Special Counsel Report on Russian Interference in the 1984 Election

What it might establish, with the same resources as the Mueller investigation.

In the course of the investigation into Russian interference in the 1984 election, the Special Counsel deployed 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents, along with intelligence analysts, forensic accountants and other staff. The Special Counsel’s team interviewed 500 witnesses, issued 500 search warrants, 230 orders for communication records, 13 requests for information from foreign governments, and 2,800 subpoenas.

After two years and $25 million, the Special Counsel duly submits its report on Russian interference in the 1984 election. The findings include the following:

Parties participating in the 1984 election in the United States include the Communist Party USA. Although described as an American party, the Special Counsel has established through historical records that this party was in fact founded by Soviet Russia in the decade after the Russian Revolution. The Russians established the Communist International (Comintern) to fund and direct the Communist parties in many countries, including the United States.

The Special Counsel has found that the Communist Party USA is a foreign political party that has never deviated from Communist Russia on any issue in any way. Its participation in an American general election, therefore, constitutes direct interference in American affairs.

The Special Counsel has established that Communist Party presidential candidate Gus Hall, also known as Arvo Kusta Harber, joined the Communist Party in 1927, studied at the V.I. Lenin Institute in Moscow, and in 1949 was convicted of trying to overthrow the United States Government. A Party leader since 1959, Hall has been the Communist Party candidate for president in three previous elections. In 1976 Hall received nearly 60,000 votes, one of them from a college student named John Brennan, but failed to achieve his goal of gaining election to president of the United States.

Hall’s Communist running mate, as in 1980, was Angela Davis. The Special Counsel has established that Communist Russia awarded Davis the Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 and that Davis, who also considers herself a feminist, aligns with all positions of Soviet Russia’s all-white, all male dictatorship. The Special Counsel has tracked Davis’ support for anti-American revolutionaries that landed her on the FBI’s most wanted list. Aside from the Hall-Davis ticket, the Special Counsel has discovered a covert attempt to collude with Soviet Russia to influence the 1984 election.

The Special Counsel has established that in May of 1983,  U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy learned that his law school colleague John Tunney, a former U.S. Senator, was in Moscow. The Special Counsel has learned that Sen. Kennedy tasked fellow Democrat Tunney to make contact with the Russian government, then under control of Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party and former head of the KGB.  This contact, the Special Counsel has learned, was not to protest human rights violations or support any political dissident in Communist Russia.

As Russian documents state, Sen. Kennedy wanted to “arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Sen. Kennedy also sought to arrange U.S. television appearances for Yuri Andropov to make “a direct appeal” to the American people, and this should all be seen as “coming from the American side.” And according to Russian documents obtained by the Special Counsel, “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.”

The Special Counsel is aware that Communist Russia has run candidates in U.S. elections since 1924. Most candidates were in the Communist Party but in 1948 and 1952 the Russian Communists backed the Progressive Party.

The Special Counsel is also aware of agents in the U.S. government such as Alger Hiss, serving the interest of Communist Russia rather than those of the United States. To date, however, the Special Counsel is unaware of any effort covertly to deploy Russian Communist assets in the style, and to the extent, of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The Special Counsel finds Sen. Kennedy’s overture to be treasonous and will recommend that the U.S. Department of Justice prosecute the senator to the full extent of the law. The Special Counsel makes this recommendation even though Sen. Kennedy’s overture failed.

President Reagan and vice president Bush prevailed in 1984, with the president winning 49 states, 525 electoral votes and 58.8 percent of the popular vote. The Democrat candidates Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro won only a single state, received 40.6 percent of the popular vote, and only 13 electoral votes.

Communist candidates Gus Hall and Angela Davis drew only 36,383 votes. However, the Special Counsel is confident that if Gus Hall and Angela Davis had gained power, they would have served the interests of Soviet Russia, not those of the United States.

The Special Counsel recommends, therefore, that any American who voted for a candidate of the Communist Party USA be disqualified from employment in American government, particularly with the Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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