misssylviadrake (misssylviadrake) wrote,

27 new judges & A very good relationship with Russia


Today our health care system is threatened with a total disaster. Trump is putting pressure on all republicans to repeal the Afforable [Health]Care act. Simply repealing will throw 34 million people off and substitute decent insurance for junk insurance (a pretense of covering what is needed). At the same time voter suppression is working: thousands of people are apparently trying to get their names off the voter rolls lest their private information (about who they voted for among other things) is given to Trump and his agents.

In my district, Don Beyer has introduced legislation, which, were it to pass, would restore the US democracy, specifically proportionate representation for all levels of voting. He is a good man. I come across Trump supporters of course. Most of the time they do not identify themselves. As Naked Capitalism showed and also a story in the Washingto n Post in fact the poor whites did not give Trump his win, it was wealthy whites, older people (what fools those on limited incomes), white people and what's wanted is a white nationalist state for the wealthy to thrive in.  This is understood; it was understood by Romney in his famous taped speech. Trump is performing ethnic cleansing one by one: by deportation, by imprisonment, by suppressing the vote, by allowing cops and other people who need only say they are scared of black people (brown, Muslim) to kill them with impunity. The progressive populist's latest issue puts before us the crazy reality that Dylann Roof who slaughtered 9 elderly black people in a church is not regarded as insane. How is this? why is he not regarded as insane?  Such people do not want anyone voting who is not white.  The story is online: Hal Crowther, a Whiter Shade of Pale

While the relationship of Trump and all his business enterprises and associates (now heads of agencies) might seem a distraction from this (and the attempt at voter suppression, from Trump's not filling jobs across social service agencies, and from his own nomination of 27 of the most reactionary judges we've seen in decades) --

Trump may not be filling hundreds of high and middle level appointments in agencies supposed to do things for the public good (because he wants these parts of the gov't to rot), but as for judges he's appointed 27 judges at mid level positions -- 3X Obama's total, more than double Bush, Reagan's and Clinton combined. They are all horrendous: one man called Kennedy a prostitute for allowing sodomy to no longer be a crime.

NONETHELESS, -- THAT TRUMP ASSERTED HE THOUGHT WE WILL HAVE A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA -- is also intensely important. It explains how in the early 1990s when no bank would lend Trump or his businesses any money, they stayed afloat. Again why he will not release his tax returns. Why he is now seeking to fire the new investigative attorney, is incensed at Sessions. The Republicans may not impeach him, but the more people who know about why Trump asserted he will have a very good relationship with Russia (and he with Putin) the more likely he can be toppled from power finally.

Thus I bring back into this blog the Dutch documentary which gives the world-wide network background for these people's operations: I bring back the Dutch documentary about Trump's idea we "will have a very good relationship with Russia" (oh his companies have had one with key powerful people there it seems for quite a while) plus the new details that have come out.  It is misguided finally to regard Trump as simply incompetent: he is competent enough for what he needs and ruthless and amoral enough to destroy whatever stands in his way

Here is DemocracyNow.org, the only news organization to report the latest details:

From Transcript one:

But if you want to get at the roots of the collusion, you have to look at where Trump’s links with Russia actually begin. And they don’t begin with Putin. They certainly don’t begin with the 2016 campaign. They begin with long-standing financial linkages that Trump has, going back to the ’90s, even earlier, to Russian oligarchs who have been pouring money into his real estate and into his casino business for quite some time.

AMY GOODMAN: Lay out exactly. And if you can talk about how perhaps this relates to who was in the room with Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump’s oldest son, and Kushner, his son-in-law, as well as Paul Manafort, his campaign manager at the time, when they had this meeting that they’ll all have to be speaking before a Senate committee about next week?

SEVA GUNITSKY: Sure. And I want to say, this is not just small change from Russia, despite what Donald Trump says. This has been hundreds of millions of dollars. Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr., said—almost a decade ago, he said that "Russians make up a disproportionate number of our investors. We have money pouring in from Russia." That’s a direct quote. So, he has been a sort of perfect vehicle for Russian investments.

