Since the beginning of the investigation in Russia, it is an axiom that it differs in one important respect from Watergate: The crimes Nixon secretly committed in the White House behind closed doors are Trump's outdoor activities. Again and again the American audience lied? Every time Trump tweets or opens his mouth. Obstruction of justice? Fire Comey. Fire sessions. Mueller's investigations call it a "witch hunt" and call for its end. Manipulation with witnesses? Flattering Covering up on a crime? While he lives and breathes.
But there is one thing that Donald Trump and his people wanted to keep secret from the earliest days of his campaign until the present moment: their ties to Russians. If we had believed in the past that we knew about most Russian contacts, the events of this week taught us that we were wrong.
First, there was new evidence that Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi were acting as snippets between the Trumps campaign and WikiLeaks. The Guardian even reported that Stone had met with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
It was then announced that the cooperation agreement between special advisor Robert Müller and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had been blown up. Incredibly, it became known that Manafort's attorneys maintained an open communication channel with Trump's legal team, probably informing them about the focus of Müller's investigation and about everything the FBI and prosecutors at Mueller's Manafort had asked. Mueller filed a document indicting the same court in which Manafort's lawsuit had signed that he lied to the FBI and violated information that violated his cooperation agreement with prosecutors.
On Thursday morning, Müller surprised another surprise when his prosecutors marched into former Manhattan Trials with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. patiently led Cohen through the pledge to confess two congressional committees over Donald Trump's project to build a tower in Moscow. "I have made these false representations to reconcile with the political messages of person 1
In other words, Michael Cohen told the US Congress the same lies that Donald Trump told the American people during his campaign, and after he became President of the United States, had repeatedly said that he had done no business in Russia, that he had nothing to do with Russia and that he knew of no contacts between his campaign and the Russians. 19659007] Ove In the last 18 months, we've found out that Trump's presidential campaign and then Mi members of his campaign and others close to him, such as his son and son-in-law, met with Russians again and again. There were contacts between his campaigners George Papadopoulos and Carter Page with Russians. There were multiple meetings between his leading foreign policy adviser Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
There was the Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort with six Russians who had learned about the Trump campaign. They had information that would "burden" Hillary Clinton. There were meetings between Trump advisors and Kislyak at the Republican National Convention and on the sidelines of an important foreign policy speech Trump held at the Mayflower Hotel. There have been repeated contacts between Trump's election advisor Michael Flynn and Sergey Kislyak. The Trump Tower hosted meetings between Flynn, Kushner, Bannon and others, as well as Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, chairman of Vnesheconombank, a large state-owned bank in Russia with close ties to Vladimir Putin. In the Seychelles there was a meeting between Trump advisor Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker with close ties to Vladimir Putin, who was trying to establish a "return channel" between Trump and Putin.
The contacts between Donald Trump's campaign were so numerous that it was difficult to keep up with them.
And this week we learned that Trump's people were more busy with Russians than we thought. The criminal information filed in court on Thursday in connection with Cohen's guilty request is full of ties we do not know about between the Trump people and the Russians. In January 2016, Cohen contacted Trump's Russia project with Dmitry Peskov's office, which is described as "Senior Adjutant for Putin." (Peskov is at the G-20 summit in Argentina, along with Putin as spokesman) Cohen remained in contact with the people of Russia through Felix Sater, who was referred to in Crime Information as "Individual 2". Sater is a criminal and former FBI informer who worked with Trump on the Trump Soho Hotel project. Cohen discussed in May 2016 the possibility of traveling to St. Petersburg to meet with either Putin or the Russian Prime Minister. He discussed how Trump was to travel to Russia to meet with Putin on the Trump Moscow project after the Republican National Convention. Discussions on travel to Russia continued in June with messages from Cohen to Sater from 9 to 14 June. Throughout the period, according to the criminal information, Cohen spoke several times about the Moscow deal with Trump and kept his children up to date on his activities.
You will recall that others in the Trump Tower were busy with Russians in June. On June 3, Donald Trump Jr. received an e-mail asking for a meeting with several Russians who had incriminating information about Clinton. The meeting took place on 9th June. On June 14, Michael Cohen met with Felix Sater in the lobby of the Trump Tower and told him that he would not travel to Russia, which would mean the end of Trump's Russia project, according to criminal information submitted on Thursday.
Paul Manafort was promoted to president of the Trump campaign on the same day at Trump Tower.
