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The House Judiciary Committee on Monday announced a tentative agreement to question a former White House lawyer whose written notes provided key evidence to Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia interference in the 2016 election.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another senior ex-White House aide has agreed to provide testimony, initially in writing, to congressional investigators probing possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the U.S.
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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The Trump Investigations Blog by Michael Novakhov – Review Of News And Opinions: 12:43 PM 6/24/2019 – Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: “Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help”.

Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: “Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help“.

I did call on Mr. Trump to fight the New Mob, and to make it his priority. Regardless of the course of  continuing Investigations, multiple and multi-prong, from the Congressional to the various criminal investigations on Mr. Mueller’s referrals, into Mr. Trump and his business and political dealings; this prioritized (but not necessarily advertised), the ANTI-MOB course and direction seem to be the most logical and appropriate, it will strike the Beast in his heart. 

The Global New Mob is the Global parasite which sucks the blood and resources from the World Economy, depriving the millions of the opportunities for the decent living. 

Russia is their first and primary victim. 

The coordinated and sophisticated, decisive, smart actions are needed to fight this Hydra, which is combination of the New Abwehr Intelligence Services and Special Operations works with the activities of their criminal underlings-mobsters as the storm troopers, money mangers, and accountants, in my humble, non-specialist opinion, which I shared with the readers earlier in my blogs.

Hopefully, these issues will be addressed also, among the other issues for discussions, at the Jerusalem Security Meeting, which just has started today. 

P.S. As a personal, and maybe the bitter note; the Mountain Jewish (“Gorskiye Yevrei”) mobsters, who appear to have some type of the predilection for Mr. Trump and his mythical status, look and feel especially disgusting and revolting to me, maybe because I am from the same, quite small ethnic group, and although I do not know any of them personally, I sense their rotten, sick, low, predatory, animalistic, primitive, tribal, perverse, deeply psychopathic, thieves’ nature. 

Michael Novakhov

6.24.19
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12:43 PM 6/24/2019 – Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: “Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help”.

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Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: “Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help“.

I did call on Mr. Trump to fight the New Mob, and to make it his priority. Regardless of the course of  continuing Investigations, multiple and multi-prong, from the Congressional to the various criminal investigations on Mr. Mueller’s referrals, into Mr. Trump and his business and political dealings; this prioritized (but not necessarily advertised), the ANTI-MOB course and direction seem to be the most logical and appropriate, it will strike the Beast in his heart. 

The Global New Mob is the Global parasite which sucks the blood and resources from the World Economy, depriving the millions of the opportunities for the decent living. 

Russia is their first and primary victim. 

The coordinated and sophisticated, decisive, smart actions are needed to fight this Hydra, which is combination of the New Abwehr Intelligence Services and Special Operations works with the activities of their criminal underlings-mobsters as the storm troopers, money mangers, and accountants. 

Hopefully, these issues will be addressed also at the Jerusalem Security Meeting, which just has started today. 

Michael Novakhov

6.24.19
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Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help

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When President Trump meets Vladimir Putin in Osaka next week for the G-20, he should remember that for all its international bluster, Russia is sliding into a black hole of crime, corruption, and illegality—and that more and more Russians are taking note. This was nowhere more evident than in the protests that erupted in Moscow earlier this month after local police planted cocaine and other drugs in the apartment of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who exposed high level corruption in the Moscow burial business and among the relatives of a Moscow deputy mayor.
Due to the protests, Golunov was acquitted and case closed, but the story does not end there. Corruption in law enforcement and in courts is choking Russia’s economic growth.
This is no exaggeration: Russia’s GDP growth is anemic. Its economy is saddled with Western sanctions. And Russia allocates less and less funding towards critical high-tech areas like space and artificial intelligence (AI)—the opposite of competitors like China and the United States. However, unlike a real black hole that swallows all matter, this one allows capital to escape—Russia’s freezing business climate is simply too harsh for investors.
In 2018, $68 billion fled Russia—twice as much as the year before. Since 1994, over $750 billion left Russia, Bloomberg estimates. Millions of educated young people emigrated to the UK, Silicon Valley, and Israel.
Furthermore, Russia’s higher-ups are implicated in the largest money laundering scheme in history, which was disclosed at the end of 2018. Run via Danske Bank out of Tallinn, Estonia, the operation is alleged to have laundered over $200 billion, much of it originating from within the Russian Federation. Latvian and Moldovan banks are alleged to have participated as well. Putin’s cousin Igor is allegedly connected to the scheme, at least according to OCCRP, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-corruption watchdog.
If the United States and Russia are to repair the frayed relationship, Trump can and should offer Putin technical assistance in restoring the rule of law, the absence of which invites corrupt state officials and oligarchs to destroy shareholders’ value, cause massive industrial companies to accrue crippling debt, abuse state-subsidized credit, and engage in corporate raiding, Russian style— known colloquially as reiderstvo.
Russian corporate raiding is a well-known phenomenon. Emerging in the 1990s, it mutated into a genuine dark art form in 2003-2005, when Igor Sechin, the current CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the state-owned oil behemoth Rosneft, raided Russia’s independent Yukos oil company. Former Yukos shareholders were eventually awarded over $50 billion to compensate for their loss in the Yukos affair. They continue to seek justice as their case reaches a critical stage in The Hague, with a trial in September.
In 2014 Rosneft raided Bashneft, a successful oil company owned by AFK Sistema, the apolitical businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s holding company, by involving Russian authorities. As a result, he lost Bashneft, paid $2.3 billion in compensation to Rosneft, and Sistema’s stock declined from $23 in 2014 to $2.80 last week.
Anders Åslund, a senior fellow and my colleague at the Atlantic Council, writes in his excellent new book “Russia’s Crony Capitalism“, that Gazprom, another national champion, is the top value destroyer of Putin’s realm. Gazprom sold natural gas below market price to the U.S.-indicted, allegedly kickbacks-paying Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash, for resale at a discount to Ukrainian oligarchs. It paid tens of billions of dollars in inflated prices to Kremlin cronies in massive pipeline construction projects. Gazprom’s value fell by staggering $419 billion from 2009 to 2016.
They might just as well have made these pipelines out of gold.
Back in the 1990s, the United States and the West offered Russia legal, regulatory, and corporate governance technical assistance—an effort that I was proud to be a part of. But, to paraphrase the Harvard historian Edward Keenan, Russia swallowed these reforms up and spat them out—just as it did with capitalism, social democracy, parliamentary government, and individual rights.
Today, reiderstvo is alive and well: A number of oligarchs made their names in reiderstvo wars. One of them the majority owner of worldwide fertilizer heavyweight Uralkali and sister company Uralchem is Dmitry Mazepin. A native of Minsk, Belarus, with alleged connections to its authoritarian ruler Alexander Lukashenkо, Mazepin served in Afghanistan as a military translator—often an intelligence affiliation give-away—and is now expanding his business in Africa.
A classic example of Russian corporate raiding practices is Mazepin’s currently ongoing siege on Tolgliatti Azot, a massive producer of nitrous fertilizer. In Kafkaesque court proceedings ongoing in Samara, a judge named Andrey Kirillov allowed anonymous witnesses, permitted the use of faked evidence, barred the defense from calling witnesses, and threw out the earlier-agreed court schedule, allegedly to suppress defense evidence and testimony. He also denied interpreters for non-Russian speaking witnesses.
Moreover, it is now coming to light how deep new economic corruption runs in Russia. In violation of the double jeopardy principle, entrepreneurs across the country are being pressured with charges of criminal conspiracy under Article 210 of the criminal code. An article designed to combat organized criminal gangs, 210 is now applied to any perceived economic crime against companies and their leadership who have become targets of investigators, says Tatyana Mineeva, the Moscow City business ombudsman. And now this same tactic is being employed in the TogliattiAzot saga.
As a lawyer, I am always shocked and depressed when I observe Russian court room proceedings, something I have done on numerous occasions. If Mr. Trump had a sensibility about the rule of law, he would recognize it as Mr. Putin’s ultimate vulnerability. As long as corporate raiders continue to run unchecked, receiving credit and government support on the highest level, Russia will be a land from which money flees and companies die; a place where, as the ancient maps used to say, “there be dragons” – in the business sense.
Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Director, Energy, Growth and Security Program at the International Tax and Investment Center.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.​​​​​
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When President Trump meets Vladimir Putin in Osaka next week for the G-20, he should remember that for all its international bluster, Russia is sliding into a black hole of crime, corruption, and illegality—and that more and more Russians are taking note. This was nowhere more evident than in the protests that erupted in Moscow earlier this month after local police planted cocaine and other drugs in the apartment of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who exposed high level corruption in the Moscow burial business and among the relatives of a Moscow deputy mayor.

