Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The awful hint of treason has taken center stage with the scandalous revelation president Donald Trump was investigated by the FBI for working on behalf of Russia, while another said Trump erased the records of all his five meetings with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
The New York Times published a story on Jan. 11 saying the FBI began a counterintelligence operation in early 2017 to determine if Trump was either a Russian spy or an asset working against the interests of the United States while advancing Russia’s.
This explosive exposé was followed on Sunday by a piece in The Washington Post saying there are no detailed records in the White House of any of the five personal meetings Trump has had with Putin.
The Washington Post also confirmed the FBI launched a counterintelligence inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia — knowingly or unknowingly — shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Comey’s firing convinced the FBI to begin its counterintelligence operation, said the Times. This operation, however, was later subsumed into the inquiry being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller began his inquiry into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia only a few days after the FBI began its own probe.
It’s since been revealed that members of Trump’s campaign and transition team had more than 100 contacts with Russian-linked officials.
The FBI brushed aside its previous reservations about the inquiry after Trump’s televised admission to NBC News’ Lester Holt that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he fired Comey. Another red flag was Trump’s attempts to include a reference to the Russia investigation in Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein’s letter justifying Comey’s firing.
The Times said the idea that Trump’s apparently pro-Russia acts also warranted a counterintelligence inquiry is notable.
“It’s one thing to deliberately hamper the investigation; it’s another to suspect Trump might have done so on behalf of Russia,” said the story. The story went on to say Trump has often seemed to blurt out unhelpful statements about his true motivations.
Trump confirmed that observation by shooting himself in the foot with what seems like an admission of guilt. He stoked more controversy by refusing to declare outright that he isn’t a Russian spy.
On Jan. 12, the day after The New York Times story, Trump was interviewed by Judge Jeanine on Fox News. Asked pointblank by Pirro if he was working for Russia, Trump didn’t declare a flat our “No!” but instead went on a rant that seemed to indicate he avoided giving a definite answer.
“Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia Mr. President?” asked Pirro.
Trump’s convoluted reply:
“I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written. And if you read the article you’d see that they found absolutely nothing.”
Trump’s indirect admission of guilt is fanning the flames of collusion — and now treason — on social media, as pointed out by his critics on both the Left and Right.
Pirro also asked Trump about The Washington Post story that Trump went to unusual lengths to keep conversations with Putin secret. Trump denied ever having done that. He said he would be happy to share the details of those conversations.
“Well Jeanine I would, I don’t care,” said Trump. “I’m not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn’t care less.”
Trump did not say when he plans to make the records of those conversations public.
The Post described the “extraordinary lengths” Trump took to keep the specifics of his five conversations with Putin from the public when these conversations are considered public property by U.S. protocol.
Current and former U.S. officials said Trump’s efforts included confiscating the notes from his interpreter and not allowing these people to discuss the details of the meetings with other officials in his administration.
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