Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant, or
It's Not the Crime, It's the Coverup

The chiefs of America’s intelligence agencies last week presented President Obama and President-elect Donald J. Trump with a summary of unsubstantiated reports that Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Mr. Trump, two officials with knowledge of the briefing said.
The former British intelligence officer who gathered the material about Mr. Trump is considered a competent and reliable operative with extensive experience in Russia, American officials said. But he passed on what he heard from Russian informants and others, and what they told him has not yet been vetted by American intelligence.

The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes with Mr. Trump in a 2013 visit to a Moscow hotel. The videos were supposedly prepared as “kompromat,” or compromising material, with the possible goal of blackmailing Mr. Trump in the future.
One of the opposition research memos quotes an unidentified Russian source as claiming that the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails was carried out “with the full knowledge and support of TRUMP and senior members of his campaign team.” In return, the memo said, “the TRUMP team had agreed to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue” because Mr. Putin “needed to cauterize the subject.”
Now, according to a leaked annex to the combined U.S. intelligence agencies’ report on Kremlin intrigues in the American elections, Russian security agents watched Trump engaging in “perverted sexual acts” that were “arranged/monitored by the FSB,” the Kremlin’s leading spy agency. The FSB, it said, “employed a number of prostitutes to perform a golden showers (urination) show in front of him.” Not only that, according to the report’s anonymous Russian sources, Trump deliberately chose for his escapade “the Ritz Carlton hotel, where he knew President and Mrs. Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia and defiling the bed where they had slept.”
The report also detailed Moscow’s interest in the Clintons. Reports on Hillary Clinton were “collated” by Directorate K of the FSB spy agency “for many years,” it said, “dating back to her husband Bill's presidency.” But not much was found by bugging Clinton’s hotel rooms, the sources said: The spies recorded no “golden showers” or “unorthodox or embarrassing behavior” from countless hours eavesdropping on Clinton and her retinue. The best they could come up with was ”things she had said which contradicted her current position on various issues.”
Trump can get ahead of this, but his usual technique of going to Twitter, denying it, then having his Chief Whitewasher make the round of the talk shows won't cut it. Everyone, except for the Trumpanzees, knows that Trump routinely lies. Even his Chief Whitewasher tacitly admitted as much.

Full disclosure is the only way to put this behind him. Trump should start by releasing his tax returns, not just 2015, but all of them. If there is any compromising material out there, such as sex tapes, he should adopt an attitude of "publish and be damned."

Otherwise, the allegations are going to be dug into for a very long time and there will be stories dribbling out. Every action taken by Trump's Administration will be scrutinized to see if it benefits Russia.

But do I believe them? Partially, yes. The "golden shower in the bed that Obama slept in" bit seems to be the sort of petty, juvenile and symbolically vindictive act that Trump would eagerly do.


w3ski said...

I can easily believe tRump would do this, and worse. He is a disgusting person, dare I use the word 'human'?
But do you really think that this story will have legs?
This guy makes "Teflon Ronnie" look like a beginner.
There is already a 'book' of accusations against this Shitsgibbon and none are even being investigated seriously.
I guess it is true he'd have to found with a smoking gun and a dead stud boy naked, and that might not even get rid of 'it'.
I want my country back

3383 said...

If the FSB has video, I'll believe them. Not otherwise.

Not that I don't think Trump wouldn't do that, but the NKVD/ KGB/ FSB are practiced at planting lies. They have recently learned to be a bit more subtle and believable.

D. said...

What class! What decorum! (If true, and the Russian security services have floated whoppers before.) The Onion is going to have to scramble to keep up with Trump.

Molière, the original Jonathan Swift, Bulgakov, and Thomas Nast are high-fiving each other, and Garry Trudeau is shrugging "Johnny-come-latelies."

Comrade Misfit said...

The Swedes are currently accusing the Russians of planting fake news stories and seeking to undermine Sweden politically, as a way to keep them from more closely aligning with NATO.

It may have the opposite effect.

If Trump doesn't oppose Russia at every turn, well ...this.

B said...

And that story is already falling apart.

Old NFO said...

You, and the media got trolled by 4chan. How does that feel???

dinthebeast said...

I'm of two minds here. One is:

And the other is wow, let's focus on the pee, just like we focused on the Access Hollywood tape that came out on the same day as the intelligence services report on Russian hacking.

-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...

Even if the report is 100% fake, given that Trump was the "Chief Birther", you guys on the Right have got a lot of gall to complain about fake news.

You guys claimed for years that Obama was a Kenyan Muslim. So you've got no standing to gripe about our believing that Trump is a Russian asset.

B said...

Barry is a Kenyan Muslim. So what?

And please, "fake but accurate" has been done. It failed then....it'll fail now.