Russia Monitor

Russia Monitor: Bloody Footprints In The Sands Of Saudi Arabia

  “Frequently people who go along a treasonous path do not know they are on a treasonous path until it is too late.” — John Brennan, former Director CIA, May 2017 By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/15/18) Dear Fellow Readers, In March 2017 House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) led the first committee to hold a public hearing on Trump-Russia corruption. Nunes has suffered repeated catastrophic failures while trying to quash and deflect any consideration of Trump-Russia, this was to be one of his most infamous failures. Nunes called then FBI Director James Comey as one of the…

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Russia Monitor: The Truth About Deadbeat Donnie Is Right In Front Of Our Disbelieving Faces

  Author David Cay Johnston on Trump: “The people he brought in, want to destroy the existing order, they HATE the United States of America. We have a president who is not a loyal citizen… There was an ongoing conspiracy… between the Kremlin and the Trump Administration.” Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston’s latest book, “It’s Even Worse Than You Think”, Video.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/8/18) Dear Fellow Readers, This is a summary collection of lengthy reporting and writing that takes us convincingly and in great detail through the history of Trump’s ‘comeback’ fortune…


Russia Monitor: The Boy Bully-In-Chief Brags It Up

  “He was simply a spy. A traitor to the motherland. He‘s simply a scumbag, that’s all.“ — Russian President Vladimir Putin (10/4/18). By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/4/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It is a common trait of strongman nationalists to enforce order and attack their opponents. This is more than political hardball and Trump has brought this to the U.S. Trump demurs and says, “many sides” and his cult nods, smiles, laughs and stand with him because they hate the same things — the same people. When Trump offers his “many sides” with a smirk and a shoulder shrug…


Russia Monitor: The Master Of Chaos Keeps Stirring The Pot

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/1/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The news cycle has been — and will be this next week — dominated by Trump SCOTUS nominee Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings including testimony accusing the nominee of sexual assault from Dr. Christine Blassey Ford. One important point that could well have been missed was an action taken by the American Bar Association to downgrade Kavanaugh’s judicial rating following concerns about ““his professional experience and the question of his freedom from bias and open-mindedness.” Questions were raised about his “ability to be balanced and fair”, one interviewee described him…


Russia Monitor: The Worried Witch Of The West Wing

“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election coming up in November against my administration. They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.” — Trump to UN Security Council (9/26/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/27/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Along with all the accusations of Russian hacking and claims of U.S. ‘readiness’ ,Trump offers his own news that it’s China we have to watch because “they do not want me to win”. It’s hard to take anything at face…


Russia Monitor: How The Hell We Got Here

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/24/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The news this cycle is complex. We’ll start with the most important which also turns out to be the easiest to present – the New York Times has produced an impactful summary of ‘how we got here’. So in this order: Timeline of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election Payments Made Before and After Donnie Jr.’s Trump Tower Meeting with Russians The Lying and ‘Correction’ by Trump’s Former (pleaded guilty) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Assistant – K.T. McFarland New Trump-Russia Book and a Chance to Directly Question…


Russia Monitor: Fun Facts — Trump Has Much In Common With A Mushroom, Water Is Wet & Republicans Are Corrupt

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/20/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The news is dominated by a negotiation over whether the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee will give a fair hearing to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford over her accusations that SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her during a party in the 1980’s. Eleven Republicans make up the majority on the committee; all of them are men. One in particular was on the committee when Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment perpetrated by now SCOTUS Judge Clarence Thomas. That hearing was a circus, a travesty of injustice to Hill and…


Russia Monitor: Ahh, The Music Of Breaking Broom Sticks!

    “Manafort has flipped! BOOM (the sound of broomsticks breaking the sound barrier crashing to earth – NO witches). The entire Trump family now in jeopardy. No pardon for Paul from Trump. No nice things to say about Mansfort by Rudy. Nightmares at the White House will be unending.” — Onetime Nixon White House attorney of Watergate fame John Dean tweet (9/14/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/17/18) Dear Fellow Readers, On Friday Trump campaign chariman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty. This is in addition to his recent conviction on eight federal criminal charges. Manafort’s plea deal says he…


Russia Monitor: No, Honestly, More & More Americans Understand Trump Is A Liar

“You’re a fucking liar.” — Former Trump lawyer John Dowd, “something he could not bring himself to say to the president”, from Bob Woodward’s ‘FEAR, Trump in the White House’.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/13/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Are Trump’s lies catching up with him? While most Americans somberly reflected on September 11 Trump managed to draw negative attention including much attention to past statements and claims about 9/11 over the years. We’re reminded of Trump’s complete lack of empathy, in this instance he was interviewed that same day by Alan Marcus for WWOR: What Trump & Clinton Did On…


