I wrote 2 days ago that Trump *knew* a *long time ago* that Giuliani was involved in a Russian disinformation campaign. It's almost like I wrote a book called Proof of Corruption about this. Glad it's now breaking news on CBS. Proof of Corruption became a bestseller in September.
PS/ To be clear, Trump knew *well* before December 2019—as detailed, using many major-media sources, in Proof of Corruption. Today's breaking news is that it was December 2019; tomorrow's news will say "summer 2019"; eventually everyone will catch up with the book: "spring 2018."
PS2/ And yes, I'm talking about spring 2018. Media is so many months—even years—behind the curatorial research in the Proof series that it's releasing as "breaking news" Trump knowing about a plot he knew about a year and a half earlier than CBS News now says. This is incredible.
PS3/ Trump came to be actively involved in this Kremlin plot in December 2018, though he was aware of its contours well before.

It's amazing to me that we're pretending now that this massive Trump-Kremlin conspiracy involving the Bidens and the 2020 election is under a year old.
PS4/ Trump's active involvement in the plot, as its director, began at the very moment (December 2018) his team became certain Biden would be running for president. The plot is every bit as old as Biden's presidential campaign—and Trump has been at the heart of it from the start.
PS5/ If I've been harping about Proof of Corruption for months, it's because the same thing is happening now that happened with the other Proof books—long after they're released media announces as breaking news 1% of their content. We can't afford that with the election so close.
PS6/ According to Lev Parnas—and all the evidence we have confirms his account—he was *specifically tasked by Donald Trump himself* at a White House Party in December 2018 to go to Ukraine and get dirt on Joe Biden from pro-Kremlin entities there.

Again, December 2018. Not 2019.
PS7/ I released 12 free excerpts from Proof of Corruption and 5 free audiobook chapters and did threads on revelations from the book for 6 months and we're still getting misinformation on this Trump-Kremlin plot from major media as breaking news. Some days I just want to give up.
PS8/ Note to aspiring nonfiction authors: publishing a national bestseller that uses as its sources major media reports isn't enough to get media to notice what you've done. There's only one way to get that to happen: you have to find a genie and wish yourself to be Bob Woodward.
PS9/ Mind you, even as major media is ignoring a national bestseller that's ahead of today's breaking news, it'll publish whiny critiques about how the real problem in our news culture is citizen journalists, not journalists who report without first checking the existing archive.
PS10/ If you just want to *skip* the piecemeal revelation of a bestselling 576-page book that's readily accessible—i.e., if you don't want to wait for breaking news that comes too late in an election cycle to be meaningful—you can just buy the book itself: amazon.com/Proof-Corrupti…
NOTE/ It's not just that this breaking news from CBS gets the timeline of one of the most important political scandals in US history wrong, it's that it uses White House sources to position Giuliani as a "target" rather than a *participant* in a Kremlin disinformation conspiracy.

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