The WaPo tells us:
“The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties. Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family members and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit. Some offered to help his campaign and his real estate business.”
Let’s be clear here: These Russians were not random people, and they include Dmitry Peskov, who is Vladimir Putin’s personal spokesman, the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (so you know he’s a spy), Sergey Gorkov (who is the chairman of a major state-owned Russian bank), and let’s not forget Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lady lawyer who was at the notorious Trump Tower meeting.
“Some offered dirt on his Democratic opponent. Repeatedly, Russian nationals suggested Trump should hold a peacemaking sit-down with Vladimir Putin — and offered to broker such a summit. In all, Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and presidential transition, public records and interviews show. ‘It is extremely unusual,’ said Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. ‘Both the number of contacts and the nature of the contacts are extraordinary.’”
Let’s be clear again: These Trump 2016 Goat Rodeo campaigners included Jared, Ivanka, Don Junior, the campaign manager Paul Manafort, the future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and so on.
And let’s also remember that the Trump 2016 Goat Rodeo campaigners also reached out to the Russians: it was Jared Kushner who wanted to set up a secret hotline between Comrade Candidate Stupid and the Kremlin, and why Fratsputin and Junior Mints have not been indicted yet is a mystery known only to Mr. Mueller and perhaps The Sphinx.
UPDATE 1: Reliable Sources email thingie –
|“Donald Trump, for the first time in his life, is cornered,” Carl Bernstein told me on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.” Bernstein also shared some new reporting: He revealed that one of the principal witnesses came away from an interview with Mueller’s team saying that “they know everything about Russia.”|