A note about some recent Trump/Russia timeline additions. As previously noted, the Rosneft sale — which Trump campaign people were allegedly offered the brokerage fees on — went via a shell corporation set up as a joint venture between a Swiss corporation called Glencore, and Qatar. It turns out that Rudy Giuliani worked as a consultant for Rosneft, as well as for Qatar — and also for Alfa Bank in Russia which a Trump server kept connecting to for unknown reasons.
2008—2009 BakerHostetler represent hedge fund Hermitage Capital in their case against a Cyprus-based company called Prevezon, allegedly involved in laundering the proceeds of $230 million stolen from the Russian treasury. Oct 2013 BakerHostetler suddenly changes sides, and begins representing Prevezon in the case. 2015 BakerHostetler attack their former clients in a filing for Prevezon: “Browder and his agents engaged in a series of misrepresentations to execute the fraud, to distance themselves from it, and to pin it on the Russian officials investigating Browder for a separate tax fraud his companies committed"
Guardian, 15 Feb 2017: [Roger] Stone has called on the White House to order an immediate investigation through the Department of Justice over alleged improper links between members of the Trump inner circle and the Kremlin during the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s curious, given that he’s one of the people allegedly wiretapped in October over possible connections to Wikileaks. Still, he assures us he’s innocent, so perhaps he just wants to be exonerated.
In other news, it has been uncovered that Trump filed with the FEC to be a candidate for re-election just hours after being sworn in as President. This is highly unusual, and has two important effects. Firstly, because he’s now a political candidate as well as the President, it becomes more difficult for any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to criticize Trump without falling foul of regulations totally prohibiting charities from electoral campaigning.
Last night Buzzfeed published a PDF document containing alleged intelligence reports about Donald Trump. I stayed up late running it through OCR and cleaning up the results. Here’s the content of the document as a regular web page you can easily search, quote, read on your phone, whatever. For more background, you might want to check out my Trump and Russia timeline post, which I’ve been updating regularly. I may have “overcorrected” a few typos, such as spelling Paul Manafort’s name consistently (the original documents seem to use two ’n’s in some places).
I kept reading about Trump’s many ties to Russia, but none of the news outlets ever presented a timeline, so I decided to assemble one myself with links to the source articles. I started in 2016, but I’ve been updating it every day or two as events unfold. When the award-winning history book gets written, not every event in this timeline will turn out to have be relevant. Some things mentioned below are doubtless meaningless coincidences.
Donald Trump’s chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon accepted $376,000 in pay over four years for working 30 hours a week at a tiny tax-exempt charity in Tallahassee while also serving as the hands-on executive chairman of Breitbart News Network. During the same four-year period, the charity paid about $1.3 million in salaries to two other journalists who said they put in 40 hours a week there while also working for the politically conservative news outlet, according to publicly available documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
In the New York Times, Mark Lilla identifies Hillary Clinton’s outreach to people of color as triggering the backlash that caused Donald Trump to be elected: But when it came to life at home, she tended on the campaign trail to lose that large vision and slip into the rhetoric of diversity, calling out explicitly to African-American, Latino, L.G.B.T. and women voters at every stop. This was a strategic mistake. If you are going to mention groups in America, you had better mention all of them.
In part 1 I covered quick and easy things to do (albeit mostly requiring money). In part 2 I covered privacy and protection against authoritarian government. Now for the part where it gets dark: thinking about how to protect yourself in the longer term, through and past the Trump regime and its effects. Don’t panic and leave I’ve seen people say they’ll move to another state, or another country. I believe that’s a bad move, for two reasons.
Reveal podcast recently ran a show on the secret Trump voter. One of the Trump voters they talked to was Richard Spencer, white nationalist. Spencer invented the term “alt right” for his political movement, which calls for a racially pure post-American nation state. He talks in his interview of the importance of white identity — which, along with a belief that whites are treated unfairly, is a powerful predictor of Trump support.