But he said nothing of the two issues that have most concerned European leaders and members of Congress: Putin’s incursions into Ukraine and his meddling with elections in democratic nations, including the 2016 U.S. election that made Trump president. – Jonathan Allen [NBC News]
WITH NO ONE else in the room, Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, which inspired the #treasonsummit hashtag to the top of Twitter early Monday morning.
The American president had a perfect poker hand, compliments of special counsel Mueller‘s indictment on Friday of top GRU members of Russian intelligence. Trump refused to play it.
The indictment reads like a thriller. Here it is.
From the New York Times
The indictment revealed that on July 27, 2016, Russian hackers tried for the first time to break into the servers of Mrs. Clinton’s personal offices. It was the same day that Mr. Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Mrs. Clinton’s emails.
“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
The indictment does not mention those remarks.
Separately, the indictment states that the hackers were communicating with “a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign.” Two government officials identified the person as Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime adviser to Mr. Trump and the subject of close scrutiny by the F.B.I. and Mr. Mueller’s team. There is no indication that Mr. Stone knew he was communicating with Russians.
Communicating on Aug. 15 as Guccifer 2.0, an online persona, the Russian hackers wrote: “thank u for writing back … do u find anyt[h]ING interesting In the docs i posted?”
Two days later, the hackers wrote the person again, adding, “please tell me If i can help u anyhow … it would be a great pleasure to me.”
Trump later praised Putin, with nothing said about what the Russians orchestrated in 2016.
We are under continued attack by Putin’s Russian criminals, but the American president praises the perpetrator.
Maybe that’s why #treasonsummit trended Monday morning and beat out Amazon #PrimeDay for the #1 spot.
Wow, Trump is going out of his way to praise Russia. I guess “wow” is now an understatement, but this is truly a remarkable moment in American history, 72 hours after the DoJ accused Russia of a criminal act against the democracy, POTUS essentially forgives Russia on world stage
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) July 16, 2018
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats puts out a statement in response to Trump's comments casting doubt on the US intel community's assessment of Russian interference in 2016: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election." pic.twitter.com/iUEmqLfltD
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 16, 2018