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Russia Monitor: When It Rains, It Pours And Pours And Pours And…

  “I love treason, but I hate a traitor.” — Gaius Julius Caesar ***** “I think people would revolt.” — Donald Trump during Reuters interview in the Oval Office (12/11/18) ***** “When you come at the king, you best not miss.” — Omar Little, drug dealer character on The Wire.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/13/18) Dear Fellow Readers, These three quotes reflect where we now stand with Trump-Russia and what must be done. How deep does Trump’s guilt run? How much shit will Trump throw at the fan to fight the consequences? Will the rule of law prevail or…

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Russia Monitor: Bumbling ‘Individual-1’ Bangs Up Against Grim Reality

  “This has been the most consequential day of the Mueller investigation.” — NBC News investigator Ken Dilanian (12/7/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/10/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, guilty of a federal crime of violating campaign finance law and there is proof of collusion between Trump and Russia. There were three different court filings by federal prosecutors on Friday. Though they were procedural there were enough facts and clues to make it clear that the Trump-Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has the goods on Trump – there is more than…


Russia Monitor: Donald Isn’t The Only Sell-Out In Trumplandia

  “This memo is more blacked out than Brett Kavanaugh on a school night.” — Trevor Noah, The Daily Show, tweet (12/4/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/6/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The former Trump National Security Adviser and retired 3-star U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to a single charge of lying to the FBI following investigation of influencing U.S. foreign policy to benefit Turkey and coordinating in secret with Russia to negotiate a quid pro quo deal related to U.S. sanctions against Russia; these sanctions were in place prior to those related to Russian influence…


Russia Monitor: Truth Revealed On Trump’s Blizzard Of Lies

  “This is literally the “I am not a crook” tweet:”  @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump “Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail…” — David Frum re-tweet of Donald Trump tweet 11/30/18 ***** “I have no deals … because I think that would be a conflict.” — Trump denial during presidential transition press conference. ***** “People…


Why Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Lied To Congress

  The Daily Podcast / The New York Times (11/30/18) Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying about Mr. Trump’s business ties to Russia and has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation. It’s the second time this week that a subject of the inquiry has been charged with lying. On today’s episode: Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times. Background reading: Mr. Cohen admitted on Thursday to making false statements to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and about Mr. Trump’s involvement in…


Empire Files: Randy Credico Exclusive Tell-All With Abby Martin On Trump Pal Roger Stone & Wikileaks

  Empire Files (11/28/18) In this exclusive extended interview, Randy Credico tells his side of the story on his role in the Russia investigation, his upcoming interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and true nature of his relationship with Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone. With never before revealed details about Roger Stone and the Mueller investigation, Credico details his long-standing ties to the political operative and answers the hard questions about his alleged coordination with Wikileaks. The interview highlights the larger context of the multi-front assault on Julian Assange, Wikileaks and the future of press freedom. Link to 44-Minute Video


Russian Trolls Prey Upon & Pry Open The Toxic Way We Do Our Politics

  By Rafael Behr The Guardian (11/13/18) To understand the current political frenzy on both sides of the Atlantic, it helps to know Tortuous Convolvulus. Unfamiliar with his work? Convolvulus was a spy, operating around 50BC, a specialist in psychological warfare. He was deployed by Julius Caesar against a stubborn Gallic rebellion, and his methods were not so different to those of Russian cyber-saboteurs against western democracies. It is worth adding that Convolvulus is a character from Asterix and the Roman Agent, a book known to most English readers in translation by Anthea Bell. The sad news of Bell’s death last month triggered many…


Russia Monitor: Lot’s Of News, Non-Stop Stories All Boil Down To One This … Trump Is In Trouble

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/29/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We’ll open with a conclusion – Trump is in trouble. If you want the short version of ‘why’, jump to the end. For anyone seeking a simple linear narrative for Trump-Russia corruption the last 48 is not that. Three big stories landed followed by a plethora of refinements, interpretations and cautions. We’ll point out what happened, why it could be important and some reasons for caution. Diving into the deep end: Mueller Has Emails From Stone Pal Corsi About WikiLeaks Dem Email Dump. Jerome Corsi is a far-right conspiracy theorist best…


Russia Monitor: The Time To Be On The Right Side

“The pseudo-sophisticated defenders of Trump’s assaults on judges, scientists, and civil servants try to give his crude attacks a patina of respectability. But nihilism isn’t skepticism and being a know-nothing isn’t being unconventional, no matter what his defenders pretend.” — Bill Kristol tweet (11/25/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/26/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The sides are drawn. We need to understand the battle for what it is, and be on the right side. Who better to describe the battle lines than former Trump senior adviser and campaign chairman Steve Bannon. Bannon is spending most of his time in Europe,…


