Donald Trump and his campaign was investigated for accepting Russian help in getting his job as President…
The report on this pointed out that there WAS Russian efforts and action that was illegal…
Russian’s where charged with crimes…
Donald Trump was asked if he would accept damaging info from an outside country AGAIN?
His answer is YES he’d checked it out….
When asked if he would let the FBI know of the contact, which is what the FBI/CIA has always required of government employees ….
His answer was ‘NO’…..
Donald Trump is a New York Real Estate guy…
He has never much cared for rules, laws or regular ways of anything that would stop him from doing whatever he wants…
THAT has stayed with him even to now as President….
Now as the American chief executive ?
He is going after those in law enforcement and the intelligence community that would keep and eye on him, as they would anybody that would be cozy with foreign countries trying to co-op America…
As we watch Trump do his sidewalk act for the last 19 months?
We see those around him working feverishly to bring him back into reality countless times until he gets rid of them to get someone who would help him bend things…
Come next November?
This country is going to have a test….
If Donald Trump LOSES in the electoral college?
WHAT happen’s next?
Will he go peacefully?
Or will America, and the World have the specitical of watching it’s lawmakers and judges in a political and physical fight to actually remove a guy who lost his job vacate it in the media…
Thus giving the Russian President exactly what he set out to do….
Destabilzing the “great’ America….
What’s stunning about President Trump’s admission that he’d accept dirt from a foreign government to help him win an election is not that he said it.
After all, we already know that he and those around him asked for — and accepted — that help in 2016. (“If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”… “If it’s what you say, I love it.”)
What’s stunning is that everyone should now know that the sitting president of the United States cannot ensure a fair election in 2020.
ABC News: “Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offersyou information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?”
Trump: “I think maybe you do both. I think you might want to listen. I don’t — there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country – Norway – we have information on your opponent. Oh. I think I’d want to hear it.”
ABC News: “You want that kind of interference in our elections?”
Trump: “It’s not interference. They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong, but when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research. Oh, let’s call the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it. They always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
So the question becomes, especially for Democrats: What do you do now?
Do Democrats, who have passed and worked on legislation to curb election interference by foreign governments, finally try to put real pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take it up?
Do they step up their impeachment rhetoric? (How credible now is the argument to simply defeat Trump at the ballot box?)
And if you’re a Democratic presidential candidate like Joe Biden — who’s already seen Team Trump meddle around with Ukraine — do you have to respond with your own help from other foreign governments?
It’s a real dilemma.
Play by the rules and possibly lose? Or play the same game your opponent is playing?
Yes, foreign interference mattered in 2016
Here’s a reminder of how Russian interference affected a presidential race that ultimately was decided by fewer than a combined 80,000 votes in three states:
- It led to the ouster of the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
- It produced Hillary-versus-Bernie chaos entering the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
- It helped launch scores of stories looking into internal Clinton communications – from John Podesta hacked emails.
- And it aided part of Donald Trump’s closing message, with him mentioning the word “WikiLeaks” some 140 times in the final month of the general election….