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Sat May 6, 2017, 02:40 PM

Why did Trump hire so many people with Russian connections?

The first person he hired on his team was Michael Flynn, who had extensive connections with Russia. He wanted Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, as one of his main advisers. He too, had Russian connections. When asked who was on his foreign policy team he responded, "Carter Page, PHD". Even his daughter, Ivanka, was close friends with the alleged girl-friend of Vladimir Putin.

When he needed a campaign adviser, he chose Paul Manafort, who had been intimately involved in Russian politics for several years. He had worked directly for the Russian government, during his tenure in the Ukraine.

And why did he choose Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General? He too, had some Russian connections. And why did he refuse to say anything negative about Vladimir Putin? And there were several others that were on his campaign and transition team that had direct connections with Russia. Boris Epshteyn was of Russian origin and was one of the spokesman for the Trump campaign.

It's more than just a coincidence. Why did Trump have such interest in Russia?? That is the question that no one knows the answer to?

Did he owe a lot of money to Russian banks? Was he trying to get some buildings built in Moscow? Did he need Putin to approve his business ventures? Was he being blackmailed? Was he an agent of the Russian government who had been turned? No one knows.

Americans cannot let up until they know the answers.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:43 PM

1. Because they made him. They're blackmailing him and several others

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:43 PM

2. That's his clique. Probably almost everyone he knows

has Russian connections because they're all riding on Putin's gravy train.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:43 PM

3. I really believe Twitler is in so deep to the Russian mob

The only people willing to get near him are equally involved it just don't care about the involvement.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #3)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:24 PM

10. Easy to believe...

I know I believe Trump is in hock to the Russians up to his fat ass.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:44 PM

4. Putin TOLD him to.. D'uh!

lordy i hate that creep

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:49 PM

5. Also, Rachel has pointed out that Trump never even MET many of them. He's just taking orders.

These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:49 PM

6. he obvoiusly listens to a small number of people and well....trump is just stupid

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:52 PM

7. He is a millionaire businessman with a really small Circles of contacts

The man is 100% hype. When American banks quit loaning money to him, he went to whatever Banks would loan him money. That includes DeutscheBank and the Russian mobsters on Malta.

He doesn't do a better job of hiding his Russian contacts, because he's frankly too dumb to know how bad it looks, too conceited to care how bad it looks, and too limited in friends his neurotic brain can trust to be able to give power to people outside of his circle or those who are not willing to fawn all over his pretty gold toilet

When Dick Cheney was running the country, we had to look close to figure out who was scratching who's backs. He was a smart, evil politician.

What makes Trump so much worse is, he is a dumb evil dumber politician. At the end of the day Bush and Cheney would protect American interests because it helps their political cause. Trump doesn't have the wits to protect himself, and doesn't have the brains it takes to keep the country safe.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #7)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:05 PM

11. This right here. Well said. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 02:52 PM

8. Russian Oligarchs were / are bankrolling the drumpf's and Kushner's

real estate companies and projects.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 03:20 PM

9. Don't forget Koch/Mercer money pulling the GOP train. They're in this too.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:11 PM

12. Follow the Rubles.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:12 PM

13. Correction, they hired him

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 05:23 PM

14. Patamu-shtaw (because).........

Потому что...........

If you owe someone a couple hundred million and can't make the payments, chances are there will be a few reps of your creditors keeping an eye on you, and your health depends on their having access to you round the clock.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Sat May 6, 2017, 09:07 PM

15. You have a good question.

You then answer it based on not so much evidence.


A lot of people have Russian connections. What's important is to look at the time depth and nature of the connections. I have connections, some with what I'm pretty sure were organized crime or dyed-in-the-wool anti-American big-C Communists. They were work or study connections. The first, because in the '90s Russians were reaching out for ties with the US and almost all of them had organized crime connections. The second because I happened to be on an overseas programs that Russians could also participate in--chteli jsme se vycit cestine v Brne (we wanted to learn Czech in Brno).

We won't even discuss connections from purchases from companies that probably have murky ties to the PTB in Rossiya, whether the DC-adjacent Kamkin Bookstore that was almost certainly a KGB hangout or par venue bookdealers in various cities, but all of which have to stay in the government's good graces. Heck, I've also bought stuff directly from Iran and China and Lebanon (I'm pretty sure that the Teheran purchases violated the trade sanctions, but nobody cares when you're buying a bunch of different farhangs, and there's know way to know if the place in Beirut had ties to Hezbollah or the Xian erstwhile terrorist group).


I still have connections with a Putin-related organization in Russia. (How do I know it's Putin-related? Because it's government funded, and everything governmental or important in Russia is Putin related. Heck, some screwball names on the governing board get bandied about as FoPs. Yet I'm a lowly contractor--I get sent something, I do what I do, I send it back, and money appears on my account. And as a result a few people get to read something in English originally published in Russian.

Then again, I have peers who have no connection with Russia. Some of them studied not Russian but French. Go figure. Yet anybody with sufficient business internationally, or in certain fields in the US, will have Russian business connections. Anybody sufficiently important and in the right financial or business circles will be invited to events at which Russians are present, whether diplomatic or business or entertainment. And given how much the FSB, GRU, and other organizations still use undercover informants you can never be sure which of those are "government spies" and which are just rank-and-file Russians. Without knowing the background rate of such connections, you can't know if a particular set are excessive. And even then, a bit of statistics are needed to tell if it's random variation or intentional. In the absence of evidence, we usually substitute suspicion.

Note that nobody would care if the French bookstore that used to be in LA (don't know if it's still around) I dropped into every once in a while when I lived there, or the work I did in translating French documents for the Guitar Foundation of America had something to do with the French government or the French diplomatic folk I met at some student government function turned out to be spies.

In fact, that might be a proxy. How many of these figures have connections with two or more other countries?

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