Dongjin “Scott” Seo
From the beginning of his presidency, Mr. Donald Trump, currently the president of the United States, had a scandal with Russia that has been crawling up his back. Things seem to be escalating quickly as the FBI gets deeper into the scandal during its bureau investigation as revealed during early March 2017 by former FBI director, James comey.
James Comey publicly confirmed the ongoing investigation of Mr. Trump regarding the potential political link between Russia and Mr Trump, interfering with the 2016 election. James Comey was soon after fired from his place by President Trump, who according to the New York Times, justified his action “by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server”. Consequently, the dismissal of James Comey brought criticisms to Mr. Trump, both from Democratic party as well as the Republicans. In addition, Mr. Trump’s accused link with Russia became stronger following his actions.
According to the Independent, “Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly plans to publicly testify before a Senate committee to confirm reports that US President Donald Trump asked him to drop the bureau’s investigation into a top Trump aide’s alleged ties to Russia.”
The President’s accused ties with the Russian Government was effectively brought forth to public following the hackings targeted the Democratic Party in May 2016. FBI’s investigation traced the hackers back to Russia. By July, just a day before Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails that were stolen by the hackers. According to BBC, the US Officials were quite confident that Russia was behind the hacking, however, Mr. Trump dismissed the findings and invited the hackers to attack Hillary Clinton saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing”.
Mr. Trump responded to the growing accusations through his official twitter accounts, claiming the scandal to be “fake news” and emphasizing on the fact that there is no evidence in one his tweets: “FBI Director Comey: fmr. DNI Clapper “right” to say no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump Campaign.” (TWITTER) Mr Trump continued to deny his ties with Russia in one of his interview with NBC News “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
It is too early in the stage to conclude if indeed President Trump has close political ties with the Russian Government. However, it is clear that if the scandal is true, it will greatly affect the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s presidency. His actions seems to be buying more accusations, and yet, Mr. Trump is continuing to deny such scandal and is attacking opponents who are accusing him of the scandal.