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Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful | WIRED
IT WOULD BE rather embarrassing for Donald Trump at this point if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn’t an agent of Russian intelligence.
THE PATTERN OF his pro-Putin, pro-Russia, anti-FBI, anti-intelligence community actions are so one-sided, and the lies and obfuscation surrounding every single Russian meeting and conversation are so consistent, that if this president isn’t actually hiding a massive conspiracy, it means the alternative is worse: America elected a chief executive so oblivious to geopolitics, so self-centered and personally insecure, so naturally predisposed to undermine democratic institutions and coddle authoritarians, and so terrible a manager and leader, that he cluelessly surrounded himself with crooks, grifters, and agents of foreign powers, compromising the national security of the US government and undermining 75 years of critical foreign alliances, just to satiate his own ego.
In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election—or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
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yesterday by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Garrett Graff: 'Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful'
Garrett Graff, writing for Wired:
In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election — or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
At least the former scenario — that the president of the United States is actively working to advance the interests of our country’s foremost, long-standing, traditional foreign adversary — would make him seem smarter and wilier. The latter scenario is simply a tragic farce for everyone involved.
My guess is it’s a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B — that Russia has something on Trump and he’s a useful idiot. Graff makes a good point, though — we’re still far from knowing the whole story, but we already know enough that it’s not possible for Trump to come out of this clean.
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yesterday by rgl7194
The Washington Post: The Senate needs a do-over
The House voted by an overwhelming margin of 362 to 53 to override President Trump’s decision to lift sanctions on three Russian companies in which Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska holds a 45 percent ownership stake. A large majority of Republicans (136, to be precise) voted with Democrats. This comes days after 11 Republicans voted with Democrats in the Senate to do the same, falling three votes short of 60 votes needed for cloture.
opinion  russia 
yesterday by noiseguy
Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project
“…law enforcement sources familiar with his testimony to the special counsel said he had confirmed that Trump directed him to lie to Congress…”
Trump  Cohen  Russia  Putin 
2 days ago by Membranophonist

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