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The Shearing of Herr Trompf (10)

July 14, 2017

At this point it is clear that Jr and other members of the Trompf campaign violated the Campaign Finance Law, at the least. Jr, himself, has chosen self-incrimination by releasing his emails that provide the evidence.  Possibly the T campaign as an organization broke the law.

Now the Q is: What will powerful people do about that? Will our democratic institutions and elite come through for us? I think that the people at the top of law enforcement, and the Intelligence Community, will come through, because they are mostly not fascists, they are conservative Republicans who believe that government does not have to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of a corporate oligarchy in order for capitalism to function well for our plutocrats; rather, they believe that capitalism can adequately serve our plutocrats, and preserve the State, within a democracy that is governed by a well-regulated government, in a federalist system, and a well-regulated citizenry.

When an adequate case has been built, persons will be jailed.

Furthermore, anything that damages Trompf boosts the Koch Bros and their Ilk. When T’s electoral power has been sufficiently dimished, and enough of his base can be swung to Pence as a satisfying altrnative, Republicans will replace the Trompf regime with Pence, who is owned by the KBI, and who has his own, solid electoral base of authoritarian, sexist, racist, fundamentalist Christians. Our problem, then, will be that KBI is also fascist—but with a less flamboyant, smarter style.

I want to say again, because it has emerged as such an important element in the plot, that the Intelligence Community (including GHW Bush) will not allow a Russian victory. For many individuals in that Community, such a Rooskie triumph would be a personal embarrassment on the scale of a nullification of their life’s work, even larger than Herr Trompf’s attempt to nullify the Obama presidency. They may be comfortable with the American plutocracy and its global, imperial hegemony; but they will not be collaborators in the defeat of America by a foreign adversary, and they will not abide collaboration by an American President. (Say, these are materials for some pretty good novels, soon to be made into films. “The Devil to Pay” is a potential title.)

And so, another Q: How long can pro-Pence Republicans allow Trompf to be president, thus risking engulfing P in the T corruption and criminality? My guess is that P is already so guilty, by his own doing, that they will have to move him into the presidency before everybody catches on. To do so, they might have to reach an accomodation with the House of Bush/Saud wing of the Party. That might be difficult for a Party composed of so many self-serving politicians, so many of whom are now owned by KBI.

But onward!

7-12 Russian government officials were discussing Trump associates as early as Spring 2015, and in the Spring of 2016 Europeans warned US Intelligence that Russian money might be flowing into campaigns (WSJ, Kos). / Trompf tells Reuters that Jr was right to attend that meeting.

(More plot and characters coming, as the narrator scrambles to keep up with nonfiction.)

7-14  Known attendance at Jr’s meeting now at 8. Ranik Akhmetshin made it:

“I know of no Russian gun-for-hire who managed to run his campaigns so successfully, running circles around purportedly much more seasoned Washington hands,” veteran reporter Steve LeVine told Radio Free Europe in June 2016.

Akhmetshin confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that he had participated in the now-infamous meeting between President Donald Trump’s eldest son and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, and Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager at the time, also attended. 

The meeting came amid a lobbying campaign against the Magnitsky Act, legislation passed in 2012 that barred several Russian officials accused of human rights abuses from entering the U.S. and infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Just days after the meeting, Akhmetshin hosted a screening of a Russian propaganda film at the Newseum in Washington. The movie was an effort to undermine evidence that the Kremlin had authorized the imprisonment, torture and eventual murder of a Russian lawyer and whistleblower named Sergei Magnitsky, whose death inspired the Magnitsky Act. (the Huff Post article)

And here’s an extensive NYT article on Akhmetshin.  7-15  Coincidental, or evidence of a “Russian intelligence pipeline to the Trump campaign”?  T says it’s all a hoax; but did he get that idea from the new WH lawyer?  Is Herr Trompf trying to keep his base in a state of shock and denial, and is this Mutually Assured Incompetence?  (Here’s an extensive narrative of how Jr’s meeting fit into what was happening in that important moment in the campaign; and here Kerry Eleveld offers the narrative swirl, with emphasis on Kushner.)  7-16 Intelligence expert’s analysis:  The Trompfites got played by the Russians (my wording).  7-17  “A Monmouth University poll released Monday found that more people support impeaching Trump now than supported Nixon’s impeachment just as the Watergate scandal began to unfold in the summer of 1973″ (Think Progress).

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