MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has been incensed with the Trump team for months. Ever since the President stopped playing nice with the folks on Morning Joe, Scarborough has been hectoring the administration and attacking them for every misstep.
However, on Tuesday he blundered into some embarrassment when he dared anyone watching his show to contact him with information on any presidential campaign who received oppo research from foreign interests.
If you can find someone in other presidential campaigns who has received oppo from foreign interests, please share. https://t.co/DOtCFLs1j5
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) July 10, 2017
Scarborough leapt from Stevens’ tweet to offer the same call:
I understand the thought process that this might be a new thing in politics… but it’s really not. How do we know? Because Politico reported on it in January when they discovered, and proved, that Ukraine was working with the Clinton campaign to undermine the Trump campaign.
Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.
A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.
The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia.
Politico even uncovered a named source who admitted to working contacts in Kiev for information that she then gave to the DNC and the Clinton campaign in an effort to defeat Donald Trump.
Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives. While her consulting work at the DNC this past election cycle centered on mobilizing ethnic communities — including Ukrainian-Americans — she said that, when Trump’s unlikely presidential campaign began surging in late 2015, she began focusing more on the research, and expanded it to include Trump’s ties to Russia, as well.
She occasionally shared her findings with officials from the DNC and Clinton’s campaign, Chalupa said. In January 2016 — months before Manafort had taken any role in Trump’s campaign — Chalupa told a senior DNC official that, when it came to Trump’s campaign, “I felt there was a Russia connection,” Chalupa recalled. “And that, if there was, that we can expect Paul Manafort to be involved in this election,” said Chalupa, who at the time also was warning leaders in the Ukrainian-American community that Manafort was “Putin’s political brain for manipulating U.S. foreign policy and elections.”
This just happened a few months ago.
How is it possible that the media could possibly get so worked up about the Donald Trump Jr. meeting (where nothing happened), but completely ignore the Clinton-Ukraine information downloads?