Former President George W. Bush admitted on Thursday that there is “clear evidence” of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Bush made the comments while speaking in Abu Dhabi.
“There’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled,” he stated. “Whether they affected the outcome is another question.”
He continued saying that, “it’s problematic that a foreign nation is involved in our election system. Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results.”
Bush eventually spoke of Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a “zero-sum.”
“[Putin’s] got a chip on his shoulder,” Bush claimed. “The reason he does is because of the demise of the Soviet Union troubles him. Therefore, much of his moves (are) to regain Soviet hegemony.”
The number of individuals being probed by the Mueller investigation has been somewhat small so far, and the names we’ve heard have been of somewhat “smaller” people, like campaign staffers.
According to reports, however, that has now changed. Now, Mueller and his team are investigating a Republican congressman.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), has voiced his pro-Russian views in the past. Rohrabacher met with Michael Flynn in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20, 2016, while Flynn was working on the Trump campaign.
Another charged suspect, one of Trump’s former campaign managers, Paul Manafort, was brought up on 12 charges of crimes against the United States, including launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
In addition, former Trump campaign aide Carter Page claims he “probably” discussed Russia with another former Trump staffer, George Papadopolous, by email.
Papadopolous, 30, a former foreign policy adviser from Trump’s campaign pleaded guilty over a month ago, according to previously secret records, to lying to the FBI to the FBI about his contact with Russian Officials.
Special counsel Robert Mueller officially charged former Trump campaign national security advisor Michael Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” about his connections to Russia to the FBI. Flynn quickly pled guilty.
H/T: The Hill