Hillary Clinton was a spy

Is the US President a Russian Agent?

Donald Trump's overly friendly appearance with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has led to accusations in Washington that the US president could be blackmailed because of previous Russia deals and that the Kremlin may also be blackmailed. The head of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called for an investigation into the cause.

But an even more dramatic hypothesis has been circulating since Trump's election in 2016, as recently presented in New York Magazine by prominent journalist Jonathan Chait: Trump is a Russian agent and collaborator who represents Moscow's interests - and has been for 30 years. Even if there is no evidence of this, there are some exciting clues.

Visit to Moscow in 1987

In July 1987, Trump visited Moscow with his then-wife Ivana to talk about building a hotel that never came about. Back in New York, he became politically active for the first time, placing large newspaper advertisements in which he railed against the US spending money on defending other states that could afford it itself. At the time, that was entirely in line with Soviet propaganda, and Trump continues to claim at every opportunity today. Recruiting influential people in the West as secret allies was a tradition in the Soviet Union.

Russian money

After the near collapse of his real estate company in the 1990s, Trump waived loans from US banks. His main sources of funding were Deutsche Bank, which simultaneously managed and laundered Russian assets, and investments by Russian businessmen - from 2003 to his inauguration in the amount of 109 million dollars. Trump's family business was and will be critically dependent on Russian funds.

The Steele Report

A central episode in the dossier of British detective Christopher Steele, who triggered the FBI investigations into the Trump team, is Trump's trip to Moscow in July 2013 for the Miss Universe election. At that time he is said to have asked prostitutes in his hotel suite to urinate on the bed in which the Obamas once slept - and he was filmed by the Russian secret service. Trump has vehemently denied this - obsessively according to EX-FBI boss James Comey - and claimed that he had not stayed in Moscow at all.

That turned out to be untrue. His hatred of the Obamas and his penchant for sexual aberration are well documented. Other claims in the Steele report that Trump dismissed as lies are also proven today.

Trump's campaign manager

A striking number of campaign advisors had close ties to Russia: Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, who are being indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller; George Papadopoulos, whose meeting with Russian agents alerted the FBI to the interference; his lawyer Michael Cohen; his confidante Roger Stone; today's Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And son Donald Jr. met a Russian woman during the election campaign in Trump Tower, from whom he hoped to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Trump's appeal to Russia

In front of the press on July 27, 2016, Trump called on Russia to find the missing emails from Clinton's server. On the same day, the Russian hacking attacks on Clinton's campaign team began, according to the latest indictment. Hundreds of e-mails reached Wikileaks from there, which massively intervened in the election campaign with their publication. Coincidence or Coordination? Trump later said he was just kidding.

Constant denials

To this day, Trump denies Russian interference against all evidence - and at the same time pursues a foreign policy that serves the interests of the ex-KGB officer Putin. Did he place his best man in the White House? (Eric Frey, July 17, 2018)