Clinton Campaign Openly Paints 'Pro-Russia' Trump As Treasonous Putin Lover - And They May Be Right

Clinton Campaign Openly Paints ‘Pro-Russia’ Trump As Treasonous Putin Lover – And They May Be Right

Clinton Campaign Slams Trump Over Russian Connection

In the middle of the ongoing Wikileaks email scandal, timed at the beginning of the DNC as a fortuitous gift for Donald Trump and his Republican cohorts, the Clinton camp is coming out swinging, openly accusing Trump of being a Russian pawn. And the Clinton camp is doing so in no uncertain terms. Donald Trump is on Team Russia, says the Clinton camp, and Russia is on Team Trump.

The release of emails that have damaged an already vulnerable Democratic Party was “done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” says Clinton’s own campaign manager Robby Mook.

The scary part is, the Clinton campaign is probably right. As maddening as the content of the emails may be, Democrats — and Americans in general — should be terrified at the very plausible possibility that the hacked emails and timed release isn’t being done simply to score further points against Hillary Clinton, or to damage an already limping Clinton campaign, but in order to bolster Trump and put him in the White House…and there’s plenty of evidence to support that theory.

It’s been known from the beginning that the DNC was hacked by Russians. The New York Times reported on that story when it broke.

Researchers have concluded that the national committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which were the same attackers behind previous Russian cyberoperations at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year….Evidence so far suggests that the attack was the work of at least two separate agencies, each apparently working without the knowledge that the other was inside the Democrats’ computers.

Now it appears that those hacked caches of emails ended up in the hands of Wikileaks, the Times reports.

“The release to WikiLeaks adds another strange element, because it suggests that the intelligence findings are being ‘weaponized’ — used to influence the election in some way.”

There’s further evidence that Russia is firmly on Team Trump. For example, Putin has thrown all the weight of the Russian state-controlled media behind Trump, which isn’t the first time Putin has done so, but this support, Politico reports, often comes with infusions of money from Russia, whether direct or covert. There is no evidence that Trump has been receiving direct financial aid for his bid for the presidency, but Trump’s unwillingness to release tax returns, as well as Putin’s own history in aiding right wing politicians in their quests for leadership should certainly call this possibility into question.

Is The Trump/Putin Bromance Mutual?

Just because Putin is firmly pro-Trump doesn’t necessarily mean that Trump has to be pro-Putin, or even pro-Russia. However, there is mounting evidence that the bromance between Trump and Putin is mutual — and serious, as well.

To begin with, after filing multiple bankruptcies, Donald Trump has essentially been blackballed by American banks and has, the Washington Post reports, been heavily reliant upon money from Russia, and that money has become “increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin.” Donald’s own son, Donald Jr., openly admitted the fact that the Trump family are reliant upon Russian money, and have been scouring Moscow for business opportunities and Russian investors since the 1980s.

“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., said during a 2008 real estate conference. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

There’s also a strong connection between Paul Manafort, Trump’s own campaign manager and top adviser, who has spent the better part of the past ten years acting as a top campaign and communications adviser for pro-Russian Ukrainian Prime Minister and former President Viktor Yanukovych, who is a close ally of Putin’s. So there is yet another clear, verifiable connection.

And then there is Carter Page, who is Trump’s acting foreign policy adviser on Russia and Europe. Page’s entire career has “revolved around investments in Russia ,” and he “has deep and continuing financial and employment ties to Gazprom,” John Marshall of Talking Points Memo reports, before detailing what Gazprom is, and how connections to it create an actual conflict.

“[…]Imagine if most or all of the US energy industry were rolled up into a single company and it were personally controlled by the US President who used it as a source of revenue and patronage. That is Gazprom’s role in the Russian political and economic system. It is no exaggeration to say that you cannot be involved with Gazprom at the very high level which Page has been without being wholly in alignment with Putin’s policies. Those ties also allow Putin to put Page out of business at any time.”

And those are simply instances that prove concrete connections between Trump, Russia and Putin. There is certainly plenty of ominous, although circumstantial, evidence that Trump is with Russia. Trump has repeatedly praised Putin, and not just as a broad abstraction. Trump has openly admired Putin for the very same authoritarian policies that have made the global majority condemn his leadership. Furthermore, in what little detailed foreign policy statements we have from Trump, they align with Putin, and with positions that Putin is very interested in, including Ukraine and the idea that the US and NATO may not intervene if Russia invades the Baltic.

Clinton campaign manager Mook also suggested that the GOP nominee altered the Republican party platform in a way that seems pro-Putin.

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“It was concerning last week that Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian,” Mook said.

The correlations between Trump and Russia are stunning. It’s even more stunning that the Clinton camp, ever cautious, feels confident enough about the evidence pointing to a Russian connection in the current Wikileaks scandal to come out and openly paint Donald Trump treasonous.

The emails uncovered by the Wikileaks are a big story, and understandably so, but what is driving those leaks is an even bigger story. Perhaps its time to lower the pitchforks at the DNC for one moment and ask who benefits the most from a damaged Democratic party and vulnerable candidate? Because evidence points to Trump…and to Russia, as well.

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