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Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the release of my book, “Dirty Rubles: An Introduction to Trump/Russia.” Thanks to everyone who bought, borrowed, lent, listened to, read, or reviewed a copy.
1/ At the time, I compared writing a book about Trump/Russia to jumping off a moving train. How could you write about a story that kept changing? But I felt that we lacked a short, comprehensive overview of the greatest scandal in US political history, so I wrote one.
2/ When the Mueller Report came out, it confirmed the lion’s share of what I’d presented in #DirtyRubles. The Report fills in a lot of the blanks, of course, & provides much more besides, but in terms of a short overview that provides context, my book remains, I think, valuable.
3/ All of the lies told by Trump and his minions about Russia really did happen. All of the meetings I describe really did take place. There were, in fact, more meetings than the ones I laid out, and more key players involved with them.
4/ For example: I was not aware of the importance of Dimitri Simes when I wrote the book, but he played a huge role in introducing Kushner to Sergei Kislyak. (I did write about him later, prior to the Report’s release):
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5/ Even now, there’s a lot of information still to be revealed. The Report’s section on the Trump Tower meeting feels inadequate, it seems to me. Too, we’ve learned nothing about various MOCs who are clearly collaborators: Nunes, Paul, Graham, Jordan, Gaetz, etc.
6/ Prague? Not a word. Was that the piece of deza in the dossier @20Committee warned us about? Was Cohen lying in his later testimony? Was SOMEONE ELSE in Prague and not Cohen? We don’t know.
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7/ We also don’t yet know if there was, in fact, quid pro quo between Trump and the Russians. That is, if Trump received something from Putin other than Moscow’s election help. Perhaps the Deutsche Bank information will shed some light on that.
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8/ Did I make mistakes in the book? Of course. I’m sure there are mistakes in it that haven’t yet been revealed as mistakes. But a second edition would mostly do things like remove “almost certainly” before the word “guilty” when discussing Manafort.
#DirtyRubles is no substitute for the Mueller Report, any more than Cliff Notes should be used instead of the primary text. However, my book remains a short, easy-to-follow summation of What Happened. Again, thanks for your support this past year.
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