by Shelton Bumgarner
I am not suggesting that I have any particular insight into what’s going on right now, but there are so demostrable Trump-Ukraine datapoints that I feel are not being observed.
Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president was about 30 minutes. The rough transcript it maybe 10 or so minutes of that call.
There were definitely a few convient “…” in the document that we have.
The Ukrainians are tearing themselves apart because their government rather abruptly decided to give up the Dombas area that is currently controlled by Russians.
Russian troops around Ukraine have recently been seen sporting the markings of what has previously been used for an invasion force.
Russia without Ukraine — at least in its own mind — is not considered a “great power.” Putin bragged he could take Kiev in two weeks.
Trump is strangely obsessed with proving the origins of the Mueller report were somehow bunk and therefore would be given the political cover to pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Manafort pretty much showed up on his doorstep at a very convenient time. He worked for free, even though he owned, like, $20 million to Russian thugs. Manafort was connected to Russia through the deposed president of Ukraine…who is considered something of a Moscow toady.
I honestly don’t know what any of these facts mean. But it definitely doesn’t smell right. It definitely gives you a superficial impression that Trump might have a transactional reason for pardoning Manafort that is not neither is in the best interests of the United States, nor lives up to his oath of office.
Add to this that Trump had a two hour chat with Putin alone — and destroyed the notes — and it begins to seem rather surreal. I just think maybe someone, somewhere, needs to start looking into why Trump is so obsessed with debunking the Mueller investigation even though he got a political pardon after the “poor optics” of Mueller’s testimony to Congress.