Due to the protests, Golunov was acquitted and case closed, but the story does not end there. Corruption in law enforcement and in courts is choking Russia’s economic growth.

This is no exaggeration: Russia’s GDP growth is anemic. Its economy is saddled with Western sanctions. And Russia allocates less and less funding towards critical high-tech areas like space and artificial intelligence (AI)—the opposite of competitors like China and the United States. However, unlike a real black hole that swallows all matter, this one allows capital to escape—Russia’s freezing business climate is simply too harsh for investors.

In 2018, $68 billion fled Russia—twice as much as the year before. Since 1994, over $750 billion left Russia, Bloomberg estimates. Millions of educated young people emigrated to the UK, Silicon Valley, and Israel.

Furthermore, Russia’s higher-ups are implicated in the largest money laundering scheme in history, which was disclosed at the end of 2018. Run via Danske Bank out of Tallinn, Estonia, the operation is alleged to have laundered over $200 billion, much of it originating from within the Russian Federation. Latvian and Moldovan banks are alleged to have participated as well. Putin’s cousin Igor is allegedly connected to the scheme, at least according to OCCRP, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-corruption watchdog.

If the United States and Russia are to repair the frayed relationship, Trump can and should offer Putin technical assistance in restoring the rule of law, the absence of which invites corrupt state officials and oligarchs to destroy shareholders’ value, cause massive industrial companies to accrue crippling debt, abuse state-subsidized credit, and engage in corporate raiding, Russian style— known colloquially as reiderstvo.

Russian corporate raiding is a well-known phenomenon. Emerging in the 1990s, it mutated into a genuine dark art form in 2003-2005, when Igor Sechin, the current CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of the state-owned oil behemoth Rosneft, raided Russia’s independent Yukos oil company. Former Yukos shareholders were eventually awarded over $50 billion to compensate for their loss in the Yukos affair. They continue to seek justice as their case reaches a critical stage in The Hague, with a trial in September.

In 2014 Rosneft raided Bashneft, a successful oil company owned by AFK Sistema, the apolitical businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s holding company, by involving Russian authorities. As a result, he lost Bashneft, paid $2.3 billion in compensation to Rosneft, and Sistema’s stock declined from $23 in 2014 to $2.80 last week.

Anders Åslund, a senior fellow and my colleague at the Atlantic Council, writes in his excellent new book “Russia’s Crony Capitalism“, that Gazprom, another national champion, is the top value destroyer of Putin’s realm. Gazprom sold natural gas below market price to the U.S.-indicted, allegedly kickbacks-paying Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash, for resale at a discount to Ukrainian oligarchs. It paid tens of billions of dollars in inflated prices to Kremlin cronies in massive pipeline construction projects. Gazprom’s value fell by staggering $419 billion from 2009 to 2016.

They might just as well have made these pipelines out of gold.

Back in the 1990s, the United States and the West offered Russia legal, regulatory, and corporate governance technical assistance—an effort that I was proud to be a part of. But, to paraphrase the Harvard historian Edward Keenan, Russia swallowed these reforms up and spat them out—just as it did with capitalism, social democracy, parliamentary government, and individual rights.

Today, reiderstvo is alive and well: A number of oligarchs made their names in reiderstvo wars. One of them the majority owner of worldwide fertilizer heavyweight Uralkali and sister company Uralchem is Dmitry Mazepin. A native of Minsk, Belarus, with alleged connections to its authoritarian ruler Alexander Lukashenkо, Mazepin served in Afghanistan as a military translator—often an intelligence affiliation give-away—and is now expanding his business in Africa.

A classic example of Russian corporate raiding practices is Mazepin’s currently ongoing siege on Tolgliatti Azot, a massive producer of nitrous fertilizer. In Kafkaesque court proceedings ongoing in Samara, a judge named Andrey Kirillov allowed anonymous witnesses, permitted the use of faked evidence, barred the defense from calling witnesses, and threw out the earlier-agreed court schedule, allegedly to suppress defense evidence and testimony. He also denied interpreters for non-Russian speaking witnesses.

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Moreover, it is now coming to light how deep new economic corruption runs in Russia. In violation of the double jeopardy principle, entrepreneurs across the country are being pressured with charges of criminal conspiracy under Article 210 of the criminal code. An article designed to combat organized criminal gangs, 210 is now applied to any perceived economic crime against companies and their leadership who have become targets of investigators, says Tatyana Mineeva, the Moscow City business ombudsman. And now this same tactic is being employed in the TogliattiAzot saga.

As a lawyer, I am always shocked and depressed when I observe Russian court room proceedings, something I have done on numerous occasions. If Mr. Trump had a sensibility about the rule of law, he would recognize it as Mr. Putin’s ultimate vulnerability. As long as corporate raiders continue to run unchecked, receiving credit and government support on the highest level, Russia will be a land from which money flees and companies die; a place where, as the ancient maps used to say, “there be dragons” – in the business sense.

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Director, Energy, Growth and Security Program at the International Tax and Investment Center.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.​​​​​

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have a singular goal in replacing his longtime criminal defense attorneys this month with the politically provocative Sidney Powell — to win a pardon from his old boss, President Donald Trump.

“This is for an audience of one,” former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer said of Powell’s hiring.

Flynn, a retired U.S. Army general who admitted he lied to government investigators and awaits sentencing, shed the legal team that represented him since the case began in 2017. Powell is scheduled to make her first appearance for Flynn at a status conference Monday in Washington before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan.

Powell, an ex-federal prosecutor, has been a caustic critic of the U.S. Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Perhaps more pointedly, two weeks before she was hired, Powell referred to the case against Flynn as “the targeted takeout of a very good man.” She also shares her views on two the president’s favorite platforms, Fox News and Twitter.

In a June 13 tweet, Trump cheered Powell’s hiring, saying Flynn was getting a “GREAT” lawyer.

“How can you dispute his decision when you get that reaction and that comment?” said Ryan Fayhee, a former Justice Department attorney. “Clearly this is at least in part designed to position Flynn for a pardon.”

Courting the president may make sense as a legal strategy because Trump has pardoned eight people since March 2018, including anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, political commentator Dinesh D’Souza and one-time media mogul Conrad Black, who Cramer helped to convict. Trump hasn’t pardoned his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, despite repeated public statements by Manafort’s lawyer that the charges had nothing to do with Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The reasons for Flynn’s split with defense attorney Robert Kelner at Covington & Burling LLP haven’t been disclosed in court documents. Kelner told Sullivan only that he was withdrawing because his client had hired new counsel.

There was some discussion of a potential conflict of interest for Covington during a June 13 federal court hearing in a related illegal lobbying case involving Flynn’s former business partner, who the general may testify against. According to transcripts of the hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, the discussion involved the law firm’s role in preparing government documents for the lobbying firm Flynn and his partner owned.

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Powell, in an email, said she is “honored to be representing General Flynn.” She declined to comment on her legal strategy or why she was hired.

The switch in attorneys is unlikely to result in Flynn withdrawing his guilty plea, because he’s already admitted his wrongdoing in court on multiple occasions, Fayhee and Cramer said. Powell had previously said that Flynn would continue to cooperate with the government.

Flynn has all but discharged his obligation under the plea agreement to cooperate with the government. He remains a potential witness in the trial slated for next month against his former business partner on charges of illegal lobbying for Turkey, conduct for which Flynn has already admitted guilt, even though he wasn’t charged with that offense.

“As long as that doesn’t touch the White House and doesn’t touch Trump, a pardon is still in the works,” Cramer said. “That’s the only reason to change horses in mid-stream, is if you’re hiring this lawyer with a clear political bent, sending a message to the White House that you don’t intend on saying anything negative or inculpatory against the president or anyone close to the president.”

