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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

The news out of Washington can be so confusing.

President Trump IS under investigation for obstruction of justice in the ongoing inquiry into possible collusion between Trump’s entourage and Russian officials, the  Washington Post reported last week:

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The Post story cited five anonymous U.S. “officials” as the source.

President Trump is NOT under investigation, former FBI director James Comey told Congress—at least not when Comey was running the investigation. Comey, however, was careful not to rule out the possibility that Trump might become a target in the future.

President Trump IS under investigation, tweeted President Trump last week.

 

President Trump is NOT under investigation, said Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal lawyer, the next day.

“Let me be clear here, as it has since the beginning,” said Sekulow, “the president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.”

Confusion

If you are confused, that’s the point. In the annals of Washington sophistry, the story of the (non) investigation of President Trump is the story of our times: Rome is burning, and the lawyers are hard to believe.

Comey is a showboating bully and a man prone to flamboyant and inappropriate actions, as Hillary Clinton learned twice during the election. He looks like an NBA All-Star who wants to kick your door down, albeit politely. Since there was no advantage for Jim Comey to say Trump was under investigation, Comey didn’t say it.

Sekulow is a hired gun of the Christian right. He has only one job: keep his client out of jail, and his success is far from assured. Like Comey, Sekulow has good reason to deny Trump is investigation (even if he is).

On the other hand, both Trump and the Washington Post have self-interested reasons for their claims. The embattled populist president and the liberal journalistic watchdog both benefit from the idea that the man in the Oval Office is under investigation—even if there’s no official confirmation and it’s supposedly illegal to talk about such things.

The Post can say it is speaking truth to power. Trump can say he’s speaking truth to the Deep State.

It’s a Washington version of charades, in which each player does a pantomime and everyone else tries to guess their true meaning.

‘Soft Coup’

In fact, there is little doubt that Trump IS under investigation for obstruction of justice. The proof is Mueller’s recent reported (and not denied) interrogation of Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, and Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency.

The two men testified to Congres last week, but refused to divulge the substance of their conversations with the president, much to the annoyance of several senators. So Mueller called Rogers and Coats to provide closed-door testimony where they could be less coy.

According to CNN, Coats and Rogers, “described their interactions with the president about the Russia investigation as odd and uncomfortable, but said they did not believe the president gave them orders to interfere, according to multiple sources familiar with their accounts.”

CNN’s account echoed Coats’ and Rogers’ carefully hedged statements to Congress last week, to wit, “Trump behaved strangely, but we never felt pressured.”

The beauty of this formulation—at least for Coats and Rogers, who wish to keep their jobs in the Trump administration—is that it won’t alienate Trump, while signaling to Mueller that they didn’t want to be party to obstruction of justice.

I would not be surprised if Coats and/or Rogers themselves were the leakers.

What’s Going On Here?

The story that President Trump is “under investigation” is a cover for deeper machinations, according to former CIA analyst Ray McGovern on the left, and Sean Hannity, Fox News host on the right.

“A Soft Coup Is Underway in Washington,” McGovern wrote on Monday.

“A Soft Coup Is Underway in America,” Hannity cried on Tuesday.

In this ambidextrous talking point, Mueller is the tool of the secretive government agencies who supposedly want to get rid of Trump because he doesn’t like NATO and does like Putin. While rhetorically attractive, the concept of a “soft coup” is glib and ahistorical.

To state the obvious, the special prosecutor is not part of the Deep State. Mueller was not, and is not employed by one of the secretive agencies. He reports to the Justice Department, not the CIA or the NSA. His record as FBI director is a matter of public record. We even know the names of his colleagues and their political leanings. He is required to submit a public report on his findings.

The functioning of America’s secretive agencies is rarely so transparent.

Judge Walsh

What’s more, the special prosecutor has served as a bulwark against the secret state in the past.

In the Iran-contra scandal of the late 1980s, the special prosecutor was federal judge Lawrence Walsh, a Republican from Oklahoma who had a reputation akin to Mueller’s: a stodgy straight arrow, a stickler for the law.

Walsh took on the secret government like few U.S. officials have ever dared. He identified and investigated a high-level conspiracy of Reagan White House, CIA and Pentagon officials who sought to subvert the will of Congress in order to wage counterrevolutionary war in Central America. Walsh even indicted four top former CIA officials, only to see them pardoned by the first President Bush in 1992. His final report on the Iran-contra scandal is by far the most incisive official account of that particular constitutional crisis.

