GOP Senators Voted Down Deripaska Sanctions

In case you missed it, on January 16 2019, the U.S. Senate voted on a resolution to keep sanctions against businesses ran by Putin-allied Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in place. This is after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin inexplicably lifted sanctions against the TrumpRussia mastermind.

To overcome Trump administration’s move to lift sanctions against Deripaska’s businesses, the Senate resolution would have to pass by 60 votes. In the end the resolution failed after a final tally of 57-42, three Senators short of the required 60 votes.

Here’s a HANDY LIST of the 42 GOP Senators who voted down the resolution, essentially opposing sanctions against Deripaska’s companies.

Interestingly Sen Bernie Sanders did not vote on this measure–no reason afforded as to why

Bottom line, as Yours Truly has said repeatedly before, even though the mainstream media pays a lot of attention to Trump in regards to the Russian stories, it is very important that they also keep in mind that he is not the only Russian asset. He has ample company among GOP Members of Congress.

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Investigate Mitch McConnell Over TrumpRussia

A bombshell New York Times piece says after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, officials at the FBI were very concerned about the President’s actions that they launched a conterintelligence investigation into whether the President himself was secretly working for Russia. Naturally this has taken the already red-hot #TrumpRussia debate to a whole new level. Nobody in their wildest dreams ever envisioned a scenario where a sitting President of the United States would ever be under investigation for being an agent of a hostile foreign power, especially our gravest threat Russia.

Remember just a few years ago (2012), the Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney listed Russia as America’s deadliest foe, a position totally embraced by his Republican party. The Russian threat is therefore not just a liberal fantasy as some on the right have attempted to downplay it. It is a real threat recognized by Democrats, Republicans and indeed the entirety of the U.S. intelligence community.

Somehow after Trump became President in 2016, the GOP that once considered Russia our greatest foe has all of a sudden become quite amenable to the state, even going as far as making excuses for their obvious attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections. Much of the outrage for the GOP’s shocking change in posture towards Russia has been focused on President Trump, and rightfully so. Lost in the TrumpRussia debate however is the role Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has played in the scandal right from its inception.

There were media reports in 2016 right before the Presidential elections that when the Obama administration approached Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections, he literally threatened then president Obama not to make that information public. Senator McConnell’s TrumpRussia questions do not begin and end with the Obama incident. He has since then done some other things that further raise questions about his motivations regarding Russia chief among them, blocking efforts to pass legislation shielding Special Counsel Mueller from a potential firing by President Trump.

Bottom line, Democrats need to develop a zero tolerance approach towards TrumpRussia apologists beginning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A lot of focus is placed on Trump leaving a lot of very questionable Republican members of congress flying under the radar while openly aiding and abetting the actions of Putin’s Russia. Simply put, our guiding philosophy henceforth should be that Putin has Russian assets in Washington and it is not just President Trump. A lot of Republican members of congress perfectly fit the Russian asset bill and should be investigated. Number one on the list of congressional Republicans who should be investigated over the Russian attack is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. There are valid questions here as to allegiance.

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GOP Senator Grassley Obstructing Justice By Blocking DonJr Testimony

Sen Chuck Grassley(R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee

As the Mueller probe appears to be approaching its much anticipated end, evidence is piling up showing that people in Trump’s orbit were not truthful when they testified before the various congressional committees set up to investigate Trump’s campaign ties to Russia. This is especially so after former Trump lawyer and trusted aide Michael Cohen began fully cooperating with the Mueller investigation and Mueller subsequently stating equivocally that his team of investigators believe Cohen’s account of events.


Michael Cohen’s account of events relating to the Trump Tower Moscow business deal, the infamous Trump Tower meeting meant to deliver “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and various other aspects of the TrumpRussia investigation does not line up with what Donald Trump Jr(aka DonJr) told the various congressional committees probing TrumpRussia. Specifically DonJr testified in congress under oath, that he was “only peripherally” involved in the Trump Tower Moscow business deal and that he never discussed the Trump Tower meeting with his dad both of which in light of Michael Cohen’s account seem to be untrue.

