Senate panel: Trump colluded with Russia in 2016 election - 2020-08-24
"Dear President Putin," wrote Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 19, 2007, congratulating the former KGB officer on being named Time Magazine's Man of the Year. "You definitely deserve it. As you have probably heard, I am a big fan of yours."
And as the Republican-led U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence confirmed last week after a bipartisan investigation, the feeling is assuredly mutual. Putin wanted Donald Trump elected president, not Hillary Clinton, because Putin believed that Trump would serve Putin's interests and that Clinton wouldn't. Putin therefore interfered with America's election to help Trump win it and to ensure that Clinton did not.
Not only did Trump welcome that help, but he solicited it, and he and his closest aides actively colluded with the Russians and their intermediaries to secure it and capitalize on it. And then, as the Senate committee found, Trump made false statements under oath about that collusion to special counsel Robert Mueller, in order to hide it.