Disgraced former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies have insisted for years that his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 Election. But it’s definitely not a “hoax” as they have been claiming thanks to a new report from the Treasury Department.
Just days before conservatives stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow democracy so Trump could stay in power, Trump awarded the now-tainted Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) of all people for running interference on his behalf during the Russia investigation.
“Congressman Nunes pursued the Russia Hoax at great personal risk and never stopped standing up for the truth,” Trump’s White House stated during the ceremony. “He had the fortitude to take on the media, the FBI, the Intelligence Community, the Democrat Party, foreign spies, and the full power of the Deep State. Nunes’ courageous actions helped thwart a plot to take down a sitting United States president. [Nunes] helped to unearth the crime of the century.”
That entire statement is a lie.
This week, the Biden administration officially slapped sanctions against Russia for interference in the 2020 and 2016 Elections. One particular individual targeted is Russian intelligence agent Konstantin Kilimnik.
According to Mother Jones:
One of the targets on this list was Konstantin Kilimnik, who it identified as a “Russian and Ukrainian political consultant and known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf.” The announcement stated that during the 2016 election, Kilimnik provided Russian intelligence with “sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.” It also declared that Kilimnik “sought to promote the narrative that Ukraine, not Russia, had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
Indeed, even Trump and his cronies worked to pin 2016 Election meddling on Ukraine to cover for Russia. As for Trump’s connection to Russia in 2016, look no further than Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Kilimnik had been in league with Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman for part of 2016. Kilimnik was a former business associate of Manafort; the pair had worked together in Ukraine, when Manafort was making millions of dollars as a consultant for the Putin-friendly Yanukovych. During the 2016 campaign, Manafort secretly interacted with Kilimnik and handed him internal polling information from the Trump campaign.
Manafort passed inside info from the Trump campaign to Kilimnik, and Kilimnik gave it to Russian intelligence, which at the time was mounting a covert attack on the 2016 election to thwart Hillary Clinton and boost Trump. No collusion? Manafort was scheming with a Russian operative, as the Kremlin was trying to sabotage American politics to assist Trump.
Manafort’s sharing of information to Kilimnik was unearthed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during the course of the Russia investigation Trump has repeatedly called a “hoax,” but it was not a hoax at all. Manafort colluded with Russian intelligence to help his boss win the 2016 Election. Trump would go on to pardon Manafort in the waning days of his presidency.
And as we all know, Manafort and other Trump campaign officials met with Russian agents inside Trump Tower just prior to Trump becoming the GOP nominee in July 2016.
All of this is collusion. It’s not a “hoax.” Trump and his campaign committed treason to gain political power and Republicans worked to cover it up. They should all be prosecuted and imprisoned.
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