We don’t know if Mueller is another Judge Walsh, but to depict him, a la Hannity and McGovern, as a “Deep State” conspirator is a facile favor to the Bannonite ideologues who seek to conflate the Deep State with liberal government and the civil service, the better to discredit Trump’s enemies.

Where Is The Story Going?

Other news reports indicate that Mueller also heard testimony from a career NSA official named Richard Ledgett, who is a pure product of the national security bureaucracy. Ledgett recently retired, which means he doesn’t have to worry about losing his job.

According to CNN, Ledgett wrote a memo, “documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation.”

“Lift the cloud” is what Trump asked Comey to do in May. Comey refused and was fired. Comey’s account of his meeting with Trump then became Exhibit A in Mueller’s obstruction-of-justice investigation of President Trump.

Ledgett’s “lift the cloud” memo is Exhibit B. I expect it will be leaked soon.

Jefferson Morley is AlterNet’s Washington correspondent. He is the author of the forthcoming biography The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, October 2017).

This article was made possible by the readers and supporters of AlterNet.

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38 responses to “Is Trump Under Federal Investigation—Or Not?”

  1. Alain Vercammen-Grandjean says:

    In this post-truth era, confusion is the number one tool of dominance making up most of the oligarch’s dogma.
    “The truth is what WE (and our slave press) say to you!” Period.
    Obey or take your master’s wrath!
    Guilt has still a little credit bu they mainly leave that to charlatan preachers to make a buck on the sucker believers!
    Total control by fear mongering is the chosen method! Alleluiah. Nihil novi sub sole! ,

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth says:

    Alain has deigned once again to give us a 17th Century impressionistic rendition of what is happening in today’s world. Some day, he and others will be forced to wean themselves from the past, and learn to construct opinions more in line with today’s realities. And not in a pompous manner regurgitate what may have been a useful response several hundred years ago.

    Now, the article highlights what has already become a common feature in America’s political realm. And it doesn’t differ at all from what happens in Russia.

    One has to wonder is our politicians are following the Kremlin’s style of creating confusion, relying on double-talk, obfuscation, and sophistry. Or is it that Russia lately has been learning from us the art of sophisticated misinformation and word-play, and we are symbiotically learning from Russia. And back-and-forth we go.

    A major flaw seems to be a disregard for honesty, and total disdain for being trustworthy. Two extremely important virtues to adopt and utilize, both in personal dealings and in governing on all levels.

    Stability in society is impossible without these qualities.

  3. Alain has deigned once again to give us a 17th Century impressionistic rendition of what is happening in today’s world. Some day, he and others will be forced to wean themselves from the past, and learn to construct opinions more in line with today’s realities. Rather than formulate opinions using ideas from the antiquities and the Reformation Age, it is important that we formulate opinions that transcend any particular period of secular human history.

    Now, the article highlights what has already become a common feature in America’s political realm. And it doesn’t differ at all from what we see happening in Russia, and perhaps in China as well

    One has to wonder if our politicians are following the Kremlin’s style of creating confusion, relying on double-talk, obfuscation, and sophistry. Or is it that Russia lately has been learning from us the art of sophisticated misinformation and word-play, and we are symbiotically learning from Russia. And back-and-forth we go.

    A major flaw seems to be a disregard for honesty, and total disdain for being trustworthy. Two extremely important virtues to adopt and utilize, both in personal dealings and in governing on all levels.

    Stability in society is impossible without these qualities.

    An example of a concept that transcends any one period in human history is the following from the Tablet Tarazat(Ornaments), revealed originally in Arabic by Baha’u’llah:

    ——————————————————————————————————————
    “The fourth Taráz concerneth trustworthiness. Verily it is the door of security for all that dwell on earth and a token of glory on the part of the All-Merciful. He who partaketh thereof hath indeed partaken of the treasures of wealth and prosperity. Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquillity and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light.”
    —————————————————————————————————————–

    As for truthfulness, another virtue which is eternal and rises above any period of time is this, cited by Abdu’l Baha:

    ——————————————————————————————————————

    “Truthfulness, uprightness and integrity are the attributes of the righteous and the hallmarks of the pure. Truthfulness is the goodliest of qualities as it comprehendeth all other virtues. A truthful person will be protected from all moral afflictions, will shrink from every evil deed, and be preserved from every wicked act, inasmuch as all vices and misdeeds are the very antithesis of truthfulness, and a truthful man will hold them all in utter abhorrence.

