Senator Harry Reid’s letter to FBI director James Comey not only called Comey out for likely violating the Hatch Act, but it also contained a secondary claim that is just as incendiary if not more so. It was written after Harry Reid received an intelligence briefing on the DNC hacks and the possible Russian interference in the election.
“In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, 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, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.” (Source)
The big issue is the double standard in releasing information on Clinton versus Trump. If in fact the FBI is investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, it is only fair that be disclosed to voters as well. Paul Manafort had to resign his position with the Trump campaign due to his dealings with the Russian government, and a former adviser, Carter Page, allegedly conducted secret meetings with two high-level Russian government officials in an attempt to back channel diplomacy with the Kremlin.
Apparently we are expected to brush it off as coincidence that four hacks into Clinton and the Democratic Party, that can be traced back to Russia, just happen to benefit Donald Trump. And there have not been any attacks on his or the Republican Party’s data. Sure.
So what evidence is there that Trump has business dealings in Russia? Over the last thirty years, the Trumps have traveled to Moscow numerous times seeking business opportunities. Also, due to his multiple business failures and bankruptcies, Trump has had to seek less conventional financing, some of which has come from Russia.
Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (Source)
In addition, Trump made millions of dollars when he brought the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to Moscow. The Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov was responsible for a portion of the financing for this deal. Trump currently has a preliminary deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow with Agalarov, but it is on hold while he runs for president. Trump has reportedly said to Agalarov, “Every time there is friction between United States and Russia, it’s bad for both countries. For the people to benefit, this should be fixed. We should be friends.”
Members of both political parties have spoken out against this rhetoric and warned of the danger it presents.
Trump’s campaign rhetoric is the “biggest dream of everyone in the Kremlin,” Tina Khidasheli, defense minister of Georgia, a U.S. ally, told The Post. “It’s scary, it’s dangerous, and it’s irresponsible.”
Michael McFaul, who stepped down in 2014 as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, said Trump’s stance toward Russia “makes everyone I talk to around the world nervous — and it makes me nervous.”
David J. Kramer, who served as deputy assistant secretary of state dealing with Russia during the George W. Bush administration, said he was “appalled” by Trump’s approach. (Source)
It is astounding the double standard that exists in what is investigated and reported to the media by the FBI. There is a massive amount of evidence of Russian involvement and interference in our election, yet we do not receive any information about it. However, when an email is found that might have something to do with an already questionable investigation that is basically closed, WE MUST TELL EVERY SINGLE PERSON!
There’s no bias here. Nope. Bless their hearts.