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"The Trump-Russia conspiracy allegations are more serious, by orders of magnitude. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation asks, did presidential candidate Donald Trump and his inner circle conspire with an adversarial foreign power to interfere with a presidential election and influence the outcome in Trump's favor? There is no parallel or rival in American history."

U.S. Capitol, June 21, 2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Capitol, June 21, 2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Mueller Alone Cannot Save the Country

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

14 November 17

 

t’s misleading to compare the Trump-Russia affair to Watergate. In that Watergate was a scandal, involving illegality by the president and his inner circle, and that impeachment is again justifiably on the table, then yes, there are unavoidable comparisons.

We should not, however, be lulled by the pundits into believing the two are equal in gravity. They are not. At the core of the Watergate affair was what former Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler once described as a third-rate burglary. In fact, most historians agree that the real Watergate scandal was due in greater measure to the coverup that followed than to the original incursion into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters by Nixon’s Plumbers.

Nixon had swept under the rug far larger mischief than the Watergate break-in over the years. He did so, however, as a private citizen or an elected official of lesser stature. What Nixon failed to fully comprehend was the extent to which his actions in the Oval Office would fall under microscopic examination.

The Trump-Russia conspiracy allegations are more serious, by orders of magnitude. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation asks, did presidential candidate Donald Trump and his inner circle conspire with an adversarial foreign power to interfere with a presidential election and influence the outcome in Trump’s favor? There is no parallel or rival in American history.

Trump and his supporters are quick to characterize reporting on Russia story as fakery and Mueller’s investigation as a witch-hunt. It had better be, or resignation will be the least of Trump’s problems.

All indications, however, point to Mueller and his team preparing to shred the Trump camp’s inner circle. Trump and his entourage really, in truth, appear to be absurdly fat targets. That is not to trivialize in any way the immediate and unprecedented threat Trump poses to world democracy. That is quite real indeed. However, the point at which the Trump administration will no longer be legally or politically viable, or both, seems not terribly far off.

News comes today of a Massive Nazi Rally in Poland drawing some 60,000 right-wing demonstrators from across Europe. The organizers and participants of the rally in Poland, according to the report, seem emboldened by leader of the free world Donald Trump’s dog-whistle rhetoric, their slogans and chants echoing those of their American counterparts, the white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville, Virginia.

We must take upon ourselves personal responsibility for the removal of Donald Trump and his entourage from power by all lawful means and with great urgency.

We must remember that Trump’s rise to power was largely fueled by U.S.-based cable and commercial news — the same oracles who today assume ownership of prosecuting the charges against their own creation.

We must at every level — city, county, state and federal — resist and denounce the radical fascist actors and their demagoguery.

We must not trivialize attempts by the government of Vladimir Putin to interfere through illegal means with a free and fair voting process in America, regardless of its perceived effect on the outcome. The right of Americans to vote is under attack by elements foreign and domestic. This is nothing short of a war on our right to self-determination.

We cannot afford to assume we will be saved by Democratic majorities. The Democrats are in fact easier to push toward democracy. We must push them always.

Regardless of how many times we are told that there is a “leadership vacuum in the Democratic party” or that “a number of Democratic politicians are vying to assume leadership” we must not forget that Bernie Sanders running as a Democrat was the most popular candidate for president, across the political spectrum, in 2016 and still is today.

Never forget democracy is a garden. It must be tended always.



Marc Ash is the founder and former Executive Director of Truthout, and is now founder and Editor of Reader Supported News.

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+25 # bardphile 2017-11-14 11:44
Well said, Marc. BTW--Where is everybody?
 
 
0 # Kiwikid 2017-11-16 14:50
I've wondered the same - have all the Russian paid trolls now gone for good?
 
 
0 # David Lloyd-Jones 2017-11-16 17:57
1.) A remarkable number of people are out knocking on doors.

2.) Women's movements seem to be doing pretty well.

3.) If you look at the way people vote on YouTube, rational moderately well-informed common sense outvotes stupidity anywhere from 20-1 to 40-1.

In the written discussions, the chat and comment, this is easy to miss, because the stupid, the arrogant, the willful trolls, are awfully damn wordy. One nut arguing with three patient souls can occupy half of a two-thousand-li ne discussion. But he's (always a he) only one guy.
 
 
-1 # tedrey 2017-11-14 13:13
First comment.
Marc, if you read your comments list, you must have noticed that at least half of your readers are very sceptical, not of mere contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, but of the US intelligence services accusations of Russian attempts to game the US election.

Why don't you deal openly with our doubts on this subject, instead of belaboring points we are ready to concede?
 
 
+15 # tedrey 2017-11-14 13:19
Second coomment.

