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#TrumpRussia clarity continues, even as desperation drives Trump to pull ever more stupid stunts, like hiring Giuliani to try to leverage SDNY.

Greg Olear decided to pursue a question raised today by Paul Krugman that while speculative, now has enough credible evidence floating around, which as we’ve now seen with the Steele Dossier being proven largely accurate.

  • I mean, let’s be realistic: everything, and I mean everything, indicates that the president of the US is a Russian puppet; it almost has to be blackmail. But then the question is, blackmail with what? What could be worse than what we already know? 2/
  • I mean, by now it’s clear that key Trump support groups don’t care about any of it. In particular, evangelical leaders have made it perfectly clear that his personal morality doesn’t matter; they’d stick with him if there was video of … actually, use your imagination3/
  • Oh, and Republicans in Congress have also made it clear that no scandal, financial or otherwise, will cause them to break with Trump. So what can Putin possibly have? 4/

What’s Putin got on Trump?

In all likelihood, Putin possesses all three of these things —

  • sex tapes,
  • proof of criminal activity, and
  • receipts for debt forgiveness.

They are the three strings he pulls to control his puppet.

[THREAD via this morning’s Medium post]

1/The New York Times columnist & economist @paulkrugman asked a question that more media folks should be considering:

2/Let’s take a look-see at some possibilities.

First: THE GOLDEN SHOWER TAPE.

  • 3/The only part of the Steele dossier most bothered to mention, the lurid tale of Donald & Melania Trump watching as a gaggle of acrobatic Russian whores despoil with warm urine the selfsame Ritz Moscow bed once slept in by Barack & Michelle is widely believed to be a falsehood.

(Second) Proof of Past Criminal Activity

(Third) Debt Forgiveness

16/Then there’s my favorite: Debt Forgiveness

An alleged billionaire, Trump has refused to release his tax returns — because he has something to hide. Either he isn’t worth as much as he claims (spoiler alert: he ain’t) or he doesn’t want us knowing about his creditors.

  • 17/My theory has been this: Trump was in hock to a Russian state bank, a sanctioned one probably, for some grotesquely large sum of money. In the spring of 2016, via intermediaries like Carter Page, the Russians offered to forgive the debt…
  • 18/…in exchange for help winning the election, plus concessions he’d make once installed in the Oval Office (i.e., bye-bye sanctions). Trump said no. Putin then countered: If you take the deal, we will forgive the debt even if you DON’T win. Trump, assuming he’d lose, agreed.
  • 19/The Rosneft deal discussed in Steele dossier played out as had been forecast, with one exception: the sale was for 19.5, and not 19, percent of the ownership stake. Could that half a percent be the commission due to Trump — some $270 million, used to pay off his massive debt?

This is a sure sign of desperation.

More interesting would be Giuliani’s firm’s overlaps with Russian oligarchs.

And even more important is this revelation that should prevent any Democrat from buying a copy of Comey’s book:

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2 COMMENTS

  1. TRUMP IS A TRAITOR, BEHOLDING TO PUTIN. IN ADDITION, HE IS DISLOYAL TO HIS COUNTRY, AND BETRAYS IT’S CITIZENS, IN COUNTLESS WAYS. STRING HIM UP.

  2. Trump has betrayed not only his oath of office, but all veterans, all active duty, all who have sacrificed and died for the causes of Freedom and Democracy, as well as all Americans.

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