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(16,903 posts)
2. Ron Johnson, John Thune, Shelby, lady from Texas last name
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 03:45 AM
Feb 2022

is Granger, etc.

I think this photo is of another gathering.


(4,298 posts)
5. I was actually thinking of the photo of a bunch of GOPers including John Kennedy sitting around a
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 03:57 AM
Feb 2022

long table with a bunch of Russians in Russia when TTDFG was in office.


(27,947 posts)
7. Rand Paul also visited Russia and acted as a private courier for Trump.
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 04:39 AM
Feb 2022


It must have been some seriously sensitive shit.

Perhaps that confidential Mar-a-lago stuff was meant to be a future Putin deliverable.



(27,947 posts)
10. Here's one photo and article.
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 04:51 AM
Feb 2022


Many have also seen the visuals of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul hobnobbing in Moscow this week with members of the Russian Council, sometimes called his "counterparts." These included the chairman of the council's foreign policy panel, Konstantin Kosachev, who happens to be under official U.S. sanction for his government's actions against our government.

But that didn't seem to bother Paul, who invited Kosachev and others to visit the USA.

Indeed, this sanction and other tokens of disapproval imposed on Russian officials in the past year have not seemed to chill the enduring warmth between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. Paul carried a handwritten note from Trump to Putin on his trip.

A recent Gallup Poll showed some 40 percent of Republicans, a plurality of the self-identified category, now regard Russia as an ally or at least as a country friendly to the United States. That is double the percentage of Republicans who expressed that view to Gallup in 2014.




(58,785 posts)
4. 2018, 8 Repubs spent July 4 in Moscow, is that the one
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 03:54 AM
Feb 2022

you're thinking of? This is worth remembering, in any case.


Republicans on Russia trip face scorn and ridicule from critics at home

"...Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) led the eight-member delegation on a multiday tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow, a trip that included meetings with Russia’s foreign minister and parliamentarians. It did not include a session that senators had been hoping for: a meeting with Putin, whom President Trump is scheduled to meet at a summit this month.

Joining Shelby were Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.).

Members of the delegation set off on their trip late last week promising to be tough with Russian officials ahead of the president’s visit, especially on matters of election interference. But they struck a conciliatory tone once there: The point of their visit, Shelby stressed to the Duma leader, was to “strive for a better relationship” with Moscow, not “accuse Russia of this or that or so forth.”

It played well in Moscow, but not on the home front."



(58,785 posts)
9. On treason, how about "There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."[/b]
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 04:47 AM
Feb 2022

I ran into this again while picking up that picture.

WaPo, May 17, 2017: KIEV, Ukraine — A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy’s assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

Before the conversation, McCarthy and Ryan had emerged from separate talks at the Capitol with Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladi­mir Groysman, who had described a Kremlin tactic of financing populist politicians to undercut Eastern European democratic institutions.

News had just broken the day before in The Washington Post that Russian government hackers had penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee, prompting McCarthy to shift the conversation from Russian meddling in Europe to events closer to home. ...



(42,144 posts)
15. here
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 05:38 AM
Feb 2022

Seven senators — John Kennedy (R-LA), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), John Thune (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) — and one House member, Kay Granger (R-TX), are all in Moscow over the Fourth of July holiday this week for talks with Russian lawmakers and officials, according to reporting from the Washington Post, NPR, and investigative reporter Julia Davis.

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