Naturally Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee, as any prudent investigator would, are demanding that DonJr appear before the committee to address the glaring inconsistencies laid bare by Michael Cohen’s account of events.

One would assume there would be no opposition from any U.S. senator to such a straightforward and prudent cause of action, right? Wrong!! Turns out the very Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen Chuck Grassley, is blocking efforts to have DonJr come back and testify. According to Sen Grassley “there is nothing inconsistent” about DonJr’s sworn congressional testimony that he was only “peripherally” aware of the Trump Tower Moscow business deal. Sen Grassley added in Trumpian fashion that allegations of DonJr lying to congress are based on “fake news”. Mind you Michael Cohen says Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump were intimately involved in the Trump Tower Moscow deal

Bottom line as Mueller probe appears to be coming to an end and evidence of obstruction of justice mounting, we must never forget that congressional Republicans like Sen Grassley have been part and parcel of the obstruction. When Mueller finally lays out the evidence to the public and Sen Grassley starts running for cover, he must be confronted with a record of his own efforts at obstruction of justice.

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Acting AG Whitaker Must Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow yesterday gave a very compelling case as to why Matt Whitaker, Trump’s appointee to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions creates such an appearance of impropriety that Whitaker’s only option is recusal from Mueller probe.


It is well known that even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller was given great latitude to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, his investigation has boiled down to two major questions–whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and whether Trump, in an effort to hide his ties to Russia has used his position as President to obstruct justice.

Well it turns out, according to Maddow that Matt Whitaker, Trump’s appointee to replace Jeff Sessions and the new custodian of the Mueller probe has already made public his position on the two key TrumpRussia questions making him unfit to oversee Mueller probe.

Whitaker reportedly said on a radio show on June 21, 2017;
“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign. Regarding obstruction of justice, Whitaker said this on Sean Hannity show, one of Trump’s favorite shows on Fox News;
“This idea that there was some collusion with Russian nationals and even Putin to interfere…with the election I think is just ludicrous based on what we know at this point.”

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

Bottom line, as Maddow correctly observed, if Whitaker has already stated publicly his conclusions about the two key questions being investigated by Mueller–collusion and obstruction–he cannot credibly oversee the Mueller probe and must recuse himself.

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Top Voting Machine Vendor Lied About Remote Access Software


One of the leading voting machine vendors ES&S has just made a bombshell admission that they did indeed sell voting machines with remote access software to roughly 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. between 2000-2006.


Many people don’t know it, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding President George W. Bush’s election victories in 2000 and 2004, especially over how he won Ohio. This bombshell revelation by ES&S about remote access software is sure to reignite the 2000 & 2004 election controversies.





The biggest question raised by the ES&S revelation however has more to do with the 2016 elections than the 2000 & 2004 elections. The unavoidable question for ES&S now becomes, if they lied about remote access software in their machines from 2000-2006, how can they assure the public that their machines didn’t have the software in 2016, allowing the Russians to hack into them.?

Remember one of the arguments used by 2016 Russian election hacking deniers, especially GOP state Secretaries of State has been that the voting machines didn’t come with remote access software so there was no way the Russians could have penetrated them. This stunning revelation by ES&S pokes holes into that defense and should be cause for a renewed debate as to what actually happened in the 2016 elections as regards Russian hacking.

Yours Truly is particularly interested in the battleground states of MI, WI, PA & FL. Which of these 300 jurisdictions mentioned were in these battleground states?

Bottomline Dems and the mainstream media need to really get to the bottom of this bombshell ES&S revelation to find out if the Russians used ES&S remote access software to hack into voting machines and thereby alter vote tallies.

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Kavanaugh Unconvincingly Denies Talking To TrumpRussia Lawyer


Sen Kamala Harris(D-CA) questioning Kavanaugh at his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing

An interesting segment on MSNBC’s AM Joy show looked into Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s troubling ties to the ongoing TrumpRussia investigation.


