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."
Ever since the announcement on July 26 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team was reviewing the Twitter feed of President Donald Trump, people speculated as to why. Obstruction of justice made the top of most lists.
Obstruction of Justice includes:
Donald Trump Made a Questionable Claim About Russian Interference in 2018, and a Russian Expert Just Shut Him Down
President Donald Trump continues to vacillate between denying any Russian election interference in 2016 and acknowledging it; discrediting U.S. intelligence agencies by refuting their evidence of continued Russian interference then stating Russia poses a legitimate threat in 2018.
Tuesday morning, Russia returned to being a threat. But, the President claimed, only to him.
During Thursday's Aspen Security Forum, Tom Burt, Microsoft's VP of Customer Security & Trust, warned the crowd that hacks, like those during the 2016 elections by Russian government operatives, continue to happen. Three midterm candidates already suffered cyber attacks from Russian hackers.
In 2016, Burt said his team discovered fake Microsoft domain names used by the Russian hacking groups —given code names like Scrontium, APT28, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm— used to "phish" information from unsuspecting campaign staffers.
Donald Trump Just Contradicted His Intelligence Director On Russia Again, and People Are Waiting for the Walkback
President Donald Trump stated Tuesday afternoon that he has "a full faith in our intelligence agencies." But less than 24 hours later, Trump contradicted his own national security advisers again in front of cameras by claiming Russia was no longer targeting the United States.
On Monday, Dan Coats, Trump's hand-picked Director of National Intelligence, stated,
Mike Pence Just Released a Questionable Statement on Trump's Helsinki Press Conference, and People Are Wondering What Press Conference He Saw
While many have been critical of President Donald Trump's closed door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin —and the press conference after it— his number 2 guy, Vice President Mike Pence, is not among them.
Speaking at the United States Commerce Department today, Pence gave a very different version of Trump's Russian agenda.
Reactions to the joint press conference Monday between Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States President Donald Trump are very favorable —in Russia. The majority of the rest of the world sees things a bit differently.
Nowhere is the reaction stronger than in the United States and things are not looking good for the 45th President on the homefront. Political foes and one-time friends alike are publicly criticizing the U.S. Commander in Chief.