had direct ties to Putin and helped organize violent pro-Putin rallies in the Ukraine.
Fact: Carter Page, Donald’s foreign policy advisor, has been probed about conversations he has had with the Kremlin:
“In particular, members of the intelligence community are concerned that Carter Page has spoken with the Kremlin about the possibility of lifting economic sanctions on Russia.”
Fact: Howard Lorber, an economic adviser to Donald, has deep economic ties to Russia
Fact: Donald Jr has been a great proponent of expanding the family business to Russia, making half a dozen trips there on behalf of the Trump Organization during the latest U.S. financial crisis.
Opinion: It seems fair to recognize someone's allegiances by noting the company they keep. If someone is accused of being a mobster, and his closest advisors had mob ties, it would make that claim much more believable. The same is true here. Also, even if Donald himself was not in direct communication with Russia (which it seems very likely he has been), it is documented that his top advisors have been, which allows for an easy inference of collusion as well.
Evidence of what Donald has already done as quid pro quo for Russia’s support:
Fact: The only thing that Donald insisted the RNC add to its platform was to leave Crimea to Russia. Later he denied it.
Opinion: For this to be the only thing that Donald insisted goes in the platform shows his top priority is helping Russia.
Fact: Donald has continually praised Russia and made it clear he will support them in their endeavors. He has an abiding admiration for Putin and praises him frequently.
Fact: Donald has said he would not come to the aid of NATO states threatened by Russia.
Evidence of what Russia has done to help Donald.
Fact: Russia has hacked the DNC to release emails that were damaging to Hillary’s campaign.
Fact: Russia has hacked the DNC to steal opposition research on Donald.
Fact: Russia has hacked John Podesta’s emails to damage Hillary’s campaign
Fact: 20 states been attacked by hackers, and at least 200,000 voter records stolen, again tied to Russia.
Note: This has prompted the DOJ and white house to consider declaring our voting systems as “critical infrastructure”.
Fact: around ⅓ of all anti-Hillary comments on the internet are made by paid Russian “Trolls”.
Opinion: Here we can see the other end of the quid-pro-quo. Donald promises to steer the US to do the things that Russia really wants us to do, and Russia commits numerous acts of cyber terrorism and election tampering to try to put him in office.
Evidence Donald has something to hide related to Russia:
Fact: Donald will not release his tax returns, even though he has now admitted to not paying taxes since the 90s.
Opinion: It’s hard to think of much else that could be on his tax returns other than connections to foreign entities that he would still want to hide at this point.
Fact: Donald has continually attempted to deny that Russia is behind these hacks even as the rest of the world disagrees with him.
Fact: Donald insists it’s the establishment that is rigging the election, not he or the Russians, even as his supporters are committing voter fraud and Russia is attacking our election systems.
Fact: Donald is profoundly dishonest according to PolitiFact. He lies an astonishing 70+% of the time according to “Pants on Fire.”. .
Opinion: This fact isn’t a direct sign of something being hidden, it just shows that he immensely dishonest. Taking him at his word is clearly inadvisable.
Evidence of direct communication with Russia
Fact: Donald has publicly requested that Russia commit cyber terrorism by hacking Hillary’s emails.
Fact: A server in Donald’s headquarters was being used to communicate privately and “secretively” with a an entity tied to Russian Oligarchs. When the Russian organization was asked about it, the server was shut down, and another took its place. That was the only reply.
Opinion: If you read just 1 link in this document I recommend this one. Here we have physical evidence of direct secretive collaboration between Russian Oligarchs and Donald's campaign. To me, this appears to be a smoking gun.
Opinion: Some say there may be innocuous reasons for this communication, but none has been offered.
Fact: Donald repeats the exact propaganda used by Russian news agencies at the same time they do.
What we have here, in my opinion, is a very strong case for collusion with Russia, and it appears that this evidence provides a strong indication of treasonous behavior.
All said and done, the questions voters should ask themselves, given this mass of evidence, are:
What level of likelihood of treason/collusion is acceptable to you in a candidate for president?
What level of likelihood of treason/collusion does this evidence suggest to you?
Given that Russia is becoming ever more an enemy of the US and the world at large I would say, in answer to the first question, that even a trace is disqualifying.
For the second question, given the sheer mountain of evidence, all of it pointing to the same conclusion, it is more than likely that collusion, and probably treason has taken place. Furthermore, everything I am aware of about Donald’s character makes it appear even more likely that he is someone who is fully capable of committing treason– as a smart business move or under blackmail. The only real question left to me is what level of collusion/treason has taken place.
I hope you will make your own careful considerations of the facts and draw your own conclusions.