It has been axiomatic from the beginning of Russia's investigation that it differs from Watergate in an important way: the…
It has been axiomatic from the beginning of Russia’s investigation that it differs from Watergate in an important way: the crimes committed by Nixon behind closed doors in the White House, Trump commits to the open. Repeated lies for the US public? Every time Trump tweets or opens his mouth. Obstruction of justice? Celebrating Comey. Firing sessions. Ringer Mueller’s investigation calls a “witch hunt” and calls for its end. Tampering with witnesses? Dangling pardons. Engage in a crime against a crime? When he lives and breathes.
But there is a thing Donald Trump and his people have tried to stay secret from the first days of their campaign up to the present: their relations with the Russians. If we knew earlier that we knew about most Russian contacts, events this week have taught us that we were wrong.
First, there were new revelations about Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi who serve as clippings between trumpet campaign and WikiLeaks. The watchman also reported that Stone had met Julian Assange in Ecuador’s London Embassy.
Then it was announced that the cooperation agreement between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the former Trump campaign, Paul Manafort, had been inflated. It was unbelievably revealed that Manafort’s lawyers have maintained an open channel for communication with Trumps team teams, probably informing them about the focus of Mueller’s investigation and all that the FBI and prosecutors from Mueller’s team had asked Manafort. Mueller submitted a document spoken about the same court that had written on Manafort’s trial procedure which he lied to the FBI and contained information contrary to his cooperation agreement with prosecutors.
On Thursday morning, Mueller made another surprise when his prosecutor marched into the federal court in Manhattan with former Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. patiently took Cohen through the steps of committing himself to two congressional committees on the project initiated by Donald Trump to build a tower in Moscow. “I made these mistakes to comply with Individual 1
In other words, Michael Cohen told the United States Congress the same lies as Donald Trump had told the American people during his campaign and after He became president of the United States when he repeatedly said he had no business in Russia, that he had nothing to do with Russia, and that he knew no contacts between his campaign and Russians.
Over the last 18 months we have discovered that during Trump’s campaign for the presidency and afterwards, the members of his campaign and others near him as his son and son-in-law meet again and again with the Russians. There were contacts between his campaign advisor George Papadopoulos and Carter Page with the Russians. There were several meetings between his foreign policy adviser Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
There was the meeting of the Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort with six Russians who had told the Trump campaign they had information that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton. There were meetings between Trump advisors and Kislyak at the Republican National Convention and beside a major foreign policy speech as Trump was delivered at the Mayflower Hotel. There were repeated contacts between Trump’s campaign adviser Michael Flynn and Sergey Kislyak. There were meetings in the Trump tower between Flynn, Kushner, Bannon and others, and Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, chairman of Vnesheconombank, a major state bank in Russia with close relations with Vladimir Putin. There was the meeting on the islands of Seychelles between Trump Adviser Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian banker with close relations with Vladimir Putin, who tried to create a back channel between Trump and Putin.
The contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign were so many that they were difficult to accompany.
And this week, we learned that Trump’s people had been even faster with the Russians than we thought. The criminal information filed in court on Thursday in connection with Coh’s guilty prosecution is filled with contacts that we have not known between Trumps people and Russians. Cohen was in touch in January 2016 about Trumps Russia’s project with Dmitry Peskov’s office, described as a “senior aide to Putin”. (Peskov is in Argentina at the G20 summit at the moment with Putin serving as his press secretary) Cohen was in contact with people in Russia through Felix Sater, identified as “Individual 2” in criminal information. Sater is a felon and former FBI informant who worked with Trump on the Trump Soho Hotel project. Cohen discussed in May 2016 the opportunity to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to meet with either Putin or Russian Prime Minister. He discussed that Trump would travel to Russia to meet Putin on the Trump Moscow project after the Republican National Convention. Discussions on travel to Russia continued in June with communications between Cohen and Sater on June 9 through June 14. Throughout the time, according to the criminal information, Cohen spoke several times about Moscow’s deal with Trump and kept his children informed of his activities.
You will remember that others in Trump Tower were occupied with the Russians in June. On June 3rd, Donald Trump Jr. received an email offer to set up a meeting with several Russians who had incriminating information about Clinton. The meeting took place on June 9th. On June 14, Michael Cohen met Felix Sater in the Trump Tower tower telling him he would not travel to Russia and mark the end of Trumps Russia’s project according to the criminal information provided on Thursday.
