In an odd Friday night tweet, President Donald Trump seems to admit to knowledge of Russia “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election, claims he “just” learned of it… and then criticizes preceding President Barack Obama.
But he HAD done something about it, to include trying to warn then Republican Presidential Nominee Trump regarding such involvement.
Up until now, Trump has strongly denied Russian involvement, disregarding previous official reporting, across many platforms…to include Twitter.
He often denies collusion with Russia when asked about Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
How should one define collusion? Would both sides have to explicitly be working together? If there was wrongdoing and meddling, of which Trump was made aware even prior to the election, and he chose to do nothing (perhaps because it was in his favor). Could that be considered collusion?
In August 2016, Trump received his first classified briefing from US intelligence officials regarding many matters, as he was entitled to as the Republican presidential nominee. Clinton received the same briefings. President Obama was likely made aware of what would be included in the briefings and it likely wasn’t the first time the information was brought to his attention.
One topic discussed was Russia’s involvement in election related activities up to that point.”To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation,” a senior US intelligence official told NBC News. “The intelligence community has walked a very thin line in not taking sides, but both candidates have all the information they need to be crystal clear.”
United States intelligence officials and the Department of Homeland Security have been reporting with “high confidence” on Russia’s interference with the election since as October 2016, one month before the election.
All of this information has been reported on ad nausium. It is not new information. As some guy once said, “I know it! You know it! Everyone knows it!”
What are the options here? One may be that Trump simply…forgot. Not likely, but anything is possible at this point. A more likely option? This could be an attempt at distracting the public from something that he doesn’t want them paying attention to – like the healthcare bill, perhaps?
It’s hard to say, but it will be interesting to see how this unfolds.
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