Category: Mueller

New Cobb EMC CEO & Mueller’s Russia Investigation

In a separate post, IndieDems analyzes Cobb EMC’s appointment in March of Peter Heintzelman as its new CEO (Question about Cobb EMC’s New CEO: Why Him?). We note that Heintzelman’s last job was as Chief Financial Officer for Alevo USA Inc. when it filed for bankruptcy in August 2017. He went on to become the interim group CEO for the firm as he shepherded it through the bankruptcy. Heintzelman’s Alevo connection opened up an interesting pathway between Cobb EMC and the Mueller Russia investigation.

The Charlotte (NC) Business Journal reported that the Alevo bankruptcy focused renewed attention on Alevo’s investors. The Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliva( Today’s Business) reported that investors include Russian Oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev and a Norwegian named Gjermund Cappelen, who had been charged in one of that country’s largest drug smuggling cases.

The Charlotte Observer reported Heintzelman’s appointment as CEO with this headline: Alevo Group names new interim CEO as ally of Russian investor departs. Excerpts:

  • Alevo Group, the Swiss battery maker whose U.S. arms filed for bankruptcy protection in August, said Thursday that it had named Peter Heintzelman interim group CEO, replacing the recently departed Vlad Baumgertner… who had led Rybolovlev’s former company, Uralkali, from 2003 to 2013…
  • Alevo said in a news release that Heintzelman’s appointment…”will enable the organization to benefit from his leadership during its post-Chapter 11 filing in the US and its continued efforts in Switzerland and Germany.”

Rybolovlev reportedly has received scrutiny in the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia. In 2008 Rybolovlev bought Trump’s seaside Florida mansion – Maison de L’Amite – for $95m. Trump made a $50m profit, having bought the property just four years earlier. “The sale at the peak of the global financial crisis raised eyebrows,” according to The Guardian.

According to The Committee to Investigate Russia: To this day, Rybolovlev and Trump claim they never have met. However, a series of coincidences have drawn that declaration into question. Twice before the November 2016 election, Rybolovlev’s private plane landed in places Trump was campaigning, Las Vegas on October 30th and Charlotte, with another stop in Concord, NC—the home of Alevo’s U. S. operations—on November 3rd.

Rybolovlev was the biggest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus until a financial crisis in 2013 left him with a $600 million loss and paved the way for oligarchs more closely aligned with the Kremlin to step in, according to the Committee’s report.

Rybolovlev is connected to Wilbur Ross, President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, who helped bail out the Bank of Cyprus in 2014 and served as Member and Vice-Chairman of its Board of Directors until submitting his resignation on March 1, 2017. The bank appointed James B. Lockhart III, Vice Chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC (Wilbur Ross’ company), in his stead, leaving open the possibility that Ross has not separated entirely from the Bank of Cyprus’ activities.

Trump Trying to Destroy Government Experts on Russian Organized Crime

The Urgent Question of Trump and Money Laundering

  • By David Leonhardt- New York Times, September 9th, 2018

(Excerpt) The latest reason to be suspicious is Trump’s attacks on a formerly obscure Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr. Trump has repeatedly criticized Ohr and called for him to be fired. Ohr’s sin is that he appears to have been marginally involved in inquiries into Trump’s Russian links. But Ohr fits a larger pattern. In his highly respected three-decade career in law enforcement, he has specialized in going after Russian organized crime.


IndieDems Comment:
  • The article presents the evidence that Putin’s leverage over Trump could be “the scandal that’s been staring us in the face all along: Illicit financial dealings — money laundering — between Trump’s business and Russia.” Trump seems to be trying to rid the government of experts in Russian organized crime.
  • An earlier analysis by Natasha Bertrand in The Atlantic  expanded on the same theme.

Trump’s attack on Ohr takes his lying demagoguery into a whole new dimension of using the power of the presidency to destroy an innocent person’s life. Trump lumped Ohr along with senior intelligence officials as someone whose security clearances might be withdrawn. The withdrawal of clearances from former officials like CIA Director John Brennan will have little direct impact on their lives.

The withdrawal of clearances from a serving federal employee like Ohr would destroy his career.

