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Thread: Life in the Trump Era, Part 2

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    It looks like Van Der Zwaan is the son in law of Russian-Ukrainian oligarch German Khan (weird name, huh?), worked for a firm in DC called "Scadden". https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...-zwaan/553793/

    He helped produce a PR report in 2012 that sought to make the Russian leaning Ukrainian president Viktor Yanokovych - for whom Manafort apparently worked for a decade - look better than the negative reaction to his locking up his opposition, Yulia Tymoshenko. ("Lock Her Up" wasn't exactly a novel concept, it looks like. Manafort's boss actually did it, in the Ukraine.)

    (Yanokovych who was overthrown during the Ukrainian revolution, fled to Moscow, and Yulia Tymoshenko was released from prison by the Ukrainian legislature / parliament.)

    Very, very interestingly, Van Der Zwaan's father in law Khan is the owner of Alfa Bank, the organization that was communicating with Trump Tower at key inflection points during the campaign, according to DNS administrators interviewed for the Slate article I referenced from Oct 31, 2016. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...th_russia.html

    (Alfa Bank was also fingered by Christopher Steele in his dossier as being a conduit between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.)

    Another source indicates Mueller nailed VDZ for lying because they recovered encrypted communications between VDZ and the person he said he hadn't spoken with, hence the indictment.

    This may amount to very little... or it may indicate Mueller is closing in.



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    I donít mind notes. I think anyone in such a position would use notes.

    But itís mind boggling to me that POTUS has to have ďI Hear YouĒ written down when meeting with mass shooting victims. Empathy shouldnít require notes.

    To me thatís more evidence of possible cognitive issues than anything.


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  3. #573
    Quote Originally Posted by Diehard Ute View Post
    I don’t mind notes. I think anyone in such a position would use notes.

    But it’s mind boggling to me that POTUS has to have “I Hear You” written down when meeting with mass shooting victims. Empathy shouldn’t require notes.

    To me that’s more evidence of possible cognitive issues than anything.
    Agree. He appears to have taken notes in the preparation, though, you have to give him credit for that.

    His job there was to act presidential, let the students and parents talk and pretend like he understood them and felt their pain. Some are comparing that meeting with the long, bipartisan DACA meeting where he agreed with everything, the "calm genius" exhibition.

    The strategy appears to be let the storm pass, maybe work on some window dressing action (eg, DOJ banning bump-stocks), then maybe sow doubt about the effectiveness of any laws and how "good guy" gun owners can help, but can't if they're restricted by law (or whatever), and then start pounding on the FBI some more.

  4. #574
    Lots of articles the past couple of days about Trump trying force out McMaster, and Javanka in a fight to oust Kelly (and vice versa, or at least deny Kushner security clearance). Will be interesting to see how the dust settles. Will be interesting to see if Trump grants jared an exemption from a permanent security clearance, given everything he said about the Dems' careless handling of classified info (since there is lots of speculation that Jared will never get a permanent one). Not to mention the other 130 people in the WH on temporary clearances for a long, long time.

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