Amidst the allegations of the influence that Russia exerted on the U.S 2016 presidential election which Donald Trump won, more information is now coming to light to lend weight to this growing saga.
One interesting angle to this is a report by The Wall Street Journal saying that Guccifer 2.0 shared 2.5 gigabytes of stolen DCCC documents with a Florida-based Republican operative named Aaron Nevins.
The report stated that Mr. Nevine encouraged the Russian hacker to “send any Florida based information” after learning that he or they successfully hacked into DCCC computers.
The GOP operative then published some of the material on the blog HelloFLA.com, using a pseudonym.
Guccifer 2.0 later send a link to the blog post to Republican operative Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and associate of then-candidate Donald Trump.
According to various cybersecurity firms and U.S. government officials, Guccifer 2.0 is a persona that was created by Russian intelligence services to cover for their interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
This came on the heels of new reports that U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador Mr. Sergey Kislyak to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign and even discussed about creating a back channel between Flynn and Kislyak as Trump prepared to take office.
Such a line of communication would have allowed Kushner and Flynn to talk securely with Russian military officials.
In the first sign that the Russian Connection investigation, which began last July has reached the president’s inner circle. observers says that Kushner is now under intense scrutiny by the FBI.
Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick said Kushner did not remember any calls with Kislyak between April and November.
“Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information,” she said.
The contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials during the presidential campaign coincided with what U.S. intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump’s chances of winning the White House and damage his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.