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, from a Tablet, translated from the Persian

    ——————————————————————————————————————-

    I believe these two citations may help us begin to unravel the reason why confusion and discord are at all-time highs in DC—and in Russia, China, Syrian, Iran, and elsewhere.

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    • dbtheonly says:

      Though I do agree with Alain that confusion, misinformation, and deletion, are key tools of the RWMO that have lead us to the state in which we find ourselves.

      I am stunned by the anti-application of Abdul-Baha’s quote to Trump.

      • You’ve proven yourself to be a worthy example of what it means to strive for nobility and objectivity. For that you merit all our respect, and my admiration for being a human being without qualification according to outer features or your provenance.

        Let me put in clearer focus for you the role of Abdu’l Baha, his relationship to Baha’u’llah and to the Bab, his unique station in all the annals of Religion, and his special place in what is called The Covenant of Baha’u’llah. At this point, you may want to get a nice cold drink, kick back, and relax.

        I’ve been treading lightly and gradually over the past couple of years in this forum, especially in regards to talking about the Baha’i Faith—not knowing just how receptive people might be about Religion in general in a setting like this forum, and especially hearing about a Religion with such a strange sounding name, whose primary figure has an even more unusual sounding name(which even causes discomfort for Muslims in Iran and among Muslims I’ve had conversations with here in the US), and which the Religion has such an unexpected point of origin—Tehran, Iran in 1853, while Baha’u’llah was a prisoner imprisoned in the dark pit called The Siyah Chal(The Black Pit in Persian).

        Baha’u’llah—The name is actually a title which Mirza Husayn Ali, his given name, and which He assumed by virtue of way of several quotes about the designation “Baha”, in the Writings of Baha’u’llah’s predecessor, Siyyid Ali Muhammad, who Himself assumed the title “The Bab”—a title which in Arabic and Persian translates as “The Gate”, or “The Door”.

        There is a uniqueness about the Baha’i Faith that is singularly important, and indicates the important and critical time we live in in the entire historical time-line of humanity dating back to humankind’s inception on the planet as a special kind of creation by the Creator. That uniqueness is called “The Covenant”–a term with numerous secular meanings, and a special religious meaning. A covenant is usually, and correctly, an agreement, a contract so to speak between one party and another. Every Messenger of the past has entered into a “covenant” with his followers—whether it be Black Elk, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation, Jesus Christ, Krishna, Moses, Abraham, Salih, Hud, Muhammad, etc. BUT, this covenant was rarely in writing, and in the case it was, it wasn’t crystal clear as to the meaning and ramification.

        Now, Baha’u’llah has elucidated this “covenant” in such clearer terms consonant with our spiritual capacity in this Day. First of all, He states that there are 2 kinds of this agreement—“The Greater Covenant”, and “The Lesser Covenant”.

        The “Greater Covenant” is identical with all the Messages sent by Gos, and is an expression of an agreement between the Creator and humankind—Abraham is cited in the Old Testament as describing it as God expressed it to Him, and I’m paraphrasing—“I will never leave you alone”. This agreement, as Baha’u’llah expatiates, means that all of humanity will have the benefit of receiving a special “Educator”, and each of these will have definitely prescribed missions, limitations, will appear at different times and to different regions and nations on the planet. This we have records of to a limited extent in the historical records and accounts passed down orally and in writing by our ancestors.

        “The Lesser Covenant” is an agreement between the Messengers” and their specific communities They were commissioned to address and live with. This covenant was an agreement to follow the laws and implement the teachings among fellow members of the community, AND hinted at acceptance of the nest Messenger. But hetre’s the problem, and a doozy it is, because this Lesser Covenant was NEVER in writing, and those who remembered it and later put it down on paper after the passage of generations, had their recollections disputed—which was the “germ” for the creation of splits and sects within each of the previous religious communities.

        BUT—this confusion has been obviated by virtue of Baha’u’llah being mandated by He who has sent all the Messengers, to put it down in His own handwriting. This He did by writing in Arabic, a document entitled “Kitab-i-Ahd”(The Book of the Covenant). Since this book was revealed for the early Baha’is who were Iranian, the title has a Persian grammatical spelling.

