Trump and Russia: Is the Media's Reaction "Overblown?"
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 22:01
It should be noted that Sessions was a Trump supporter and an unofficial advisor to the campaign, meaning he was an untraceable liaison within the government working for a presidential candidate. He stepped down over allegedly misleading Vice-President Mike Pence about his phone calls with Russian Ambassador to the USA Sergey Kislyak. The mid-February blockbuster New York Times report of repeated contacts between Trump's campaign team and Russian intelligence also had this important caveat: "The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election". He has since tried to separate himself from Putin in many interviews.
David Downing, whose novels include "Lenin's Roller Coaster" and "One Man's Flag", said he finds the Trump-Russia reports more a political story than a spy story.
Page is clearly insane and did a wonderful job displaying this for almost a half hour of prime time when what was once the Trump Campaign foreign policy advisor and the founder and managing partner of Global Energy Capital, a "consulting" firm specializing in the Russian and Central Asian oil and gas business, told the host he spoke to the very same Sergey Kislyak during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In theory, traveling somewhere as a vacation or simply to do business is understandable. After the speech was over, Mr. Trump returned to the holding area and then left the hotel without any time or format for a private encounter with anyone.
Formerly on the defensive, President Trump now is on the offensive, showing pictures of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Russian leader Vladimir Putin hobnobbing together some years ago, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dining with the Russian ambassador. But an Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence probe continues into Russian government efforts to disrupt or influence the USA 2016 election process and nothing has been ruled out yet, sources have said. Gordon was right to caution, as the risks were too high for Trump to have any sort of connection to Russian Federation during the election period. It is not uncommon for everyone in a campaign to have not met. Then, the president asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to publicly deny that his campaign officials had Russian contacts. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception.
"There would have been no opportunity for him to talk to Kislyak separately".
A senior White House official said to the news outlet: 'We should have had a good week. Walker gave accounts of speaking to Russians living in houses that lacked plumbing but who nevertheless said they were happy with Putin.
ABC News reported earlier this week that Clapper declined Trump's January 11 request that he publicly refute a dossier of salacious allegations about Trump and his campaign aides compiled by a former British government spy for a Washington political intelligence firm. I don't think the truth is going to be forthcoming.
The reason for his refusal to confirm or deny anything results from the fact that he claims he's been asked to preserve any materials relevant to the ongoing investigation in Russian Federation tampering with the Presidential election. "We haven't had the investigation that we need to have, and that's what we're saying is follow the facts, follow the facts".