Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset

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Max Boot is an American intellectual and military historian who is best known for his decision to leave the Republican Party and the conservative movement in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.  He tells this story in The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right.

In a recent Washington Post piece, Boot offers 18 reasons why Trump might be working with the Russians.  Here is a taste:

On Friday, the New York Times reported that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” That investigation may well be continuing under the auspices of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. We don’t know what Mueller has learned. But we can look at the key, publicly available evidence that both supports and undercuts this explosive allegation.

Here is some of the evidence suggesting “Individual 1” could be a Russian “asset”:

— Trump has a long financial history with Russia. As summarized by Jonathan Chait in an invaluable New York magazine article: “From 2003 to 2017, people from the former USSR made 86 all-cash purchases — a red flag of potential money laundering — of Trump properties, totaling $109 million. In 2010, the private-wealth division of Deutsche Bank also loaned him hundreds of millions of dollars during the same period it was laundering billions in Russian money. ‘Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ said Donald Jr. in 2008. ‘We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,’ boasted Eric Trump in 2014.” According to Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s guilty plea of lying to Congress, Trump was even pursuing his dream of building a Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign with the help of a Vladimir Putin aide. These are the kind of financial entanglements that intelligence services such as the FSB typically use to ensnare foreigners, and they could leave Trump vulnerable to blackmail.

— The Russians interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help elect Trump president.

— Trump encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails on July 27, 2016 (“Russia, if you’re listening”), on the very day that Russian intelligence hackers tried to attack Clinton’s personal and campaign servers.

— There were, according to the Moscow Project, “101 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia linked operatives,” and “the Trump team tried to cover up every single one of them.” The most infamous of these contacts was the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between the Trump campaign high command and a Kremlin emissary promising dirt on Clinton. Donald Trump Jr.’s reaction to the offer of Russian assistance? “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

Read the rest here.

3 thoughts on “Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset

  1. “This is hardly a “beyond a reasonable doubt” case that Trump is a Russian agent …”

    When all compasses point north it is reasonable to conclude that the direction “north” is known. Strong circumstantial evidence is allowed in our legal system and can be the basis for conviction even in capitol cases (instructions by the judge and prosecution when I was sitting on a jury pool). And, when the fate of the nation and its people are at stake it’s probably not prudent to dilly or dally about such matters. Of course, I’m sure that those that are blindly loyal to the man cannot be persuaded by any amount of evidence of any kind especially if a juicy conspiracy theory can be tossed out (e.g., deep state!, elitists!, etc.).

    And remember, an “asset” can be witting or unwitting and in the world of “I’ll Scratch Your back if You Scratch My Back” business transactions there is no distance between the two. Same outcome though.

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  2. It should be noted that Russia is one of the few countries expecting to benefit from global warming. And it’s a more significant net benefit if you consider the costs to all of Russia’s geopolitical enemies. And now the political capital it costs America to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords. That’s not to say Russian interests fuel Trump’s denial, but to say at the very least Trump’s denial makes him a useful idiot (a Russian asset).

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  3. 19. Trump was seen in Central Park in 2013, exchanging briefcases and a suspicious manila envelope, with a swarthy man (Unsub #1) wearing a fur parka and a carefully groomed Lenin goatee.

    20. Trump always picks Alex Ovechkin in his NHL fantasy league. (Ovechkin has known ties to the Russian owner of the Nets, who goes clubbing with Deripaska.)

    21. Trump openly roots against the plucky Wolverines when watching “Red Dawn.”

    21. Max Boot wears a jaunty hat and, like Jen Rubin, is an authoritative, credible and non-deranged person on this topic.

    Attention must be paid.

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