To the editor:
(re: “I was absolutely right on Clinton,” Dec. 16)
Lou Deholczer claims vindication in his conclusion that the “Russian collusion hoax” was funded by the Clinton campaign. That is a perfect example of the Trump administration’s mastery of “alternative facts.”
Although Donald Trump has denied it, he has a long history with Russia. In 2008, Donald Jr., said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of our assets.” That same year, Trump sold a Florida mansion to a Russian billionaire for $95 million — way, way over its value.
In 2014, Eric Trump told a golf writer the company gets all the money it needs to build courses from Russia. His key aides — Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort — both had had extensive dealings with Russian interests and met with them numerous times during the campaign.
Junior also met with Russian interests and desperately tried to keep that meeting secret. Yet, during the campaign, Trump said, “I have no business dealings in Russia.” That was just before he publicly asked Russia for a favor: “If you’re listening, find her emails.”
Our intelligence agencies have stated unequivocally that Russia tried to interfere with the 2016 election. It would have been a complete dereliction of responsibility for the Clinton campaign not to investigate claims that our enemy was actively involved in the Trump campaign.
Personally, I have little doubt there is some arrangement. While in office, Trump met privately with Vladimir Putin, refusing to allow anyone other than interpreters in the room. That was bizarre, and of course, we have to wonder what was discussed that was so secret no one else could overhear.
Mr. Deholczer’s self-congratulatory letter says he lost two friends because of his belief there was no special relationship between Trump and the Russian government. If I had been his friend, it would have been three.