To paraphrase Jim McKay what in the wide world of sports is going on around here? The whole problem of trump’s Russia connections keeps growing and growing. We don’t know what exactly what those connections really are, but the circumstantial evidence is showing more and more that it isn’t very good for our country.
In all of this we are also learning that trump is not the great leader or business man he has claimed to be. His people, according to him, are running around without his knowledge getting involved with lots of things that are proving troublesome for trump. Either he is really stupid, or he really knows what is going on and covering it all up.
I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. But, I do believe in reasoned deductions and logic. Maybe it is time we really look at this somewhat logically and see what happens.
As you know, the only “plank” in the Republican Party Platform that was changed at the Republican Convention was one that dealt with Ukraine. The original plank said something along the lines that we should support the Ukraine in their fight against Russia and Russian insurgents in Ukraine up to providing lethal weapons.
That plank was softened to remove the part about providing Ukraine lethal weapons. People who were at the meeting said that it was the trump campaign that lobbied and fought for the change. “Not so” said the trump campaign. Paul Manafort, who was campaign manager at the time said that the campaign had no input on that change.
Now, there is a problem with that denial. Seems Manafort had a protégé named Liminik. He is a duel Russian/Ukraine citizen who worked with Manafort when he was leading the campaigns for Putin’s puppet dictator in Ukraine who was thrown over. It is also known that Liminik was a GRU agent. GRU is the Russian Military Intelligence Agency.
Shortly before the convention, Carter Page, one of trump’s advisors was granted permission to travel to Russia to give a speech. Right after that speech and Page returned to the U.S. and Liminik turned up in Cleveland and has since bragged to Russian News that he lobbied the trump campaign for the change.
And, Gordon, a trump campaign advisor, has recently admitted that he was the campaign spokesperson who lobbied an fought to get the change made. He even said that he was acting on orders from trump himself.
We also remember the WikiLeaks dumping of emails from the DNC the day before the Democrats started their convention. It also mysteriously leaked more information every time trump put his foot in his mouth and those leaks helped deflate trump’s errors.
Then we have the case when Roger Stone, a trump confidant, tweeted that Podesta was the next to be on the WikiLeaks hot seat. Two days later at 8:06 AM RT, the Russian propaganda media outlet, announced that WikiLeaks released Podesta emails. Only, at 8:27 AM the same morning, WikiLeaks did finally release Podesta emails. How did RT know before hand that the dump was coming?
Our beloved leader bragged about how much “he loved WikiLeaks” and how marvelous these criminals were. This love affair was because they were attacking his opponent.
During the campaign all 17 Intelligence Agencies for the U.S. said that they had proof that Russia was behind the hacking and leaks that WikiLeaks were giving out. Only trump would not accept that analysis. He claimed that is was probably some 400 lb. guy sitting on his bed in his mother’s basement that hacked the DNC.
Since the election, we have heard all of the lies from his people that no one had any contact with Russian officials during the campaign or during the transition period. Those lies were exposed big time as trump would say. Mike Flynn was fired over his lies. Sessions has not resigned or been fired over his lies under oath to Congress.
Since Rex Tillerson became Secretary of State, there have been mass firings at the State Department. These firings have included the most senior career members of the Department that have the most knowledge about Russia. Tillerson has remained silent about the cuts in staff, and about the proposed 37 percent cut to his budget. As a matter of fact, Tillerson has been invisible since he became Secretary of State.
No one from the State Department have been invited to attend meetings with heads of state from other countries. To show just how bad things are, the spokesperson for the State Department was asked the other day if anyone from State would be involved in talks with a high-ranking official from Mexico this week. He said he didn’t even know the official was even in town. Sorry, but isn’t it the job of the State Department to deal with foreign governments in the interests of the United States? Here is a person in the country and State doesn’t even know he is here? Really?