This is the level of depravity inflicted on America by the likes of Republicans like Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representatives like Karen Handel and Barry Loudermilk.

And their staffs.

Isakson, Perdue, Handel, and Loudermilk’s Betrayal 0f America Nakedly Revealed

If you want a quick summary of why IndieDems has nothing by scorn for Donald Trump and his Georgia Republican lapdogs, drop down to Admiral William  McRaven’s letter. His indictment of Trump will ring through the ages. 

Since the day Donald Trump emerged as the front runner to become the Republican presidential nominee, IndieDems has pointed out how his character, personality, and anti-intellectual viewpoint made him unfit to be president. Trump’s lies and his racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and sexist attitudes have become more extreme with every passing week since his inauguration. His lack of intelligence and willful refusal to inform  himself on policy issues have become more pronounced. His daily tweets reveal the personality of an adolescent guttersnipe.

I will not attempt to present here the full indictment of Trump’s disastrous presidency. I have done that in other posts, but much more telling are the voices of true American conservatives who have condemned Trump more virulently and eloquently than any liberals or Democrats. Let me cite some of Trump’s more egregious transgressions:

His utter failure to respond adequately to Russia’s waging in 2016 of cyber attacks and a covert propaganda campaign against the American electoral system in an attempt to sway the vote in favor of Trump. U.S, intelligence services report that Russia is continuing its assault in an effort to influence the November 2018 elections.

  • Trump continues to assert that the allegations are a hoax and that he believes Putin’s denial of any intervention over the conclusions of his own intelligence services.
  • Trump has done virtually nothing to mobilize U.S. agencies to counter the Russian attacks, and he has not proposed not one single new law to provide the resources to counter Russian technical capabilities.
  • Trump’s sucking up to Putin reached a new nadir at a summit conference in July. In a joint press conference, Trump kowtowed to Putin so obsequiously that even Fox News, Newt Gingrich, and the Wall Street Journal issued ringing criticisms.
  • A paid Russian agent in the Oval Office could not have done a better job than Trump in furthering Putin’s strategy to weaken and ultimately destroy the NATO Alliance and the whole network of treaties and practices that have served the international order well since the end of WWII.

Trump in May implemented a disastrous policy of kidnapping thousands of innocent migrant children with no plan for releasing them, forcing the federal courts to intervene to bring about their return to their families.

  • Trump and the Republicans remain indifferent to the fact that over 500 children still remain in detention.

Trump and the Republicans remain indifferent to the massive corruption permeating his Administration (Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, Wilbur Ross, Tom Price, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, etc)

Trump’s anti-Christian assault on America’s basic moral and democratic values and on common human decency is demonstrated most strikingly in his issuing over 4,000 false or misleading statement since becoming president.

Trump’s by now widely recognized racism reached a new low recently when he called a black female a dog.

Georgia’s GOP Congressional Delegations: Unwavering Support for Trump

Despite Trump’s manifest demonstration of his unfitness for the job, the following members of Georgia’s Republican U.S. Congressional delegations have remained unstinting supporters of Trump. They are:

  • Senator Johnny Isakson and his Chief of Staff Joan Karr and Immigration Legislative Assistant Michael Black.
  • Senator David Perdue and his COS Derrick Dickey and Immigration LA Drew Robinson 
  • Rep. Karen Handel and her COS Muffy Day and Immigration LA Elisabeth Conklin 
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk and his COS Rob Adkerson and Homeland Security LA Susannah Johnston

Most notably, Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston do not give a two-bit tinker’s dam about Trump’s daily violation of God’s 10 Commandments and Jesus’ Golden Rule.

Senator Perdue spoke for his colleagues when he called Trump “America’s Winston Churchill.”


READ MORE:

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, Handel & Staffs: Natural Swamp Dwellers All Along
The Rising Tide of Racism, Fueled by Trump and His Republicans
True Conservatives Flee Trumpist Republican Party


The Evisceration of the Georgia Republicans’ Apologias for Trump

But whatever twisted logic Georgia Republicans have used to justify their support for Trump and his disastrous Presidency has now been rendered null and void by the reaction to his lawless revocation of the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, and his threat to revoke the clearances of eight more former intelligence and security officials and one serving officer.