Pardon Risks

If a pardon is Powell’s goal, it isn’t without risks. Among them is that a pardon may not come before the 2020 election, and Flynn may have already served his sentence by then.

In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading investigators who’d questioned him at the White House nearly a year earlier about his contacts with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. His conviction was the first obtained under the auspices of the Russia probe even though Mueller had not yet been named special counsel at the time of the FBI interview.

Flynn agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team. In exchange, the special counsel’s lawyers asked Sullivan to spare the general from incarceration, even as the crime carried a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Still, in a sentencing memo filed with the court, Flynn’s now-former counsel, Kelner, implied that the agents who questioned his client — one of whom was then-Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok — had lulled him into believing he was in no legal jeopardy. The judge found that assertion potentially troubling.

At a Dec. 18 sentencing hearing, Sullivan asked Flynn to reaffirm his plea, including that he believed he was, in fact, guilty and that he was satisfied with the work done by his attorneys. After Kelner assured the judge that he wasn’t asserting an entrapment defense for his client, Sullivan warned Flynn that he may not get the deal he bargained for.

‘Very Serious’

“I’m going to be frank with you,” Sullivan said. “This crime is very serious. As I stated, it involves false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on the premises of the White House, in the White House in the West Wing by a high-ranking security officer with, up to that point, an unblemished career of service to his country. That’s a very serious offense.”

Upon learning that the general was still helping prosecutors assemble their case against his former business partner, Sullivan warned Flynn he wouldn’t get full credit for his cooperation until that task was completed. The sentencing was postponed and has not been rescheduled.

“I think that shook Flynn a little bit,” Cramer said.

Kelner may have misread how his criticism of the investigators’ tactics would play with Sullivan, Fayhee said. Hiring Powell allows for a reset. Still, an overtly political approach could backfire too, resulting in Sullivan’s imposition of a stiffer sentence than sought by prosecutors. Paradoxically, that may not matter to Trump, who wields that ultimate power.

“It’s quite a gamble,” Fayhee said.

The case is U.S. v. Flynn, 17-cr-232, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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A man holds a placard depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiling, and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe-line, during a rally in front of the German embassy in Kiev, on April 11, 2019. – Demonstrators held an action demanding to stop Germany’s attempts to lift sanctions against Russia and to increase pressure to release detained Ukrainian. Russia has detained or condemned at least 97 Ukrainian political prisoners on the territory of the Russian Federation and the occupied Crimea, as well as more than 120 prisoners of war and civilian hostages in the occupied Donbas. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

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Here’s how Russia’s return to a key European international body is a nightmare for every fighter with autocracy across the continent.

Last week was emotionally challenging if you follow Russia. Watching my friends and colleagues in Moscow, alongside hundreds of protesters in support of Russian political prisoners, being clobbered, hunted down and thrown into police vans was hard to process. Sorting through new messages of disappearing queer people in state-sanctioned violence in Southern Russia was hard to process. Tracking down the victims of new wave of terror against Muslim minority of Crimean Tatars in the Russian-occupied Crimea was difficult to fathom. But what was even harder to understand is why would we want to reward the Russian authoritarian regime of Vladimir Putin for such behavior? Because the upcoming vote at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to invite Russia back is exactly that — a big pass for Putin on human rights crimes.

Russia was sanctioned and suspended from PACE in 2014 for invading and annexing parts of Ukraine. The Kremlin has made zero efforts to undo the sanctions since then: aggression and occupation of neighboring Ukraine and Georgia continues, the Russian elections are being rigged (now complemented by Russian meddling with democratic elections around the world) and human rights violations are systemic and brutal. Yet, a new pending vote at the PACE session on June 24-28th will allow Russians to come back. The idea of ‘forgiving’ Russia is championed by the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and is backed by France and Germany.

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Clapper Hears Barr’s ‘Chilling’ Footsteps

They really counted on Hillary wining, didn’t they?  Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper is in panic mode, realizing that the so-called “intelligence community” he supervised under President Obama is about to be revealed by Atty. Gen. William Barr and U.S. atty. John Durham as a weaponized arm of the Clinton campaign, with indictments to follow.

The man who lied to Congress about spying on the American people was shocked back in April to hear Barr testify before  Congress that yes, he thought the Trump campaign had been spied upon by his political opponents.  As Breitbart reported:

Well, I thought it was most stunning and scary. I was amazed at that and rather disappointed that the attorney general would say such a thing. The term “spying” has all kinds of negative connotations, and I have to believe he chose that term deliberately. And I think it’s incredible that if he has concerns, he would have easily on his first day on the job, after his confirmation, asked his own IG, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, for a briefing on his preliminary, in the course of his investigation, that is, the IG’s investigation, whether there was any wrongdoing by the FBI. I think it would have been far more appropriate for him to just defer to that investigation rather than postulating, apparently with no evidence. He just has a feeling that there was spying against the campaign.

Barr has more than that, it would seem, and has sent chills up Clapper’s spine that he and Durham are dead serious about checking out the real reasons for the Intelligence Community’s “assessment” that Russia wanted Trump to win and was meddling in the election to achieve that result.  According to a Wall Street Journal report:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says The Wall Street Journal report that Attorney General William Barr appears to be investigating a high-confidence finding of the US intelligence community assessment of the 2016 election sends a “chilling message to the intelligence community.”

Close scrutiny of the Intelligence Community’s actions should send chills up Clapper’s spine.  In the search for the answer as to how the whole Mueller collusion probe and spying on Team Trump originated, one does not have to look far.  One needs only to revisit the interview Deep State conspirator and perjurer James Clapper gave with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  He points his finger directly at Barack Hussein Obama as leader of the coup against Donald Trump:

Former Obama administration director of national intelligence James Clapper admitted that former president Barack Obama gave the order to Peter Strzok to kick off his Operation Crossfire Hurricane targeting of President Donald Trump.

Obama — who also gave a stand-down order on stopping alleged Russian hacking — was personally implicated in the plot according to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s texts. Clapper confirms the obvious.

This is James Clapper’s interview with Anderson Cooper, which confirms that Obama ordered Strzok to carry out an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), which became the basis for the entire Mueller probe.

“If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place,” Clapper said in his Anderson Cooper interview.

That Intelligence Community assessment would have included in it the “unverified and salacious,” as former FBI director James Comey described it, dossier paid for by Hillary and the DNC and compiled from Russian disinformation source by British agent Christopher Steele in the only real collusion with Russia in this whole affair.

The announcement by Attorney General William Barr that yes, he believes that Team Trump was spied upon by Hillary and the Democrats, and yes, he’s going to look into it, is a rarity these days — a genuine bombshell.  And he’s going to examine the application process used by the FBI to convince a FISA judge to grant a surveillance warrant against Trump campaign gadfly Carter Page.  Make some popcorn and sit back.  A.G. Barr will find all the bread crumbs in this genuine conspiracy leading back to Clapper, Brennan, and Obama.

As Barr and Durham get closer, the attacks on him will grow.  As Jed Babbin writes in the American Spectator:

Last Wednesday the intelligence community launched its first attack on Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into its illegal acts and abuses of power during the 2016 election. In a New York Times article entitled “Justice Department Seeks to Question CIA in its Own Russia Investigation,” the IC makes clear its fear of the results of Barr’s investigation of their spy operation on candidate Trump in 2016 that continued through his early presidency[.] …

John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, is running the investigation under Barr’s direction. From the Times report, we can easily deduce the fact that those who ran the spy op — including CIA Director Gina Haspel — are running scared from the Durham investigation[.] …

The reason the CIA’s “analytical work” is being subjected to a federal prosecutor’s scrutiny is that there is a lot of evidence of criminal conduct by the CIA and FBI. That’s one of the fundamental differences between the Barr/Durham investigation and the Mueller investigation into the imaginary conspiracy between candidate Trump and his campaign and the Russians[.] …

Durham’s investigators will begin with people such as those but first they’ll want to get the relevant documents from the CIA. Those documents will include an enormous volume of classified emails, text messages, and other communications among the top CIA officials and between them and the FBI’s senior officials — James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, James Baker and Bruce Ohr — who ran the FBI’s part of the spy op on Trump from the Justice Department.

