Rep. Adam Schiff masterfully exposed the Russians for interfering in the 2016 election and supporting Donald Trump on Monday.
Monday was an important day for the justice system. In a highly anticipated hearing, FBI Director James Comey made it clear that the FBI was investigating the Russians for their role in interfering in the election.
During the hearing, Schiff laid out all of his circumstantial evidence, noting that all of it is drawn from public reports, some of which haven’t been confirmed yet.
Schiff revealed that based on the information available, it appeared that the Russians were helping Trump and trying to harm Hillary Clinton. Some of his evidence included:
- A July meeting that saw Trump adviser Carter Page travel to Moscow for the Trump campaign where he delivered a critical speech about the United States.
- A report from former M16 agent Christopher Steeles, who claims Page engaged in a secret meeting with a major Russian oil executive and brokered a purchase of around 19 percent of the company.
- Steeles reported that the Trump campaign was offered documents that were damaging to Clinton. The Russians eventually published them through WikiLeaks in order to maintain plausible deniability. This deal was facilitated for the price of a policy that would deemphasize Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and focus on criticizing NATO countries for not paying their fair share. He concluded that the final point had happened numerous times and was evident with his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Trump’s decision to hire Paul Manafort and his numerous backroom deals with the Ukrainian government.
- Sen. Jeff Sessions and his meetings with the Russians.
- In July, stolen emails detrimental to Clinton appear on WikiLeaks. Guccifer 2.0 takes credit. The U.S. intelligence community determines that the hacks were the result of APT 28 and APT 29, both of which have links to Russian intelligence services.
- In July, Trump professes his love of WikiLeaks and calls on the Russians to hack his opponents emails, saying they will be rewarded by the press if they do.
- Michael Flynn’s connections to the Russians and the Russian ambassador.