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Friday, February 17, 2017

Connect the espionage dots - Trump to Russia "If you are listening"

Even White House adviser Reince Priebus won't deny the Trump to Russia communications link.
Priebus held the party line on news coverage of President Donald Trump on Friday, dismissing reports about scrutiny into the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia as exaggerated without saying, definitively, that none of the president’s associates contacted the country before the election.

Priebus refuses to say that there was no contact between Trump campaign and Russian intelligence- reports DailyKos
by Mark Sumner
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A Don Knotts impersonation: So, I'm just sayin' Russia did communicate, just that it wasn't like what fake news is reporting, but, of course, there was some communications only not exactly what is said about how it was reported...or something like that.
Does Priebus look like Don Knotts, God Rest His Soul, or whaaaa?
Russian eavesdropping is so much a part of the country's national life, it's like knowing there will be heavy traffic while driving in New York City.  To believe otherwise is fanciful thinking. There's plenty of eavesdropping trafficking going on with the Russians.

Which is precisely why 17 international intelligence agencies are not saying anything to deny the espionage disclosed by a former British operative with M16, the equivalent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). A dossier with salacious intelligence exits. Only Donald Trump is denying the authenticity. In the dossier, it describes what Donald Trump did with his free time while he was in Russia during the 2012 Miss Universe Contest, which he hosted in Moscow.  Since that time, Donald Trump's son, "Junior" has given interviews where he's admitted to Trump investments in Russia. Nevertheless, at a raucous press conference led by Donald Trump on Feb 16, 2017, we heard the lies denying any investments or deals with Russia. 

Yet, evidence overwhelmingly supports the contrary. There's the M16 espionage report, there's the admitted communications between Lt. General Flynn with the Russian Ambassador which Trump denies directing and there's his son "Junior" having given interviews admitting to doing lucrative deals with Russia.  At the root of this chaotic information is one four letter word:  L I E S.  Donald Trump does not know how to tell the truth. As a result, America is in peril while enduring his unwieldy leadership.

Here's what Sumner reports in DailyKos:
“....fake news” has been defined as any news not favorable to Trump, so it’s easier to translate between Trumpese and English. Take for example this interview with oft-forgotten (especially inside the White House) Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. (Oh, yeah, him?  Yikes, forgot about him.)

Priebus refuses to say “nyet” to any conversation between Trump’s team and Russia. He’s just saying that they weren’t as chatty as the press is implying.  (Obviously, having dinner with Vladimir Putin, meant Lt. General Flynn only discussed the quality of the vodka shots served with every course.)

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How was the vodka, President Putin? 
A scale is developing of Russia’s level of involvement with the Trump campaign. There was the senior Russian diplomat who said.

"Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage,” Rybakov said. “… I cannot say that all of them but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives.” 
So that’s “quite a few” members of Trump’s team “staying in touch.”

Then there were the intelligence reports that showed. 
Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials. (HELLO? "Russia, if you are listening", is the code Donald Trump used to signal for this clandestine - or apparently not so much- communications to continue happening.)

That’s a “members … and other Trump associates” and “repeated contacts.”

Priebus says that these reports are “exaggerated.” So what would it mean if Priebus is telling the truth? Was it “some” members of Donald Trump’s campaign team “regularly” checking in with Russian intelligence? Maybe it was only “a few” members who were “occasionally” calling up Moscow. How about a “handful” who were “rarely” on the line to Putin.

Somehow, no matter what qualifiers are added, this all seems like bad news for Donald Trump … (or maybe, in his weird dictionary, meaning fake news). Meaning it's real news, because Trump calls it "fake". Surely, "fake news" has now become a euphemism for "real news" that Donald Trump just doesn't happen to like or with which he disagrees. In other words, Russian eavesdropping is fact and the Donald Trump campaign was, indeed, engaged in clandestine communications. It's irresponsible for Republicans to live in denial about the serious implications of this gruesome invasion of our national security.

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