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Does Putin Own Trump? YES!
Update: Mueller closing in.
What are we finding out? It is now clear that Putin does have leverage over Trump and others. As we learn from Cohen and probably corroborating sources, Trump and family had a secret deal to build Trump Moscow including a gift "bribe" to Putin of a $50 million dollar penthouse. Trump, as he campaigned, lied about having no financial interest in Russia. Putin knew this was a lie he could then use to control Trump.
Trump is compromised by an adversary nation's leader.
Beyond that his own family appear to have known this and also lied to Congress which itself is a federal crime. This could put an end to the entire Trump organization and send him and his family to prison. ( Would Trump retain Secrets Service protection in jail? )
Add these to the connections to Russian Military under Putin working to advance Trump to the oval office and we have motive on both sides...money, lots of it.
Trump Tower NYC meeting: Putin would surely have known about this meeting and it's purpose. He would know if DJ Trump knew and that would also be available to blackmail Trump because Putin knew such a meeting for political purposes with a foreign power was a criminal act. Here is what CIA had released re Russian Election Interferance. (<--PDF DOWNLOAD from CIA's server)
As pieces fall into place, what will Mariina Butina's trial and questioning reveal about the role the NRA played in funneling Russian and other foreign power's money into the Trump campaign? How far into the GOP does this extend and will it eventually be revieled that a number of elected Republicans gained support from Russia in their campaigns?
Not the least of his trouble, look to Miami regarding his pick as labor secretary Alexander Acosta who pretty much let Jeffry Epstein off the hook for being a serial pedophile a few years back and, in that process, provided immunity for him and as yet unnamed accomlices from Federal prosecution. An interesting fact, Trump and Epstein were both accuse in court of raping a 13 year old girl in NYC in the past.
Did Acosta have a list of abusers he protected? Was one of those rapists Donald Trump? Did Trump know Acosta had this dirt on him? Did Acosta get his appointment as a "gift" for protecting Trump from rape charges years ago? Acosta Kompromat?
The accuser was threatened and was so frightened for her life she dropped the suit. But if justice prevails in Miami soon, the FBI could be free to pursue additional victims ( dozens found so far ) as well as accomplices/rapists who were in on the ring...and one of those could be Trump himself.
Watch the progress on the Miami Herald via Julie K. Brown's excellent reporting.
This NRA accusation of laundering Russian (and other's?) money into the 2016 election may add another "hook" Putin has on Trump...but the NRA is basically a GOP funding organization...could this explain the extent to which GOP Congress has decided to look the other way with regards to Trump's actions? Are a number of our GOP officials also compromised by the Kremlin and Putin?
Why is the Donald squirming so bad over Russian hacking? Why is he now relying on a foreign fugitive from justice, living in exile, for his security updates on hacking?
I'm sure Putin has motives and none of them are designed to be good for America.
Some how Trump's election plays into Putin's nefarious plans.
Trump says "no collusion(conspiracy)" so what is he afraid of?
UPDATE 07/28/2018: Yes the Donald new of and approve the meeting with Russians before it took place. Collusion (conspiracy) is not a myth.
UPDATE 07/16/2018: Did Trump just commit treason against the US? After a secret meeting with Putin, Trump stood by his side to defend Putin while degrading America. Trump is eager to end an investigation into his possible involvement with Russia's medling in our elections. Leading Republicans called his actions a disgrace. Will the GOP grow a spine and finally remove this treasonous president from office? Then perhaps when the facts are in, prosecute him for treason!
WOW! Even Fox News came crashing down on Trump today!
Article 3, section 3, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution specifies that the giving of aid and comfort to the enemy is an element in the crime of Treason.
UPDATE 07/12/2017: Donald Jr. admits collusion with Russia, implicates Manafort and Kushner in the deal. Falls into Russian trap to provide blackmail material to be used later. Jr. should have reported the solicitation to FBI, not acted on it by agreeing to meeting with a Russian agent. Pres. Trump trying to impede investigation could implicate him personally in colluding with a foreign power.
UPDATE 01/11/2017 This goes in the "I told you so" column. "...Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Mr. Trump" NY Times
On the one hand we have ALL of our professional, world wide, very well funded security agencies pointing their collective fingers at Russia and Putin. The we have Trumps "inside man" confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy hiding from deportation to be questioned on sex offense charges. Which would you believe?
I personally would be very surprised if Russia's IT Squads (Hackers) hacked only the DNC and Podesta. Those are only the contents exposed to the world in a deliberate attempt to help Trump win the election. What about the RNC? What about Trump himself or his kids and his "empire"? Don't think for a minute that once hackers had something to damage Clinton they packed up and went home. This is what they do for a living and they don't stop, they dig and dig for anything that might prove useful to Russian interests.
What could be more useful than some really good dirt on Trump? Or dirt on his business or financial dealings with Russian assets. Putin already knows about Trump's thin skin, his psychological need to always be right, his hunger for personal praise, his knee jerk reaction to personal slights and his authoritarian nature. Putin also knew Hillary was not going to be one he could manipulate with emotion or praise. Had his hackers actually had any real "dirt" on her you can bet we would know about it.
While Trump has enough cash he probably cannot be "bought" in the traditional way, his emotional makeup makes him vulnerable to much less costly manipulation. Praise him and you will be his friend for life. Believe anything that comes out of his mouth, friend for life. Give him a tip about an enemy, even if totally fabricated, and he will rush to Twitter in attack mode. He is psychologically weak and Putin knows how to pull his strings.
Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell... suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin has successfully co-opted Trump's message in complimenting the political neophyte and getting exactly what he wanted in return with more praise even in light of his strongman tendencies toward journalists and dissidents. 1
Add the potential information Putin's hackers may have handed him about Trump himself or his business activities and we have a classic blackmail scenario living in our most powerful office.There are reports in a number of media outlets that Russia has actively courted Trump as a Russian asset. 2
Any of these would be enough to make Trump desperate for all of this to some how go away. Too many eyes on him and not in a good way. He keeps pointing the other way saying move on, nothing to see here even as the entire US Senate and probably most of Congress is set to investigate the hacking.
Will they find a mole in the White House, working for Putin under threat of the release of damaging, embarrassing even criminal activity? Do you trust Putin?
Let's just hope that the Senate does a very thorough job.
If they find the smoking gun of election hacking, don't stop. Ask why Putin wanted Trump in power so badly. There has to be more in Putin's mind than just "liking" Trump or hating Hillary. He must believe he can use Trump as his puppet to get what he wants and Putin knew he could not manipulate Hillary.