Brennan and some of the other officials have exercised their First Amendment right to publicly criticize Trump, without revealing classified information in the process. What all of them have in common is this: they are potential witnesses in Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

But another development has shown the what a bunch of hogwash is behind the Republicans’ apologies for Trump: 60 former CIA officials issued a statement objecting to the Brennan action and stating their belief “that former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so.”

The line is now drawn between, on the one hand, Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston and their defense of a corrupt, immoral, racist, sexist, and xenophobic President; and on the other, 61 of America’s respected intelligence and security officials who devoted their careers to the service of protecting the United States from it foreign enemies.

IndieDems has no problem choosing between the two groups.

Retired Navy Admiral Delivers the Damning Indictment of Trump

But-there’s more. A separate statement was issued by Retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who commanded the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden:

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.

If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

It is on the words of Admiral McRaven that IndieDems rests (for now) the case it has made for over a year against Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston. McRaven has eviscerated these Republicans warped apologias for Donald Trump.

Isakson, Karr, Black, Perdue, Dickey, Robinson, Handel, Day, Conklin, Loudermilk, Adkerson, and Johnston are, truly, the sound of tinkling brass.

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Trump and Georgia Republicans Rush to Bow Down to Putin

IndieDems.com
Special Bulletin #3 – July 20, 2018
Trump’s Georgia Republican Lackeys Go Along with His Doubling Down on His Betrayal of United States

Trump invites Putin to White House to continue his treasonous effort to make the United States a vassal state of Russia

  • Sends in-your-face message to critics of his obsequious kowtowing to Putin in Helsinki that he does not give a damn
  • Bypasses his own national security advisers to emphasize his unfettered dictatorial control of foreign policy

Georgia Congressional Republicans Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel—who never criticized Trump’s Helsinki kissing of Putin’s butt—seem poised to continue their obsequious endorsement of Trump’s betrayal of America and their blind eye toward his governing like a third-world dictator.

“Congressional oversight? What the hell is that?” say Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel.

But a Congressional Republican colleague—a rare sitting Congressman willing to speak the truth, who is also a former CIA officer—says in today’s New York Times:

 Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?

By Rep Will Hurd, (R-TX)

(Excerpt) “Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.”


White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in a tweet on Thursday announced that Trump had invited Russian President Putin to visit Washington in the fall. The announcement came even as the fallout of Trump’s unprecedented kowtowing to Putin in a joint press conference capping the Helsinki summit created a jumbled mess in Washington and left the United States Government paralyzed in chaos and confusion.

The monstrous flaws at the heart of Trump’s Republican Administration were revealed when the unexpected announcement of the invitation was delivered to Andrea Mitchell as she was interviewing Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates on live TV at the Aspen Security Forum.

Coates had been discussing the role of the intelligence community in the Trump Administration in the wake of Trump’s explicit statement in Helsinki that he believed Putin’s denial over the U.S. intelligence community’s findings that Russia had waged cyberattacks in the 2016 elections designed to support Trump’s campaign over Hillary Clinton’s.

The announcement plainly caught Coates by surprise, indicating Trump bypassed the intelligence community in whatever decision-making occurred. It seems clear Trump once more chose to avoid mobilizing the foreign policy apparatus to make careful preparations for such a momentous event. Trump, in short, learned nothing from the disastrous results of the Helsinki summit.

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk, and Handel care not about this gross mis-government.

Before receiving the surprise of the Putin invitation, Coates had told Mitchell that Trump had not briefed him about what transpired in the one-on-one Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki. The idea that Trump’s senior national security advisers can do their jobs effectively without knowing that information is pure horse manure. But this glaring flaw in the Trump White House means nothing to Georgia’s Republican Senators and Representatives.

This fly-by-the-seats-of-your-pants decision making in determining America’s future, of course, is looked upon with great enthusiasm by Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel. It’s their definition of good government. They’ve had virtually nothing but praise for Trump for the past 19 months.

