Russia Monitor

Russia Monitor: There’s A Reason The Word Treason Makes More & More Sense For Trumptin

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/22/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Russia attacks the U.S., interfering in U.S. elections for the benefit of Trump, and this president offers no condemnation, no warnings against future attacks and offers absolutely no steps to protect us. It’s as if Trump is in bed with the Russians. This can’t be said with enough emphasis: Trump Is Ignoring The Worst Attack On America Since 9/11. This from Max Boot writing for The Washington Post: “Imagine if, after 9/11, the president had said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon could have been attacked by “China” or “lots of…

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Russia Monitor: A Growing Collusion Collision And The Question Of Treason

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/19/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Some Americans need Trumputin and Russpublican corruption to be as black & white as Saturday’s Russia 4-0 shutout of the U.S. hockey team at the Olympics. Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has published the 2015/2016 year book for the Russian troll farm, at the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, we now have it in black & white. To be clear on just what happened we’ll put the events in context of Trump and associate denials to date. On Friday afternoon Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment  of 13…


Russia Monitor: Russpublican Party Complicit In Trump-Russia Betrayal

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/15/18) Dear Fellow Readers, There is maturity to reporting on Trump-Russia corruption. With maturity comes breadth – it’s not just Trump-Russia corruption, the entire Republican party and leadership is now clearly and heavily implicated: Republican Party Leaders Conceal Russian Efforts to Undermine Government. Elliott Cohen, writing for Buzzflash at Truthout, offers that Russia is doing to the U.S. what it has done to Ukraine and other former Soviet states. “In fact, there are signs that Russia has implemented the strategy of “financing people in our governments to undo our governments,” not merely in Ukraine…


Russia Monitor: A Looooong Line Of Dominoes

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/12/18) Dear Fellow Readers, There are two threads that warrant attention for this edition of the Russia Monitor. There is a flurry of mixed news related to:  1) The court of public opinion or possible prosecution routes forward for Trump-Russia corruption, which we’ll come to second. We’ll begin with 2) a more complex story showing how challenging it is to prove Trump-Russia corruption specifics. Life would be easier if there was a group photo taken at Donnie Trump Jr.’s June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians holding up a hand-written, signed agreement saying…


Russia Monitor: Our Future Hinges On Three Important Questions For Our Future…

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/8/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Are we all on board with getting to the bottom of what happened during our 2016 election? Is everybody as cooperative as Trump when he says he’s “looking forward” to meeting with Special Counsel Mueller? Is there more to learn with Russian influence in our election or with Trump-Russia corruption? Do we face any risk of interference in our 2018 elections? Three questions for the nation: 1) Do we risk interference in the 2018 elections? 2) Is there more to learn about the 2016 elections 3) Are we all…


The Russia Monitor: From Trump To Nunes To Paul Ryan To Russian Pal Carter Page, The GOP Is All About ‘Party Over Country’

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/5/18) Dear Fellow Readers, House Intelligence Cahir Rep. Devin Nunes’s (R-CA) memo is a belly-flop, not a blockbuster. The entire exercise was designed to give Hannity and FOX News a piece of paper to wave around as some kind of vindication for all things Trump-Russia. It was a piece of paper, and Hannity did wave it. Beyond that it was an embarrassment … a joke. Sadly it’s not that simple. The entire exercise was meant to undermine the investigation of Trump-Russia corruption, Trump money laundering and obstruction of justice by attacking the credibility of…


Russia Monitor: Trump White House Gang Has Become The Nation’s “Normalizer Of Corruption”

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/1/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Which are we – a country where rule of law applies? Or a country ruled by loyalty oaths to Trump? Trump-Russia Obstruction of Justice is now a full-on GOP initiative. Is this important? Let’s answer this question and also Trump responses to Russia, GOP efforts to shield Trump and understand what happened as well as steps to protect future elections: Pompeo: ‘I have every expectation’ Russia Will Meddle In 2018 Midterms. Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, offered this: “”I have every expectation that they will continue to try and do…


A ‘Commoner’ Writes: Enough With Trump-Russia, Already!

Dan Peak’s piece on Trump’s so called “obstruction of justice”  reads to me like just one more lame edition of the sour grapes tradition of the fading Democratic Party who just can’t seem to believe that Hillary Clinton, all by her little self, destroyed her chances of winning the White House, with no need for foreign interference, thank you. But how convenient for Hillary and the totally corrupt DNC to pull Russia meddling out of their vast bag of tricks to avoid the obvious conclusions: The Party is rotten, corporate controlled, and failing. Mr. Peak’s piece also conveniently ignores the…


Russia Monitor: Where Oh Where To Begin? It’s Another Full Deck!

