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Trump is America and America is Trump. While he is president, the US republic is highly vulnerable.

The Rot Inside America’s First Family

Edward Luce:

“While Mr Trump is president, Washington is Bourbon city. For Mr Trump, no less than Louis XIV, it is ‘L’Etat, c’est moi’. The deeper the probes, the more the Trump family interests will infect every decision. The biggest distortion is in US-Russia relations.”

“No other western democracy operates like this. Until recently, the US did not either. It will only become more pronounced as the Russia investigations gather pace. As the crisis deepens, the family will circle the wagons. Those who are not inside the circle are doing what it takes to protect themselves.”

“If your goal is to disable the US government, now is the time to strike. Whether you are president of Russia, emir of some oil-rich kingdom or a nihilist working from the inside, Mr Trump offers an unparalleled opportunity. Trump is America and America is Trump. While he is president, the US republic is highly vulnerable.”




Emptywheel: Akhmetshin's Involvement and the Trump Dossier

The report, dated 11 days after the Veselnitskaya meeting, states that the Kremlin has a dossier on Clinton, but that it has not as yet been distributed abroad.

That claim is seemingly contradicted by the claims of Source A (a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure) and Source D. Indeed, Source D appears to have claimed, in June, that dirt from Russia was helpful.

Ultimately, though, the memo seems to credit Source B, “a former top level Russian intelligence officer” and Source G, a senior Kremlin official, who said the dossier, attributed here to the FSB, had not yet been shared with Trump or anyone else in America.

******Consider: First, Akhmetshin himself qualifies as a former intelligence officer (though it’s not clear how senior he was). He might have reason to deny that intelligence he tried to pass was the intelligence in question. And he’d likely be right, given that the Clinton dossier was purportedly a FSB, not a GRU, product. But it’s even possible that he didn’t want Hillary to know that he or a colleague was dealing dirt, however bad.

Nevertheless, the senior-most Russian quoted in the dossier compiled for Hillary Clinton claimed — and Steele appears to have believed — that Russia’s dirt on Hillary Clinton had not yet been released.*******

As I noted (and others have expanded elsewhere) some of these sources could be people who attended the meeting, particularly once we learn which Agalarov was involved and how closely.

It is definitely cheap to suggest that having three principals from Trump’s campaign meet with Russians claiming to represent the wishes of the Russian government is just an opposition plot invented by a Hillary surrogate. But ***the feedback loop within Fusion and the narrow circle of key Russian sources on Trump’s campaign is definitely worth considering.***



George Takei: And We Thought Eric Trump Was the Stupid One

George Takei: And We Thought Eric Trump Was the Stupid One
The short-sightedness of Donald Trump Jr. seeking highly sensitive, damaging information on Hillary from Russia is matched only by his insipid defense. Sit down, Junior.

07.15.17 12:00 AM ET

It’s exhausting, frankly, to open the news each day to see what new horror or embarrassment this administration has visited upon us, or what new scandal has broken, even since last night. Our president may despise The New York Times, may disparage it as “fake news,” but the rest of us must thank that venerable institution and the rest of our free press for doing their job—and doing it better than ever they were called upon to do.

The latest “I can’t believe this actually happened” bombshell concerns, of course, not Trump himself but his namesake, Donald, Jr., whose emails confirming Russian support for his father and meddling in the election present such low hanging evidentiary fruit that even Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III could pick them. For some time, there has been a bit of a mystery around how information might so readily pass from high level Russian officials to the Trump campaign, if not always through the beleaguered Russian ambassador. Junior’s emails sheds more than a little light now on at least one other pathway: through trusted business associates, close to both Trump and the Kremlin. The Agalarovs, after all, who are identified in the emails, helped bring Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow and are themselves big real estate developers with close ties to Putin’s government, which approved massive land deals for them in the Russian capital. Historians may someday note that at least one back channel was staring us all in the face this whole time.

The emails, released by Junior in advance of a damning story by the Times, no doubt in a vain attempt to blunt the story’s impact or at least divert its media coverage, has had something of the opposite effect. Importantly, Junior also had copied then-campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner on his response, indicating that the campaign’s senior staff were willing to accept damaging information on the Democratic opponent from a foreign hostile state. Their subsequent attendance of the meeting confirmed this. In attendance at the meeting itself was not only a lawyer from the Russian government but also a known Russian counterintelligence officer. The story grows, and darkens.

This email string thus comprises the first direct evidence of coordination between the campaign and the Russians, but unlikely the last. As I considered both how very troubling and farcical this affair had become, I thought a limerick in Junior’s honor was appropriate:

Lest there be any confusion

Don Jr. has dispelled the illusion

His emails revealed

What they thought was concealed

Now he’s gonna do time for collusion


GOP Rep. Leonard Lance---cannot rule out that the Trump team engaged in a criminal conspiracy.

Remarkable moment. GOP Rep. Leonard Lance tells @chrislhayes he cannot rule out that the Trump team engaged in a criminal conspiracy.


1 week after Trump Jr had "I love it" meeting about Russian dirt on Clinton-THIS happened:

What else was happening in June 2016—one week after Trump Jr had "I love it" meeting about Russian dirt on Clinton.


"Will identify the last person at the meeting shortly"


Updated to add:

Trump Team Met Russian Accused of International Hacking Conspiracy

Trump Team Met Russian Accused of International Hacking Conspiracy
Rinat Akhmetshin allegedly stole sensitive documents from a corporation years before he joined Natalia Veselnitskaya to meet Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner.


In court papers filed with the New York Supreme Court in November 2015, Akhmetshin was described as “a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer” by lawyers for International Mineral Resources (IMR), a Russian mining company that alleged it had been hacked.

Those documents accuse Akhmetshin of hacking into two computer systems and stealing sensitive and confidential materials as part of an alleged black-ops smear campaign against IMR. The allegations were later withdrawn.

The U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. was told in July 2015 that Akhmetshin had arranged the hacking of a mining company’s private records—stealing internal documents and then disseminating them. The corporate-espionage case was brought by IMR, which alleged that Akhmetshin was hired by Russian oligarch Andrey Melinchenko, an industrialist with a fortune estimated at around $12 billion.



Trump spokesperson admits opportunistic, periodic, and blatant collusion"

Kellyanne Conway on Fox News:
"The goalposts have been moved. We were promised hard evidence of systemic, sustained furtive collusion."




New Yorker Cover


Dude who took out full page ads calling to BRING BACK DEATH PENALTY targeting innocent teenagers


The is the same dude who took out full page ads calling to BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY targeting innocent teenagers

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