It is worth noting that John Durham has crossed paths with former “collusion delusion” czar and special counsel Robert Mueller III before.  Durham is familiar with the often illegal lengths that Mueller, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, et al. will go to to nail their prey.  As Rush Limbaugh noted, citing a New York Times article:

“Mr. Durham has a long history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among law enforcement and national security officials. He was appointed to the federal bench in 2017 by President Trump. Mr. Durham has even investigated the use or misuse of FBI informants.” In fact, one of his best-known investigations was an investigation of the FBI’s handling of the mass murderer and Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. This is very significant.

It was Robert Mueller III[.] … Keep in mind (we’ve talked about this a few times, but it’s been a while, and I don’t know how many of you are gonna remember this) it was Robert Mueller III, Mr. Integrity, Mr. Honorable, who kept four innocent people in prison for decades in order to keep Whitey Bulger from being exposed as an FBI informant. Four people. Four people who were innocent were kept in jail for years in order to protect the status of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant.

Durham and Barr are getting closer to putting the leaders of the Deep State coup in jail for years for their crimes against their country.  And James Clapper is beginning to feel the chill.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications. 

They really counted on Hillary wining, didn’t they?  Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper is in panic mode, realizing that the so-called “intelligence community” he supervised under President Obama is about to be revealed by Atty. Gen. William Barr and U.S. atty. John Durham as a weaponized arm of the Clinton campaign, with indictments to follow.

The man who lied to Congress about spying on the American people was shocked back in April to hear Barr testify before  Congress that yes, he thought the Trump campaign had been spied upon by his political opponents.  As Breitbart reported:

Well, I thought it was most stunning and scary. I was amazed at that and rather disappointed that the attorney general would say such a thing. The term “spying” has all kinds of negative connotations, and I have to believe he chose that term deliberately. And I think it’s incredible that if he has concerns, he would have easily on his first day on the job, after his confirmation, asked his own IG, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, for a briefing on his preliminary, in the course of his investigation, that is, the IG’s investigation, whether there was any wrongdoing by the FBI. I think it would have been far more appropriate for him to just defer to that investigation rather than postulating, apparently with no evidence. He just has a feeling that there was spying against the campaign.

Barr has more than that, it would seem, and has sent chills up Clapper’s spine that he and Durham are dead serious about checking out the real reasons for the Intelligence Community’s “assessment” that Russia wanted Trump to win and was meddling in the election to achieve that result.  According to a Wall Street Journal report:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says The Wall Street Journal report that Attorney General William Barr appears to be investigating a high-confidence finding of the US intelligence community assessment of the 2016 election sends a “chilling message to the intelligence community.”

Close scrutiny of the Intelligence Community’s actions should send chills up Clapper’s spine.  In the search for the answer as to how the whole Mueller collusion probe and spying on Team Trump originated, one does not have to look far.  One needs only to revisit the interview Deep State conspirator and perjurer James Clapper gave with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  He points his finger directly at Barack Hussein Obama as leader of the coup against Donald Trump:

Former Obama administration director of national intelligence James Clapper admitted that former president Barack Obama gave the order to Peter Strzok to kick off his Operation Crossfire Hurricane targeting of President Donald Trump.

Obama — who also gave a stand-down order on stopping alleged Russian hacking — was personally implicated in the plot according to Peter Strzok and Lisa Page’s texts. Clapper confirms the obvious.

This is James Clapper’s interview with Anderson Cooper, which confirms that Obama ordered Strzok to carry out an Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), which became the basis for the entire Mueller probe.

“If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today, notably Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place,” Clapper said in his Anderson Cooper interview.

That Intelligence Community assessment would have included in it the “unverified and salacious,” as former FBI director James Comey described it, dossier paid for by Hillary and the DNC and compiled from Russian disinformation source by British agent Christopher Steele in the only real collusion with Russia in this whole affair.

The announcement by Attorney General William Barr that yes, he believes that Team Trump was spied upon by Hillary and the Democrats, and yes, he’s going to look into it, is a rarity these days — a genuine bombshell.  And he’s going to examine the application process used by the FBI to convince a FISA judge to grant a surveillance warrant against Trump campaign gadfly Carter Page.  Make some popcorn and sit back.  A.G. Barr will find all the bread crumbs in this genuine conspiracy leading back to Clapper, Brennan, and Obama.

As Barr and Durham get closer, the attacks on him will grow.  As Jed Babbin writes in the American Spectator:

Last Wednesday the intelligence community launched its first attack on Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into its illegal acts and abuses of power during the 2016 election. In a New York Times article entitled “Justice Department Seeks to Question CIA in its Own Russia Investigation,” the IC makes clear its fear of the results of Barr’s investigation of their spy operation on candidate Trump in 2016 that continued through his early presidency[.] …

John Durham, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, is running the investigation under Barr’s direction. From the Times report, we can easily deduce the fact that those who ran the spy op — including CIA Director Gina Haspel — are running scared from the Durham investigation[.] …

The reason the CIA’s “analytical work” is being subjected to a federal prosecutor’s scrutiny is that there is a lot of evidence of criminal conduct by the CIA and FBI. That’s one of the fundamental differences between the Barr/Durham investigation and the Mueller investigation into the imaginary conspiracy between candidate Trump and his campaign and the Russians[.] …

Durham’s investigators will begin with people such as those but first they’ll want to get the relevant documents from the CIA. Those documents will include an enormous volume of classified emails, text messages, and other communications among the top CIA officials and between them and the FBI’s senior officials — James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, James Baker and Bruce Ohr — who ran the FBI’s part of the spy op on Trump from the Justice Department.

It is worth noting that John Durham has crossed paths with former “collusion delusion” czar and special counsel Robert Mueller III before.  Durham is familiar with the often illegal lengths that Mueller, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, et al. will go to to nail their prey.  As Rush Limbaugh noted, citing a New York Times article:

“Mr. Durham has a long history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among law enforcement and national security officials. He was appointed to the federal bench in 2017 by President Trump. Mr. Durham has even investigated the use or misuse of FBI informants.” In fact, one of his best-known investigations was an investigation of the FBI’s handling of the mass murderer and Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. This is very significant.

It was Robert Mueller III[.] … Keep in mind (we’ve talked about this a few times, but it’s been a while, and I don’t know how many of you are gonna remember this) it was Robert Mueller III, Mr. Integrity, Mr. Honorable, who kept four innocent people in prison for decades in order to keep Whitey Bulger from being exposed as an FBI informant. Four people. Four people who were innocent were kept in jail for years in order to protect the status of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant.

Durham and Barr are getting closer to putting the leaders of the Deep State coup in jail for years for their crimes against their country.  And James Clapper is beginning to feel the chill.

Daniel John Sobieski is a freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications. 

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By Stephen J. Ducat

The Problem of Diagnosis

Trump 1Debates rage in the increasingly politicized world of mental health clinicians about how to name and understand Trump’s evident psychopathology. Is he a narcissistic psychopath, a psychopathic narcissist, or simply a ruthless con man who managed to grift his way into business and then into the White House?

There are those cautious souls that still abide by the “Goldwater Rule” a proscription against clinicians diagnosing politicians and others in public life who haven’t been interviewed directly. This was an attempt by the American Psychiatric Association to prevent the kind of reductive and politically motivated pathologizing that was directed against Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign. As it turns out, the rule was an overreaching corrective for an overreaching use of diagnosis. We have a wealth of data on what those in public life do and say in the world, something we don’t have access to with our patients. Although patients behave in certain ways in the context of treatment, we can only speculate how that translates to other relational contexts.

Even though we cannot know Trump through a personal analytic transference, we have seen and heard him engaging in a multiplicity of transference-like enactments, and we have witnessed the many countertransference-like responses he has invoked in others (such as aggressive retaliation and submission, often in the same person). He has shown a particular talent for getting those under him to abandon any moral constraint when those morals interfere with serving his interests. In October of 2017, we witnessed the supposed “adult in the room,” presidential Chief of Staff General John Kelly devolve into a more persuasive and articulate but no less mendacious Trumpian mini-me. A Florida Congresswoman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, had overheard on speakerphone Trump’s callous and thoughtless attempt to console the newly widowed wife of a slain soldier, and dared to criticize the President for his stunning lack of emotional intelligence. Leaping to his boss’s defense at a press conference, Kelly attacked Wilson’s character and fabricated a story about her supposed outrageous behavior at a public event, in spite of readily available news footage of that event that shows Kelly’s assertion to be an elaborate lie.