  By Dan Peak Commoner Call (1/29/18) Dear Fellow Readers, What is the biggest news of the cycle? Where to begin? This is easier to decide if the question is what was the biggest category of news? The answer would be Trump-Russia corruption obstruction of American justice. In addition, maybe we can cover other categories and news like confirmation of the U.S. intelligence services statements of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Maybe an update about new sanctions against Russia imposed by Congress and finally ready for enactment. Maybe we could cover the latest on House Intelligence chair Rep. Devin Nunes’s…


Russia Monitor: A Bumper Year For Lawyers As The Noose Around The White House Tightens

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/24/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump-Russia corruption is a very good thing for one group of people – lawyers. This cycle has been a torrent of legal news; first up – Mueller to question Trump in Trump-Russia corruption investigation. The Washington Post reported: Mueller Seeks To Question Trump About Flynn And Comey Departures. While there is much discussion about how Mueller’s questioning of Trump might happen, let’s start with the discussion of the intent. “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is seeking to question President Trump in the coming weeks about his decisions to oust national…


Russia Monitor: Rub-A-Dub-Dub … Scrubbing The Dirt From Russian Money Deals

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/22/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump obstruction of justice or corruption in concert with Russia? Looks like it. Trump money laundering? Certainty. Money laundering is about taking money earned illegally and scrubbing the taint and origin so the money can be used within the legitimate business and banking world. Money laundering isn’t just about the complex mechanics, it’s about the criminals that are the source of the money – narcotics, arms dealing, pornography and human trafficking and yes, corruption. Corrupt governments are one source for money laundering as in the revelations in the last…


Russia Monitor: Bannon Bluster, Mafia Money & Coming Mid-Term Stink Bombs

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/18/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Congratulations to Democrat Patty Schachtner who won a special election to fill the Wisconsin State Senate Seat District 10 on Tuesday. Schachtner won her race 55-44 in a district won by Trump by 17 points. Special election results bode well for Democrats. Recent Trump-Russia corruption news further tips events against Republicans and it is now expected Trump-Russia corruption will be headline news in the lead-up to 2018 mid-term elections. We’ll explain this once we cover the news. Former Trump Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Is Subpoenaed … Twice Tuesday, January 16, 2017…


Russia Monitor: Get Ready – Putin Has Plenty More Up His Sleeve, But Trump Can’t Be Bothered

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/15/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Either the Russians have decided to leave us alone or Trump’s personality frailties keep him from confronting Vladimir Putin or safeguarding the US from further intrusions. What do you think? We have this story from The Hill: Russia-Linked Hackers Targeting US Senate. Using the same approach employed to hack French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign in May 2017, Russian hackers are targeting the U.S. Senate: “Russian hackers from the group known as “Fancy Bear” are targeting the U.S. Senate with a new espionage campaign, according to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro….


Russia Monitor: Good For Her – Sen. Feinstein Lets The American People See For Themselves

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/11/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The Trump-Russia collusion news of this cycle is dominated by the release of the transcript of the Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) unilaterally released the transcript on Tuesday. The testimony – 312 pages long – is the result of Simpson’s appearance before committee investigators for ten hours in August 2017. Now you can be an active citizen and read it for yourself. There are many news outlets offering access to the full document. The best resource I’ve found so…


Russia Monitor – Bannon Sums It Up: It’s Treasonous, Unpatriotic Bad Sh*t

  “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad sh*t, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.” — Steve Bannon referring to Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2106 meeting with Russians in Trump Tower. (From Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury”.)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/8/8) Dear Fellow Readers, Oh my! It’s the family gathering where everything comes out by way of yelling, screaming and finger pointing. All the slights, hurts and disagreements that have been collected, held onto and nurtured for years come pouring…


Russia Monitor: Time For Rascally Republicans To Stop With The Wabbit Chasing

  “You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.” — Martin Luther (Quote highlighted by former-FBI Director James Comey.) ***** “A generation ago, Republicans sought to protect President Richard Nixon by urging the Senate Watergate committee to look at supposed wrongdoing by Democrats in previous elections. The committee chairman, Sam Ervin, a Democrat, said that would be “as foolish as the man who went bear hunting and stopped to chase rabbits.”” — Glenn Simpson, founder Fusion GPS Op-Ed for NY Times, January 2, 2018   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call…


