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oznabrag
08-26-2018, 03:10 PM
That's why they want to shut him down, so much.


https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/05/08/putins-proxies-helped-funnel-millions-gop-campaignsAs Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian government, investigators are taking a closer look at political contributions made by U.S. citizens with close ties to Russia.

Buried in the campaign finance reports available to the public are some troubling connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to President Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders. And thanks to changes in campaign finance laws, the political contributions are legal. We have allowed our campaign finance laws to become a strategic threat to our country.




http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/mitch-mcconnell-caught-millions-russian-oligarch/4178/If you’re wondering why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has continued to stand by a sinking Donald Trump even as the rest of the Republican Senate has increasingly begun trying to distance itself from Trump over the past weeks, the explanation may be simple: follow the money. The Dallas Morning News is now confirming a story which Palmer Report reported back in May, which involves Mitch McConnell and a few other Republicans having been caught taking Russian money.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting today that a Ukrainian-born, pro-Kremlin billionaire has funneled millions of dollars into the hands of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a few other top Republicans (link (https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns)). This is the same story that Palmer Report first brought you back on May 24th (link (http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/mcconnell-russia-money/3046/)). It’s unclear why the mainstream media has waited until now to jump on the bandwagon, but it does serve to highlight the issue at a time when there appears to be a split within the GOP with regard to the Russia-aligned Donald Trump.




As we reported back in May, Mitch McConnell took $2.5 million from the Russian oligarch in question during the 2016 election cycle – even though he wasn’t up for reelection. Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker also took $1 million from the same Russian oligarch. Other Republicans received much smaller donations, in negligible amounts which would not have been expected to result in any real influence over them. McConnell is the only member of Congress who received a large enough donation from the oligarch to have translated into real political influence.



And so even as Republican Senators ranging from to Susan Collins to Lisa Murkowski to Lindsey Graham to Chuck Grassley to John McCain have taken various stances against Donald Trump over the past few weeks, it stands out that Mitch McConnell – despite being the Senate Republican leader – is still standing by Trump’s failed policies and refusing to criticize him. Because the Russian oligarch has dual U.S. citizenship, the $2.5 million donation may not have been illegal – but given McConnell’s behavior, it sure stands out as suspicious.






https://www.newamericanjournal.net/2017/09/republican-leadership-tainted-by-dirty-russian-money/WASHINGTON, D.C. – We need a new term to describe Donald Trump’s leadership style, modeled on his idol Vladimir Putin of Russia.
People in the United States probably still think of Russia as a Socialist-Communist country. But it’s not. Not since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1989.
I’m told from intelligent campground visitors who have been there lately that you can’t even mention socialism in Russia anymore, or sociology for that matter. OK you can’t mention sociology on the radio in Alabama either, but that’s something to think about.
There really is no other way to describe what’s going in Russia now other than to call it a capitalist dictatorship (https://www.quora.com/Has-there-ever-been-a-capitalist-dictatorship). Yes it’s authoritarian in nature. But it’s not about supporting the proletariat or the workers with jobs and health care anymore. It’s all about the amassing of huge mounds of money by those at the top and their business partners, most of them so-called Oligarchs, which Google defines as “very rich businessman with a great deal of political influence.” Of course many of them are also decedents of the old oligarchs, back in the days of the Russian Monarchy, and the economy operates as an oligarchy, what is defined as “a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.”
Clearly this is what fascinates The Donald about Russia and Putin, and his power to jail and kill critics (https://www.newamericanjournal.net/2017/01/trumps-real-fascination-with-russias-putin-dictatorial-control-of-all-branches-of-government-the-press-and-the-power-to-jail-and-kill-critics/).
While most of the media coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of political and business ties to Russia focuses on what happened last year during the campaign, and will not even address or attempt to answer the question of whether Russian spying, hacking and blogging fake news all over social media actually affected the outcome of the election, there are a couple of other stories that need to be told to take this corrupt relationship back even further.
Just look at what had been going on under everybody’s noses at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel (https://www.newamericanjournal.net/2017/06/washingtons-mayflower-hotel-at-the-center-of-another-presidential-scandal/) for many years.
Now we find out that the entire Republican leadership (https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns) has been in bed with those same Russian oligarchs for years, not just Trump last during year during the campaign.
In a little noticed story, my old paper, The Dallas Morning News, recently ran a column (https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns) challenging the notion that simple party loyalty is behind the Republican effort to withhold criticism of Trump and their refusal to condemn Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Perhaps it’s because they have their own links to the Russian oligarchy that they would prefer go unnoticed,” the writer says.




