In 2015, American intelligence agencies - the CIA and FBI - got a message one day from their British counterparts:
The message was: "Watch out. There’s something not right here."
World shaking information accompanied that warning. The British had accumulated information regarding "interactions between people connected to the Trump campaign and known or suspected Russian agents."
The Guardian reported this intelligence was initially passed on to the US as part of a routine exchange of information.
The British continued to gather information on contacts between Trumps inner circle and Russia until the summer of 2016.
Their sources - Germany, Estonia, Poland, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, passed on electronic intelligence that was tied to Trump's minions consorting with Russia, according to an article in The Guardian (4-13-17).
There's no doubt that Britain's spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between Trump's camp and Russia.
Some argue that the British are the principal whistleblower in this slowly unraveling scandal.
When then-British spy chief, Robert Hannigan, gave CIA chief, John Brennan all the information it was deemed so sensitive it was handled at "directors level."
Brennan sat on the material for awhile before finally launching a major inter-agency investigation.
European allies were supplying the US with information about people close to Trump meeting with Russians in Britain, the Netherlands and in other counties, according to a report from the New York Times.
It's been a long slow process trying to tie up all the loose ends to this scandal, but we're seeing signs of progress almost daily.
The latest is the ongoing investigation of Trump supporter, and foreign relations consultant, Carter Page and his relationship with the Russians.
We're seeing players like Paul Manafort, and Michael Flynn, getting grilled by government investigators over their contacts with Russia during the presidential campaign.
Despite Trump's efforts to change the conversation by making sensationally baseless accusations this is one story that's going to be hovering over his toupee like a black cloud threatening to burst into rain at any moment.
Why American intelligence agencies took so long to act after accumulating mounds of evidence from all over the world, is another question we should ask.
If it was a political determination by some players in our spy agencies they need to be exposed. Who did, and said, what?
In closing, I want to thank the British for being the spark that spurred this investigation. They owed us one after burning down the White House in 1814!
Time for me to walk on down the road...