It is well known that one of the major hang ups Democrats have with Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and possible confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is the appearance that Trump wants him on the high court to shield himself from the ongoing threat of the Mueller probe(TrumpRussia investigation). Dems therefore paid very close attention to Kavanaugh’s answers to pointed TrumpRussia questions from Sen Kamala Harris(D-CA). Kavanaugh initially denied knowing Marc Kasowitz, a prominent lawyer for Trump in the TrumpRussia investigation. Because Kasowitz is such a high profile lawyer known to many in the DC legal circles, many considered Kavanaugh’s denial an outright lie. The full AM Joy segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

On the next day of questioning, the dilligent Sen Kamala Harris brought back the Kasowitz question to see if Kavanaugh would give a more convincing answer this time. Interestingly, Kavanaugh’s response changed a little bit from his previous response. He testified this time that he never talked to anybody at Kasowitz’s law firm about TrumpRussia, but notably he didn’t deny knowing Kasowitz this time as he had done the previous day.

As was correctly pointed out in MSNBC’s AM Joy show, it is totally understandable why Kavanaugh would want to steer clear from a TrumpRussia lawyer during his confirmation hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court. That however does not absolve him from answering truthfully serious questions posed to him at his confirmation hearings.

Bottom line there are many unanswered questions regarding Kavanaugh and the ongoing Mueller probe. If the purpose of the confirmation hearings was to allay fears that Trump wants him on the Supreme Court to shield himself against the threat of the Mueller probe, they certainly did not allay any fears. As a matter of fact Kavanaugh’s evasiveness on this crucial TrumpRussia question only added to the fears and will inevitable negatively impact the credibility of the Roberts Supreme Court.

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The Russians Hacked Kavanaugh’s Emails


Dem Senators have made a very compelling case in the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as to why he is not fit for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.


However there is a bombshell revelation out there that is yet to make the mainstream media rounds suggesting that a server containing Kavanaugh’s emails related to the U.S. Attorney scandal during George W. Bush’s administration was hacked by the Russians(see Jennifer Cohn’s thread below)


This has profound implications because in addition to the compelling case Senate Dems have already made against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, it now appears that he is also TrumpRussia-compromised–Russians have Kompromat on him.

It is no secret that the ongoing Mueller probe will likely raise legal issues (eg Trump subpoena) that the U.S. Supreme Court, possibly with Kavanaugh on the bench, will have to settle. One of the biggest complaints raised by Senate Dems against Kavanaugh is that there is an appearance that President Trump nominated him to the highest court for the express purpose of shielding the President in case the Mueller probe turns up evidence implicating him(Trump) in some criminal conduct—the so-called “Booker Theory” named after Senator Corey Booker(D-NJ). In other words, the conflict of interest envisioned by the Booker Theory relates to Kavanaugh protecting Trump as a return favor for his nomination.

The new bombshell revelation however that Kavanaugh’s own emails are in the hands of the Russians takes the conflict of interest questions to a whole new level. Because Russians are in possession of his emails, which may contain some damaging/compromising details, Kavanaugh may be inclined to quash the Mueller investigation not just for Trump’s sake but for himself too–a slam-dunk disqualifier for any Judge, let alone one about to be accorded a lifetime tenure at the nation’s highest court.

Bottom line given these new revelations that Kavanaugh’s emails are in the hands of the Russians, Dems must insist that he must recuse himself from any TrumpRussia issues or at least move to halt the confirmation hearings until the email issue is sorted out. How this bombshell revelation about Kavanaugh’s emails has not caught the attention of the mainstream media, Yours Truly will never understand. Hapless MSM folks, hapless indeed!!

