aside Former US Top Spy Calls President A Russian Asset/ Mueller’s Possession Of Trump’s Emails

It has been my hypothesis that the republican President Donald J. Trump has indeed been a Russian asset before he ever set foot in the White House. The reason that the FBI’S Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has been delving into the president’s past financial history, is that his financial holdings have been inextricably intertwined with Russian financing for decades so that his business could thrive during some financially troubling times. Because the president had a history of filing for bankruptcies in the early 1990s, he had trouble garnering the financing he required through US banking institutions for his numerous projects, but it was Russian monies that came to his rescue.

Being beholden to Russian financing to where there is outstanding debt is similar to being beholden to the Mafia for loans. They both expect a return on their investment. This is the crux of the probe which helps in part to explain why President Trump keeps pandering to Russia even if the US national security interests could be compromised in the process.

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The president’s legal team are in an uproar about the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s possession of many tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner. In a letter to the US Congress, they are accusing the FBI of having illegally obtained this data. If this assertion had any merit, the president’s lawyers would have filed their complaints within the US court system. But barring this, they are simply putting on a show for the media. There are some republican lawmakers who could be in a vulnerable position because of these emails which could explain their ire against the FBI.

What is worse is that the FBI officials did their level best to advise Mr. Trump soon after he became the republican presidential candidate in 2016 about Russian operatives attempting to infiltrate his campaign organization, to prevent the very position that the president is in regarding the FBI’s Trump/ Russian probe.

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As per a 12/18/17 Newsweek report by Jessica Kwong, “Donald Trump was reportedly “briefed and warned” by the FBI weeks after he became the Republican nominee for president that Russia and other foreign adversaries would likely watch and attempt to infiltrate his campaign.”

The briefings led by FBI counterintelligence specialists also were given to Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton and were specifically scheduled to take place around the time that the candidates started receiving classified information, NBC News reported on Monday (12/18/17), based on multiple unnamed government officials.

“Trump was first briefed in mid-August, about a month after he earned the GOP’s nomination, about possible espionage threats from Russia, two law enforcement officials said. The FBI urged candidates to alert the agency if their campaigns experienced any suspicious activities.”

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Here’s the rest of the story….

As per a 12/18/17 Mediaite report, “Clapper on Trump’s Call With Russian Prez: Putin ‘Knows How to Handle an Asset” by Ken Meyer, “During Donald Trump‘s national security speech today (12/18/17), the president boasted about how Vladimir Putin complimented him this weekend after the CIA gave information to the Russian authorities and helped prevent a terror incident in St. Petersburg. However, that anecdote didn’t make former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper feel a whole lot more reassured when he gave his reaction to CNN.”

“I think this past weekend is illustrative of what a great case officer Vladimir Putin is,” Clapper said. “He knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president.”

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“Clapper went on to elaborate by saying that information-sharing with Russia is often a one-way process in which they accept information but rarely provide anything in return. Clapper continued to say that the CIA did the right thing by stopping the attack, but Putin’s call to Trump was mostly a “theatric gesture.”

“You have to remember Putin’s background. He’s a KGB officer, that’s what they do: they recruit assets,” said Clapper. “I think some of that experience and instincts of Putin has come into play here in his managing of a pretty important account for him…with our president.”

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On December 18, 2017, Zachary Fryer-Biggs  of Newsweek penned the following report, “PUTIN HANDLING TRUMP LIKE AN ‘ASSET,’ FORMER INTELLIGENCE CHIEF SAYS.”

“Clapper’s latest comments came on the same day that Trump issued his new national security strategy, which does accuse Russia of “using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies.” In his rollout of the new strategy document, Trump did not address Russian meddling, but did reference the weekend call with Putin.”

“Yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia thanking our country for the intelligence that our CIA was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack,” he said.  “That’s a great thing, and the way it’s supposed to work. That is the way it’s supposed to work.”

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“It’s obviously not the first time that Clapper, President Barack Obama’s national security director, has taken Trump to task. Last month, he said the president is “very naïve” to believe Russia has the best interests of the U.S. at heart.”

“Putin is committed to undermining our system our democracy, and our whole process,” he said. “And to try to paint this in any other way is I think astounding and in fact poses a peril to this country. So the Russians do not harbor good intentions toward the United States. And there shouldn’t be any illusions or any ambiguity about that. And our president fosters that ambiguity.”

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“The first of the calls that Trump made to Putin came on December 14, and was triggered by Putin’s praise of the U.S. economy, with Trump calling to thank Putin and the two discussing North Korea. The second call, Sunday, came after U.S. intelligence passed information to Russian intelligence that apparently thwarted an ISIS-inspired attack in St. Petersburg, with Putin thanking Trump for the assistance. The two had last spoken during a face-to-face meeting in November at a conference in Vietnam.”

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 As per 12/11/17 AXIOS report by Mike Allen, “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained “many tens of thousands” of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner, transition team sources tell Axios.”

  • “Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used them as the basis for questions to witnesses, the sources said.”
  • “The emails include 12 accounts, one of which contains about 7,000 emails, the sources said.”
  • “The accounts include the team’s political leadership and the foreign-policy team, the sources said.”

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Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters that include potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes.”

  • “Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads,” a transition source told me.”

“How it happened: The sources say Mueller obtained the emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition email system, which had addresses ending in “ptt.gov,” for Presidential Transition Team.”