Furthermore, assessing Trump’s psychology requires little speculation as we have available to us a life-long history of personal, romantic, business, and political relationships. With the exception of some of his predatory and criminal behavior, he has led his entire life in public. We know what he says and how he says it. Through his own words Trump has even let us in on what provokes him to act – primarily vengeance, vainglory, lust, greed, and an obsession with domination. It has been on this public stage, not behind closed doors, where we have witnessed him reward anyone who flatters him and punish those who fail to do so. His daily Twitter tantrums have constituted a kind of ongoing characterological EEG reading, as if the vicissitudes of his personality disorder produced brain waves that could be converted into a text form readable by all.

To discuss and explore his obvious psychopathology – a malignant narcissism and psychopathy that threatens us all – is not to adopt the Soviet-style use of psychiatric diagnosis in the service of political repression. Rather, as I will argue, it is understanding that can be put to emancipatory purposes. This is because knowing his psychology is central to the project of resisting his policies, and to the task of understanding his appeal to a significant plurality of Americans. If the central thesis of this essay is correct, that Trump’s pathology is isomorphic with his brand, then what may look to some of us as signs and symptoms of profound impairment is precisely what makes him the object of near delirious veneration on the part of his base. As he well understands, to them he can do no wrong. Or, rather, every wrong he commits is righteous. This will be unpacked in the next section.

Allen Frances, a former editor of the DSM, argues against the tendency of some inside and outside the mental health field to apply diagnostic categories to an understanding of Trump. He insists that because Trump’s personality traits do not seem to bring him suffering and have made him quite successful, this militates against evaluating him in terms of psychopathology. However, in taking this position, Frances illustrates one of the many weaknesses of the DSM, a pseudo-empirical insurance coding guidebook of little clinical utility.

In this case, he ignores a central feature of personality disorders – their ego-syntonic nature. In other words, the behavior of such patients is untroublingly congruent with how they want to see themselves. This is especially the case with narcissism. Furthermore, it is not that “successful” narcissists, like Trump do not suffer distress. Rather, it is that their psychic pain is hidden behind the central preoccupations that mark their character: a ceaseless obsession with zero-sum status competition, a desperate Sisyphean pursuit of admiration that is never satisfied, and an unrelenting series of vendettas against those who have questioned his greatness. Like most narcissists, Trump would never seek treatment for his character – not because he doesn’t suffer, but because he locates that suffering in the failures of others to affirm his most grandiose self-image.

Fortunately for Trump, he is wealthy and privileged enough to get others to accommodate his pathology rather than challenge it. In fact, a December 2017 New York Times profile of Trump, drawn from 60 sources, advisors, aides, and political allies, fills in the details of a picture many can see from a distance: a petulant, brittle, and impulsive baby-man, a mad king who must be managed by a large team of courtiers and Trump 2sycophants whose main task is to protect him from his own actions. Functioning as a kind of fun house mirror in reverse, they render his deficits and dysfunctions as admirable virtues. For example, to counter the accusation that Trump is a perpetrator of fake news and a relentless fount of confabulation and conspiracy mongering, those who serve him affirm the notion that he is instead the long-suffering victim of and noble crusader against the “fake media” and lies of liberals. His loyal coterie of buffers and fluffers, seem to operate as a kind of auxiliary component of his personality disorder, ensuring that his impulses and actions remain ego-syntonic and his sense of self-importance remains sufficiently inflated.

From Personality Disorder to Brand to Political Order

One of the remarkable features of Trump’s personality is the way it has come to saturate, in fact, define his brand as a businessman and now as a politician. As Naomi Klein has pointed out in her new book, the essence of the Trump brand is not simply wealth and power but impunity, which is what that wealth and power have bought him. Such impunity becomes an even more useful currency when congealed in his brand, which becomes the semiotic carrier of the fantasy of being able to “do anything,” as he bragged in the infamous Access Hollywood tape. During the campaign Trump expressed a more murderous vision of his moral if not legal indemnity when he said he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and “not lose voters.”

For him, of course, it has not been just a fantasy. While impunity is deeply felt by Trump, it is also realized in the external world. Ms. Klein has detailed how his administration has been able to function as an unapologetic kleptocracy and a heretofore unconstrained one. As I see it, he has transformed a personality disorder into a brand and from there into a form of rule, an entire regime of psychopathy.

The fact that Trump and his family have enriched themselves by outsourcing the production of their products and real estate development projects to manufacturers and builders that use sweatshop and slave labor has not stopped him from being able to depict himself as an America Firster and a working-class hero. And frank treason has not impeded his efforts to portray himself as an uber-patriot.

His life of salacious debauchery, greed, and marital infidelity has not diminished the gushing enthusiasm with which he is greeted by the Christian Right. In the case of Trump, these good Christians do not merely defer to Caesar; they worship him. Some evangelical leaders compared him to Churchill, arguing that Trump “may be profane but ordained.” The mantle of God’s imperfect vessel was passed to former Alabama judge Roy Moore during his 2017 Senatorial race. He, like Trump, faced numerous sexual assault allegations. (In Moore’s case, some involved underage girls.) And like Trump, Moore denied everything and attacked his accusers. As with many Trump clones on the Right, the Moore scandal illustrates the extent to which impunity, at least among pious Republicans, is conferred upon those who disclaim any accountability for their actions. While Moore lost the Senatorial race against Doug Jones, it was by a narrow margin. And, he enjoyed the enthusiastic support from the President who made robocalls on Moore’s behalf. In addition, the Republican National Committee, the executive arm of the “family values” party, resolved their earlier ambivalence about backing an accused pedophile, and gave him a full-throated endorsement prior to the election.

In the case of Trump, his Teflon exoskeleton is even slipperier than the one attributed to Ronald Reagan. One could argue that the Trump “T” emblazoned across the top of his phallic buildings fundamentally stands for Teflon. He is the spokesmodel for impunity – impunity for sexual assault, for stiffing contractors, for wage theft, for providing investment safe havens to laundered Russian mob money, for proudly embracing murderous autocrats around the world, and for alternately denying and celebrating Putin’s corruption of our elections. In addition, at least among his supporters, Trump evinces impunity for praising the virtues of Nazis and white supremacists, for blaming Puerto Rican hurricane victims for their suffering and mocking their plight with Marie Antoinette-like “gifts” of paper towels tossed into desperate crowds, for exalting sadism and belligerence into noble virtues, and for compulsively and ceaselessly lying about both trivial and profound matters. In some ways, the latter, the normalization and acceptance of his lying, may be the most impactful and defining aspect of impunity in the present era.

“How Many Fingers, Winston?

In the reign of Trump, we have witnessed the emergence of a paradoxical species of disinformation, the open cover-up. It is a lie about something we can all see. It is an attack on our capacity to know what is true, to apprehend reality outside the assertions of the autocracy. It can be about trivial matters, such as inaugural crowd sizes. Or, it can involve more substantive concerns, such as the popular vote or Don Jr.’s well-published glee over getting the dirt on Hillary Clinton from Putin surrogates.

“Orwellian” is an appellation easily thrown around these days. But in the current moment, the descriptor seems especially apt. In the famous scene in 1984, O’Brien, the interrogator, confronts the prisoner, Winston, “Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party.” What follows is the nightmare exchange burned into all of our memories in which O’Brien holds up four fingers and insists under the threat of escalating torture that Winston must not only say that he sees five fingers but believe he does. We are now in a world where our masters not only demand obedience but also hysterical blindness. Fortunately for Trump, he has had and continues to have an eager team of well-paid liars, such as Sean Spicer, Kelley Anne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the entire rogue’s gallery of Fox News fantasists to share the labor of rewriting reality.

