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“Russian Leverage Over Trump Is Not Just a Theory. It’s Now Fact.”

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“Russian Leverage Over Trump Is Not Just a Theory. It’s Now Fact.”

 

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(Treason — The act of betraying one’s country)

Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine has been reading the news and has pretty much come to the same conclusion as many of us.

That being the fact that the cool half million deposited into Michael Cohen’s LLC’s account by a firm owned by a Russian oligarch close to Putin, whether given legally or illegally, gives to Putin an ability to compromise the President. And the fear that Mueller will be able to prove just that has driven the GOP to accommodate treason.

“The New York Times has confirmed the explosive claims made by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, that Columbus Nova — a New York investment firm whose biggest client is a company controlled by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg — deposited half a million dollars into a secret account set up by attorney Michael Cohen to pay off Trump’s sexual partners. The possible reasons for this arrangement run from brazenly corrupt to far worse. Columbus Nova said the hefty sum was a “consulting fee” paid to Cohen, hardly a benign explanation.

Columbus Nova reportedly retained Cohen’s services after Andrew Intrater, the company’s American chief executive, met him while attending Trump’s inauguration with Vekselberg, who is his cousin. Like all Russian oligarchs, Vekselberg operates in cooperation with the Putin government. The payments gave Russia several sources of possible leverage over Cohen and Trump. First, the money itself could amount to some kind of bribe, in return for which a favor would be expected. Second, Russia had knowledge of the secret payoff, which it could always expose. Third, the possibility (at minimum) exists that Russia knew the account was being used to silence Trump’s mistresses, yet another source of kompromat. (snip)

Perhaps even more alarming has been the response of the political system to this crisis. The House of Representatives has assigned Devin Nunes, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, as its point man to defend Trump against the Mueller investigation. The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy of keeping Congress out of acting investigations, for the obvious reason that elected officials have a powerful incentive to interfere. Nunes has demanded the virtually unlimited right to get inside the Mueller probe. Officials in the Department of Justice have come to suspect his goal is to compromise the investigation by handing information from the prosecutors over to Trump. (snip)

Think for a moment what this report tells us. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who enjoys the full backing of his party’s leadership, is willing to risk what his own government describes as the betrayal and potential loss of life of an intelligence source. And officials within this government believe the president would do the same, all in order to obstruct an investigation into the president’s secretive ties to a foreign power. They are acting as though Trump is compromised by Russia, or at the very least, that he cannot be trusted to defend his own country’s security against it. The sordid Russia scandal has already brought some version of a very dark nightmare scenario to life.”

Chait is spot on in his analysis.

McConnell, Hatch, Paul Ryan and Jim Jordan should think very carefully about backing any more of Nunes’ treason after this revelation. 


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GOP Campaign Arm Scrambles To Pull Support From Yet Another Nazi

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GOP Campaign Arm Scrambles To Pull Support From Yet Another Nazi

The Republican Party is racist. They all like to say, “oh, but we aren’t ALL like that!” but they continue to support racist candidates, racist policies, and racist rhetoric. Oh, and let’s not forget that they continue to support the racist squatting in the White House. To that end, it should come as no surprise that the National Republican Congressional Committee – the campaign arm responsible for electing Republican candidates – has been forced to pull support for yet another candidate, this time in New Jersey.

Meet Seth Grossman. He is a man who once held public office in Atlantic County. He also has some rather asinine racist views. This is a man who once said that “the whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap, and un-American,” and used his Facebook feed to link to a white nationalist article that says that black people “are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.” Media Matters has Grossman quoted as saying the following:

“My experience has taught me that we live in a nation in which a jury is more likely to convict a black defendant who has committed a crime against a white. Even the dullest of blacks know this. There would be a lot more black-on-white crime if this were not the case.

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.”

To that end, once Grossman’s attitudes were exposed, the NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers was forced to say the following:

“Bigotry has no place in society — let alone the U.S. House of RepresentativesThe NRCC withdraws our support of Seth Grossman and calls on him to reconsider his candidacy.”

Ah, Stivers can say what he likes, but the cards are all on the table, and the verdict is in. The Republican Party is the party of white supremacy and Nazism. Further, this Grossman guy is not some fringe candidate who doesn’t have a prayer of winning. He won his primary with three opponents, with these kinds of statements out there. He also garnered support from the Republican Party. Further, he is running to replace retiring GOP Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo. In short, the only reason the GOP is withdrawing support for Grossman is because they now have no choice. Even former Jeb Bush adviser Tim Miller says so:

So, there might be a literal, avowed Nazi sitting in Congress soon – and it’s all the GOP’s fault. If you don’t want to be associated with Nazism, stop supporting the GOP.

