During the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times regularly printed “bombshells” about Donald Trump to try and take him down. One such damaging story that was dropped as an “October Surprise,” was about Trump’s past sexual assault accusers.
The Times thought this would be enough to turn the tide of the election against Trump, but since Americans had already been inundated with accusation after accusation against him, they voted for him anyway.
Now, The Times has released another bombshell about Trump, and this time it involves Russia. The IJ Review reported that in the wake of Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security advisor, the Times printed a story about the frequency of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The liberal newspaper chose to print the story despite the fact that they had very few details to offer as evidence.
The New York Times reported:
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.
The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.
But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.
The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the government outside of the intelligence services, they said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.
It appears that leakers have once again contacted the New York Times with information that gives the appearance of impropriety, but this may not be the case. For example, most consider Trump’s comment about hoping Russian intelligence would unearth Hillary Clinton’s emails as a joke.
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