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Mr. Papadopoulos was trusted enough to edit the outline of Mr. Trump’s first major foreign policy speech on April 27, an address in which the candidate said it was possible to improve relations with Russia. Mr. Papadopoulos flagged the speech to his newfound Russia contacts, telling Mr. Timofeev that it should be taken as “the signal to meet.”
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: TheScale
I absolutely believe that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections, and was responsible for hacking the DNC. I think Russian interference (without anything to do with Trump) is a real issue that has a factual base. The intelligence community is almost certain that Russia will attempt to interfere in the 2018 elections, too. Russia even attempted to hack into many election machines in 2016, and although they were not successful this time, they could be in 2018.
As far as Trump goes, I am not convinced he colluded with Russia. I do think that the intelligence community had enough intel to justify looking into the matter. I also think that Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Papadopoulos were doing shady things, maybe a few other people on Trump's team, and that could have caught the attention of the intelligence agencies.