Russia reacts to Trump getting caught, plus more NRA troubles

The scandal over the phone call between Dictator Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has cast a shadow over relations between Washington and Kiev, at a time when American support is vital for Ukraine’s new administration.

The criminal episode appears to play right into the hands of Russia, which is still backing separatist militias in the east of the country in their war against Kiev. Russian involvement in Ukraine—the annexation of Crimea and support for the militias occupying the Donbas region—has severely damaged Moscow’s relations with the U.S. and its Western allies.

Any hint of a dispute between those in the pro-Ukraine coalition will be welcomed by President Vladimir Putin, as will any suggestion that the U.S. democratic system is corrupt or weak.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova was less diplomatic. Known for often inflammatory remarks—particularly those related to the U.S.—joked that Russia would be very happy to see any sensitive information the White House saw fit to release. “The show must go on: Release the transcripts of conversations with NATO partners, with each other. The publication of speeches at closed CIA, FBI and Pentagon meetings seems highly valuable. Bring it all out!”

Oops! On second thought ….. Russia voiced hope Friday that the U.S. administration wouldn’t publish private conversations between the two nations’ presidents like it did with Ukraine.

Asked if Moscow is worried that the White House could similarly publish transcripts of Trump’s calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “we would like to hope that it wouldn’t come to that in our relations, which are already troubled by a lot of problems.”

Speaking in a conference call with reporters, he emphasized that the publication of the Trump-Zelenskiy call is an internal U.S. issue, but added that it was “quite unusual” to release a confidential call between leaders.

“We are waiting for the party to continue,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “Let them publish transcripts of conversations between NATO allies. It would also be useful to publish minutes of closed meetings at the CIA, the FBI, and the Pentagon. Put it all on air!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Donald Trump tried to “shakedown foreign leaders” and conceal it, undermining national security and forcing Congress to pursue his impeachment.

Russia and the NRA
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have released a report that sheds new light on efforts by the Russian government to forge bonds with the NRA in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, including previously unreported meetings between the former Russian ambassador and NRA leaders.

The 76-page report, titled “The NRA Russia: How a Tax-Exempt Organization Became a Foreign Asset” and released Friday, relies heavily on internal NRA documents obtained by Democratic committee investigators during their nearly two-year probe to reach its conclusions. The Senate Finance Committee oversees tax policy and related issues, including tax-exempt groups like the NRA. NRA emails and a calendar entry suggest that in November 2015 — one month before a delegation of NRA officials and supporters traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian oligarchs and high-level government officials — then-NRA president Allan Cors went hunting with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Former NRA president David Keene had suggested months earlier that Cors invite the ambassador to the “Grand National Waterfowl Hunt” in Maryland, a suggestion Cors responded to enthusiastically. “Dave: I was at the hunt many years ago. A great event. I concur with all of your ideas/suggestions and would welcome any opportunity to engage the ambassador with the NRA,” Cors said. An assistant to Cors later scheduled a “Hunt with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”

By the time the hunt occurred, Kislyak had already met with Cors and Keene at NRA headquarters in Virginia, according to the report. The trio was scheduled to have lunch in May 2016 at the ambassador’s Washington, DC, residence as well, according to calendar entries the NRA provided to the committee. Kislyak became a focal point early in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference because of his contacts with members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle. The Senate report says Kislyak waged an “influence campaign to associate with NRA leadership” and that Cors “welcomed” it.

Senator Wyden said in a statement Friday that during the election, “Russian nationals effectively used the promise of lucrative personal business opportunities to capture the NRA and gain access to the American political system.” Wyden said his investigation, “as well as the mounting evidence of rampant self-dealing, indicate the NRA may have violated tax laws.”

In particular, Wyden pointed to the December 2015 trip to Moscow as evidence that the NRA might have broken the law. “This report lays out in great detail that the NRA lied about the 2015 delegation trip to Moscow,” Wyden said. “This was an official trip undertaken so NRA insiders could get rich—a clear violation of the principle that tax-exempt resources should not be used for personal benefit.”

