Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A decade ago former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort launched a secret plan to push Putin agenda. Update!

Courtesy of the AP: 

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. 

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work. 

"We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success," Manafort wrote in the 2005 memo to Deripaska. The effort, Manafort wrote, "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government." 

Manafort's plans were laid out in documents obtained by the AP that included strategy memoranda and records showing international wire transfers for millions of dollars. How much work Manafort performed under the contract was unclear.

Well since Manafort helped to install Vladimir Putin's puppet into the highest political office in the world I would think that he did quite a bit of work to further Putin's agenda.

After all what more could Putin hope to achieve?

If this is not considered a smoking gun then I do not know what would be considered a smoking gun.

Virtually EVERY person in Trump's campaign have ties to Russia, as do many in his administration.

The ability to call any of this a coincidence has vacated the building long ago.

There is no longer any doubt that it is the Putin presidency currently occupying the White House, and the Putin agenda that the Republicans are helping to push forward by confirming Trump's nominees and voting for his policies.

The Russian government declared war on America, and without a single drop of America blood being spilled they achieved victory.

Update: Do we all remember this?

Could NOT be more uncomfortable answering that question. 

I think this FBI probe is going to be quite illuminating.


  1. Anonymous6:31 AM

    My guess is Manafort will be charged with tax evasion in near future and be arrested.

  2. WA Skeptic7:05 AM

    Yep, a total coup and not a drop spilled. With ICE agents stalking courthouses in the name of the USA, and a penitentiary wall going up on our southern border, we're never going to be the same.

  3. Anonymous7:07 AM

    It all seems to be related.

  4. Anonymous7:08 AM

    Trump campaign has gone from applauding him as campaign manager to "he didn't have much to do with the campaign." As they seek to distance themselves, the story by April will be, "I don't really remember him. I don't think we ever met. We may have been in the same room together at an event."

  5. Anonymous7:19 AM

    If they do not impeach Trump and have every treasonous "advisor" in Trump's administration arrested, how will the Republican Congress face their families, their constituents? their mothers???

    Have the (entirely probable) bribes, blackmail, threats been offers they cannot refuse, or that severe?

    1. Anonymous11:45 AM

      They have/had mothers? Really?

  6. Anonymous7:21 AM

  7. Anonymous7:25 AM

    Key witness in Preet Bharara’s Russian crime probe was just thrown from fourth floor of building

    Nikolai Gorokhov survives plunge, is in intensive care

    Russian attorney Nikolai Gorokhov was thrown out of the window of his fourth floor apartment in Moscow today, just before he was set to testify on behalf of Vladimir Putin’s longtime foe Sergei Magnitsky tomorrow. Magnitsky was murdered eight years ago but Putin has him posthumously on trial anyway, in an apparent attempt at sabotaging the “Magnitsky Act” which was named after him. And as it turns out, the Magnitsky Act has direct ties to Mar-a-Lago and Donald Trump.

    Jason Chaffetz’s largest donor is an illegal pyramid scheme that does business in Russia

    Is this why Chaffetz has been blocking Trump-Russia probe on his committee?

    Russian puppet Rex Tillerson bizarrely claims he didn’t even want Secretary of State job

    Paul Manafort just got nailed for Russian money laundering; will likely have to flip on Donald Trump

    Donald Trump’s narcissistic misreading of FBI Director James Comey has cost him dearly

  8. Anonymous7:26 AM

    After Rachel Maddow drew attention to a fake Bernie Sanders supporters Facebook page that appears to be part of the Russian information warfare effort against the United States liberal and progressive patriots have flooded the page to fight back.

    Video of Rachel Maddow:

  9. Anonymous7:28 AM

    House Republicans Are Colluding With Trump To Conceal Treason

    1. Anonymous7:33 AM

      “Former Colorado GOP chairman Steven Curtis charged with voter fraud.”

  10. Anonymous7:31 AM

    The New York Daily News Casts Trump as Bumbling Evil Mastermind

    The New York Daily News has struck again, leaving MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin to tweet, “Oh. My. God.”

