What Has Happened
It might not be a crime, because no one ever dreamed that a politician would commit such a crime. And, indeed, it took a NON-POLITICIAN--candidate Donald Trump--to stoop so low as to ask Russia to help him win the election.
This request might not be a "high crime"; but it is certainly is a POLITICAL MISDEMEANOR OF HIGH ORDER. That is the "smoking gun" that has been lying out in plain view all the time; this is the simple truth: Candidate Donald J. Trump committed
He committed treason in plain public view. He called for Russia to cyberattack our electoral process. On July 27, 2016, in a public, videotaped declaration, candidate Trump cried out: "Russia, if you're listening - could you find the missing 30,000 emails?"
Five hours later, Russia delivered a payload of email extracted (hacked) from Hillary Clinton's personal server. Parallels with the Watergate break-in are uncanny.
With or without his knowledge, Trump's lieutenant Paul Manafort selected the targets that Russia had to hit: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. These targets, discussed between Manafort and GRU operative Kilimnik, were swing states that Russians might not have been able to identify by themselves as the most sensitive targets-at least, not as fast and as effectively.
It is as if Churchill had called upon Hitler to bomb London. And then he had allowed his lieutenants to inform Hitler about the most sensitive and sacred sites to bomb. No, not just to request bombing of sensitive and sacred sites, but specifying where the ships and the planes and the munitions were produced and stored.
An overall assessment of the U.S. 2016 election is that "Putin won."
And Putin's winning has had a wide range of effects: We do not specifically know how or why, but Trump did accept the evident Putin command to fracture the NATO Alliance, to withdraw from international trade pacts and the Paris agreement on climate control, to foment the ideological war against Islam, and instill the divisive fear of Latinos immigrants. Putin is a KGB master.
Deep inside the United States, the is the acceptance of a likely Putin wish. President Trump's overt War on the Deep State is the War against our Intelligence Agencies, against those agencies that form our first DEFENSE against foreign aggression, be it Russian or Chinese, or North Korean aggression.
We do not need to know the litany of cases in which President Trump "colluded" with Russia; we do not need to know the number or variety of cases in which President Trump "obstructed" or tried to obstruct the efforts of our public justice system to uncover his collusion with the Russian government. One initial, incontrovertible single case of treason is enough to declare the president unfit for office. He has betrayed his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. This is an implicit oath to serve and protect the interests of all the people of the United States, not his own self-interest.
Why Did Donald J. Trump Commit Treason?
Clearly, Donald J. Trump committed treason to win the election.