Sunday, June 04, 2017

Impeachment requires high crimes and misdemeanors. Well.

The hunt for the smoking gun.

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a duck.

A misdemeanor is a minor wrong doing. Was Trump and his buddies involved in a minor wrong doing? That is actually a question? Collusion with Russia by Tillerson and dissing NATO is not a wrong doing? Really?

Top Democrat on the Senate's Intelligence Committee says that while definitive proof of collusion is lacking, there's "a lot of smoke."

June 4, 2017
By S. V. Date

Washington – The top Democrat (click here) on the Senate panel investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential campaign said Sunday that a major unresolved issue is how the Russians knew which states to target to help President Donald Trump.

“This is one of the questions we have to sort through,” Virginia’s Mark Warner said on CNN’s State of the Union. “It does seem strange, it appears, that Russian-paid Internet trolls who created bots were then able to put forward fake news, selective stories in a way that seemed targeted.”

He added that while he knows of no iron-clad proof of collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, “there is a lot of smoke.”

Crucial to Trump winning the the White House was that he carried three states ― Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania ― by a combined margin of about 76,000 votes. Polls had shown Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading in the trio of states, and all of them had been won by Democrats in the six presidential elections before last year’s vote....

Turkey should be careful of whom their friends are. The Kurdish region of Iraq is where all the oil fields are. The Kurdistan Regional Government is the Kurdish province of Iraq. Wow. It sounds like sovereignty is on the way. I said it and I said it; Iraq will divide into three autonomous regions. I could be completely correct.

See that name right there? Barzani? He is President of the Kurdistan Regional Government from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iraq. Damn, I'm good. LOL. Did the Republican Congress of the USA take note of this? Russia. Russia is taking over the purchase of Iraqi oil. Amazing.

Smoking gun? What smoking gun? Russia has no problem recognizing the Kurdish Region of Iraq as a sovereign power to make contracts.

January 6, 2017
By Rudaw

Kurdish delegation headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani [L] meets with the management board of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, including Chief Executive Officer Igor Schein.

St. Petersburg, Russia — A top Kurdish delegation (click here) headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has met with the management board of the Russian oil giant Rosneft, including Chief Executive Officer Igor Schein, in St. Petersburg Wednesday on the first leg of an official visit to the Russian Federation.
A statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said the meeting centred on cooperation between the KRG and Rosneft in the Kurdish energy sector and broader investment in the oil industry of the Kurdistan Region.
The Kurdish delegation was invited to Russia to take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday which brings together the chief executives of major Russian and international companies, and senior government officials.  
Prime Minister Barzani is also scheduled to meet with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the three-day forum.
In February, the KRG signed a pre-financed contract with Russia’s state oil company Rosneft for the export of Kurdish crude oil. The landmark deal became the first time Kurdistan Region crude oil was to ship directly to a major oil refiner, a KRG official with knowledge of the deal told Rudaw at the time.
Rosneft plans to buy the Kurdish crude until 2019. 
The deal with Rosneft is of particular importance as two US oil firms relinquished interest in a number of oil fields in the Kurdistan Region in recent years.
US oil giant Exxon Mobil pulled out of half of the six exploration blocks it operated in the Kurdistan Region last December....

...Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the KRG had negotiated a $3 billion loan deal with Rosneft which was falsely attributed to the Minister of Natural Resources Ashti Hawrami. 

So, let me get this right.

Russia is taking Turkey on as an ally, while signing contracts with the Kurds of Iraq and Exxonmobile is leaving Iraq to go to Russia. So, Exxonmobile is losing money in Iraq while Russia is buying all the Kurds oil, but, is going to make money in Russia while Russia reaps profits from Exxonmobile. See, this isn't about oil, it is about a military strategy that removes USA interests while controlling the largest USA oil company in the world.

April 19, 2017
By Clifford Kraus

In 2012, Vladimir V. Putin, center, Russia’s president, met with Igor Sechin, left, the chief executive of Rosneft, and Rex W. Tillerson, who was then Exxon Mobil’s chief executive, as the two companies entered into a joint venture.

Houston — Exxon Mobil (click here) is pursuing a waiver from Treasury Department sanctions on Russia to drill in the Black Sea in a venture with Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, a former State Department official said on Wednesday. An oil industry official confirmed the account.

The waiver application was made under the Obama administration, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity, and the company has not dropped the proposal.

The proposal is now before the Trump administration at a delicate time in Russian-American relations, with rising tensions over the war in Syria and a looming congressional inquiry into reports of Russian efforts to influence the United States presidential election.

The appeal did not come up during Senate confirmation hearings for Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, who was Exxon Mobil’s chief executive before his nomination by President Trump and was known to have a strong working relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. At the time, Mr. Tillerson and other company officials said they had not lobbied against the sanctions, which were imposed on Russia in response to its military intervention in Ukraine...

No, there is no smoking gun, there is a G-D canon!

So, how is the "Strategic Oil Reserve" holding up Donald? Is Congress sure the Commander and Chief actually has a functioning military?

And Congress actually believes Comey as the most competent source of information? Really? The man that put the final nail in the coffin of the Clinton Presidency and decimated the Democratic down ballot? Congress believes him?

Does the USA Congress actually know what is going on right under their own noses? Or, are they too busy being White Supremacists that hate President Obama?

Maybe they just don't care what wheeling and dealing goes on so much as engage the American electorate in hate and dismemberment of their democracy. Ya think?