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Kremlin Expert Says She’s Convinced Lindsey Graham Is Being Blackmailed By Vladimir Putin

There was a time not so long ago when Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one of the harshest critics of Donald Trump. When others were only too happy to carry water for the Trump administration, Graham called out the president, especially on the issue of Russia. As recently as July, right after Trump’s summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Graham tweeted out:

But during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Graham told Fox News this regarding the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“These [FBI] investigations against Trump were corrupt to the core. They gave Clinton a pass, and we need a special counsel to look at all things at the Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation.”


What happened in such a short period of time? According to an expert on authoritarian regimes such as the one Putin runs in Russia, Graham may have changed his tune because he’s being blackmailed by the Kremlin.


Sarah Kendzior was a guest on MSNBC, and she posited this theory:

“There are a few things we should remember. The RNC was hacked; no one knows what happened to those emails. Lindsey Graham personally was hacked and nobody knows who has those emails. The RNC is complicit financially and politically and broadly in what the Trump campaign has done in terms of illicit interactions with Russia.”

Kendzior also noted that it all comes back to money:

“We have tracked all of those financial ties and there’s pretty good chance that either voluntarily or involuntarily Senator Graham has gotten mixed up in the situation and cannot be an objective observer. I find that sad because in the past he has asked for a nonpartisan look at what Trump has done. He stood up against corruption and he should go back to that.”


This could also explain why so many Republicans have been eager to defend Trump no matter what he does. They have financial ties to Russian entities or oligarchs that they have to try to protect for their own economic self-interest. Also, if they’ve taken laundered money from Russia, they would also be guilty of being an accessory to that crime, too.

It’s beginning to look like the vast majority of the Republican Party is in the pocket of the Russians. And that’s a very serious threat to this country’s national security.

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Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos Has Ties To A Russian Bank Controlled By Vladimir Putin

Would it surprise you to know that one of the main links between Russia and the Trump campaign runs directly through the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos?

A report from Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker lays out an intricate tale of how a Russian bank controlled by a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin had computer contact with a company that has close links to the DeVos family. That same bank also had contact with the Trump Organization in the summer of 2016, just months before the election.


Without getting overly technical and in the weeds, investigators have been looking at the Domain Name System (D.N.S.) associated with Republican candidates. D.N.S is basically:

“A worldwide network that acts as a sort of phone book for the Internet, translating easy-to-remember domain names into I.P. addresses, the strings of numbers that computers use to identify one another. Whenever someone goes online—to send an e-mail, to visit a Web site—her device contacts the Domain Name System to locate the computer that it is trying to connect with.”


Computers belonging to Alfa Bank — which is owned by a Russian oligarch with deep ties to Putin — “pinged” those of the Trump Organization over 2.000 times between May and September 2016. And there are also computer links between Alfa Bank and a company by the name of Spectrum Health:

“Spectrum Health is closely linked to the DeVos family; Richard DeVos, Jr., is the chairman of the board, and one of its hospitals is named after his mother. His wife, Betsy DeVos, was appointed Secretary of Education by Donald Trump. Her brother, Erik Prince, is a Trump associate who has attracted the scrutiny of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump’s ties to Russia.”


Cybersecurity experts now believe the “pings” between Alfa, Trump Org. and Spectrum Health were actually a covert “back channel” communications system. But what would a Russian bank, the Trump Organization, and Spectrum Health be discussing in private? Perhaps how the Russian government could send money for the Trump campaign effort, along with information on where to buy targeted ads in battleground states such as Michigan and Ohio.

As we’ve repeatedly seen with the Trump administration, nearly everyone working in this White House has a connection to Russia and Putin. That alone suggests the Trump team is owned and controlled by the Russians.

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Trump’s Plan To Pardon His Way Out Of Legal Trouble Just Got Torpedoed

Since the completion of the Mueller probe, talk has begun once again regarding the president possibly getting ready to start handing out pardons to those caught up in the Russia investigation or other probes that have been initiated as a result of Mueller’s work.


Let’s be clear: A president has far-reaching power in the area of pardons. He doesn’t have to get Congress or anyone else to approve them. But the power isn’t absolute, as Trump will soon find out if he thinks he might want to use pardons as a way to mitigate his own legal exposure.


For example, let’s say that Trump decided to pardon his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. With a signature, Trump can remove all of the federal charges against Manafort, and that’s the end of that chapter in the Russia investigation.

But the New York Attorney General’s office holds the ultimate hole card: They can then charge Manafort with violations of state law and Trump can’t do a damn thing about it.


An article in Vox notes that while the New York AG’s office has yet to say exactly who is under investigation, it appears that Mueller is already laying out a road map for them to follow:

“When Mueller’s office filed charges against Manafort, they included a range of financial crimes. But the charges puzzled some experts because there were several obvious potential cases tied to those crimes that didn’t appear.

“Although Mueller added new charges against Manafort … there’s still a range of tax and fraud charges that Mueller hasn’t used. That could be because he’s making sure that New York state prosecutors have ammunition in the event that Trump pardons Cohen after a federal conviction.”

We also know that New York Attorney General’s office has been working with Mueller since last August, so there’s little doubt their prosecutors know exactly where suspects in the Russia matter are most vulnerable.

So while Trump may be plotting to pardon his way out of trouble at this very moment, behind the scenes roadblocks are already being created to make sure he and his co-conspirators don’t walk away free.

Donald Trump is now caught in a web of lies, crimes, conspiracies, and plots from which there is no escape.

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Ethics Official Names The Members Of Congress That Are ‘Compromised’ By Putin

Could it be that the reason top Republicans are so reluctant to say anything about the high crimes and misdemeanors allegedly committed by President Donald Trump be due to the fact that those very same GOP lawmakers are compromised when it comes to the matter of Russia and Vladimir Putin?


Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush, certainly thinks there are indeed ulterior motives to the way many prominent Republicans have acted and spoken ever since the Russia probe began, and in a recent article he laid out his leading suspects.


In an article he published on Medium, Painter gives us several names he suggests deserve a closer look. Here they are, along with a brief explanation from Painter of why he put them on his list:

Devin Nunes:

“There is no logical reason for Nunes to go so far in trying to obstruct the Russian investigation unless he has something personal at stake.”

Lindsey Graham:

“We know that Senator Graham’s emails were stolen by the Russians, based upon his own admission in a December of 2016 interview. Most of Graham’s hacked emails have not been released, so it is reasonable to consider the possibility that many of his emails are still in play.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy:

“McCarthy was caught on tape talking with a small group of Republican leaders, including Ryan, while making an explosive revelation: “There’s two people I think Putin pays: (Rep. Dana) Rohrabacher and Trump.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise:

“[Enabled] Putin’s meddling and Trump’s behavior of accepting money from a hostile foreign power.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“McConnell’s problematic finances provide insight into the possibility that a personal agenda, apart from the wish to see Republican policy success, could play a role in his irrational behavior.”

Clearly, it’s not just Donald Trump who’s in bed with Vladimir Putin. The complete corruption and rot that exists within the Republican Party may well have led them to sell out their country to the highest bidder.

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Panel Of Legal Experts Say Mueller Has Already Obtained A Sealed Indictment Against Trump

The question of whether a sitting president can be indicted has never actually been litigated in court, but there is a Department of Justice memo which would seem to suggest it goes against DOJ policy. Specifically, a DOJ memo written in 2000 states:

“A necessity to defend a criminal trial and to attend court in connection with it … would interfere with the President’s unique official duties, most of which cannot be performed by anyone else… To wound him by a criminal proceeding is to hamstring the operation of the whole governmental apparatus, both in foreign and domestic affairs.”

And yet, we live under a system of laws put forth in the Constitution which says no man is above the law, even the highest elected official in the United States.


All of this begs the obvious question when it comes to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller which focuses on actions taken by members of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and possibly by Trump himself: Will Mueller seek a criminal indictment against President Trump?

A panel of legal experts recently convened by Attorney IO said that the president can indeed be indicted and that Mueller likely already has a sealed indictment with Trump’s name on it.


The law professors who gathered to discuss the matter made it clear that in order to assure Trump doesn’t escape paying for the crimes he may have committed, Mueller has obtained a sealed indictment from a grand jury which will not be unsealed until Trump leaves office. As Alexander Stern of Attorney IO notes:

“Mr. Trump, through his lawyer Rudolph Giuliani, has relied on this idea that indicting him would be too distracting. However, the old adage ‘what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him’ rings true here. If Mr. Trump does not know he is under indictment due to a seal, the constitutional pitfalls associated with distracting a sitting president fall away.”


A sealed or secret indictment would remove the apparent Justice Department prohibition against indicting a sitting president while also maintaining the supremacy of the law and how it applies to everyone, no matter their office:

“The Department of Justice would arguably act unconstitutionally if it publicly indicted a sitting president. The weight on such a defendant’s mind would reduce his ability to perform his function. However, there is no such concern if the defendant is unaware of his own prosecution. Additionally, there are competing constitutional problems with saying someone is above the law by virtue of his employment status as president. A secret indictment would effectively eliminate both concerns of distractedness and issues of unwarranted immunity for criminal behavior.”

The probability that Trump has already been indicted is high. And even if he isn’t impeached, he can immediately be tried in court the second the title of president no longer applies to him.

In other words, no matter how you look at it, Donald Trump is screwed.