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Bombshell Report Reveals Just How Predatory Trump Really Is; It’s Creepy As Hell

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Bombshell Report Reveals Just How Predatory Trump Really Is; It’s Creepy As Hell

Donald Trump has openly bragged on tape about creeping on women and young girls. He told radio host Howard Stern how he would walk into the dressing rooms of teenage beauty pageant contestants, and bragged of sexually assaulting women on the infamous Access Hollywood tape. As if that weren’t bad enough, a new BBC report reveals Trump’s behavior, with eyewitness accounts, and debacherous parties featuring teenage girls, lots of drugs and booze, and of course a select few older men, including Donald Trump.

Just as Trump heads to a combative NATO summit in Brussels, in which he is sure to continue humiliating Americans on the world stage, BBC Panaroma has been doing a bit of digging on The Donald. According to their reporting, in the 1980s and 1990s, Trump was horrific sexual predator in the New York party scene. Here is the tweet advertising the program, which is aptly called Trump: Is the President a Sex Pest? :

According a woman named Barbara Pilling who was at a party when she was 17 where Trump was in attendance, he was positively creepy. When she told Trump how old she was at the time, he allegedly responded:

“Oh, great. So you’re not too old and not too young. That’s just great.”

Pilling went on to say of the encounter:

“I felt I was in the presence of a shark.”

Another young model from the 1990s named Heather Braden says that she had the misfortune of encountering Trump at a Miami party where there were a bunch of young models and just a few old ass men, one of whom was Trump. She said of the situation:

“I felt like a piece of meat in a market. I could have been auctioned off in some sort of a sex slave ring.”

A man who traveled in similar party circles as Trump during that time said he witnessed this behavior many time, with men far older preying on vulnerable young girls, some as young as 14. Trump was particularly memorable:

“This guy was like a predator in action. The next day or days after we would hear about it, he would brag about it to his friends and it would get around that he scored. Maybe one or two girls at a time, which is what he loved to do.”

Of course, Trump and the White House will continue to lie and ignore this despicable and arguably criminal behavior. Alas, in the GOP’s cult-like world, Trump can do no wrong. And they will put all of their hypocrisy on display to boot, as they stack the courts with so-called “family values” types and continue moralizing on the lives of their fellow Americans, all while excusing Trump’s obvious immorality.

‘Tis the Republican way.

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They Can’t Stand Trump On The Other Side Of The Pond Either, MPs Want To Cancel His Visit With Queen

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They Can’t Stand Trump On The Other Side Of The Pond Either, MPs Want To Cancel His Visit With Queen

 

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Trump has approached the visit to the UK in the manner of a frat boy who, invited to a party, gets drunk and pees in the coat closet. So far it’s been a complete farce with Melania looking more like a character out of a a road show of Beauty and The Beast than a dignified representative of America. This is Prince Charles’ take:

Now despite the fact that literally the rest of the world is aghast at how Trump has used a benevolent diplomatic visit to politically stab the British Prime Minster in the back, Trump himself is oblivious to what he has wrought and he thinks that everything is just fine. He thinks he’s the most popular Republican president in the entire history of the party, in point of fact. The Hill:

The president also said of his four-day visit to the U.K. that “many people are delighted.”

“I get thousands of notifications from people in the U.K. that they love the President of the United States. They want the same thing I want,” he said.

Trump even mentioned a poll claiming that he was the “most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln.”

“I beat our Honest Abe,” Trump added. “But the people of the UK, and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll,  I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.”

It is unclear what poll Trump meant.

His love is unrequited, at least in Parliament. They want to cut this charade short. The Guardian:

Stella Creasy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow, condemned what she saw as “Trump’s demonisation of immigration and UK” and wrote: “Time to stop holding his hand and instead start holding the door open for him.”

“Trump is a racist and disrespects our nation. Why does he get to meet our Queen? And those Tories saying we should respect him simply because he is elected president – by that logic shouldn’t he respect our prime minister and London’s mayor?” tweeted [Anna Turley] the MP for Redcar.

Rupa Huq, the Labour MP for Central Ealing and Acton, said: “A dash of Islamophobia lobbed at Sadiq Khan who he blames for terrorism. Awful stuff.”

In 2017 the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, vetoed the idea of Trump speaking inside the chamber, saying Trump was unfit to address MPs, because of parliament’s opposition to to racism and to sexism.

Because the man has no honor in himself he cannot recognize that quality in others. It is regrettable that Theresa May extended the hand of friendship and diplomacy and that it has backfired on her. His interview in the Sun is unprecedented in its insult to a foreign leader by a US president.  He depicts May as a “bossy schoolteacher” who can’t negotiate, and of course he told her how to handle Brexit but the little lady wouldn’t listen to him.

Britain survived the Blitz, they will get through this, too. During that time, Edward R. Murrow sonorously intoned, “This is London.” This is London today and these people aren’t in the streets to tell Trump how much they love him. Reputation is acquired by drops but lost in a torrent and this administration has dried it up altogether.

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