Thursday, July 27, 2017

Innocent Are They. It's The Poor Orphans, They Say.

Yeah. They met to discuss adoption. Jared, Don Jr, Manafort, innocent as lambs, just want to do what's right for Russian orphans. Men of generosity and selfless philanthropy are they. 

Bullshit. Complete, unmitigated bullshit. 

Read this lengthy opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee by a British citizen at the heart of uncovering Russian (and Putin's personal) corruption, and understand what's really going on. And gain insight into why Putin was so committed to getting idiot tool Donald Trump in office. Billions of dollars were involved, much of it Putin's:
... After Khodorkovsky’s conviction, the other oligarchs went to Putin and asked him what they needed to do to avoid sitting in the same cage as Khodorkovsky. From what followed, it appeared that Putin’s answer was, “Fifty percent.” He wasn’t saying 50 percent for the Russian government or the presidential administration of Russia, but 50 percent for Vladimir Putin personally. From that moment on, Putin became the biggest oligarch in Russia and the richest man in the world, and my anti-corruption activities would no longer be tolerated... 
... In 2010, I traveled to Washington and told Sergei Magnitsky’s story to Senators Benjamin Cardin and John McCain. They were both shocked and appalled and proposed a new piece of legislation called The Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. This would freeze assets and ban visas for those who killed Sergei as well as other Russians involved in serious human rights abuse. 
Despite the White House’s desire to reset relations with Russia at the time, this case shined a bright light on the criminality and impunity of the Putin regime and persuaded Congress that something needed to be done. In November 2012 the Magnitsky Act passed the House of Representatives by 364 to 43 votes and later the Senate 92 to 4 votes. On December 14, 2012, President Obama signed the Sergei Magnitsky Act into law. 
Putin was furious. Looking for ways to retaliate against American interests, he settled on the most sadistic and evil option of all: banning the adoption of Russian orphans by American families...
Clear as the space between Trump's ears is that it's about repealing the Magnitisky Act (relevant and putrid details in the linked article). All that remains is to learn what Putin has on Trump that made him figure (correctly) that he could get him to do his bidding. If it's related to money, Mueller might eventually track it down. If it's run of the mill blackmail -- say, for example, related to video of certain excretory activities -- we may never know.

After reading the testimony, anyone who excuses Trump's coziness with Putin, and/or who claims it's wonderful to try to have a relationship with him, is either profoundly naive or cosmically stupid. Or brainwashed by decades of Republican disinformation to a degree about which the Foxolimjonesian machine can only dream.

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  1. Agreed. Outragious bull shit pandering by our super moral(NOT)presidunce.

  2. I was reading the complete transcript yesterday and found it absolutely chilling. When we hear the various players talking about meeting to discuss adoption and then think of what was said by Blowder, one can only come to one conclusion. Putin has something on the Trump machine and he is using it to get them to push for rolling back of sanctions that are directly harming Putin. When we watch Trump trying to be compliant with Putin wishes, I get sick to my stomach.


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