Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, and the Plan for Lifting Sanctions From Russia
Michael Flynn may be gone but the plan to lift sanctions from Russia has not gone anywhere. Trump himself basically admitted that Flynn did not go rogue in talking about lifting the sanctions on December 29, the very day they were imposed-and the plan to release Russia is still in the works.
Enter Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen who has his very own Russia ties. When the Buzzfeed dossier first hit, Michael Cohen was part of it. He derisively tweeted ‘I’ve never been to Prague.’
Of course, all his tweet proves is: he has a US passport. It sort of reminds me of Roger Stone, If you don’t believe this is Watergate, then why is Roger Stone holding such a prominent role? Isn’t that the dead giveaway that this is Watergate?
Roger Stone says he never met Julian Assange.
That’s certainly possible. After all, Assange is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain. He doesn’t get too many visitors-though he has had Sean Hannity over more than once. But you don’t have to meet someone in person to collaborate, particularly in the cyber age. By Stone’s own admission a friend of his in the media met Assange for him. Is that friend Sean Hannity?
Anyway, Michael Cohen is still at it:
“A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.”
“Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.”
Paul Manafort again, who had to step down as Trump’s campaign manager after it emerged he’d taken a payment in 2016 to advance Ukraine separatists who support Russia.
“At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes.”
“Mr. Trump has confounded Democrats and Republicans alike with his repeated praise for the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, and his desire to forge an American-Russian alliance. While there is nothing illegal about such unofficial efforts, a proposal that seems to tip toward Russian interests may set off alarms.”
Matt Yglesias has a very good piece on the Trump-Russia story that brings in all the disparate parts of this ever growing and shocking saga.
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