Several revelations yesterday and this morning are helping track President Trump’s descent into political hell. First is the op-ed article by Nicholas Kristof, “There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air.” It seems that members of Trump’s campaign may have colluded with the Russians to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House and get Trump elected. Kristof believes if this were true, which appears likely, it would constitute treason.
And then there’s a day-old article on the Associated Press website, AP Exclusive: Trump campaign chief linked to Putin interests, that further complicates the situation:
…Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics…
This Russian billionaire is aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Vladimir Putin. Since Trump has been and is an admirer of Putin and has in some ways been financially dependent on Russian oligarchs, it seems that Russia may have a certain amount of control over Trump. Remember that one of the reasons that Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned was because of his undisclosed associations with Russian diplomats and the possibility that the Russians may, or in the future could, blackmail him.
We don’t know the full extent of President Trump’s ties to Russia, but they do appear to be more extensive than Trump has led us to believe. Perhaps that’s the reason he has refused to release his tax returns.
Finally, there’s the story on NPR, “Former Russian Lawmaker Is Shot To Death Outside Hotel In Kiev,” which for anyone who has been following Russian news the last few years, would seem to be the latest in a long line of Putin murders of people who have criticized him. This type of thuggery is one of the reasons Donald Trump thinks of Putin as a strong leader. Trump has defended this type of Putin activity before. Makes you wonder if Trump will try it himself. The more things heat up, the more we’ll find out about the character of Pussy-Grabber in Chief Donald Trump.