Jonathan Chait: My Article Saying Trump Was Compromised by Russia Was Right

I’ve been saying for some time that we don’t the Mueller Report to tell us that Donald Trump is a Russian agent of influence (a Manchurian Candidate):

The story argued that the breadth and depth of connections between Trump and Russia suggested the scandal was probably worse than most reporters and pundits perceived at the time. The media was giving too much weight to the unlikely outcomes on one side of the distribution — that Trump’s relationship with Russia was completely innocent — and discounting unlikely outcomes on the other side — that Trump was very deeply compromised. “The media has treated the notion that Russia has personally compromised the president of the United States as something close to a kook theory,” I wrote. The most likely possibility, I proposed, was that Russia was exerting some kind of hidden leverage over Trump.

The conclusion has proven completely correct. We now know that during the campaign, Trump was pursuing a building deal in Russia worth several hundred million dollars in profit, according to an indictment by Robert Mueller that Trump has not disputed. This deal created two forms of secret leverage for Vladimir Putin. First, the money was a powerful incentive for Trump to stay in Putin’s good graces. And second, since Trump was publicly denying that he had any dealings with Russia, Putin had access to secret information that he could use to embarrass Trump if he so desired.

Trump: I Didn’t Know AMI Was Investigating Amazon’s Jeff Bezos


Uuuh, yes you did. And now there is an investigation:

President Trump claimed Tuesday that he was not aware that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc., was investigating Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in preparation for their blockbuster report about his extra-marital affair. When Trump was asked if he was aware of the investigation, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports, Trump shook his head and responded, “No, no I wasn’t.” Bezos has accused the publisher of blackmailing him with threats to publish his private texts and photos with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, a claim AMI has denied. Sources told The Daily Beast that Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, supplied the messages to the Trump-friendly National Enquirer. Documents show that Michael Sanchez thought the tabloid was chasing down the Bezos story with “President Trump’s knowledge and appreciation.” Sanchez also told The Washington Post that AMI staffers had told him the Enquirer was working on “a takedown to make Trump happy.”

Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens

I hope there is a hearing on this. Even if there is no crime the public scrutiny of Trump’s shameless hypocrisy would be upsetting to the liar-in-chief and some of his followers:

While Trump rails against U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, his Florida properties have become a playground for birth tourists from Russia’s upper crust. The Daily Beast has discovered several companies are advertising rentals in Trump properties to expectant Russian parents.

We now know that Trump has used ‘illegal aliens’ to maintain/build his properties:

A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: ‘My whole town practically lived there’

New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation

Trump will eventually end up in jail just like Al Capone and John Gotti. And the government will use the same strategy. Because Donald Trump is a gangster, pure and simple. The problem is getting him now, while he is office. There is some question about whether a president can be indicted. And removing him from office by impeachment does not seem to be likely at this point (meaning the Republican controlled Senate will vote in convict Trump since it requires a 2/3rds vote). But prosecutors can go after his kids and son-in-law. The question is whether they have the courage to do so:

Referring to a cooperator as a “rat,” President Trump sometimes sounds like a mob boss. He may ultimately be prosecuted like one, too.

While some reports say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is winding down, it appears that another investigation is just gearing up. According to reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, a grand jury in the Southern District of New York recently issued a subpoena to the Trump inaugural committee, seeking documents relating to donors and spending. According to reports, the subpoena indicates that prosecutors are investigating conspiracy against the United States, false statements, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and violations of campaign finance and inaugural committee laws. In addition, CNN has reported that federal prosecutors in Manhattan have expressed interest in interviewing executives from the Trump Organization.

‘Inhuman’ wall of razor wire on Arizona-Mexico border sparks outcry

Where is the press and the Democrats decrying this East German-style barbarity:

Officials in a small Arizona border city are decrying the installation of reels of dangerous razor wire that now cover the entirety of the tall border wall that runs through downtown.

The city council in Nogales, which sits on the border, is set to consider a proclamation on Wednesday night condemning the use of concertina wire. It follows reports that US military troops installed more horizontal layers of the wire along the downtown border fence over the weekend.

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Pentagon will deploy approximately 3,750 additional U.S. forces to provide more support at southwest border

Here we go again:

The Pentagon announced Sunday approximately 3,750 additional U.S. forces will deploy to the southwest border to provide additional support to Customs and Border Protection.

That support includes a mobile surveillance capability through the end of September 2019 as well as placing 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. The Defense Department said the total active duty forces supporting CBP at the border will be approximately 4,350.

These additional units are being deployed for 90 days.

On Thursday, CNN reported approximately 3,500 additional active duty troops will be deployed to the southern border to bolster security.

 

 

Donald Trump Jr. Will Be Indicted by Mueller, Former Prosecutor Says, and Will Help to Ensnare His Father

It must happen:

Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted and used by special counsel Robert Mueller to ensnare his father President Donald Trump, a former prosecutor predicted.

During a segment on MSNBC’s AM Joy on Saturday, Paul Butler, a former Department of Justice public corruption prosecutor, and host Joy Reid discussed the latest developments in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign team and Moscow officials.

“Does Mueller have to indict Trump in order to put the proper coda at the end of the long symphony?” Reid asked the ex-prosecutor.

“Mueller is not going to indict Trump, because he’s going to follow the DOJ employee handbook, but he has leverage over the president in terms of Donald Trump, Jr.,” Butler explained. “We’ve seen Mueller use people’s kids to get to folks in the past. He could do this with Donald Trump, Jr.”