Russia Monitor: On To 2018 … And Continued Trump-Russia Investigation

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/1/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Happy New Year! Out with 2017, in with 2018 – and in spite of Trump’s lawyers’ assurances, the Trump-Russia investigation continues. Maybe in spite of… There are a lot of Trump apologists. We’ll end with questions of the Republican grand Faustian bargain, but first, let’s take a look at some of the anti-Mueller (Special Counsel Robert Mueller) push back. Where better to start than with the Clyde Crashcup of the Republicans, a character so partisan that even his own party doesn’t understand his actions – Rep. David Nunes (R-CA;…


Russia Monitor: Perfecting The Art Of Taking Down A Government Without A Shot

  (Editor’s Note: Dan Peak is taking a few days off so we will have a bit of a different format in his absence. The excellent article below from The New Republic provides much needed context to the impact of the Trump-Russia investigation. – Mark L. Taylor) Weaken From Within By Hannes Grassegger & Mikael Krogerus The New Republic (December 2017) Let us review, if only in brief, some of the facts as they are presently understood. Two years ago, a shadowy company based in Russia called the Internet Research Agency began buying Facebook ads in bulk. An estimated 11.4 million people across the…


Russia Monitor: From Smoke To Fire, Trump-Russia Inquiry Getting More & More Serious

By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/25/17) Dear Fellow Readers, As Donald Trump’s pal, Vladimir would say:   “счастливого Рождества!” (Merry Christmas!) It’s that time of year and even Donald Trump is in the Christmas spirit, telling his already obscenely rich Mar-a-Lago pals, “You all just got a lot richer.“ But apparently – despite the season –  it’s not all Merry for Trump; he still possesses his talent for lashing out: Trump Lashes Out at FBI Deputy Director McCabe After Report He Will Retire Soon. The spirit of Christmas includes his vile lies directed at FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who is  McCabe…


Russia Monitor: Putin’s All-Purpose Fool Tool

“He knows how to handle an asset and that’s what he’s doing with the president.” – Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper referring to Putin’s relationship with Trump. (CNN – 12/18/17)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/21/17) Dear Fellow Readers, COLLUSION! As NBC News reported Tuesday, soon after Trump became the Republican nominee senior FBI officials briefed him on counterintelligence. including a very specific warning that foreign adversaries “would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign”. These briefings are common practice with presidential nominees. Candidates are encouraged to report such contacts: FBI Warned Trump In 2016 Russians…


Russia Monitor: What Will Donald Leave In America’s Stocking This Week?

“He (Trump) is so compromised with Russia that he is willing to outright lie for Putin because he is bought and paid for or he is completely disconnected from any sense of reality.” “hiredman”, writing on Saturday (12/16/17)for the Daily Kos By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/28/17) Dear Fellow Readers, It looks like we are in for a BIG week with Trump-Russia collusion. As reported Saturday in The Hill, the recurring story is that Trump is prepared to fire special counsel Robert Mueller as early as this upcoming week: Rumor Is Trump Could Fire Mueller Before Christmas. “Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said Friday…


Russia Monitor: Sex & Russia – Be Prepared For The Unthinkable

“It is almost a maxim of the Trump era that the bounds of the unthinkable continuously shrink.” – Jonathan Chait for New York magazine, 12/11/17 By Dan Peak The Commoner Call 912/14/17) Dear Fellow Readers, In his victory speech after winning the Alabama senate seat previously held by attorney general Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III, Doug Jones quoted Dr. Martin Luther King: “The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.” We may not know the ‘how’ or the ‘when’, but it’s clear that history will remember Trump for what he is, and history will not be kind…


Russia Monitor: Could Trump Eventually Be Undone By A Gift From Barack Obama?

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/11/17) Dear Fellow Readers, This has been a relatively quiet Trump-Russia news cycle, though there are always new developments. As an example, there is more to the Donnie Jr. June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort,  Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and various Russians. It would take a herculean effort to count the number of times Donnie Jr. has lied about the communications prior to the meeting, who was present at the meeting, what was discussed or what, if anything, happened after the meeting. So it’s no…


Russia Monitor: One By One, The Old Trump-Russia Defenses Tumble

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/7/17) Dear Fellow Readers, The Trump-Russia collusion story continues to grow and, how about that: There really were Russians involved all along! All the old Trumpian denials have crumbled: Claims of “no contact” is now old news as we are way, way past that. Assurances of “no collusion” is growing threadbare. Now we have Trump team, officials and lawyers promising that “nothing illegal” took place. Collusion Maybe, But Nothing Illegal … yet With the indictment of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, the battle of words has shifted to what happens next. Opinions…


