Russia adds Trump's political enemies to sanctions list

Unbelievable times, when the Grand Old Party, the super patriot Republicans, switch their allegiance to Russia; and personal enrichment; and personal aggrandizement; and power & control & vendettas. There’s also the matter that they seem to think the only way to govern America (the once proud land of the free) is to go totalitarian on America.

Russia has expanded its list of sanctioned Americans in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the latest curbs imposed by the United States. But what is particularly striking is how much President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is adopting perceived enemies of former President Donald J. Trump as his own.

Among the 500 people singled out for travel and financial restrictions on Friday were Americans seen as adversaries by Mr. Trump, including Letitia James, the state attorney general of New York who has sued him for alleged fraud, and Jack Smith, the Justice Department special counsel investigating his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and his handling of classified documents after leaving office. …

Some background:

It’s time to confront the Trump-Putin network

Rebecca Solnit - March 2, 2022

In 2014, the Putin regime invaded Ukraine’s Crimea. In 2016, the same regime invaded the United States. The former took place as a conventional military operation; the latter was a spectacular case of cyberwarfare, including disinformation that it was happening at all and promulgation of a lot of talking points still devoutly repeated by many. It was a vast social-media influencing project that took many forms as it sought to sow discord and confusion, even attempting to dissuade Black voters from voting.

Additionally, Russian intelligence targeted voter rolls in all 50 states, which is not thought to have had consequences, but demonstrated the reach and ambition of online interference. This weekend, British investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr said on Twitter, “We failed to acknowledge Russia had staged a military attack on the West. We called it ‘meddling.’ We used words like ‘interference.’ It wasn’t. It was warfare. We’ve been under military attack for eight years now.”

The US interference – you could call it cyberwarfare, or informational invasion – took many forms. Stunningly, a number of left-wing news sources and pundits devoted themselves to denying the reality of the intervention and calling those who were hostile to the Putin regime cold-war red-scare right-wingers, as if contemporary Russia was a glorious socialist republic rather than a country ruled by a dictatorial ex-KGB agent with a record of murdering journalists, imprisoning dissenters, embezzling tens of billions and leading a global neofascist white supremacist revival. In discrediting the news stories and attacking critics of the Russian government, they provided crucial cover for Trump. …

Despite Russia’s harmful national interests against the U.S., and its human rights violations around the world, President Trump and his team are directly and indirectly tied to Russia.

Throughout the 2016 presidential election, President Trump not only refused to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin, but was even friendly and accommodating in his remarks. In his own words, President Trump called President Putin “highly respected." More recently, President Trump put the U.S. on equal moral footing with Russia when responding to Bill O’Reilly’s question about Putin being a “killer,” saying “We’ve got a lot of killers… you think our country’s so innocent?” This is absolutely false moral equivalence, and unheard of for the President of the United States to insult and demean the country he leads.

President Trump has harshly criticized NATO, and exclaimed that only the NATO allies that paid equally to the alliance deserved protection from the United States. Though these remarks were softened by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who claims that President Trump fully supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), it’s still unclear how supportive he will be of NATO allies like the Baltic states in light of his relationship with Russia.

President Trump has also surrounded himself with people who do business with and are sympathetic to Russia.

By Mark Mazzetti

Published Aug. 18, 2020 - Updated Nov. 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — A sprawling report released Tuesday by a Republican-controlled Senate panel that spent three years investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election laid out an extensive web of contacts between Trump campaign advisers and Kremlin officials and other Russians, including at least one intelligence officer and others tied to the country’s spy services.

The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, totaling nearly 1,000 pages, drew to a close one of the highest-profile congressional investigations in recent memory and could be the last word from an official government inquiry about the expansive Russian campaign to sabotage the 2016 election.

It provided a bipartisan Senate imprimatur for an extraordinary set of facts: The Russian government disrupted an American election to help Mr. Trump become president, Russian intelligence services viewed members of the Trump campaign as easily manipulated, and some of Mr. Trump’s advisers were eager for the help from an American adversary. …

Democracy (even an imperfect one) is worth defending and that requires an informed and engaged public.

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Still pushing the laughable russiagate conspiracy theory

Ironic that.

… Reade later faced credibility questions of her own including about her education and other credentials.

After being out of the headlines for years, Reade turned up in Moscow on Tuesday, where she sat alongside convicted Kremlin spy Maria Butina and answered questions from Russian state media over several hours.

During the news conference, Butina promised to discuss the possibility of granting Russian citizenship to Reade and ask Putin “to fast track her citizenship request.”

Butina was sentenced to 18 months in a US prison in 2019 for conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent, and now serves in the Russian parliament in President Vladimir Putin’s party. …

That’s a Russian Spy, well rewarded for her servicr

NRA donations to trump

How Much Did the NRA Pay to Buy Off the GOP? - Democrats

In the nearly 10 years since the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA has spent more than $100 million to help elect Republicans who will support their extreme agenda, including Donald Trump.

