Conservative magazine: ‘Republicans will regret’ supporting Trump in the face of a ‘cascade’ of Russia lies

The editorial refers to the Trump camp’s ever-changing story on the Trump Tower meeting that took place June 2016 between the president’s son, son-in-law, campaign manager and a Russia lawyer escorting an envoy of her countrymen.

When the meeting’s existence was revealed in July 2017, Donald Trump Jr., reportedly at the behest of his father, insisted the meeting was about Russian adoptions that have been banned since the passage of the Magnitsky Act. But after the revelation of an email sent from British publicist Rod Goldstone to Trump Jr. that claimed Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya wished to share some incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, that story was blown out of the water.

“Trump doesn’t deny any of this,” the Standard‘s editorial board wrote. Trump Jr., meanwhile, claimed he was subject to a “bait-and-switch,” and although it’s “not difficult to imagine him as a dupe,” the column continued, “there is no excusing the shamefulness of the thing.”  “It’s clear that even these amoral operators understood the meeting was inappropriate,” the Standard editors wrote. “How else to explain the cascade of lies they told to cover it up?”  “Among the more dispiriting aspects of this sordid affair is the untroubled, nothing-to-see-here-folks attitude of Trump surrogates, Republican officeholders, and most of the conservative media,” the editors contended.

“Once upon a time,” the column continued, “conservatives were keenly aware of the importance of norms.”

Now, Republicans are instead “covering” for Trump when they “ought to be castigating” him.

“What would it cost them?” the editors asked. “Nothing. They could say, ‘While the meeting does not appear to have been illegal, it was unethical and has no place in American politics. Trump and his campaign were wrong to do it and should be ashamed of it.’ You can say that and still support the president, still want to vote for him in 2020, still want The Wall.”

The problem, as always, is that Trumpism doesn’t allow for honest appraisals or piecemeal support,” the editors identified. “If you’re in for a penny, you must be in for a pound. Defending norms was one of the bedrocks of conservative thought right up until the winter of 2016, at which point Republicans suddenly became contemptuous of the very idea of norms.”

Their prediction: that “Republicans will come to regret their new ‘anything goes’ rationalization.”

“The fact that Trump and his closest advisers were keen to get their hands on opposition research generated by America’s greatest foreign adversary is no big deal for Republicans,” the column concluded. “How far we’ve come in just two years.”

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The Sound of Mueller (Video)

Brilliant. Who would have thought.

Posted by Arijit Barman on Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Robert Mueller Just Moved On Them Like A B*tch; Hands Down A Ton Of Indictments

By Conover-
July 13, 201849
On Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and the Justice Department’s National Security Division visited the courtroom of a federal magistrate judge in Washington, DC to return a grand jury indictment. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein just held a press conference for a “law enforcement announcement.”  Rosenstein said that the GRU, a Russian agency, infiltrated computers, spied on users, and removed data from computers. He said the defendants hacked into a campaign’s computer, stole emails and other documents, then used Wikileaks to release that information, and pointed to Guccifer 2.0.

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WaPo: FBI Was Alarmed By Presence Of Key Russian Elites At Trump Inauguration

By Allegra Kirkland | January 20, 2018 3:47 pm
FBI counterintelligence officials were alarmed last year when a handful of Russian business leaders and activists with close ties to President Vladimir Putin showed up at Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Though the report does not specify which attendees drew of the FBI’s interest, former U.S. officials told the Post that they were concerned by the presence of individuals who had come up in the federal probe into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.

The FBI and White House respectively declined and did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

Those in attendance included oil tycoon Viktor Vekselberg, pharmaceutical executive Alexey Repik, and lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Veselnitskaya’s summer 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. and other key campaign officials.

According to the Post’s report, these members of Russia’s one percent rubbed shoulders with high-ranking U.S. officials at balls and other events celebrating Trump’s surprise victory.

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