Russia Monitor: Putin’s Revenge – Tantamount To War

“He’s a man obsessed with TV.” (Sound like someone else we know?) (Editor’s Note: Russia Monitor columnist Dan Peak is taking a few days off. In the meantime, I strongly encourage all readers wondering just how the Trump-Russia mess came to be to watch these two PBS Frontline specials whic help to put things in a meaningful context. _ Mark L. Taylor) FRONTLINE tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and the critical backstory – the motive – of why he decided to target an American election. PBS Frontline:…


Russia Monitor: The Winds Are Shifting Across Trumpenstan

  “Remember, we have elections coming up next year. The uniform view of US intelligence is unambiguous, and if you don’t view it as an existential threat then you’re willing, I think, to sacrifice democracy.” – Steven Harper, Moyers & Company By Dan Peaks The Commoner Call (12/1/17) Dear Fellow Readers, The good news – virtually every Trump-Russia collusion poll you can find reports two-thirds of Americans believe this is serious and want a full investigation. If we assume a good part of the remaining one-third are Trump voters who still give Trump overwhelming support, who else might see democracy-at-risk…


Russia Monitor: Lies Wrapped Within Fibs, Dressed Up As Coincidence & Gift Wrapped As Denials

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/27/17) “Everything the Trump campaign told you about the connections between Trump and Russia was a lie.”  – Steven Harper, Moyers & Company Dear Fellow Readers, Lies, all lies. NPR reports Putin says, “those aren’t Russian forces in Crimea”. Trump says, “There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” Trump-Russia. Maybe a good analogy is a complex paint-by-numbers that is presented one cell at a time. For the longest time the exercise is filling in seemingly random blotches of color. With persistence there is a good idea…


Loose & Stupid Lips: What Trump Really Told Russian Ambassador Kislyak After Comey Was Canned & How He Harmed Nation

By Howard Blum Vanity Fair (11/22/17) On a dark night at the tail end of last winter, just a month after the inauguration of the new American president, an evening when only a sickle moon hung in the Levantine sky, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters flew low across Jordan and then, staying under the radar, veered north toward the twisting ribbon of shadows that was the Euphrates River. On board, waiting with a professional stillness as they headed into the hostile heart of Syria, were Sayeret Matkal commandos, the Jewish state’s elite counterterrorism force, along with members of the technological…


Russia Monitor: Will They Get To The President, Jared? We Sure As Hell Hope So

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/23/17) Dear Fellow Readers, “Do you think they’ll get the president?” – Kushner asked a friend, according to a person briefed on the conversation. I do. Kudos to Fresh Air this week. On Monday (11/20) the show ran How The Panama Papers Reveal Illicit Money Networks. Then on Tuesday (11/21) they aired Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says ‘Full Picture Is One Of Collusion’. In broad strokes these are the same story and are the key to Trump’s greatest risk with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation – his business longstanding and extensive, shadowy relationship with…


Russia Monitor: So How Long Has The Trump-Russia Mutual Enchantment Gone On? A Lot Longer Than We Realized

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/20/17) Dear Fellow Readers, How long have we lived with Trump and the Trump-Russia story? We have lived with Trump for one year since the election. We have lived with Trump for two years if we consider when he announced his candidacy for the presidency. Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, what we’re seeing with special counsel Robert Mueller’s broader investigation to consider Trump’s business dealings with Russians takes us back ten years. Let’s open with that question, how long, and end with one attempt at an answer. Trump Has Us Deeply Divided…


Russia Monitor: The Trump/Putin Threat From Within Growing Clearer With Every News Cycle

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/16/17) Dear Fellow Readers, The big Trump-Russia news this cycle has been the revelations about Donnie Trump Jr. communicating and coordinating with WikiLeaks in an effort to advantage Trump in the 2016 election. We’ll dig into this more but the important take-aways are the willingness of Donnie Jr. and the Trump campaign to win at all costs and the final confirmation of WikiLeaks as a hostile intelligence service. This second point is well summarized by Trump’s own CIA Director Mike Pompeo as, “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like…


Russia Monitor: Who You Going To Trust, Me, Or Your Lying Eyes?

