#Donald Trump's ties to Vladimir Putin are arousing suspicion among DNC (Democratic National Committee) officials in relation to the WikiLeaks email releases that led to the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the DNC chairmanship. Jennifer Palmieri told reporters that she believed that the Russians are behind the email leaks. Vladimir Putin's close ties to Donald Trump are causing #Democratic Party officials, including Palmieri, to believe that Trump may have had something to do with the email releases as well.
Treason and spying.
If Trump somehow cleared the path for Putin to hack the DNC emails, that would constitute domestic spying and treason, as this observer sees it. Furthermore, on Wednesday, Trump invited the Russians to "find and uncover" over 20,000 missing emails tied to Hillary Clinton.
No proof; yet, that is.
Of course at this point, there is no proof that Trump, or Putin for that matter, had anything to do with the WikiLeaks email releases. And in the American justice system, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. But Trump has been saying things lately that give credence to the suspicions that he and Putin both are involved in the email leaks. Trump has been making statements of approval of Putin's leadership style, including that of other notorious dictators such as Saddam Husein and Muammar Gaddafi. Trump has made statements to the effect that it would be "nice" if we had good relations with Russia.
Watergate crisis and Nixon.
In 1972, some men broke into the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.. The men, who later were called the "White House Plumbers," were Nixon Administration officials. Several White House officials, including the Attorney General, were sent to prison. The scandal led to the resignation of #Republican President Richard Nixon. In hindsight, most historians agree that it was not so much the burglary that was the most serious crime involving Watergate, but that it was the subsequent cover-up that took place after the burglary that was the most serious crime. Most observers believe that Nixon would not have been forced to resign if he had not participated in the cover-up.
Trump come clean.
There is a tie-in from Watergate to this current WikiLeaks email crisis. If Trump is involved in this crisis and engages in a cover-up, he will be digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole, as Nixon did in the Watergate crisis. The best thing for Trump to do would be to come clean and admit his involvement in the crisis, and reveal how he planned the hacking or made the inroads for Putin to hack the DNC emails. He most likely still will spend some time in prison, but he might be able to save himself from being convicted as a traitor if he comes clean now.
What is more likely.
While it is nice to imagine how Trump could end up being prosecuted and sent to prison, what is more likely to happen is that Trump and Putin will find a "fall guy" or two to take the blame for the fiasco. Look for feelers in the media that blame one or more people for the crisis.
Immunity from prosecution.
Of course, it also goes without saying that the person or persons who are set up to take the blame for the entire matter, could be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for information on who else is involved. That would be the only hope of ever attaining an indictment of Trump, that is, if he is involved, which has yet to be proven. Unfortunately, Putin could not be prosecuted by an American court because the court does not have jurisdiction in Russia.
More email leaks to come?
Palmier predicted that there will more leaks of DNC emails emanating from the WikiLeaks matter. Palmier believes that the intention was "to hurt" the Democratic Convention. If that is the case, then Putin has accomplished his goal with the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but only temporarily. After all, the convention went very well without a glitch.