Notice the final statement, “Putin claimed on Saturday he and Trump were in agreement that Russia was not involved. ”
“Putin claimed”… but we did not read or hear of a corresponding statement from the President. Just because Putin says it is so, does not make it true. It is often quite the opposite. Putin is known to have lied, mostly likely, as much as he tells the truth.
The bottom line, everybody in the US, with the exception of the President, seems to have publicly stated that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election. Of course, Putin denies this, he’d be a fool to acknowledge such behavior.
Eventually, the enormity of what Russia did will be revealed to the world. The problem is, the effort was so vast, so easy to hide in plain sight, so difficult to give direct attribution to Russia, and so difficult to prove, that it will be a primarily circumstantial case, regardless who researches, compiles, and writes the study. The trolls were anonymous. The fake news was often non-attributable. The hackers were anonymous. The propaganda was ubiquitous. The news became an untrusted source and what news that did circulate was often published by unknown sources. Whatever Russia did melded with the hugely emotional discussions going on domestically and in foreign forums, most of it online and therefore, almost impossible to trace back to a source. Despite what the newspapers would have you read, it was not really about hacking. It was down, it was dirty, it was disgusting.
Despite all the charges and counter-charges bantered about by Republicans, Democrats, and all others, the charges of collusion with Russia by the Trump administration appear to be entirely fabricated for the purpose of politics. It appears that ‘if you assert the charges the evidence will appear’ was the modus operandi for the entire media campaign against Trump following the election. Every day a new charge that ‘this evidence will surely sink him’ seems to be made, just to find out it to be entirely fabricated, made of smoke and mirrors, and would otherwise result in charges of slander, libel, unprofessional journalism, and/or conduct unbecoming.
One truism stands clearly above the fray, Russia played a major part in the information cacophony commonly known as the US 2016 election. That is obvious even to a casual observer.
BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 07/08/17 01:11 PM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said everyone knows that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections, as well as other elections around the world, despite President Trump’s refusal to say they did.
“Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections,” Haley told CNN’s Dana Bash in a pre-taped interview for “State of the Union.”
Haley’s comments come after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump brought up the issue of election hacking to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at the G20 summit in Hamburg.
However, Trump has been hesitant to say publicly that Russia meddled in the election, saying other countries could have been involved, and that “nobody really knows for sure.”
“Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election,” Haley said. “They’re doing this across multiple continents, and they’re doing this in a way that they’re trying to cause chaos within the countries.”
“And it’s not just going to be us saying this. I think you’re going to hear other leaders come out and say, cut it out, we’re not going to put up with it,” she continued.
When pressed on Trump’s comments by Bash, Haley said the president still confronted the Russian president. In a separate CBS News appearance, she also pointed to the ongoing FBI and congressional probes into the issue as evidence that the Russians will face consequences.
“President Trump still knows that they meddled,” she told CBS News’ John Dickerson in a pre-taped interview for “Face the Nation.” “President Putin knows that they meddled, but he is never going to admit to it. And that’s all that happened.”
Putin claimed on Saturday he and Trump were in agreement that Russia was not involved.