Russia Monitor: The Waters Are Deep, Uncharted & Full Of Dead Carp

  “Well, for one thing, everyone’s wrapped up in the guessing game. But the underlying problem remains: Republicans don’t want to know what’s wrong and don’t want to conduct oversight. There can be no better reason to throw them out of power than their unwillingness to perform basic duties — defending our constitutional system of elected government…” — Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (9/7/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/10/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We’ll begin where we left off with the last edition with commentary on the New York Times Op-Ed written by someone senior in the Trump…


‘The stooge and the puppet-master’: Bill Maher Chats With Director Of New Documentary On Trump & Putin

    By Martin Cizmar The Raw Story (9/7/18) Jack Bryan, the director behind a new documentary on Trump’s Russian connections, Active Measures, appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night to discuss his movie. Bryan’s film starts with Putin’s playbook, and how he’s been able to undermine other democracies. It then goes into Trump’s history as a desperate and failing businessman. “It’s almost inevitable that they would figure in each other’s lives like this, the stooge and the puppet-master,” Maher said. “He’s the perfect mark, is he not?” Bryan explained that Russian intelligence looks for susceptible marks…


Russia Monitor: It’s Non-Stop Crazytown, Folks!

  “The greatest threat facing the United States is its own president.” — David Rothkopf, Washington Post opinion (7/4/18) ) ***** “Don’t testify. It’s either that or an orange jumpsuit.” — Quote in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear:Trump In The White House” regarding advice from then Trump attorney John Dowd to his client regarding the wisdom of testifying before Mueller investigation.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/6/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The nod for this column goes to Watergate journalist and author Bob Woodward with his new book, ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’. The book will be officially released on September 11 but…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin & Russpublicans Continue To Test Nation’s Gag Reflex

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/3/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We’ll look at two subjects related to Trump-Russia corruption. There are several recent polls that bode poorly for Trump. But we’ll start with an update on Trump’s “witch hunt”. Before we jump in let’s take note of the handful of Trumpsters that were either disinvited or rued for their attendance at the memorial service for Sen. John McCain: Three Men Unfit To Eulogize John McCain. In another sign of the shift, Trump was not invited to speak. In fact Trump was disinvited. Instead there was this lame attempt by Pence…


Mob Masters Run Trumputin’s White House, But For How Long?

With Trump in the White House kissing Putin’s ring in the Kremlin, we’re being colonized by Russia’s mobster oligarchs working in sync with our own corporate oligarchs. By Harvey Wasserman Reader Supported News (8/25/18) The Mueller Wave of crony convictions and confessions has barely begun. But one thing is clear: the term “collusion” vastly understates Trump’s oneness with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Mob. Collusion implies two independent parties working together. Trump is not separate from Putin. Trump is Putin’s employee. His debtor. His servant. His baby mama. Or, in CIA terms, Putin’s asset. Since the 1980s. The tsunami of proof…


Russia Monitor: Mafia Machinations & Russpublican Enablers

  “If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones. Which is the real danger … we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaking at a GOP fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-WA ) (8/18). By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/30/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Head of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is this edition’s poster-child for Russpublican party over country. The above quote was reported here at the time,…


Russia Monitor: As McCain Passes, Trumpland Sinks Deeper In Its Messy Moral Morass

  “I looked in Mr. Putin’s eyes and I saw three letters—a K, a G, and B.” — Max Boot, John McCain Leaves The Stage When We Need Him Most (8/25/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/27/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The above quote is from Max Boot, a conservative never-Trumper, writing for the Washington Post. Thanks to a reader, an abridged version is here: Conservative Columnist Calls On GOP To Step Up And Fill McCain’s Shoes By Opposing ‘amoral demagogue’ Trump. Boot offered his eulogy for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who died Saturday. Boot highlighted a major difference between McCain,…


Russia Monitor: Burning Up The Presses, Smoking The Internet & Melting Down Your Phone!

