Thursday, July 13, 2017

How The Trump Campaign Might Have Colluded With Russia In 2016?

The recent revelations about the junior Trump's meeting with a Russian lawyer has led to more interest about the forms of collusion that might have taken place in the 2016 election.  It is well known that Russian bots used social media like Twitter and Facebook to plant fake news that might discourage potential Clinton supporters from voting.  It turns out that the Russian bots were very active in three swing states in the last stage of the election.  The Trump campaign's digital media arm, led by Jared Kushner, was also very active in the swing states.  This raises questions that are currently under investigation.  How did the Russian's know enough about the election to focus their activity on three swing states that changed to outcome of the election?  Did they get any assistance from Jared Kushner's digital media arm in targeting Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania?

It turns out that Russian bots were also active in GOP primaries.  They spread false information about Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, and positive information about Donald Trump.  Its pretty clear that Russian leaders determined that Donald Trump was their preferred US President.

The media have reported enough information to convince many Americans that Russia was active in the presidential election.  They have also raised many questions about all of the contacts between the Trump campaign and Trump surrogates and Russian officials.  The investigations currently underway have turned to the forms of collusion that might have taken place in the 2016 election.  There are serious national security concerns about possible collusion in the 2016 election.  Russia could influence the Trump administration's decisions by threatening to reveal what it knows about any collusion that might have taken place.  That is precisely the concern that members of the Justice Department had about Michael Flynn's unreported meetings with Russian officials.  It made him a target for blackmail.

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