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News Tuesday, Feb 14 2017

Trump's Ongoing Russian Ties Remain A Danger to National Security

Feb 14, 2017

With or without the now resigned Michael Flynn, the Trump Administration remains dangerously close to Russia and Vladimir Putin.  That reality is indisputable, and American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response:

“We know Michael Flynn lied about discussing lifting sanctions on Russia, but we don’t know who else in the administration was aware of his potentially illegal conversation.  We know Trump was warned Flynn might be compromised by Russia, so why did Trump gave him access to the most highly classified documents? And why did he as recently as Friday say he was unaware of the ongoing scandal?

“We know this is only the beginning of Trump and his administration’s ties to Russia, that’s why we need an independent investigation of the White House – including what they knew and why they did nothing to protect America’s security.”

Here are just some of Donald Trump and his Administration’s continued ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin:

The White House Was Warned Flynn could be Vulnerable to Russian Blackmail 

“The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, and warned that the national security adviser was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail, current and former U.S. officials said.” [Washington Post, 2/14/2017]

Trump’s Secretary of State is BFF’s with Putin

“Friends and associates said few U.S. citizens are closer to Mr. Putin than Mr. Tillerson, who has known Mr. Putin since he represented Exxon’s interests in Russia during the regime of Boris Yeltsin.”  [Wall Street Journal, 12/6/16]

Trump’s Campaign Staff Had Deep Russian Ties – Which Forced Their Exits Too.

  • Paul Manafort, Took Cash From Pro-Russian Political Party. According to New York Times, “In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.” [New York Times, 8/14/16]
  • Michael Caputo, Worked for Groups Backing Russian Goverment.  According to Washington Post, “An adviser who helped run Trump’s efforts in the New York primary, Michael Caputo, lived in Russia for seven years in the 1990s, working with groups that supported then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Caputo also had a contract for several months in 2000 with the Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to improve Putin’s image in the United States, damaged after he had taken over a private television station. Caputo declined to comment. He told the Buffalo News, his hometown paper, that he was ‘not proud of the work today. But at the time, Putin wasn’t such a bad guy.’” [Washington Post, 6/17/16]
  • Carter Page, Connected to Gazprom. According to Bloomberg, “In 2000, Page took up investment banking, getting a job at Merrill Lynch’s capital-markets group in London. After impressing a colleague with his relationship with Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian billionaire, he says he was dispatched to help open the firm’s Moscow office in 2004.” [Bloomberg, 3/30/16]
Trump: Putin Gets An A
“‘I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A and our president is not doing so well-they did not look good together.”  [“O’Reilly Factor,” Fox News, 9/29/15]

Trump Defended Putin’s Killing of Journalists. Twice. 
“Joe Scarborough:  Again, he kills journalists that don’t agree with him.  Donald Trump:  Our country does plenty of killing also, Joe.  There’s a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, Joe.  A lot of killing going on, a lot of stupidity and that’s the way it is.” [“Morning Joe,” MSNBC, 12/18/15]

According to the Washington Post, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended Russian President Vladimir Putin against accusations that he has assassinated political adversaries and journalists, responding to criticism from his rivals over his embrace of praise from the Russian leader. ‘Nobody has proven that he’s killed anyone. … He’s always denied it. It’s never been proven that he’s killed anybody,’ Trump said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday. ‘You’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, at least in our country. It has not been proven that he’s killed reporters.’” [Washington Post, 12/20/15]

Trump Has Bragged About Receiving Putin’s Praise Multiple Times
[Video] Trump:  “Putin Has Said Very Nice Things About Me.”  [Donald Trump, Fox News Town Hall, Milwaukee, WI, 4/4/16]

[Video] Trump On Putin:  “He Actually Called Me A Genius.”  “Wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia? You know, Putin said very nice things about me but it has zero influence — he actually called me a genius, but that’s okay, has zero influence on me, Michael, zero.”  [Savage Nation, 4/29/16]

[Video] Trump:  “Putin Called Me Brilliant. I Like It.’ “Putin called me brilliant.  I like it.  They want me to disavow. Putin said Donald Trump is brilliant and essentially he’ll be the next leader, but Donald Trump is brilliant.  And the people I was debating against, they said ‘We would like you to disavow that statement.’ I said, ‘You think I’m going to disavow that statement? Are you crazy?’”  [Donald Trump Rally, The Woodlands, TX, 6/17/16]

Trump has Personal Financial Ties to Russia

According to Washington Post, “Since the 1980s, Trump and his family members have made numerous trips to Moscow in search of business opportunities, and they have relied on Russian investors to buy their properties around the world. ‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. ‘We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.'” [Washington Post, 6/17/16]

Published: Feb 14, 2017

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