Astonishingly, in an episode that could have been scripted by Orwell, Trump even tried to assert, once elected, that the aforementioned Access Hollywood tape, in which he gloated over his special ability to get away with sexual assault, was fake. This was in spite of his prior video-taped campaign admission and perfunctory apology.

There is an important prehistory to the current administration’s attack on the possibility of a consensual reality. For many decades, right-wing pundits and politicians have not only lied whenever it suited their purposes but elevated lying itself to a kind of political sacrament and an admirable sign of Machiavellian mastery. Many may recall author Ron Suskind’s interview with a senior presidential advisor employed by the GW Bush administration that derided journalists as anachronistic members of the “reality-based community.” He had insisted that the only necessary function of reporters was to be stenographers of those in power – the movers and shakers whose stories were the only ones worth telling. This was the soil from which a thousand “alternative facts” would later bloom. There is no greater impunity than the ability to repudiate reality, and to suffer no consequences for that repudiation.

The Meaning of the Trump Brand

Every brand makes a promise: that the qualities projected onto it, as with totem animals, can be bestowed upon those who purchase the associated products. In fact, the brand functions as a kind of meta-product. Just as a product used to be and still is marketed as a currency that can confer qualities and experiences you might never be able to get on your own – power, sexiness, glamour, admiration and envy of others, freedom from moral or legal sanction – the brand can perform this magical transfer without the need for an actual object. The label or logo now embodies the same spiritual essence as the material thing once did – a fetish that has been liberated from the fetish object itself. The impunity that animates Trump’s character and life can, in the wishful imagination, be licensed like his brand and inhabit his customers and fans. He is the permissive super-ego who says, “Since I can do it, so can you.” His brand thus offers a kind of preemptive pardon (anticipating the legal one he has openly considered for those loyal to him), not just for his cabinet members, his consiglieri and official explainers, but also for his base. The grace of normalization is not just conferred on those white supremacist groups filled with “good people,” but also ordinary Americans who no longer have to sublimate their ethnic hatred and misogyny.

Since the beginning of Trump’s campaign, incidents of racist verbal and physical assaults and vandalism have not only dramatically escalated but have involved the use of his name in the text of those attacks. As one businessman said to a Kennedy Airport worker in a hijab, “Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you.” In Connecticut, fans of an all-white high school basketball team hurled racist taunts at the opposing team comprised largely of black and Latino players, and yelled “Trump! Trump! Trump!” This incident is one of many similar examples in which the President’s name has joined the swastika and the Confederate flag as brands signifying unapologetic exterminationist white supremacy.

At this point, some of my strenuously tolerant liberal readers might assert that not all Trump supporters are racist or contemptuous of various Others. And yet, they voted for someone who was, and cheered rapturously at his rallies. What does it mean to say you are not a bigot but are happy to support someone who is?

Forgive me for moving to the rhetorical third rail but occasionally Hitler analogies can be clarifying. How might we have regarded “good Germans” in the post-Weimar era who looked upon the brash Austrian rabble rouser and his party as simply the sort of nationalist disruptors the country needed? “Well,” they might say, “I don’t really think Jews are vermin, the principal vectors for all our economic and social maladies, but that Treaty of Versailles was a really bad deal. The Nazis promise to make Germany great again, create jobs, and build that beautiful autobahn. So, I want them in the Reichstag. And, you’ve got to love that idea of Lebensraum. Who doesn’t want to stretch out?”

Whether you are a bigot or can overlook bigotry in your leaders, the distinction doesn’t seem to constitute a meaningful difference, especially when it comes to policies those elected leaders get to enact. (For a fuller account of racism, in particular its role in eclipsing class as a driver of political identity, see my essay, “Tribe vs. Class in the Age of Post-Reality Politics,” which appeared in the anthology River of Fire: Commons, Crisis, and the Imagination.)

Absolute Power, Absolute Impunity

Impunity preempts any need to even imitate, let alone feel, empathy and other emotions common to the rest of the species. For Trump, regret and remorse are affective kryptonite to his singular superpower, untrammeled entitlement. He seems to live by his version of the medieval dictum of le droit du seigneur, the right of the lord. Originally, this referred to the master’s prerogative to rape any woman living on the land over which he ruled. For Trump, it is a more inclusive privilege and applies to anything and anybody he covets. So, unlike other politicians and CEOs, he cannot allow himself to even insincerely apologize, regardless of whatever short-term political or economic utility it might offer. The long-term damage to his brand would be too great.

Impunity is linked to another central feature of the Trumplandian universe – its authoritarianism and admiration of dictatorship. This may be why the Right is not just unperturbed by the Russian electoral espionage scandal, but even sees it as a good thing. To them, Putin is no villain but an icon of “manly” dominance whose central virtue is his ruthless proficiency at crushing those who impede his pursuit of empire. From this perspective, it makes sense why Trump and his base would want him to follow in Putin’s goose steps. And should the Mueller investigation present evidence of collusion with the Russians, Trump World will likely reframe it as one more affirmation that the President is a virtuoso at the “art of the deal.” If treason leads to a win, it is an unalloyed good. And, should there be a charge of obstruction of justice, there is no reason to worry because, according to Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, the president has impunity when it comes to that crime as well.

For his supporters in particular, the fantasy of domination without limits, consequences, or regret can be an effective if short-lived antidote to feelings of impotence. So, while those outside the Trumpian universe may be filled with bilious revulsion, his base cheers every act of destruction: every attack on an Obama era achievement, every display of arrogant swagger on the global stage, every assault on public health, every puerile insult directed at the enemy of the day, every thinly veiled racist incantation, and every ludicrous denial of science. All his actions say, “I’m here to fuck things up and burn it down. And I can get away with it.” And for those who feel powerless and enjoy little impunity in their own lives, his brand is burnished further.

Truth and Consequences

What can challenge this impunity? It will not be the invertebrate “mainstream” Republicans whose individual and collective Faustian bargains feel to them like offers they can’t refuse. Trump promises to give them what they want, a world safe for unregulated corporate predation, if they give him their loyalty. If they keep the praise coming and block any effort to impeach him for his crimes or to invoke the 25th amendment for his manifest incompetence to govern, he won’t invite Bannonite deplorables with pitchforks to primary them. The few exceptions to GOP moral cowardice have been those whose belated courage has been born of impending retirement.

Trump 3When it comes to enabling Trump and his team to evade any consequences for their potential crimes, there is now a plurality of Republican members of Congress that are going well beyond looking the other way or uttering low-risk overdue protests as they exit public life. There is now a well-organized and resolute effort underway among GOP politicians, the editorial board of Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, and FOX News (what is now essentially Trump State TV) to subvert and delegitimate the Mueller investigation, discredit the Justice Department, and slander the FBI. Perhaps this anticipates their slogan for the 2018 mid-term elections – Impunity: It Takes a Village.

While some Democratic politicians may have finally developed a modicum of spinal integrity since the devastating losses of 2016, it has come too late to do anything beyond handwringing or cheering on the resistance from the sidelines. They are largely without sufficient political power to stop the nihilistic Trump juggernaut.

For a solution, among the many that can be employed, we must return to Naomi Klein’s book and its compelling call to arms. She makes the case that, in addition to local grass roots efforts at organized resistance, one of the most effective forms of opposition to the destructive ambitions of the current regime would be to undermine the Trump brand itself. This should be a two-pronged strategy: 1) reframing his brand and 2) boycotting its associated products.

First, there needs to be an unrelenting campaign of semiotic guerilla warfare against his brand in which it becomes infused with meanings that displace its current salutary symbolic freight. The Trump T must bring to mind treasonous loser instead of tough guy winner. Every effort must be made to recast his putative strengths as the weaknesses they are. As many have already done, we need to redefine his impulsivity. Instead of allowing his spokespeople and brand managers to present his thoughtless acting out as bold frankness, it must be portrayed as the infantile psychological incontinence that it is. Then there are the “luxury” attributions carried by his brand. We must bring to the surface the unconscious lexicography of the Trump name itself. In other words, few may know that the actual meaning of trumpery is something that is “showy but worthless” (according to the America Heritage Dictionary) – an accurate description of everything Trump. Poetic justice will be done.

