Mom’s know everything. EV-ER-Y-THING! Like they’ll yell “Don’t make me stop this car!” because they know you are fighting in the back seat.
Or the time they ask “is there anything you want to tell me?”. Yeah, when that one comes out, it’s best to fess up, because Mom likely already knows what was up.
Keep that in mind as you readthe latest from NBC News. The early part of the story tells how the FBI warned Trump and his campaign soon after becoming the Republican nominee of potential Russian/foreign infiltration in to campaigns. Hillary Clinton and staff received the same warning.
But here’s where it get’s interesting. By the time they gave Trump’s campaign the warning…and explicit instructions to call the FBI if they recognized any unusual communication coming from a foreign government…multiple members of the Trump campaign had already met with Russians.
AND THE FBI KNEW ABOUT THESE CONTACTS AND HAD BEGUN AN INVESTIGATION REGARDING THE UNUSUAL CONTACTS.
So, when the FBI told the Trump campaign “yeah, hey, if any foreign government reaches out, LIKE, SAY, FOR EXAMPLE, MAYBE, RUSSIA, BY CHANCE, then give us at the FBI a little ring-a-ding”, they were waiting for the Trump campaign to mention…”well there were these few unusual emails/meetings/offers”.
Except they didn’t report them. Or any of the future contacts.
And like most news stories, the best line is hidden near the end. A quote from a former FBI counterintelligence agent (Montoya):
“If I give you a defensive briefing and the illicit behavior continues, I’m not going to just scratch my head over that, especially if I see continued interference,” Montoya said. “If we’re telling these guys stuff and they are not acting on it, then we’re going to keep that as evidence.”
Evidently, Trump wants the FBI to “stop this car”.