By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Being adept at math is a very useful skill, but not everyone has it. My own encounters with algebra and calculus were a fiasco I’d just as soon forget about.

But I can put two and two together, and that’s something you have to be able to do to understand why the Trump-Russia story is worth following, and is not, as the president puts it, a “hoax.”

Just consider a few items from the timeline of events.

In the months leading up to his nomination for president, the Trump campaign brings on an array of people with professional ties to the Putin regime – Paul Manafort, the campaign manager, a former paid consultant to Putin allies; Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a paid guest at a Russian propaganda outlet in frequent contact with Russian officials; Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser whose travels to Moscow last July attract the attention of the FBI; and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone, Manafort’s business partner, who boasts publicly of his ties to WikiLeaks and his knowledge of forthcoming leaks damaging to the Clinton campaign.

Then, one month out from the November election, the disclosure of an Access Hollywood tape documenting crude Trump comments about women is followed within hours by a major WikiLeaks e-mail dump, which continues up to Election Day.

putin trump Keller @ Large: Do The Math On Trump Russia Connections

President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on July 7, 2017. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Since then, we continue to learn new information about Trump-world contacts with Russians, including the latest news about Donald Trump Junior’s involvement.

Is there any proof of collusion?

Not yet. That won’t be an easy thing to prove legally. But we do have a lot of circumstantial evidence adding up. You can do the math yourselves.

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Comments (3)
  1. Have you followed the Clinton world’s connection with Russia or the Ukraine?

    For that matter, did you ever follow Obama world’s connection with Russia both before his election and during his transition?

    Of course you haven’t. It’s silly to think that you would.

    Are you trying to suggest something nefarious?

    Your colleagues as the NY Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and the AP have bee doing that now for quite some time…only to have to issue retractions and apologies…and likely a bit of money to settle potential libel suits…when they have been proven to be flat-out wrong.

    When you have real evidence, not speculation, is the time to publish, your attempts a guilt by association and innuendo are at best petty but more likely just as false and misleading as those of the above news outlets.

    Here’s a question for you, Jon…Have you ever spoken to anyone in the Russian Embassy or Consolate? The same for the Chinese? What we you cooking up with them? Were you acting in the interests of the United States? Were you lobbying for something? What was the quit-pro-quo? Did you destroy your notes?

    You get the picture, Jon… Innuendo is a powerful thing, Comrade.

  2. You forget Oule, John didn’t run for the Nation’s Highest Office so there is very little chance of any meetings he had with foreign nationals would need to be investigated. The reason this is all over the news before concrete proof is to sell copy. You know that. You also know that if Clinton did win the Presidency we would still be investigating Benghazi, Emial-gate and probably any possible ties to Russia or other made up things a Republican held House and Senate could “trump” up.
    You always come across very naive in your posts.

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