  COHEN PLEADS GUILTY, IMPLICATING PRESIDENT The New York Times headline (8/21/18) Current TIME magazine cover. “I think impeachment is now squarely going to define the midterms,” said Rob Stutzman, a Republican strategist who has been critical of Mr. Trump. “It’s inescapable now that Democrats can legitimately raise that issue.” The New York Times (8/21/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/22/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It is a gross understatement to say a lot happened in the news on Tuesday; it is not an understatement to say it was a bad day for Trump. So what did happen? Well, for…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin’s Feral Pack Of ‘Best People’ Howl & Gnaw On Their Hind Legs

“President Trump promised he’d only hire ‘the best people’. Did he?” — MSNBC news headline (8/15/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/16/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort has been in court facing 18 charges of bank fraud and lying to the IRS. We await the verdict: Paul Manafort’s Tax- And Bank-Fraud Case Is Heading To The Jury. If convicted, Manafort could go to prison for life. Not only did Manafort not testify, his defense team did not call a single witness. ***** There is much made of Manafort’s trial having no bearing on Trump or the Trump White House,…


Former Naval Intel Office Malcolm Nance On “The Plot To Destroy Democracy”

  “This man is in debt. He is in to Moscow in the way a that a crack who has stolen two kilos of crack is in debt to a Colombian cartel.” — Malcolm Nance [Editor’s Note: Get a dose of reality about the very real gathering civil war threat we are facing. This interview is well worth the time. — Mark L. Taylor] 31-Minute Video ***** The Plot To Hack America – Malcolm Nance [Editor’s Note: Malcolm Nance is a former Navy counter intelligence officer. I would take varying degrees of issue with some of his comments in this…


Russia Monitor: Russia’s Highly Placed American Asset

  “Malcolm Nance argues Trump became a ‘witting asset’ to Russia.” — Malcolm Nance, NBC Morning Joe (6/26/18): ‘The Plot to Destroy Democracy’ book release. Dear Fellow Readers, Three former intelligence officers came forward in the last few days to explain that Trump is a ‘witting asset’ of Russia. Russia has “successfully penetrated some of Florida’s election systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections” according to both Florida Senators, one Democrat and one Republican: “An 11 Year-old Girl Hacked A Replica Of The Florida Secretary Of State’s Website Within 10 Minutes – And Changed The (Election) Result”.  Meanwhile, House Intelligence Chair, the…


Russia Monitor: The Number One, Most Important Bigly Question For All Of Us

 “My client didn’t do it, and even if he did it, it’s not a crime.” — Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, FOX News (7/30/18″ By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Let’s put Giuliani’s comment in context. We’ll make use of a tweet by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA; minority leader House Intelligence Committee) from this week: The evolution of Trump on Russia: No meetings with any Russians. Ok, lots of low level meetings. Ok, high level meetings too, but about adoptions. Ok, not about adoptions, but Trump didn’t know. Ok, maybe he did, but no crime. Next? Ok,…


Russia Monitor: Lot’s Of Smoke. Lots Of Lies. And A Expanding Russpublican Complicity

  “Donald Trump says it’s okay for him to lie since “people agree with me.”” — Donald Trump on ABC News 2016   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/30/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The last two editions of the Russia Monitor covered Putin’s assurance that he did interfere in the U.S. election for the benefit of Trump: Trump Colluded With Putin & Russia To Help Him Get Elected. We now have Trump lawyer Michael Cohen saying Trump had advance knowledge of Donnie Jr.’s meeting with Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Hillary: Cohen Claims Trump Knew In Advance Of 2016 Trump Tower Meeting. “Michael…


Sssh! Nothing But Crickets From NRA On Maria Butina Case

  By Jamil Smith Rolling Stone (7/20/18) It typically takes a mass shooting to keep the National Rifle Association this quiet. As of this writing, the NRA has issued no public comment about this week’s arrest and indictment of Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist who had spent years ingratiating herself with the NRA, as well as Republican politicians and conservative notables. Butina is suspected of conspiracy to act as an unauthorized agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without the authorization of the Attorney General. And yet all we hear from the notoriously outspoken group is crickets. The…


34 Years Ago A KGB Defector Chillingly Predicted Trumputin’s America We Now Face

[Editor’s Note: We post this story and link to accompanying video with a caution. The interviewer was a member of the right wing conspiracy group John Birch Society. The KGB defector speaks in truly Cold War terms of the times, yet, the plan he outlines sounds disturbingly like what we are now facing in the U.S. Where the program described was framed in terms of a Marxist-Leninist coup that program could have easily been adjusted to the kleptocractic goals of Putin’s Russia. It’s a story and interview worth considering. — Mark L. Taylor]   By Paul Ratner Big Think (7/18/18)…


Russia Monitor — Another Week Of Freakin’ Flip, Flopping For Putin

  “Kompromat: He’s never said a bad word about Putin. He’s exercised a degree of self-control with respect to Russia that he doesn’t with anything else.” — Keith Darden, kompromat expert and professor at American University. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/26/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Or as a reader suggested, ‘Dear Comrades’… While highlighting this opening article from The New Yorker.: A Theory of Trump Kompromat. Is there anyone feeling good about knowing that Donald Trump — the kinda’, sorta’ president of the United States — is compromised by former KGB colonel — now Russian president — Vladimir Putin? Or watching Putin…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin Weather Forecast — Is That Rain Or Pee?

