As per the 9/11/18 Committee to Investigate Russia’s report:”Ruth May, in a piece for the Dallas Morning News, details the donations from Len Blavatnik, “one of the largest donors to GOP political action committees in the 2015-16 election cycle.”
“Data from the Federal Election Commission show that Blavatnik’s campaign contributions dating back to 2009-10 were fairly balanced across party lines and relatively modest for a billionaire. During that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and to $273,600 in 2013-14, still bipartisan.”
“In 2015-16, everything changed. Blavatnik’s political contributions soared and made a hard right turn as he pumped $6.35 million into GOP political action committees, with millions of dollars going to top Republican leaders including Sens. Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.”
“In 2017, donations continued, with $41,000 going to both Republican and Democrat candidates, along with $1 million to McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund.”
“An infographic accompanying May’s article notes the following: ”
“Blavatnik contributed $800,000 to the Security is Strength PAC, associated with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., via Access Industries.”
As per the 4/18/ 2019 NBC report, “Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, apparently provided the White House with information on the Russia investigation after a private briefing with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report.”
“Within a week of Comey briefing the “Gang of Eight” congressional leaders about the FBI’s Russia probe in March 2017, Mueller wrote that then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s office was in contact with the North Carolina Republican “and appears to have received information about the status of the FBI investigation.”
“As Mueller notes, it’s unclear if Trump was aware of the briefing at the time. But Annie Donaldson, who served as McGahn’s chief of staff, wrote then that “POTUS in panic/chaos … Need binders to put in front of POTUS. (1) All things related to Russia.”
Link to entire report: GOP Sen. Richard Burr apparently briefed White House on FBI’s Russia Probe…
“The minion in this case is his campaign adviser Scott Jennings, also a CNN contributer (and by the way, CNN, what the fuck?), who writes, “Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad. On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.” What is of course missing from his turgid analysis (“A legitimate question Republicans are asking is whether the potential ‘collusion’ narrative was invented to cover up the Obama administration’s failures”) is any mention at all of McConnell and his very well-documented refusal to allow the Obama administration to tell the nation that Russia was interfering in the election and working to elect Trump.”
“The alternative history McConnell is pushing out with this surrogate is that Obama wanted to save his nuclear agreement with Iran and needed Putin on board, so he refused to stand up to him on election interference. But we know from extensive reporting that McConnell was the sole hold-out among the Gang of Eight—members of congressional leadership and leaders of the intelligence committees—on the Obama administration’s effort to send a strong bipartisan statement to the American people about Russian interference. McConnell’s excuse was that he doubted the intelligence. His method was to tell the administration that if it went around him and issued the statement anyway, he’d poison the election. The administration, believing that Hillary Clinton would win, decided not to put that to the test.”
“Back to the op-ed: What’s even more shameless in it is that McConnell’s guy then goes on to criticize the economic sanctions Obama imposed on Russia after the election as a “toothless response to a serious incursion.” Those would be the sanctions that Trump lifted and that the Senate—with Mitch McConnell leading it—refused to reimpose.”
“We can’t leave out the part where one of the companies that had sanctions lifted by Trump and McConnell just announced it was investing in a new $200 million aluminum plant in McConnell’s home state. The owners of that company, Rusal, are Paul Manafort’s buddy and rat-fucking pal Oleg Deripaska, the oligarch and friend of Putin, and Leonard (Len) Blavatnik, who donated $2.5 million to McConnell’s GOP Senate Leadership Fund through two of his holding companies during the 2016 campaign and a further $1 million in 2017.”
“This desperate “It’s all Obama’s fault” smoke screen does tell us one thing: McConnell is worried about his own exposure here as he kicks off his next re-election campaign. It also confirms what a deeply corrupted and compromised politician he is.”
Link to article: McConnell surrogate throws up desperate smoke screen: ‘Mueller’s report looks bad for Obama’
Gronda, I wrote a post last night suggesting the GOP should consider impeaching the President. The GOP has an opportunity to save their party and country by acting on a very concerning report. Plus, with 14 cases recommended for prosecution by Mueller (only two of which are known), it should scare any Republican who has worked with the President. The GOP has the most to lose.
What is not discussed enough is the Mueller report validates the thorough research and findings in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” and Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury.” These three sources paint a chaotic, mercurial and untruthful leader.
What happens when a real crisis occurs and the decisions are centralized around this man? Keith
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We have been criticizing the Republican Party lawmakers in the US Congress for years over their lack of courage in standing up to this president for his wrongdoings out of fear of political repercussions.
I find it disheartening to listen to the US House Democratic Party leaders who are singing the same song. They don’t want to take the step of starting the impeachment process because this could be a politically risky move.
Holding this president accountable for breaking US laws is a matter of duty, not one of political expediency. Obviously, I have more faith of the good judgment of the American peoples than our lawmakers do.
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And yet none of them are thinking.
‘Maybe we should at least try and go on a charm offensive and win over some of the opposition, somehow,’
In my sometimes more austere moods I could live with a slightly authoritarian regime, even one to the Right, as long as thy were professional about running a nation in an orderly fashion and at least trying to sell their ideas to the nation as a whole.
‘We have 30+ million. That’s all we need’
Amateurs…all of them.
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The thought of the US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the same sentence with the words ‘charm offensive’ is totally unimaginable. Senator McConnell is the cleaned up, humorless version of President Trump, but he is much more effective and smarter. He’s of the school where winning is everything.
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Now they are not thinking of ‘The Long Game’. In a multi-cultural society they can’t keep on relying on 30+ million devoted followers.
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