The amount of overt linkage between the Trump campaign (Administration) and the Russians continues to grow, and yet, much of the media appears to be in denial about just how threatening this situation truly is.
The Guardian, has published an excellent piece connecting the dots on at least six individuals from inside the Trump camp, with contacts pointing back to the Kremlin. The most recent, is the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who had two meetings with the Russian Ambassador, while Sessions was a sitting Senator and “surrogate” for the Trump campaign. Then there was Paul Manafort, who appeared from out of nowhere to take over the Trump campaign, only to be summarily dismissed when news surfaced of his ties to a Russian-backed government in Ukraine, where Mr. Putin went to war, sending troops into Crimea, seizing it militarily and presenting a whole new military threat to the Balkans and the European Union.
There is also former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Foreign Policy Adviser, Carter Page and attorney, Michael Cohen, not to mention our new Secretary of State and former CEO of Exxon, Rex Tillerson, whose ties to Putin and Russian oil are now infamous. A man with no experience in government diplomacy who is now, nevertheless, the chief diplomat for the most powerful nation on earth.
And then there’s Roger Stone. A former Trump adviser who was also investigated by the FBI for alleged contact with Russia, and who, like Paul Manafort, was fired from the campaign. Stone, denies having any contact with the Russians.
If all of that isn’t enough, a bit of brilliant reportage by Rachel Maddow the other night (please see preceding post) tied in Trump’s new Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the Bank of Cypress, where he is partners with Russian oligarch and former KGB agent and Putin ally, Viktor Vekselberg. Question: To what degree is the Commerce Secretary of the United States benefiting from Russian money moving through his bank? Where is the money coming from?Where is it going? Does anyone even care? Is our government now being run by the Russians?
Why, whenever he’s asked about Putin and the Russians, does our president act like they are beyond reproach, even going so far as to insist that America, with its democratic tradition, is no better than this current Russian oligarchy/dictatorship?
When questioned by Bill O’Reilly about the bloodthirsty ways with which Putin deals with his critics, Trump, replied, “There are a lot of killers. We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?”
That is ridiculous to the point of being asinine and thoroughly un-American. We do not deal with journalists or political critics by having them murdered or sent to a gulag. We aren’t the country that had six diplomats die in four months. That would be the Russians.
When listening to his repeated excuses and inexplicable ongoing defense of Putin and the Russians, it feels as though either A: Trump is being blackmailed, or he is B: being blackmailed. Putin and his buddies are former KGB, not a bunch of diplomacy-first advocates for international peace and goodwill, and their operatives have an ongoing and abnormal connection to the administration of Donald J. Trump.
The White House is calling efforts to look into the Trump/Russia connection, “a witch hunt.” Guess what the Russians are saying it is? That very same thing, “a witch hunt.” Almost like it was an agreed to talking point? What the hell’s going on here?
There should be calls for impeachment. Instead, Republican cowards continue making excuses for a growing pile of evidence showing a clear danger to the country from one of our oldest enemies, a Russian government that has already launched a cyber attack on our political process while possibly corrupting and to a degree, maybe even controlling a sitting president. How can we know, when Mr. Trump continues his refusal to release his tax records?
It’s time to pull our heads from the sand and demand that our elected officials answer the critical question on the degree to which the Russians have influenced and possibly continue to influence the President of the United States. It’s not like the evidence isn’t there.
The time for denial is long past. Barring the political will for impeachment, this calls for a complete and totally independent investigation, far removed from the reach of politics, as so many of our politicians have shown themselves to be without sufficient honor to do the jobs they were elected to do.
The Russian bear is standing in the middle of the room laughing at us, threatening the existence of our democratic way of life. Foreign powers, like the Russians, now have the ability to funnel untold millions of dollars into our political campaigns thanks to an incredibly bad ruling (Citizens United) by the U.S. Supreme Court. We the people must demand a resolution. This is not acceptable.