Thanks for this. I have never seen Rachel Maddox. She's pretty good. Some interesting points are that America still has not come to terms with how Russia helped Trump win the election.
But the granddaddy is this letter from 6 senators on the Intelligence committee urging Obama to declassify information that it has on the Russian hacks. Interestingly, Republicans did not join in on this open letter to the president when invited. Rachel's pundit on the show speculated that unlike James Comey, Obama did not wish to interfere in the election by releasing details of the Russian hack as it clearly showed that they wanted Trump to win. But now that the election is over the public has the right to know what went on.
Not mentioned but clearly on the table is Guiliani's boast pre wiki leaks that something 'big' was coming and the Russians admitting that they were in touch with the Trump campaign.
Rachel IS a bit of a "leftie"... and a happy lesbian whom Mike Pence should just give up trying to "straighten out" with any conversion therapy. She is the polar opposite of Fox's Bill O'Reilly, who is equally a history buff but, like most conservatives, focuses mostly on the word "Killing".
It is well known that some of the biggest names involved with the Trump campaign have friendly ties with Putin. Micheal Flynn had no shame to his game when he attended a gala event in Russia. While Trump himself may not have met Putin "in person" prior to Election Day, there was definitely some contact and Putin was among the first he called after he won without any clearance a.k.a. the Pakistan and Taiwan situations. Those who love Trump will probably argue that this is a GOOD thing for US-Russian relations, especially considering how angry Putin was about Obama and UN reactions to his strategies in Syria.
Back in August, TIME's Jeff Nesbitt went into detail about the curious Trump/Putin situation: http://time.com/4433...ties-to-russia/
Of course, Hillary even brought up Trump's love affair with Russia in the debates. However it is apparent that this is NOT a major worry of the average American voter. For some reason, NOTHING about Trump is all that troubling to average Americans. Just us left-leaning movie buffs posting on forums like this. Then again, I don't think all who voted for him this election are certain where Russia is located on a map, except it is somewhere near Sarah Palin's back yard.
Another story worth telling is the actual number of Breitbart members who have held recent positions in the FBI and just might... or might not... have been talking in James Comey's ear during the final stretch of the election. It all boils down to politics and these days Watergate is conducted in a more cyber way. Now that the FBI's powers over all of our own personal computers, cell phones and other electrical connections has been increased, even though Trump has yet to take office, the sky is the limit as far as what can be done.