What’s the truth about Trump and Russia? How can Americans get to the truth?
For most of us, news of the Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee came in June, 2016 when the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the DNC’s computers.
The possible connection between the Russians and the Trump Campaign was revealed over the months of June and July 2016, as more information surfaced linking key Trump campaign officials and Russian operatives.
Mother Jones Magazine provides a comprehensive timeline of the history of Donald Trump’s associations with Putin and Russia. The timeline also shows what we have learned about Trump campaign officials and advisors and their connections to Russian officials and oligarchs.
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May 17th Update: Robert Mueller appointed as special counsel.
The article below ends with the caution that the probe will likely take time and will not result in the public answers that people are waiting for. There won’t be a press conference or a report, however, Mueller is not only tasked with investigating. He is given authority to prosecute any federal crimes that the investigation uncovers. Stay tuned…
Washington Post, May 17th – Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election
May 18th Update: A Discharge Petition has been filed to bring the Protecting Our Democracy Act to the House floor for a vote.
On January 6th, Congressman Eric Swalwell of California introduced H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act.
According to the bill summary at Congress.gov, the bill establishes in the legislative branch the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election to examine Russian interference in our elections.
One might ask if a commission is still needed, with a special counsel named that will work through the Justice Department to get to the bottom of the Russia/Trump interference in our elections.
Democrats say “Yes.” According to Democrats interviewed by the Washington Post, a commission would be focused on the future, whereas the special counsel is tasked with uncovering and punishing what has happened in the past.
The Commission would function similarly to the 9/11 Commission. It would investigate with the focus on how to fix the underlying problems and vulnerabilities that allowed foreign meddling in our election to occur. According to Adam Shiff, it would be complementary to the Special Counsel, not competitive.