Breaking: FBI Wrong About Trump Collusion with Russia

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Former adviser to US President Donald Trump Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Some have taken this revelation as evidence of collusion between the Trump transition team and the Israeli government – not Russia, as many mainstream outlets have claimed

Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon, hosts of By Any Means Necessary on Sputnik Radio, spoke to Max Blumenthal, author and journalist as well as the senior editor of progressive website AlterNet.

​”Well, [Department of Justice Special Counsel] Robert Mueller and his team of 17 super lawyers has finally found that the Trump transition team colluded with a foreign power to subvert America’s political system,” Blumenthal began. “Actually, they colluded with a foreign power to undermine a sitting American president. You would think there’d be a lot more outrage about this. I actually subjected myself to 30 minutes of Rachel Maddow last night to see if she would actually touch this issue, and she didn’t — because that country is Israel.”

“Michael Flynn really had discussed three orders of business with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the US. The first of was US-Russian cooperation in Syria to defeat al-Qaeda and [Daesh], which actually is kind of controversial in Washington, especially among the Obama national security officials who had a hand in the program to arm and equip Syrian rebels who are allied with al-Qaeda. But that doesn’t show collusion.”

“The other point was Flynn egging Kislyak to have Russia not retaliate for US sanctions that were imposed under Obama because of unproven allegations that Russia hacked the DNC,” said Blumenthal. “What you have there is Flynn attempting to influence Russia, not the other way around — again, the collusion narrative is undermined.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (File)
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“But then you have a final point where Flynn is asking Kislyak to assert his authority to have Russia veto a United Nations resolution condemning Israel for settlement activity [in the West Bank] — a resolution that Obama planned to abstain from and allow to pass as kind of a final ‘screw you’ to [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

The resolution, UN Security Council Resolution 2334, condemned the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a “flagrant violation” of international law. Fourteen of the 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution, including Russia. Only one state, the US, abstained.

“We learned that Flynn was acting here on behalf of Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who is also the son of Charles Kushner, a longtime friend of Benjamin Netanyahu whose family foundation has funded Israeli settlements,” added Blumenthal. “He has basically helped support the political empire of Benjamin Netanyahu for years — in fact, when Jared Kushner was a teenager, he’d have to get up and leave his bedroom when Netanyahu was in town because Netanyahu would stay literally in his bed with his family when he was on trips to New York.”

“So this relationship with Netanyahu is what all the Israeli government drew on to turn the Trump transition team into its own personal vehicle to attempt to attack Barack Obama and the sitting American administration. This is as clear a case of collusion against an American president with a foreign power that I’ve ever seen in my life, and we’re hearing not dead silence, but it’s being treated as business as usual.”

Blackmon pointed out that many mainstream liberal outlets and voices claimed Flynn’s indictment as a huge victory for the collusion investigation — but the volume quickly dropped as these voices realized that Flynn’s actions did not point to collusion.

Blumenthal concurred. “This pattern is dangerous because you see these stories come out but eventually get retracted it or corrected, but the retraction is buried and so people are left with the impression that there is something there, that this is a huge story, and that Trump is going down.”

“So the Russiagate investigation continues and all of the damage that it caused diplomacy between the US and Russia simply deepens, all as a result of the of anti-Russian atmosphere that’s been cultivated in Washington by this opportunistic and deeply unprofessional media as well as by the Democrats that are desperate to explain away their miserable failure to win against the most beatable candidate probably that’s ever existed in my lifetime.”

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  1. New Zealand was the Off Course Substitute to Co-Sponsor UNSC Resolution 2334 and helped get it over the line. Now I was never an admirer of the intellectual prowess of the former National Government’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Gerry Brownlee. Further, Brownlee made his political debut wearing a Marist Brothers Old Boys Rugby Jersey, protesting on behalf of the then Apartheid South African White’s Only Springboks Rugby Team around the time of the famous 1981 Sprinboks Tour of New Zealand. I have certainly never voted for the National Party. In 1981 the Public of Aotearoa/New Zealand protested en masse against Apartheid and even invaded a Rugby Ground in Hamilton to stop a game, as well as creating chaos throughout the country. Famously, one protester hired a Cessna and flour bombed the final Test Match in Auckland and actually hit one of the Burly All Black Props. That was more than thirty years ago and it is commendable that even the staunch Gerry Brownlee has come around to the view that the Apartheid State of Israel cannot carry on like that. I suppose this is a clear example of the Cunning of Logos coming through, even to slow learners.

    • Perhaps Pump And Dump Drumpf will be a late slow learner abour some of the Finer Points of Logos.

      We can only Hope and Pray.

  2. The core of Israeligate is how a country remains independent and sovereign. The table is set, and we will get a once and for all resolution of the question of our direction. Unless this ends with indictments related to the pervasive meddling in US policy by Israel, then we should have no further questions. If doctrine of christian domination leads us to forming public and foreign policy based on beliefs, then it is no longer time for questions and discussion. From 9/11 to today, unless law enforcement acts now, then we must consider that there is no law, and there is no integrity, and there is no sovereignty. In this, as before, we must choose our allies from among the countries who support and recognize our sovereignty. Currently Britain and Israel are not among those countries. We grow tired of manipulation and elitism.

  3. Are we witnessing the final days of the government in D.C. as we know it? History has shown that often scandals, whether real or contrived have a nasty habit of bringing down both sides of the issue.
    The Democratic Party may now be damaged beyond salvation thanks to Clinton and her team of what can only be described as opportunistic megalomaniacs and psychopaths. The cast of characters is endless. The vote rigging to destroy Bernie Sanders campaign, conjuring up the Russian collusion fiction in order to cover up for not just incompetency but for their own criminal activities. To make matter even worse, the Dems have chosen to gather themselves around identity politics, ignoring the major base of voters, working, middle class Americans in favor of LGBT, minority, votes and labeling everyone else as racists and white supremacists. This has damaged the Democratic party to no end and the party leaders still don’t get it. Hillary continues to bleat about her loss because of Russia and unfortunately the media continues to bleat the same message.
    The Republican Party has also been given a grievous wound with the Election of Trump. For good or ill, the party leadership has decided to continue as if nothing happened. This is how blind and ill informed these people are. They cannot see the hand writing on the wall that party politics is over and that colluding with foreign powers, namely israel and Saudi Arabia is not helping matters.
    Americans are getting sick and tired of the cess pool in Washington.
    The problem is , Trump has made it even worse.

    • Andrew, we all know by now that it is always Russia that is guilty and it does not matter what Russia does or not does. Russia is evil and USA and UK are always right. You guys are on the right track. Let “them” play their blaming orgies until nobody is out there in the West believing in BS anymore.
      If Putin would stand for elections in USA NOBODY in the cesspool USA would have a stand to oppose him as Putin would win in a landslide victory. Though unfortunately the Jewish CEO’s of America INC think differently and wont permit any “interference”.

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