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The Latest Evidence of Collusion– Don the Con Jr. gets Letter Offering Russian Help

2017-07-11

As reported in many papers yesterday, including the New York Times, Donald Trump Jr. received an email  on June 4, 2016, from an acquaintance, Rob Goldstone, stating that a source connected to the Russian government had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.  In response to this email offering information about illegal campaign contributions from Russian entities, Don the Con Jr. set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, which was also attended by Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.  The meeting turned out to be a bust– all the lawyer wanted to talk about was the possible resumption of American adoptions of Russian children and the repeal of the Magnitsky Act.

The Magnitsky Act was passed in response to the murder, by Kremlin operatives, of the lawyer for a man who revealed damaging information about new Russian oligarchs, and it blacklisted certain Russians suspected of human rights abuses.  When this law was passed in 2012, Vlad “the Impaler” Putin retaliated by halting all American adoptions of Russian children.

What is significant about this meeting is that Don Jr. scheduled it in response to an email that specifically stated that the damaging information came from Russian government sources who wanted to help the campaign of Don Sr.  Naturally, Don Sr. could not be having meetings of this sort, but the thinking of campaign officials appears to have been that Don Jr. was an appropriate go-between.  The fact that campaign staff were completely open to receiving damaging information from Russian sources prompts us to ask: did they think that it would be of no consequence that material assistance from foreign sources, specifically from a bitter rival of the US, was accepted by the campaign for a presidential candidate?

The very next week, a massive release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails was revealed in all national news media.  These emails were preceded and followed by a fake news campaign directed by Russia that involved numerous Russian trolls in social media and on comment streams as well.  These active measures by Russian intelligence agents and their contractors tilted the election enough in Don’s favor that he managed to squeak through in enough states to get an Electoral College victory.  His win was considered unlikely by major media and pollsters; the fact that he did win is a major coup by the Russians, who can be said to have been primarily responsible since even though their effort may not have produced large results, only a tiny change was needed to tip the scales in Don’s favor.

Now Don the Con is trying to tell us that the word of Vlad the Impaler is more credible than the word of our four major national intelligence agencies.

Meanwhile, Don’s associate Steve Bannon is busy working on “dismantling the administrative state”, or to use a slightly more colorful phrase, “shrinking the government until it can be drowned in a bathtub.”  Don has instituted a hiring freeze, failed to nominate heads of numerous agencies, dispatched loyal Trump workers with little administrative experience to most all agencies to quietly pour sand on the gears, made open threats to with-hold the federal subsidies for the purchase of insurance that are critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act, nominated people to head critical agencies that they have sworn to shut down, and so on.

By the time this bunch is removed from office, government will be so dysfunctional that it will take ten years to restore services and longer to restore public confidence.  This will be fine with Don the Con, who has hitched his political star to a wrecking crew.

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