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Please Forget Trump's Pee Hookers And Focus On The Treason, You Know Allegedly
It is a pune, or play on words
So the great big alleged Russia/Trump intelligence report is the only thing in the news today, apart from Obama's farewell address last night (perfect timing!), four cabinet confirmation hearings, and a Trump press conference that -- against all odds -- he's actually having! Yes, yes, everyone wants to talk about the PEE HOOKERS. The PEE HOOKERS are not the issue here, Dude. We're talking about alleged collusion between a presidential campaign and a foreign intelligence service. Also, Dude, PEE HOOKERS is not the preferred nomenclature. "Ladies of negotiable micturition," please.
Now, let's look at the stuff that might actually matter for, like, national security, and leave the PEE HOOKERS alone for a while. Can you believe it? Pee hookers? The things we should be paying attention to are the allegations that Donald Trump and his campaign staff colluded with Russian intelligence agents on a campaign of leaks and derogatory information against Hillary Clinton. How credible are the allegations? No telling -- but it was concerning enough that U.S. intelligence agencies briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump about the dossier's existence. So let's dive right in. To the allegations, not the pee. Ew. If you want to follow along in the documents published by Buzzfeed, here they are.
Page 8: The dossier alleges that, in exchange for the release of hacked emails from the Clinton campaign, the Trump campaign agreed to "sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue and to raise US/NATO defence commitments in the Baltics and Eastern Europe" -- which Trump certainly did, in the actual campaign, with his repeated statements that if theBaltic states wanted support from the U.S. under our NATO treaty agreement, he'd have to check to see if they'd paid what he thought was their fair share toward their own defense. And in July, at the very last press conference Donald Trump held, when he made the little joke about what a hoot it would be if Russia hacked Hillary Clinton's emails, Trump also seemed very receptive to the idea that Russia could go ahead and keep Crimea, why not?
The other possible bombshell on page 8 of the dossier is the claim that Trump and his team were mostly unbothered by the news of possible Russian hacking of the DNC and Clinton campaign, because it would distract from his huge financial dealings with China -- that's a thing that would make a hella big difference, if true. Also, more sex stuff. Frankly, we find it difficult to believe Donald Trump would ever find prostitutes a satisfactory replacement for real estate deals and money.
Page 9: Alleges secret meetings in Moscow between Trump associate Carter Page and Igor Sechin, the head of the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft, in which was allegedly discussed the possibility of lifting sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, in exchange for energy cooperation. And hey, Rosneft is the company ExxonMobil CEO and Secretary of State nomineeRex Tillerson negotiated a half-trillion dollar dealwith, [Update: whoops, we originally said "half-billion." That's chicken feed! -- Dok] before those nasty sanctions got in the way. Tillerson received the Russian "Order of Friendship" medal for his efforts, because Oil Is Magic.
This meeting is mentioned again onPage 30,with the added detail that Sechin promised big money to Page if he wanted in on the deal:
Pages 11-12: A Russian emigre says Trump and his associates supposedly gave information to Russia for eight years about Russian oligarchs and what they were up to while visiting the USA, which we find a bit of a stretch, given Trump's documented short attention span. Come on. The document also claims the emigre said he or she knew Russia had compromising information on both candidates, but didn't need to use any leverage against Trump since he was already so cooperative with them.
Page 15, page 17: Not related to Trump, but INTERESTING: alleges Russia targeted "educated youth" who might be disgusted with Clinton as an establishment figure to sway them to Trump if at all possible. The DNC leaks were also allegedly aimed at peeling Sanders supporters away from Clinton toward Trump, so oh god, now the comments will be full of "Bernie Bros were Rooshian Dupes" posts and we all live in upside-down land.
Pages 18-19: First mention of an alleged meeting in Prague between Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and Kremlin operatives, in August 2016:
Pages 32-33allege that Cohen was "heavily engaged in a cover up and damage limitation operation" to prevent Trump's connections to Russia from becoing known. If this turns out to be true, it would be Watergate levels of Huge. Possibly bigger. But that's a big "if," as everybody keeps saying.
Pages 34-35offer additional details of the supposed Cohen-Russian meetings, claiming that Cohen discussed the details of paying off operatives and hackers, and discussions of what to do if Hillary Clinton won the election:
The most explosive stuff here isn't the pee. It's those alleged contacts between Trump people and Russian government officials, especially the stuff with Michael Cohen, who absolutely denied anything in the report was true, telling .Mic Tuesday that the entire report was "fake news: "
"Somebody is having a lot of fun at your expense," Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, laughingly told Mic in a phone interview on Tuesday night.
"It's so ridiculous on so many levels. Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have."
Cohen went on to say the story was "absolutely silly," and then, to add to the overall climate of seriousness, posted a photo of his passport cover to Twitter along with an absolute denial that he'd ever been to Prague, so there:
On CNN this morning, Jake Tapper said that in his efforts to check out the story, he'd spoken to a government source who said a completely different person named Michael Cohen had indeed been in Prague, but it wasn't Trump's lawyer:
Government source confirms different Michael Cohen was in Prague https: //t.co/B4cwmL1Ek3
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 11, 2017