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Russia interfered with the election

To the editor:

Recently, a Republican-led Senate committee concluded that, beyond any reasonable doubt, indeed, Russia unquestionably conducted an “aggressive, multi-faceted effort in order to assist Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election,” and that the Trump campaign was “well aware, encouraged and welcomed Russia’s intervention in support of their candidate.”

Also, in a detailed report nearly 1,000 pages in length, it was revealed that numerous contacts had been made in various venues between senior-level Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence operatives regarding Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. electoral process.

In addition, it was reported that Steven Bannon, who was then Trump’s campaign strategist; Donald Trump Jr.; and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, among others, had considerable involvement with the Russians and later, by providing false testimony to investigators, may well have committed federal crimes as a result of their clandestine involvement in such unsavory, un-American and, obviously, illegal, activities to help elect then-candidate Trump, which ultimately proved successful.

Also, it was revealed that then-campaign adviser Roger Stone “aggressively and illegally lobbied Wikileaks for advance notice on hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee by Russian spies,” and that then-Trump campaign strategist Paul Manafort reportedly “worked extensively with Russian intelligence officer Kostantin Kilmarik about how to defeat Hillary Clinton.

Obviously, the investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign for their what-has-proven-to-be illegal activities was not a hoax or a witch hunt, as President Trump has oftentimes claimed.

Perhaps this may help to explain Trump’s inexplicable cavalier attitude toward Russia regarding their placing bowties on U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, his pressuring of allies to have Russia reinstated as a member of the G-7 (formerly G-8) summit, as well as other troubling actions and rhetoric on his part in support of the Russian government and its supreme leader, Vladimir Putin?

I remain quite curious as to why President Trump did and was not compelled to testify during the Mueller investigation, as well as his refusal to release his income tax returns for public scrutiny, which is highly irregular for one in his position. Perhaps this is a result, as such, might reveal, as many expect, the extensive and most-concerning financial ties the president is presumed to reportedly have with Russian oligarchs.

The whole truth on such matters must be revealed to the American public, and all efforts must be made in order to prevent Russia from once again being involved in efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election, as it had undeniably and successfully done in 2016 in support of its candidate of choice, Donald J. Trump.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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