In the three days between the Helsinki debacle and the new announcement, Trump aggressively defended the Helsinki outcome, demonstrating beyond the shadow of a doubt his determination to continue acting as a vassal of Putin. His new invitation doubles down on his willingness to subordinate the national interests of the United States to the dictates of Vladimir Putin.

IndieDems rejects the Georgia Republicans’ cowardly obeisance to Trump and joins with conservative voices like Rep. Hurd (R-TX), John McCain, Newt Gingrich, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, (yes, Fox News), and George Will—among others—in condemning Trump’s flagrant betrayal of the United States. Add the latest column by TV news host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough “Republicans Should be Repulsed.”

The Evidence Says: Trump is an Agent of Putin

IndieDems is more convinced than ever of its previously stated conclusion that Trump is an agent of Putin—a conclusion that gained support after Trump’s Helsinki treason, increased further after he spent days rejecting all criticism of Helsinki, and has reached new heights with his invitation to Putin. More and more average Americans are reaching the conclusion that here is no other alternative.

The Offense is Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” The legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if U.S. is waging war.


The Case for Treason

Special Counsel Mueller indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers, the findings of our intelligence services, and the recent report of the Senate Intelligence Committee verifying those findings leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

  • And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.
  • In short, as of right now, Donald Trump is committing treason against the United States. As are any who support him.

Rep. Handel, Stop Betraying Your Country over Russia

Dear Representative Handel,

Are you truly unaware that you are committing treason against the United States?

The question of what you will do in the wake of Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their use of cyberwar and other criminal activities to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections is now your number one priority. Your track record, so far, is not encouraging.

Handel’s failure #1: It has been two years since our intelligence agencies revealed Russian use of cyberattacks to interfere in our elections. In the intervening period, the attacks have continued, gotten more sophisticated, and are being used to undermine this year’s elections. U.S. intelligence chiefs in February unanimously reaffirmed the nature of the Russian acts and the serious danger they pose to the United States.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, this month, issued a bipartisan report strongly reaffirming the findings of the intelligence services.

What has Karen Handel done in the two years of flagrant Russian attacks on the United States?

Karen Handel has not done one damn thing, that’s what.

Karen Handel is guilty of a dereliction of duty unparalleled in American history.

Karen Handel has sold out his country to suck up to the Donald Trump who is sucking up to Vladimir Putin.

Karen Handel is a member of the Republican Congressional establishment that has abandoned any semblance of Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration. As no less than John Boehner said, there is no longer a Republican Party. There is only the Trump Party.

The chief feature of Handel’s Republicans and their President? They have done absolutely nothing to put in place measures to counter the Russian attacks, even after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates warned on July 13 that the “warning lights are blinking red” indicating intensified Russian cyberattacks to undermine the United States’ democracy and erode its institutions as the elections near.

Trump’s meeting with Putin scheduled for July 16 has compressed the timetable and intensified the need for Karen Handel—and Trump—to take decisive measures to punish Putin for his past transgressions and to prevent the Russian attacks from continuing. Handel’s reputation—as well as Trump’s—will be determined by the outcome of the meeting.

Representative Handel, I greatly fear you underestimate the watershed of the new indictments. Almost 48 hours after Rosenstein announced the indictments, and a few hours away from the Trump-Putin meeting, Karen Handel is so unconcerned about his country’s security, she does not bother to even issue a press release on the implications. His web and Facebook pages are devoid of any comment.

Rep. Handel, Trump and his “witch hunt” puppets have lost any semblance of credibility. Your country is at war. Donald Trump’s surrender to Russia poses a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

Rep. Handel, the time is past for you to stop betraying your country. Your cowardly obeisance to Trump no longer suffices. Americans and Georgians demand action, and they demand it now.

Georgia Republicans Are Committing Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Although there is a definitive “or” between the words “levying war” and “providing aid and comfort,” the legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if  U.S. is waging war.

That is now a moot point. The indictments, the findings of our intelligence services, and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

In short, as of right now, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Karen Handel, and Barry Loudermilk—and their staffs—are committing treason against the United States.

Rep. Loudermilk, Stop Betraying Your Country over Russia

Dear Representative Loudermilk,

Are you truly unaware that you are committing treason against the United States?

