Bozhe moi! [Trans. OMG!] Follow the Russian money...right to the GOP house and senate 2016 election campaigns

Daily Kos link to Ruth May Dallas Morning News article about Russian money filling the campaign coffers the likes of GOP big hitters McConnell, Graham, McCain...just for starters. Some of this Russian money btw was from the Putin VEB crony also linked to Kushner and at least one of his undisclosed meetings on some far away island, boardroom, yacht or all of the above.

Mays reporting perhaps gives us some idea of the scope and details and challenges of the Mueller investigation. It's truly staggering.

So, what hurdle have these men in the GOP, all initially reluctant to address Trump's ties to Putin, managed to clear in order to stand up to Trump on healthcare and allow investigations into Trump ties to Russia to proceed?  Are they throwing Trump under the bus before he can get in and drive all its eight wheels over them in front of the White House, so they can come out looking better?  Have they made a secret deal with Dems, like - pretend you're trying to pass healthcare legislation just to narrowly defeat it in dramatic fashion?  Did they promise the Dems across the aisle bipartisan cooperation to save the cores and legitimacy of both parties?  Are they cutting deals within the senate that let the house GOP, who also took the same campaign contributions, now take the rap?

Or, are they just hoping that most of the public focus stays on Trump while their own doings go unnoticed?

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 5, 2017 at 5:31am

This could get interesting. 

Comment by Boanerges on August 5, 2017 at 6:05am

Been saying for a while now that in the worst (best?) case scenario, the Russian connections could leave you all with a Hatch presidency. 

Comment by koshersalaami on August 5, 2017 at 6:16am

Hatch might be better than those in front of him

Comment by koshersalaami on August 5, 2017 at 6:18am

So here's a question:

If the Republican Party has its leadership decimated by this and the Democratic leadership is steered by centrists, do we end up with a third party becoming viable?

Comment by MV Neland on August 5, 2017 at 11:48am

@Terry - Boze may be needed. Thx for your family side note.  Wikipedia translations can be a bit dry. I may start uttering it daily with a bad Rrrooshan ackscent.

@Boanerges - it was hard for me to get any sense just how far the party would saw off the limb. You look to be darn near right! If Hatch didn't require constant reminding of what room he is in, and why, and what to say, i'd be a little relieved in that he's not about to launch missiles at Mexico were he to become president.

@koshersalaami - definitely 3. Maybe even 4 on a local level if the Dems can't draw the middle of both current parties. Interesting in spades.

What i'm niggling over is both McCain's and Graham's protection of an investigation that may very well sweep them up into it. Either they think they can weather it or are willing to let it all come out in hopes of purging the corruption to rehabilitate the GOP someday or because of a renewed feeling of patriotism or maybe even remorse for what has become of their party.  McCain is certainly retiring and this may be his final legacy much like his recent "No" vote on the Republican anti healthcare forward slash wealthiest of the wealthy tax cut. That could explain his actions.  But, Graham is only halfway through what was a certain career.  They are throwing Trump and newly politically minted Trump Family, Inc. overboard, under the bus, to the wolves, out into the cold or choose your favorite monarchy dethroning metaphor while inevitably bringing a spotlight on their own questionable deeds.

Now, maybe taking campaign money from Russians is normal if there is no quid pro quo?

Anyone know?

Comment by Token on August 5, 2017 at 7:13pm

"As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock."

"Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown. But the episode underscores the special ethical challenges presented by the Clinton Foundation, headed by a former president who relied heavily on foreign cash to accumulate $250 million in assets even as his wife helped steer American foreign policy as secretary of state, presiding over decisions with the potential to benefit the foundation’s donors."

"In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said no one “has ever produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as secretary of state to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation.”

I guess (according to Hillary and her people) the Russians are just crazy generous with their money, and never expect anything in return........


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