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“Taking fight public: Charging “unlawful conduct,” Kory Langhofer, counsel for the transition team, wrote in a letter to congressional committees Saturday that “career staff at the General Services Administration … have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office.”

  • “The seven-page letter, obtained by Axios, says: “We understand that the Special Counsel’s Office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims.” (Any presidential  privilege claims wouldn’t be viable until after Mr. Trump became the acting US president. When his staff used governmental systems to transmit emails they automatically signed off on this being government data. Any emails with the address .gov in it, is not private)”

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  • “The letter says this was a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.”
  • “Additionally, certain portions of the [transition] materials the Special Counsel’s Office obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims, have been leaked to the press.”

“The transition sources said they were surprised about the emails because they have been in touch with Mueller’s team and have cooperated.”

“The twist: The sources say that transition officials assumed that Mueller would come calling, and had sifted through the emails and separated the ones they considered privileged. But that was for naught, since Mueller has the complete cache from the dozen accounts.”

18 comments

  1. I am sure you know this…..IF TRUMP TRIES TO FIRE MUELLER……
    “Liberal activist groups have readied mass protests in the event that Mueller is fired. The sprawling “Trump Is Not Above the Law” coalition says it has more than 400 demonstrations ready to launch nationwide. Were Mueller to be fired in the morning, events would be held at 5 p.m. local time; if he were fired in the afternoon or evening, protests would kick off at noon the following day”……Washington Post. Louise

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    • Dear Louise Fowler,

      I am worried about the president pulling the December surprise after his lawyers meet with the FBI, and then they end up being forced to tell the president that the Trump/ Russia probe is not closed to being finished.

      For some reason, his lawyers have been painting a rosier picture than what exists in reality.

      His reaction will not be pretty.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Kim,

      They keep trying to throw mud at a republican appointee who headed the FBI from 2001-2013. He is the epitome of the honest, decent and competent career professional who has served his country well.

      As they keep trying different tactics, the hard core republican base may buy this ugly rhetoric against the FBI’s Special Counsel Mueller but they are NOT the majority of Americans who will easily take Mr. Mueller’s word over any of his republican cowardly accusers. There is no comparison.

      Hugs, Gronda

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        • Dear Kim,

          Rep. Jordan’s behavior was disgusting. What is more reprehensible is that Rep. Jordan is tearing down our judicial system for strictly political expediency.

          It is a well known fact that the FBI agents being a part of law enforcement tend to lean to the right.

          Yes, there was one FBI agent who was anti-Trump who was immediately removed from this investigation when there was proof of this.

          When an agent is hired, trained and puts his rear end on the line, I do not expect there to be a litmus test as to which party they support.

          Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      You always get right to the crux of the matter. You are so right. We can expect the president with his republican sycophants in the White House, the US Congress and the right wing media outlets to increase in their orchestrated attack on the FBI and its Trump/ Russian probe in proportion to the heat that is raised by FBI’s future indictments and embarrassing revelations.

      I am certain that some of these republicans’ emails are included in that cache of emails collected by the FBI when the Trump administration was still in that transition period, could turn out to put them in a most unflattering light.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    With so many facets to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump/Russian ties, interference in our election last year, and collusion with Russia by Trump & Co., it is nearly possible to keep up. Our friend Gronda, however, has done a great job in bringing us up to date on the latest, and I couldn’t have said it better than she, so please take a few minutes to read her excellent post. Thank you, Gronda, for all your research and hard work … this is excellent information!

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  3. This is an excellent post, my friend, and I have taken the liberty of re-blogging it. Thank you! There is so much that I felt defeated before even attempting to sort through it all, so I am grateful for your insightful post. I think that when all is said and done, there can be no doubt that Trump was bought and paid for by Putin, and I just hope that Mueller is allowed to complete his work without interruption. The sooner we can get the madman out of office, the sooner we can stop the bleeding that our nation is undergoing. Thanks again! Hugs!!!

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    • Dear Jill,

      The knowledge that the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had possession of the president and his team’s transition emails (legally) for months came as a surprise to republicans defending him. I am betting that many of these republican sycophants emails are included in this cache. This fact alone is guaranteed to drive these presidential ditto-heads insane and they are acting accordingly.

      When Dems take over the US house in 2018, the first thing I want done, is the set up of a non partisan, professionally competent several member commission to study and then to publish everything that has occurred regarding the investigation of the Trump/ Russian connections and Russia’s meddling in our politics.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I DO like your term “presidential ditto heads”!!! It’s perfect. Yes, I imagine they are scrambling for cover now, and I hope the fallout rains heavily on their collective heads. I hope you are right that the democrats re-take the House next year, else we will have another two years like the last one, and I don’t relish that thought at all. Trump & Co. have been a huge wart on the face of this country and it is time to get rid of it!
        Hugs!!!

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  4. I absolutely love the fact that Mueller had the entire cache of transition emails while the White House sat on its hands waiting for his request so they could deliver a sanitized collection. I pray there are some smoking guns lurking in those emails!

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    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      If this were not such a serious situation, I would be having a good laugh. Those emails would include the thoughts of quite a few of those sycophants republicans that I keep writing about.

      If there are not some smoking guns in this pile of emails, there are some stink bombs in there.

      Hugs, Gronda

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