Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election is quickly enveloping the White House on all sides. On Friday, it was revealed that disgraced former National Security Advisor has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. It was a stunning development and a clear indication that Mueller’s probe is closing in on the president himself.
Now, another piece of the Russian puzzle has fallen into place with a new report from NPR that the Trump team was directly responsible for changes made to the Republican platform at the RNC in which support for Ukraine in the aftermath of the illegal Russian invasion of Crimea was neutered, and a less anti-Russia policy was penned.
Sources familiar with the story told NPR that Diana Denman, an RNC delegate who witnessed the convention first hand, has stated that a representative for Trump requested the pro-Putin changes to the platform.
Denman, who was an advocate for arming Ukraine in face of Russian aggression, said that Trump aide J.D. Gordon told her that Trump himself had directed him to seek a weakening of the policy. When she asked if he had spoken directly to Trump about it, he said he had. Gordon has since denied this assertion.
The revelation is extremely damning. Vladimir Putin and his cryptocriminal regime had a vested interest in making sure the United States pulled back on its support for Ukraine. Somehow, conveniently and with no real explanation for why, Trump and his campaign supported the exact policy changes that the Russian dictator wanted.
It’s also worth noting that former Trump campaign manager and chairman Paul Manafort, who has since been indicted by Robert Mueller, used to work as a lobbyist for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Yanukovych, a staunch ally of Putin, was forced from power in 2014 and has been living in Russia in exile since. In other words, Manafort — through his pro-Russia Ukranian contacts — could have conceivably had a back channel directly to Vladimir Putin, which would explain why the Trump team pushed for the changes to the RNC platform. It hardly seems a coincidence that this happened while Russia was actively working to get Trump elected.
NPR adds that Denman is set to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees this week. Hopefully, she can help them wade through the smoke and mirrors and finally get to the truth of this story. If Trump betrayed the American people to secure the election he must be held accountable.