Trump Susceptible to Groupies & Secret Agents?
This is how conspiracy theories get started. You see things. You add some other data. Then you paste pictures and notes on a wall and connect them with thumbtacks and red string. Any of us can be a forensic scientist, even without training. Bear with me here. This might make more sense as you read along.
First of all, isn’t it shocking that the President of the United States could have dinner at a hotel in Washington, DC, which he happens to own, where two people who have never been vetted by the Secret Service, State Department or FBI are dining with him and discussing foreign policy? And would it not be even more astonishing if one of those guys recorded what President Donald John Trump said? Yet, it happened.
On October 9, 2019, those same two men were taken off a plane and arrested at Dulles International Airport before departing to Europe with one-way tickets. The two men are Lev Parnas and Igor Furman. The next day, this headline appeared in the Washington Post: Two business associates of Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges. Before this happened, no one in America ever heard the names Parnas and Furman. But hold on. The next steps in this caper sound like they’re from an incredible spy novel.
When asked about the two gentlemen, Donald Trump, in performed style, said he didn’t know them and, if they are clients of Rudy Giuliani, then the press should ask Rudy about them. So, there’s the opening of yet another dirty chapter in the pathological lying and dangerous distraction that Donald Trump uses to avoid inconvenient truth. He thought his lying about knowing someone would allow him to escape admitting his involvement in stupidity.
This week, ABC News was brave enough to disclose receipt of a part-video, part-audio recording during a dinner at the Trump International Hotel where Trump, his son and others dined. The recording, likely made on April 30, 2018, are revealing. According to his attorney, Lev Parnas’ partner, Igor Furman, made the recording. You know, like spies do. On the recording, it appears the two Giuliani associates are telling Trump that the US ambassador to Ukraine has been bad-mouthing him, which leads directly to this Trump outburst, “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”
Let’s stop right here and think about this. I am sure when Trump said, “Take her out,” he wasn’t talking about dating her. It’s important to point out that Lev Parnas has no deep knowledge of political and state matters in Ukraine. Oh sure, he speaks Russian and Ukrainian but, according to Wikipedia, Parnas was born in Odessa, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1972 to a Jewish family. His family brought him at the age of three to the U.S., first to Detroit, and when he was four, to Brooklyn. [Thus, the accent] He was a student at Brooklyn College and Baruch College. He also worked at Kings Highway Realty, where he sold Trump Organization co-ops. That may have been how Trump first came to know of Parnas. In fact, Trump was introduced to this guy so many times that only a fool would believe our fat-ass president’s claim he doesn’t know him. But don’t take my word, read the news. Even though the Donald is such a “stable genius,” he seems to have a serious memory loss when it comes to any nefarious character he doesn’t want associated with him. Trump’s claim he’s has had his picture taken with thousands of people and doesn’t remember Parnas is total bullshit.
Some news outlets are posting a photo and claiming that Parnas slipped an envelope to Trump at a fund raiser. Was that money? Parnas has been granting interviews to anyone who will have him, almost bragging about his closeness with Trump. The world seems to be missing the bigger problem, however. The recording shows how easy it would be for a Russian, or any other country’s agent, to get inside the inner circle of the most powerful buffoon in the world.
Could Lev and Igor be Russian double agents? Who will protect our country from a president making decisions based on information given to him by possible double agents? Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, aided and abetted these characters. On the recording, Parnas claims he doesn’t remember the name of the Ambassador he was slandering. Now Parnas admits he didn’t know that US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was “bad mouthing” Trump. He even apologized to her on TV. WTF?
So, here’s the latest, stark example of what we feared all along. Donald Trump is the most gullible, misguided and underinformed President we’ve ever had. Forget about “No collusion,” “Read the transcript” or “What I did wasn’t a crime.” This guy is incapable of discerning a play, a lie, a scheme, a plot, or a conspiracy. If a piano fell on his fucking head he would declare, “What a beautiful melody!” as the instrument’s strings vibrated against his skull. He doesn’t know what he is doing.
Let’s sum it up. Two guys, who have never been cleared or investigated by our government, are in Trump’s inner circle giving him misinformation which he then acts upon. How can this President be trusted? What if Igor and Lev have been trained to con their way into our government? What if they are being paid by Dmytro Firtash, a corrupt Ukrainian businessman with ties to the Kremlin? Oh, yeah, they are. Could it be that Rudy Giuliani, in his glaring stupidity, is being played by Russia and Ukraine to orchestrate a regime change in the former Soviet state? You know, start with the US Ambassador and then work their way up to the new President.
I hope you are tacking your red string up to the wall with the pictures of all these characters and the notes you have taken. Rudy Giuliani’s associates were arrested not because they were caught trying to leave the country but because Attorney General William Barr wanted to send a message to Trump that Giuliani was hurting him. Trump is so dense that he cannot read the Russian tea leaves. Giuliani wasn’t arrested on charges of violating the Logan Act because Barr knows he would be fired if he arrested Rudy. That would anger Trump beyond words. If you are curious, The Logan Act — 1 Stat. 613, 18 U.S.C. § 953 — was enacted January 30, 1799 and is a Federal law that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony. Perhaps you could say it is “Treason-lite.”
The facts are simple. Russia interfered with our 2016 election with a massive, multi-million-dollar misinformation campaign, which American social media companies made a mint on yet never detected. Trump, the lessor of two evils in many people’s minds, was elected. He and his associates have been under investigation from the beginning of his campaign, obviously for good reasons. There is credible evidence that Trump has obstructed justice and Congress, but more seriously we have someone in the White House who can be played by untalented actors and agents. Sadly, no one in the Republican party wants to admit this. Wow! Where are our forefathers when we need them?
Two thugs and cons got into Trump’s inner circle, spread the lie that Putin wanted to plant, cultivated that falsehood, promoted the conspiracy, convinced the President of the United States to act on it, and Donald J. Trump changed US policies and actions regarding another country. Hey, I’m not a Fox News guy but wouldn’t that mean that Lev Parnas is a double agent? He played the President to pull off Putin’s plan. He was paid by a third party connected to Russia and the actions taken helped another country, RUSSIA! Trump got manipulated by a double agent who he doesn’t even know is a double agent and the Senate is going to give Trump a way out of conviction. They are not impartial jurors and not smart enough to see what is truly happening. The fools in Congress are fake caretakers of the Constitution.
We need to send some thoughts and prayers out to our Democracy. Oh, too soon?
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