In her show this Monday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow helped lay out the case against the Trump administration over the fact that a former adviser of Trump’s, Carter Page, was “cultivated as an asset” by Russian spies before he joined up with the Trump campaign.
The spies responsible for Page’s cultivation are all now free men, thanks to the fact that the only one to ever be caught, Evgeny Buryakov, has just been released from prison early thanks to “good behavior.” The other two members of the Russian spy ring, Maddow explains, fled the country for Russia before they could be apprehended.
These spies, mind you, were ratted out by the now former U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. Bharara was forced out of office by the Trump administration earlier this year for reasons that weren’t immediately clear.
Buryakov’s story, as Maddow explains, is definitely wild, with his family having fled to the Russian U.N. mission building in New York after he was arrested. After that, Buryakov’s associates reportedly ripped the apartment apart in the “vain hope” of uncovering surveillance devices left in the residence by the FBI. His cover job before he was arrested was as the number two guy at the New York office of a state run Russian bank.
This kind of stuff isn’t necessarily new, however.
However, that’s not where the story ends. It gets worse. As Maddow explains, the story keeps getting “affixed like an asterisk” on a number of stories involving the Trump administration.
For instance, Maddow notes that the story came out last week that top Trump adviser and son-in-law of the president Jared Kushner secretly met with the head of the bank that harbored Buryakov and fosters intelligence gathering for the Russians during the presidential transition period.
In addition to that, these very same spies have just now been revealed to have been relatively successful in their efforts to recruit the Trump adviser Carter Page as an intelligence source for their now defunct spy ring in 2013. Page’s recruitment was reportedly “unwitting,” but he went on from this role as the pet of a Russian spy ring to serve as a top staffer in the Donald Trump campaign.
Page has already been criticized for having a secret meeting with Russian individuals while he served as a Trump adviser, a meeting which prompted him to be forced out of his Trump campaign advisory role at the time.
And now, there’s this. Trump’s rise to power keeps being exposed as a huge sham.