Conspiracy

The Evidence Trump Gave Aid to the Russians

The most memorable moment in the public briefing on Russian interference in the election held this past Monday, March 27th, by the Senate Intelligence committee was perhaps when the former F.B.I. agent and terrorist expert Clinton Watts stated one of the primary reasons the Russians were so successful was that Trump and his team helped them.  Watts cites a number of examples that serve as evidence.  This article will illustrate one he did not mention: Trump’s twitter account.

Watts testified on a Monday.  By the end of the week, he was on Meet the Press and the Rachel Maddow Show.  One reason his message has resonated is because of the way it is delivered: he is an intelligent man who sticks to the facts and describes them without spin, a particularly refreshing thing these days.

One fact Watts points to is that on “14 August 2016” Paul Manafort referred to a debunked fake news story from RT and Sputnik about an attack on a NATO base in Turkey in an interview with Jake Tapper,

TAPPER: So that’s Darrell Vickers. That’s a man who is going to vote for Trump. And he interpreted it the same way a lot of other people do.

Now, does Mr. Trump need to listen to what Mr. Vickers had to say, which is, be more careful with your words?

MANAFORT: Look, I’m not going to say that he didn’t interpret it that way or not.

The point is, most people did not interpret it that way. It was not meant at all to be a threat. But the point, again, is, you could have covered what he was saying, or you could try and make — take an aside and take the Clinton narrative and play it out.

And you — and chose to do that instead. I mean, there’s plenty of news to cover this week that I haven’t seen covered. You had information coming out about pay-for-play out of e-mails of Hillary Clinton’s that weren’t turned over, by the way, to the Justice Department for her investigation. That’s a major news story.

You had — you had the NATO base in Turkey being under attack by terrorists. You had a number of things that were appropriate to this campaign, were part of what Mr. Trump has been talking about…

There was no terrorist attack in Turkey.  Manafort’s information is based on a fake news story reported in RT and Sputnik.  Politifact reported that,

The weekend of July 30, RT.com and Sputnik reported 7,000 armed police with heavy vehicles had surrounded Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey, where 2,500 U.S. troops are stationed and some 50 U.S. nuclear weapons are stored.

Watts explained what really happened was that a small protest gathered outside the Clinton WattsIncirlik military base which had increased security because a top official was visiting the next day.  Watts and his fellow researchers watched how RT and Sputnik simultaneously launched this fake news story and then saw how it was circulated by automated bots.  Then they watched as it was circulated on national T. V. by Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Watts provides a number of examples of evidence Trump and his team used Russian active measures against their opponents.

  • On 11 October 2016 Trump cited a fake news from Sputnik.  It has since been removed from the internet.  
  • Trump denies the findings of the U. S. intelligence community about Russian interference in U. S. election.
  • He has claimed the election was rigged — number one theme for Sputnik.
  • He claimed president Obama was not a citizen.
  • He suggested Senator Cruz might not be citizen.

Watts makes a strong argument.  There is however additional evidence that can be cited in support of his thesis.  It can be found on Trump’s twitter account.

During the last weeks of the election Trump focused almost exclusively on tweeting stories based on information stolen by the Russians and leaked through WikiLeaks.  He does this after the U. S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for stealing this information and leaking it.   This helped the Russian counterintelligence program reach Trump’s 18.4 million twitter followers.

Let’s put this in perspective.  In the 1990’s there was an attempt to impeach a president because he misled the American people about a consensual affair with an intern. President Clinton did not give aid to our adversaries.

Article III, section 3, of the U. S. Constitution reads as follows:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.  The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

As you can see below, Trump turned his twitter feed into a de facto instrument of the Russian counterintelligence program – Russia Today @realDonaldTrump or RT@DT; and he distinguished himself as the first president to knowingly aid the counterintelligence program of a foreign power in effort to get elected.

October 16
Trump tweets, “We’ve all wondered how Hillary avoided prosecution for her email scheme. WikiLeaks may have found the answer. Obama! He then shares a story based on the WikiLeaks emails entitled, “Podesta Leaks: The Obama-Clinton E-mails.”[i]

— Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “Leaks show Clinton inner circle grappling with email issue.”[ii]

— Trump shares story on twitter from the Washington Times entitled, “Seven more Hillary Clinton scandals exposed by Wikileaks.”[iii]

October 17
— Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “WikiLeaks: Politico Reporter Offered Clinton Camp Chance to Edit Story.”[iv]

— Trump tweets, “WikiLeaks proves even the Clinton campaign knew Crooked mishandled classified info, but no one gets charged? RIGGED!”[v]

October 18
Trump shares a story on twitter based on WikiLeaks emails that discusses how the campaign tried to limit the damage of the email server story.[vi]