As polls indicate, our numbers are growing. If the resistance can unite across its many differences, and if we are creative, focused, and steadfast in our efforts, even his Success deodorant (a real Trump product) will not be able to cover up the stink.

Once the patina of the brand is tarnished and the products licensed to bear the ignominious T come to signify all that is vile and cheesy, a global effort must be undertaken to subvert its monetary power – its ability to generate a profit for those who license it. Once a world-wide boycott turns a marker of pride and impunity into a symbol of shame and liability, the stigmatization of Trump’s brand could be one bankruptcy from which Russian mob money will not be able to rescue him.

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M.N.: My take on it, very simple: SOCIALISM IS HEALTHSOCIALIST SOCIETY IS THE HEALTHY SOCIETY, in all respects; as the SOCIAL ORGANISM

All the “RIGHTS” that Bernie Sanders had listed here,  are the elements, the prerequisites, and the parts of the HEALTHY Society’s structure and functions: 
“The right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.”
Democracy, as the harmonious balance of forces and processes of the body politic and the governing modes, is the inseparable part of the HEALTHY SOCIETY as the the social organism and the self-regulating and self-organising, sui generis, SYSTEM. 
Thus, the TRUE SOCIALISM, by my (Michael Novakhov’s) definition, can only be the DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, as evidenced in commonly accepted practices and patterns of functioning of the democratic political systems, primarily minted by the WESTERN CULTURE, and its acceptable versions in other cultures. 
This concept is gnostically opposite to Marxism, and it views its dogmas about the primacy of the economic forces (Marxist “political economy”), class struggle, and the role of working class, just as such: unscientific, incorrect, counterproductive, and historically dangerous dogmas. Employing their Hegelian “unity and conflict of the opposites”, the Marxists, in my humble uneducated opinion, overemphasize the “conflict”, and discount the “unity”, elaborating on the “false dichotomies” of these concept. 
The Healthy Society contains both the Social Peace and class harmony, as well as the class tensions and class struggles, in the true mix of the real life complexity. 
The biological, psychological, and the social-cultural forces are the true, primary, and natural determinants of the social and historical processes, together with the economic ones. “Political Economy”, in a non-Marxian sense, is the Alimentary-Energy System of the Social Organism. 
The idea of the Society as the Organism is very old, it descends to Plato, and it is a part of the Western Canon of Ideas, although it is referred to under the different, and sometimes confusing terms, in various sources. 
The true leader of the Society, of course is not the Working Class, the most they aspire to become (as a class), is to move upper, to the middle strata, and these tendencies were well studied and well documented. 
 The true leaders of the Society are the Thinking, the Intellectual classes, in all their varieties, colors, affiliations, philosophies, etc., etc. It is them who move the Society forward. They are the head of the Social Organism. 
The elaborations on all these ideas should follow, hopefully. 
Michael Novakhov
9:21 AM 6/23/2019
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M.N.: My take on it, very simple: SOCIALISM IS HEALTHSOCIALIST SOCIETY IS THE HEALTHY SOCIETY, in all respects; as the SOCIAL ORGANISM

All the “RIGHTS” that Bernie Sanders had listed here,  are the elements, the prerequisites, and the parts of the HEALTHY Society’s structure and functions: 
“The right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.”
Democracy, as the harmonious balance of forces and processes of the body politic and the governing modes, is the inseparable part of the HEALTHY SOCIETY as the the social organism and the self-regulating and self-organising, sui generis, SYSTEM. 
Thus, the TRUE SOCIALISM, by my (Michael Novakhov’s) definition, can only be the DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, as evidenced in commonly accepted practices and patterns of functioning of the democratic political systems, primarily minted by the WESTERN CULTURE, and its acceptable versions in other cultures. 
This concept is gnostically opposite to Marxism, and it views its dogmas about the primacy of the economic forces (Marxist “political economy”), class struggle, and the role of working class, just as such: unscientific, incorrect, counterproductive, and historically dangerous dogmas. Employing their Hegelian “unity and conflict of the opposites”, the Marxists, in my humble uneducated opinion, overemphasize the “conflict”, and discount the “unity”, elaborating on the “false dichotomies” of these concept. 
The Healthy Society contains both the Social Peace and class harmony, as well as the class tensions and class struggles, in the true mix of the real life complexity. 
The biological, psychological, and the social-cultural forces are the true, primary, and natural determinants of the social and historical processes, together with the economic ones. “Political Economy”, in a non-Marxian sense, is the Alimentary-Energy System of the Social Organism. 
The idea of the Society as the Organism is very old, it descends to Plato, and it is a part of the Western Canon of Ideas, although it is referred to under the different, and sometimes confusing terms, in various sources. 
The true leader of the Society, of course is not the Working Class, the most they aspire to become (as a class), is to move upper, to the middle strata, and these tendencies were well studied and well documented. 
 The true leaders of the Society are the Thinking, the Intellectual classes, in all their varieties, colors, affiliations, philosophies, etc., etc. It is them who move the Society forward. They are the head of the Social Organism. 
The elaborations on all these ideas should follow, hopefully. 
Michael Novakhov
9:21 AM 6/23/2019
__________________________________________________________

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M.N.: My take on it, very simple: SOCIALISM IS HEALTH, SOCIALIST SOCIETY IS THE HEALTHY SOCIETY, in all respects; as the SOCIAL ORGANISM.

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After watching Bernie Sanders try, for at least the second time, to defend himself as a “democratic socialist” by defining “democratic socialism” as something that is not actually socialism, I’m struggling to understand the purpose of it all. What does he gain from this? What is he trying to do?

Here’s how Sanders talked about his ideology in a recent speech at George Washington University:

“The right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.”

“That,” he continued, “is what I mean by democratic socialism.”

Compare this with the vision of his political hero Eugene Debs, whom Sanders profiled in the 1979 documentary Eugene Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary.

“Socialism,” Debs wrote in 1904, “is first of all a political movement of the working class, clearly defined and uncompromising, which aims at the overthrow of the prevailing capitalist system by securing control of the national government and by the exercise of the public powers, supplanting the existing capitalist class government with socialist administration.”

It is, Debs said, “the collective ownership and control of industry and its democratic management in the interest of all the people.”

More modern programs for American socialism started from the same place. In his 1978 essay “What Socialists Would Do in America—If They Could,” Michael Harrington, who would co-found the Democratic Socialists of America a few years later, assumed a “national planning process in which all the people would have an effective right to participate.” This would include democratically owned and managed property as well as a private sector where “many of the existing functions of corporate power” had been socialized.

Sanders has proposed a capital fund controlled by workers at major corporations, but that arrangement lies quite a distance from the direct ownership envisioned by Debs or Harrington. That, Sanders rejects.

“The next time you hear me attacked as a socialist, remember this,” he said in a 2015 speech at Georgetown, “I don’t believe the government should own the means of production.”

Instead of a Marxist, Sanders likes to frame himself as a New Dealer, an heir to the party of Franklin Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Sanders said last week, “led a transformation of the American government and the American economy” and was “reviled by the oligarchs of his time,” who attacked his New Deal programs as “socialism.”

It’s clear that Sanders wants to drain those attacks of their power by leaning into them, by saying yes, the New Deal was socialist and that was a good thing. And he is right about the reactionary opposition to Roosevelt. They warned of creeping Bolshevism and imminent revolution under programs like the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Works Progress Administration. But being attacked as a socialist doesn’t make one a socialist, and neither Roosevelt nor the New Deal was socialist.

Roosevelt came to office a fiscal conservative. He wanted to balance the budget. He also understood, however, that mass unemployment threatened the “profit system.” In the face of labor unrest and direct action by industrial workers, he was willing to change course, to meet the activists and movements to his left with policies that satisfied some of their demands. But Roosevelt’s goal was always preservation: to reform capitalism and harmonize labor and capital, not to forge a replacement.

What, then, should we make of Sanders’ decision to embrace a nearly revolutionary label, “democratic socialism,” but define it in terms of American left-liberal politics?

One answer is that as someone who did live and work in left-wing and Marxist circles for much of his adult life, he wants to bring the term into the mainstream of American politics. To not just embrace the “socialist” attacks as a badge of honor but to make “democratic socialism” an extension of the New Deal is to make it sound normal, even desirable.