You correctly note "we must not forget that Bernie Sanders running as a Democrat was the most popular candidate for president, across the political spectrum, in 2016 and still is today."

I will add that if Bernie Sanders feels obligated to forsake the Democratic party as irredeemable, his popularity may increase, and that of the Democratic Party will definitely plunge.
 
 
+16 # sweetbabbalou 2017-11-14 13:46
I am shocked and dismayed that so many people choose to overlook the outrageous behavior of so many in our government: larceny, dishonesty, racism, sexism, sexual assault, rape and now outright Nazism. I donate monthly and will continue to do so as long as I receive the information I need to understand and counter the depravity of both our current administration in the White House and my fellow citizens.
 
 
+2 # Observer 47 2017-11-14 14:06
The U.S. has interfered in elections and the running of governments around the world, from Iran to South Vietnam and points in between, for decades, yet the Russians have committed heinous crimes if, IF they attempted to sway the 2017 U.S. election. Mr. Ash, you are quite openly carrying the banner for the idea of American exceptionalism.

As for the Democrats, Bernie Sanders ran as a DINO, pushing for policies FAR to the left of the Democrats' platform as exemplified by Hillary Clinton. Therefore, as Tedrey notes, Bernie would be doing himself and the country a favor were he to renounce the Dems.

Finally, regarding Trump's imminent political demise, we've been hearing that for 10 months now, from every even quasi-liberal pundit out there. Please tell us something we can believe.
 
 
-21 # Secret Squirrel 2017-11-14 15:03
Mr. Ash:

Please stop flogging this manufactured story. Russia DID NOT hack the U.S. election. Any argument to the contrary is a lie. For definitive proof of the specious nature of the allegation see:
https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/the-democratic-money-behind-russia-gate/

Not ONE piece of evidence against Russia stands up.
 
 
+17 # carytucker 2017-11-14 17:33
Quoting Secret Squirrel:
Mr. Ash:

Please stop flogging this manufactured story. Russia DID NOT hack the U.S. election. Any argument to the contrary is a lie. For definitive proof of the specious nature of the allegation see:
https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/the-democratic-money-behind-russia-gate/

Not ONE piece of evidence against Russia stands up.

My goodness. I'll send Mr Mueller this note and its embedded citation and he can just close up shop tomorrow.
 
 
-3 # Kauai John 2017-11-15 00:55
Cary:
When did Mueller become a "good guy"?

Joe Lauria has a lot of credit to his name so you might want to read his article a bit.

I also recommend Peter B. Collins interview with Bill Binney who was actually the guy who set up the NSA's constant surveillance system. (So one should also wonder if he is a good guy). Binney asks a great question, where is the evidence that the DNC data was hacked? There's no doubt it was stolen, but evidence strongly points to it being an inside job.

Now, the NSA has over 100 stations that soak up every bit that travels the internet. If the DNC data went across the internet, they know where it came from and where it went to. Well, actually, I would be more correct in stating that they have the to/from recorded in their vast data banks. It may be that they are too incompetent to locate it.

Still, stop repeating a lie that "everyone knows" and show me some evidence.

https://www.peterbcollins.com/2017/11/10/pbc-news-comment-bill-binney-takes-smears-in-stride-fights-for-truth/
 
 
+1 # carytucker 2017-11-16 08:07
Quoting Kauai John:
Cary:
When did Mueller become a "good guy"?

Joe Lauria has a lot of credit to his name so you might want to read his article a bit.

I also recommend Peter B. Collins interview with Bill Binney who was actually the guy who set up the NSA's constant surveillance system. (So one should also wonder if he is a good guy). Binney asks a great question, where is the evidence that the DNC data was hacked? There's no doubt it was stolen, but evidence strongly points to it being an inside job.

Now, the NSA has over 100 stations that soak up every bit that travels the internet. If the DNC data went across the internet, they know where it came from and where it went to. Well, actually, I would be more correct in stating that they have the to/from recorded in their vast data banks. It may be that they are too incompetent to locate it.

Still, stop repeating a lie that "everyone knows" and show me some evidence.

https://www.peterbcollins.com/2017/11/10/pbc-news-comment-bill-binney-takes-smears-in-stride-fights-for-truth/

Mr Mueller is a professional. I imagine he'll adduce all of the evidence you'd like. I have no opinion about whether Mr Mueller is a 'good' guy or a 'bad' guy. I'm not interested in cartoons.
 
 
-14 # Inspired Citizen 2017-11-14 15:22
"did presidential candidate Donald Trump and his inner circle conspire with an adversarial foreign power to interfere with a presidential election and influence the outcome in Trump's favor?"

Maybe, but the Clinton campaign most certainly did so to influence the outcome in her favor. This much has been proven, so let's scream about TRUMP/RUSSIA to distract people.
 
