Even as Donald Trump is reeling after Michael Flynn cut a plea deal to testify against him in the Trump-Russia scandal, it turns out Trump has a whole new problem. It’s long been known that the Trump campaign and the Russian government conspired at the 2016 Republican National Convention to change the Republican Party’s platform in Russia’s favor. Now a delegate from the convention is coming forward to testify about having witnessed the Trump-Russia conspiracy in action.
The delegate in question is named Diana Denman. She’s about to testify before Congress that Trump campaign adviser J.D. Gordon told her that Donald Trump himself wanted the platform changed in Russia’s favor, according to a new NPR report (link). Gordon ended up quitting the Trump campaign a few weeks after the convention, and it’s still not clear what role or side he may be taking in the Trump-Russia investigation. However, it’s crucial that a delegate is testifying to having heard Gordon accuse Trump of having been the mastermind.
Trump has long claimed that he had no role and no knowledge of any communication or conspiracy between his campaign and the Russians. Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave Michael Flynn such a potentially lenient deal, it signals that Flynn has provided evidence to prove Trump’s knowledge and guilt in the scandal. But when trying to take down a criminal president, the more witnesses and evidence the better. Denman’s testimony may force Gordon to become a cooperating witness against Trump as well.
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended the 2016 Republican National Convention and met with several Donald Trump campaign advisers in order to get the party platform changed. J.D. Gordon was among those Trump advisers. It’s widely believed, but not yet proven, that the Trump campaign made the platform change so that Russia would rig the election in Trump’s favor in return.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report