Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Putin-Gate-- is Multi-Dimensional Chess Back?


Lindsey Graham was on CNN Tuesday talking Congress' role and next step in Putin-Gate. They invited him on to talk about Flynn getting fired and he almost immediately said that what he wants is to see the incriminating transcripts that the Trump Regime is hiding from Congress:
"I haven't seen the transcripts; I don't know what we're talkin' about. What did General Flynn say to the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions? Did he say anything at all or is this just being spun by the media? I think Congress needs to be informed about what General Flynn said to the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions. And I want to know, did Gneral Flynn do this by himself or was he directed by somebody to do it? ... I'd have a hard time believing that General Flynn would get on the phone with the Russian ambassador and suggest that 'Don't worry, we will revisit this when we get to be president'... without some understanding that the administration would be sympathetic to the idea... Americans have a right to know whether or not this was a General Flynn rogue maneuver or was he basically speaking for somebody else in the White House.
When the anchor pushed him on House Republican efforts to cover up the whole scandal-- basically Paul Ryan, Jason Chaffetz and Devin Nunes-- he pointed out that "we do have allegations now coming from the media that the Department of Justice informed the White House that the National Security Advisor may be subject to blackmail by the Russians. I think that's something Congress has a right to know." Listen to the whole tape. And then consider what Moby posted on his Facebook page Monday. Here's the screen-grab:

Pretty heavy stuff-- and I suspect Lindsey Graham was not one of the DC friends Moby spent the weekend talking with. Nor was Moby the only one posting this kind of heavy scary shit about the Trump Regime on Facebook. Earlier today Dan Rather sounded a rather loud alarm bell:
Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.

When we look back at Watergate, we remember the end of the Nixon Presidency. It came with an avalanche, but for most of the time my fellow reporters and I were chasing down the story it rumbled along with a low-grade intensity. We never were quite sure how much we would find out about what really happened. In the end, the truth emerged into the light, and President Nixon descended into infamy.

Welcome to Chelsea
This Russia story started out with an avalanche and where we go from here no one really knows. Each piece of news demands new questions. We are still less than a month into the Trump Presidency, and many are asking that question made famous by Tennessee Senator Howard Baker those many years ago: "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" New reporting suggests that Mr. Trump knew for weeks. We can all remember the General Michael Flynn's speech from the Republican National Convention-- "Lock her up!" in regards to Hillary Clinton. If Hillary Clinton had done one tenth of what Mr. Flynn had done, she likely would be in jail.

And it isn't just Mr. Flynn, how far does this go?

The White House has no credibility on this issue. Their spigot of lies-- can't we finally all agree to call them lies-- long ago lost them any semblance of credibility. I would also extend that to the Republican Congress, who has excused away the Trump Administration's assertions for far too long.

We need an independent investigation. Damn the lies, full throttle forward on the truth. If a scriptwriter had approached Hollywood with what we are witnessing, he or she would probably have been told it was way too far-fetched for even a summer blockbuster. But this is not fiction. It is real and it is serious. Deadly serious. We deserve answers and those who are complicit in this scandal need to feel the full force of justice.
The first comment on Rather's page came from Stephanie Wolkin: "I worked in the US Senate during Watergate. The difference is that during the investigations that led to Nixon's resignation we had lawmakers in both parties who valued our nation over their own party. Howard Baker and Lowell Weicker, both Republicans, followed the evidence and it led to the rest of the country finding the truth and the extent to which our democracy was endangered. We have no one in the Republican party now who will stand up to the Trump machine."

Lindsey Graham? John McCain? Little Marco? Certainly not the lemmings in the House; they followers-- hacks like Ryan, Chaffetz, Nunes... someone has to make it 100% safe before they'd ever make a move. Trump will be down and all-but-out before Ryan and the House Republicans ever get serious.

Chaffetz-- DO. YOUR. JOB!

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At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please forgive my ignorance but who is "Moby" and why should anyone believe anything he/she says?

I truly love Moby's "point" about provoking war with Iran, as if that is another issue Herr Hair has manufactured out of the cosmic vacuum.
The following link shows that the US unconcealed preparation for war with Iran has been actively pursued since, at least, 1991, the beginning of pappy Bush's excellent adventure in neighboring Iraq.

One wonders why Herr Hair, who is allegedly working for Russia, would be allowed by the Putin devil to start yet another war on Russia's doorstep with one of it's allies.

A non-hysterical article about the Flynn issue can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/znslaxj

The operative thoughts, therein: "Whether U.S. sanctions against Russia were mentioned or not, the notion that an elected president or his designees – during a transition – can have no meaningful contact with diplomats whom they may need to deal with in a matter of weeks represents a particularly contentious interpretation of a law (1799 Logan Act) THAT HAS NEVER BEEN TESTED IN COURT OF LAW*** and may well represent an unconstitutional infringement on free speech and dissent."


"The so-called permanent government of Washington and its complicit mainstream media – what some call the Deep State – have taught Trump a lesson and have learned a lesson, too. They now can be expected to redouble their march toward war and more war, ironically with progressives and leftists in tow."

On a final note, you unequivocally know that your political party irrelevant when its numerous previous political blunders leaves at the mercy of such pernicious ghouls as Graham, McCain, Rubio, Ryan, Chaffetz, Nunes (?).

*** sounds like a variation of Obumma's invoking the Espionage Act, more times than had all presidents before him, against whistle blowers.

John Puma

At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

This is mind blowing but not actually surprising given the blatant collusion evident all along between Trump and Russia. Remember Manaforte? Trump's first campaign manager's resume was all about his work for Russian oligarchs. How the hell the press and Trump's Republican rivals were not all over that is absolutely insane, let alone Hillary and Bernie. It got very little traction. And Trump is surely beholden to Russia financially - his son stated in 2008 that he was getting a lot of money from Russia - when American banks saw what a horrible risk he was and turned off the spigot. A failed business he is, and has been all along. He must owe them a great deal. Once Manaforte left the campaign, not a whimper about him. I think he lives in Trump tower! And all of Trump's bragging about his sexual prowess - totally believable that Russia has a huge dossier on such things from when he visited Moscow - they probably set him up. They have him by the cohones. The reality of this conspiracy is just out of the ball park. We are living in a Grade B movie. People would walk out of the theater saying it was a stupid plot.

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TY John. I think you about covered it.

I'm curious about just what Flynn could possibly be blackmailed with. I mean, if it was simply his acting as the state dept before his admin was inaugurated, hell... that's been done before and nobody gave a shit. Nixon wrt the Vietnamese and Reagan wrt the Iranian hostages.. and nobody much knows nor cares. So... what's the blackmail all about?

As for what the Russians have on der fuhrer... golden showers? bah! underage hookers? young boys? sheep? bah! is it simply that drumpf owes them a shit-ton of money? is it the vig?

Nobody much in the dumbfucktard usa would give a shit about any of that.

And as John mentioned, it would seem to be nonsensical, given der fuhrer's closeness with putin, that der fuhrer would start a war with a Russian ally. Iran is very important to putin. More info needed here.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure neither putin nor der fuhrer is the least bit worried now that fucking McCain and graham are on the case. Couldn't find a dollar bill if it were superglued to their dingus.

A bigger joke is scummer's public calls for ... whatever. he's irrelevant.


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