In light of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee declaring that they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and the fact that Trump tweets “NO COLLUSION!” on a semi-day basis, let’s take a moment to look at the bombshell that was revealed on national television just days ago.
Over the course of the 2016 election, there was plenty of suspicion (and never any real doubt) that Donald Trump had an agreement of sorts in place with the Russian government regarding foreign policy issues.
Eventually, those suspicions escalated, leading to allegations that his campaign must have been in cahoots with Russia and somehow involved in a plot to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. Well now, apparently Special Counsel Robert Mueller has proof of that, as he has stumbled upon evidence in the form of a “memorandum of understanding” detailing the election partnership.
Yes, in a Monday night appearance on the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC, Republican political strategist Mike Murphy claimed the following:
“I was walking around [Beverly Hills] and an international businessman I know pretty well, swore me to secrecy said ‘You can say this on TV. A friend of mine got pulled in by Mueller asking about a MOU, a memorandum of understanding, that Trump had with Russian interests during the 2016 campaign and Mueller has the documents.’”
Make of that what you will, but considering Murphy is a well a respected political insider, it’s reasonable to believe there is some substance to his claim.
Even though a memorandum of understanding is considered a non-binding contract, its existence speaks volumes because it would clearly outlines the intent of both Donald Trump and Russia, together in partnership. More specifically, it would reveal the roles both parties would have played in their partnership in the 2016 election.
With all the recent criminal charges and subsequent plea deals Robert Mueller has issued to various people involved in the Trump-Russia scandal, including some of Trump’s top allies and advisers, it’s been easy to overlook the momentum he’s been gaining behind the scenes. And this news of a memorandum of understanding should serve as a reminder of that to all of us.
I can’t wait to see what’s next.