We already know that our sitting president is not the paragon of truth, and we’ve long suspected that his ties to Russia run deeper than he would like to admit, but the truth always comes to light, and this is no different.
Donald Trump met with the Russian ambassador personally on April 27, 2016, and according to ThinkProgress, the Wall Street Journal reported on it at the time, but the report did not gain notice until it was picked up on agan by AMERICAblog News.
Trump was delivering a major foreign policy speech, and Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak was apparently sitting front row at the invitation-only event.
ThinkProgress notes that Russia was pleased with Trump’s speech at the time.
During a February 16 press conference, Trump said, “Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia.”
ThinkProgress reports that Trump said his contacts with Russia were limited to talking twice with Vladimir Putin after election day.
Later, on February 20, Trump spokesperson Sarah Sanders also denied that the Trump campaign had contact with Russia.
We’ve since learned that at least four members of the Trump campaign — Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and J.D. Gordon — talked with Russian officials during the campaign.
Sessions, now the Attorney General, recused himself from any investigation of the Trump campaigns contacts with Russia after he falsely told the Judiciary Committee he had not met with any Russian officials.
Trump’s own meeting with Kislyak raises further questions about the nature of the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia and why the Trump administration won’t come clean about the extent of their contacts.
At what point are we going to start looking at all this evidence of Russian involvement with the Trump administration and the 2016 election and start using it to get these people out of office? Once again, it’s like Russia itself is screaming from the Summer Jam screen, but Congress is pretending not to see and too scared to listen.
This is not how any of this is supposed to work.