Upstairs at the Trump Tower that same day, Paul Manafort was promoted to president of the Trump campaign for president.
The dates of the Russian-linked events in the Trump campaign are interesting for a very important reason. On May 26, CNN announced that he had won the Indiana Prize on May 3rd and won the remaining May prizes that went unpunished, Trump had gone through the threshold of 1,237 delegates necessary to guarantee his nomination as Republican candidate to president
So when the Russians offered dirt on Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign in June and when they were in contact with Felix Sater, they tried to set up meetings between Michael Cohen and Putin before the convention and with Trump after the convention knew they had to do with the man who would run for president in the United States as Republican candidate.
Therefore, Trumps Mosquito Project was suspended on June 14th. Trump and Putin made it mutual, so nobody would like to risk Trump’s chance of becoming elected president in November.
Putin had already started helping Trump’s choices. On June 12, Washington Post reported that the Democratic National Committee’s e-mail servers had been hacked. We did not know who had hacked the Democratic Party’s emails, but we now know who did it. On July 13, Robert Mueller accused 12 Russian military intelligence officials of hacking democrats’ emails. US intelligence agencies previously announced that the hack was made on orders by Vladimir Putin.
On June 15, the day after Manafort’s elevation to the campaign chairman and the closure of the Moscow Trump tower store, an online figure called “Guccifer 2.0” released the first Democratic Party’s e-mails. We now know that “Guccifer 2.0” was a Russian intelligence official.
Through his campaign, Trump promised Putin. On June 3, Trump had told a campaign experience, “Putin said Donald Trump is a genius and [the] the next major leader in the United States.”
July 25th trumped Trump:
July 27, Trump held a press conference and announced, “Russia, if you listen, I hope you can find the 30,000 emails missing. I think you’re likely to come to be rewarded greatly by our press. “
All these things were kept secret. All meetings between Trumps people and Russians. All contacts between Michael Cohen and the Russians about the Trump Moscow Tower. All the knowledge they had before the leaks of Hillary Clinton and John Podesta’s emails.
They held secrets for the same reason Nixon kept secrets: because they were guilty of crimes. Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort and others have accused of their crimes. This week we learned that Mueller’s team circles the Trump Tower that sharks around the butcher’s body. They even flew to the north to take Cohens guilty prosecution in a New York City courtroom.
Do you want to know how Trump tells you how much trouble he is in? On Thursday, when they climbed the stairs to the Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington D.C., and when they came down from the Air Force One stairs in Argentina, Donald and Melania Trump held hands. It was the first time the president and his wife had touched each other for months. They massage the family picture, but it’s too little and too late.
There is speculation in Washington that Trump’s family is in Mueller’s crossbreed next. Congressman Adam Schiff, who will take over the presidency of the House Intelligence Committee on January 3, has said it will be among the committee’s first activities to release the test by Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner to Mueller’s investigator, something Devin Nunes and Republicans have refused to do.
Even on Thursday, 170 police officers and German federal prosecutors struck Deutsche Bank AG headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany as part of a survey on the bank helping criminals to wash money. Last year, the bank paid a fine of $ 425 million in the United States to help Russian banks to wash $ 10 billion. Deutsche Bank is the only major lender that has been willing to lend to the Trump organization over the past decade. Trump’s latest financial disclosure form was disclosed in May to he owed the bank as much as $ 175 million according to MarketWatch.
Special Counsel Mueller issued announcements to Deutsche Bank for information on Trump’s loan in December, according to The New York Times.
Donald Trump is always about the money. He will not be sitting in the White House and watching his corporate empire suffer from the same fate as Paul Manafort, who lost $ 46 million to the government as part of his prosecution. He will resign with the assurance that he is forgiven for his crimes in Russia’s investigation, just as Nixon gave his forgiveness for his crimes in Watergate.
So Russiagate is not what differs from Watergate after all. They will have the same playoffs.
Lucian K. Truscott IV, a West Point graduate, has had a 50-year career as a journalist, novelist and scriptwriter. He has covered stories like Watergate, Stonewall Riot and War in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the author of five best-selling novels and several failed films. He has three children, lives on the East End on Long Island and spends his time worrying about our nation and crazy writers in such a fruitful attempt to make things better. He can be followed on Facebook at The Canine Hole and Twitter @ LucianKTruscott.
Lucian K. Truscott IV