The question of what you will do in the wake of Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their use of cyberwar and other criminal activities to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections is now your number one priority. Your track record, so far, is not encouraging.

Loudermilk’s failure #1: It has been two years since our intelligence agencies revealed Russian use of cyberattacks to interfere in our elections. In the intervening period, the attacks have continued, gotten more sophisticated, and are being used to undermine this year’s elections. U.S. intelligence chiefs in February unanimously reaffirmed the nature of the Russian acts and the serious danger they pose to the United States.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, this month, issued a bipartisan report strongly reaffirming the findings of the intelligence services.

What has Barry Loudermilk done in the two years of flagrant Russian attacks on the United States?

Barry Loudermilk has not done one damn thing, that’s what.

Barry Loudermilk is guilty of a dereliction of duty unparalleled in American history.

Barry Loudermilk has sold out his country to suck up to the Donald Trump who is sucking up to Vladimir Putin.

Barry Loudermilk is a member of the Republican Congressional establishment that has abandoned any semblance of Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration. As no less than John Boehner said, there is no longer a Republican Party. There is only the Trump Party.

The chief feature of Loudermilk’s Republicans and their President? They have done absolutely nothing to put in place measures to counter the Russian attacks, even after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates warned on July 13 that the “warning lights are blinking red” indicating intensified Russian cyberattacks to undermine the United States’ democracy and erode its institutions as the elections near.

Trump’s meeting with Putin scheduled for July 16 has compressed the timetable and intensified the need for Barry Loudermilk—and Trump—to take decisive measures to punish Putin for his past transgressions and to prevent the Russian attacks from continuing. Loudermilk’s reputation—as well as Trump’s—will be determined by the outcome of the meeting.

Representative Loudermilk, I greatly fear you underestimate the watershed of the new indictments. Almost 48 hours after Rosenstein announced the indictments, and a few hours away from the Trump-Putin meeting, Barry Loudermilk is so unconcerned about his country’s security, he does not bother to even issue a press release on the implications. His web and Facebook pages are devoid of any comment.

Rep. Loudermilk, Trump and his “witch hunt” puppets have lost any semblance of credibility. Your country is at war. Donald Trump’s surrender to Russia poses a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

Rep. Loudermilk, the time is past for you to stop betraying your country. Your cowardly obeisance to Trump no longer suffices. Americans and Georgians demand action, and they demand it now.

Georgia Republicans Are Committing Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Although there is a definitive “or” between the words “levying war” and “providing aid and comfort,” the legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if  U.S. is waging war.

That is now a moot point. The indictments, the findings of our intelligence services, and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

In short, as of right now, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, and their staffs are committing treason against the United States.

Senator Perdue: Stop Betraying Your Country over Russia

Dear Senator Perdue,

Are you truly unaware that you are committing treason against the United States?

The question of what you will do in the wake of Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for their use of cyberwar and other criminal activities to influence the outcome of the 2016 elections is now your number one priority. Your track record, so far, is not encouraging.

Perdue’s failure #1: It has been two years since our intelligence agencies revealed Russian use of cyberattacks to interfere in our elections. In the intervening period, the attacks have continued, gotten more sophisticated, and are being used to undermine this year’s elections. U.S. intelligence chiefs in February unanimously reaffirmed the nature of the Russian acts and the serious danger they pose to the United States.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, this month, issued a bipartisan report strongly reaffirming the findings of the intelligence services.

What has David Perdue done in the two years of flagrant Russian attacks on the United States?

David Perdue has not done one damn thing, that’s what.

David Perdue is guilty of a dereliction of duty unparalleled in American history.

David Perdue has sold out his country to suck up to the Donald Trump who is sucking up to Vladimir Putin.


Perdue in the News
Headline on something called davidharrisjr.com on May 22, 2018: “Sen David Perdue: It’s Going to Come Out Obama Interfered in 2016 Election.”

Perdue Compares Trump to Churchill

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David Perdue is a senior member of the Republican Congressional establishment that has abandoned any semblance of Congressional oversight of the Trump Administration. As no less than John Boehner said, there is no longer a Republican Party. There is only the Trump Party.

