I concur. If Manafort, Kushner, and Trump were working with Veselnitskaya & Co on June 9 down to the level of propaganda about the Clinton Foundation, THEY WERE COLLUDING. BIGLY. WITH THE RUSSIAN MOB.
THIS EXPLAINS THE PANIC CALLS TO UKRAINE THIS SUMMER. Trump knew that impeachment would bring up the real details of how in bed they were with Putin.
The only play Trump had left was to bully Ukraine's new president into helping him "both sides" the issue by ginning up a fake investigation of Joe Biden.
Because IT WASN'T BOTH SIDES.
Neither side is perfect. But only one political party conspired directly with America's mortal enemies at the level of hacking computers, planning propaganda using Russian military-grade PsyOps, and laundering Russian Mob money into campaigns.
The GOP. And Trump.
Russia was handling Trump the whole time. But when the Trump campaign ran out of money in May and had no moment, Russian spies straight up met the campaign at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016. They offered THE FULL MEASURE OF ASSISTANCE FROM THE RUSSIAN MOB AND RUSSIAN INTEL.
Perhaps Russia was just happy to have Russia as an asset with an incredibly dangerous TV network in 2017 (I posited this in the Game Theory Thread of Dec 11, 2016) but when Trump got desperate and Obama perhaps didn't seem to defend hard...Putin decided to GO FOR IT.
Putin positioned a bunch of his oligarchs (Agaralov), spies (Veselnitskaya, Kilimnik), and Mob assets (Manafort, et al.) and sent them to make a deal with the Trump campaign to get ALL THE WAY in bed with the Russian Federation.
"If it's what you say, I love it."
And then every tool Russia had was activated. GRU and SVR hacking. Agents on the ground. Social media Ops. Money laundering into campaigns. And it was a matter of days. That's when the emails dropped, the media was deployed, events on Facebook were coordinated.
Trump knew he had the full backing of Russia, and it was powerful. He liked it. He encouraged it. Then he won.
And then, in the Transition emails, his whole team admitted that Russia gave them the election. And they kept colluding with America's enemies. Gladly.
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