Trump/Russia/WikiLeaks: What we know

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US intelligence officials say with high certainty that the Russian government sought to disrupt the elections in the United States by hacking and publishing thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign computers. One purpose for these activities was to damage Hillary Clinton and in turn boost Donald Trump.  This conclusion was published in a declassified US intelligence assessment in January 2017. Another purpose of Russia’s activities was to undermine the Democratic National Committee and the US electoral system.

During the 2016 campaign season, Russian officials and agents known to be working for Russia had constant contact with members of Trump’s campaign.  This claim was made by multiple former and current intelligence, administration, and law enforcement officials. On at least two occasions, officials in Trump’s campaign either lied or mislead about these contacts.

Delegates drafting the Republican platform in July 2017 wanted to include language for arming Ukraine against pro-Russian separatists and possible aggression by Russia.  J. D. Gordon, a foreign policy adviser, revised an amendment to the platform removing the language about arming Ukraine.  Paul Manafort left the campaign soon after some of his activities in Ukraine came to light.

In testimony to Congress in March 2017, James Comey stated that the FBI is investigating ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.  Comey also testified that right wing news agencies such as Brietbart and InfoWars are being investigated as well.

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