Russia

Links between Trump administration and Russia and the Investigation of this Subject by US agencies and Congress

 

Below is posted a letter that you may choose to send to your congressperson to ask that they call for an impartial investigation of the contacts between the Trump administration and Russia, as now there is further evidence that the administration is trying to influence this investigation by partnering with congressional members to contact intelligence agencies privately.

 

Dear ***,

 

My name is *** and I am a constituent concerned about the impartiality of the investigation into links between the current administration and Russian intelligence officials. As we know, phone records and calls intercepted by US agencies demonstrate that members of Trump’s campaign and other Trump associates had contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials before the election. Although some Russian officials have verified these claims, the Trump administration has denied all accusations of contact. One of the main sources calling into question relationships between the administration and the Russian intelligence community, the dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer, has not officially been verified, Christopher Steele, the author, has a credible record according to the FBI.

 

In order to transcend his questionable credit history (due to multiple bankruptcies in the past), Trump has partnered with Russian financiers on projects around the world, bringing into question what his businesses might gain from the lifting of Russian economic sanctions. Recently a business associate of Trump’s, Felix A. Sater, and the Ukrainian opposition leader, Andril V. Artemenko (part of the pro-Russian political movement supported by Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager) drafted a back-door negotiation to lift Russian sanctions and remove Russian forces from Ukraine, a deal denounced by Ukrainian officials. Because of a recently published Washington Post story, it was reported that Republican heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees, among others, were secretly enlisted by the white house to counter news stories on Russian links with the administration by contacting intelligence agencies and newspapers privately, a dangerous move to attempt to affect the supposedly impartial investigation. I urge you to call for an independent investigation of these contacts. The American people deserve to wake up in the morning without a doubt that their leader is a puppet of Vladimir Putin.

 

Thank you for your attention.

 

With conviction,

 

***

 

Here is a talking-points version if any of you would prefer to call your congressperson:

 

  • Phone records and calls intercepted by US agencies demonstrate that members of Trump’s campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, but it is not known whether these associates of Trump knew that they were communicating with Russian intelligence agents, or whether their identities as members of the intelligence community were secret
  • After the election in November, the deputy Russian foreign minister, said “there were contacts” during the campaign
  • The Trump transition team denied this statement
  • The former British intelligence officer who compiled the dossier, Christopher Steele has a credible track record, according to the FBI
  • Recently a business associate of Trump’s, Felix A. Sater, and the pro-Russian Ukrainian opposition leader, Andril V. Artemenko (part of the political movement supported by Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager) drafted a back-door deal to lift Russian sanctions and remove Russian forces from Ukraine. This deal was denounced by Ukrainian officials.
  • In a Washington Post story yesterday, it was reported that Republican heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees, among others, were secretly enlisted by the white house to counter news stories on Russian links with the administration by contacting intelligence agencies and newspapers privately (including the Washington Post), a dangerous move to attempt to affect the supposedly impartial investigation of these contacts