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June 22, 2021

Tsar Trump: Old & New Reports Suggest Russia Groomed Donald Trump to Lead US (Part I)

2016: British Spy Alleges Russian Cultivation of Trump… And/But FBI Director Breaks Protocol With Anti-Clinton Decision

Delving into reports about Donald Trump and international spies, Trump Watchdogs dug up this chilling October 31, 2016 headline from journalist David Corn with the independent publication Mother Jones: A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump.

That’s quite a headline. A jaw-dropper. And yet most Americans who now know the story weren’t aware of the report until January 10, 2017 or later. Why wasn’t this well-known news before the Electoral College certified Trump? After all, Mother Jones is a respectable publication. For instance, the magazine has been a finalist for 31 National Magazine Awards (or Ellies), which are on par with the Pulitzer Prize. And of the seven times that Mother Jones won awards, three were for “General Excellence.”

It might be important to consider the FBI’s other investigations at the time.

Or it might be important to consider the personal (not just professional) motivations of FBI Director James Comey.

Comey, we believe, is a key to understanding Trump’s rise to power and Trump’s relationship with Russia. The Mother Jones journalist seems to agree. The in-depth article by David Corn opens with a review of Comey’s announcement in late October 2016 regarding Hillary Clinton’s handling of email as Secretary of State. In Corn’s summary, Comey shook up the 2016 election by choosing to share information about an investigation that “was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant” so close to a presidentialelection — a move that broke with Justice Department tradition and was judged likely to damage Clinton’s campaign.

Here’s a key nugget from Corn’s article:

[A] former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump — and that the FBI requested more information from him.

The source, writes Corn, spent nearly 20 years as an intelligence officer focused on Russia and has been described as “credible” and “reliable” by a senior US government official. He now works for a US firm that supplies data about Russia to corporate clients. According to the former spy and his current business associates, they began researching Donald Trump in the summer of 2016 on behalf of a client who was critical of the candidate. Ultimately the firm concluded that “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.” Below are two key points about Trump from the former spy’s memos:

“Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.”

Russian intelligence has information about Trump that it could use as blackmail.

In July 2016, and without his company’s permission, the former spy (now publicly known to be Christopher Steele) sent a report about Donald Trump and the Russians to an FBI contact. In August the FBI requested the entirety of his data, including his sources. He then shared information with the FBI on an ongoing basis. He told Corn, “It’s quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on.”

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