Let them try to tell us that the intelligence community wasn’t out to nail President Trump. I’ll immediately call bullshit. The Mew York Times published a piece on US spies working out a deal with a shady Russian who was going to turn over programs to the spies along with evidence of wrongdoing by Donald Trump.
The Russian was supposed to get over a million total.
The 100k was merely a down payment. The two sides kept meeting and soon the spies began suspecting they were being ripped off. The Russian eventually handed over a thumb drive that ended up having programs that had already been on the internet for a while.
Plus, no evidence on Trump. The Russian had shown the spies a 15-second video with a man and two women but without sand and the man was unrecognizable.
After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.
The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing. […] He claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia.
But instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data.
But his apparent eagerness to sell the Trump “kompromat” — a Russian term for information used to gain leverage over someone — to American spies raised suspicions among officials that he was part of an operation to feed the information into United States intelligence agencies and pit them against Mr. Trump.
Early in the negotiations, for instance, he dropped his asking price from about $10 million to just over $1 million.
Then, a few months later, he showed the American businessman a 15-second clip of a video showing a man in a room talking to two women. No audio could be heard on the video, and there was no way to verify if the man was Mr. Trump, as the Russian claimed.
The Russian did the same thing to the spies as the Democrats in Congress are doing to us. Running through a large amount of money for nothing in return.