The Republicans in Congress are complicit in the Russiagate scandal. When you know about a crime, and you help to cover it up, you have chosen to become part of it, and that is exactly what is going on now.
The freshest outrage is that Rep. Mike Conaway(R-TX), the Republican leading the committee’s Russia investigation, as well as other House Intelligence Committee Republicans have made it clear they are ready to end the investigative phase of their Russia probe and move on to writing the final report.
Trump’s first campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is scheduled to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
It’s looking like he could be one of the last major witnesses to appear as part of the panel’s Russia investigation. Conaway has said that he hasn’t ruled out calling additional witnesses, but he’s hinted that no big names remain on his list.
At any rate, the end may have come in the opinion of the House Intelligence Republicans, but Democrats know better. Leaders like Adam Schiff quickly stood up to oppose that crooked and treasonous policy. On Thursday he made clear that we need to talk to the attendees of that meeting.
The New York Times, on Tuesday, reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed Lebanese-American businessman George Nader. Nader is reportedly cooperating. He testified before a grand jury last week.
This testimony ended up being quite explosive. It brought the focus back to a shady January 2017 meeting held during the Trump transition between Nader and Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and informal Trump adviser.
The secretive meeting was also speculated to be a potential backdoor link between the Trump universe and the Kremlin. They routed the meeting through the United Arab Emirates. The whole thing was one giant misdirection on the part of those involved.
On Wednesday the Washington Post’s reporting confirmed that speculation.
Robert Mueller’s investigators have now discovered solid evidence that this meeting was, in fact, an attempt to establish a back channel between Trump and the Kremlin.
The full implications of what this means will take some time to come out, but in the meantime, one thing is for sure. Erik Prince, the Trump emissary at the off-book rendezvous, has been lying. And quite a few others have been also.
“Last year, Prince told lawmakers—and the news media—that his Seychelles meeting with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, was an unplanned, unimportant encounter that came about by chance because he happened to be at a luxury hotel in the Indian Ocean island nation with officials from the United Arab Emirates,” the Post reported.
The waves of the Russiagate scandal has rocked America in successive blows recently, and all of this comes as the freshest breaker. Ever since Rick Gates agreed to cooperate the house has been coming in on Donald Trump everywhere. The writing is on the wall for his administration.
But it also falls to us to never let anyone forget how the Republicans have sabotaged this investigation at every turn. How they made excuses, looked the other way, and when necessary, covered up.
The manner in which they have conducted themselves is in many ways even more repugnant than that of Trump, because he is fundamentally slow and limited and incapable of doing any better. The likes of Mitch McConnell are lifelong professional politicians. They can’t pretend to hide behind ignorance.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the majority of Americans would join in our crusade in earnest if they could somehow be shown the bare bones of the truth on these matters through all the noise and misdirection the conservatives deluge our country in.
Only refusing to give in and go back to sleep can we hope to secure the future of our democracy. We have to raise awareness of what they are doing with all the vigor we can bring to the table.
This is not Hitler’s Germany. This is not Putin’s Russia.
A slew of gigantic developments have stormed America this week in the Russiagate investigation. Even as these words were being written, a Belorussian sex worker being held in a Thai jail has offered to tie Trump to Russia, saying she’s the only one who can complete the chain, and that she’s in fear for her life from Putin.
Yesterday it was confirmed that Trump was thinking of firing the Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer, and today, we were given an avalanche of reasons why.
CNN reported this morning that Mueller is asking witnesses about Trump’s business connections in Russia from before the election. And this afternoon, NBC reports that Mueller has been asking members of the Trump inner circle whether he knew about Russian hacking of Democratic emails.
Earlier this week, Mike Rogers, our current CIA director, warned the nation that Trump has literally not given him permission to do anything to prevent the Russian efforts geared at hacking the new elections.
