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What is up with Trump and Russia

Anthony Miller, Opinion editor

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The Trump/Russia story is potentially the largest political scandal of the century so far.

The basic gist of the scandal is that Trump and his campaign have been accused of colluding with the Russian government to win the 2016 presidential election.

At this point, most people can agree that Russia intervened in the election in various ways.

The thing people disagree on is whether or not the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russia during the election.

To look into Russian involvement in the election, the House and Senate appointed a Special Counsel, led by Robert Mueller, a Republican and former FBI director.

I don’t think enough people fully realize just how big this scandal could get.

If Mueller comes out and definitely says the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, it will be one of the largest political scandals of all time.

It will make Watergate look like nothing.

Despite this, there is a large contingency of people that believe the whole Russia investigation is a sham, and that there’s no evidence for any of it.

The problem with this argument is that there is evidence for it, and while I can’t go over all of it here, I hope to give a few samples so people who want to learn more about the issue know where they can begin.

If you want concrete evidence of it here and now, how about the fact that Donald Trump Jr. literally met with the Russians to discuss dirt on Hillary Clinton back in 2016?

Like, I’m not even adding anything additional here. Trump Jr. literally met with Russians off-the-record to discuss dirt on a political adversary.

This wasn’t an isolated incident. Current Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russians off the record as well.

There’s also the matter of the Russia-backed DNC hack that helped Trump, and how the Russia-backed Wikileaks only ever released dirt on Hillary Clinton and outright fabricated scandals about her.

Did I mention Trump literally asked Russia to hack Hillary’s emails?

You can even see it with Trump’s political decisions. He rejected the balance of powers and refused to implement sanctions against Russia despite the sanctions being passed by a supermajority
in the House and Senate.

And then there’s the matter of the indictments.

Despite the many lines that Mueller’s investigation is all a sham, there have been 22 indictments, four of which have been guilty pleas.

Despite all this, and an absurd amount more I can’t include here due to the word count, there is still a large group of people that think this investigation is just one big show.

I would like to ask those people: If this is all just one big witch hunt, why is Trump so eager to fire Mueller?

And that’s the part of it nobody has been able to explain to me.

If Trump was innocent, and this really was just one big witch hunt, why would he be so nakedly desperate to shut down Mueller’s investigation?

Why did he order Mueller’s investigation shut down last June, so shortly after it first began?

Surely, if he’s innocent, the evidence will exonerate him?

The only reason Trump could have for going after Mueller is because he has something to hide.

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