Then, right after trump made unsubstantiated claims that President Obama “tapped my wires” and the heat got higher on him, we have WikiLeaks claiming to have hacked the CIA and releasing lots of classified material. What have we heard from the trump administration of this huge problem? Nothing! Why is that? Why hasn’t trump made any condemnation about this criminal hack from his favorite criminal organization? Does he hate the intelligence community so much he doesn’t care of we are placed in danger from our enemies over such a hack? What the hell is going on here?
About the same time, his former National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, submitted paperwork that says he is a foreign agent, which is fancy talk for lobbyist, working for Turkey. He also claimed in the paperwork that his job period was retroactive to before the election when he was working for the trump campaign. Which means that while he was advising trump on intelligence issues during the campaign, and during the transition, and during his time as National Security Advisor, he was working for a foreign country.
The trump administration claims that trump had no idea that Flynn was working for Turkey. Hmmm.
Yesterday, Comey met with the “gang of eight”, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. When asked if the wire taps trump claimed Obama put on his tower were discussed, Comey said nothing. When a Republican Senator at the meeting was asked about the wire taps, he said “there is no evidence that I have seen that says it happened.”
We really need to ask some very hard questions of trump. Logical deduction is saying that there is something not quite right with all of this. Especially when you take into account that unverified dossier created by the former MI6 agent. If you compare that dossier to what is coming out, a lot of what is in that document is being proved to be correct.
We all know that there are two agencies that Putin hates the most. The first is the Department of State and the second is the CIA. We also know that Putin is a former KGB agent and former head of the FSB which replaced the KGB. The CIA was his opponent all of the time, and he really hates them.
He also hates the State Department because they have the audacity to call him on the carpet for his murders of opposition leaders and reporters who write scathing articles against him. Additionally, when protesters hit the streets in large numbers in Moscow, Putin blamed Hillary Clinton for “antagonizing the situation”. He claimed that State was “helping and stirring up” the protesters against him.
Then, during the election, he interfered with our election. I don’t know if he loved trump that much or if he hated Clinton that much. But the interference was certainly designed to hurt Clinton whether or not she won. Now that trump is president, the Department of State is being gutted of anyone who is better equipped to fight back against Putin and Russia.
It appears that trump is side lining the Department of State and not allowing it to do their job. How can that be? Why would a president hamstring the diplomatic agency responsible to work with our allies? It doesn’t make sense unless you don’t want to work with our allies.
Since trump is so twitter happy, why hasn’t he said a word about the CIA hacking? What is he hiding about that incident, if anything? It doesn’t make any sense. It seems like he is happy about the hack. You got that feeling when asked about it yesterday, all he did was smile.
What is even worse in all of this is the silence from Republicans in Congress. With the exception of very few Republicans, no one wants to question beloved leader. No one wants to properly investigate what is going on. No one wants to be the target of one of trump’s famous tweets, apparently.
This is madness. Remember when Bill Clinton was running for office and it was discovered that someone from China donated to his campaign? There was an outcry from the right that brought down mountains. Now, when evidence is showing that trump or members of his staff just might have colluded with Russia to influence the election, we hear nothing from the right.
There simply are too many questions and way too many lies floating around for this to continue. It is now the time for Republicans to get off of their asses and set up an independent commission, complete with a Special Prosecutor, to find out the truth behind all of this.
The American People deserve to know the truth. We deserve to know the facts. Our democracy, our freedoms and our very country is on the line. I don’t know if trump and/or his minions were involved in colluding with Russia. But, I want to know the truth. I hope trump was not involved. That would be a crisis that we really don’t need right now.
I served my country for 20 years under five different Presidents of both parties. I don’t give a shit about party affiliation. I do give a shit about my country. If Republicans do not establish that independent commission with a special prosecutor, and any of this turns out to be true, they would be just as guilty as trump and/or his minions.
This is really the time to put country ahead of politics. It is time we learn the truth. This is not Russia. Congress is not supposed to be trump’s rubber stamp for anything he wants to do.
It is time for Mitch McConnell to show he s a real patriot interested in the well-being of our country and not just a politician trying to cover for his president. So, I say to McConnell, “from one old fart to another, show some guts and do what is right for a change”.
If he doesn’t act, the shirts will keep marching along!