So what is the scale of the Russian interference in the legitimate and peaceful transfer of power in the US and the perceived threat that might be posed by the nation that attacked the US this way.
First off we know from multiple sources that the Russians were at work to disrupt the 2016 US General Election long before it was held.
They were in the DNC servers for a year before they were detected.
News of the hack of the Democratic National Committee first broke in mid-June. That’s when Crowdstrike, a firm that analyzes threats to network security, revealed that the DNC had called it in to inspect the party’s servers, where it found “two separate Russian intelligence-affiliated adversaries present in the DNC network." Crowdstrike released a comprehensive report of its findings on June 14, which accompanied a Washington Post article detailing the attacks. One of the hacking groups, Crowdstrike found, had access to the DNC servers for almost a year.
And although the republican presidential candidate was briefed throughout the campaign he refused to acknowledge the threat and we now know that members of the Trump campaign team had extensive and constant contact with the Russian government and intelligence services throughout the campaign, something that high level Trump staffers have since lied about. In Mike Flynns case his contacts included repeated conversations with the Russian Ambassador to the US on the day that US sanctions were imposed on Russia by the Obama administration for the illegal attempts to disrupt the US election in the interests of the Putin government. Keep in mind the Obama White House was acting to protect the US and the Constitution from a hostile foreign attack, aiding the power making that attack as Flynn almost certainly did is treason.
Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser, held five phone calls with Russia's ambassador to Washington on the day the United States retaliated for Moscow's interference in the U.S. presidential election, three sources familiar with the matter said.
The calls occurred between the time the Russian embassy was told about U.S. sanctions and the announcement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that he had decided against reprisals, said the sources. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing internal U.S. government deliberations about the issue.
The calls raised fresh questions among some U.S. officials about contacts between Trump's advisers and Russian officials at a time when U.S. intelligence agencies contend that Moscow waged a multifaceted campaign of hacking and other actions to boost Republican Trump's election chances against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The current US Attorney General Sessions also lied under oath to Congress that he had no contact with the Russian government during last year's presidential campaign when he also met with the Russian Ambassador at that time. As members of Congress also take an oath to defend the Constitution on which all authority and freedom in the US is based, preventing them from doing their duty in protecting the US can also be considered treason.
Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, twice spoke with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign.
The Washington Post, citing justice department officials, first reported that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, once in September 2016, when US intelligence officials were investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and once in the summer of that year.
Other members of the Trump campaign and White House staff have also had repeated contacts with a power hostile to the US while it was engaging in a direct attack on the selection of a legitimate government as has been established by US intelligence services and the previous legitimate Executive branch. This includes Kushner, Manafort and Page.
This in association and in the aid of a power that has presented the greatest threat ever encountered by the US in the presence of weapons of mass destruction that have been aimed at the US for decades and new systems that will vastly increase the strategic capabilities of a Russian government that also has extensive and effective cyber-warfare capabilities as can be seen by its placing in the Oval Office a man that is likely largely under their control.
Senator John McCain passed documents to the FBI director, James Comey, last month alleging secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow and that Russian intelligence had personally compromising material on the president-elect himself.
I will tone down the rhetoric as requested by the administration here but will say you'd have to be profoundly naive to not be deeply concerned about what is unfolding in the US right now if you care about the nation at all as I do. Some of my family arrived in Virginia when it was still a colony and many of my relatives have shed their blood to defend the US Constitution some of them fighting the same nation that is now attacking the US again.
Not only is there an alarming degree of smoke here, there are flames licking at the Constitution...