I happened to turn on the Congressional hearings with FBI Director Comey when a Congressman from California named Eric Swalwell was questioning the Director. I was quite stunned by not only how many more connections Trump had with Russia than I was previously aware, but also by just how fearlessly and aggressively this fellow was in hammering Comey with them and the obvious conclusion any objective, sentient being would deduce from them, let alone someone supposedly impartial, conducting an official government investigation into the matter. (An excerpt from the transcript Swalwell's questioning, as well as a video link, are supplied below).
It turns out the Congressman Swalwell has a special interest in this subject, to the degree that he's actually linked his congressional web site to his research on Trump's Russia connection called: Russia: Trump and His Team's Ties.
Here's a bit of a teaser:
"Despite Russia's harmful national interests against the U.S., and its human rights violations around the world,
- Donald Trump: Not only does his past and current team have ties to Russia, but the President himself also does. He has traveled to Russia extensively, done business there often, and has ties to Russian interests. For example, in 2008 he made a real estate sale to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Trump bought a Palm Beach mansion in 2004 during a bankruptcy sale for $41 million, and less than four years later, without ever having moved in, Trump sold the mansion to Rybolovlev for $95 million."
Swalwell then goes on to detail, individually, how each associate of Trump is tied with Russia.
Here is the official transcript of most of Swalwell's line of questioning at the hearing itself (if you'd like to see Swalwell's interrogation of Comey for yourself, just click this link to the video:Swalwell vs. Comey):
SWALWELL: Thank you to our ranking member.
And thank you again to -- to our director and Admiral Rogers. Director, would you agree that the FBI, when it's considering the counterintelligence investigation, views contacts between U.S. persons and say Russia differently than it would view contacts between U.S. persons and the U.K. or France or Germans?
COMEY: Yes, very much so.
SWALWELL: And that's because they're a foreign adversary? COMEY: Correct.
SWALWELL: And so to land on Russia's radar as somebody that they may want to recruit, would you agree that being a businessperson, a prominent business person is something that would be attractive to them?
COMEY: Could be. Might depend upon what industry you're in.
SWALWELL: Could it also -- could also being a politician be something that would be attractive to them?
SWALWELL: And how about somebody who does business with Russians, would that be attractive to them?
COMEY: Could be. It would depend upon other things as well though.
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