    Casting Donald Trump as a bumbling evil mastermind is not at all a reach. Notice they even sound alike when saying “millions” and “billions” of dollars.

    And the treatment is in line with previous Daily News Trump covers, which have shown Trump as a zombie clown (“Dawn of the Brain Dead”) in February, and treasonous (“Lock Him Up!”) when he called on Putin to hack Hillary Clinton, to name just a couple prominent examples.

  11. Anonymous7:32 AM


  12. Anonymous7:37 AM

    The Wall Street Journal Turns on Donald Trump With Blistering Editorial

    ...For example, the editors complain about Trump’s accusation that President Obama ordered Trump Tower to be wiretapped, saying “the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims.”

    A President’s Credibility
    Drumpf’s falsehoods are eroding public trust, at home and abroad.

    If President Drumpf announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Drumpf is doing to his Presidency with his seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.

    The latest example is Mr. Drumpf’s refusal to back off his Saturday morning tweet of three weeks ago that he had “found out that [Barack] Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Drumpf Tower just before the victory” on Election Day. He has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence.

    Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicer—who doesn’t deserve this treatment—was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence.

    That bungle led to a public denial from the British Government Communications Headquarters, and British news reports said the U.S. apologized. But then the White House claimed there was no apology. For the sake of grasping for any evidence to back up his original tweet, and the sin of pride in not admitting error, Mr. Drumpf had his spokesman repeat an unchecked TV claim that insulted an ally.

    The wiretap tweet is also costing Mr. Drumpf politically as he hands his opponents a sword. Mr. Drumpf has a legitimate question about why the U.S. was listening to his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and who leaked news of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. But that question never gets a hearing because the near-daily repudiation of his false tweet is a bigger media story.

    FBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Drumpf election campaign and Russia.

    Mr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in “unusual circumstances,” but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Drumpf blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President can’t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.


  13. Anonymous7:37 AM

    All of this continues the pattern from the campaign that Mr. Drumpf is his own worst political enemy. He survived his many false claims as a candidate because his core supporters treated it as mere hyperbole and his opponent was untrustworthy Hillary Clinton. But now he’s President, and he needs support beyond the Breitbart cheering section that will excuse anything. As he is learning with the health-care bill, Mr. Drumpf needs partners in his own party to pass his agenda. He also needs friends abroad who are willing to trust him when he asks for support, not least in a crisis.

    This week should be dominated by the smooth political sailing for Mr. Drumpf’s Supreme Court nominee and the progress of health-care reform on Capitol Hill. These are historic events, and success will show he can deliver on his promises. But instead the week has been dominated by the news that he was repudiated by his own FBI director.

  14. Anonymous7:38 AM

    Two months into his Presidency, Gallup has Mr. Drumpf’s approval rating at 39%. No doubt Mr. Drumpf considers that fake news, but if he doesn’t show more respect for the truth most Americans may conclude he’s a fake President.

    Appeared in the Mar. 22, 2017, print edition.

  15. Anonymous7:42 AM

    Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case

    ...Now, Drumpf is on the witness list in a Florida court battle over how federal prosecutors handled allegations that Epstein, 64, sexually abused more than 40 minor girls, most of them between the ages of 13 and 17. The lawsuit questions why Drumpf’s nominee for labor secretary, former Miami U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, whose Senate confirmation hearing began Wednesday morning, cut a non-prosecution deal with Epstein a decade ago rather than pursuing a federal indictment that Acosta’s staff had advocated.

  16. Anonymous7:45 AM

    As Drumpf takes ownership of GOP health bill, support for it drops

  17. Anonymous7:46 AM

    Reality is creeping into the Drumpf show

    The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world. Now the plot gets more serious, perhaps darker, with some new characters likely to emerge in key national-security roles.

  18. Elliegrl7:50 AM

    Hey G, what's your Twitter? I never used it till Dr. Evil's election. Everyone needs to follow @louisemensch & @20committee They'll give you info before it happens.

