The facts are in and you're an idiot. You continue to vote in these 'law and order' assholes and you've managed to turn the greatest country on the planet into a zoo. While the politicians, pharmaceutical CEOs, Big Oil and Wall Street bankers laugh all the way to their offshore bank accounts.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Collusion: Trump & Putin

By Christopher R Rice

So far, it looks like the only answer Trump supporters have is to allege this is all false, the "fake news" defense. But one question, are we to assume that this is an implicit admission that if the information is true, then Trump supporters would have a problem with Kushner's actions? Or will they fall back on McMaster's contention that there was nothing wrong with what Kushner did. Why not just go there right away, why not say, so what, there's nothing wrong with what he did, it's done all the time, per McMaster. Then we can find out what the general opinion is.

Michael Hayden said it's off the map. Other intelligence persons are saying it was treason, a solicitation that betrays American interests, or makes them the exclusive prerogative of the President, with no input from Congress, the intelligence services, the military, our diplomatic establishment, or the public.

It gets back to this: if Trump's foreign policy was to overlook Russia's actions in Crimea, Ukraine, its attacks on Western democracies election processes, its murderous suppression of dissent in its own country, if Trump was taking that position, justifying it on the grounds that this would somehow motivate Russia to increase its commitment to the war on terrorism (at the cost of our falling in with Assad, by the way), why didn't he have the guts just to say this? Why the secrecy? He had, or was going to have a Secretary of State who could have negotiated with the Russians, it could have been done openly, no secret channels needed. It doesn't wash.

So, Trump supporters, your choice is probably the right one, deny everything, deny the legitimacy of our intelligence services, rely on the Russian intelligence services to get things right. Whew.

Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and the CIA, told CNN on Saturday that the reported content of Jared Kushner's conversations with Russia's ambassador in December may have motivated former national security adviser Susan Rice to request his name to be unmasked in intelligence reports.

Most of the controversy surrounding Rice's reported attempts to "unmask" Trump officials has centered on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's communications with Russian officials.

But Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, floated the possibility of setting up a secure line of communication between the Trump transition team and Russia when he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak late last year, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Those talks would take place in Russian diplomatic facilities in the US, the Post said, creating a secure line that would essentially conceal the administration's interactions with Russian officials from US government scrutiny.

A Russian oligarch who secretly employed Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, offered to testify before congressional committees investigating Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, but only if he’s granted immunity from prosecution, The New York Times reported Friday.

Lawmakers have so far turned down the demands of aluminum billionaire Oleg Deripaska, lest an immunity deal compromise criminal investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election, according to the Times. Manafort is said to be a key figure in the FBI’s investigation.

"A man with ties to President Trump attended a secret meeting that aimed to create "a back-channel line of communication" between the then-president-elect and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to leaked reports."

"The meeting followed a December meeting in New York attended by Trump advisors Stephen Bannon, son-in-law Jared Kushner, ex security advisor Michael Flynn and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan."

"Contacts between Putin and Mr. Trump were Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, former U. S. Attorney and former head of the DOJ’s criminal division Rudy Giuliani, former FBI chief in New York City Jim Kallstrom, and former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince. Giuliani took direct orders from Trump. Prince did so on orders from Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon."

It is clear that the election was tainted by outrageous criminal behavior on the part of rogue law enforcement officers. In a sane world, this would all but demand that Trump and Pence stand down–at least until someone with subpoena power can get to the bottom of the dark matter surrounding this election.
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