Some U.S. officials believe that Russians are behind recent hacking and leaking that hinders Mrs. Clinton's campaign. Some have alleged that Donald Trump is cozy with the Russians and is aided by them as a result.
CBS News asked Trump and his campaign manager, and both said Trump has no business with the Russians. That would be easy to prove because the State Department, FBI, CIA, and IRS would all know, one way or the other.
New outlets might ask the official government departments if they have any information that suggests otherwise? It isn't a witch hunt, as much as getting the facts.
"For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016
U.S. officials confirmed to CBS News Tuesday that they believe people working for the
Russian government are behind the hack of internal DNC emails.
In the interview Wednesday, however, Manafort was asked if Russia has investments in Trump and if Trump is willing to release his taxes to be transparent. Manafort said that Trump has no plan to release them because they're still under audit.
"Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit, and he will not be releasing them. It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing processes, so that issue will be dealt with when the audits are done," Manafort said."
This analyst doesn't appreciate false charges and mudslinging in any direction by either political party and their candidates because it is a distraction from essential content.
Since the "audit" process seems to be in the way of obtaining full disclosure and transparency, let's ask the IRS for a status check?
“Trump The Hypocrite: Investing Overseas Fine For Him
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Donald Trump’s appeal is said to be his straight talk. But when it comes to international trade, he sounds like a hypocrite, the classic “Do what I say, not what I do” politician.
While bashing companies for investing in foreign countries, Donald Trump’s own company has shown no inclination to invest and build only in America. In fact, a significant percentage of his company’s hotels and major real estate properties are located abroad.
“Mr. Trump is either inexcusably hypocritical or inexcusably ignorant of economics,” according to Donald J. Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University. “There is zero economic difference between, say, a U.S. car company’s investments abroad in factories and Mr. Trump’s own investments abroad in hotels: both are meant to improve the bottom line of companies headquartered in the U.S. by taking advantage of profitable economic opportunities outside of the U.S.”
Yet a staple of Trump the candidate’s speeches has been to bash Ford Motor for building a plant in Mexico. “Trump has repeatedly said that if elected, he would not allow Ford to open a new plant in Mexico,” reported the Detroit News. “At his campaign announcement speech in New York in June, Trump said he would call [Ford CEO Mark] Fields to explain the ‘bad news.’”
“Let me give you the bad news: Every car, every truck and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35% tax,” Trump said. “They are going to take away thousands of jobs.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)