The situation between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia has been a point of contention in the United States since Trump was on the campaign trail. Since then, it has been a spiral of information, indictments, and other things that have
But, what is the actual evidence for it? Are there things that really show that Trump colluded with the Russians in order to ensure that he became the President of the United States? Here are some of the facts and evidence that we currently know and understand.
Manafort – Trump’s Campaign Manager – Has a Lot of Suspicion Cast On Him
Not only did he used to work with another pro-Russian Candidate, but he took his position as Trump’s manager without any pay. His intent was to connect with other Russian agents and he wanted to “get whole (clear out any amount of debt he had)” with Oleg Deripaska, who was working with the Russian government in order to take care of their foreign policy issues with the United States.
George Papadopoulos Met With Russian Agents
As a part of the campaign, Papadopoulos did a lot of work in order to try and dig a hole for Hillary in regards to her reputation and how people perceived her. One of the – very illegal – things he did was meeting with a Russian agent that said that he had all of the information that Papadopoulos (and Trump) could want about Hillary. He was very proud about getting emails about Clinton from Russian and then lied about all of it.
Roger Stone and the Emails
Email hacking is really problematic, of course, but Roger Stone had been told about the emails from someone – and now, it has been made quite clear that “someone” was a Russian agent that he emailed back and forth with.
He showed off his knowledge about those emails and he definitely discussed those emails with Trump. So, even if Trump himself didn’t collude – he definitely was an accessory, which is in and of itself just as problematic as if he was the one who did it.
The Trump Tower Meeting
Lastly, many people have heard about the meeting at Trump Tower in 2016. In short, a Russian Agent said that they had information and could help Trump to win, and members of his campaign (including his kids) were all about it and set up a meeting at Trump Tower to discuss it. It doesn’t matter if they ended up participating directly – they still knew about the crime of interfering with our election process and they didn’t stop it, so that makes the campaign an accessory to the crime at the very least.
As you can see, they haven’t quite found the smoking gun for collusion between Trump and Putin, but they definitely are getting there. I think that, within the next 6 months, we will finally get to the point where Mueller feels like he has enough information to start the process of pressing charges, which could then lead to impeachment.