As Bannon and Trump take their feud public, it’s important not to overlook the New York Times Papadopoulos piece from last week. It answers the question of why the FBI began investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. But Papadopoulos’s revelations weren’t the first the FBI heard on the subject; rather, he seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
We cannot rule out the possibility that the president of the United States of America is an agent – witting or unwitting – of a hostile foreign power. For those who pay close attention to the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, this is a genuine prospect. For Americans, this is a threat to democracy. For U.S. allies, a grave concern. For adversaries, an opportunity. Countries are hedging against the increasingly unpredictable – and dangerous – United States under President Donald Trump. In my years in the State Department, I read thousands of "cables" – private messages reporting on politics sent from U.S. embassies to the State Department. I can only imagine what foreign diplomats in Washington are writing to their leaders at home. Let's try.
Congressional Republicans have blocked, stone-walled, or deflected every effort to investigate or respond to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The pattern of Republican obstruction is clear. At every step of the way, Republicans in Congress have conspired to shield President Donald Trump from a thorough investigation of the attack. As Robert Kagan warned months ago, congressional Republicans are effectively acting as “Russia’s accomplices.”
Mueller is coming. The investigation into Trump campaign coordination with Russia appears to be closing in on the president. The three indictments earlier this month of Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; his deputy, Rick Gates; and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos show that Robert Mueller is inside Trump’s campaign. The indictment and plea agreement of former national security adviser Michael Flynn now puts the investigation into the White House.
Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday, December 1, 2017 to lying to the F.B.I. regarding his previous contacts with the Russian ambassador. Click here for an accounting of Flynn’s previous contacts with Russia that, when put together, demonstrate a concerning pattern.
The president's son-in-law and one of his most trusted advisers is also a central figure in the investigation into possible collusion with Russia.
NEW REPORT: Acts of an Adversary: Russia’s Ongoing Hostilities Toward the United States and Its Allies
Russia’s efforts to attack and undermine American democracy did not begin or end with the 2016 election. Russia’s vast espionage and cybercapabilities continue to target the United States government, its citizens, as well as America’s democratic allies around the world. This report outlines Russia’s continuing hostile actions toward the United States and its allies. It finds that the election of Donald Trump has not resulted in the Kremlin changing course or reducing its hostile actions toward the United States.
Russia’s efforts to attack and undermine American democracy did not begin or end with the 2016 election. Russia’s vast espionage and cybercapabilities continue to target the United States government, its citizens, as well as America’s democratic allies around the world.