The big news out of the Comey congressional hearing today is that the FBI confirms it is now investigating ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian intelligence services. In response to the hearing, Donald Trump tweeted that Russia “did not influence” the electoral process. It’s a flat out lie. But more importantly Trump’s tweet appears to all but certainly confirm that Donald Trump operates the White House as the American propaganda arm of Russia. He has disrespected the White House and has cheapened the Office of Presidency.
Sadly, the Republican stooges during the congressional hearing could not even bring themselves to mention the bear in the room–Russia’s attempts to influence our presidential election. Instead, all they could muster was a half-baked attempt to show that the leakers were the “bad guys” . . . . pay no attention to the leak itself, though, comrade Americans! Representative Nunes the House Intelligence Committee chair humiliated himself, and showed himself to be a sick kiss up. It’s almost as if the Russians have something on him as well.
It was also funny to watch Congressman Trey Gowdy put on his best self-righteous prosecutor show to be outraged at the release of information by members of the intelligence community. Nevermind that the information proved that one of Trump’s top minions, Michael Flynn, was a pathological and public liar. Nope, Gowdy was upset that classified information was leaked! Nevermind that Gowdy himself incompetently leaked the name of a CIA source in 2015, thereby exposing classified information. Do you think he will ask for himself to be arrested for releasing classified information? Or maybe just for being a huge suck up and imbecile?
This follows a long line of recent examples of Trump pushing Russian propaganda. Most recently, we had the Trump White House pushing the lie that the British were wiretapping Trump during the election. When the British became upset, however, they had to backtrack significantly. It seems our allies don’t like it when we tell lies about them. Especially when the lies are manufactured and pushed by the Russians.
The underlying takeaway from the hearing today, however, is that Russia interfered with our elections. The intent clearly was to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Trump.
It is also clear that members of the Trump entourage were well aware of the hacking and were even aware of specific instances of hacking. The best of example of this is Roger Stone, a core Trump flunky, who publicly began talking about the leaking of John Podesta’s (a Hillary flunky) e-mails before they were even leaked to the public. In other words, a Russian source was obviously keeping Stone (if not Trump himself) updated on all of their hacking.
The FBI is on the record now as investigating the Trump campaign, and even Trump himself, for their involvement in the Russian hacking scandal. Stay tuned.