Take your pick: Witting, unwitting or half-wit pawn?

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[h/t to all the TNB commentors – keep up the good work!]

Gathering evidence. Making connections.

Newsweek report: Mueller Draft Report Says Trump ‘Helped Putin Destabilize the United States,’ Watergate Journalist Says

Bernstein, who is renowned for his coverage of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon, appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday to discuss two bombshell reports released this weekend, one from The New York Times and one from The Washington Post, which revealed new details about whether or not Trump and his aides have colluded with Russia.


Trump tweet: I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!

Former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, the man Trump was willing to consider to trade him to Putin for questioning the 12 indicted Russians.

Politico: Senate fires bipartisan Russia warning at Trump
“The Senate voted 98-0 to oppose giving Russia access to U.S. officials like former Ambassador Michael McFaul.”

Warnings: Reporter and author Kurt Eichenwald [Thread here]

19…an end point. A person who did business with Trump over the years told me in 2016, “If you asked him, Donald would tell you I’m his best friend.” This struck me as odd, so I said, “And what would you say HE is?” A pause, then the man replied: “A clinical sociopath.”

In case anyone is wondering, Eichenwald is not just now revealing this, he told this story in June 2016, and many, many more in Newsweek.

Including this one: Donald Trump’s Companies Destroyed Emails in Defiance of Court Orders. The next time some brings up ‘but her emails’ or ‘where are the servers,’ hit them with that bit of news…and watch them ignore it, too.

Washington Post: Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

Washington Post

The Fresno Bee: Nunes buried evidence on Russian meddling to protect Trump. I know because I’m on the committee; Oct 5, 2018

The Hill: Tom Nichols: A history lesson for Trump: Real reason Russia invaded

It also is worth asking where the president is getting his information about Russia and Afghanistan, because it cannot possibly be from any of the handful of experts left in his administration.

The Hill

“It is also possible, … that Trump got the more Russia-friendly version of the Soviet invasion from Vladimir Putin himself. Since we cannot know what Putin says to Trump, anything is possible; it is certain, however, that Putin has been on a steady, determined course to reverse the judgment of history about the USSR and its crimes.”

Stay tuned.

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