        In this Covenant, there are the following individuals who have been designated, as the propagators of a cohesiveness that protects the Baha’i Faith from schisms, divisiveness, and maintains the essential vitality, unity and harmony within the world-wide Baha’i community.
        The line of authority to maintain this unity of vision and purpose are the following: “The Bab and Baha’u’llah—>Abdu’l Baha—>Shoghi Effendi—>The Universal House of Justice”.

        Not surprising, at each point in this handing down of who to turn to, there were those who arose within the Babi-Baha’i community, out of jealousy and thirst for leadership, arose to contest the Covenant, split off, and would eventually die off, just like a branch severed from a tree. But the Covenant was always there to protect the Baha’is from splitting into sects. And with a plethora of texts written by each of the Central Figures outlined above, anyone who has questions regarding an authoritative interpretation/meaning of anything not clearly understood, can refer to the books and consult with the “institutions” specifically called for to come into existence. One of those figure, and ‘institution’ so to speak, is Abdu’l Baha, whose station itself is uniquely defined and established for this period in humankind’s evolution—the closest equivalent to Abdu’l Baha would be Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, and who would be the genesis of what would be called the Imamate of the “Shi`ah branch of Islam.

        I’ve gone way over my limit, and apologize for taking up so much of your valuable time. But there are plenty of other Baha’is in your area who can do a much better job of explaining all this than I.

        This may at first glance seem to have no connection to the original article, or to anything happening in America and in the world. But there is a deep connection—unseen but real.

        • dbtheonly says:

          Your respect and admiration are among the most valuable things I possess. I strive to earn those opinions. Please rest assured that I return the sentiments entirely.

          You can not waste my time as anything you consider worth telling me is something I need to hear.

          I am saddened to see how much materialism has taken the USA.

          Seen much of Mama Bear lately? I know I’ve been spotty as I get pop up ads telling me to click to see if I’ve won a $1000 Wal-Mart gift card or selling me Hawaiian lotion(?). I close the window. Sometimes the comments section refuses to load entirely.

  4. FireBaron says:

    Of course, if Teflon Donnie is actually the subject of an investigation, he is definitely the last person who should be told. Maybe he can find out from his buddy, Alex Jones?

    • dbtheonly says:

      Anyone who is under investigation has the right to know of such investigation.

      Though reading too much into a Trump Tweet is probably wasted effort. Trump doesn’t use words precisely. Why assume this is the exception?

      Equally, I’d urge placing little credence into who is and is not under investigation. The investigation has just begun. Let it follow where the evidence leads.

  5. RichFromShowMe says:

    AG lynch and “the witch” will soon be the REAL targets as it’s already a FACT they broke Federal Law and in the case of the latter, Security Law.

    The alphabet agencies (NSA, FBI, CIA, etc.) have been trying to make the Trump-Russia connection for 10+ months and have had no luck so now the investigation will turn to, at least, the two who have proven, documented and already known acts of breaking the law.

    Why would anyone in their right mind think Vlad, the Impaler would want a President Trump when “the witch” propelled Vald into the International Cat Bird Seat through her missteps and play-for-pay ops. Vlad has always known that if America had a President Trump he would restore our military, our economy and our positive visibility in international affairs . . . exactly the opposite of what “the witch” and her Coven would do.

    President Trump’s only proven, to date, Russian Connection is favoring Russian Dressing on salads. 🙂

    • dbtheonly says:

      Snort of derision.

      • RichFromShowMe says:

        Now, how did that Georgia election go?

        You guys blew away $30+ million for what . . . . . . . . . 🙂

        • dbtheonly says:

          Deflect much?

          Another snort of derision.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Watch how low the percentages of votes are. In Georgia, Handel in the year before the election made sure the voter maps were redistricted. One GA town that votes entirely Dem suddenly was overlapped into the neighboring GA town that only votes Republican.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          Check again election rigger. The GOP in GA is now looking at whether or not Handel deliberately gerrymandered and changed redistricting maps so votes would be in her favor.

          Since this is getting to be a pattern with Republicans, so called “winning” elections by 5% of less margins, the stink of how much they cheat to win is beginning to end up in the SC like TX, VA and NC already have for the very same kind of political “games” that skew votes from Dems to make them look like they are GOP votes. Pure Russian hacking strategy little boy.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            There’s a simple solution to this problem; i.e., elect more Democrats in State legislatures.

