I don’t have time to write a full post on this right now – too much going on at the convention – so here are some bullets for you on what promises to become one of the weirdest and yet potentially most important subplots of the election:
- Washington Post (June 17): Inside Trump’s financial ties to Russia and his unusual flattery of Vladimir Putin
- TPM (July 23): Tump and Putin – Yes, It’s Really A Thing
- Jeffrey Carr (July 23): Fact-Checking That “Trump & Putin” Thing
- Politico (July 25): Why Putin Hates Hillary
- NYT (July 25): As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue
- TPM (July 25): It Can’t Be Dismissed
- Dan Drezner (July 25): Is Donald Trump a Putin patsy?
- James Fallows (July 25): Trump Time Capsule #56 – Russian Quids and Quos
- Micheal Isikoff (July 25): Suspected Russian hack of DNC widens — includes personal email of staffer researching Manafort
- Daily Beast (July 25): FBI Suspects Russia Hacked DNC; U.S. Officials Say It Was to Elect Donald Trump
- Bloomberg (July 25): How the FBI Will Go About Investigating the DNC Hack
- TPM (July 25): The Trump and Putin Thing, A Detailed Response
- James Fallows (July 26): Trump Time Capsule #57 – Russia and Taxes
- Daily Beast (July 26): ‘DNC Hacker’ Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say
- NBC (July 26): Why Experts Are Sure Russia Hacked the DNC Emails
- Franklin Foer (July 26): The DNC Hack Is Watergate, but Worse
- Thomas Rid (July 26): All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack
- CNN (July 26): Sources: US officials warned DNC of hack months before the party acted
- Balloon Juice (July 26): We are at Cyberwar! So what exactly do we do about it?
- TPM (July 26): Why did Trump dodge the Russia question?
- TPM (July 26): Kremlin Brushes Off Accusations Of Involvement In DNC Email Hack
- TPM (July 26): What’s Going on With Putin and Trump and Why It’s a Big, Big Deal
- New Republic (July 26): No, the DNC Didn’t Rig the Primary in Favor of Hillary: The controversy surrounding WikiLeaks’s big email dump obscures a much bigger problem.
If you don’t have time to read them all, go for the ones in bold.
UPDATE: And now POTUS has weighed in. Kevin Drum considers the implications and find Trump’s “I have ZERO investments in Russia” totally lacking. The point isn’t that Trump invests in Russia; its that Russia invests in Trump:
The evasiveness of this answer is pretty obvious. Nobody cares all that much if Trump has business in Russia, they care whether Russian money funds his business here—which might explain why he’s so friendly to Russian interests. He has very carefully avoided answering that question. That’s a bad sign since he would normally just lie about it. He must know that evidence of his reliance on Russian money is out there. Trump’s tax returns would tell us the answer, of course, but Trump has declined to release them, unlike every other presidential candidate of the past few decades. Maybe now we know why.
UPDATE II: NYT just in: Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked DNC