The unanswered questions about T’s involvement, financially or otherwise with Putin/Russia still remains somewhat unknown, since the Administration is aggressively protecting this information, as well as T’s taxes. Obviously, the clear act of withholding is a tacit reason to believe that there are nefarious ties that are very dear to T.
By extension, lack of clarity on what is really going on between the two parties does affect our national security with T fawning all over Putin and giving away the store potentially, giving a green light to Turkey to go after the Kurds, and open the door to Russia, the dismantling of our FEC or Federal Election Committees, Cyber Security, State Dept and so much more. What has been galling is the fact the details of private meetings between the two leaders have been kept private…
Read more of what the recap of what is known and unknown about T’s catering to Russia and vice versa.
What is at stake? Just about everything.
Compounding Americans’ opaque view into Mr Trump’s finances is the fact that he is the only American president since Richard Nixon to not release his income tax returns.
According to Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor and a distinguished fellow in criminal justice at Pace University law school, investigators’ lack of access to Mr Trump’s financial records means the motives for some of his decisions and policy stances remain unexplored.
“This goes back to…questions of what is motivating all of this,” Ms Rocah told The Independent.
“We know part of it is helping his campaign – which is a crime in and of itself – but all roads also lead to money with Donald Trump, and until we know what his financial entanglements really are we are not going to understand what is really going on here.”
Ms Rocah also said the Trump administration’s refusal to turn the evidence Mr Mueller gathered over to congressional investigators means that the question of whether people in Mr Trump’s orbit coordinated their campaign’s messaging with WikILeaks’ release of emails that Russian military hackers stole from the Democratic National Committee will continue to go unanswered without further investigation.
“There’s still all this stuff that’s sealed, and while I think we’re starting to learn some of these things through FOIA requests, Congress really hasn’t been able to get their hands on any of it because they’re playing the delay game with these court battles over it,” she said.
“We know that he was essentially coordinating the campaign with WikILeaks, and we only learned that in the past couple of weeks, so what else don’t we know that we could discover if Congress had access to it,” she continued.
“We all kind of know it without knowing it - the answer to what is motivating the Helsinki press conference, the favouritism to Putin, and his helping Russia over Ukraine, but what is motivating all of that? Does he just love dictators or is because of some financial interest, or both? We want the facts, and because they’re obstructing…and delaying…by the time it comes out it will be too late.”
Joel Rubin, who served as deputy assistant secretary for house affairs from 2014-2015, concurred with Ms Rocah’s view that there are too many unanswered questions about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
“Of course, there’s the primary question about all the primary engagements between the Trump campaign and the Russian operation that were extensively documented in the Mueller report – about 100 of them – and no real explanation…that makes any sense,” Mr Rubin said.
“It’s a clear precursor in terms of their sense of what they can get away with on working with foreigners and foreign governments to help them win elections,” he continued, noting that Congress has not explored why Jared Kushner – Mr Trump’s son-in-law and a key advisor during his 2016 campaign – wanted to set up a secret back-channel with the Russian embassy.