a mountain of circumstantial evidence, but it’s just that — circumstantial. As with Hans Reiser, there’s no ‘smoking gun’, no incontrovertible fact proving the crime; just a whole lot of people acting really suspiciously, and a ton of coincidences.
Sure, the Orbis dossier said that Trump’s team had been offered the brokerage on 19% of Rosneft, and Russia just happened to sell 19.5% of Rosneft later in the year and route some or all of the proceeds through offshore companies. Could be coincidence, right? And yes, Trump picked seven people with business ties to Russia to be his advisors, but maybe lots of millionaires do business with Russia, yes? That massive Russian money laundering ring that operated out of Trump Tower, well, maybe it’s just a really classy place that appeals to foreign businessmen? Dmitry Rybolovlev’s plane was often parked on the runway next to Trump’s jet during the 2016 campaign, but that could certainly be coincidence, and maybe it’s true that they’ve never met even though Trump sold Ryboloblev a mansion? And so on.
No, there’s no solid incontrovertible proof that Trump is being bankrolled and/or blackmailed by Russians. There was a time, not too long ago, when I’d have been skeptical enough to dismiss the whole thing as paranoia. But Hans Reiser taught me otherwise.
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