The report claims that the NRA, which has sought to distance itself from Russia in the last year, was more involved in the trip, sponsored by Butina’s gun rights group than previously acknowledged. “The NRA trip was planned as a delegation of the NRA’s most senior officers and donors, including, initially, then-President Cors and his spouse,” the report says. “Russian organizers made clear the trip was planned to bring the ‘head of the most powerful political organization in America’ to Moscow and that the delegation needed to include senior NRA leadership or the trip would not take place. Trip participants relied on NRA professional staff, funding and resources to execute their travel.”

Source AP

Stalinist show trials in America? That’s Trump’s diabolical plan

Here’s the Trump playbook laid out for what next year’s campaign barrage is going to be like.
It will be the most ruthless and dishonest campaign, that any living American has ever seen or can imagine.
You may ask yourself how can I get any worse?
Well you know it can. It can get a lot worse.  Trump Advisor Lewandowski laid out their sick strategy on Fox Business News on the May 23rd in a nutshell;
“Biden was behind Steele Dossier; Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and Page will all be on trial “March or April of the next year.” “They should be fearful, and I’ll tell you why. The person who has gotten a pass on this so far is Joe Biden. Because I believe that the investigation which was launched came from somewhere inside the White House to greenlight Clapper, Comey, and Brennan to start this investigation into Donald Trump for “no valid reason” said the Trump advisor. “

“…..Joe Biden has not answered what he knew and when he knew it of how this investigation began. And when Attorney General Barr and Mr. Horowitz release that report in approximately a month I think we’re gonna see additional criminal referrals, with McCabe getting another referral, Comey a referral, Strzok and Page, James Baker, possibly Bruce Orr, and other people…….. And I think what we’re gonna see it all in March or April of next year, Jamey Comey, Andy McCabe, Strzok and Page will be on trial for the crimes they have committed against the Fourth Amendment, against this president, and we can’t wait.”

You can’t get a bigger advanced heads-up than that! Lewandowski just laid out their whole strategy. First, pin the Steele dossier on Biden.

Then it will be time for flunkey Attorney General Bill Barr to do his part. Trump’s disturbing announcement last Thursday that Barr would be in charge of releasing the intel on the Trump campaign probe is a staggering development, something we’ve never seen the likes of. Barr, who already demonstrated he’ll cherry pick evidence on Trump’s behalf, can pluck out whatever evidence he wants and leave buried whatever evidence he wants to leave buried.

We predict Barr will selectively release sensitive information, as he did with Mueller’s report, to shape a favorable narrative for Trump and impede the intelligence community’s ability to collect intel on foreign threats that assist Trump. Barr will continue to release this sensitive information, as he did with Mueller’s report, to shape a favorable narrative for Trump and impede the intelligence community’s ability to collect intel on foreign threats that assist the president.”

But with everything filtered through the FOX state television network and no Republicans in Congress willing to utter a syllable of protest, there will be no accountability.

So then, next spring the Barr’s Justice Department can bring indictments against James Comey, Andy McCabe, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page for—well, they’ll come up with something. And maybe John Brennan and James Clapper too.

Welcome, to the Trump version of Stalinist show trials in America!
It’s time to take this seriously.
Trump has falsely accused Comey, McCabe, Strzok, and Page of “treason.” For investigating a presidential campaign. Treason is aiding an enemy during wartime. And is punishable by death. Trump used the word specifically to signal to his attack dogs that anything is fair game.

The sweetheart of the NRA and full-on Russian spy is going to jail

Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of running a spy operation that sought to influence key conservative groups. has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Despite attempted inference from Trump crime boss flunkey attorney general William Barr, you tried to send her home with no more jail time. She has been sentenced to 18 months in prison which will be 9 months with credit for time served. She was found guilty of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government, in this case, Russia. Barr clearly dosn’t want her doing anymore talking.

When she’s done with that sentence she’ll be deported from the U.S.

She is quoted by Betsy Woodruff as saying her parents are suffering and “I have destroyed my own life.”

We have been writing about this sorted tale for a couple of years here are the links to our previous posts:

05.01.17

by tuluwat examiner

REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY SEES RUSSIAN AUTHORITARIANS AND SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS AS NATURAL ALLIES

Trump: “all you see are the Russia stories, the Russia stories and all these other phony stories” We wouldn’t want to disappoint “der gropenfuhrer” would we? In recent years, finding themselves increasingly ideologically alienated in the U.S., certain members of the far right have found sympathetic “kindred spirits” among Russia’s well-connected elite. According to a […]

01.18.18

by tuluwat examiner

ALEXANDER TORSHIN FROM RUSSIA’S CENTRAL BANK BANKROLLED THE NRA’S CAMPAIGN TO ELECT TRUMP?

