The Russia investigation continues in the US, as Mueller turns the heat on.
Since winning the presidential election back last year in November, Donald Trump became one of the most talked men in the world. However, having won so convincingly in his quest to become the president, many people in the country were not particularly happy about it and questions started being asked. As it turned out, a Russian hack targeting Trump’s opposition, the DNC, was revealed at the time with many reports indicating that Trump might have had a hand in it.
Fast forward a year and one month later, the issue is still dogging Trump’s presidency tenure so much so that the US decided to appoint a special investigator who could look into the Russia issue. The investigation has been revealing some much-needed information including how the Russians might have gotten into the DNC servers, and also including information which shows that the Trump campaign might have known about the hacking incident.
Soon after his inauguration back in January, Donald Trump publicly admitted that Russia had been involved in the DNC server attack, but it seems he now regrets his decision. In a new report, it is indicated that the president told his closest aides that admitting that Russia was responsible might have been a trap that he invariably fell for.
Trump told reporters back in January that he thought that the hacking incident was probably done by Russia. He also added at the time that he thought that other countries were also involved in hacking the US. Several reports from US media at the time indicated that Trump was under immense pressure to side with American intelligence officials that Russia had taken part in the hacking incident of the DNC. His closest advisors at the time had strongly encouraged him to publicly acknowledge the problem at hand.
A US intelligence agency worked out back in January 2016 that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, had ordered for an extensive influence campaign on the US elections which included cyberattacks, leaks and misinformation representation against the candidates he did not like. He was trying to undermine the much celebrated American democracy system, and also favor Trump in the process who many believe he could invariably control.
In their efforts to make Trump a standard and normal president, his son in law, Jared Kushner and his chief of staff at the time, Reince Priebus, are said to have strongly encouraged him to acknowledge the findings of the agency and also publicly make an announcement about it.
However, Trump, being egotistical as he is, did not want to make it look like the win had come out of nothing but his own work, charisma and energy, and scoffed at the spy agencies claiming that some of them were unreliable. However, despite his misgivings towards admitting to the Russian interference he gave in, after being told that some of his chosen Cabinet picks had also backed the spy agencies intelligence.
Ever since then, the Trump campaign and presidency has been dogged by the Russia saga as Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge, continues to dig as he looks for anything that might have been done illegally at the time. Trump now dismisses the investigation as nothing more than a witch hunt, and Moscow called the investigation, nothing but baseless accusations.
Many media organizations have slammed Trump for taking sides with the Russians instead of his own spy agencies. He has also taken aim at the FBI, especially after being unconvinced by the former agency’s boss, James Comey, whom he fired back in May.
Mueller has been able to charge four people from the Trump campaign so far since he started his investigation back in June, with the highest casualty being Trump’s former national security as an advisor, Michael Flynn. Flynn has decided to work with Mueller in the investigation as part of his plea agreement. One thing for sure is that the Russian saga will dog Trump’s presidency for a long time to come.