What a complex web they weave …
When first they plot to deceive …
Mueller’s team has been asking about a convention-related event attended by both Russia’s U.S. ambassador and Jeff Sessions, the first U.S. senator to support Trump and now his attorney general, said one source, who requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.
Another issue Mueller’s team has been asking about is how and why Republican Party platform language hostile to Russia was deleted from a section of the document related to Ukraine, said another source who also requested anonymity.
The same source said Mueller’s team also has been asking whether Sessions had private discussions with Kislyak on the sidelines of a campaign speech Trump gave at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.
www.businessinsider.com — Mar 3, 2017
According to CNN’s Jim Acosta, however, [JD] Gordon [the Trump campaign’s national security policy representative at the RNC] said that at the RNC he and others “advocated for the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels” because “this was in line with Trump’s views, expressed at a March national security meeting at the unfinished Trump hotel” in Washington, DC.
“Gordon says Trump said at the meeting … that he didn’t want to go to ‘World War Three’ over Ukraine,” Acosta said.
talkingpointsmemo.com — Mar 3, 2017
CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on air that J.D. Gordon, the Trump campaign’s national security policy representative at the RNC, told him that he made the change to include language that he claimed “Donald Trump himself wanted and advocated for” at a March 2016 meeting at then-unfinished Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Gordon claimed that Trump said he did not “want to go to World War III over Ukraine” during that meeting, Acosta said.
Yet Gordon had told Business Insider in January that he “never left” the side table where he sat monitoring the national security subcommittee meeting, where a GOP delegate’s amendment calling for the provision of “lethal defense weapons” to the Ukrainian army was tabled. At the time, Gordon said “neither Mr. Trump nor [former campaign manager] Mr. [Paul] Manafort were involved in those sort of details, as they’ve made clear.”
Discussion of changes to the platform, which drew attention to the ties to a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine that fueled Manafort’s resignation as Trump’s campaign chairman, resurfaced Thursday in a USA Today story. The newspaper revealed that Gordon and Carter Page, another former Trump adviser, met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the GOP convention.
politics.blog.mystatesman.com — Mar 13, 2017
The Ukrainian people deserve our admiration and support in their struggle, and in their efforts to strengthen “the Rule of Law,” forge a Free Market economy, and expand democratic governance. We therefore support maintaining (and, if warranted, increasing) sanctions against Russia until Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are fully restored. We also support providing lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s Armed Forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning. Simultaneously, we call for increased financial aid for Ukraine, as well as greater assistance in the economic and humanitarian spheres, including government reform and anti-corruption.
But, before that happened, [Diana] Denman approached Gordon at the side table to ask why he was messing with her platform language and on whose authority.
As Denman recounted the exchange to me:
So (Gordon) said something to the effect that the wording had to be cleared. And I said, `Cleared with who?’
And he said, `Cleared with New York,’ and I thought maybe he was overdoing his assignment and I didn’t quite believe him and I said, `Who are you clearing it with?’ And he said, `New York,’ and I said,`Who are you clearing it with?’
Denman said she pressed Gordon on who he had to clear it with in New York.
He got more specific, but I’ve refused to have a quote on that. He got very specific because I asked him three times.
Gordon said Denman has said that he said he was talking directly to Trump, but Denman said she has quite explicitly not said that. However, as in our conversation, the implication may be plain.
So “New York” cleared the pro-Russian changes in the RNC Platform that JD Gordon fought so diligently for. Hmmm … who is “New York”?
Previously Gordon admited that he was just making the Russian/Ukraine platform changes that “Donald Trump himself wanted and advocated for” …
You do the Math … Robert Mueller apparently is.
It seems a lot of “backroom deals” were struck with Kislyak during that Trump Mayflower Meeting (and Trump’s Pro-Russian Foreign Policy Speech in the following days) — some Quid-Pro-Quo arrangements that have been “re-steering” U.S. Foreign Policy ever since. GOP Platform planks too.
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First on CNN: Sources: Congress investigating another possible Sessions-Kislyak meeting
[…]“I do not recall any discussions with the Russian ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasion,” Sessions wrote.[…]Russia was already trying to help Trump before the Mayflower Hotel speech, according to a US intelligence community assessment released in January. The report concluded that by March 2016, Kremlin-backed news outlets began supporting Trump and Russian military intelligence had kicked off its election-related cyber operations.
Convenient how “They Do Not Recall” so frequently.
I hope Mueller has the Dirt on them, to re-boot those “faulty” Memory-banks real quick.