WASHINGTON, D.C. – If the Democrats in Congress are serious about Russian interference in U.S. elections, a look in the mirror is recommended.
For anyone familiar with the McCarthy era, it is mind-boggling to hear the Democrats (who have supported Russia since the 1917 Revolution) engaging in “red-baiting” against President Trump.
In 1968, the Kremlin decided that the Republican presidential candidate that year, Richard Nixon, was “profoundly anti-Soviet” and must be prevented from becoming president.
Then-Russian Ambassador the United States Anatoly Dobrynin, as retold in his 1995 memoir “In Confidence,” was ordered by Moscow to offer Nixon’s Democratic Party rival, Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr., “any conceivable help in his election, including financial aid.”
According to an article published in the New York Times on Jan. 7, 2017, the KGB in the then-Soviet Union “fabricated a bogus F.B.I. report that Senator Henry M. Jackson, a strong critic of the Soviet Union who tried unsuccessfully in the 1970s to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, was a homosexual and attended gay sex clubs with Richard N. Perle, another anti-Communist hawk who was loathed by Moscow.”
In 1984, then Senator Ted Kennedy, then a Democratic Party presidential contender, asked Russia to intervene in the presidential election to help defeat Ronald Reagan.
On Aug. 28, 2009, Forbes published an article written by Peter Robinson, a research fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and a former White House speechwriter, exposing how Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1984 had reached out to Moscow, asking the Soviet Union’s help to defeat Ronald Reagan.
Evidently, in 1991, Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times came across a memorandum composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.
“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.)
“The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov,” the memo continued.
The Forbes story concluded that Kennedy’s message was simple.
“He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo,” Forbes reported.
Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan, Forbes explained, and in return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.
“The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”
The memo explained Kennedy offered to visit Moscow to “arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they would be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.”
Kennedy offered to get Andropov interviews on American television, so the Russian premier could explain in his own words the Russian position on nuclear disarmament.
“Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988,” the memorandum continued. “Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”
Forbes concluded that when President Reagan chose to confront the Soviet Union, calling it the evil empire, it was Sen. Edward Kennedy who choose to offer aid and comfort to General Secretary Andropov.
“On the Cold War, the greatest issue of his lifetime, Kennedy got it wrong,” the Forbes story concluded.