It was also confirmed recently that the Russians penetrated voter data in seven states at least and targeted at least 21. Still, though, Trump refuses to admit it’s anything but a hoax. This is crazy. We need to start cleaning house before it’s too late
Maybe the biggest news, however, is that chief of staff John Kelly has downgraded the top secret security clearance for Jared Kushner. Reports have recently emerged that Kelly has grown frustrated with Ivanka’s role in the Oval Office as well. But the most surprising thing is that Trump just sat there and took it.
It would seem that a pivotal moment is at hand.
The whole reason Kelly was brought in, to begin with, is that Trump hired a whole Cabinet full of freaks.
He had his zaniest Apprentice Omarosa Manigault– who had to be dragged out, kicking and screaming, but now seems happy to be gone- just wandering around the halls of the White House.
Sean “Spicey” Spicer, the favorite target of Saturday Night Live, was the most ridiculous person in the world. It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that there has never been a man so frequently mocked.
His successor, Anthony Scaramucci, lasted only days, in the meantime adding to American history a blistering torrent of obscenity, including the choice phrase, “I’m not Steve Bannon! I’m not trying to s*** my own c***!”
Speaking of Steve Bannon, Trump himself called him “Sloppy Steve”. The National Security Council was not the right place for him. Based on his choice of a sobriquet, Trump knew it. But even still, that’s where he put him.
It is the recommendation of Millennial Democrats that you DO NOT Google the term, “Sloppy Steve”. Don’t ask.
Trump even tried to give the chairmanship of the National Endowments for the Arts to Sylvester Stallone. To his credit, Stallone refused the job, although retrospectively he was more qualified by far than the average Trump flunky. It’s a wonder Scott Baio wasn’t given the job instead. Charles In Charge, man. You don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
Trump makes his decisions according to who he likes. Who his family is, who his buddies are. It’s called nepotism, and it used to be a crime.
At any rate, the next thing to come out was that at least four countries have been licking their chops at Kushner for a long time, actively planning how to profit from manipulating him. Current and former U.S. administrative representatives spoke based on intelligence reports about the matter.
Officials in the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico privately discussed how their nations could benefit from Kushner’s international business dealings and lack of government experience, unnamed sources told the Washington Post.
Before becoming a White House senior adviser, Kushner ran his family real-estate firm Kushner Companies. In that capacity, Kushner went all over the place to court foreign financing.
Apparently, the naive and thirsty conduct he exhibited while hunting around for investors made him appear “particularly manipulable” in the eyes of U.A.E. officials, for instance, said the Post.
There are concerns in the halls of government that Kushner was “naive and being tricked” in his conversations with foreign officials.
Remember how Kushner offered a secret backdoor channel of communications to Sergey Lavrov, the Russian ambassador? It is said that Lavrov was visibly shocked at the sheer naivete.
It all goes to show why Russia worked so hard on this. The whole world is eating lunch off us right now.
In the rest of the world, everyone knew what Democrats were trying so hard to tell American citizens, namely, that Trump is a slob and a fool, dangerously incompetent, and as unfit to hold office as a sewer rat.
They knew if he were elected, he would constantly bungle, and that America would be weakened horribly because of it. They knew that if people were stupid enough to fall for Trump over here, it’s because we have become dangerously weak and indolent. And even though that isn’t true of most of us, as evidenced by the three million more votes Hillary Clinton got than Donald Trump did, it is nevertheless how we are being perceived.
When you’re perceived as weak, you’ll be constantly tested to see to what extent you’ll give up and give in. That is what Russia is doing now, and they are not alone. Many other countries are joining right in, and why wouldn’t they? America has got all the money.
This is the world market. Of course others would like to be in our shoes. But national interest isn’t even being considered.
It’s all a very, very big and huge sign that things are very wrong, in Donald Trump’s America. Very.
This concerns us all. It’s a slippery slope leading right to the end of our position of world leadership if we’re not careful. We’re in trouble on many different levels right now, and all of them are based on a steady attack on our nation’s institutions by its own president.
National interest demands the removal of these people before things get any worse.