Instead of a RussiaGate involving Trump colluding with Putin, the real story is that Intelligence agencies colluding against Trump.
Since the Nation is a leftist magazine that hates Trump, the fact that it has published a story debunking RussiaGate ought to carry some weight. The main source for the piece is Stephen F. Cohen, a professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, and also contributing editor. He basically argues that the investigation was originally instigated by pressure from then-CIA chief John Brennan.
Thus, the Nation asks, “Russiagate or Intelgate?”
Was Russiagate produced by the primary leaders of the US intelligence community, not just the FBI? If so, it is the most perilous political scandal in modern American history, and the most detrimental to American democracy. And if so, it does indeed, as zealous promoters of Russiagate assert, make Watergate pale in significance. […]
If Russiagate involved collusion among US intelligence agencies, as now seems likely, why was it undertaken? There are various possibilities. Out of loathing for Trump? Out of institutional opposition to his promise of better relations—“cooperation”—with Russia? Or out of personal ambition? Did Brennan, for example, aspire to remaining head of the CIA, or to a higher position, in a Hillary Clinton administration?
What was President Obama’s role in any of this? Or to resort to the Watergate question: What did he know and when did he know it? And what did he do? The same questions would need to be asked about his White House aides and other appointees. Whatever the full answers, there is no doubt that Obama acted on the Russiagate allegations. He cited them for the sanctions he imposed on Russia in December 2016, which led directly to the case of General Michael Flynn (not for doing anything wrong with Russia but for “lying to the FBI”); to the worsening of the new US-Russian Cold War; and thus to the perilous relationship inherited by President Trump, who has in turn been thwarted by Russiagate in his attempts to improve relations through “cooperation” with Putin.
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