The only mention of Trump Russia I saw in the general news today was from Sarah Sanders, who said the whole thing was a fraud. But in reality, Bill Browder (who I always get mixed up with one of my favorite actors Ben Browder), was testifying about it. Bill Showed up. They also were supposed to take testimony from Glenn Simpson of Company Fusion GPS that produced the Trump Dossier, that kicked off so much trouble, but Glenn refused to testify. Apparently he would plead the 5th amendment if they put him up for testimony. Bill Browder did testify, and he told the whole story, including the fact that the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, works for Vladimir Putin. Browder verified that the June 9th Meeting was about "The Magnitsky Act." [see drip drip drip post] and further explained why Putin so much wants to repeal the Magnitsky Act. It turns out that the Trump Dossier may in part be something created by Russian FSB in order to blackmail Trump. They bribe Trump, and they hold the ability to "bring him down" in reserve as extortion. Hence the term "Kompromat."
PS the Russians were only letting us adopt the very sick and ill among Russian Children, so when he retaliate for the Magnitsky act, many of those children simply died. Please Read the Atlantic Article or go to CSPAN to hear Bill Browder's testimony. Or listen to Randi Rhodes Broadcast that she gave today where she dissects all this. It is Amazing Stuff.
Documenting Things to this point
Anyone who is a Russian Oligarch, works for a Russian Oligarch, or has had extensive dealings with Russian Business interests (such as RT or Sputnik), "should be dealt with with extreme caution." That was the gist of part of Bill Browder's testimony. And we now have a White House, Cabinet and Administration full of people who are most likely "kompromat". I feel sympathy for the anti-communists of my Grandmother's time. At one time it was Lefties who were likely to be Kompromat and influenced by Russians. Now it is the whole fricking Republican Party! And if they can get away with it. They'll replicate what Putin did here.
- Targeted Prosecutions, arresting and prosecuting enemies.
- Collecting Kompromat on everyone and then blackmailing them.
- Forcing Oligarchs to share with the Dictator and his cronies
- Suppressing the Press and critics.
Rather than try to go into detail right now. I'd prefer to send you all to my sources. Trump wants to make himself a dictator, but I think people are finally waking up. Except of course his fascist supporters, who don't mind that he lied about supporting LGBT to continue to serve in the military, which he just flip flopped on!
Sources and Further Readings
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Article Documents how Veselnitskaya used Targeted prosecution to steal a building in NW Moscow:
"“The documents show that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, successfully represented the FSB's interests in a legal wrangle over ownership of an upscale property in northwest Moscow between 2005 and 2013,” it says. The work, according to the story, concerned a real-estate dispute in which Veselnitskaya helped the FSB wrest ownership of a valuable building from a private company by alleging that the original sale was based on fraudulent documents."
Money Laundering from Russian Kaka-archs.
Note I wanted to post a high falluting essay based on a lecture on Revolution by Hannah Arendt, but this is more important.