The chief feature of Perdue’s Republicans and their President? They have done absolutely nothing to put in place measures to counter the Russian attacks, even after Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coates warned on July 13 that the “warning lights are blinking red” indicating intensified Russian cyberattacks to undermine the United States’ democracy and erode its institutions as the elections near.

Trump’s meeting with Putin scheduled for July 16 has compressed the timetable and intensified the need for David Perdue—and Trump—to take decisive measures to punish Putin for his past transgressions and to prevent the Russian attacks from continuing. Perdue’s reputation—as well as Trump’s—will be determined by the outcome of the meeting.

Senator Perdue, I greatly fear you underestimate the watershed of the new indictments. Almost 48 hours after Rosenstein announced the indictments, and a few hours away from the Trump-Putin meeting, David Perdue is so unconcerned about his country’s security, he does not bother to even issue a press release on the implications. His web and Facebook pages are devoid of any comment.

Senator Perdue, Trump and his “witch hunt” puppets have lost any semblance of credibility. Your country is at war. Donald Trump’s surrender to Russia poses a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.

Senator Perdue, the time is past for you to stop betraying your country. Your cowardly obeisance to Trump no longer suffices. Americans and Georgians demand action, and they demand it now.

Georgia Republicans Are Committing Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Although there is a definitive “or” between the words “levying war” and “providing aid and comfort,” the legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if  U.S. is waging war.

That is now a moot point. The indictments, the findings of our intelligence services, and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

In short, as of right now, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, and their staffs are committing treason against the United States.

Georgia Republicans: Stop Betraying Your Country over Russia

Note to Georgia’s Republican Congressmen and Senators: Are you aware that you are committing treason? Keep reading.

The announcement on July 13 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had secured the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers is a watershed in the history of Russian interference in U.S. elections. As anyone with an ounce of common sense knows, the detailed indictments blasts into oblivion the Donald Trump/Republican assertions that the whole Russian investigation is nothing but a witch hunt and fake news. Those words, themselves, are now revealed as the real fake news.

Trump and his Republican lapdogs have been caught with their pants down. They have been shown, beyond the shadow of a doubt, to have been lying to the American people and to be dupes or outright agents of Vladimir Putin.

Remember: U.S, intelligence services have stated for two years that they had the irrefutable evidence that Russia had interfered massively in the U.S elections in 2016. Further, the evidence proved that the interference was designed to help Trump get elected President and to discredit Hillary Clinton.

The intelligence services also have stated without reservations that the Russian cyberwarfare is continuing, becoming more sophisticated, and is being and will be used in the 2018 elections.

After Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments at a news conference, Daniel Coates, director of national intelligence, told an audience at the Hudson Institute think tank that the “warning lights are blinking red again” that Russian will attempt to interfere with the November 2018 elections. He said the last time the nation encountered this frequency and intensity of threat indicators was in the lead-up to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The Republican-led  Senate Intelligence Committee on July 3, 2018, issued a bipartisan report backing the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to aid President Donald Trump and is continuing its efforts to undermine U.S. democracy. The report capped 14 months of an exhaustive review of the evidence.

The Committee’s finding revealed Russia meddled in far more extensive ways than previously known and constituted a strong rebuke to Trump and many of his allies who continue to cast doubt on the finding from the intelligence community that Moscow carried out an operation to help his candidacy and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Trump, of course, has made his denial of the accuracy of the reports of Russian meddling a cornerstone of his presidency. His denial equals in vehemence his denial that his campaign colluded with the Russian effort to get him elected.

Trump has gone further that denigrate U.S. intelligence services. He has repeatedly given more weight to Putin’s denial of the allegations than to the unanimous opinion of those services, fully backed by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mueller’s indictment of the 12 Russian intelligence officers for crimes committed in 2016 has not altered Trump’s willingness to accept Putin’s denials. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein briefed Trump on the pending indictments before Trump left for his visits this month to the NATO summit, Great Britain, and a summit with Putin in Helsinki scheduled for July 15.

Even after receiving the Rosenstein briefing that laid out the details of Russian meddling in U.S. elections, Trump publicly repeated his assertion that the whole matter was nothing but a witch hunt and fake news. His position gives every indication that Trump will fail to take a strong stand on the issue in his meeting with Putin.

