The investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal are an increasing problem for Trump as he desperately tries to steer any and all spotlights away from him and onto, well, pretty much everything else. Unfortunately for him, Rep. Adam Schiff drew an absolutely brilliant map between Trump and Russia during his statement this morning.
Schiff left absolutely nothing out of his statement. His map is as follows:
- In early July 2016, Carter Page travels to Moscow on a trip approved by the Trump campaign.
- While there, Page gave a speech critical of the U.S. and Western powers over democratization.
- Page has a secret meeting with Igor Sechin, CEO of Russia’s big oil company, Rosneft.
- Page is promised a 19 percent share of the company.
- Rosneft later sells a 19.5 percent share of the company to parties unknown.
- Trump’s campaign is offered documents damaging to Hillary Clinton.
- Those documents would be in exchange for a policy that shifts focus from Ukraine to NATO allies not paying their fair share.
- Those policies have come to pass already.
- Paul Manafort, who has connections to pro-Russia interests in Ukraine, attends the GOP Convention along with Carter Page and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
- Ambassador Kislyak meets with Page and other Trump advisers – specifically J.D. Gordon and Walid Phares.
- Just before the convention, the GOP changes its platform from supporting sending weapons to Ukraine.
- The delegate responsible for inserting that provision in the first place says this was done at the insistence of the Trump campaign.
- Manafort denies that.
- Kislyak also meets with Jeff Sessions in September, and Sessions lies about it in his confirmation hearing.
- Trump praises Wikileaks and implores Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails, saying they will be “richly rewarded by the press” for doing so.
- Roger Stone begins making predictions about Wikileaks releasing batches of Hillary surrogate John Podesta’s emails, and they do.
- Trump wins the U.S. election.
- Trump appoints Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.
- Flynn has a secret conversation with Ambassador Kislyak about our sanctions on Russia for interfering in our election.
- Flynn denies the conversation took place, and Mike Pence tells the country that the conversation never took place.
- Trump is told about this.
- Trump does nothing.
- The press breaks the story of Flynn’s lies about speaking to Kislyak.
- Trump is forced to fire Flynn, but praises him and excoriates the press for exposing the lies.
Schiff does acknowledge that all of this could just be a bunch of wild coincidences, but with a caveat:
“Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don’t know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.”
He’s right. When mapped out, this string of “coincidences” is pretty damning indeed. We need an investigation, and if Trump really were innocent, he and his minions would likely not be trying to deflect. They’d be saying, “Go ahead, investigate us! Investigate to your heart’s content! You won’t find anything.”
But they aren’t. This scandal is about to blow up again. Watch Schiff’s full statement in the videos below:
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