Let's do another thread about Kushner/Khashoggi/MbS/Trump.
The 30something Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) became heir apparent in 2016. Although he began his regime with a series of modest if widely-publicized reforms, these were designed to disguise his true despotic aims.
2/ Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist critical of MbS, who portrayed him as the tyrant he is at heart. For this, MbS had Khashoggi brutally murdered.
Jared Kushner is chummy with MbS. Donald Trump is a staunch supporter. Both men have ulterior motives for siding w/MbS.
Let's talk about how Kushner and Trump are closely connected to the murder of Jamal #Khashoggi by goons sent by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, who goes by MbS.
1/ Kushner & Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) have "forged a bond" the last two years. They are both about the same age, both ambitious, both the hidden powers behind their respective thrones, both men of wealth & taste. Born on third base and think they hit a triple, as the joke goes.
2/ In Riyadh last October, on Kushner's sudden unannounced trip, the two stayed up until four in the morning, “swapping stories and planning strategy."
One of the “stories” swapped, apparently, was classified information compiled from the President’s Daily Brief.
If Jared Kushner exchanged US intelligence nuggets for help financing his white elephant of a building on 666 Park Avenue, as #Khashoggi was reportedly investigating, that is ESPIONAGE, of the kind for which the Rosenbergs were executed. #treason
As I lay in bed last night, just about to sleep, I had a sudden flash of insight re: Nikki Haley.
With the caveat that this is speculation, informed by nothing but my overactive subconscious, and is almost certainly wrong, I’d like to share it:
1/ With the exception of Mattis, Nikki Haley is the only Trump Administration official who is remotely palatable to the majority of Americans who hate Trump. To wit: hers is the lone Trump cabinet nomination that Senator Gillibrand voted for.
2/ I am aware of her myriad flaws, her kowtowing to Trump (& maybe more, if the salacious rumors are true), her ethics problems, her massive debt, etc. But there remains the perception that Nikki Haley is “independent,” as she has taken a few stands for the US that Trump has not.
In light of the epic (in every sense of the word) NYT story on Trump's tax fraud, let's have a quick review of all the legal troubles these traitors are now in:
1/ PAUL MANAFORT, Trump’s campaign chair (May-Aug 2016): found guilty on eight counts, pleaded guilty on a bunch more as part of a plea deal in which he must cooperate with Mueller. Met w/Mueller this week, in fact.
2/ MIKE FLYNN, deputy chair of Trump Transition Team, natsec adviser: pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Awaiting sentencing. Will one day get out of prison. Will always be an ugly, ugly man.
Let's talk about the Putin/Alt-Right/GOP propaganda machine—the REAL Devil's Triangle—as it relates to Brett #Kavanaugh:
1/ This cozy little messaging arrangement, which operates happily in the dark most of the time, is now being exposed because of the fatally flawed candidate Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court.
2/ The problem with Kavanaugh is manifold: first, that he had six-figure credit card debts paid off by creditors whose identity we still don’t know; second, that he lied during his initial testimony...
2/ Dr. Ford will likely appear before Congress…and the GOP may bring in outside counsel (note spelling) because THERE ARE NO WOMEN REPUBLICANS ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. This is HORRIBLE optics. It will cost them in November. Bigly.
Let’s talk about #Kavanaugh. This is why he should not be confirmed. And it has nothing to do with his political beliefs.
1/ #Kavanaugh was not on the list of judges given to Trump by Judicial Watch, but he was tapped anyway. This was after Trump said he’d “study” (hahaha) judicial positions on various things—namely whether or not a POTUS can be indicted.
2/ When @ChuckGrassley says he didn't know about Christine Blasey Ford, he may well be telling the truth. The letter from those 65 women was likely produced ahead of time to defend #Kavanaugh against a DIFFERENT accuser(s) we don't yet know about.
Let's talk about Vladimir Putin and his relationship to terror.
1/ Vladimir Putin succeeded Boris Yeltsin as president in 1999, on a wave of popularity generated by his decisive handling of the response to a series of terrorist attacks on Russian apartment buildings in September 1999, when he was prime minister.
2/ This was after the First Chechen War, a brutal suppression of the Chechnya independence movement in which some 100,000 Chechens were slaughtered by Russian troops.
