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Seth Abramson @SethAbramson
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Tonight seems like the night to re-up this thread on Erik Prince from... three months ago.
2/ And if Prince was working hand-in-glove with Trump in January, he was also doing so when he went on Bannon's Breitbart days before the election to spread (with Giuliani) a hoax about Clinton that originated within NYPD and the FBI and *forced Comey to reopen the Clinton case*.
3/ Yesterday—before tonight's breaking news in The Washington Post—I tweeted out a "road map" of the Mueller investigation, which placed Prince at the same high-value target level as Trump himself.

Tonight's events and news seem to suggest that was an appropriate determination.
4/ Remember: Trump rewarded Prince for his pre-election service by making Prince's sister (DeVos) the most unqualified Secretary of Education in modern U.S. history. Remember: days after the Seychelles meeting, Trump planned to implement a unilateral dropping of Russia sanctions.
5/ My theory of the case for a year—tested on this feed daily—has been Trump agreed to unilaterally drop sanctions on Russia in '13, and by keeping this Putin-windfall policy *after* he formally learned of Russian crimes in August '16 he became guilty of aiding and abetting them.
6/ Every time we catch a Trump aide lying (usually under oath or penalty of criminal penalty) about a Russia meeting, we learn they were discussing sanctions—that's true for both pre-August 2016 *and* post-August 2016 meetings. Don Jr., Kushner, Sessions, Prince—a clear pattern.
7/ To clarify: Trump admitted to discussing U.S.-Russia relations with Putin in November 2013; it was then Trump adopted a pro-Russia policy for his planned run. The Ukraine issue arose several months later, while he was regularly spending time with Kremlin agents the Agalarovs.
8/ I of course didn't mean Trump had a sanctions policy before sanctions existed. I meant he agreed in late 2013 to a Russia policy with which sanctions were 100% incongruous, and did so as part of a course of contact with Putin agents (the Agalarovs) that began in November 2013.
9/ A policy not just normalizing relations with Russia but giving Russia preferential treatment via special access to the POTUS is an implicit agreement not to level sanctions against Russia for aggressive acts within its "sphere" both before they occur and after. Putin got this.
10/ Those who read this feed regularly know I've never alleged sanctions came up in Moscow in November 2013, as that would've been a *temporal impossibility*. The invasion of Crimea happened after that. But Trump's reaction was foreseeable/knowable to Putin before the invasion.
PS/ Thank god for smart readers! Two people wrote me to point out the Magnitsky Act sanctions were leveled in 2012, and are as or more important to Putin then any other sanctions he wants removed, so in November 2013 they may well have been a topic in Trump's talks with Russians.
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