Fortune: “For instance, in 2020, the NRA alone spent over $12 million campaigning against Biden and another $4.5 million in favor of Donald Trump.”

Yahoo News: “The gun-rights group spent $54 million during the 2016 election cycle, including $30 million to help Donald Trump get elected president.”

Donald Trump caved to the NRA in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and backed off of promises to take action.

New York Times: “Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise”

And that’s just one of many side shows, but metalhead assures me no Russiagate conspiracy.

make yourself familiar with the May 16 2023 Durham report that shows the Democrats fabricated the intelligence on this

Now, got any specifics to point out, or are you simply going with what your cheer leading squad on the internet is telling you about the Durham report. I mean like have you read it? In which case you should be able to cite chapter and verse of key evidence, so I looked it up for you.

That’s the way grown ups try to learn and resolve sticky issues, objective facts and discussion not fanciful diarrhea of the mouth and vandalism and bullying.

Read the report here.

… If the Mueller report does nothing else, it surely shows that the instinct behind the FBI’s decision to open the Russia investigation was a correct one. There was a huge amount there to investigate. There were dozens of people and entities to prosecute. There were dozens more whose conduct warranted examination—and frankly, exposure. And there was an incredible story of Russian influence, of Trump’s vulnerability to that influence, and yes, of serious efforts at collusion on the part of the Trump campaign, which actively met with agents of the Russian government in order to receive promised dirt on Clinton.

I’m not an ends-justify-the-means kind of guy. But I’m not sure how Durham can look at a decision to open an investigation that—whatever his reservations—complied with written policy and that yielded such a giant fountain of shocking and democracy-critical information and see it as improper.

Specifically, I’m not sure how he can fail to see the productivity of the investigation as, to some degree at least, a vindication of the instinct he rejects to open the investigation in the first place. That is, to lay the matter bare, doesn’t the fact that an emissary of President Putin met in Trump Tower—right around the time the FBI opened the investigation—with the candidate’s son, son-in-law, and campaign manager peddling precisely the kind of dirt Papadopoulos had talked about to the Australians suggest that the unanimous leadership of the FBI had better instincts than did John Durham?

Associated Press

The Durham report: 316 pages, four years in the making, no convictions or new charges, and no major policy recommendations. Here’s what else you need to know.

Last Updated: May 17, 2023 at 7:32 a.m. ETFirst Published: May 16, 2023 at 2:40 p.m. ET

By Associated Press

Special counsel John Durham was called upon in 2019 by William Barr, the Trump-era attorney general, to delve into the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election

Talk is cheap, where’s the facts? It’s interesting how Bill Barr’s over the top pandering to Trump and playing interference on other investigations is ignored by folks like you.

You got no problem with that, but someone sending an email opining the obvious, that trump is an unhinged danger to our country, and you folks start howling . . . MAGA man

How about making yourself familiar with the flood of evidence showing your trump is an unhinged totalitarian, one who is more intent on inflicting revenge on Americans and avoiding accountability - than leading our country. He was a traitor to his oath of office.

Jun 2, 2023 #msnbc #trump #2020elections

Tim Heaphy, former U.S. attorney who led the House investigation into the January 6 attack, talks with Alex Wagner about how Donald Trump’s targeting of anyone not loyal enough to support his Big Lie about his loss in the 2020 election may figure into special counsel Jack Smith’s legal case surrounding the effort to subvert the 2020 election.

How about you swallowing the pill that clinton ran a s@@t campaign and thought all she had to label trump a russian agent. The steele dossier a decredited unverified document was the source used by the FBI in their crossfire hurricane investigation

And what does that prove about Trump?
Are you arguing that he is not a criminal who will do time in prison ?

Sir, you are so unhinged that its not funny

Enlighten me… image

I don’t think you’ll ever get more than “do your own research” and “you are sheeple” from this guy

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Speaking of doing one’s own research,

Jun 2, 2023 #Trump #Documents #GOP

Chris Hayes: “This new information really clarifies the question around Donald Trump’s motive for holding on to classified documents after he left the White House.”

Neal Katyal: It’s very hard for Jack Smith not to indict

Jun 2, 2023 #JackSmith #Trump #GOP

Former acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal and former RNC chairman Michael Steele react to new details on efforts by Jack Smith to pin down the facts involving an audio recording of Trump.

What do people see in this pig?

Or this kind of deadbeat criminal behavior

Some don’t like these sources, still what they are reporting on is supported by plenty of other evidence, in fact there is a consilience of self consistent evidence supporting it. Deadbeat is as deadbeat does. Vandal is as vandal does. Traitor is as traitor does. Totalitarian narcissus, is as narcissus does.

Why would anyone support someone like trump, who holds them in contempt anyways??
No matter how much they think they hate Democrats or Biden, is the ugliest of Ugly American’s the best they can do?

Analysis by Glenn Kessler , Salvador Rizzo and Meg Kelly

He is? How so? IMHO, anyone who supports the dotard is in a cult and totally brainwashed.