The Trump-Russia scandal is the subject of multiple investigations that may or may not unearth new revelations, but this much is already certain: Donald Trump is guilty.
We don’t need additional information to reach the judgement that the president of the United States engaged in wrongdoing by actively and enthusiastically aiding and abetting Vladimir Putin’s plot against America.
I hope you’ll read more in my new piece, We Already Know Trump Betrayed America, in which I unpack what we currently know about the scandal. We at Mother Jones are breaking from convention by emailing this article to readers like you before it hits newsstands in our upcoming issue because the story is so important—and because developments in the Trump-Russia scandal are so moving so quickly.
From the start, Trump and his crew have claimed they had nothing to do with the Russian hack-and-leak operation meant to help him win the presidency. Far from treating these acts of information warfare seriously, he attempted to politicize and delegitimize the evidence. And we don’t even need to look at the bombshells that have been revealed since he took office to back that up.
Here’s a snapshot from the campaign.
Two days after WikiLeaks dumped 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, Trump proclaimed at a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Then, despite the consensus in the intelligence community, Trump continued refusing to acknowledge the Kremlin’s role—asserting the hacking may have been perpetrated by China or “someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds.”
Less than an hour after his now notorious grab-them-by-the-pussy video surfaced, WikiLeaks began releasing thousands more stolen emails. A few days later at the second debate, Trump’s response was, “Well, [Hillary Clinton] doesn’t know if it’s the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking.”
The day after that debate, he professed, “I love WikiLeaks!” at a campaign rally.
What could have been better for Putin? Trump made it tougher for Obama and the White House to publicly denounce Putin—to do so, they feared, would let Trump argue they were trying to rig the election against him.
It’s been common for political observers to say the Trump-Russia controversy has generated a great deal of smoke, but the amount of fire is yet to be determined. But as I demonstrate in my piece, the existing record is already conclusively shameful. Trump and his crew were active enablers for Putin’s subversion of the America election—and that’s fire, not smoke.
The public deserves a thorough, open investigation to get to the bottom of this scandal. And because of the outpouring of support from readers like you to help fund (in record time!) our Trump-Russia investigation, you can damn well bet that MoJo’s DC bureau and I are covering this story in a vigorous, kick-ass manner.
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Thanks for reading,
David Corn, Washington, DC, Bureau Chief