Well, I wasn't sure I was going to get to another chapter of Seth Abramson's new book, Proof of Collusion, tonight. It's like 1 AM Pacific, but who am I kidding? I'm going to do one more. You can buy Seth's book here: simonandschuster.com/books/Proof-of…
And here are the first few chapters I did: thegreatconsolidation.com/2018/11/my-rea…
SPOILER ALERT -- There was collusion!
But the short of it is Trump gave a his first major policy speech, it was pretty damned pro-Russian, and Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and a number of other Russians were in attendance.
Oh, wow... big detail that's new to me: p. 124: "... Manafort announces that Trump will be giving his first foreign policy speech at the National Press Club, a traditional venue for big political launches... "
"... Manafort cancels it and moves it to a new location in Washington, D.C.: the Mayflower Hotel. Prior to the speech at the Mayflower, the event's hosts, the pro-Kremlin Center for the National Interest, sponsor a twenty-four person VIP cocktail hour."
The aforementioned Russians -- Kislyak, etc, are in attendance, along with Americans and others pushing the Russian oil industry. So Manafort moved the event specifically because the Russians wanted him to and he could hide it from prying eyes.
Quick source check on this, because it's a big claim. But jeez, the source is the Center for National Interest's own newsletter! And they referred to it again almost a year later: nationalinterest.org/feature/statem…
"The National Interest and the Center for the National Interest have received many inquiries regarding President Donald Trump’s April 27, 2016 foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel."
"We are not aware of any conversation between Ambassador Kislyak and Senator Jeff Sessions at the reception." Well, now, of course, we know that's bullshit. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
I've said it many times, but when someone denies a whole story (like, in this case, Russian collusion), and they deny a really important detail in particular that would make the most sense in the context of that story and not really anywhere else (like Sessions/Kislyak)...
And it turns out that detail was provably true, then you have damned good reason to think that the general gist of that story is true. And Sessions spoke with Kislyak not just once, but at least twice. So, draw your own conclusions from that, kids...
Oh, and our good friend makes an appearance. p. 125: "One of the men who helps edit the speech, George Papadopolous, is in regular contact with Kremlin agents for the four weeks leading up to the Mayflower event. Two of the speech's authors are longtime Kremlin allies."
Tell us again about how you were entrapped by the people who REALLY colluded with the Russians -- the British, the Australians, and the Democrats -- @georgepapa19. We'll buy it.
Going to skip over the stuff about Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, who Manafort brought into the Trump fold in the lead-up to the speech. You can read up a bit here: cnbc.com/2018/07/03/rus…
Now this gets fun. p. 127: "The same week Manafort contacts Kilimnik... Sergey Kislyak invites longtime Kremlin ally Congressman [NOT ANYMORE!!!] Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to visit Moscow to meet with a friend of Vladimir Putin's, Vladimir Yakinin...."
"... The California congressman also meets with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who will in two months participate in the infamous Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016.. While in Moscow, Rohrabacher and his aide Paul Behrends meet multiple times..."
"... with Yakinin and Veselnitskaya to discuss the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Russia." And much later, when they're busted for holding the Trump Tower meeting,Trump Jr. and company pretend they have ABSOLUTELY no idea who she is and say she just wanted to talk about "adoption."
Yeah, I think it's safe to say they lied. Anyway, One of Rohrabacher's former congressional aides is Erik Prince." Motherfucker. Remember, Erik Prince is this guy (follow the thread):
Once again, small world.
p. 127: "In May 2017, seven current and former U.S. officials will tell Reuters that Kushner spoke to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the phone in April... Kushner will say through his attorney that he has no memory of any such call."
You gonna take Jared Kushner's word for it? Or for anything? It's not clear to me he's ever told the truth in his fucking life.
Well, we're back to Maxwell Smart, er, I mean, George Papadopolous. Man, I think we're still only scratching the surface with that guy, and particularly his creepy-ass wife who pretends to be 34 and Italian when she's 38 and Russian.
p. 128: "In the third week of April, Papadopolous has a lengthy email conversation with Ivan Timofeev... the director of programs for the Russian International Affairs Council, which describes itself as a 'partner' of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies..."
"... The Institute is busy planning the Russian interference operation for Putin." It's a big claim, so I wanted to source it The source is a Philip Bump article in WaPo. But that only talks about Georgie's interactions with Timofeev, but doesn't say that...
... the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies was planning the interference operation. But Reuters tells us that. So, @GeorgePapa19, you gonna explain all of this? reuters.com/article/us-usa…
It's at this point Mifsud tells Papadopolous that the Kremlin's got Hillary's e-mails (which once again, no one had). But now we get a player we all love that I don't think I've heard directly implicated in this story yet...
p. 129: "The day of the speech, Papadopolous emails campaign senior policy advisor [and senior Nazi] Stephen Miller to say that he has 'some interesting messages coming from Moscow about a [Trump] trip to [Moscow] when the time is right'..."
"... he also emails Trump's then campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to confirm that Putin still wishes to host Trump in Moscow." Lock him up! Lock them all up.
Anyway, the speech, as we know, was a bunch of Trump's America First crap that also reflected Putin's wet dreams. And Papadopoulous played a big part in putting it together, both in terms of content and logistics.
Seth concludes this section, p. 134: " Whatever signal it was that Papadopolous -- or Trump -- intended to send at the Mayflower Hotel, less than forty-eight hours after Trump's speech... the DNC is attacked in a 'serious way' by Russian hackers." Another coincidence!
Anyway, that's it for the chapter. But man, George Papadopolous is so much more central to this story than I thought (and I even skipped over a decent amount). 20-something dude from Chicago that nobody's ever heard of up until then is wheeling and dealing...
... in Russia, Israel, Greece, Italy... hobnobbing with world leaders... and like a year before was, according to Wikipedia, "an unpaid intern at the Hudson Institute from 2011 to 2015 specializing in the eastern Mediterranean..."
"... and later worked as a contract research assistant to a senior fellow at the institute." But there's a twist:
From WaPo: "But his claim to have served for several years as a fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute was refuted by David Tell, Hudson senior fellow and director of public affairs..."
"...who said the institute’s 'records indicate that Mr. Papadopoulos started here as an unpaid intern in 2011 and subsequently provided some contractual research assistance to one of our senior fellows.'"
So he lied on his resume, and gets hired by not one, but TWO presidential campaigns in the same year. And to top it off, he seems really, REALLY stupid. This. Does. Not. Compute.
I didn't really wanna bug them while doing my fun little project, but @SethAbramson and @ScottMStedman, I gotta ask... I'm only six chapters in and I've followed the Papadopolous saga independently for a while, but, like, um, WTF? Is there a historical analogue for him?
Anyway, I'm going to leave on a cliffhanger and wrap this up for the night. I'll try to get in a few more chapters over the weekend. In the meantime, do buy Seth's book. It continues to live up to my expectations halfway through. It's what America needs. simonandschuster.com/books/Proof-of…
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