Monday, January 15, 2018

Russia Flood Gate

Simpson is an investigative journalist. In 2009, he left the Wall Street Journal and hung out his Fusion GPS shingle. Its specialization is “business intelligence.”

Simpson's company apparently revealed the minutiae behind Trump’s ties to Russia.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein made public the transcript of Simpson’s testimony.

Launched at the behest of Republican groups, conducting standard opposition research on Trump, Simpson commissioned and oversaw the dossier that suggests Trump is vulnerable to Russian blackmail — and more.

Produced by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, the dossier also says something about urine, the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, and sex workers.

That part, naturally, is of no interest to anyone.

As US Seante and House probes scrutinize Trump ties to Russia, every moment of that November 2013 weekend in Moscow is fraught with potential significance.

To discredit the Steele dossier — which may point to a multitude of criminal conspiracies between Trump, Russian oligarchs, and the Kremlin — Republican senators in the hearing pressed Simpson on his "ties" to Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus-based real estate corporation run by the Katsyvs, an oligarch family close to Putin.

The Justice Department had charged Prevezon with money laundering.

In May, Prevezon settled the Justice Department suit for $5.9 million.

The problem for republicans is that Prevezon’s emissary to Simpson was Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer known for her part in the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower promising kompromat (compromising material) on Hillary Clinton.

The Republicans fumbled, and failed to discredit Simpson.

In testimony, Simpson seemed like "a mercenary for hire" for anyone with tall stacks of bitcoin.

And Steele (the former spy) independently decided that the dossier was sufficiently consequential to — as Simpson testified — give to the FBI, amplifying earlier signs that Trump’s campaign was deeply compromised.

Reporter : Do you think the White House is being truthful about the version of events that happened in their meetings that occurred between the associates and the Russians?

Graham: It’s very frustrating for every couple of weeks to find out about a new meeting.

And so it came to pass, as his first year closed, the most inconsequential president in recent history took time away from his golf game (and billing taxpayers for his resort visits) to sell his shortcomings to his cult following as major accomplishments.

While Trump's Cult gobbles up his lies, real Americans once again, plug their noses and shake their heads.

While meeting with Firefighters, Trump (who is a “world-class narcissist”) praised himself.

“We got a lot of legislation passed,” Trump said. “But I believe—and you would have to ask those folks who will know the real answer—we have more legislation passed, including — the record was Harry Truman a long time ago. And we broke that record, so we got a lot done.” (This is very typical false self-aggrandizement - Trump's most common form of dishonesty) Trump culties gulped it down - hook, line, and sinker.

In actuality, Trump has only signed 96 bills in his first year, the fewest of any president since before Truman.

Trump doesn't deliberately lie as much as he "invents cult-truth-think" on the fly to shore up his wimpy status. Remember, I am not the one who called Trump a "soulless coward."

Trump-bots have their MATRA. (a matra is a beat in Hindustani music. It is the smallest rhythmic unit for tala along with vibhag - measure - and avartan - cycle. The subliminal yet hypnotic significance of matra depends on their occurrence within avartan.)

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