Commie Con?

August 14th, 2016

160805_RK_Former-Observer_jpg_CROP_promo-xlarge2When a former CIA official wrote recently that the Republican nominee for President had become “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” there was ample cause to give the theory credence. There is also more than a little reason to think that said agent might not be altogether “unwitting.”

Begin with the fact that Donnie has expressed admiration for Putin, and Putin has returned the compliment. Add Donnie’s invitation to Russia to intervene in the U.S. election by “finding” Hillary Clinton’s emails; and his espousal of anti-NATO positions that would serve Russia’s goals.

But for those who like to connect the dots and follow the money, there’s more. A lot more. With sources noted in parentheses, here are some examples:

  • Donnie’s current campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, “has long and deep reported ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.” One of them was Viktor Yanukovych, a Putin ally and 2004 candidate for president who was elected after his opponent died of poisoning during the campaign and, following massive protests, had to face a revote, which he lost. (Politifact)
  • Jones Day, the global law firm whose Washington offices have hosted several high-level Trump campaign confabs, has had an office in Moscow since 2004, and is involved in “some of the most significant and high profile cross-border M&A, finance, and capital markets transactions in the region.” (jonesday.com)
  • The Trump Organization has received project financing, including $50 million in one instance, from “non-traditional institutions” with ties to Russian interests in ways that led to scrutiny, suspicion and accusations of fraud. (TIME)
  • According to Donald, Jr., “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” He told a real estate conference in 2008 that “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (eTurboNews)
  • When Donnie moved the Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow in 2013, it was at the behest and with the encouragement of a billionaire Russian real estate developer with close ties to Putin, who Donnie thought could give him the footing he needed to build a grand hotel in Russia. (Politico)
  • Frank Mermoud, coordinator of the Washington diplomatic corps for the RNC in Cleveland, is a former state department official involved in business ventures in Ukraine via a Black Sea-focused oil and gas company of which he is a director, and is on the board of the US Ukraine Business Council. Mermoud was reportedly instrumental in convincing the RNC platform committee to remove references to arming Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russia rebels. (The Guardian; PoliticusUSA)

Unwitting? Not very likely.

Scary? You betcha.

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