Treason; that’s all you can call this. Guilty AF. Time magazine just released a damning interview with a former Russian intelligence officer who worked for one of Putin’s oligarchs and now Trump is freaking out. Despite the fact that Robert Mueller’s team of superheroes’ work has led to the indictment or conviction of at least 33 people and 3 companies (including his personal lawyer/fixer, National Security Advisor, Campaign Manager, Deputy Campaign Manager etc) — El Presidente continues to attack the investigation into his treasonous, illegal behavior as that of a partisan witch hunt.
Trump writes, “The Mueller Angry Democrats recently deleted approximately 19,000 Text messages between FBI Agent Lisa Page and her lover Agent Peter S. … Witch Hunt Hoax … Obstruction of Justice” blah blah blah.
This isn’t normal. It’s treason.
Trump probably found this information from the same people who told him that President Obama was a secret Muslim not born in the US and that President Obama wiretapped him. Trump lies so much that CNN had to use gumballs on live tv to track how often he really lies, and let’s just say it’s a lifetime supply of gumballs:
7,546! That is the number of lies the current president has told since he came into office. To all those in the so called “Christian right”, remember ” (John 8:44 KJV) @alicetweet @RickSantorum #Christianity #USA #Jesus #JesusChrist #retweet #conservative #republican pic.twitter.com/TgeAmnViiJ
— Abad Perez (@youfollowme2) December 29, 2018
Now to the damning Time report. Victor Boyarkin who is presently listed on an American sanctions list worked directly for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska — one of Putin’s close oligarchs. In Boyarkin’s only interview, he literally admits that Paul Manafort was working for the Russians.
Boyarkin told TIME this fall that he was in touch with Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in the heat of the presidential race on behalf of the Russian oligarch. ‘He owed us a lot of money,’ Boyarkin says. ‘And he was offering ways to pay it back.'”
There’s more. But just for a moment — consider what would happen if anything like this happened under President Obama. Calls for impeachment would be rampant. Fox News would be having orgasms right now. It would be unlike anything else you could imagine. Back to Boyarkin.
Not only did Manafort appear to assist the Russian effort in Montenegro against the interests of the United States and a more democratic world (at the same time that Russia tried to engage in a coup to prevent it from being in the EU), Manafort was working to “get whole” by selling his access to Trump:
In a series of emails sent that spring and summer, Manafort tried to offer ‘private briefings’ about the presidential race to Deripaska, apparently, as one of the emails puts it, to ‘get whole.’ Reports in The Atlantic and the Washington Post revealed those emails in the fall of 2017. Among the questions that remained unanswered was the identity of Manafort’s contact in Moscow, the one referred to in one of the emails as ‘our friend V.'”
Here’s how Twitter is responding; stay tuned.
“OUR FRIEND V”: In 2016 emails, PAUL MANAFORT & KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK used a single initial to refer to an OLEG DERIPASKA aide.
Turns out “V” is ex-GRU Victor Boyarkin, who @USTreasury sanctioned this mo. for having “led business negotiations” for Deripaska. https://t.co/FgVGdRxv9B
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) December 29, 2018
Also, those of you really excited that Boyarkin would tie Manafort to an ex-Russian spy?
You do realize that multiple Mueller filings say that Kilimnik was also an ex-or-maybe-not-ex-GRU spy?
That is, Mueller has ALREADY publicly tied Manafort to the agency that did the hack.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 29, 2018
I have lots of questions about this article but the Treasury Department sanctioning Boyarkin two weeks ago means something pic.twitter.com/6uyqILgEZT
— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) December 29, 2018
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