And if you look at the people who were in the room in that now-infamous meeting last June, then it’s clear that there are many linkages to Russian money. We have people like the business partner of Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch that Trump has been doing business with for years. We have people like Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is a lawyer for a company called Prevezon, which was accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through New York City real estate. So, it’s not a surprise that these names keep coming up, because this is definitely something that has linked Trump to Russia for a long, long time.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: And could you talk about, Seva, the 2012 Magnitsky Act and what role it plays here?

SEVA GUNITSKY: Sure. So, the 2012 Magnitsky Act was a result of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who was investigating a company in Russia that was linked to some illegal activities by Russian oligarchs. And when he found out what happened, he was put in jail, and he was murdered in jail. So, in 2012, the Obama administration, as a response, put in an act, the Magnitsky Act, that essentially prevented wealthy Russians from doing business in the U.S. And the Russian oligarchs despise this act. They really would like to see it canceled.

And the lawyer who met with Don Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, she had been lobbying against the Magnitsky Act for years ....

From Transcript two: Moglivech is a key figure in the Dutch documentary:

You write about a trip that Trump made back in 1987 to Moscow during the Gorbachev years. Why did he make that trip?

CRAIG UNGER: Well, this was his first trip to Russia. And they were—there was sort of a wooing going on in which he was hoping to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. It’s been a dream that’s been resurrected again and again and has never happened. But during that time, he first—for the first time, you see his presidential ambitions surface, immediately when he comes back. And he goes up to New Hampshire afterwards. He’s met a lot of powerful people in Russia. He goes up to New Hampshire as if he’s dipping his toes in the presidential waters for the presidential primary coming up in '88. And he puts out a full-page ad in The New York Times and Washington Post in which he puts forth the same kind of foreign policy stuff he's been saying during the presidential race and since he’s become president, attacking Western Europe, attacking NATO, and, frankly, putting forth a policy that appears to be in Russia’s interest more than ours.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, you point out in the article, as well, that since Trump has been president—so, just in the last six months—about 70 percent of the sales in his buildings have gone to shell companies, where we don’t know—we don’t know the identity.

CRAIG UNGER: Well, exactly. And that’s one question where you have to wonder how much—is this just a free-for-all where he’s laundering massive amounts of Russian money? And it’s the kind of thing that, frankly, as a reporter, that’s where you see your limits. It’s very hard to penetrate shell companies, and you need a subpoena. And I’m hoping that’s a direction special counsel Mueller will go after.

AMY GOODMAN: Now, that’s very interesting, because—especially in light of this New York Times interview done yesterday in the Oval Office, when Trump basically talked about his red line. He’s furious that Jeff Sessions, you know, recused himself, and which led to Robert Mueller being appointed. But his red line is going from Russia to his own finances. But you and our previous guest are linking the two.

CRAIG UNGER: Absolutely. He is effectively saying he wants to obstruct justice. It’s as simple as that. There’s no other interpretation.

AMY GOODMAN: So talk about some other of the people that you write about—for example, Semion Mogilevich and Felix Sater.

CRAIG UNGER: Right. Well, Mogilevich has been probably the most powerful mobster in Russia for more than 30 years. He has his—according to FBI files, he has his fingers in everything from prostitution to drug running to elaborate stock fraud scandals and so forth. But what he is renowned for is money laundering. And he was so successful at it, he was known as the "brainy don," because he has a degree in economics, and he’s come up with some elaborate schemes that seem rather byzantine and complicated, but they’re very, very lucrative ...

I urge anyone who comes to this blog to take the time to watch this material and and/or read all three transcripts. Now if you have time, read this the way this reactionary republican from rural Ohio presents what he is about to do as benign reason and good for all in my comments section.

What I find so important and must be included in this blog how Johnson spins what's happened to present a totally false view. He presents himself as a good man up against power-mad people who are ruining the economy. If you read nothing else, and assumed that the US gov't must be run by good people, have been told businessmen are good people, and read nothing else (say watch Fox News which is a perpetual celebration of Trump as president, as presidential), you might regard the stories of the NYTimes or Post or other mainstream publications as lies, as fake news. And the problem here is compounded because yesterday say neither the Post or the NYTimes told about what has been revealed in detail about how Trump and his agents are all gangsters; the way he stayed afloat after the early 1990s when no bank would fund him was to find funding in the gangster worlds of Russia and elsewhere so I can see that a person in Ohio turning on Amy Goodman would think she's nuts, not just extremist but a crazed liar.

Miss Drake
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