Here's what Congress is investigating from the Obama administration

Here's what Congress is investigating from the Obama administration

And yet President Trump has continued to tweet disparaging nonsense about the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or retweet the pathetic tweet from a Facebook exec who insisted that most of the $100,000 Russian ad buy was "AFTER the election".

His national security adviser, Gen. H.R. McMaster, stated clearly after the indictment's release: "The evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain" that the Russians tried to sway the election result and undermine Americans' trust in their democratic system.

In October, James Clapper, then-director of National Intelligence, and Jeh Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security, issued an official statement blaming the Kremlin for directing "the recent compromises of emails from USA persons and institutions, including from US political organizations".

Some of the Russians' Keystone Cops efforts to disrupt the election favored Donald Trump (as well as Bernie Sanders). It's unclear so far if there are direct connections to the Kremlin, and the Russian Federation government denies it interfered in USA elections. About eight hours later, Goldman tweeted, without getting permission from Facebook, "Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today". The amount of churn in the USA political system since Trump's election, as evidenced for example by the formation of a "resistance" that fundamentally contests Trump's legitimacy as president, shows that the Russians have no reason to regret their expenditures on the Internet Research Agency, although, of course, they have no way of knowing that most of this activity wouldn't have occurred in any case.

After the US presidential election was over, Obama issued sanctions against nine Russian individuals and entities for election meddling. But every time Mueller seeks to find incidental wrongdoing by those around Trump, he only makes the case stronger that behavior by those involved in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated. As Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said, "The American people are entitled to know what went on under our noses and who knew about this and looked the other way".

While many sarcastically questioned who was the new character at the receiving end of Trump's fiery criticism, others poked fun at the president for misspelling the name of one of his top officials. On Tuesday, Trump's press secretary seemed to throw caution and coherence to the wind. It's striking that the indictment says the Russian operatives stoked polarization by backing left-wing political events after Trump was elected, hoping to drive a wedge between Americans.

Mueller and the intelligence community should do all they can to understand, and lay bare, the Russian efforts to weaken democratic government in the US and elsewhere. But when the Times seriously asks whether the Russian effort "tipped" the election and produced thereby an illegitimate presidency, they hit the jackpot.

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Here's what Congress is investigating from the Obama administration

Eventually, Trump made a decision to go to the only person who knows for sure - and who, he thinks, would never lie to him: Vladimir Putin.

The Russians didn't do anything to us that we weren't doing to ourselves, although we were doing it on a much larger, more potent scale. But even some Democrats have criticized Obama for not responding more forcefully or publicly to Russian interference.

Steele is not a US citizen.

No evidence has yet been found of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) almost accused Trump and Putin of being banya buddies - pouring icy cold water all over Trump's claim to the "Toughest on Russia" crown (which is bedazzled with MSNBC headlines).

Clearly, we need an electronic wall against Russian Federation far more than a concrete wall against Mexico.

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