Author Lists 50 Reasons Donald Trump Owes a Debt to Vladimir Putin, and They Go Back Decades
While the results of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election remain hidden from Congress and the public, others make the case for deep ties between President Donald Trump and Russia under President Vladimir Putin.
The latest to do so is author Timothy Snyder who took to Twitter to list 50 reasons President Trump owes Putin multiple "favors."
Timothy Snyder is an American historian specializing in Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust. He is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.
Snyder began his thread on Twitter stating:
"Why we do think that Mr. Trump owes a debt to Mr. Putin? Here are fifty reasons. All of the facts are a matter of public record, and all of the sources can be found in my book The Road to Unfreedom."
0/50 Why we do think that Mr. Trump owes a debt to Mr. Putin? Here are fifty reasons. All of the facts are a matt… https://t.co/tFwzhkTAO5— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251885.0
He continued from there.
1/50 In 1984, Russian gangsters began to launder money by buying and selling apartment units in Trump Tower (#RoadToUnfreedom, p. 220).— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251886.0
2/50 In 1986, Mr. Trump was courted by Soviet diplomats, who suggested that a bright future awaited him in Moscow… https://t.co/mbuKjo3KRL— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251886.0
3/50 In 1987, the Soviet state paid for Mr. Trump to visit Moscow, putting him up in a suite that was certainly bu… https://t.co/Tg8A5oVEvl— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251886.0
4/50 In 2006, Russians and other citizens of the former Soviet Union financed Trump SoHo, granting Mr. Trump 18% o… https://t.co/Dutd2TEWvx— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251886.0
6/50 In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. explained that the Trump Organization was dependent upon Russia. (#RoadToUnfreedom, p. 221).— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251887.0
After establishing years of Trump Russia ties, Snyder moved on to the period before and after the 2016 presidential election.
The favors from Russia continued to come Trump's way. But at what price?
23/50 In February 2016, Mr. Putin's cyber advisor boasted: "We are on the verge of having something in the informat… https://t.co/A1jeKQDTx7— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555251890.0
27/50 Carter Page, an advisor of the Trump campaign, traveled to Moscow in July 2016. He then worked with success… https://t.co/qJ2BUjtdEn— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263112.0
30/50 Some 22,000 emails stolen by Russia were released right before the Democratic National Convention, on 22 Jul… https://t.co/YAEUjiNXpx— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263113.0
32/50 Over the course of 2016 some fifty thousand Russian bots and some four thousand human accounts exploited Twi… https://t.co/UvskY6iMDo— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263113.0
36/50 In June 2016 the leaders of the Trump campaign, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Jr., and Paul Manafort met with… https://t.co/S5f5Nyj7Be— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263114.0
39/50 Mr. Trump personally encouraged his followers to explore the emails that Russia had stolen in tweets of 31 Oc… https://t.co/zzBnCKYYsD— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263114.0
40/50 In the months between Mr. Trump's nomination as the Republican candidate and the election, anonymous limited… https://t.co/E2C1opJZUV— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263115.0
43/50 In December 2016, before the inauguration, Michael Flynn illegally met with Russian officials to discuss Russ… https://t.co/rTfwupHLnf— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263115.0
46/50 In June 2017, Mr. Putin essentially admitted that Russia had intervened in the election, saying that he had… https://t.co/k7LCXJpHqr— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263116.0
50/50 In June 2018, Mr. Putin confirmed before the international press that he had wanted Mr. Trump to win. At tha… https://t.co/aziT9XAh7Y— Timothy Snyder (@Timothy Snyder) 1555263117.0
As Snyder states, all of this is a matter of public record. So what is in the Mueller report that we do not already know?
While the Trump administration claims the report "completely exonerated" the President, their reluctance to release the full report to Congress only fosters further suspicions. The sooner the full report is shared with Congress, the better it will look for President Trump.