Saturday, January 14, 2017

Six Days in January: Oh, my America - what have you done?

In a mere six days the United States of America will inaugurate Donald Trump as its 45th president. On that day, my country will be led ruled by the Man from Moscow, the former Moskovian Candidate.

We, the American people and its supposedly free, independent, investigative press, have had the evidence of Trump’s Russian associations in front of us for years.

Just last month, in my December 10th post, I explained that “Trump’s Troika consists of Trump’s business interests in the form of the Trump Organization, Putin and Russia, and the Republicans, specifically Paul Ryan and the Republicans in congress.” I went on to include the then rumored nominee, the T[illerson]-Rex of oil, as part of those cozy associations: “Watch for the Secretary of State nomination. If Tillerson gets it, that would pretty much firm up the Trump Troika.” He got it. The Republicans in Congress will get their radical right-wing agenda, the Trump businesses will get their money, and the Russians will get unprecedented influence over US and its foreign policy.

In the previous month, prior to the election (November 3rd), I posted the publicly available Evidence that Trump is The Moskovian Candidate. Even well before that we should have seen the Trump Troika coming. David Cay Johnston has followed Trump for years. See his book The Making of Donald Trump.

Given Trump’s compulsive lying, it should not surprise anyone that, to this day and in spite of all the evidence, Trump denies any connection to Russia. He tweeted (h/t AZBlueMeanie):

Donald Trump’s own son, Donald Trump Jr., contradicted Trump Sr. For example, Here’s what we know about Donald Trump and his ties to Russia from a July 29 report by the Washington Post.

There is strong evidence that Trump’s businesses have received significant funding from Russian investors. Most notably, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made that very claim at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, saying “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” Donald Trump Jr. added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

The evidence continues to mount: Trump security adviser, Russian official already talking. Here is some of the AP report (featured on the front page of the Daily Star this morning).

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. have been in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on the day the Obama administration hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, a senior U.S. official says.

After initially denying that Michael Flynn and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak spoke Dec. 29, a Trump official said late Friday that the transition team was aware of one call on the day President Barack Obama imposed sanctions.

It’s not unusual for incoming administrations to have discussions with foreign governments before taking office. But repeated contacts just as Obama imposed sanctions would raise questions about whether Trump’s team discussed — or even helped shape — Russia’s response.

… Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador suggests the incoming administration has already begun to lay the groundwork for its promised closer relationship with Moscow. That effort appears to be moving ahead, even as many in Washington, including Republicans, have expressed outrage over intelligence officials’ assessment that Putin launched a hacking operation aimed at meddling in the U.S. election to benefit Trump.

Flynn’s own ties with Russia have worried some Republicans who are more skeptical of the Kremlin than Trump appears to be. After leaving his position as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, Flynn made appearances on RT, a state-run Russian television network. In 2015, he was paid to attend an RT gala in Moscow, where he sat next to Putin.

Questions about Trump’s friendly posture toward Russia have deepened since the election, as he has dismissed U.S. intelligence agencies’ assertions about Russia’s role in the hacking of Democratic groups. In briefing Trump on their findings, intelligence officials also presented the president-elect with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him, according to a separate U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed to publicly discuss the matter.

And, finally for now, AZBlueMeanie (Blog for Arizona) lists the voluminous evidence of Donald Trump’s Russian Mob Money Connections. The Blue Meanie advises:

Not every detail in the “Trump dossier” need prove to be true. Some of the sourcing may prove false, but other sourcing may prove true. The intelligence agencies considered the dossier credible enough to brief the President and president-elect about it. The reason for this that Christopher Steele, the former British MI6 intelligence officer and his sources are considered “very credible.” Donald Trump dossier: intelligence sources vouch for author’s credibility.

As in Watergate, the media should “follow the money” — something most of the lazy American media has failed to do up until now.

On January 20th, Donald Trump, the Moskovian Candidate and his Troika, will take control of this country. That, America, is what you have done.

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