Since the beginning whispers of the Trump-Russia scandal and the subsequent investigation, Donald Trump hasn’t exactly done much publicly to alleviate concerns regarding his relationship with Russia. For instance, in an early phase, we got to see him ask Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. And in a more recent phase, we got to see him stand beside Vladimir Putin while attacking the United States.
However, as treasonous as those public actions may seem, it appears his private actions are much more alarming. According to a Washington Post report, Trump has gone to “extreme lengths” to keep his conversations with Putin under wraps:
“The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.
As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.”
Per the report, Trump personally seized the interpreter’s notes, and demanded that the interpreter not discuss the details of the conversation with anyone. Make what you will from that, but it certainly doesn’t look very good. And with the apparent stranglehold, it certainly makes one question how treasonous those conversations might have been.
Considering this report surfaced the day after the New York Times dropped its report regarding a mid-2017 counterintelligence investigation the FBI had opened against Trump, it appears to be shaping into quite the disastrous week for the president. At the going rate, you can’t help but wonder what leak Robert Mueller will roll out next.