In the hours since an intelligence report about Donald Trump and Russia went public which the FBI, NSA and CIA all thought was credible enough to brief the President on, most of the focus has been on Trump’s alleged sexual antics included in the report. It included everything from Trump being involved with Russian prostitutes, to Russia videotaping it all and planning to blackmail him. But there’s another, potentially more serious accusation in the report: Trump agreed to let Russia have Ukraine in return for its role in helping him get elected.
The accusations in the intel report in question, which came from a former British MI6 intelligence officer, have not yet been proven. All we know thus far is that the U.S. intel community did consider the report viable enough that it briefed both President Obama and Trump himself on the matter. The most damning passage may be the following, which appears on pages seven and eight:
“Inter alia, Source E, acknowledged that the Russian regime had been behind the recent leak of embarrassing e-mail messages, emanating from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), to the WikiLeaks platform. The reason for using WikiLeaks was “plausible deniability? and the operation had been conducted with the full knowledge and support of TRUMP and senior members of his campaign team. In return the TRUMP team had agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue and to raise defence commitments in the Baltics and Eastern Europe to de?ect attention away from Ukraine, 3 priority for PUTIN who needed to cauterise the subject.”
If this particular detail of the intel report can be proven, it represents treason and it would almost certainly result in Trump’s eventual impeachment. Read the full report. Or better yet, ignore it and go look at cute puppies instead.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report