(Bill Clinton compared Yeltsin to Lincoln while underwriting the operation 🤮).
Yesterday, standing in front of uniformed officers who clapped at him like trained seals, Donald Trump waved a print-out to the press that he pathetically claimed touted his many accomplishments as president.
Let’s take a moment to recall his ACTUAL accomplishments.
1/ Despite Trump’s expert tossing of paper towels, Hurricane Maria claimed more American lives in Puerto Rico than did the attacks of 9/11. Trump continues to laud his handling of the disaster, because paper towels.
2/ Trump has assembled far and away the most corrupt Cabinet in the history of the presidency. He surrounds himself with greedy grifters and con-men. It’s Teapot Dome on steroids.
1/ Trump is a recidivist sexual assailant & rapist, a serial bankrupter of businesses, a proud white supremacist, & a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian mob. He cares about himself, & ONLY himself. Watch, in the days ahead, when he turns on his kids, and proves my point.
2/ The idea that this numbskull, who requires the hand of Theresa May to guide him down a flight of stairs, is Winston Churchill 2.0 is laughable. Trump is a coward and NOT a real conservative.
Yesterday was a big day for democracy, for the rule of law, and for the United States. But with so much breaking news, it's a lot to process. Let's try and keep it straight.
1/ First and foremost: Trump/Russia is real. It is not a witch hunt. It is not a conspiracy theory. It is not cooked up by a fraudster on 4Chan. It's real. Trump conspired with Russia. He did. That none of yesterday's 16 guilty pleas directly finger Russia is irrelevant.
2/ Anyone who went around yesterday with "But there was no Russia" as a talking point is a desperate Trumpist collaborator, negligently muddying the waters when things should now be clearer. (Looking at you, @LindseyGrahamSC and @mschlapp.)
Let’s take a closer look at the Trump Transition Team. As per usual, Trump has surrounded himself with grifters, scumbags, con-men, and traitors.
1/ The chair of the TTT? Mike Pence. The @VP has lived in the shadows for most of the last two years, emerging only to protest at NFL games or to promote zany space stuff. But make no mistake: Manafort’s Chosen One (and thus Putin’s) was IN CHARGE OF THE TRANSITION.
2/ Let me reiterate: Putin chose Manafort, who chose Pence, who chose EVERYONE, in theory, as the head of the Trump Transition Team.
ANYTHING criminal that happened at that time lands right in his lap.
"I think it’s hard for people to square the avuncular guy on TV who cracked jokes and fired people with the real Donald J. Trump. The truth is, the guy’s been mobbed up for DECADES, with ties to both La Cosa Nostra and Russian organized crime....
2/ "...Trump is a money launderer for the latter, and has been for quite some time. 'Money laundering' sounds cute, like something Danny Ocean and his merry men do, but it’s a euphemism for something unspeakable."
OK, a bunch of stuff has happened in the last few weeks, and I'm just back from vacation, so I'm going to do a little impromptu Trump/Russia round-up, just to keep everything straight in my own head.
1/ First, Alex Jones and #InfoWars. The guy admitted, in a court of law, that he was a performance artist who didn't believe any of the crap he was peddling. That was last year. Why are we only now realizing that he's a BS artist & con man? Better late than never, I guess.
2/ The MAGA pundipshits are now re-aligning themselves w/r/t #QAnon. Do they believe Q or not? This is like a crew of hateful Easter Bunnies voting on whether or not the Tooth Fairy is real.
I've read my fair share of conspiracy stuff, and Q is a BAD conspiracy theorist.
Let's talk about the Trump Tower Meeting of 9 June 2016.
We are spending too much time on Giuliani, not enough on the facts.
1/ The subject line of the email sent to Junior, Manafort & Kushner was: "RE: RUSSIA - CLINTON - PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL." So they all knew well in advance what the meeting was going to involve. Junior has admitted as much.
2/ It has long been suspected that Trump himself knew all about it in advance. As I'm not the first to point out, it's unthinkable that a meeting w/Putin's people, at Trump Tower, could be attended by Manafort, Kush & Jr w/o 45's knowledge.