A White House statement issued after the public revelations of the indictments showed conclusively that Trump and Republicans remain blithely unconcerned about Russia’s war on America. The statement chortled that the indictments said nothing about Trump campaign officials colluding with Russia. The WH statement did not:

  • Denounce Russia or Putin for his intelligence services criminal acts against America
  • State any retaliatory measures would be taken
  • Warn Russia against any further attacks
  • State any steps would be taken to counter further Russian cyberwarfare campaigns

Let there be no doubt about the seriousness of what Trump is doing. Russia under Putin has declared war on the United States and is attacking the U.S. every day. President Donald Trump is sacrificing the vital national interests of the United States on the altar of being Putin’s lap dog. In his 19 months in office, Trump has recklessly and consciously betrayed his country by rejecting the proven reality that Russia is waging war against the United States of America.

Donald Trump has proven himself to be an agent of Vladimir Putin. Whether from being paid, duped, or blackmailed is a moot point. Every word Trump speaks and every deed he performs are exactly what a Putin agent would be saying and doing. Putin did his part to get Trump elected. Trump repays him the favor by turning a blind eye to his depredations and obsequiously praising him.

If you do not believe Trump is Putin’s agent, tell us how your examination of the evidence leads to that conclusion. What is the alternative?

Georgia Republicans Are Committing Treason

Section Three of the U.S. Constitution reads: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

Although there is a definitive “or” between the words “levying war” and “providing aid and comfort,” the legal consensus seems to be that treason can only be committed if  U.S. is waging war.

That is now a moot point. The indictments, the findings of our intelligence services, and the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee leave no doubt that we are under attack by Russia.

And by any reasonable definition of those words, refusing to punish Russia for its attacks on America and refusing to take any steps to prevent the attacks from continuing, is giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

In short, as of right now, Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, Karen Handel, and their staffs are committing treason against the United States.

The Known Facts about the Crime and Malfeasance in Trumpgate

The New York Times today published a detailed look at the known facts about the crimes and acts of malfeasance already uncovered by Mueller and other investigations. The list further eviscerates any idea that Mueller’s probe is a witch hunt or that his investigation has reached a dead end by allegedly not proving “collusion”–a term that appears nowhere in the Justice Department directive establishing Mueller’s probe.

Excerpts:

  • (Mueller) has already provided an instructive guide to the swampy world of corporations, law firms and Washington lobbying shops,
  • The indictment of Paul Manafort lifted a rock on manipulation that’s usually hidden.
  • The lawyer who was found guilty of lying to Mueller’s team came from a major law firm that was among the beneficiaries of $4 million in largess that Manafort  distributed several years ago  in support of lobbying for Russian interests
  • The Obama State Department called a report issued by the law firm in support of that lobbying flawed and inappropriate
  • Mueller’s indictment also revealed that Manafort enlisted the help of the Democratic superlobbyist Tony Podesta and his firm, the Podesta Group
  • Three years ago…the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network fined the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City $10 million for “willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act”
  • One-fifth of the condos owned by Trump in the United States were sold to shell companies like those Manafort used…Since Trump won the Republican nomination, 70 percent of domestic real estate sales by his companies were to shell companies
  • A Times investigation found that this sort of behavior is business as usual for many big developers,
  • A shell company obscured the purchase of a lobbyist’s luxurious home by the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, when he was an Oklahoma state senator in 2003.
  • The recent attention to Mr. Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen illuminated another not uncommon practice of the business world…keeping people quiet.
  • A lawyer from another top law firm has been involved in attempts to squelch the story of Trump’s alleged fathering of a child out of wedlock
  • The same lawyer also worked to try to kill a New York Times report on women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and, on behalf of the fraudulent blood-testing company Theranos, threatened to sue The Wall Street Journal to prevent a report that showed the company was a complete con.
“In the world of white-collar crime, business as usual has meant that the attorney-client privilege has often been a means to keep the law at bay…All this is an indictment of a criminal justice system that has fed the swamp in which Mr. Trump and his ilk thrive. “

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