    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      Julian Assange has been identified by the US intelligence community as a front for Russian distribution and ‘deniability’ of Russian government-sponsored hacking. Today, however, as a result of our reporting on the dox by Op Ferguson, that link is far clearer.

  19. "... That so many like-minded ghouls have found each other is perhaps one of the most dangerous events in history. They have shown us what they intend to do. They have put it all down on paper, and no amount of slapstick bungling ameliorates the gross horror of their true mission to even the tiniest degree. ..." - William Rivers Pitt

  20. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Time to clean House and Senate of the infestation of RATS. AFTER they send alphabet agencies to clean the WH of the dRUMPf nepotism.

    Never thought I'd wish for a coup.

  21. Olivia8:00 AM

    The video in this tweet says it all.

    1. Anonymous8:31 AM

      WATCH: From 1989: Paul Manafort admits to influence peddling in wake of US Dept of Housing and Urban Development Federal Investigation.

  22. Anonymous8:14 AM

    And curiously, remember it was a military buildup that bankrupted the Soviet treasury, bringing down the USSR. We are on our way to that very result

  23. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Trump Team Wanted Tanks At Inauguration

    Team Said It Didn’t Ask For Military Vehicles At Inauguration. Emails Show It Did.

    ...The Presidential Inaugural Committee “is seriously considering adding military vehicles to the Inaugural Parade,” a Pentagon official wrote in an internal email dated Dec. 13, 2016. “The conversation started as ‘Can you send us some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade,’” the official wrote.

    The emails, which were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, corroborate HuffPost’s January report that Trump, who has spoken favorably of public displays of military prowess, looked into deploying heavy military equipment in his inaugural parade. Asked in December about plans to use military equipment during the occasion, a Trump aide refused to address the matter on the record but offered an incredulous off-the-record denial.

  24. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Washington Post:
    Secret Service asked for $60 million extra for Trump-era travel and protection, documents show

    ..... Before taking office, Trump repeatedly criticized the cost of President Barack Obama’s travel, saying the fact that Obama’s trips were “costing taxpayers millions of dollars” was “unbelievable.” During the campaign, Trump pledged to save public money by working diligently in Washington and skipping out on expensive travel.

    “There’s no time for vacation. We’re not going to be big on vacations,” Trump said at a campaign rally last year. “The White House is this incredible place. It represents so much, and you’re there for a limited period of time. If you’re at the White House and you have so much work to do, why do you fly? Why do you leave so much?”....

  25. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Trump murders more innocents.

    Suspected U.S. Airstrike Hits School Sheltering Displaced People In Syria
    Dozens of civilian casualties are reported.

    At least 33 people were killed in an airstrike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, a group that monitors the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed the strike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State.

    Observatory activists had counted at least 33 bodies at the site near the village of al-Mansoura, west of Raqqa, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters. The air strike took place on Monday night, he said.

    The U.S.-led coalition has escalated its aerial campaign against the militant group around Raqqa this month, causing numerous civilian casualties, Abdulrahman said.

    The nearest Islamic State installation to the site of the air strike was a religious school 3 km (1.9 miles) away, he said.

  26. Anonymous8:20 AM

  27. Anonymous8:34 AM

    Damn, she is a supreme c*nt.

    Sarah Palin gets roasted online for complaining about Colin Kaepernick’s donation to Meals on Wheels

    Sarah Palin complained about Colin Kaepernick’s latest “political stunt” — and got absolutely roasted on social media.

    The failed vice presidential candidate and former half-term governor of Alaska posted a link early Wednesday to her own website, which published an article on Kaepernick written by Mary Kate Knorr.

    The free-agent quarterback donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels, which could lose its federal grant — which makes up more than 35 percent of the program’s funding — under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump.

    Kaepernick angered conservatives last year by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against black Americans, and Trump has claimed credit for the player remaining unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

    “And he wonders why he can’t find a job,” Palin posted on her Facebook and Twitter accounts, along with a link to the story about his donation.

    Twitter users heaped scorn on the political celebrity, whose website complained that reports about Meals on Wheels losing its federal funding were “misleading.”

