(National Sentinel) Election 2016: The Deep State would have you believe that the campaign of then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump was “colluding” with the Russian government to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton.
As “proof,” they point to a meeting that Donald Trump Jr. took with a Russian lawyer who said she had dirt on Clinton that was gathered by the Kremlin — though the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, did not have any Russian-supplied dirt on Trump’s opponent, and there was no tit-for-tat exchange.
Now we learn that other attempts were made by a campaign volunteer to set up meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian government operatives, but those attempts were repeatedly rebuffed, which puts the lie to the Deep State narrative.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Top officials on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rebuffed requests from a lower level volunteer seeking meetings between the then-real estate mogul and Russian government, according to email exchanges leaked to The Washington Post.
According to The Post, George Papadopoulos, an energy consultant, sent a half-dozen emails to Trump campaign officials suggesting and requesting meetings between Trump and members of the Russian government, including Vladimir Putin.
The campaign emails, which were read to The Post by an unidentified source, reveal a previously-undisclosed connection between a member of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Papadopoulos indicated in some of the emails that he had contacts close to the Russian government.
But the exchanges also run counter to the allegations that the campaign colluded with the Russian government prior to the election.
That’s because Papadopoulos, a former research fellow at the conservative Hudson Institute, had his requests for meetings shot down by campaign officials, including policy director Sam Clovis.
Papadopoulos sent his first request March 24, 2016, three days after he was introduced as a campaign adviser. In an email to Clovis with this subject line — “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin” — Papadopoulos proposed “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump.”
Clovis rejected it.
Chuck Kubic, a retired rear admiral and campaign foreign policy adviser, also advised ignoring the request.
“Just want to make sure that no one on the team outruns their headlights and embarrasses the campaign,” he wrote.
Papadopoulos continued his campaign to bring the Trump campaign together with the Russian government in emails in April to Corey Lewandowski, who then served as Trump’s campaign manager.
Papadopoulos said that he had received “a lot of calls over the past month” regarding a Russia meeting.
“Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right,” he wrote, according to The Post. Lewandowski appears not to have responded.
On May 4, Papadopoulos forwarded a note he had received from a group funded by the Russian government inquiring about a Trump visit to Moscow.
The email from Ivan Timofeev, an official in the Russian International Affairs Council, a group founded by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Clovis also dismissed that inquiry.
“There are legal issues we need to mitigate, meeting with foreign officials as a private citizen,” he wrote to Papadopoulos.
But Papadopoulos persisted, forwarding the same invitation to Manafort several weeks later.
“Russia has been eager to meet with Mr. Trump for some time and have been reaching out to me to discuss,” Papadopoulos wrote.
Manafort’s response to Papadopoulos’ request is “concrete evidence that the Russia narrative is fake news,” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told The Post.
“Mr. Manafort’s swift action reflects the attitude of the campaign — any invitation by Russia, directly or indirectly, would be rejected outright.”
This won’t satisfy Trump’s most vociferous critics. Nevertheless, it is important to note that despite their narratives, Trump’s Democratic opponent lost in November not because her victory was “stolen” but because too few Americans believed she would make a good president.
Finally, this: A pattern is developing implicating the Deep State in an attempt to sabotage Trump’s candidacy and presidency by tainting both with inappropriate contacts with the Russian government. At least for now, though, it appears those attempts were not successful.
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