Cotton took broad aim at how the Democrats had handled Moscow in criticism, referring in particular to the Biden administration’s suspension of sanctions on entities involved with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Critics, including both Republicans and Democrats, say that the pipeline, which will take gas between Russia and Germany, gives Putin a geopolitical advantage. The pipeline was stalled by German lawmakers this week.
That led Cotton to remark:
In response, New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen immediately fired back at Cotton, reminding him that he’d been allowed to visit Russia while the Russian government refused to grant her entry:
She then added:
Keep in mind this is the same Tom Cotton who refused to impeach failed, one-term former President Donald Trump for extorting our Ukrainian allies unless they agree to help him trash President Joe Biden. He delayed military aid to them at a time when Ukraine was being harassed and threatened with attack by Putin’s military.
Do us all a favor, Sen. Cotton: Sit down and shut the hell up.
For years, many have wondered exactly why failed, one-term former President Donald Trump was so deferential and complimentary of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Did Putin have kompromat — i.e. compromising information — on Trump, or was the Donald somehow beholden to the Russian thug/leader for other reasons?
According to former National Security Council official Fiona Hill, who specialized in Russia and Europe and served in the Trump administration, Putin used beautiful women to distract and manipulate the ex-president.
Speaking to Molly Jong-Fast of The Daily Beast for the “New Normal” podcast, Hill noted that Putin’s efforts were taken directly from the KBG playbook he had used for decades.
Hill said Trump admired Putin as being tough and devious:
And when Putin would meet with Trump, he used women to distract the U.S. president and make him pliable for whatever suggestions or policies the Russian autocrat had in mind:
Hill’s remarks match up with those made by former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who writes in her new book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now about the beautiful interpreter:
“As the meeting began, Fiona Hill leaned over and asked me if I had noticed Putin’s translator, who was a very attractive brunette woman with long hair, a pretty face, and a wonderful figure,” Ms Grisham writes.
“She proceeded to tell me that she suspected the woman had been selected by Putin specifically to distract our President.”
While Ms Boyarskaya looked prim and proper in a demure dress during the meeting, glamour shots obtained by East2West News show her posing in a tight leather one-piece number with thigh-high boots, among other outfits.
Donald Trump is a serious threat to U.S. national security. If he happens to win a second term in 2024, this country will likely become nothing more than a Russian satellite under the complete control of the Kremlin.
Imagine, for just a moment, that as former President Donald Trump feels prosecutors getting closer to indicting him on crimes ranging from fraud to money laundering, he gets on a plane and flies to Russia, ostensibly to conduct business.
The actual reason, according to Camila DeChalus of Business Insider, might be more practical: So that Trump can shield himself from prosecution in the United States:
“The day after Trump lands in Moscow on a bright September afternoon, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announces a grand jury has formally indicted the former president on several criminal counts. Vance wants Trump to immediately return. But the US and Russia have no extradition treaty or formal process through which a wanted person is arrested. Since Trump would be on Russian soil in this scenario, he would be under no legal obligation to cooperate with the US government. Trump then could petition Russian President Vladimir Putin for political asylum.”
While such a scenario isn’t very likely (after all, it would preclude Trump from ever returning to the United States or any country that has an extradition treaty with the U.S.), desperate people are known to make rash decisions without thinking through the full array of consequences of their actions.
Would the U.S. let Trump leave? As DeChalus rightly explains, until he’s charged, the former president is free to come and go as he pleases, and he would have a choice from a few nations that don’t have extradition agreements with the United States:
“Nevertheless, Trump, like any other American citizen, is free to leave the US since he hasn’t been charged with a crime … The possibilities of where Trump could hide to avoid prosecution are plenty. There were more than 70 countries that did not have an extradition agreement with the US as of 2020. These countries included China, Belarus, Russia, Saudi Arabia — and Indonesia, where Trump’s company is in the process of constructing new hotels and golf courses.”
It’s also instructive to recall that Trump isn’t just under investigation in New York, though the stakes are highest in the Empire State. But the former president is also facing legal jeopardy in Washington, D.C. for his inaugural campaign’s odd spending at Trump-owned hotels and a prosecutor in Fulton County, Georgia, has also empaneled a grand jury to take a close look at a phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the former president urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the result in the Peach State.
Will Trump leave the country to avoid being prosecuted? Probably not, but a coward like him is likely to do all sorts of bizarre things as the walls start to close in around him.
At his post-summit press conference in Geneva after he had met with President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Russian leader Vladimir Putin stopped sounding like the president of his nation and more like many member of the Republican Party.
Asked by a reporter about his attempts to destroy dissenting opinions in his country, Putin immediately referenced the January 6 Capitol insurrection:
Close your eyes and you could almost hear congressional Republicans saying the very same thing by trying to minimize what took place earlier this year. It’s almost as if Putin and the GOP are using the same talking points.
And that’s exactly what it sounded like to former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, who told MSNBC host Ari Melber:
The words from Putin are also eerily reminiscent of what is being preached night and day on Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News: That the rioters were the good guys who had a legitimate reason to storm the seat of government on the very day Congress was convened to declare Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States.
For example, on Tuesday evening, Fox host Tucker Carlson suggested that the Capitol riots had been organized by the FBI as a way to quash the pro-Trump movement in the United States.
So what, you may ask, is the difference between the Kremlin and the GOP? Well, one is working to destroy the United States from afar while the other does it right here at home while falsely claiming they’re interested in democracy.
Perhaps you thought Fox News couldn’t possibly get any lower or more disgusting, If so, then you might be interested to know that Fox host Greg Gutfeld is actually saying he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin kills President Joe Biden when they meet for a summit on June 16 in Geneva.
During a discussion of recent cyber attacks by Russian entities on the United States according to Crooks and Liars, most of the co-hosts said Biden should refuse to meet with Putin, even though they had no problem with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump doing so and kissing Putin’s butt every chance he got.
Co-host Dagen McDowell was adamant, insisting that meeting with Russia was a gift that Biden should refuse to grant Putin.
That’s when Gutfeld spoke up, proudly declaring:
The director of the show immediately cut to a commercial, but Gutfeld never said he was kidding or clarified what he had wished for. And worst of all, he still hasn’t been taken off the air and fired!
If nothing else, Gutfeld should get a visit from the Secret Service and have the shit scared out of him.
UPDATE: Jessica Ketner of the Fox News media relations department insists Gutfeld wasn’t referring to Putin killing Biden:
“Greg does not suggest Putin may kill President Biden. Greg said Putin could have the hackers killed.”