New allegations against US presidents in the Russia affair
In the Ukraine affair telephone records are said to have been kept under wraps. Something similar was possibly in the Russia affair.
In the midst of the Ukraine affair, US President Donald Trump faces renewed anger over allegations surrounding the Russia affair. Trump reportedly told Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kisljak in his first year in office in a White House meeting in Moscow in December that he spoke about Moscow’s involvement in the US, the Washington Post said, citing three former government officials. Elections are not worried.
After all, the US would do the same in other countries. As a result, members of the Presidential Office had felt obliged to restrict access to the records of this meeting to officials with the highest security clearance. The presidential office initially did not comment on the newspaper report.
Trump’s meeting with Lavrov and Kisljak at the Oval Office has made headlines ever since Trump had revealed to the Russians top-secret information about the so-called “Islamic State” (IS). Friday’s Washington Post report could cause more trouble. A whistleblower said recently in the Ukraine affair that staff members of the presidential office kept several talks between the US president and heads of state in a particularly confidential computer system. This system was actually created for the storage of special state secrets.
According to media reports, some of Trump’s conversations were not filed there on grounds of national security, but because his statements were considered politically sensitive. According to CNN, this also involved talks with Saudi Arabian heir to the throne Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether the records of Trump’s meetings with Lavrov and Kisljak were also stored in this computer system is unclear, according to the Washington Post.
An official investigation came to a conclusion in March that Russia was trying to influence the 2016 presidential election. Trump denied any involvement, Russia rejected the allegations.
After the opposition Democrats in the Russia affair had still wanted to impeach Trump, they now consider such action in the Ukraine affair. They accuse the US president of abuse of power. Trump is said to have encouraged the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj in a telephone conversation to investigations that could harm his potential Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the election campaign.