One simple question that can shed light on the relationship of trump with Russia

The scandal caused trump’s ties with Russia, continues to gain momentum. Former national security Advisor, Michael Flynn (as Michael Flynn) resigned after it became known that he secretly talked with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak on the sanctions imposed against Russia for its cyber-attacks on computer networks of politicians and political organizations during elections in 2016 with the aim of supporting Donald Trump.

Attorney General Jeff sessions (Jeff sessions) was forced to recuse himself, refused to participate in the Ministry of justice and the FBI investigation against Russia and the electoral headquarters of the trump. The reason for this was that he was caught in a lie when he said that during the election campaign, as the principal adviser to trump, had no contact with Russian officials (he also met with Kislyak). In the media there are more information that colleagues trump had contacts with Russian officials and possibly members of the Russian intelligence. According to reports, at least one investigation in this area by the FBI. The Committee on intelligence of the house of representatives and the Senate have also begun their own audits. And over the weekend trump lost control of himself and collapsed in his microblog on Twitter with unsubstantiated accusations (inspired by the publication Breitbart) in an address to Obama that he organized the illegal surveillance of him in the tower the Trump Tower. As the situation becomes more complicated to follow the development of events becomes more difficult. It is increasingly likely that the investigation will be long and difficult. But there is a simple question that could easily answer and which would help to get to the point.

What happened during the conversation with Flynn Kislyak before the election?

One of the principal issues in this scandal is what the conversation is and what the contacts were, trump and his associates with the representatives of the regime of Vladimir Putin and his agents. Trump and his political aides have repeatedly stated that any contact between members of the electoral headquarters of the trump and Russian during the election campaign was not. A few days after the election — in response to media reports which quoted the words of Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov on the fact that between representatives of trump and of the Kremlin “were the contacts” — the press-Secretary of trump hope Hicks (Hope Hicks) said that at the headquarters before the election “no ties with top Russian officials” were not. After the press conference on 11 January, trump said the same thing. February 14 at the briefing in the White house press Secretary Sean Spicer (Sean Spicer) confirmed these words.

Trump has repeatedly said — as well as at a press conference last month that “he had no relations with Russia” (this is a lie, because he repeatedly tried to do business in Russia and played one of their contests “Miss universe”, the rights which belonged to him until 2015, in Moscow, in partnership with a billionaire Aras Agalarov. Later, trump has made with him and other transactions in Russia).

The information available in the public domain, contrary to the statements of the members of the team of trump, in which they deny their ties with the Russians. Flynn, sessions, the former foreign policy advisers trump Carter Paige (Carter Page) and Jeffrey Gordon (Jeffrey Gordon), and a former campaign Manager by Paul Manafort (Manafort Paul) during the campaign in varying degrees, in contact with Russian officials. Perhaps the most intriguing was the relationship Flynn.

When the Washington Post published a sensational news that Flynn said Kislyak during the transition period (after the election but before the inauguration of the trump — approx.ed.) its reporters spoke with the Russian Ambassador, who said that not received widespread public resonance: Flynn and Kislyak spoke on the eve of election day. This statement was a refutation of all the statements of the members of staff of the trump that during the campaign no personal meetings with the Russians they had. But the consequences were more serious.

In early June there were reports that Russian hacker involved in hacking computer networks of Democrats, which was made public — through WikiLeaks and other media — emails, stolen from servers of the national Committee of the Democratic party (then, in October was published the e-mails stolen from the Chairman of the headquarters, Hillary Clinton, John Podestà). In late July, Obama said that “experts attribute this [hacking] Russian.” In mid-August, trump as the Republican candidate was briefed by the security services, telling him that these hacks and leaks is Moscow. This briefing was attended by Flynn.

Seventh of September the Director of National intelligence James Clapper (James Clapper) referred to at the July Obama’s statement and added that “the Russians are always hacking into our systems — and not only governmental, but also corporate and personal systems.” A month later, the office of Clapper, and the Department of homeland security issued a statement which said that the culprit of the crimes is without doubt Moscow.

Therefore, since the beginning of June until the day of the election, it was widely noted that the Russians are either probable perpetrators of the crime, or the guilty party. It was reported that Putin’s government had a secret operation to influence American elections. And although the intelligence community only after the elections came to the conclusion that this scheme was designed to help people during the election campaign it was evident that this operation is damaging to Hillary Clinton and provided support Trump.

All this means that when during the campaign, Flynn said Kislyak (or some other representative of the Russian authorities), he was in contact with a representative of a foreign power, which fought against the United States political war, and he had reason to suspect it or know about it. In addition, throughout the campaign — summer and autumn — Flynn, already held in pretty good relations with Moscow (he was paid for what he spent time in the company with Putin in Moscow during a ceremony on the occasion of the anniversary of the TV channel RT in December 2015), was the main trump’s assistant on foreign policy (he was one of the main speakers at the national Convention of the Republican party).

What Flynn — this prominent and important adviser to trump all this being said Kislyak? The Ambassador refused to tell the Washington Post that he and Flynn discussed. Maybe Flynn strongly demanded that Russian ceased to intervene in US policy? And if they discussed hacking hacking in General? Maybe Flynn reported to Moscow that Putin would be advantageous if the President was trump? If Flynn said Kislyak something like that (or even if he evaded discussion on hacker attacks), Moscow could take it as an encouragement — supportive attitude towards her covert operation aimed at undermining elections in the United States.

It has been suggested that the headquarters of the trump was in cahoots with Moscow and had a General plan for the organization of information (Clapper over the weekend said he had not seen any evidence of the existence of such a conspiracy, but noted that perhaps such evidence appeared after he left his post in January). But the connection between trump and the Russian authorities can be called inappropriate, even if they were not as blatant. During the election campaign, trump has made laudatory remarks about Putin, refused to acknowledge the involvement of the Russian hacker attacks and talked about the possibility of easing the sanctions imposed against Russia for its incursion into Ukraine. And if Flynn is in their personal conversations with Kislyak reinforced the Pro-Putin ideas and messages trump, his words must have sounded reassuring to Moscow and may have emboldened the Russian regime, an attempt on the electoral system of the United States.

Election communication Flynn Kislyak may have been much more significant than his conversations during the transition period on sanctions Obama, which was the reason for his resignation. Investigators studying the scandal caused by trump’s ties with Russia, should pay special attention to this. Flynn should ask, when exactly in the course of the campaign he was talking with the Russian Ambassador. Should re-examine phone records and text messages. Among these materials, may be transcripts of these conversations as members of the intelligence community of the United States followed Kislyak in a planned manner (which is why Flynn was caught in a lie, when he talked about his conversations with the Ambassador of Russia in the transition period).

In the case of ties between teams trump with Russia investigators and journalists have to make many sensational results. It is obvious that the contacts in the campaign were — and that trump and his supporters have repeatedly covered it up and dissembled about it. And it’s possible that Flynn is one of the clues to what happened. In recent days, much attention was attracted by two confirmed cases of conversation with Kislyak and Roman sessions. Not less carefully should study and pre-election contacts with the Russians Flynn. It can be the key to solving this mystery, shrouded in darkness.