It's referred to as "Stupid Watergate" for a reason.
they put "to finance 2016 election campaign" in the memo for the payments? Something doesn't add up
I really don't think Russia intended the Wikileak's DMs to come out. It ruins the reputation of their main intermediary for releasing illegally obtained information.
Russia hires shitty people because they need loyalty above qualifications. It doesn't surprise me that they'd fuck this up by writing such clear memo lines.
If you read the 7th paragraph you will understand why this isnt big news and a click grab.
"Much as checks include a memo line, wire transfers often include a note that states what the money is for. The note on this set of transfers does not indicate what election the money was to be used for, or even the country. Seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent — including the Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, on Sept. 18, 2016. Russian embassies and diplomatic compounds opened polling stations for voters living abroad."
loyalty above qualifications
I wonder who else fits this description who is frequently being accused of being a russian agent...
The bigger part of the story is the part in the second paragraph that says it’s being looked into by the FBI.
Seven nations had federal elections during the span when the funds were sent — including the Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, on Sept. 18, 2016. Russian embassies and diplomatic compounds opened polling stations for voters living abroad.
And Watergate was pretty stupid...
Memo Line: Definitely not for illegal things.
Buzzfeed? Seriously guys? The donations weren't even necessarily for the Trump campaign. The funds landed in the embassy's hands... The donations were not masked or obscured whatsoever... Elections in Russia were happening in 2016 and Russians living abroad could vote, you guessed it, at the embassy! This article is completely bogus.
To be fair, republicans made it easy.
Republicans voted a con-man into office who:
never held public office or even a real job;
accused of multiple sexual assaults;
Responsible for multiple bankruptcies and a history of shady partners and they didn't even demand his tax returns;
Proven history of promising money to charities and contractors and never paying;
Also the first modern president to attack the following institutions that our democracy relies on to ensure a free society, namely the free press, our greatest/oldest allies, scientists, the intelligence community (same one that got Osama), and also his own supporters like the carrier union rep.
It's good to keep those institutions in check, but when you convince millions of ppl that elections were fraudulent and that there's a deep state thwarting his regulatory capture of government institutions, don't be surprised when the niceties we enjoy today collapse. Ask Ukraine how it went in 2014 when they ousted Paul Manaforts's other candidate, the Putin Puppet, Viktor Yanokovich (who fled to Russia once protestors realized that he was protecting Russia's interests and not Ukraine's interests.)
Something doesn't add up
You think they wouldn't be this sloppy?
What about the multiple times they've used video game footage and cited it as 'evidence' about some misdeed on the part of NATO?
not going to happen ever.
Except all the stuff thats out already. Lol
Tell that to the FBI.
Russia, on finding these documents: No, Don't. Stop.
Given what we've seen from Jr, that's pretty much par for the course in Stupid Watergate.
Your leap of logic is a bit bizarre. For the record, I am one of the many rational people who believe that Trump (and/or those involved in his campaign) are complicit in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 American election, and I believe/hope that those involved will go to jail for it.
What I'm saying in my previous post is obviously not what you think it is. And I'd welcome you to reread it, warm in the knowledge that I'm not defending Trump, Russia, nor anyone involved in the crimes that are being investigated by Mueller and his team right now.
doesn’t add up
Russia had some election last year too, so it would make sense for the embassies to get funding for whatever they need to manage expats to vote.
I don’t think they are that stupid (for those who say it was a snafu) and I don’t see what’s to gain with this loaf-sized bread crumb (for those who say it was intentional).
That's how shitty/crony capitalism works - that's how municipalities in Italy work - it's how they work in China too. Although, China's gotten much better about that in the last three to four years.
So they planted this one thing? There is a mountain of evidence that Trump and his campaign have been working with russia. Hell he even asked a russian hacker to hack his opponent on live tv man.
Trump could come out tomorrow and say "Yup. I've been working with russia this whole time." and idiots like you would still be saying it was a plant. Or someone drugged him. And every time you are wrong, rather than admit it and have a serious look at what is wrong with you, you double down on your stupid. Pathetic.
I think you just summed up "reporting", regardless of political stripe:
"Something happened, we're not 100% sure what but this what we know so far, we're reporting what we know now and will update you later."
That's how it works.
This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 90%. (I'm a bot)
The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy's Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: "To finance election campaign of 2016.".
The transactions, which moved through Citibank accounts and totaled more than $380,000, each came from the Russian foreign ministry and most contained a memo line referencing the financing of the 2016 election.
"How could we not investigate a suspicious financial transaction that contained a memo that said, 'finance election campaign 2016?' Given the climate and what was in that memo line it would be very irresponsible for us not to investigate. It's a good lead.".
To be fair Trump was the last person the republicans wanted, he pretty much forced his way into the ticket.
My first instinct is this: everyone expected Clinton to win the election; even Russia/Trump. Russia wanted Trump to contest the election results, to fracture the democratic process and mire the government in months of accusations and investigations. But if you're going to accuse the sitting president of a conspiracy, and you know that there's no actual scandal, then you'll need to plant something like this. This would perhaps tie Clinton's State Department to Russia, which would appear to have interfered with the election in this particularly stupid way. Trump's followers would be calling it "Stupid Watergate" as well, except Clinton would be the one in the hotseat.
For God and Russia!