However, a former Western intelligence officer is saying the Russian government has been grooming the President-elect as an asset — for the PAST FIVE YEARS!
According to Mother Jones, the former officer — who now works with a U.S. firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients — was assigned the task of researching Trump's dealings in the nation-state and elsewhere.
The probe "started off as a fairly general inquiry," until the former spy came across troubling information revealing "an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit."
But that's just the tip of the iceberg…
Further investigation found that the Kremlin had been cultivating the businessman-turned-politician for at least five years to encourage divisions in western alliance! The former spy detailed in a memo:
"Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance."
The memo maintained that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals."
The memo also claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow — like when he brought the 2013 Miss Universe pageant there — and could now "blackmail" him.
According to the former spy, Russian intelligence also compiled a report on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls." And one or two emails, probably.
The former intelligence officer says the response from the FBI was "shock and horror" — however, the bureau did not immediately request additional material after receiving the first memo.
In August, the FBI asked the former spy to forward all his information, and he sent all his memos to the bureau — some of which referred to members of Trump's inner circle. The former officer noted:
"It's quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on. This is something of huge significance, way above party politics. I think [Trump's] own party should be aware of this stuff as well."
Now, it looks like the public also wants to be privy to the information — but the intelligence agencies aren't coughing the reports up that easily!
Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed against the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for failure to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the reports about Russia's interference with the election.
Investigative reporter Jason Leopold and Harvard research affiliate Ryan Shapiro filed the lawsuit after never receiving word as to whether or not their petition for the expedited processing of their information request would be granted.
Aside from seeking information Congress may have received from federal intelligence agencies, they are also requesting communications between FBI director James Comey and the White House about publicly accusing Russia of interfering with the election.
The Department of Justice requires agencies to notify those who issued the request within 10 days after receiving a letter asking for quick processing — Leopold and Shapiro sent their requests on December 14 and 15.
The party seeks information about any ongoing investigation into ties between Trump's team and interference between the Russian government in the election — and given the reports from the former intelligence officer, there's certainly a lot to hide!
And with Trump's inauguration only weeks away, the clock is most definitely ticking to understand how the results of the election upset were influenced by a foreign power that allegedly spent the last five years cultivating its victor.
Do YOU think something major will come out of all this before inauguration day?
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