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Mon Jul 10, 2017, 11:44 AM Jul 2017

Pierce: What Do the Russians 'Have' on the Trump Family? Fear. [View all]


So, Donald Trump The Second now has his ass in a crack because he went out after something that hundreds of elite political journalists have sought since at least 1991—some dirt on the Clintons. The difference, of course, is that many of the latter took meetings with every poolroom liar and state house grifter in the state of Arkansas. According to the remarkable one-two thrown by The New York Times over the weekend, Junior went spelunking for slime in an incredible universe of murderous gangsters, which shares a very big chunk of the Russian government's Venn diagram with the political elite of that country. Forgive my cynicism, but Junior would have been better off hanging out at the Mena Airport, or maybe tossing back a few at Parker Dozhier's fish camp...

This, then, is Junior's official explanation: I thought we were colluding to ratfck the Democratic candidate, and the presidential election in general, but then she started talking about getting the mobsters' money back. Bitch set me up...

Right now, there are more Russians involved in this story than there are in War and Peace. Many of them have the power to cloud men's minds; how else to explain the fact that both Kushner and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III both forgot to mention to the responsible vetting agencies meetings with various Russians. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if the statue in the Lincoln Memorial was wearing a fur hat some morning very soon. At this point, I wouldn't be shocked if the R in Rhode Island suddenly turned backwards...

What I believe I see here is an incredibly corrupt American family doing business with criminal gangs that are way, way out of their league, and that are in league with the institutions of government, and the formidable security apparatus, of an authoritarian state. Talk about punching out of your weight class. This isn't cheating some poor subcontractor. These people throw you out windows. And the Trumps have being doing business in this financial abattoir for years. This doesn't make them sharp. This makes them compliant minnows in a shark tank.
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This Is A WoW Me. Jul 2017 #1
Would be a WOW if it were a democrat or if patriots were in charge of the government. Eliot Rosewater Jul 2017 #26
Sorry ER Me. Jul 2017 #31
Only one man's vote in the United States actually matters at this point GeoWilliam750 Jul 2017 #35
Yet, about a year ago there was a lot of "never Trump" messaging spewed from Faux. Ligyron Jul 2017 #41
I know, I am just expressing my anger at "private server" or "speech" thinking Eliot Rosewater Jul 2017 #36
Avoidable Jakes Progress Jul 2017 #46
Charles Pierce has such a way with words. aquamarina Jul 2017 #2
He really does mcar Jul 2017 #7
Another K&R! NastyRiffraff Jul 2017 #3
The Russians have "receipts" FM123 Jul 2017 #4
Did the same as Correlones did to Senator in onit2day Jul 2017 #25
K&R for visibility. nt tblue37 Jul 2017 #5
Woah! sheshe2 Jul 2017 #6
"Right now, there are more Russians involved in this story than there are in War and Peace." mcar Jul 2017 #8
Compliant minnows in a shark tank sheshe2 Jul 2017 #9
Loved that line! PatSeg Jul 2017 #28
Excellent piece! Pacifist Patriot Jul 2017 #10
Bit by bit PJMcK Jul 2017 #11
I hope that the investigating PTB... maddiemom Jul 2017 #12
Don't you think they're all being scrutinized? PJMcK Jul 2017 #13
No doubt whatsoever about McConnell and ryan pangaia Jul 2017 #19
Ryan's definitely got a few potential problems hanging overhead. maddiemom Jul 2017 #33
McConnell fought President Obama's desire to release news of Russia's meddling PJMcK Jul 2017 #34
Pence, as head of transition, informed by regd letter that Mike Flynn had lied about Russia contacts Bernardo de La Paz Jul 2017 #21
I tend to believe what you believe. hamsterjill Jul 2017 #14
That is the problem PatSeg Jul 2017 #30
I think you're right. hamsterjill Jul 2017 #37
Nobody gets away with PatSeg Jul 2017 #39
I sure hope so. hamsterjill Jul 2017 #42
I know how you feel PatSeg Jul 2017 #49
OMG Botany Jul 2017 #15
Yet America is fast asleep Politicub Jul 2017 #16
YIKERS! I couldn't have said it better myself.. pangaia Jul 2017 #17
Once again, pierce puts it all together Hekate Jul 2017 #18
Vlad to Donald: You better hope there are no tapes or videos keithbvadu2 Jul 2017 #20
Charlie Pierce fmdaddio Jul 2017 #22
Link, please? Fritz Walter Jul 2017 #24
Charlie Pierce fmdaddio Jul 2017 #29
Me too mcar Jul 2017 #27
The Don went to the Russian Mafia to "Borrow" money. LiberalArkie Jul 2017 #23
Early on, the Trumps made a deal with the devil (Putin) to stay rich. SunSeeker Jul 2017 #32
Interesting take on it bucolic_frolic Jul 2017 #38
"Right now, there are more Russians involved in this story than there are in War and Peace." LakeArenal Jul 2017 #40
It really is, Lake mcar Jul 2017 #45
Last Paragraph Especially. nt zentrum Jul 2017 #43
fear and sex!! onecent Jul 2017 #44
Russians have evidence of treason and breaking US sanctions. Jakes Progress Jul 2017 #47
I've been saying for months this point about "mortal fear" and Trump's indebtedness to the Russian WinkyDink Jul 2017 #48
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