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Jul 12, 2017

Trump’s Russia scandal could end in someone going to jail for sedition

Though that's a long way off.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

Trump's Russia scandal

Another day, another scandal for the Trump presidency. This time Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, has been caught red-handed working with a Russian agent in an attempt to assist his father’s campaign to become president. The question is whether any electoral laws have been broken or whether this was simply an attempt to break a law that ultimately failed.

One big, as yet unanswered question, is what Donald Trump knew about the matter at the time. To date, Trump has denied knowledge of his campaign team’s work on matters that could imply personal impropriety.

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7 thoughts on “Trump’s Russia scandal could end in someone going to jail for sedition

  1. John Robertson

    I’d be interested to know about the Clinton ties to Russia….uranium wise.

  2. tonysee

    Pretty much every new administration goes through a shaky start and relies on old hands to help it through. The Trump administration doesn’t seem to have these cool experienced heads that newbies like Don Jr can call on for advice. Trump has ‘cleared the swamp’ of political operatives and replaced them with people from business and, it would seem, these kinds of stumbles are a consequence.
    If the pattern continues, and there’s no sign of a change, you’d think there’ll be a tipping point. Someone in the White House is drip feeding the media and Trump people are assisting with astonishing ‘own goals’. Individuals on Trump’s staff are ‘lawyering up’ because there could be consequences way beyond the term of the administration.
    To quote the great sage (Willy Wonka): ‘The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last.’

  3. Barbara Haan

    The US Government, both Republican and Democratic, is in serious long-term trouble. Both parties have plenty of truths they need to hide. The sight of three multi-facelifted female supporters of Trump decrying Chris Uhlmann’s assessment of the failure of Trump at the G20 illustrates just how delusional his followers are. One thing I craved when I lived in the US for a year, was the sight of a ‘normal’ person in their 70s and 80s. They all had face lifts and were wearing short shorts. Apparently they believed their wrinkly legs were of no matter when their faces were pulled so tight they could barely open their mouths to eat. What percentage of supporters is Trump losing in the rust belt states? It was always only a matter of time; he could never deliver what he promised them.

    Finally, his montage of shots of himself at the G20 to the strains of the newly minted hymn, “Make America Great Again” was beyond belief/hilarious/delusional – take your pick.

  4. Tony Syad

    A Russian says: we have evidence of Clinton corruption. Now it turns out that anyone that listens to a Russian about Clinton corruption is a traitor.

  5. AR

    So the question for the Drumpfster is “what didn’t he know about …insert scandale du jour… and when didn’t he know it?”.
    The problem for the rest of the world is that the choice offered in 2016 in the nomination processes showed that the Benighted States is a terminal society.
    If those two candidates were the best that could be extracted from the cloaca of a society then it has ceased to develop and only decline awaits. Impatiently.

  6. klewso

    Did the Muppet actually answer Hannity’s direct question about whether he’d told his father what he, Kutcher and Manafort had been up too – or did Murdoch Minion Hannity let that go?
    And if he didn’t tell him, what else “isn’t he telling” him?

  7. Iskandar

    Thank heavens for alternative media that this story can be independently investigated. Its players are Aras Agalarov, a wealthy Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch, businessman and developer and organiser of the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant; his son Emin, a songwriter and pop star, and Rob Goldstone, a British music promoter (OUI 2) and former tabloid journalist (who accompanied Michael Jackson to Sydney during his 1999 tour).

    The avalanche started on 3 June 2016 with an email which Goldstone sent to Donald Trump Jr, saying the following: “Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

    To an astute reader the immediate smell of a rat should have been the reference to a “Russian Crown Prosecutor”. Russia is not a monarchy. There is no such post as a “Crown Prosecutor”.

    There is no need to follow this chain any further. Let me put my two bits in and suggest that these three colourful characters threw this bit of bait into the fetid swamp of western mainstream media and see what bites. Well, not only did the MSM (and its various pundits) swallow the bait hook, line and sinker, but the rod, reel and entire fishing trawler as well. The Russians have it seems, a highly-developed sense of humour after all.

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