In a stunning new development which reveals that the Republican Party had far deeper ties to Russia during the 2016 election than previously known, and which serves to further delegitimize Donald Trump’s already controversial and tainted victory, the Republican National Committee now admits it hired a consulting firm to smear Hillary Clinton – and the firms team included an ex KGB agent. This revelation, first reported by Politico, connects the Republican Party to Russia in a manner which goes far beyond Trump’s own wide swath of known personal and professional and financial ties to Russia.
As Trump’s ties to Russia increasingly became a problem for him during the campaign, the RNC responded by hiring this particular firm due to its expertise on Russia and its connections. But the firm wasn’t hired to try to make Trump’s Russia problem go away. Instead the goal was to muddy the waters by coming up with controversies that might involve Hillary Clinton and Russia. In the end the firm produced dossiers which grossly overstated potential conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and various foreign nations – essentially a series of attempted smear tactics after it failed to come up with any sufficiently harmful real dirt.
Adding to the suspicious nature of the RNC’s behavior is that it listed the payments to the secretive firm as being for “security services” – essentially an acknowledgement that it knew the real reason wouldn’t look good if it ever became public knowledge – which it now has.
Politico has the full shocking story. This comes just days after the Director of the FBI publicly confirmed that the Donald Trump campaign is under active investigation for colluding with Russia to rig the election in favor of Trump over Clinton. It turns out the Republican Party itself was also doing something similar during the election.
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