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump Paid for by Russians through the NRA? WASHINGTON – The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter […]

07.16.18

by tuluwat examiner

A RUSSIAN AGENT, CONSPIRACY, THE NRA AND MORE TREASON

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2018/01/18/alexander-torshin-from-russias-central-bank-bankrolled-the-nras-campaign-to-elect-trump/https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/republican-attorney-sees-russian-authoritarians-and-southern-republicans-as-natural-allies/https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/the-republicans-putin-love-festand-dead-men-tell-no-tales/ The US government has charged a 29-year-old Russian woman with conspiracy to act as a Russian government agent while infiltrating political groups. Maria Butina had developed close ties with the Republican Party and had become an advocate for gun rights, according to US media reports. The charges are not (directly) related to […]

12.13.18

by tuluwat examiner

 

GUN TOTING RUSSIAN SPY MARIA BUTINA, WHO SERIOUSLY PLAYED TRUMP CONSERVATIVES, NOW TURNS ON THEM

Accused Russian spy Maria Butina revealed she was cooperating with U.S. investigators when she pleaded guilty as part of an agreement to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The 30-year-old Russian national agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to violate a law governing foreign agents operating in the United States, and she appeared […]

NO! It’s not f—ing OK!

Doofus Donny’s lame retort is to call him “pencil neck” Whoa! Damn, we’re sure our own schoolyard bully the “despicable Trump troll” is just swelling with pride.

We ask our “sane” readers to give a listen to this short speech where Schiff lays out the case for kompromat, aiding and abetting.

 

Traitor Trump is at it again; can we really wait for Mueller to finish?  

Worldwide thug and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is very happy with his little minion Trump’s decision to withdraw from the IMF treaty.

 

On Saturday morning in response to Trump, Putin announced that he had suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after Trump said he would withdraw the US from the arms control pact.

An analysis by the Washington Post claims that Trump played right into the Kremlin’s hands and allowed Putin to fulfill a dream he has had for years.

It’s true that Trump’s decision is a significant action that appears on the surface to punish Russia.  Experts point out that is a move that the Obama administration resisted, even though it also concluded that Russia was violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, forged at the tail end of the Cold War, in large part because it believed it would trigger a new nuclear arms race, not necessarily because it was afraid of holding Russia accountable. Even with Russia violating the treaty, the reasoning went, it was better to leave it in place as a deterrent. The violations were real but the treaty remained largely intact. Most observers believed better that, than a rekindled arms race.

Vladimir Putin expressed his wish to withdraw back in 2007.

We need to convince other (countries) to assume the same level of obligation as assumed by the Russian Federation and the United States,” Putin stated. “If we are unable to obtain such a goal … it will be difficult for us to keep within the framework of the treaty in a situation where other countries do develop such weapon systems, and among those are countries located in our near vicinity.”

He later complained that the treaty limited Russia and gave too large of an advantage to the U.S.

“What we ultimately got was a clear imbalance: the United States has kept its medium-range missiles. It does not matter whether they are based at sea, in the air, or on land; however, the Soviet Union was simply left without this type of weapons,” Putin claimed.

That doesn’t sound like someone who wanted to keep the treaty, which Putin argued was stacked against Russia, to begin with. Putin just didn’t want Russia to be seen on the world stage as the one that backed out of it. The Russians’ obvious flouting of the treaty promotes the theory that Russia was goading the United States to cancel it. Of course, eager idiot Trump was more than willing to oblige.

According to a report from Reuters, Putin is already making plans to beef up Russia’s military capabilities. “Putin said Russia will start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones, and told ministers not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington, accusing the United States of being slow to respond to such moves,” the news service reported.

Another gift to Vladimir

original source material from Raw Story

One of two leaked Senate reports this week reveals Jill Stein’s Russian help

We still hold Jill Stein and the National Green Party partly responsible for Trump’s reign of terror

Two days before the 2016 presidential election, an Instagram account called @woke_blacks posted a message in support of long-shot Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

“The excuse that a lost Black vote for Hillary is a Trump win is bs,” it read. “It could be late, but y’all might want to support Jill Stein instead.”

