MSNBC's national security expert Jeremy Bash, the former Chief of Staff of both the Department of Defense and the Central Agency , declared that there is now evidence of direct collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The evidence that Bash is referring to is a talking point document authored by agents of the Kremlin and then given to the Trump campaign. The Kremlin gave the same talking point document to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
'Natalia V. Veselnitskaya arrived at a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 hoping to interest top Trump campaign officials in the contents of a memo she believed contained information damaging to the Democratic Party and, by extension, Hillary Clinton. The material was the fruit of her research as a private lawyer, she has repeatedly said, and any suggestion that she was acting at the Kremlin’s behest that day is anti-Russia “hysteria.” But interviews and records show that in the months before the meeting, Ms. Veselnitskaya had discussed the allegations with one of Russia’s most powerful officials, the prosecutor general, Yuri Y. Chaika. And the memo she brought with her closely followed a document that Mr. Chaika’s office had given to an American congressman two months earlier, incorporating some paragraphs verbatim. The matching messages point to a synchronized information campaign. Like some other Russian experts, Stephen Blank, a senior fellow with the nonprofit American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, said they indicate that Ms. Veselnitskaya’s actions “were coordinated from the very top.'”
Bash jumped at this evidence.
“They authorized it and greenlighted the talking points. That is direct evidence of collusion, There could be some criminal actions here that Bob Mueller will take before the grand jury. Like violations of federal election law. Violation of the registration requirements, as a foreign agent, but more fundamentally, this is a national security violation and part of the FBI and Bob Mueller’s probe is to determine whether or not America’s national security was compromised. What leverage Russia had during the campaign over our foreign policy and this is going to be a major part of what Bob Mueller and the congressional committees look at.”