  “Listening to Trump, it was as if Franklin Roosevelt had announced after Pearl Harbor: “Hey, both sides are to blame. Our battleships in Hawaii were a little provocative to Japan — and, by the way, I had nothing to do with the causes for their attack. So cool it.” — Thomas Friedman, The New York Times (7/16/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/19/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It is with a degree of sadness that we report: We Just Watched A U.S. President Acting On Behalf Of A Hostile Power. Watching a shockingly docile and subservient Donald Trump embarrass his country…


Founded In Russian Interference, Trump’s Presidency Is Illegitimate

  It’s not a tough call. Donald Trump is president because Vladimir Putin wanted him to be. By Lucian K. Truscott IV Salon (7/14/18) t’s all right there in the indictment — day by day, hack by hack, theft by theft — how agents of the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, set out in the spring of 2016 to steal the election for Donald Trump. When you track the actions taken by Russian intelligence in the indictment with statements made by Trump and actions taken on his behalf by members of his campaign, the picture is as clear as an iPhone photo….


Russia Monitor: Could Russian Intel Agency Indictments Lead To Collusion Collision?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/16/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The case for Trump-Putin collusion has been made. How? Thank Roger Stone for one; we’ll come back to that. What happens now, is this a legal challenge, a political challenge, a public opinion challenge, a voter challenge? Yes. Thursday and Friday were remarkable days. On Thursday, FBI agent Peter Strzok testified for hours at a congressional hearing. For almost 24 hours this was a big news story as Russpublicans tried in vain to make Strzok a poster-boy for the Deep State, and we’ll better explain why. Keep in mind,…


Russian Monitor: Donald’s European Road Trip, Nixing NATO & Pleasing Putin

By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/12/18) Dear Fellow Readers, “…is captive to Russia!” Trump now openly revels in insulting trusted U.S. allies while touting his desire for a close relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. There is no more subtlety, no more debate about alternative meaning to the exact words he just used – it’s all about his Putin desire. If you missed a few days in the news cycle you might read the quote and think, ho-hum, or even womp, womp, some liberal is mouthing off again about Trump-Russia. If you were a guest on ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell…


Russia Monitor: Sen. Ron Johnson Joins Russpublican Pals For Home Office Visit

Wisconsin’s Own Senator Babushka By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/9/18) Dear Fellow Readers, If you live in Wisconsin, where did your Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) spend his July 4th celebration of American Independence Day? Daily Kos columnist Kerry Eleved posed the question for the day: What On Earth Compelled 8 GOP Lawmakers To Flee America For Moscow On July 4? Optics, schmoptics, the entire enterprise is atrocious. No Democrats invited. No U.S. media – which is now the pattern in Trump-Putin Russpublican get-togethers. The optics are atrocious: Eight top lawmakers of the American political party now in sole control of Congress running off to Moscow to meet…


Russia Monitor: Bipartisan Senate Committee Investigation Concludes Putin Gamed The 2016 Election

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/5/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The Senate Intelligence Committee had this to say: Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Assessment Of Russia Election Meddling. Not only did the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee conclude that Russia indeed meddled in the 2016 election, there was a strong conclusion that the Russians sought to benefit Trump, the meddling continues and this: “The finding that reveals Russia meddled in far more extensive ways than previously known is yet another strong rebuke to Trump and many of his allies who continue to cast doubt on the finding from the intelligence community that…


Russia Monitor: Relax, Russian Official Assures There Is Nothing To Worry About

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Russian TV continues to lay claim to Trump. We reported this a few weeks ago, the new refrain is “Trump is not a hero, he’s just OURS”. Who amongst us would argue with this claim?   Julia Davis‏ @JuliaDavisNews FollowFollow @JuliaDavisNews More Should I even bother to keep mentioning it every time they say “Trump is ours” on #Russia‘s state TV? Ah, heck…. Ukrainian panelist: “Stop calling people like Trump “our heroes,” then tearing them down when they don’t come through.” Host: “Trump is not a hero, he’s just OURS.” 11:05…


Russia Monitor: Our Very Own Weasel Walker Makes Big Time Big Money In Russia Scandal