https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/02/mitch-mcconnell-russian-asset.html The Democrats are the minority party in Congress and they don’t hold the presidency. They can’t, on their own, pass legislation. What they can do is make noise. And while I’m not a highly compensated political consultant who gets paid to come up with great slogans like “Pokémon Go to the Polls,” (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/trump-impeachment-chances-mitch-mcturtle-edition.html) I do think that there might be some political and substantive benefit to making noise about how Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did a solid for what we now officially know to have been an effort carried out by specific Russian operatives (https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/02/mueller-indictment-documents-russian-effort-to-suppress-nonwhite-vote.html) to destroy American power and credibility by screwing with the 2016 election. (It was a successful effort (http://news.gallup.com/poll/225761/world-approval-leadership-drops-new-low.aspx)!)
Here, if you’ve forgotten, is how a June 2017 Washington Post story (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?utm_term=.f0d4afdb61b0) describes McConnell having reacted when the Obama administration asked him in September 2016 to participate in a bipartisan announcement about what intelligence agencies already knew to be a Russian-directed propaganda and hacking attack:


“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claim.

Yeadon
08-26-2018, 03:39 PM
Fun.

Art Haberland
08-26-2018, 03:42 PM
I have postulated in private that the GOP in Congress and the Senate are in it up to their eyeballs. I can't imagine the carnage if true

Garret
08-26-2018, 04:27 PM
I have postulated in private that the GOP in Congress and the Senate are in it up to their eyeballs. I can't imagine the carnage if true

You actually expect 1) people to care & 2) something to happen?

Max I see happening is possibly a small gain in Dems. Anything like court or impeachment? Not in our lifetimes.

Signed

Cynical in Vermont

oznabrag
08-26-2018, 04:35 PM
You actually expect 1) people to care & 2) something to happen?

Max I see happening is possibly a small gain in Dems. Anything like court or impeachment? Not in our lifetimes.

Signed

Cynical in Vermont

I'm pretty sure the FBI doesn't give a ratty if people care.

They get the goods on you for treason, and you are going DOWN.

elf
08-26-2018, 04:56 PM
Just get Pence, McConnell and Ryan before they get Trump, please.

oznabrag
08-26-2018, 05:08 PM
Just get Pence, McConnell and Ryan before they get Trump, please.

That leaves Orrin Hatch, right?


https://www.marketwatch.com/story/orrin-hatch-thinks-its-amazing-donald-trump-is-as-virtuous-as-he-is-because-new-york-2018-08-26

Last week was not an auspicious one for President Donald Trump’s personal reputation, with longtime lawyer and so-called fixer Michael Cohen, under oath, directly implicating Trump in illegal activity, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort convicted (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/former-trump-campaign-manager-paul-manafort-found-guilty-on-8-charges-2018-08-21) on eight of 18 federal charges and Trump Organization finance chief Alan Weisselberg granted immunity (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-organization-finance-chief-weisselberg-granted-immunity-in-cohen-probe-wsj-2018-08-24) in, at minimum, the case against Cohen.

Even Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has been more effusive than most congressional Republicans in his praise of Trump (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/utahs-orrin-hatch-honored-by-not-quite-honor-as-states-most-impactful-person-2017-12-26) — calling Trump late last year a “heck of a leader” with the potential to become the best president “maybe ever” — conceded in a conversation with the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/us/politics/trump-republicans-reaction.html?link=marketwatch) that Trump was no paragon of piety or propriety. In the past, at least.
Said Hatch:


‘Eight years ago to 10 years ago, Trump was not what I consider to be a pillar of virtue.’
Since his election to the presidency, however, in Hatch’s view, Trump has turned a new leaf:

‘I think he has changed a lot of his life once he was elected. I think Trump is a much better person today than he was then.’
And as for his past as a less-than-admirable character, Trump, per Hatch, is not to blame. Because, apparently, New York City is:

‘I think most people in this country realize that Donald Trump comes from a different world. He comes from New York City, he comes from a slam-bang, difficult world. It is amazing he is as good as he is.’

skuthorp
08-26-2018, 05:09 PM
I'm pretty sure the FBI doesn't give a ratty if people care.

They get the goods on you for treason, and you are going DOWN.
If that many representatives of one party are guilty of accepting illegal funding, virtual bribes, it goes beyond criminal activities and really does become political and a real danger to the prosecuting justice department. Allowing resignations, falling on their own swords, may be the only safe option.

CWSmith
08-26-2018, 05:16 PM
This just sounds too good to be true. Fingers crossed! :)

Nicholas Scheuer
08-26-2018, 05:48 PM
No matter if Repubs in House and Senate "are in it up to their eyeballs", their constituents will vote then in again anyway. They're that morally bankrupt, Repug Senators, Repug Reps, and constituents. Roughly half of Americans don't have a clue when it comes to so-called "Christian values".