            Under the obamba Regime Dems lost around 1,000+ elected seats in local, state and federal government . . . . but, then, I’m sure you will have an excuse for that also? 🙂

    • CherMoe says:

      With Republicans, stupid is as stupid does. Are you all on the same thing your leader indulges in? Sniff, sniff.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Rich is like Trump. To Rich and Trump, any lie is a good lie. So they think. Now, consider what happens now that Rich and Trump have gotten caught in so many lies no one believes a word out of their mouths.

        The first time Lard Ass has a major international crisis of mass proportion, Do we believe him?

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      So you approve of foreign governments hacking into our elections then? Good. Now I can be certain a traitor to our Constitution like you will stop at nothing to cheat to “win” elections.

      Your post is a lie. Jeh Johnson, Clinton Watts and James Clapper have testified under SWORN oath that they’ve seen the classified documents proving Putin hacked the election so Trump would be the “winner.”

      There may be some who won’t call you a liar. I am not one of them. LIAR.

      How many lies will you allow Lard Ass to tell before the Little Boy who cried wolf once too often isn’t believed when a more serious crisis takes place?

      • RichFromShowMe says:

        “Jeh Johnson, Clinton Watts and James Clapper have testified under SWORN oath” the Russian interference is “troublesome” and that obamba and his Regime were aware of it early last summer and did noting until 20 days before he left office.

        http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/fmr-fbi-agent-says-russia-trump-collusion-worries-him-910987331944

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          You can insist all you like you childish moron. I know what I heard Jeh Johnson say. When he was asked by Burr if there was Russian hacking into the election he said and I quote, “FACT. There was hacking by the Russians.”

          So now you morons of the right are twisting the word “troublesome” to mean no hacking occurred? When your lies get the better of you and that Lard Ass, do tell us how you will expect any of us to believe you.

          You, like Trump, are like the little boy who cried, “Wolf!” once too often. Time for you to get a life.

          • dbtheonly says:

            Ms. E,

            Are you as troubled as I, with the Republican argument blaming President Obama for not stopping the Republicans from receiving electoral aid from Russia?

            “It’s his fault. He shoulda stopped us.”

            Is that the very definition of chutzpah?

          • dpaano says:

            So true…..if President Obama had made a big deal out of this, he would have been blamed by Trump and his minions for attempting to “rig” the election against Trump. Good thinking on President Obama’s part. And, he DID tell Trump about the situation just after the election when they met, and Trump did nothing and STILL HAS DONE NOTHING about trying to find out for himself if there was actual hacking. What does that tell you? He either KNOWS there was hacking or he prefers to just blame it all on President Obama and sit on his ass and do nothing!

          • dbtheonly says:

            Exactly, d.

            Some of the trolls are running the same argument Trump is, not seeing the logical cliff they’ve just walked off. You remember the Road Runner cartoons, where the coyote stoops and looks down, realizing he’s just run off a cliff?

            Trump’s not going to do anything to expose the Russian efforts to get him elected.

            Trump and the trolls insist there’s no evidence of collusion. But I’ve said several times that we should just let the investigation follow the evidence.

            We don’t know what connection Trump has with the Russians.

            But he does.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            Looks like your potty mouth is back in action, or is it the drugs?

            I have never referred to “no Russian hacking” as no one has proved or disproved that, to date, other than hundreds of “anonymous officials” in Washington, deCeit, echoing to their captive FAKE NEWS (propaganda) sources.

            Evidently you never understood the “little boy who cried wolf” as that fits the Left to a “T”. For nearly a year the Left and their FAKE NEWS have been shouting “coordination and impeachment” . . . and the only testimony that’s been heard is there was no coordination nor collusion with the Trump Team.

            Now that Jeh Johnson has testified it looks even bleaker for the obamba Regime and its Lemming.

            https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/us/politics/jeh-johnson-testimony-russian-election-hacking.html

            This is the exact definition of “the little boy who cried wolf”, and it defines the Left to a “T”.

    • johninPCFL says:

      It took two years for the Nixon connections to the criminals to be exposed, it’ll take a while longer yet for Agent Orange to be proven the traitor he is. Most of his cabinet are Putinistas, his campaign controllers were Putinistas, his daughter and son-in-law are Putinistas, etc.

