On Tuesday, it was revealed that classified documents presented to Trump last week included some information that is very uncomfortable for the President elect. Specifically, we’re talking about credible allegations that there was a “continuing exchange of information between Trump intermediaries and the Russian government,” and that Russian hackers do, indeed, have “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
CNN reports that some details are still being confirmed, but the information comes from a source whose past work is considered “credible” by U.S. intelligence agencies:
The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.One reason the nation’s intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN.
This makes Trump’s childish response to the meeting even worse than when it was just a tantrum without these caveats. Knowing the report says that Russian hackers had dirt on him, he continued to attack the intelligence agencies who made him aware of the situation all while supporting Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin. As for whether Trump’s campaign had contact with the enemy, CNN reports that multiple national security officials have confirmed this:
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.Sources tell CNN that these same allegations about communications between the Trump campaign and the Russians, mentioned in classified briefings for congressional leaders last year, prompted then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to send a letter to FBI Director Comey in October, in which he wrote, “It has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States.”
At what point will we say “enough is enough?” Can we really sit idly by while a man who was elected President thanks in large part to a rogue intelligence official who clearly intended to hurt his opponent and a brutal dictator who deployed an army of hackers and personally headed up a nasty fake news and propaganda campaign to attack Trump’s enemies? It is time that we demand answers, because it is clear that we will not be getting them otherwise.
Watch the report courtesy of CNN below: