A recent letter writer called President Trump’s comments at a press conference with Putin treasonous. I wonder if the writer applied the same standard to President Obama?
In June 2013, less than a month after the Pentagon traced the 2012 attacks on the computers of 114 government agencies to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, President Obama praised China’s “peaceful” rise at a joint press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Clearly bad diplomacy is not treason.
As to the infallibility of the intelligence community, let’s look at the facts. The primary allegation is Russia hacked the DNC computers giving voters a glimpse into the real Hillary Clinton. This allegation was made by a DNC contracted cybersecurity firm. The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) examined the released metadata and indicated there was no evidence of hacking, and it appeared to be an inside job. Previously, VIPS was one of the first organizations to question the conclusion of US Intelligence agencies that Iraq possessed stockpiles of WMDs.
Obviously I have no way to determine which analysis is correct, but the VIPS conclusion would explain the actions of Robert Mueller. The legal standard for investigating cybercrime is best evidence. This means if the actual hard drive(s) of a compromised computer exists, it takes precedence over secondary sources. To this day no government organization to include the Special Investigator has examined the DNC server. Instead they have chosen to rely on hearsay evidence from a DNC contractor.
The other major allegation is President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. After two years of investigation, an informant (i.e. spy), wiretaps, raids, and jailing of Trump associates, the only information implicating the Trump campaign was provided by Russian FSB (KGB) agents to Christopher Steele for his infamous dossier.
For those not familiar with Russian politics, FSB agents only leak information authorized by Putin, or they die. So it would seem reasonable to assume this September surprise was an insurance policy by the Russians to make good on the millions of dollars they contributed to the Clinton Foundation and other left wing organizations to influence the election. So yes there was election meddling, but Trump won anyway.
Finally, let’s examine the Putin puppet claim. Since being inaugurated President Trump has imposed 16 sanctions on Russia (more than all 8 years of the Obama Presidency), sold weapons to Russian enemies Poland and the Ukraine, and actually punished Russia’s ally Syria for using chemical weapons. Contrast this with previous administrations post-election “flexibility” and authorization to sell North American Uranium rights to Russia.
David Carter, Niceville