October 19
— Trump shares a video on twitter of Megan Kelly questioning Donna Brazile about sharing a debate questions with Hillary Clinton. This fact was revealed in the release of WikiLeaks emails.[vii]

— Trump shares on twitter the link to the WikiLeaks website where you can find John Podesta’s emails.[viii]

— Trump tweets that “Hillary paid $225,000 by a Brazilian bank for a speech that called for “open borders.” This information came from emails released through WikiLeaks.[ix]

October 20
Trump tweeted, “Why didn’t Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions – she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary.” This fact was revealed in the emails released by WikiLeaks.[x]

October 21
— Donald Trump shares a story on twitter based on WikiLeaks emails that alleges Hillary Clinton violated the law sending emails to her own campaign chairman, John Podesta: “’Unquestionably An OPSEC Violation’: Clinton Sent US Operations Info To Podesta’s Hacked Email.”[xi]

— Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “WikiLeaks reveals Clinton camp’s work with ‘Very friendly and malleable reporters.”[xii]

— Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “WikiLeaks: Donna Brazile Shreds Obama Economy.” It highlights disagreements in the Democratic party.[xiii]

— Trump shares a story on twitter based on WikiLeaks emails entitled, “Abedin implicated Clinton in Foundation trade-of with Morocco amid $12 million commitment.”[xiv]

— Trump shares on twitter based on WikiLeaks emails that raise questions about the Clinton Foundation entitled, “Clinton Foundation Aide Said to Have Cited Conflicts of Interest.”[xv]

— Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “WikiLeaks: Hillary Got $12 million for Clinton Charity As Quid Pro Quo for Morocco Meeting.”[xvi]

October 22
— Donald Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “WikiLeaks: Clinton-Kaine Even Lied About Timing of Veep Pick.”[xvii]

October 23
— Donald Trump shares a story on twitter based on Wikileaks emails raising questions about the Clinton foundation and Morocco.[xviii]

October 24
— Trump shares story on twitter from Brietbart based on the WikiLeaks emails entitled, “Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton had Gun Control Supporters Planted in Town Hall Audience.”[xix]

— Trump shares another story based on the WikiLeaks emails that raises questions about the Clinton Foundation.[xx]

— Trump tweets, “Why has nobody asked Kaine about the horrible views emanated on Wikileaks about Catholics? Media in the tank for Clinton but Trump will win!”[xxi]

October 27
— Donald Trump shares two stories on twitter based on Wikileaks emails that raise questions about the Clinton Foundation and one entitled “Wikileaks Drip-Drop Releases Prove One Thing: There’s No Nov. 8 Deadline on Clinton’s Dishonesty and Scandals.”[xxii]

November 1
— Donald Trump shares a story on twitter entitled, “Wikileaks emails reveal Podesta urging Clinton camp to ‘dump’ emails.”[xxiii]

— Trump tweets a comment about Donna Brazile giving Clinton a questions in advance: an issue that was revealed through the release of emails from Wikileaks.[xxiv]

November 4
— Donald Trump shares a story on twitter based on Wikileaks emails about the Clinton Campaign and the Obama Justice Department.[xxv]

November 5
— Trump shares a story on Twitter based on hacked emails leaked by Wikileaks. “Wikileaks: Top Clinton Aides Bemoan Campaign ‘All Tactics,’ No Vision,” PoliZette.[xxvi]

— Trump shares a story about the Clinton foundation based on emails obtained through Wikileaks.[xxvii]

ENDNOTES

[i] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “We’ve all wondered how Hillary avoided
prosecution for her email scheme. WikiLeaks may have found the answer. Obama!
https://t.co/xFOwv8Oa8q” 16 October 2016, 11:07 AM. Tweet.

[ii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Hillary’s staff thought her email scandal might
just blow over. Who would trust these people with national security?
https://t.co/EvBCQoZRG2” 16 October 2016, 11:07 AM. Tweet.

[iii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “A country that Crooked Hillary says has
funded ISIS also gave Wild Bill $1 million for his birthday? SO CORRUPT.
https://t.co/00s5tgsXrM” 16 October 2016, 08:15 AM. Tweet.

[iv] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Yet more evidence of media-rigged election:
https://t.co/rVh4ocgx3r” 17 October 2016, 05:46 PM. Tweet.

[v] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “WikiLeaks proves even the Clinton campaign
knew Crooked mishandled classified info, but no one gets charged?
RIGGED! https://t.co/FgGxDsS0a1” 17 October 2016, 09:58 AM. Tweet.

[vi] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “’Clinton Campaign Tried to Limit Damage
From Classified Info on Email Server’ #DrainTheSwamp https://t.co/5j8WuKLL5o”
18 October 2016, 07:31 PM. Tweet.

[vii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Totally dishonest Donna Brazile chokes on the
truth. Highly illegal! Watch: https://t.co/Rs5brj31bAhttps://t.co/FYoRo6MUjX ” 19
October 2016, 11:27 PM. Tweet.