The dates of the Russia related events in the Trump campaign are interesting for a very important reason. On May 26, CNN announced that it had won the Indiana primary on May 3 and the remaining primaries in May with undisputed May. He had exceeded the required threshold of 1,237 delegates to guarantee his appointment to the Republican presidential candidate.
When the Russians of the Trump campaign offered dirt on Hillary Clinton in June, and when they were in contact with Felix Sater and tried to convene meetings between Michael Cohen and Putin before the Convention and with Trump after the Convention they knew that they had to deal with the man who would apply as a Republican candidate for the President of the United States.
For this reason, the Trump Tower project in Moscow was canceled on June 14th. This was done jointly by Trump and Putin because neither man was willing to risk endangering Trump's chances of being elected president in November.
Putin had already begun to improve Trump's electoral chances. On June 12, the Washington Post reported that the e-mail servers of the Democratic National Committee had been hacked. We did not know who hacked the Democratic Party emails at the time, but we now know who did it. On July 13, Robert Mueller accused 12 Russian military officials of hacking the democrats' emails. US intelligence agencies previously announced that the hacks were carried out on orders from Vladimir Putin.
On June 15, the day after Manafort's appointment as campaign chairman and the closure of the Moscow Trump Tower deal, an online person calling himself "Guccifer 2.0" published the Democratic Party's first e-mails. We now know that "Guccifer 2.0" was a Russian intelligence officer.
Throughout his campaign, Trump had praised Putin. On June 3, Trump told an election rally, "Putin said Donald Trump was a genius and [the] the next great leader of the United States."
On July 25, Trump tweeted:
The new joke in the city is that Russia has leaked the catastrophic DNC emails that should never have been written (stupid) because Putin likes me
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
On July 27, 2016, Trump held a press conference announcing, "Russia, if you listen, I hope you have the 30,000 missing e Can find mails. I think you will probably be rewarded by our press. "
All this stuff was kept secret. All meetings between Trump's people and Russians. All contacts between Michael Cohen and the Russians about the Trump Moscow Tower. All the knowledge they had in advance about the leak of Hillary Clinton's and John Podesta's emails.
They kept secrets for the same reason that Nixon kept secrets: because they had committed crimes. Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort and others are guilty of their crimes. This week we learned that Muller's team circles the Trump Tower like sharks around the carcass of a dead whale. They even flew north to present Cohen's guilty plea in a New York City courtroom.
Want to know how Trump can know how much trouble he's in? On Thursday, as they climbed the stairs to Air Force One in Andrews' Joint Base in front of Washington DC, and as they descended the stairs of Air Force One in Argentina, Donald and Melania Trump held their hands. It was the first time that the President and his wife had been touching each other for months. They massage the family image, but it is too little and too late.
Washington speculates that Trump's family is next in Mueller's crosshairs. Congressman Adam Schiff, who will chair the House Intelligence Committee on January 3, said it will be one of the committee's earliest dealings, releasing the witnesses of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner from Meller investigators Devin Nunes and the Republican refused.
Also on Thursday, 170 police officers and German prosecutors stormed the headquarters of Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt as part of an investigation into whether the bank helps criminals to launder money. Last year, the bank paid a fine of US $ 425 million in the United States for helping Russian banks launder $ 10 billion. Deutsche Bank is the only major lender that has been willing to lend to the Trump organization for the last ten years. Trump's latest financial information release forms in May revealed that he owes the bank up to $ 175 million MarketWatch said.
Special Counsel Mueller issued Deutsche Bank subpoenas for information on Trump's loans last December, according to the New York Times.
Donald Trump is always about money. He will not sit in the White House and watch his business empire suffer the same fate as Paul Manafort, who made $ 46 million in the government's plea. He will resign with the assurance that he will be pardoned for his crimes in the Russia investigation, just as Nixon has resigned with a pardon for his crimes in Watergate.
Russiagate does not differ at all from Watergate. You will have the same game.
Lucian K. Truscott IV
Lucian K. Truscott IV, a graduate of West Point, has a 50-year career as a journalist, writer and screenwriter. He has reported on stories such as Watergate, the disturbances in Stonewall and wars in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the author of five bestsellers and several unsuccessful films. He has three children, lives at the eastern end of Long Island, and spends his time worrying about the state of our nation and scrawling in a fruitless attempt to make things better. He can be followed on Facebook at The Rabbit Hole and on Twitter @LucianKTruscott.
Lucian K. Truscott IV
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