As part of the Hillary panic over her collapsing numbers, a story dropped about how a Russian spy told the FBI that they had been “cultivating” Trump for years.
Watch the report below:
More from the Hill:
In June, the officer, who now works for a U.S. firm gathering information on Russia for corporate clients, was told to research the Republican presidential nominee’s dealings in Russia, Mother Jones reported Monday night.
“It started off as a fairly general inquiry,” the ex-spy said.
As he searched, he says he found “an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”
Citing it as an “extraordinary situation,” he ex-intelligence officer sent a copy of his report to the FBI.
In it, he charged that Russian intelligence had “compromised” Trump and could “blackmail him” and that it had a file on Hillary Clinton compiled from “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”
He said FBI officials greeted his July memo with “shock and horror” but did not request additional information.
The FBI then asked him for more memos in August, he added, prompting him to submit dossiers on members of Trump’s inner circle with ties to Russia.
“It’s quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on,” he said of the FBI’s examination of Trump’s links to Moscow.
“This is something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former spy added. “I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”
This has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Trump campaign, where they seem to go out of their way to defend Putin and his interests. I’ve noted that his son Donald Jr. absolutely explodes when the charges are made, and denies everything even before any information is known. And throw in there that Wikileaks is helping out Trump tremendously, even as many charge that it’s just a thinly veiled Russian espionage operation.
While it’s rather fantastical to think the Russians could have blackmailed him so easy, in the weirdest and most bizarre election in recent memory, it would fit right in.
Check out some of our posts detailing the weird admiration Trump has for Putin here.