This has been a really fun endeavor, and though I really started it just for tracking my own thoughts, I'm glad a lot of you seem to be enjoying it. So, on to Chapter 7: The Back Channels -- May to June 2016.
Well, I wasn't sure I was going to get to another chapter of Seth Abramson's new book, Proof of Collusion, tonight. It's like 1 AM Pacific, but who am I kidding? I'm going to do one more. You can buy Seth's book here: simonandschuster.com/books/Proof-of…
Time to start Chapter 5 of Seth Abramson's pretty thorough new chronicle of how Trump, the Republican Party, and the Russians (and some other countries) worked together to steal the election; Proof of Collusion.
OK! So last night, I began reading @SethAbramson's newly released book, Proof of Collusion. I live tweeted my takeaways from the Introduction and Chapter 1. I'm just kind of memorializing my thoughts so I can refer back to them later...
Seth does great work and I highly appreciate the holes he's helping us all fill in regarding the #TrumpRussia story. I'm not trying to summarize or review the book; I'm only tweeting things that stand out to me as particularly pithy or that I didn't know before.
p. 15: "... the Trumps' many years of candor about their fondness for Russia, as well as their boasts of the money their many business ties to that nation have brought them over the years, will dissipate instantly once Donald Trump decides to run for President...."
"... not long after the 2012 election." This is a critical point that Seth has rightfully pressed harder than almost anyone -- Trump didn't just up and decide to run in 2015. This was planned, with the Russians, quite a bit before.
<THREAD> So, I'm going to do something here I've been considering for a while... I think that @SethAbramson's new book, Proof of Collusion, might be a really important publication, depending on how many people read it and what's in it.
I received my copy today. Seth is one of the few "citizen journalists" springing out of the aftermath of the 2016 election that I've come to trust a decent amount. He brings the perspective of both an attorney and an academic, and he sources quite well for Twitter.
The book, as you might surmise, is about Trump's and the Republican Party's relationships with Russia, mostly as it pertains to the 2016 election.
@DemocracyJourno@worldflood1 But Jesus, maybe that's the point... the FBI might have had so much useful, juicy stuff that they HAVE to keep under wraps for now.
@DemocracyJourno@worldflood1 But holy fuck: "the FBI believes that the Russian Government's efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election were being coordinated with Page and perhaps other individuals associated with Candidate #1's campaign..." #Candidate1#YESCOLLUSION
I'm a few pages into the IG report and I just can't get over the thought that there's no reason there ever should've been an investigation into Hillary's e-mails in the first place. The FBI was just trying to satisfy the Republicans.
"....we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead... was free from bias." One was a thing, the other was not a thing. He picked the thing over the not thing. That's not bias.
This was my first major blog post on my current blog. It analyzed the initial FBI report on Clinton and it was pretty clear to me (and the FBI in the end) that she didn't do much, if anything, wrong. thegreatconsolidation.com/2016/09/not-wh…