 
0 # ericlipps 2017-11-14 19:03
Quote:
Regardless of how many times we are told that there is a “leadership vacuum in the Democratic party” or that “a number of Democratic politicians are vying to assume leadership” we must not forget that Bernie Sanders running as a Democrat was the most popular candidate for president, across the political spectrum, in 2016 and still is today.
And how does this bear on whether or not the Trump campaign conspired with the Putin government? Even if it's true that, absurdly, Bernie Sanders was "the most popular candidate for president" all the way across the political spectrum from far left to far right?
 
 
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-11-15 07:05
eric -- "And how does this bear on whether or not the Trump campaign conspired with the Putin government?"

It has everything to do with it. The entire Trump-Russia story originated from the Clinton-Podesta leadership of the Democratic party. They were responsible for their own email hack analysis, they hired Fusion GBP to create the Steele Dossier and to run sting operations against Trump campaign staff, they introduced the Trump as Putin's Puppet theme in the campaign.

And now that leadership is imploding. Their credibility is gone. They have only the FBI and the CIA as constituents. The Democratic party is going through the fundamental change that results from catastrophic bad decision making.
 
 
-2 # librarian1984 2017-11-15 08:51
Let's not forget this was happening at the same time the campaign was spending millions to troll other Democrats. rocback, lights and others made us miserable here for over a year. That wasn't Trump doing that. It was Hillary. I still can't believe she did that.

One of the scariest things about Clinton is her consistently bad decision making. For all her competence and diligence, she somehow manages to choose wrongly, time after time.
 
 
-6 # Kauai John 2017-11-15 00:43
How do you know that Mueller wants to "save the country"?

Where is the evidence that Russia hacked the DNC? Bill Binny says it is impossible to have sent that much data at the rate needed to get it to Russia, and Sy (I can't believe he's still working) Hersh says it was an inside job done by Seth Rich.

While I surely want to "Dump Trump", I'm reminded of how Dan Rather was brought down telling the truth about "W" because someone faked part of the evidence he used.

But you guys shouldn't listen to me, I still believe 9/11 was an inside job and that Lee Harvey Oswald was set up to take the fall.

Just like in Mel (whom I hate) Gibson's movie "Conspiracy Theory" we all need to recognize that the conspiracy turned out to be true.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2017-11-15 00:56
I also think the Trump administration is worse than Watergate, but Russia has nothing to do with it. Russia-gate consists of unproven allegations of hacking. Just repeating something over and over and getting the MSM to repeat it for you is not proof. And of sneaking framing the omits contexts to try to convince people that ordinary corruption is treason only in the cases where Russia might be involved when Trump and Co. is doing this type of stuff all over the world. Russia-gate stems from a deep fear on the part of the deep state that Russia will be able to compete with the US on an equal basis and out ability to dominate world events will disappear. It is just making everything worse. It should disappear.

But the Trump administration is way ahead of the pack when it comes to financial corruption at least in my lifetime and is also unique in modern times in legitimizing racism and bigotry. Trumps refusal to divest has turned him into a walking conflict of interest. It is illegal and unconstitutiona l (emoluments clause) and should not be allowed to stand as an example of what acceptable presidential behavior consists of for future presidents. He should be impeached, but leave Russia out of it. He is a home grown problem.
 
 
-9 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-11-15 06:46
Indeed, Watergate is the wrong analogy. There were no policy goals at stake. The right analogy is the 2002-03 Iraq WMD propaganda and the many Red Scares of the last 100 years. These are psy-ops conducted by the Deep State or Shadow Government (i.e., intelligence agencies and major media) designed to manufacture consent among the American people for specific policies. In 2002-03, the war against Iraq. Now, the new Cold War against Russia.

In a decade, the US will have spent several trillions of dollars on the New Cold War. Russia and China are being ringed with missile defense systems -- a "condon sanitaire" against super power competitors. We are already spending $1 trillion modernizing the nuclear arsenal. This is a transfer of wealth from the masses to the M-I-C.


Marc frames it right. There are those who believe they whole Trump-Russia theory with a deep faith. Mueller is their Messiah who will lead them out of the Trump chaos and into the promise land of a clean Washington.

And there are those who don't believe it -- like me.

1. weight of evidence so far is against Trump-Russia. Mueller/Congres s has found nothing.

2. people pushing Trump-Russia are liars with a motive, esp. CIA, FBI, NYT, Wapo, Clinton faction, Clint Watts/Think Tankers.

3. We've seen this sort of campaign too many times before.

4. Mueller isn't going after Russia. He is "preparing to shred the Trump camp’s inner circle." This is not an investigation but a coup d'etat.
 

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