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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
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KEY POINT: The main allegation in Steele's dossier *isn't* that Putin has blackmail on Trump. It's *money laundering*. The claim is Trump took Russian money via shell corporations in exchange for a more favorable Russia policy. And what's Mueller looking at now? Money laundering.
KEY POINT #2: Bannon says Mueller can get Trump on money laundering. Christie implied Mueller can get Kushner on money laundering. Mueller's leads look to be on money laundering. Trump hid his returns to hide money laundering. THAT'S why Nunes needs to discredit Steele's dossier.
KEY POINT #3: When Nunes invoked a House rule not used in 40 years to attack Steele; when GOP senators referred Steele for criminal prosecution; when Trump declared war on the FBI over Steele; why didn't US media right then ask, "What's SO DANGEROUS to Trump in Steele's dossier?"
KEY POINT #4: If you ask that question, you get two possible answers:

(1) BLACKMAIL. Trump has been—and can be—blackmailed over his sexual exploits. 100% believable Putin is doing so, and the CIA agrees (see BBC reporting).

(2) MONEY LAUNDERING. See prior tweets in this thread.
KEY POINT #5: If the media were asking the OBVIOUS question before us, two things would happen:

(1) America would demand to see Trump's tax returns over his bullshit objections.
(2) The CIA/BBC report confirming multiple Trump sex tapes would finally get our attention stateside.
KEY POINT #6: Until the media stops reporting on Trump's attempts to distract us—and instead looks for PATTERNS—we'll miss that every action Trump takes seeks to (a) discredit Steele and his dossier, or (b) discredit Mueller to protect against Trump's other liability—Obstruction.
KEY POINT #7: The Nunes Memo was never about the FBI. Why would Trump or Nunes ever *voluntarily select* the FBI as a target? It's a losing battle. But there's someone and something so dangerous to Trump that it *requires* warring with the FBI: Christopher Steele and his dossier.
KEY POINT #8: Here's how plausible Steele's info is:

(1) Trump's wanted to do business in Russia for 30 years.
(2) Putin offers him laundered money for pro-Russia policies.
(3) Trump's win-win: Russia's business, plus money.
(4) He tells himself his Russia policy was *his* idea.
KEY POINT #9: It's a simple crime. Trump can always say he would've had a pro-Russia policy even if Russian oligarchs *hadn't* been saving him from bankruptcy, overpaying him on deals by hundreds of millions, and promising him future business for 15 years. Who'll prove otherwise?
KEY POINT #10: So now you better understand why Trump told the NYT he'd fire Mueller—basically declare nuclear war on the Constitution—if Mueller looks at his business deals. You understand why he's been lying about his returns for two years. You understand the attacks on Steele.
CONCLUSION: The best point I ever heard made on the Trump-Russia probe: How does a bankrupt businessman who can't get a loan from any bank in America in 2005 manage to get RICHER? You know who says "Russia"? Don Jr., in 2008. Eric Trump, in 2013. That's right—BOTH his adult sons.
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