Is there any legitimate reason for 45's campaign to have been talking to Russian Intellegence.
Lots of discussion around 'Did he or didn't he?', how often, and about what WRT Flynn, and maybe a few other 45 staffers. But I haven't come across anybody wondering why the staff of any campaign would be talking to Russian Intelligence to begin with. And that seems like a really obvious question to me. How would such communication be needed? Do presidential campaigns often converse with the Intelligence people of adversarial countries? (Or even friendly ones?) About what? Why? It looks like it was treason in this case, but when it happens in a 'normal' way, what's going on?
What do I not know about this?
(And my apologies if I've missed a previous discussion or am overlooking something obvious.)
International relations are for the sitting President and his team.
Like finding out your spouse is talking to a hit man when the two of you are going through a rough patch.
He appeared on RT, and also toured and gave lectures to their security apparitus.
FLYNN: One in the military [while director of the Defense Intelligence Agency]. I went there on a fully approved trip. I had a great trip. I was the first U.S. officer ever allowed inside the headquarters of the GRU [Russian intelligence]. I was able to brief their entire staff. I gave them a leadership OPD. [Professional development class on leadership] and talked a lot about the way the worlds unfolding.
PRIEST: Tell me about the RT [state-run Russian Television] relationship?
FLYNN: I was asked by my speakers bureau, LAI. I do public speaking. It was in Russia. It was a paid speaking opportunity. I get paid so much. The speakers bureau got paid so much, based on our contract.
PRIEST: To broaden the discussion on the Russia question a little bit, theres [Trump adviser] Carter Page having business interest and Paul Manafort have business interests there.
FLYNN: You know what? I dont know what their business interests are. Ive talked with Paul Manafort, met him, but if Carter Page walked in here, I wouldnt know who he is
Carter Page sounds like a small time player trying to make it bigger in the International scene. He picked Russia, and would tout his experience with Merril Lynch there to try to get bigger and better things.
What I did find, however, is that while Page might not be helping Trump, Trump has been a significant help to Page. Since being named by Trump as an adviser, Page, who has spent his career trying to put together energy deals in Russia and the former Soviet Union, has finally begun to be noticed in the region. He is being treated in Russia as a person with potentially important ties in America. Hes an extremely well-informed, authoritative expert on Russia, says Mikhail Leontiev, a pro-Kremlin talking head and spokesman for Rosneft, Russias state oil giant. People really respect him in this industry. Hes a very serious guy, and he has a good reputation. According to the Yahoo report, U.S. intelligence believes Page had an audience with top Russian officialsincluding Rosneft head Igor Sechinduring a summer trip to Moscow. From what I could find about him, its hard to imagine he could have secured those meetings without that mention by Trump.
Both claimed to me that the FBI was investigating Page for allegedly meeting with Igor Sechin and Sergei Ivanov, who was until recently Putins chief of staffboth of whom are on the sanctions listwhen Page was in Moscow in July for that speech.
Manafort was heavily involved in Russia, and the Ukraine. Especially in a political role.
A few days later, amid other reporting on Manafort's Ukraine ties, Manafort was ousted from the campaign.
Manafort was paid millions of dollars $12.7 million in cash, according to The New York Timesrepresenting a pro-Russian politician in the Ukraine.
Is mostly tied in due to the wikileaks connection.
But the Trump campaign denied that this ever happened, and the Foreign Ministry clarified to the New York Times that Ryabkov meant Russian officials had met with Trumps political allies and supporters, not his campaign staff directly.
Ryabkov told Bloomberg that the Russian embassy held meetings with the Trump camp on a "sufficient, responsible level" as part of "routine, everyday work." Ryabkov said the Russian embassy also had "sporadic" contact with the Clinton team, though it was "not always productive," according to Bloomberg.
With such heavy involvement in the country, why is there any surprise that they talked to anybody, even intelligence officers...knowingly or not? Flynn obviously did.