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Trump told Gordon—NatSec Director for his campaign policy office—the words he wanted in the GOP platform on Ukraine.
2/ In an interview with OANN (see YouTube) Gordon is introduced as the "Director of National Security for the Trump Campaign Policy Office."
3/ So at least four Trump aides—and Trump—were involved in changing the GOP platform in a pro-Putin way. The 3 below and an unnamed fourth.
4/ The prior tweet excerpts a Business Insider article by Natasha Bertrand, who's done truly *stellar* work covering the Trump-Russia probe.
5/ Here's the reference to the unnamed fourth Trump aide. Was it Page? Phares? Papadopoulos? We don't know. I suspect Mueller does, or will.
6/ So: Trump issued the order 4 months earlier; 4 aides (at least) were tasked with executing it; they were anxious and aggressive. Hmm...
7/ Don't forget who Rick Dearborn is: before the RNC, the Kremlin reached out to him to set up a meeting—with Putin. http://www.newsweek.com/rick-dearborn-trump-russia-email-654587
8/ Donald Trump knew nothing about foreign policy in March 2016 and had no curiosity about it. So who directed him on the platform language?
9/ Was it Manafort (in which case his recent indictments for work he did for pro-Putin elements in the Ukraine ARE campaign-related)? Flynn?
10/ We know this much: Manafort felt he needed to *lie* to media about the campaign pushing for the platform change.
11/ Kislyak skipped the Dems' event—but met with Gordon twice, Page once, Phares once and Sessions twice at the RNC. http://www.businessinsider.com/kislyak-sessions-trump-dnc-rnc-meeting-2017-3
12/ Let's be clear—not ONE PERSON IN LAW ENFORCEMENT sees no connection between the Kislyak meetings at the RNC and the GOP platform change.
13/ But in case *you're* uncertain—remember Sessions *admitted* he spoke about the Ukraine with Kislyak at the RNC and in his Senate office.
14/ When did Sessions' NatSec team learn Russia had "dirt" on Clinton? April '16. So the seeming quid pro quo at the RNC was 3 months later.
15/ When did the DNC report it was hacked? June of 2016. So a *month* before the seeming quid pro quo at the Republican National Convention.
16/ The fact pattern isn't confusing: Trump's campaign knew Russia committed crimes to get HRC and DNC dirt. It traded policy for that dirt.
17/ And don't forget Veselnitskaya left an "appetizer"—a piece of the Clinton dirt Russia had—at Trump's house (Trump Tower) in June 2016.
18/ As someone who's read thousands of police reports in my life, I'm telling you this fact pattern is so damn *obvious* it's embarrassing.
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