As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue

Researchers have concluded that the Democratic National Committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, and metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers.

The controversy over Donald Trump's ties to Russia, explained

Trump’s proposed foreign policy would, intentionally or no, aid Vladimir Putin in ways the Russian dictator could only dream about before Trump. Trump has repeatedly expressed wild admiration for Putin personally; his campaign staff and businesses have extensive ties to Russian interests. (Just yesterday, the New York Times reported the existence of a handwritten ledger documenting $12.7 million in payments to Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, from Ukraine's pro-Russian deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych).

Are there any Trump links to Putin?

Is the Republican candidate for President too closely aligned with Russian president Vladimir Putin? There are more than a few signs that reveal Russian influence in the Trump campaign.

Why Did Trump Dodge the Russia Question?

Yesterday, Rick Wilson, a Republican operative who has now moved into dissident status as a vociferous Trump critic, suggested that journalists ask Trump the following question: "Do you, or any of your business units have outstanding loans with Russian banks or individuals? If so, how much?” Newsweek asked and got this answer from Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks: "Mr. Trump does not have any business dealings in/with Russia."

ABC Uncovers MILLIONS Of Payments From Russia To Trump, Campaign Panics

Brian Ross digs into the truth behind Donald Trump's Russian ties and discovers Trump has lied about the seriousness of his connections with Russian leaders. The level of business amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars, what he received as a result of interaction with Russian businessmen.’

U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections

The government formally accused the Kremlin of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and other sources. In a joint statement from the director of national intelligence, James Clapper Jr., and the Department of Homeland Security, the government said the leaked emails that have appeared on a variety of websites were “intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”

The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

What happened long before Russia hacked the DNC's emails. While the days of its worst behavior are long behind it, the United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.