Is ‘A Lie Told Often Enough Becomes Truth’ Really True? By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/13/17) Dear Fellow Readers, As the Trump-Russia story unspools ‘No contact’ becomes ‘no collusion’ becomes ‘it wasn’t me’…  Trump campaign, staff and associates lies are a moving target. Once a set of lies are dispelled they pick up the goal posts, move them down the field and issue new lies. Except for Trump, he tries to hold the goal posts in one place as if his lies alone are the force of nature that will win the battle for hearts and minds over Trump-Russia…


WARNING: Russian Cyber Warfare Is An Immediate Threat To World Democracy

  By Natalie Nougayrède The Guardian (11/4/11) Anyone in Europe and Britain worried about the state of US democracy should take time to watch the videos of this week’s congressional hearings over Russian online meddling in the 2016 presidential election. If the words “checks and balances” mean anything, this surely is it. My favourite moment is when senator Dianne Feinstein leans into the microphone and says sternly to the Facebook, Twitter and Google representatives(whose evasive answers have exasperated her): “You don’t get it! This is a very big deal. What we’re talking about is cataclysmic. It is cyber warfare. A major foreign power with sophistication and ability got…


Russia Monitor: The Incompetent Gang That Couldn’t Collude Straight

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/9/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump-Russia: The gang that couldn’t collude straight! There are two goals for the column today: 1) examples of the breadth and depth of history of Trump-Russia, and; 2) a closer look at Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trump campaign foreign policy adviser. Imagine, we’ve come so far – we can now consider breadth and depth of Trump-Russia collusion, well past the “what about this meeting between…?”. As The Washington Post notes the whole issue of “did they or didn’t” they collude with Russia is pretty obvious: The Trump Administration Is Up…


Russia Monitor: Threatening Totalitarianism Ratchets Up The Stakes Of Mueller Probe

  He is a fake president trying to force his authoritarian fake reality upon the nation. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/6/17) Dear Fellow Readers, David Roberts of Vox poses an excellent question, “what if Mueller proves his case and it doesn’t matter?”. Greg Sargent of The Washington Post offers the same concern as he addresses the real risk we face with Trump and Trump-Russia collusion: New Reporting Deals Another Big Blow To Trump’s Dangerous Russia Spin. “… that the alleged Russian sabotage itself, irrespective of whether his (Trump) campaign colluded with it, definitively never happened at all and, by extension, doesn’t…


Russia Monitor: Is The White House Scared, Yet?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/2/17 Dear Fellow Readers, What happened and why is it important? Special Counsel Robert Mueller Charges Three Former Trump Campaign Officials Mueller is serious. Mueller is organized. Mueller’s actions are very bad news for Trump, his campaign staff, White House staff and associates. Trump is very pissed and his support groups are working hard to deflect and attack. This is very big news and very important regarding Trump-Russia and interference in our 2016 election. The timing is earlier than expected and the impact sends a clear signal. Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Paul…


Russia Monitor: It’s Mueller Time!

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/30/17) Dear Fellow Readers, A few months ago Keith Olbermann on his ‘The Resistance’ show said we’d wake up one morning and it would all be over. We’d see news images of lots of activity at the White House and all of a sudden… Trump would be gone. This is not that announcement but on Friday night, just after 8 PM Central CNN announced: First On CNN: First Charges Filed In Mueller Investigation. “A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller,…


Russia Monitor – Russia’s Most Successful Export: America’s New ‘Normal’

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/25/17) Dear Fellow Readers, There is one thing you can count on in US politics right now – it is predictably unpredictable. On second thought, that is too optimistic. What’s predictable is that when the dust of the latest meaningless dust-up settles we’re going to get screwed again. Maybe a little… likely a lot. We dodged a fusillade with health care when the GOP Congress motivated by ideology and money couldn’t agree to agree with themselves on how to screw us best. Much like health care we have no idea what rewriting the…


Russia Monitor: Golly-Gee-Willikers, Where To Next, Comrade?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/23/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump-Russia. What happened? What needs to happen now? Trump continues to deny Russian involvement in aiding and abetting his election and may well be the single person in this administration clinging to that notion. To do otherwise would challenge his self-imagined mythical victory mandate. Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III blandly acknowledges that no steps have been taken to prevent the ongoing Russian influence in our politics. He admits this with a golly-gee-willikers, possum-in-the-headlight look of vacant-minded innocence as if he can’t imagine who should be doing something; as if…


Russia Monitor: Wonder Boy & Other Trumpland Geniuses Crater

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/19/17) Dear Fellow Readers, Why did Jared Kushner meet with Sergei Gorkov and why is the meeting important? It’s important – this is at the core of Trump-Russia with a focus on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump’s govern-for-personal-enrichment operation that extends across his family, advisers and cabinet. It will take a few links to fill out the picture, here’s the roadmap: Sergei Gorkov was the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB) when he met with Kushner in December 2016 VEB is a Russian state investment bank that funds Putin projects Gorkov is a…