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/28/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We’re feeling challenged to write anything that isn’t about Justice Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the Supreme Court. Even though this has been anticipated for many months, it is still a shock given the timing. With nary a blink a hypocritical eye, Senate Majority Leader McConnell offered his assurance that the Senate would promptly vote on a Trump nominee this fall. And the response from Democrats? Do you find this tweet from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reassuring? Richard Blumenthal‏Verified account @SenBlumenthal FollowFollow @SenBlumenthal More Earth-shaking&gut-wrenching. Departure of Justice Kennedy…


Russia Monitor: Rushing Russians Here, There & Everywhere

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/25/18) Dear Fellow Readers, In spite of all Trump’s distractions, Trump-Russia and the risk to Trump has not gone away, in fact it’s the opposite. One byproduct or his Trump-Russia exposure is the frequency of times he tweets “witch hunt”; like the number of lies he tells, both are on the increase. Though not without impact as public opinion of special counsel Robert Mueller continues to erode. Trump-Russia and the corruption of the 2016 election has not gone away, in fact it’s clear it wasn’t even the first use of the Russian game…


Russia Monitor: The Monster Conservatives Have Warned About (He’s One Of Their Own)

“What’s most significant is this: The Trump administration immigration officials have become exactly the kind of monsters that conservatism has always warned against. This illustrates something crucial about this administration. It is not populated by conservatives. It is populated by anti-liberal trolls. There’s a difference.” — David Brooks writing for New York Times (6/19/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/21/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The party of Trump – ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’. What single word would you choose – cruelty? As we are pulling this together the breaking news is about Trump’s willingness to sign an executive order ending family…


Russia Monitor: Trump Pal Manafort Follows 2,000 Innocent Children Into Jail

“I call this a concentration camp for kids because that’s exactly what it’s turning out to.” — Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, 6/15/18 MSNBC Live with Stephanie Rule   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/18/18) Dear Fellow Readers, There is an evil man who presumes to have powers above the law, he believes he can do whatever he wants without consequence, he believes he can punish as he sees fit. Yet somehow, be it DACA or anything related to his Wall – he presents himself as weak and incapable to change the ugly, punitive policies he enacts. ‘Your…


Russia Monitor: Trump Calling Up His Army Of Trolls, Haters & Racists

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/14/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Good news – Caleb Frostman won the Wisconsin 1st state Senate district special election, winning a seat that had previously voted for Trump by a wide margin. Meanwhile it is clear the GOP is the party of Trump. Before we dive into the specifics, let’s consider why this is important. Trump believes he can get away with it — that Trump-Russia will not stick. He will achieve greatness and rake in the cash along the way – the greatest con in the history of American politics. Trump doesn’t have…


Russia Monitor: Vladimir Cashes In Bigly On His Investment

“Today crystallizes precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected. For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it’s safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams.” — Ned Price, a former CIA analyst and the National Security Council spokesman under then-President Barack Obama ***** “With his “no collusion” chant, Trump is like an embezzler who yells, “There was no murder”—and asserts that is the only relevant benchmark.” — Author David Corn writing for Mother Jones, June 2018     By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/11/18) Dear Fellow Readers, In…


Russia Monitor: The Legal Contortions Of ‘Howdy Rudy’ And The Constitutional Crisis Already In Motion

  “In Jan 2017, I gave a Putin’s Wish List” to explain what he most wanted from Trump. Lifting sanctions was #1, but Flynn got caught & blew it up. A trade war with NATO allies was #2.” — Russian dissident Garry Kasparov tweet (6/1/18).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/4/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump and his lawyer, Giuliani, set out each day to convince us of two things: Trump has now advanced beyond no collusion with Russia, to; Clinton and Democrats colluding with Russia. In complete absence of evidence, Trump tweets: “There was No Collusion with Russia…


Russia Monitor: Tapes? Could There Really Be Tapes? Trump Lawyer May Provide Accidental Public Service

“Trump is like a magician pulling one gaudy illusion after another out of his hat, pockets and possibly bodily orifices.” By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/31/18) Dear Fellow Readers, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” — Former FBI Director James Comey, June 2017 Senate Intelligence hearing.  And so there may be. We’ll take a look at: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s status. Trump’s ever-evolving Trump-Russia corruption self defense. What works for Trump… Let’s start with Cohen: Michael Avenatti Says Trump’s Voice Is On Cohen Tapes That Are Unprivileged: ‘This whole thing appears to stink’ Yes, there are tapes – apparently. Early headlines,…