Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is demanding answers after the Trump campaign was rocked by the news that one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers is under FBI investigation due to his ties to Putin.
According to a recent article published on Yahoo News, “U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether Carter Page, an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue.”
The report suggests that Trump appears to be cutting backdoor deals with the Russian government in exchange for their meddling in the presidential election.
In response, the Clinton campaign is calling for Trump disclose his Russian relationships and business dealings. Clinton’s written statement reads:
“It’s chilling to learn that U.S. intelligence officials are conducting a probe into suspected meetings between Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page and members of Putin’s inner circle while in Moscow. You have to ask why he would meet with Igor Diveykin, who is believed by U.S. officials ‘to have responsibility for intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the U.S. election.’ This comes as Russian hackers continue their attempts to influence the outcome of our elections, something Trump openly invited. This is serious business and voters deserve the facts before election day.”
“Just one day after we learned about Trump’s hundreds of millions of dollars in undisclosed Russian business interests, this report suggests Page met with a sanctioned top Russian official to discuss the possibility of ending U.S. sanctions against Russia under a Trump presidency – an action that could directly enrich both Trump and Page while undermining American interests. This is precisely what more than fifty national security experts warned against when they called on Trump to disclose and divest his conflict-laden foreign assets that could endanger our national security.
We’ve never seen anything like this in American politics. Every day seems to cast new doubts on what’s truly driving Donald Trump’s decision-making: the interests of the American people or his own bottom line. He needs to immediately disclose the full extent of his business relationships and foreign assets so the voters can make that determination for themselves.”
The Trump-Putin connection could bring an unprecedented conflict of interest to American politics. It will be considered an act of journalistic malpractice if Trump isn’t asked about this investigation at the presidential debate to ensure voters have an answer from the GOP nominee himself.