More Americans may embrace the label. And because the term still implies a larger set of ideological commitments outside Democratic Party liberalism, some of Sanders’ followers will become bona fide socialists who want that Debsian transformation of economic relations in the United States.

It has already happened with the substantial growth of the Democratic Socialists of America since 2016 and an increasing (albeit still small) number of Americans with a positive view of “socialism,” including a bare majority of the youngest adults.

The term does other political work. It distinguishes him from his rivals in the Democratic primary and suggests he wants to go further than his stated views—that he’s also interested in fundamental transformation, even if his program isn’t more meaningfully progressive than that of his closest ideological rival, Elizabeth Warren.

There’s another way to understand Sanders’ rhetoric around “democratic socialism.” For Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect, Sanders embodies the not-always-clear divide between liberals and the left.

“In running as a democratic socialist who seeks to complete and update FDR’s agenda,” he writes, “Sanders straddles the very fuzzy border between social democracy and American left liberalism.” In both traditions, democracy is an economic project as well as a political one. Perhaps Sanders is just trying to make that explicit—to once and for all marginalize the centrist Democratic Party politics of the past three decades, in which the economic rights of workers were subordinate to the demands of capital—as well as show Americans how effective governance can include left-wing politics. It is the political project of his entire career, from Burlington to the Capitol Building.

At the beginning of his speech at George Washington, Sanders took note of the “growing movement toward oligarchy” in the United States and the world at large. He listed the leaders of several governments—Putin in Russia, Xi in China, Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Viktor Orban in Hungary—that “meld corporatist economics with xenophobia and authoritarianism.” I think this analysis, which I’ve written about in the past, can also help us make sense of Sanders’ idiosyncratic use of “democratic socialism.”

In a 1977 essay for Dissent magazine, “Socialism and Liberalism: Articles of Conciliation?,” socialist writer Irving Howe addressed the “tacit collaboration of right and left extremes in undermining the social and moral foundations of liberalism,” which he described as “a great intellectual scandal of the age.” Those critics failed, he wrote, “to consider what the consequences might be of their intemperate attacks upon liberalism.” To assault the foundations of liberal democracy, he added, “meant to bring into play social forces the intellectuals of both right and left could not foresee.”

In straddling the two sides of the left-wing divide—in tying “democratic socialism” to the legacy of the most important figure in American liberalism—Sanders might be modeling a kind of pragmatism. Not the colloquial pragmatism of do what works, but something from the American philosophical tradition where the truth of the matter is in the doing, not the definitions.

He calls himself a “democratic socialist,” others call themselves “liberals,” but in the United States they’re part of a common project, fighting on a united front.

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Saturday revealed the long-awaited details of the economic aspect of the US peace plan, saying it would inject $50 billion into struggling economies in the Middle East over the next ten years.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency three days ahead of the Washington-led economic workshop in Bahrain, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law said that over half of the funds ($28 billion) would go toward the West Bank and Gaza Strip while $7.5 billion would go to Jordan, $9 billion to Egypt and $6 billion to Lebanon.

“If you can also get that whole region starting to lift, and if you can get a quicker flow of goods and people in all the different areas that are necessary in industry instead of bullets and munitions and war, then I think that will really lead to a big increase in investment in the area and more jobs and better quality of life and hopefully more peace along with it,” Kushner said.


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Separately on Saturday, the White House released its “Peace to Prosperity” economic plan, a 40-page document focusing on detailing initiatives to unleash Palestinian “economic potential,” “empower,” the Palestinian people and “enhance Palestinian governance.”

The Palestinians have strongly opposed the conference and urged Arab states to stay away, arguing it will be placing economic issues ahead of reaching a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to the report, fifteen billion of the total $50 invested would come from grants, $25 billion from subsidized loans and roughly $11 billion from private capital.

The plan would also fund 179 economic projects in areas such as infrastructure, water, power, telecommunications, tourism and medical facilities; 147 of the projects would be in the Palestinian territories, 15 in Jordan, 12 in Egypt and five in Lebanon.

Tens of millions of dollars in funds would be reserved for projects that would help further link the Gaza Strip with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula through upgrading power lines and increasing electricity flow.

The plan also seeks to inject $950 million in the Palestinian tourism industry, according to Reuters.

The Trump adviser leading Washington’s peace efforts told the news agency that the plan would create roughly 1 million jobs in Gaza and the West Bank, drop their employment from 30% to the single digits, reduce the Palestinian poverty rate by half and double their GDP.

A picture taken on June 1, 2018, shows a girl running past hovels near a sewage water pool at a poor neighborhood in Gaza City. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Fifty-three percent of Palestinians in Gaza live in poverty, a June 2018 United Nations report said. Eighty percent depend on international aid, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency, the main international organization that provides health, education and other services to Palestinian refugees.

Gaza is run by the Hamas terror group and Kushner did not address how the plan, which includes funding for infrastructure linking Gaza to the West Bank, would deal with this and the failure of the Palestinians to reconcile.

“The reason we’re calling this a workshop and not a conference is because we want to get feedback and hopefully finalize it so that we can then coordinate a lot of the aid efforts and investing efforts to really drive these results,” Kushner said. The White House is hoping that wealthy Gulf states would provide the bulk of the funds, but that it is considering pitching in as well.

Funds raised at the workshop would be administered by a multinational development bank managed by an appointed board of governors, according to Reuters, which reviewed documents related to the plan in addition to speaking with Kushner and several of his top aides.

Kushner suggested that the US plan has some similarities to the Marshall Plan, an American initiative passed in 1948 to jump-start economies in Western Europe after World War II.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (far right) at the ceremony for the new town of Ramat Trump, named for US President Donald Trump, on the Golan Heights, June 16, 2019. (David Cohen/Flash90)

“One of the things that they did successfully [with the Marshall Plan] is that they didn’t just give aid but they infused money into the private sector and they created an environment in which businesses could thrive and capital could be invested. This is a similar notion [that we’re trying to do],” he explained.

Responding to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to boycott the June 25-26 Bahrain summit and declarations from Arab states that they would not budge on their requirement that the US plan see to it the creation of a Palestinian state, Kushner asserted that Washington “care[s] about the Palestinian cause.”

However, he avoided discussing the idea of Palestinian political sovereignty and stressed how the US plan would  help move the Palestinians “move forward economically.”

Kushner stuck to the pre-stated White House’s position that it will introduce the political side of its plan at a later date, but assured that this section would not be ignored.

The White House said earlier this month that it wants to wait until after a new Israeli government is formed. The Knesset elections are scheduled for September 17, and it usually takes several weeks for coalition negotiations to conclude.

Initially, US and Israeli officials indicated that high-ranking members of the Israeli government would be invited to the event as well. But earlier this week, the White House said that no Israeli officials would be present in Manama.

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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Saturday revealed the long-awaited details of the economic aspect of the US peace plan, saying it would inject $50 billion into struggling economies in the Middle East over the next ten years.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency three days ahead of the Washington-led economic workshop in Bahrain, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law said that over half of the funds ($28 billion) would go toward the West Bank and Gaza Strip while $7.5 billion would go to Jordan, $9 billion to Egypt and $6 billion to Lebanon.

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Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev will also take part in the summit in Jerusalem

United States National Security adviser John Bolton arrived in Israel on Saturday to take part in a historic security summit in Jerusalem with Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Russian Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to take part in the “discussion about regional security issues,” has called the meeting “unprecedented.” 

Ahead of the meeting, Patrushev said Moscow would be looking out for Iran’s interests in Syria. 

“Iran is in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government and is actively involved in fighting terrorism. Therefore, of course, we will have to take into account the interests of Iran,” Patrushev said. 

The meeting will be held amid rising tensions between Iran and the US. On Thursday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down an American surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz. 

US President Donald Trump revealed on Friday that he canceled an order for strikes against three Iranian sites just ten minutes before they were to be executed after being told the raid would kill 150 people.

Trump tweeted that the planned raid was “not proportionate” to Iran’s downing of the US drone.

Netanyahu has repeatedly called on the international community to support US against Iran’s “aggressive behavior” in the region, clarifying that Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) is ready to assist the US army. 

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