    1. Anonymous12:23 PM


    2. Anonymous12:51 PM

      @12:23 this too>
      "In fact, it should be a rallying point to gather around, one that could reset the course of American jurisprudence along more sound and sober lines." Then This>"What matters is people’s lives. The law was not written for lawyers but for the whole of the people."

  28. Anonymous8:36 AM

    Sean Spicer retreats on Manafort:

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to comment on Wednesday after news broke that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had once pushed a plan that was meant to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”

    The Associated Press reported this week that Manafort had secretly signed a $10 million contract with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to advance Putin’s agenda beginning in 2006.

    “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in a 2005 memo to Deripaska, adding that the plan would “re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.”

    The new report contradicts claims made by Trump that Manafort had not worked on behalf of Russian interests.

    NBC’s Peter Alexander found that the White House was unusually tight-lipped when he asked Spicer for a comment on Wednesday.

    “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a person who is not a White House employee,” the press secretary insisted.

    1. Anonymous12:49 PM

      “It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a person who is not a White House employee,”

      Like your BFF Pootin?

  29. Anonymous8:38 AM

    A group of U.S. Republicans has handed Russia a major propaganda coup by attacking the work of billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros’ work in Eastern Europe.

    According to a feature in Politico Magazine on Wednesday, a delegation of GOP congressmen led by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ) and Sen. Mike Lee (UT) are making common cause with Russia-backed politicians in Macedonia and Albania to fight Soros’ Open Society Foundation, which is dedicated to building “vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.”

    Smith and Lee sent a letter to Sec. of State Rex Tillerson on March 14 accusing Soros and Open Society of pushing a leftist agenda in the former Soviet states, which are currently teetering on the brink of authoritarianism. Macedonia in particular is in the midst of an ongoing political crisis with its far-right VMRO-DPMNE party clinging to power.

    Russia — which backs anti-Western regimes like VMRO-DPMNE — trumpeted the Republican letter as proof that Soros and former Pres. Barack Obama are attempting to sway elections in other countries, just as Russia is accused of helping throw the U.S. 2016 election to Pres. Donald Trump.

    State-owned propaganda organ Russia Today’s headline read, “Senators ask Tillerson to probe US ‘fomenting unrest’ in other countries.”

    Pro-Putin outlet Sputnik News trumpeted, “Tables Turned: Have Obama and Soros Hacked Foreign Elections?”

    Open Society’s Chris Stone said that right-wing authoritarian regimes all over the former Eastern Bloc and beyond have been emboldened by the victory of Pres. Donald Trump and that U.S. Republicans are playing right into VMRO-DPMNE’s hands.

    “Authoritarians, branded today as ‘illiberals,’ have long opposed George Soros and the vision of an open society, but they have been emboldened by Trump’s victory to go even further,” Stone told Politico.

    1. Really?

      Meanwhile Tillerson has shit of his own to worry about.

      "Exxon Mobil Corp. acknowledges it lost months worth of communications from an alias email account that former CEO Rex Tillerson used to discuss climate change.

      An attorney for the oil giant explained Tuesday in a letter to a New York state court, filed as part of a climate fraud investigation, that emails from Tillerson’s secondary account, which used the pseudonym “Wayne Tracker,” went missing as a result of a “unique issue.” The lawyer said the account was exempted from a “file sweep” that prevents emails from being automatically deleted ― an issue “limited to the Wayne Tracker account.”"

      Exactly how corrupt does this administration have to be?

  30. Anonymous8:45 AM

    Secret Service likely to cut cybercrime investigations to pay for Trump’s weekly Mar-a-Lago trips

  31. Anonymous10:58 AM

  32. Anonymous12:59 PM

    OT agenda?
    "would specifically authorize the Briarwood Presbyterian Church, which has more than 4,000 members, to hire its own police force that would be “invested with all of the powers of law enforcement officers in this state.”
    "“This proposed legislation seems like a clear violation of church-state separation, and a clear violation of the Constitution,”

  33. Anonymous1:34 PM

    Is Russiagate a Conspiracy Theory?


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