There’s now an impressive body of public evidence to address this international controversy namely collusion against Trump.
Evidence on this matter has trickled out slowly over the course of about two years, it has come in the form of sworn testimony from witnesses interviewed by Congress, information revealed by the Justice Department’s inspector general, government documents and text messages, and court files.
U.S. government insiders, colluding with numerous foreign citizens and governments conspired to interfere in the 2016 election.
Second, after the election, these figures conspired to undermine, oust, and perhaps even frame Trump and some of his associates.
The methods used, according to factual accounts and witnesses, include collusion with reporters and politicians, leaks to the press, and paid political-opposition research.
Officials in the intelligence community were involved in the effort, which included the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), domestic and foreign informants or spies, and electronic surveillance.
Yemen-born ex-British spy Christopher Steele used Russian sources to gather unverified political opposition research against Trump for the DNC and the Clinton campaign, Steele and the company he worked for, Fusion GPS, delivered the research to reporters, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), and the FBI.
The bureau then used the material, in part, to obtain warrants to wiretap one or more Trump-related associates, in apparent violation of strict FBI rules called Woods procedures. The Woods procedures prohibit the FBI from presenting a single unverified fact to the FISC to get a warrant.
There were orchestrated leaks of anti-Trump information and allegations to the press, including by ex-FBI Director James Comey and some of his colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.
At least two Trump opponents explicitly spoke of developing an “insurance policy” in case Trump won: then-FBI agent Peter Strzok (who temporarily served on Mueller’s investigative team) and Comey friend Benjamin Wittes.
Who outlined a conspiracy in his Lawfare blog in October 2016: “What if Trump wins? We need an insurance policy against the unthinkable.”
Wittes wrote that his vision of an “insurance policy” against Trump would rely on a “Coalition of All Democratic Forces” to challenge and obstruct Trump, using the courts as a “tool” and Congress as “a partner or tool.” he even mentioned names of people he said had agreed to help with the plan and evoked possible impeachment two weeks before Trump was elected.
The U.S. Intelligence Community engaged in questionable surveillance practices and politically motivated “unmaskings” of U.S. citizens, including Trump associates Steve Bannon, George Papadopoulos, Jared Kushner, Carter Page, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Obama administration officials taking part in these activities included national security adviser Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Some of the same FBI officials who were questioned over their role in clearing Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, and who gave immunity to her close associates, also played roles in building the case against Trump for alleged improper Russia ties.
Take a look at the timeline of January 2017-18
Fired: Sally Yates, acting DOJ attorney general
Resigned: Matthew Axelrod, principal deputy attorney general
Resigned: Peter Kadzik, DOJ assistant attorney general of legislative affairs
Resigned: Mary McCord, acting assistant attorney general
Fired: James Comey, FBI director
Removed from Mueller team: Lisa Page, FBI attorney
Removed from Mueller team: Peter Strzok, FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence
Demoted: Bruce Ohr, deputy assistant attorney general, director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
Reassigned: Grant Mendenhall, assistant director, counterterrorism
Reassigned: James Baker, FBI general counsel
Resigned: James Rybicki, chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey and successor Christopher Wray
Announced future retirement: Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director
Retired: Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs
Resigned: Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general
Resigned: David Laufman, chief of DOJ National Security Division
Fired: Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director
Resigned: Greg Brower, FBI assistant director, head of the Office of Congressional Affairs
Resigned: James Baker, FBI general counsel
Resigned: Lisa Page, FBI attorney
Fired: Peter Strzok, FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence