In the clearest sign yet that Russia is indeed ready and willing to play whatever role it can in upcoming U.S. elections, a Russian state TV host is now bemoaning the fact that “our Trump” may wind up going to prison for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Julia Davis of The Daily Beast ran across video of Russian host Evegny Popov telling viewers:
Fake, unfair, and falsified, huh? Sounds almost word for word like the sort of thing Donald himself has been saying since it became clear he got curb stomped by President Joe Biden two years ago.
Popov also claimed that any prosecution of Trump would be purely political:
While he was at it, Popov also suggested that Democrats only care about “perverts, the sexual education of children and protections of the transgenders.”
While the Russians may be hell-bent on trying to keep Trump out of prison so they can help him get a second term in office, the country currently has its hands full in Ukraine. Its economy has also collapsed as a result of crippling international sanctions, leading to suggestions that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not be in power for much longer.
Here’s a thought: If the Russians love Donnie so much, why don’t the invite him for a visit and never let him leave? Most Americans would be just fine with that arrangement.
Even now, years after both the 2016 and 2020 elections have come and gone, failed, one-term former president Donald Trump cannot stop talking about what he calls the “Russia hoax” and claiming that he won six years ago without any help from the Russian government or Vladimir Putin, posting this July 4th message which sounds more like a confession than a denial:
He sounds totally obsessed with going down in history as the guy who only got elected because a foreign power helped tilt the balance in his favor, which the Mueller report clearly lays out.
How do the Russians feel about Trump possibly making another run for the White House? Based on what a host on Russian state TV said recently, it sounds like they’re tepid at best, with Newsweek reporting:
State television Olga Skabeeva host alleged in the clip that Trump “promised” the other day to “destroy the Russian Federation, to destroy [Russia President Vladimir] Putin’s hegemony, as he put it,” according to an English translation provided by Julia Davis, a columnist for The Daily Beast.
Alexander Kamkin, who was identified as a political scientist, responded: “That is excellent, if Trump becomes the president, we will know his geopolitical goals.” But Skabeeva interjected that Russia will “have to think whether to reinstall him again as the American president,” adding that the country has not “decided yet.”
Newsweek was not able to locate any instances in which Trump recently, or ever, promised to destroy Russia and “Putin’s hegemony.”
Don’t you have to install someone before you “reinstall” them? Of course you do, and this is a stunning admission from the official government television station that is only allowed to broadcast what the Kremlin approves.
What does this mean? Is Putin tired of Trump? Or has the politically damaged Donald served his usefulness and is therefore expendable?
Whatever the case may be, it’s fascinating to watch and listen as all the Trump-Russia connections are finally exposed.
No collusion, Donald? Your handlers in Moscow seem to disagree.
Now that a British court has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage regarding the publication of State and Defense Department files provided by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, we may finally get to know the full details about just how much former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign conspired with Russia to rig the presidential election.
What Julian Assange has to say, according to former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzi, may well lead to yet another legal headache for the failed, one-term, twice-impeached president:
For one thing, Assange could prove helpful in closing the gap between mere collusion and a criminal conspiracy. If crimes can be proven, the Justice Department could then indict anyone who participated in them, including Donald Trump and members of his family and/or campaign who helped Russia tamper with the 2016 election:
Obstruction of justice also remains on the table when it comes to Trump and others who were part of his inner circle during the 2016 presidential race:
During his last news conference before the 2016 election, in response to a question about the DNC hack, Trump infamously said, “Russia, if you’re listening — I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.” Trump says he was kidding, but the Russian intelligence service took him seriously. That same day, Russian intelligence targeted servers and domains related to Clinton and her campaign.
So while prosecutors in New York and Georgia continue to pursue investigations of Trump and the Trump Organization while the House Select Committee looks closer at Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection, Assange’s return to the U.S. may wind up opening up another front on the Donald’s endless legal problems.
Even though he’s been out of office for five months now, failed, one-term former President Donald Trump continues to try and live in the past, a sort of alternate reality where he’s still president and even if he technically isn’t, he should be because he won the 2020 presidential race only to have it stolen from him.
Of course, the same thing could have been said about the 2016 election, which Trump only won thanks to massive foreign interference from Russia, Russian hackers, the Kremlin, and Vladimir Putin.
And yet, just this last weekend in North Carolina, CNN reports, Trump was back to spreading what has now become known as the “big lie” about how he won even though the numbers show he lost decisively:
Donald Trump is trying to save American democracy? That’s rich! No one has done more to turn this country into an autocracy where one man is allowed to rule by fiat and destroy anyone who dares disagree with him.
All of Trump’s talk about how the U.S. electoral process cheated him is greatly appreciated and heartily applauded in totalitarian states such as China and Russia, according to Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Figliuzzi told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace:
Of course, Figliuzzi is right. We have a former U.S. president working as a mole (deliberately or accidentally) for China and Russia in an effort to cast doubt on the American system of government, free and fair elections, and the most basic foundations of our republic. He might just as well be on their payroll, and for all we know, he is!
Hopefully, prosecutors will put Trump behind bars before he can do even more damage by running for president yet again in 2024. But if they don’t, we need to prepare ourselves for the maelstrom that awaits us.
They’re grinning from ear to ear in Beijing and Moscow because they’re on the verge of destroying the United States without having to fire a single shot.
The Latin phrase quid pro quo literally means “what for what” or “something for something,” and it defines a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.
Ever since 2016, there have been numerous investigations trying to determine if there was indeed a quid pro quo between Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign and Russia, especially the highest levels of Russian intelligence and the Kremlin.
Proof has now been laid out by the Treasury Department that carefully explains how the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia did indeed work in concert with one another to steal the election for Trump, making him an illegitimate president.
CNN reports that the link between the Trump camp and Russia can be found in the person of a man named Konstantin Kilimnik, who has deep links to the intelligence services of Russia:
“The new revelations about Moscow’s election meddling came as part of the Biden administration’s slate of sanctions against Russian actors on Thursday over Russia’s election interference as well as the SolarWinds hack and Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea.
“After then-President Donald Trump repeatedly denied or downplayed Russia’s election interference in 2016, senior Trump administration officials, including Trump himself, refused to acknowledge or elevate Russian operations in 2020 and sought to characterize China as the greater threat.
“The sanctions also included the US government’s acknowledgment for the first time that a Russian-linked intelligence operative named Konstantin Kilimnik provided information on Trump campaign polling strategy and data to the Russian intelligence services in 2016.”
The passing of polling information to Russian intelligence was especially helpful to the Kremlin because it allowed so-called “troll farms” to target specific audiences on social media sites in an attempt to turn voters away from 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and toward Trump. That was a huge advantage for Trump because his campaign’s digital operation relied on misinformation and lies about Clinton to place doubt in the minds of American voters.
The Biden administration’s new sanctions are some of the most extensive and far-reaching ever placed on any foreign government, NBC News noted:
“Under the order, the Treasury Department has blacklisted six Russian technology companies that provide support to the cyber program run by Russia’s intelligence services.
“Treasury also sanctioned 32 entities and individuals for ‘carrying out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, and other acts of disinformation and interference,’ as well as eight individuals and entities associated with Russia’s actions in Crimea.”
For the first time since President Obama left office, the Oval Office is occupied by a man who understands that Russia and Vladimir Putin are a direct and ongoing threat to U.S. national security.
Additionally, Treasury’s report also clears the way for the Department of Justice to file criminal charges against former president Trump and members of his 2016 campaign. Here’s hoping Attorney General Merrick Garland will do exactly that.