Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What is more interesting is the longevity of the apparent relationship between the Trump Organization, Russia and the Trump Campaign.

The first time that relationship was known was with the 'dark web' computer connection between the Trump Organization and Russia after sanctions were levied. I would think Former Director Mueller already has a timeline to initial contact and continued interference by Russia.

July 11, 2017
By Jo Becker, Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo

The June 3, 2016, (click here) email sent to Donald Trump Jr. could hardly have been more explicit: One of his father’s former Russian business partners had been contacted by a senior Russian government official and was offering to provide the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The documents “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

If the future president’s eldest son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by the Russian government to aid his father’s campaign — he gave no indication.

He replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Four days later, after a flurry of emails, the intermediary wrote back, proposing a meeting in New York on Thursday with a “Russian government attorney.”...  

Besides the 'dark web,' there is Paul Manafort in Ukraine. This was NOT haphazard by the Trump Organization. It was a growing and sustained relationship for some time now. That is troubling. It is more troubling to realize this organization has violated Russian sanctions and proceeded with a relationships completely outlawed by the USA.

Manafort was in Ukraine because he couldn't be in Russia. Russia was off limits to the USA for any economic development so he worked with the next best thing, Ukraine's President. Right, Viktor?

This is a sustained relationship. It is corrupt. It completely exonerated from wrong doing when Donald Trump decided the only way this could be handled was to become President and write pardons for everyone concerned. The problem is that conviction has to precede a pardon. Right, Don?

Who was that governor? There was a man elected governor (the details escape me) of a state, after he was sworn in this first and only act as governor was to pardon his business partner or someone close to him. He then promptly resigned as governor.

This entire mess has the appearance of "Oops, save everyone from prison and get elected to the White House"

There is the "Slate" dark-net to Russia connection from the Trump Organization, there is the Trump Jr. thing, there is the Kushner family taking China be storm with American government money in exchange for a double digit millions of Chinese Yen and there is also the Jared Kushner 'savior plan' for Israel and now... (...questions are also beginning to swirl around the involvement of another Trump family member who was present for the rendezvous: Jared Kushner.... (click here).

Trump's relationship with Russia is grossly out of step with allies, US policy and the previous administration.

May 15, 2017
By Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe

President Trump (click here) revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said....

If I had the last name of Trump right now, I would be consulting with an attorney regarding racketeering. Absolutely.

This is what we know. Imagine what we don't know.