Listen, as far as I am concerned, this may be the most important, and horrible, American political story of my lifetime, so I am not going to give up on it. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence report released today, about Trump being a tool of the Russian dictator, as selected by the Washington Post:
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments.”
“We also assess Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him. All three agencies agree with this judgment. CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence.”
“When it appeared to Moscow that Secretary Clinton was likely to win the election, the Russian influence campaign began to focus more on undermining her future presidency.”
“Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards. DHS assesses that the types of systems Russian actors targeted or compromised were not involved in vote tallying.”
“We assess that influence campaigns are approved at the highest levels of the Russian Government — particularly those that would be politically sensitive.”
“Russia collected on some Republican-affiliated targets but did not conduct a comparable disclosure campaign.”
“Russia used trolls as well as [its state-funded television network] RT as part of its influence efforts to denigrate Secretary Clinton. This effort amplified stories on scandals about Secretary Clinton and the role of WikiLeaks in the election campaign.”
“We assess with high confidence that the GRU used the Guccifer 2.0 persona, DCLeaks.com, and WikiLeaks to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets. . . . We assess with high confidence that the GRU relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks. Moscow most likely chose WikiLeaks because of its self-proclaimed reputation for authenticity.”
If you want to read the full report, you can find it here.
It is absolutely vital that every single person familiarize themselves with this account of treachery. Anyone can see that the Republicans are about to launch a disinformation campaign almost without precedent, even for them, to keep the American people from realizing what this means. It is a fatal indictment not only of Trump, but of the Republican party which has nursed him into life. This is, right now, the only issue that makes a damned bit of difference in our country. If we let this go, and let the Republicans and the press lull people into thinking this is just normal, we have given away our democracy to a foreign dictator. We must continue to force people to deal with this betrayal, if we have any hope of a decent, free future for our children and grandchildren. Trump must never be accorded any legitimacy as President, nor must his hand picked Vice President or any Republican that has supported this abomination.