Russia Monitor: Tyrannical Moves By Tyrant Trump

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call. (11/22/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump believes he is above the law. Despite his shady conduct during the campaign and his often illegal behavior in the White House, so far he’s right. Will that last, will history have him as above the law? What does a single day in the Trump White House look like? In order of breaking news: 1) Trump dismisses the findings of his CIA to side with Saudi Arabia over their murder of journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi;  2) Trump adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump illegally (based on GOP…


Russia Monitor: Trumplandia Battening Down For The Worst

  “His 3-hour workday is about to go bye-bye” — CNN conservative reveals how Trump prepping for ‘rectal exam’ from House Dems By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/19/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Because it’s too good, and with the help of a Commoner Call reader, we use the above headline from a RawStory article to summarize the current Trump-Russia corruption climate. “It’s about to get harder without Republicans controlling all the levers his three-hour workday is about to go bye-bye,” she said (CNN S.E. Cupp). “With Democrats retaking the House, the next two years will be the equivalent of a…


Russia Monitor: Trumplandia In Meltdown? A Thunderdome Of Backstabbing & Nasty Rumor

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/15/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It’s been a relatively quiet news cycle since Trump rage-tweeted his way to France and back. Filling the void has been a drip-drip of new Dem election victories as close races are decided. One that won our nomination for most notable was: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona Senate Race, Flipping Second GOP Seat. Regardless of who won, Arizona was going to have its first female Senator. Kyrsten Sinema’s opponent was Republican Martha McSally who embraced Trump through the election, but unlike Florida Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott, she and state…


Russia Monitor: With Dems Taking Over The House Someone Appears To Be Getting Pretty Nervous

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying “our interests first”…. we erase what a nation hold dearest…its Moral Values.” — French President Macron at Armistice celebration with Trump seated before him, Nov. 11, 2018.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/12/18) Dear Fellow Readers, With a sigh of relief from the election results and opinions that there is a safe path for special counsel Mueller’s Trump-Russia corruption investigation, we can go forward. Trump took a few days off from his presumptive role as Secretary of State for Georgia, Florida and Arizona…


Russia Monitor: Sessions Gets Sacked. Now What? Where Will You Be Friday At 5 PM?

  “It’s danger time.” — Former US Attorney Southern District New York Preet Bharara tweet (11/7/18).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/8/18) Dear Fellow Readers, As a wise man once asked, “Now what?” Within hours of the dust settling on the mid-term elections we have: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns At Trump’s Request. As expected, Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III is out. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Trump’s request, ending the tenure of a loyalist Trump had soured on shortly after Sessions took office in 2017 because the former senator from Alabama had recused himself…


Russia Monitor: No Excuses This Election, Folks! It’s Up To Us

  “This time, our eyes are wide open.” — Dana Milbank, “We Have No Excuses”, Washington Post (11/2/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/5/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Will there be new Trump-Russia subpoenas brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office after next week? Let’s come back to this. Mid-term elections are Tuesday. In advance Dana Milbank offers a view of how we got here and what we now know about Trump. We’re well past a point two years ago when “many Americans held their noses and voted for Donald Trump”. Milbank offers his own litany of Trump actions but it’s…


Russia Monitor: Georgia On Someone’s Mind?

  “In Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is threatened not only by the undeniable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia’s voting machines, but also because you are now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate.” — Former President Jimmy Carter calls on GOP Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp to step down as Georgia Secretary of State By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/1/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Within a week we will know the results of the mid-term election and whether we have any…


Russia Monitor: Trump Places Nation At Risk With His Party Line Phone Breaches

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/29/18) President Donald Trump was being “playful” when he celebrated a congressman’s 2017 assault of a reporter, Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday – but he added that he did not think the rhetoric was “OK.”  We can’t count on Russpublicans to check Trump’s worst impulses on anything. Not even his lax phone security There are no checks on Trump, he does what he does without regard to anything beyond being seen as ‘winning’ and congressional Russpublicans and cultists could care less: ‘A Gift To Foreign Spies’: Donald Trump Roasted Over Unsecured iPhone Report. The New York…


Russia Monitor — Trump’s Response To Torture, Murder & Dismemberment: Sad!

  “The president is now inventing nonexistent domestic riots.” — Daniel Dale, Toronto Star reporter tweet (10/20/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/22/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is a liar. His lies are now offered with no attachment to reality, they are getting bigger, more frequent and his GOP apologists either fully embrace or duck for cover. Other than our own sanity, there are few if any checks on Trump’s grandiosity. Classic fascism in which the leader portrays himself as the only solution to self-invented risks and fears, always from the dreaded ‘other’. Trump’s performance as president — we…


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…


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…