Liberal Democrats and liberal Republicans have been calling for, and have launched probes or investigations into the charges of illegal connections and communications between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Some have been bold enough to insist that the Trump campaign worked with Russian nationals to hack and influence the 2016 presidential election.
Allegedly, political candidates and their campaign staff are not allowed to have contact with certain foreign nationals prior to being sworn into office. To many like myself, this sounds very counterproductive. If two people are running for the presidency, wouldn’t it be wise for both candidates to have prior contact and communications with world leaders so that if they are elected that a working relationship is already established and ready to go when the winner is sworn into office?
A great deal of controversy surrounded retired General Michael Flynn when it was learned that he had been paid by a Russian company but failed to disclose that information and then lied to Vice President Mike Pence about it. Hence, Flynn was quickly fired.
However, allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign still exist and investigations are under way to discover if anything illegal took place.
But have you noticed that all of the media and Washington politicians are talking about a Russia – Trump connection and no one seems to be talking about the many allegations that have surfaced indicating that Clinton’s campaign had a lot of communications with Russian officials?
Perhaps one of the strongest pieces of evidence against Clinton’s dealings with Russians officials came from the Russian government:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Sunday that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met with then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign several times throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season.
“During an interview with CNN host Fareed Zakaria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov asserted that Kislyak met with Clinton advisers before the election, and that it wasn’t abnormal for the ambassador to speak with both candidates in the running to discuss relations between the two countries.
“Zakaria first asked him about Kislyak’s meetings with the Trump campaign at the time.
“’So what was it that the Russian ambassador was talking to so many of Donald Trump’s associates about?’ Zakaria asked.
“Peskov told him that it was common protocol for their country’s ambassadors to speak with presidential candidates in other countries.”
Another question that needs to be asked is if the Russians had hacked the DNC and their emails, did they also hack and have access to Hillary’s emails that have been the subject to scandal.
So, how do the majority of American voters feel about the Clinton – Russia issue?
According to a recent poll:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters think Congress should expand its investigation of any possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Forty-five percent (45%) say Congress’ time would be better spent dealing with economic and other policy issues instead.”
“However, 52% believe Bill and Hillary Clinton’s private dealings with Russian officials should be included in the FBI and congressional investigation of the Trump campaign. Thirty-five percent (35%) disagree, but 13% are not sure.”
It should be no surprise to learn that the poll indicated strong partisan favoring among the voters who responded. Concerning how Democrats responded, 70% said the investigation into the Trump – Russia allegations but only 37% of them favored expanding the investigation to include the Clinton – Russia allegations. Only 28% of Republicans agreed that the investigation of the Trump campaign should be expanded while 69% said the investigation should also include the Clintons.
A question I’ve not seen anyone ask is what happens if the investigations prove that BOTH the Trump and Clinton campaigns had ‘illegal’ contacts with Russian officials?