(NationalSentinel) Elections:Â It what is liable to send shockwaves through the American body politic once again, a report emerged Monday claiming that the teamÂ of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met with the Russian ambassador to the United States during campaign, apparently in addition to the campaign of President Donald Trump.
The UK’Â Telegraph noted:
Hillary Clintonâ€™s team members met with the Russian ambassador during the election as well as Donald Trumpâ€™s, the Kremlin spokesman has alleged, as he set out to dismiss the â€œhysteriaâ€ surroundingÂ Mr Trumpâ€™s links to Russia.
The house intelligence committee will hold its first session on Russia on March 20, with the heads of the FBI, national security agency and CIA expected to appear, plus previous intelligence chiefs.Â
But Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Vladimir Putin, said on SundayÂ that America was â€œself-humiliatingâ€ inÂ insisting that Russia hacked its election.
And he defended the actions of their ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, whose meeting with Michael Flynn, Mr Trumpâ€™s choice of national security adviser,Â caused Mr Flynn to lose his job. He was fired after just 24 days when it became clear that he had lied about meeting the Russian, and misled the vice president.
â€œThis is his job,â€ said Peskov, speaking on CNNâ€™s Sunday morning politics show. â€œHe was talking about bilateral relations, about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow.
â€œThis is what happens all around the world.â€
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He went onto say that members of Clinton’s team also met with Kislyak, though Peskov did not provide any further details,Â The Telegraph noted.
â€œWell, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,â€ he said. â€œThere are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.â€
The Telegraph said that no one from Clinton’s former campaign teamÂ had responded to requests for comment.
Interestingly,Â Foreign Policy reported earlier this month that only Trump’s campaign met with Russian officials, and that other campaigns – including Clinton’s – kept the Russians at arm’s length. That account is now being publicly refuted.
Who’s right? The Russian claim – meeting with campaign officials and other politicos in D.C. is business as usual – sounds correct, and it matches Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ account of his meetings with Russian diplomats as a sitting U.S. senator. And there is this: Claims of Russian “interference” in our elections are overblown, period, becauseÂ ifÂ Moscow tried to interfere it certainly wouldn’t be the first time,Â nor is itÂ unique only to Russia, as our intelligence services have attempted to influence election outcomes around the world for decades. It’s called “tradecraft.”
â€œAmerica, a huge country â€“Â the most powerful country in the world, with very, very stable political traditions â€“Â and you say that a country can easily intervene and easily influence your electoral process? This is simply impossible,”Â Peskov said.