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Report: Five Times Democrats Sought Russia’s Help with U.S. Elections

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 12, 2017 | 3:28 PM EDT

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Amid the liberal hysteria over e-mails released by President Donald Trump’s son regarding contact with a Russian attorney, a new report details five times Democrats sought Russia’s help with U.S. elections.

In “5 Times Democrats Tried To Work With The Russians To Swing Elections,” the Daily Wire argues that “The Democrats don't have the moral high ground here” regarding the contact Donald Trump, Jr. had with a Russian claiming to have disparaging information about then-candidate Hillary Clinton.

The five instances of Democrat efforts at election collusion described and analyzed by Daily Mail:

  1. Former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) twice reached out to the Soviet Union for election help. 
  2. In 2012, Barack Obama said to Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president at the time: "After my election I have more flexibility." 
  3. Jimmy Carter tried to work with the Soviets during the 1980 election to improve his chances against Ronald Reagan. 
  4. Bill Clinton pledged to support Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1996 if Yeltsin agreed "to clear up 'negative' issues.
  5. When Tip O'Neill was Speaker of the House, he wanted the Soviets on the Democrats' side during the 1984 election. 

In a related piece, “5 Reasons Donald Trump Jr.'s Meeting With The Russian Lawyer Wasn't Illegal,” the Daily Wire argues that the president’s son’s behavior may have been “bad,” but it didn’t violate any laws, because:

  1. It's not a crime to hear about damaging information on a political opponent, even if it's from a foreign government.
  2. It's not clear that Trump Jr. actually received any noteworthy information on Clinton from the Russian government attorney.
  3. The meeting doesn't seem to be related to the hacking and leaking of emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.
  4. Some are suggesting that Trump Jr. may have violated a campaign finance law with this meeting. He didn't.
  5. If what Trump Jr. did was illegal, then so was Hillary Clinton allies working the Ukrainian government for anti-Trump research.