Most media reports leave out the long history of Trump’s Russia relations which go back decades. But knowing about this history is needed in order to understand all of the facts and allegations surrounding the Mueller probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. It also helps explain how Mueller will be able to soon take down not only Donald Trump but also several of his children.
Trump has been cultivating connections with the Russians for his money needs since the late 1980’s. And Russians have been cultivating him as an ally (and as an intelligence asset) for the same amount of time.
Recently Salon Magazine did an interview with Seth Abramson, author of the New York Times bestseller “Proof of Collusion: How Donald Trump Betrayed America” that explains the significance of the Trump–Russia relationship.
Abramson’s book discusses how Trump has been traveling to Russia since the late 1980’s and how he came to adopt Kremlin-backed talking points as his own talking points when he began his political career.
The book provides great amounts of evidence explaining how Trump sought and received funding from Russian banks tied to the Kremlin in the late 1990’s and 2000’s, when American banks would not lend him money because of his multiple bankruptcies.
He explains why Ivanka Trump got a special private tour of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin office in 2006, conducted by Trump’s Russian-born business partner and ally Felix Sater, who has deep connections to the Russian mob.
This long history of close relationships with Russians is why Donald Trump Jr. received an email in June 2016, telling him that Russia’s well-connected Agalarov family wanted to help Trump’s campaign by offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The phone call — and the infamous Trump Tower meeting — were just the continuation of the ongoing Russian government support for his father.
It explains why Don Jr.’s response to the email was simply: “I love it.” He wasn’t surprised, and he wasn’t outraged, that the Russian government was offering to help his father’s presidential campaign. In fact, he seemed to expect it, even though it was clearly illegal.
The thoroughly-researched information in the book makes very clear that Donald Trump and others in his family should be charged with crimes.
The investigative journalist also predicted what will happen next, saying:
“We should expect that impeachment proceedings will begin against Donald Trump at some point during 2019. We expect impeachment would pass once we have all the evidence that Robert Mueller has, which is much more than even what’s in ‘Proof of Collusion.”
“The question would be whether 67 senators would vote to convict. If it’s looking like that’s going to happen, there’s a lot of speculation that Donald Trump would attempt to negotiate his resignation, in exchange for some sort of immunity from prosecution for him and his children. That would be an unprecedented maneuver by federal prosecutors, so I don’t even know if that’s possible.”
Abramson’s book does a great service in providing both the details of AND the rationale for Russia’s involvement in helping elect Donald Trump as President of the United States. It also points out that the information in the book may be just the tip of the iceberg. Mueller and other federal investigators have much more information and hard evidence about Trump family crimes in their files.
Donald Trump has always involved his three oldest children — Ivanka, Eric, and Don Jr. — in his business activities. This means that — as this new book shows — they have also been intimately involved in his crimes. Which also means that when Robert Mueller destroys Donald Trump‘s life, he will also be destroying the lives of his children.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.