Sur-ren-der (verb):
1. Submit to authority.
2. Comply w/ demand.
3. Lose advantage.
4. Yield to influence.

Trump, standing next to Putin: [Russia's global alienation for anti-democratic actions, invasions, poisonings, etc] "changed as of about four hours ago."
#Helsinki2018
Trump: "Incredible offer!"

Putin invites Mueller to interrogate 12 GRU officers indicted by US grand jury for interfering in US elections on two conditions:

1. Mueller visits them in Russia.
2. US let's Russia interrogate US counterintelligence officers & classified docs.
Brass tacks: before today, Russia's only major allies since 2014 annexation of Crimea were China, Iran, North Korea, Syria (Assad), and Cuba (AKA Alliance of Autocracy).

Trump should listen to Groucho Marx: “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”
Putin told Helsinki press conference he didn't know Trump was in Moscow in 2013.

1. Putin personally approved Miss America pageant Trump was hosting in Moscow.

2. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for Vladimir Putin since 2012, told Trump in person that Putin couldn't make it.
I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be that two wrongs make a right...

Extremely strong and powerful correction.
The day after America's* "WTF!!??"

*Including some Republicans (not that any in the Trump Admin have resigned as of 5pm EST...).
Trump anticipates GOP losing 2018 midterms & is building future case for delegitimizing Dem win w/ whataboutism vis-a-vis his own 2016 Russian conspiracy.

A for effort, but power doesn't need PR: Dem Congress will subpoena everyone & their mother.
Putin showed up late to his Helsinki date w/ Trump, didn't apologize, ordered expensive champagne, flirted w/ the waiter, then punked Trump on live TV.

Trump asked him out again 5 minutes after getting home & Putin is like, "Slow down! I don't wanna wake up pregnant."

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Aug 21, 2018
Trump v. Mueller (Cont.)
—Part 3. Tue, 21Aug18.

—Two Trump MAGA associates in federal court on same day: Manafort awaits his jury verdict; Michael Cohen pleads guilty.

—Mueller recommends jail-time for unhelpful Papadopoulos.

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—Part 1 of 3: 17May17 to 30Oct17.

17May17 (Mueller Appointment) thru 30Oct17 (Manafort & Gates Indictments/Papadopoulos Guilty Plea).
2. Trump-Russia Thread
—Part 2 of 3: 31Oct17 to 13Jul18.

31Oct17 (Manafort & Gates Indictments/Papadopoulos Guilty Plea) thru 13Jul18 (Mueller indictment of Russian GRU officers for attacking 2016 US election).
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Jul 16, 2018
Maria Butina was arrested yesterday & charged a few minutes ago w/ Conspiracy to Violate US Law as Foreign Agent of Russia.

She's close to NRA leadership, bragged about Trump-Russia connections, and proposed Russia back-channel to Trump campaign w/ GOP operative Paul Erickson.
Maria Butina's graduate school focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain (Bitcoin) while she works as an *unpaid* assistant to a known Russian money launderer w/ ties to FSB is a bit on the nose.

Absent from her LinkedIn: two businesses she owned w/ GOP operative Paul Erickson.
1. Level of "duh" that Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA48) is unnamed lawmaker referenced in Maria Butina indictment?
—100%.

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Apr 10, 2018
FBI search warrant on Michael Cohen includes 34 taxi medallions owned by Cohen via 17 LLCs—medallions are a cash business.

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Has it occurred to anyone that Michael Cohen does not legally represent Trump via contract agreement or retainer?

Michael Cohen, J.D. was on business development team at Trump Org—not legal team.

No legal representation = no attorney-client privilege.
Oops.

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Feb 17, 2018
7 days in Feb18 (9-16Feb)
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9Feb
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—2nd White House official out (domestic abuse).
—John Kelly asked WH staff to lie abt Porter resignation timeline.
—WH security clearances questioned.
—Rachel Brand (DOJ #3) to resign.

1/5
10Feb
—Trump rejects #MeToo, laments "mere allegations" (of abuse).
—Federal Concealed-Carry gun bill gaining steam.
—Syria downs Israeli jet w/ Russian guns.

11Feb
1st Trump budget after $1.5 trillion tax cuts shows 200 billion shortfall.

2/5
12Feb
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13Feb
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3/5
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Jan 11, 2018
1/20 Remember when Supreme Court Justice Alito broke decorum to shake his head & mumble "not true" at Obama's 27Jan2010 State of the Union address?

—Hold that thought.

How is it legal for Russians to funnel money to GOP candidates & causes?

Answer➡️Citizens United [2010].
2/20 The Supreme Court in Citizens United v FEC invalidated FECA, 2 USC §441b: cap on political contributions by corp's, assoc's; nonprofit donor disclosures.

But Court didn't consider §441e: ban on political spending by foreign people & entities.

Mismatched ruling➡️Loophole.
3/20 The Supreme Court was fully aware hearing case on §441b impacted ban on foreign influence in FECA sister section (§441e).

Justices addressed it in oral arguments. Even lawyer for Citizens United agreed on a distinction btwn corps & people to address such matters.
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First SIGINT portions corroborated Feb17.
1/2.

3Jan18: FusionGPS NYT Op-Ed calls on Senate Judiciary Cmte to release testimony transcripts.

5Jan18: Grassley and Graham refer Steele for criminal probe, citing inconsistent statements—NOT inconsistent claims in Dossier.
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