Remember when Donald Trump called for Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election?
Remember when Trump said he HOPED the Russians did have Clinton’s e-mails.
At the time, we dismissed Trump’s rhetoric as just that…political bluster. However, it is clear today that it was not just political bluster, but it was real. He really was announcing his request for Russian interference in the election. Perhaps it was not treasonous, but it was surely unpatriotic.
It was Theodore Roosevelt who said:
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Today the Democratic National Committee filed suit against the Trump Campaign, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chief Paul Manafort and campaign official Richard Gates, and Trump’s buddy Roger Stone. The Democratic Party has asserted that it was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. In a 66 page suit, the Democratic Party asserts Trump’s associates of illegally working with Russian intelligence agents to interfere with the outcome of the election.
The suit asserts that: “The conspiracy constituted an act of previously unimaginable treachery: the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,” as reported by The Washington Post.
The Democrats accused Trump’s campaign of being “a racketeering enterprise” that worked with the Russians and WikiLeaks in a conspiracy that included hacking email servers at the D.N.C. and leaking damaging information to the public. The lawsuit demands monetary damages and a declaration that the defendants conspired to alter the course of the election.
The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that “In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort” to mount “a brazen attack on American Democracy,” which included Russian infiltration of the Democratic Party computer network.
The Trump campaign, according to the lawsuit, “gleefully welcomed Russia’s help.”
The suit says that the Trump campaign solicited Russia’s illegal assistance and maintained secret communications with people linked to the Russian government, including a spy agency tasked with attacking the DNC. The suit goes on to say that Russian agents trespassed into the DNC’s computer network and other electronic accounts, “collected trade secrets and other private data” and then sent that information to Wikileaks, a private group well-known for publishing secret documents
The suit’s claims open with the words: “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.”
“In 2015 and 2016, Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC’s computers, penetrated its phone systems and exfiltrated tens of thousands of documents and emails,” the suit says.
“Russia then used this stolen information to advance its own interests: destabilizing the U.S. political environment, denigrating Democratic presidential nominee, and supporting the campaign of Donald J. Trump … whose policies would benefit the Kremlin,” the suit charges.
The suit alleges claims that include conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, misappropriation of trade secrets, trespass and other violations of the law.
It was a sad day for America when Trump was elected.
It is even sadder when we learn that a sitting President was elected as a result of such treachery.
There is no act of treachery or meanness
of which a political party is not capable;
for in politics there is no honour.