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For Trump: Not Just Rain Clouds Hanging Over Him

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 01/19/17 23:50

by Dave Mindeman

I find it annoying that conservatives are shrugging off the Russian issue with Donald Trump.

To me, it became a curiousity when the Trump campaign changed the GOP platform to make it less Ukraine friendly. They asked to change nothing else. Only this obscure plank that wanted more support for Ukraine.

At the time, it was truly odd. But by itself, it didn't amount to much.

But then the contacts began. Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Carter Page... the foreign contacts...always Russian - even with denials, it became too coincidental.

Although Manafort abruptly left, he didn't go far and was around toward the end of the campaign.

Then the interference with hacking e-mails. And the announcement that intelligence sources confirmed that the Russians were behind it.

The Trump campaign denied all of it. But for some reason, given multiple opportunities, Trump refused to condemn the act or the Russian leader who was ultimately responsible... and even went so far as to challenge the conclusions of the intelligence community - with little or no reason to do so.

Sure, it is easy to blame it on Democratic tactics - but the information wasn't coming from Democrats - it was coming out of the spy services.

What I cannot get my head around is FBI director James Comey. He was given the information. He knew about the ongoing investigation. Yet, he chose to give public information about the Clinton e-mail investigation while refusing to confirm or deny anything about the Russian inquiry.

If you can't do one, why can you do the other?

Comey needs to answer a lot of questions...but now that the Senate is in Republican hands and the Justice Department has new management, will anything be allowed to surface?

Will it all be buried?

Only the press has a chance of bringing this to the public. And just like Watergate, they are going to have to scratch and claw their way for every scrap of information.

Donald Trump takes the oath of office tomorrow - but it is under more than rain clouds - there is a heavy cloud of suspicion.
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