Monday, March 13, 2017

How Putin controls The Donald ... oh wait, never mind

Donald Trump asks Vladimir Putin for help in the election.
I'm a bit late on this story. I don't try to chase the news. At this point the whole Trump is connected to Russia thing is proving to be illusory, and it looks as though it will blow over and be counted as just another obstructionist move by his opponents.

They've done a good job: It's yet another distraction to keep him from doing his job. And, right on cue, The New York Times chimes: "Trump Lets Key Offices Gather Dust Amid ‘Slowest Transition in Decades’"

The Democrats slowed his appointments maliciously in the Senate, and the Times is right on cue.

Okay, Russia. John Nolte writes:
With respect to RussiaGate, I actually thought the national media would find a little something by now. Don't get too excited; never for a moment did I believe Trump was a Russian agent or in any way involved with the beautifully-beautiful WikiLeaks release of all those luscious Democrat emails. It is just that when you see the MSM engaging in one of their coordinated, partisan frenzies, they usually come up with … something. So I just assumed that somewhere along the line some low-level Trump-staffer might be caught doing or saying something wrong on one of those Obama wiretaps.

Andrew McCarthy agrees.
That supposed FBI investigation of collusion with the Russians? Never mind . . . They’re in retreat now. You may have missed it amid President Trump’s startling Saturday tweet storm, the recriminations over president-on-candidate spying, and the Jeff Sessions recusal — a whirlwind weekend. But while you weren’t looking, an elaborate narrative died.
Here are some other things you won't read in the New York Times:

Hillary Clinton’s team members met with the Russian ambassador during the election as well as Donald Trump’s, the Kremlin spokesman has alleged, as he set out to dismiss the “hysteria” surrounding Mr Trump’s links to Russia.

While Hillary Clinton’s State Department was one of eight agencies to review and sign off on the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium to Russia — then-Secretary of State Clinton herself was the only agency head whose family foundation received $145 million in donations from multiple people connected to the uranium deal, as reported by the New York Times.

Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, has confirmed that it hired the consultancy of Tony Podesta, the elder brother of John Podesta who chaired Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, for lobbying its interests in the United States and proactively seeking the removal of various Obama-era sanctions, the press service of the Russian institution told TASS on Thursday.

Here in microcosm is The Left's strategy collapsing.
Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements of the Trump campaign explicitly colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.

As the internet is so fond of saying, "whoa, if true." Alas, here is Coons' walk-back under questioning from Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace.
What I was trying to make clear, Chris, and I appreciate a chance to restate this, is that I don't have -- and I don't know of -- any conclusive proof, one way or the other.

And, of course, who can forget our lovable drunk from Massachusetts? Recall how Ted Kenedy asked Moscow to intervene in President Reagan's reelection effort? 

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