WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has used parts of the US government and important allies to prosecute unproven or disproved conspiracy theories, some of which have been incubated in the dark and anonymous corners of the Internet.
FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump, flanked by California Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R-Modesto) and US Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), talks to reporters after executing federal regulations in the White House in Washington US October 9, 2019. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
Text messages between US diplomats, a display of whistleblowers, and a series of public statements made by Trump and other officials over the last few days provide the clearest insight into the extent to which The President has used the government to investigate allegations that secret forces were planning against him.
Much of this evidence has surfaced following an impeachment investigation initiated by Democrats in the US House of Representatives.
Some of the evidence that has emerged shows that
US State Department ambassadors in Europe offered the Ukrainian President a visit to the White House if he promised to investigate a disputed theory that Russia was not in the elections of 2016 meddled the Trump office induced. An intelligence agent's whistleblower complaint suggested Trump also withheld nearly $ 400 million in security aid to Ukraine as an additional lever, which Trump denied.
– The Ministry of Justice is currently investigating its own investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections and the allegations that Trump's election campaign has worked with Moscow. Attorney General William Barr and another high-ranking department official have been traveling to Europe in recent months to investigate the theory that the FBI investigation, which was launched for the first time in the 2016 presidential campaign, was actually a conspiracy to keep Trump from To become president.
The president's tendency to say untrue things, especially on Twitter, has caused his government a headache. So far, however, the government has made great efforts to distance itself from such statements.
Last year, in a series of lawsuits, the Department of Justice argued that the President did not necessarily know what he tweeted about national security.
Here are the three cases in which Trump has openly voiced his views on unconfirmed conspiracies behind episodes that damage his presidency. The White House declined to comment on the cases:
Investigations by US intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, congressional researchers, and outside researchers have revealed that the Russian government blames hacking on Democratic party organizations Sharing stolen emails carries politically favorable moments in 2016. Russia has refused to participate, although US investigators even named the Russian officers who were sitting at the keyboard during the breaks.
However, on some right-wing websites, a different view has prevailed. In that news, cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which hired the DNC to investigate the hack, falsely accused Russia of hijacking e-mail servers as part of a coverup to Ukraine. As early as March 2017, an unnamed poster on 4chan's website wrote that "Russia may not have been the source of leaked e-mails from Democrats posted by WikiLeaks." Other contributors falsely said CrowdStrike co-founder Dmitri Alperovitch was a Ukrainian (he is American) Russian-born citizen).
Trump referred to this view during a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which he mentioned CrowdStrike by name and said: "The server they say Ukraine has it." In a text message to a Zelenskiy adviser that Zelenskiy could win a visit to the White House by promising to "get to the bottom of what happened in 2016," pointing to electoral interference.
CrowdStrike said in a blog post that his finding of Russian involvement was supported by US intelligence agencies and that he never took possession of the hacked servers.
Trump's former Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, said government officials tried to dissuade Trump. "It's not just a conspiracy theory, it's completely debunked," he said last month in ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."
A Maltese Professor
Russia's participation in the 2016 elections led to an investigation unlikely others in US history who focused on whether Trump's election campaign had worked with the Kremlin to win.
Another theory Trump advocates states that the investigation is actually a burdensome effort by US officials and foreign spies was to deny him the presidency.
The FBI opened its Russia investigation in 2016 after an Australian diplomat reported that a Trump aide named George Papadopoulos had praised Russia's weeks before the Democrats attacked Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic Enemy, Email Dirt, had received a National Committee in Public Papadopo ulos told the FBI that he had learned that from a Maltese academic, Joseph Mifsud.
Papadopoulos has claimed that Mifsud was indeed a Western intelligence worker trying to frame him, and in a broader sense, Trump. On Twitter, Trump pointed out this theory, repeating news that asked why Mifsud was not charged with a crime, and quoted a television interview in which Papadopoulos said it was a complete set-up.
Now Barr is investigating how The Government initiated an investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which the President had dismissed as "joke" and "witch hunt" from the start. Barr told CBS News that the official statements for the FBI investigation are "not related". He did not explain what he was investigating or why, but told a subcommittee of the Senate this year that "there is a basis for my concern." 19659004] Barr traveled to Italy to obtain information about Mifsud and to Britain to meet his intelligence agents. He has called the lead federal attorney in Connecticut to conduct the review.
The Ministry of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump's efforts to prosecute these conspiracies were largely revealed when a US intelligence officer, not specifically named, filed a whistleblower complaint against Trump's call to Zelenskiy on July 25.
Trump has accused the Democrats of secretly calling the whistleblower's complaint a ghostwriter. He described the whistleblower's sources as "spying on our own president" and said they deserved "big consequences."
He also said Wednesday that the Inspector General of the Intelligence Committee had first reviewed the complaint and found that it was credible and Urgent had presided over a "fraud".
Trump also said that his government "tried" to find out the identity of the whistleblower and wanted to question his unnamed prosecutor.
When the whistleblower's lawyers said a second official also spoke to the Inspector General of Intelligence, Trump said that person was also "from deep state," a phrase commonly attributed to an alleged secret cabal within the US. Government reference.
One of the whistleblower's attorneys, Mark Zaid, said the congress did not help the whistleblower prepare the nine-page allegations that triggered the house's impeachment investigation.
Nevertheless, Trump's allies in the house and his lawyers have taken up the allegation that the whistleblower had been working in secret with the House Committee's Democratic chairman, who headed the impeachment investigation, Adam Schiff.
In a letter from Tuesday, White House attorney Pat Cipollone cited this as one of the president's reasons for refusing to cooperate with the impeachment probe. The whistleblower's party leadership and his contact with Democrats "raises serious questions that need to be investigated," he wrote.
coverage by Karen Freefield, Brad Heath, Steve Holland, Mark Hosenball, Jonathan Landay, David Morgan, Andy Sullivan, and Heather Timmons and Richard Cowan; Edited by Ross Colvin and Frances Kerry