Was There A Russian Plot To Put Trump In The White House?

According to official Russian government papers allegedly leaked to the Guardian newspaper, there was an organised attempt  by Vladimir Putin plotted to put Donald Trump in the White House. According the journalists, the documents by appear to show that Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support the former US president in his 2016 election bid.

Western intelligence agencies are understood to have been aware of the documents for some months and to have carefully examined them. The papers seem to represent a serious and highly unusual leak from within the Kremlin and they suggest that the Kremlin launched secret multi-agency effort to get Trump into power.

Putin and his spy management had a meeting on 22 January 2016, the documents say and Putin authorised a spy agency operation to support Donald Trump into the 2016 US presidential election. They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

Russia’s three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.

By this point Trump was a Republican front runner and at that time a Putin’s department recommended Moscow use “all possible force” to ensure a Trump victory. The Guardian has shown the documents to independent experts who say they appear to be genuine. Incidental details come across as accurate. The overall tone and thrust is said to be consistent with Kremlin security thinking.

Russian military intelligence the GRU apparently hacked servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and subsequently released thousands of private emails in an attempt to hurt Clinton’s election campaign. Following her electoral defeat, Hillary Clinton has consistently claimed that Vladimir Putin swung the election for Donald Trump

The leaked documents seem to suggest that President Putin , his spy agencies  and senior ministers were all intimately involved in one of the most important and audacious espionage operations of the 21st century: a plot to help put the “mentally unstable” Trump in the White House. The papers appear to set out a route map for what actually happened in 2016.

Moscow would gain most from a Republican victory, the paper states. This could lead to a “social explosion” that would in turn weaken the US president, it says. There were international benefits from a Trump win, it stresses.  Putin would be able in clandestine fashion to dominate any US-Russia bilateral talks, to deconstruct the White House’s negotiating position, and to pursue bold foreign policy initiatives on Russia’s behalf, it says. 

The Kremlin responded dismissively. Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the idea that Russian leaders had met and agreed to support Trump in at the meeting in early 2016 was “a great pulp fiction”.

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