Yet another bombshell dropped this week in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga. According to CNN, two intelligence officials and a congressional source have informed the network that intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Russian officials during the election indicating that they may possess some form of “derogatory” information pertaining to Trump that could provide leverage over his inner-network.
According to the sources, some of the details the Russians claim to hold is financial in nature.
It’s difficult to trace comprising deals in Trump’s financial history as the embattled president has refused to release his tax returns, despite every president in modern history’s decision to do so. Depending on what he is hiding, some suspect that Trump may already be in breach of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which would by itself be grounds for impeachment.
If the details leaked to CNN are true, they – at least partially – corroborate aspects of the Christopher Steele dossier. Steele, a former British spy, produced an extensive document filled with circumstantial evidence connecting the Trump campaign with intelligence agents within the Russian government. Part of the dossier includes the assertion that Russia has blackmailed Trump with recorded evidence of sex games with prostitutes. These claims have been unverified, but US agencies have corroborated certain communications noted in Steele’s document, such as the dates and times of meetings between particular parties involved.