[viii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “More Anti-Catholic Emails From Team
Clinton: https://t.co/KYirBbYjp2 https://t.co/f8Z7olUvlM ” 19 October 2016, 11:57
AM. Tweet.

[ix] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Moderator: Hillary paid $225,000 by a
Brazilian bank for a speech that called for “open borders.” That’s a quote!
#Debate #BigLeagueTruth” 19 October 2016, 08:29 PM. Tweet.

[x] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Why didn’t Hillary Clinton announce that she
was inappropriately given the debate questions – she secretly used them! Crooked
Hillary.” 20 October 2016, 09:55 AM. Tweet.

[xi] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “#CrookedHillary sending U.S. intelligence
info. to Podesta’s hacked email is ‘unquestionably an OPSEC
violation’ https://t.co/z58aeo4CO7.” 21 October 2016, 05:50 AM. Tweet.

[xii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “WikiLeaks reveals Clinton camp’s work with
‘VERY friendly and malleable reporters’ #DrainTheSwamp
#CrookedHillaryhttps://t.co/bcYLslrxi0” 21 October 2016, 05:46 PM. Tweet.

[xiii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Donna Brazile Shreds Obama Economy –
Acting DNC chair says ‘people are more in despair about how things
are’ https://t.co/LQNbISSoX0 ” 21 October 2016, 05:36 PM. Tweet.

[xiv] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “#CrookedHillary “was at center of negotiating
$12M commitment from King Mohammed VI of Morocco” to Clinton
Fdn. https://t.co/HWOQ7jQWY2 ” 21 October 2016, 01:54 PM. Tweet.

[xv] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “A top Clinton Foundation official said he
could name “500 different examples” of conflicts of interest. https://t.co/rtWhdYOyq7
21 October 2016, 01:54 PM. Tweet.

[xvi] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Huma calls it a “MESS,” the rest of us call it
CORRUPT! WikiLeaks catches Crooked in the act – again.
#DrainTheSwamp https://t.co/juvdLIJPWu ” to Clinton
Fdn. https://t.co/HWOQ7jQWY2 ” 21 October 2016, 10:23 AM. Tweet.

[xvii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “WikiLeaks: ‘Clinton-Kaine Even Lied About
Timing of Veep Pick’https://t.co/e1NVdpSfNr” 22 October 2016, 09:26 AM. Tweet.

[xviii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump).
“#CrookedHillary #PayToPlay https://t.co/BT1Nv0ZMYg” 23 October 2016, 02:08
PM. Tweet.

[xix] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “’Hillary Clinton Had Gun Control Supporters
Planted In Town Hall Audience’ https://t.co/1GVq74iW8a” 23 October 2016, 02:08
PM. Tweet.

[xx] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “’The Clinton Foundation’s Most Questionable
Foreign Donations’ #PayToPlay #DrainTheSwamp https://t.co/IkeqMRjX5z” 24
October 2016, 11:04 AM. Tweet.

[xxi] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Why has nobody asked Kaine about the
horrible views emanated on WikiLeaks about Catholics? Media in the tank for Clinton
but Trump will win!” 24 October 2016, 08:05 AM. Tweet.

[xxii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “’WikiLeaks Drip-Drop Releases Prove One
Thing: There’s No Nov. 8 Deadline on Clinton’s Dishonesty and
Scandals’https://t.co/MfRy3Nvd4F” 24 October 2016, 08:05 AM. Tweet. Trump,
Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “”Clinton Foundation’s Fundraisers Pressed Donors to
Steer Business to Former President” https://t.co/PlFILR6JCn” 27 October 2016, 09:12
AM. Tweet.

[xxiii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “WikiLeaks emails reveal Podesta urging
Clinton camp to ‘dump’ emails. Time to #DrainTheSwamp! https://t.co/P3ajiACiXK”
01 November 2016, 04:57 PM. Tweet.

[xxiv] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “So terrible that Crooked didn’t report she got
the debate questions from Donna Brazile, if that were me it would have been front
page news!” 01 November 2016, 09:14 AM. Tweet.

[xxv] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “The Clinton Campaign at Obama Justice”
#DrainTheSwamphttps://t.co/LZkvFc071z.” 04 November 2016, 11:17 AM. Tweet.

[xxvi] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). “Top Clinton Aides Bemoan Campaign ‘All
Tactics,’ No Vision: https://t.co/mHYvQtIq78” 05 November 2016, 04:39 PM. Tweet.

[xxvii] Trump, Donald (@ realDonaldTrump). ” ‘Must Act Immediately’: Clinton Charity
Lawyer Told Execs They Were Breaking The Law https://t.co/hsi4qhqTV1” 05
November 2016, 04:39 PM. Tweet.

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