In the course of about 36 hours, I have read two pieces that have made me start to think the once messy and convoluted Trump/Russia story lines are starting to become much clearer than before. What was once a tangled web of business connections, hidden tax returns, and a he said/he said with a fired FBI Director has now seen the threads of that web untangle and straighten. Put simply — Vladimir Putin hates the Magnistky Act for a ton of reasons, wanted it gone, and thought that Trump would be the perfect patsy to get that job done for him.
The Trump excuses and stories have gone from “no collusion” to “accidental collusion” to “collusion is not illegal.” In and of itself, that’s not an admission of guilt. But it does show a changing narrative and seems to imply that they’ve changed their story as more facts emerged. Something tells me that millions of Americans may not even grasp what the Magnistky Act was or how it is truly at the center of an international conspiracy, but if they start paying attention, it’ll all start to make sense.
The Browder Testimony
The Magnistky Act is a big fucking deal. It cannot be overstated how big a deal it is. Essentially, it was a bipartisan “Fuck you” to you Vladimir Putin for murdering a Russian anti-corruption lawyer — named Sergei Magnitsky — who had pretty much uncovered the biggest case of wholesale theft ever perpetrated by a head of state. The reason that the law is named after Magnistky is that it was intentionally drafted and signed to be a strong rebuke to Putin and the Russian oligarchs who stole countless billions of dollars from international investors and then murdered Magnistky after abusing him in prison for months.
In testimony before congress, the businessman who hired Magnitsky, Bill Browder, laid out the details of a massive fraud case that literally went all the way to top of Russia’s leading elites. What becomes abundantly clear after you read Browder’s testimony is that Putin stands to gain a tremendous amount when the Magnitsky act is repealed. Which is why he hired unregistered agents, according to Browder, to lobby American lawmakers and politicians to abolish the law.
One of those agents he hired is a Russian lawyer by the name of Natalia Veselnitskaya. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, don’t worry, it’ll be a household name one day, and studied in history books, I’m guessing. Ms. Veselnitskaya is the Russian lawyer who offered Donald Trump Jr. a meeting to get dirt on Hillary Clinton last year. The meeting was also attended by Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.
The meeting, by the way, was held at Trump Tower. Our president-to-be was in the building. I have no clue, and I won’t speculate, whether or not Trump was on the speakerphone or anything, but the way the story has “evolved,” nothing would surprise me at all.
Do yourself a huge favor and read the Browder testimony. It’s impossible to come away from it and not understand how much Putin has and had at stake on the Magnistky Act. It’s enough to make it entirely plausible that he set Trump up to be his puppet stooge.
The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. Congress subsequently imposed sanctions on the officials it held responsible for his death, passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012.
FBI Officials Are Expected to Testify for Robert Mueller Against Donald Trump
In a report that was published just hours ago, Vox reports that acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several high-ranking FBI officials they — and he — will likely be called by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify in his ongoing investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice in the run up to and eventual firing of Comey. If it sounds like a huge fucking deal that FBI officials would testify against a sitting president, that’s because it is. And, according to sources Vox spoke to, it means the case against Trump is pretty strong.
“What you are going to have is the potential for a powerful obstruction case,” a senior law enforcement official said. “You are going to have the [former] FBI director testify, and then the acting director, the chief of staff to the FBI director, the FBI’s general counsel, and then others, one right after another. This has never been the word of Trump against what [James Comey] has had to say. (source)
But the real bombshell in Vox’s report might be a tidbit about a previously unreported phone call that President Trump placed to Comey. Whether or not Trump knew it, Comey’s chief of staff was int he room with the former FBI Director, meaning that there’s now a third witness to the conversation, and it’s no longer just Trump’s word against Comey’s. Just in case you don’t quite grasp what this means…
There. was. someone. in. the. room. with. Comey. during. one. of. his. calls. with. Trump.
Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, according to two senior federal law enforcement officials.
This new revelation is HUGE. Coupled with Trump Jr’s emails and the testimony of Browder earlier this week and what used to be a very complicated picture clears up just a bit, doesn’t it? My theory is that the Magnistky Act is such a massive thorn in Putin’s side — because it costs him treasure and reputation — that he made repealing it his top priority, and figured Capt. Piss Party was the way to get it done. That’s how come all the meetings with Russians. That’s how come the talk of “adoptions,” which was just basically a code word for Magnistky and part of how Putin retaliated against his own people for it. That’s how come the house of cards really does sit on Russian money, pure and simple.
I could be wrong. I’m a clown. But patterns are emerging, I think, that tell a pretty clear-cut case of collusion and cover-up. And then, just as I was finishing with this piece, a good friend told me that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury. Call me nuts, but I have hard time thinking he’d do that just to go through the motions.
In the end, I wouldn’t surprised to find out that Trump and Company were unwitting accomplices. After all, maybe they only thought of rich Russians as the people who bail Daddy out. It’s entirely possible that the cover-up is indeed worse than the crime. But, well, where have I heard that before…?
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