Winning elections is always about counting numbers: the polls, the votes and in US Presidential elections, the electoral college where it really counts and where Presidential elections are won.
It has been reported that our U.S. intelligence community has developed substantial evidence that state websites or voter registration systems in seven states were compromised by Russian-backed covert operatives prior to the 2016 election, but the intelligence agencies never told the states involved.
Three senior intelligence officials have now said the intelligence community has found clear evidence that Russia did indeed compromise or interfere with voter registries in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin, and there are probably more.
(February 28, 2018 NBC News report: “U.S. intel: Russia compromised seven states prior to 2016 election”.)
It is becoming clear as each day passes, and as indictments come down, why President Trump does not want to admit that our 2016 presidential election was interfered with by the Russians giving him the election.
The intelligence community also has found that Russia tried to influence our election in favor of Trump by circulating false and misleading information on the internet, sponsoring organization meetings and providing funding for Trump supporter rallies.
One report is money was given by Russian operatives to fund a float for a mock-up of a jail with a Clinton look alike dress in a black and white stripped jump suit.
The dark clouds forming over Trump are that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has either indicted or secured guilty pleas from 19 people and three companies so far in the Russian probe, with most of those being announced just in the past few weeks followed by guilty plea agreements.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has now been charged in two separate indictments on a variety of charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is heading up the Russian probe.
Manafort has been the subject of a longstanding investigation over his dealings in Ukraine several years ago for which he didn’t file as a foreign agent until June of 2017.
Special Counsel Mueller has incorporated the Manafort investigation into his own probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates, which may include Trumps son Donald, Jr and his son in law Jared Kushner.
Rick Gates, the longtime close business associate of Paul Manafort’s, was a Trump campaign aid and transition official and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI.
Rick Gates, as a Trump campaign and transition official, will probably know and may have witnessed collusion between Manafort, Trump, the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election in Trump’s favor.
EFFECTED STATES ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE
Trump lost the total popular vote (62,980,160) to Clinton (68,845,931), but Trump won 30 individual state votes to Clinton winning 20.
Trump has bragged that he won the 2016 electoral college vote by the largest electoral college vote margin ever since Ronald Reagan which is not true.
President Trump won the electoral college vote 304 over Clinton’s 227, thereby handing the election to Trump.
In 2008, Obama won the election against Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, with 365 electoral votes.
In 1996, President Clinton defeated Republican Bob Dole with 379 votes.
Of the seven states where voter registries were compromised, Trump won Alaska’s 3 electoral college votes, Arizona’s 11 electoral college votes, Texas’ 38 electoral college votes and Wisconsin’s 10 electoral college votes while Clinton won California’s 55 electoral votes and Illinois 20 electoral votes.
Sooner rather than later, appointed Russian Probe Special Counsel Robert Mueller will find out that there was indeed collusion with the Trump campaign and the Russians to rig our election in Trump’s favor and money laundering of millions of dollars.
Trump will no doubt plead “fake news” at his arraignment on federal charges of money laundering and fraud along with his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
I truly hope President Trump’s arraignment for any criminal charges is before US Federal Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel whom President Trump suggested was biased against him because of the judge’s “Mexican” heritage.
Judge Curiel is as American as they come and was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana and educated in the United States.
President Trump is entitled to due process of law for treason, high crimes and misdemeanors, which will be impeachment charges by the US House of Representatives and then the US Senate will conduct a trial and vote to convict him and remove him from office, unless of course he resigns like Richard Nixon.
The TV ratings will indeed be HUUUUUGGGGE!