One year ago, Donald J. Trump publically asked the Russians for help in the election. He later said he was being sarcastic. Now, he and the Russians are embroiled in a major investigation.
The Russia investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller has grown into a knotted, messy tree with offshoot investigations into Trump campaign staffers, White House staff, Trump family members… you name it.
President Donald Trump has denied any collusion with the Russians regarding election 2016 meddling, but let’s look back to this time last night, shall we?
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said on July 27, 2016, referring to his rival Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Donald J. Trump, in front of a crowd in Miami, asked the Russian government to intervene.
Some say he was only kidding. He was “telling it like it is” as only the MAGA mogul could.
But 12 months later, top U.S. intelligence says Russian state-backed entities hacked Democratic Party emails to aid Trump.
Mueller and three congressional committees are trying to figure out if Trump and his campaign were involved in the scheme.
″What we do not have right now is conclusive proof that President Trump’s team colluded with the Russian government. But a lack of conclusive proof is not the same thing as a lack of evidence, and we should not confuse the two,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a press release. “There is sufficient evidence to justify the appointment of a special prosecutor, there is enough evidence for Congress to continue investigating, and there is enough evidence that the American people should be deeply concerned about the President’s dealings with Russia. We do the truth a disservice when we blur those two questions, and it is important that we make every effort to keep this distinction clear.”
Where there is smoke, there is usually fire.