Trump's collusion

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The NYT shows how "Trump opens his arms to Russia:"

Just a few hours after President Trump doused expectations of extracting any confession from President Vladimir V. Putin on Russia's election meddling when they meet on Monday, his own Justice Department issued a sweeping indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.

The bold move, precisely the kind that Mr. Trump has long resisted, demonstrated how he is almost wholly untethered from his administration when it comes to dealing with Moscow. Whether it is Russia's interference in the election, its annexation of Crimea or its intervention in Syria, Mr. Trump's statements either undercut, or flatly contradict, those of his lieutenants.

The disconnect is so profound that it often seems Mr. Trump is pursuing one Russia policy, set on ushering in a gauzy new era of cooperation with Mr. Putin, while the rest of his administration is pursuing another, set on countering a revanchist power that the White House has labeled one of the greatest threats to American security and prosperity.

Trump calls the investigation "the rigged witch hunt," and offers what the NYT calls "unfavorable comparisons to his predecessor, Mr. Obama:"

"President Obama failed very badly with Crimea," Mr. Trump said on Friday when asked about Russia's annexation. "This was an Obama disaster. And I think if I were president then, he would not have taken over Crimea."

On Saturday, while at his golf club in Scotland, Mr. Trump blamed Mr. Obama for not acting against Russia's election interference. "These Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years. Why didn't Obama do something about it? Because he thought Crooked Hillary Clinton would win, that's why," he said in a tweet.

Really, it was Mitch McConnell and the GOP that were "opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election." It's worth noting that McConnell stopped Obama, which PolitiFact describes as "The Republican Party prevented President Obama and the Democrats from doing anything to stop the Russian attack." Nevertheless, Trump continues to tweet:

The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018

Here is the real history that Trump is trying to hide.

It was Barack Obama who wanted to issue a joint statement condemning Russian election meddling with Republicans, but Mitch McConnell refused to cooperate. It was the Obama administration that secured documents relating to the Russia investigation so that they couldn't be destroyed by Trump and the Republicans. It was Obama who warned for years that America's election system and infrastructure needed to be upgraded and repaired. (A warning that was ignored by Republican state and local election officials.)

The Daily Beast calls Trumpublican efforts "textbook treason" (h/t: Taegan Goddard):

The indictments of the 12 Russian military officers accused of engaging in a coordinated attack on the United States to try to make their preferred candidate our president are a vital reminder that the Mueller investigation cannot and must not be seen as a political issue.

"This is an extraordinary moment," the piece continues:

It is without equal, not only in American history but in modern history. A hostile foreign power intervened in our election to help elect a man president who has since actively served their interests and has defended them at every turn.

Trump may deny collusion. But given that this the attack continues, denying it is collusion, distracting from it is collusion, obstructing the investigation of it is collusion -- because all these things enable it to go on.

That the president is abetted in his aid for the Russians -- again, in the midst of this ongoing attack -- by the leadership of the Republican Party makes the situation all the more extraordinary and dangerous. As Republicans seek to undermine the investigation, they serve Russia as directly as if they were officers of the GRU. Some now reportedly seek to impeach Rosenstein on trumped up charges. To attack one of our national defense leaders as we are being attacked, and to do so to benefit our foreign adversary, is textbook treason.

As Digby writes:

No matter what is proven about what he knew at the time it's clear that once he found out he didn't give a damn and was happy to receive the help.

And he and the Republican Party are obviously happy to receive it again. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and all the rest of the Fox News traitors are the most cynical, power-mad politicians in American history. They will allow nothing to stand in their way.

If any of these people ever try to wrap themselves in the flag and sell themselves as patriots again I'm going to vomit.

Trump says, "EU is a foe," while sucking up to Putin:

Donald Trump is on third leg of his disastrous overseas trip and he is clearly trying to score high marks on his annual review with his boss, Russian president Vladimir Putin. His latest stunt: calling the European Union our "foe". [...]

Just a reminder that a few days ago at the NATO summit, Trump attacked Germany, saying they are "totally controlled" and a "captive to Russia" --- someone call Freud because the projection is strong with this one. [...]

Breaking down our relationships with our allies, strengthening our relationship with our enemies. Putin is getting a great return on his investment - he appears to [be] the REAL dealmaker. Trump is just the pawn. And he is too stupid to realize it.

Also, the DNC should be ashamed of getting hacked, for reasons:

"The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked. They had bad defenses, and they were able to be hacked," Trump said in a CBS News interview with Jeff Glor, aired Sunday on "Face the Nation." "I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans, too. But, and this may be wrong, but they had much stronger defenses." [...]

"I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the RNC, too. The Republican National Committee," Trump said. "But we had much better defenses. I've been told that by a number of people. We had much better defenses, so they couldn't."

Or, perhaps, both parties were hacked--but the Russians realized that (for whatever reason) the GOP candidate would be more useful to them. TPM's Josh Marshall observes:

For all the ways in which President Trump's rantings about a 'deep state' are nonsensical, the timing of this indictment simply cannot be a coincidence.

"I think we're moving into a dangerous and critical period," he concludes.

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