According to a report commissioned by the Senate, the account was a fake, part of the Russian campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

The report was one of two that leaked this week saying the Russian effort to disrupt the election specifically targeted black voters and harnessed America’s top social media platforms. But the reports contained another finding that was largely overlooked — the Russians also focused on boosting Stein’s candidacy through social media posts like the one from @woke_blacks.

 

Building support for Stein was one of a “roster of themes” the Moscow-sanctioned internet trolls “turned to repeatedly” in their effort to disrupt the election, according to a research team led by the New Knowledge cybersecurity firm. The researchers also found that the campaign to bolster Stein gained in intensity in the final days of the presidential campaign and largely targeted African-American voters.

The reports, prepared by separate groups of cyber experts, add to the growing body of evidence that the Russians worked to boost the Stein campaign as part of the effort to siphon support away from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and tilt the election to Trump.

An NBC News analysis found that Russians working under the direction of the Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based firm run by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeted the phrase “Jill Stein” over 1,000 times around the time of the election.

The posts were often accompanied by variations of the same hashtag, “Grow a spine and vote Jill Stein.”

“This hasn’t gotten enough attention,” said Andrew Weiss, a Russian expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, referring to Moscow’s efforts to promote Stein.

“The fact that the Russian propaganda apparatus helped create awareness and support for her candidacy and promoted her candidacy is critical to our understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The Russians played this extremely adroitly,” Weiss added.

The Green Party did not respond to multiple requests for comment. NBC News also left messages with two Stein spokespersons, but they went unreturned.

There’s nothing in the reports to suggest that Stein was aware of the influence operation, but the Massachusetts physician has long been criticized for her support of international policies that mirror Russian foreign policy goals.

As a frequent guest on the Russian state-owned English language broadcast and online outlets RT and Sputnik, Stein has also benefited from Moscow’s help during her presidential runs in 2012 and 2016.

An NBC News review of the archives of RT and Sputnik, which the CIA has described as part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine,” from early 2015 to the 2016 election shows more than 100 stories, on-air and online, friendly to Stein and the Green Party.

Weiss said Moscow’s support for Stein, in fact, began well before she became a presidential candidate.

“The Russian embrace of fringe voices like Stein goes back more than a decade to the earlier days of RT,” said Weiss.

Weiss also noted that the Stein campaign parroted the Russian position on Ukraine in 2016 and criticized the U.S. for installing a government in Kiev “hostile to Russia.”

In Feb. 2015, Stein announced her decision to form a presidential exploratory committee on the U.S.-based RT program “Redacted Tonight.”

In the closing weeks of the campaign, RT quoted Stein suggesting that Hillary Clinton could lead the U.S. into a nuclear war with Russia and saying Trump was a safer choice.

“On the issue of war and nuclear weapons,” Stein said, according to RT, “it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia.”

Most famously, Stein was one of two Americans invited to sit with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the head table of the RT 10th anniversary dinner in Dec. 2015. The other was General Michael Flynn, who was advising then candidate Donald J. Trump and is now awaiting sentencing in the special counsel’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The head table of a gala celebrating the tenth anniversary of Russia Today in December of 2015 included Russian President Vladimir Putin, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Jill Stein of the U.S. Green Party.Mikhail Klimentyev. Also at the table: Putin’s chief of staff, a former KGB general who had been sanctioned by the Obama administration for his role in 2014 annexation of Crimea and a deputy chief of staff who U.S. intelligence referred to as Putin’s head propagandist.
 -Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP file

Stein, in explaining why she traveled to Moscow for the event, has said she had hoped to speak with the Russian president about his policy in Syria, climate change and other issues. The Russian president declined the opportunity, Stein admitted. Stein has repeatedly said she did not accept any Russian support for her trip.

Clint Watts, an NBC News analyst who has been tracking Russian election interference at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, says none of what’s in the reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee should be seen as surprising.

“Is Stein a fellow traveler or a useful idiot?” Watts asked rhetorically. “I don’t know, but even after the election, she played into Russia disinformation by pursuing a recount so heavily and claiming election fraud. This was a post-election coup for Kremlin propagandists.”

From NBC News