      It’s just a matter of time before the Iranian money used to back the Russian mafia loans that built his hotel in Azerbaijan is exposed as the “Quid”, and the systematic dismantling of the American intelligence services is the “pro quo” of the traitor.

      Putin even wrote Agent Orange’s campaign slogan. MAGA means “under the spell of the wizard” in slavic. Putin broadcast to all the world that he bagged the American president, who is now the Resident.

      • RichFromShowMe says:

        “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, passed in 1977, forbade American companies or government employees from participating in a scheme to reward a foreign government official in exchange for material benefit or preferential treatment (the uranium deal, for instance).

        The law even made it a crime for an American company or government employee to unknowingly benefit from a partner’s corruption if it could have discovered illicit activity but avoided doing so.” This pretty closely describes what “the witch”, as SOS, did many times over.

        For a good recap, possibly true, possibly half-true(?) . . the New Yorker probably did the best job of following the inroads of the failed hotel(?) in Azerbaijan. The developers basically paid the Trump organization to use their name to promote the property, much the same way most Presidents, including obamba and willy, have profited from their time in the White House. Trump just did this as a private citizen while he was making a living.

        http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/13/donald-trumps-worst-deal

        • johninPCFL says:

          Uranium deal? The one where all nine cabinet members OKed the sale of a uranium mine to a Canadian?

          Seriously false equivalence.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            Just a serendipitous coincidence?

            https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html

            As SOS she could have stopped the sale. Yes, it might be a “Canadian Deal” but where does the Uranium actually end up?

          • johninPCFL says:

            Yes, the nefarious deal began in 2005 and culminated in 2013. There are some shrewd thinkers, there!

            As far as anyone knew AT THE TIME, the Uranium was sold in America to Americans but the profits went to a Canadian. Just capitalism at work bridging business across the border with a close ally. The thing that got the Russian’s attention was the output of the mines they also controlled in Kazakhstan, which more than tripled across the deal’s timeframe (where Russian ownership went from 17% to 51%) from 2007 to 2010.

            When the Canadian wasn’t making enough money from the deal (fewer American reactors and zero exports allowed, donchaknow) some years later, the Canadian resold to a Russian headed corporation. Years after that, the Russian corporation was imploded by Putin and the interests are now directly owned by the Russian state. They will likely be sold to a Putinista at a steep discount before he leaves office.

            So now, the Russians still sell American Uranium only to Americans, but the capitalist profits go to the Russian state.

          • johninPCFL says:

            It ends up in US reactors. It can’t be shipped overseas.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            True, HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) cannot be shipped overseas, but the deal was with Canada and raw uranium (which can be converted to HEU) is shipped to Canada and then can be shipped to Russia and Iran . . . .

            The deal was really a first step for Russia to develop worldwide control of raw uranium, while locking the USA on future uranium uses, power plants, medical apps, nuclear weapons, etc.

            Russia ships large amounts of uranium into the USA and as they control more (via Canada, for instance) they will slowly build a monopoly on uranium . . . . the Aussies are next on Russia’s control list.

            (a 2009 document)
            https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/global-uranium-supply-and-demand

          • johninPCFL says:

            The deal was really a way for Putin to get control of the uranium in Kazakhstan, the US mine was completely peripheral.

          • RichFromShowMe says:

            Spot on!

            His goal is to be the world leader in uranium production and if not produced in countries he takes over, he will simply buy it.

            Lenin and later Khruschev, had it right . . . “Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    The first signs of a guilty man is trying to stop investigations. The Lard Ass in Chief is guilty on more levels than the feds can possibly imagine. This is why they turn over one rock that Lard Ass has been under and find 20 more.

    The reality is that he tried to intimidate Comey by insinuating he had “tapes.” Now he says he doesn’t and didn’t make any.

    Those of us in the Metro Area are skilled at the Lard Ass in Chief’s numerous machinations of twisting truth. Most of us know that tweet and statement came from his double dealing lawyers who know that if he uses the word “he,” it will excluse anyone else who DID make tapes. Watch for Lard ass to suddenly “discover tapes” the minute he knows Mueller has him dead to rights for his criminal involvement with Putin.

  7. Dominick Vila says:

    Considering the large number of present and former Trump associates under investigation, it seems disingenuous to think that those investigations are not touching on Trump himself.

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