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Signs Of Russian Money Laundering In Trump’s Inauguration

An interesting Rachel Maddow segment points out that a guilty plea by GOP Lobbyist Samuel Patten in the ongoing TrumpRussia investigation raises new troubling questions about the mysterious money flow surrounding Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

Maddow has previously reported extensively on the strange money flow surrounding Trump’s inauguration but the latest guilty plea by the said GOP operative provides specific details that take allegations of Russian money laundering at Trump’s inauguration way beyond the speculative level. As a matter of fact, details of Patten’s plea deal speak to a slam-dunk Russian money laundering scheme.


Here’s how the Russian money funneling scheme played out. GOP operative Sam Patten has a shell company in DC. Patten got a yet unnamed U.S. citizen to “donate” $50,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. Patten’s shell company then reimbursed the unnamed U.S. citizen the $50,000. A Ukrainian with ties to a prominent Russian oligarch and who is also at the center of the ongoing Manafort case then reimbursed Sam Patten with a $50,000 drawn from a Cypriot bank. Cyprus is a well known haven of Russian money laundering meaning the said $50,000 that flowed into Trump’s inauguration could well have been laundered money.

There have been a lot of questions especially by Maddow about the whereabouts of the monies raised for Trump’s inauguration–an estimated $107 million. Maddow for example questioned why Trump’s inaugural committee never gave a detailed accounting of how the $107 million came in and what it was spent on–very odd.

With Sam Patten’s plea deal pointing heavily towards money laundering, expect Natasha Bertrand(Yours Truly’s MSM fave) and other journalists who’ve been excellent at TrumpRussia reporting to dig into Trump’s inaugural committee for answers to serious questions that still linger. For example How many other Patten-like “donations”  were made to Trump’s inauguration? Did this money find its way into GOP/RNC coffers–including to GOP members of congress? If so, did GOP/RNC know the source of the funds? As you can see there are numerous questions that need to be answered regarding the mysterious Trump inauguration funds.

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

Yours Truly recently wrote about how Trump’s GOP has degenerated into a criminal enterprise and stories like Sam Patten’s only work to support that argument. Bottom line Dems and the mainstream media must dig into this story to find out how much laundered Russian money has landed into GOP coffers.  Simply put House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel must be questioned about dirty Russian money flowing into GOP coffers.

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Lindsey Graham Inciting Trump To Fire Sessions

Senator Lindsey Graham(R-SC)

Now that Trump has been implicated in criminal conduct by the Michael Cohen plea deal and is in danger of further exposure from the Paul Manafort case and a grant of immunity to his former chief accountant Allen Weisselberg, it appears the new GOP protective stance is to incite him to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move that could end Mueller probe altogether.


Chief among his inciters is U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who was once regarded as a reasonable moderate and a check to Trump’s unconventional presidency. It appears according to media reports however that Sen Graham has done a complete about face and is now basically inciting Trump to fire Sessions in an effort to insulate Trump from the gathering storm that is the Mueller probe. So you ask “Wait @emolclause, how is Sen Graham inciting Trump?” Here’s why.

It is well known that Trump is a major consumer of cable TV news. Back in 2017 Sen Graham went on a cable TV show and said there would be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions. His statements were correctly characterized by the mainstream media as a stern message to Trump to not even think about firing Sessions. The same Sen Graham has now taken to cable TV news this time saying Trump has a right to install a favorable attorney general. Sen Graham told reporters recently:”The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice.”

There is no other way to interpret Senator Graham’s recent comments regarding AG Jeff Sessions other than he(Sen Graham) is sending a message to Trump that there will no longer be “holy hell to pay” if Trump fired Sessions–essentially inciting him to do so. Sen Graham’s surprise 180 degrees flip was best captured by this tweet by prominent women empowerment activist Amy Siskind


It appears at every turn when the public has gotten close to finding out the truth about Trump’s very questionable conduct with Russians, congressional Republicans have always stepped in to protect him and Sen Lindsey Graham appears to be the latest. As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, and the Washington Post now agrees, Trump is not necessarily the problem but rather his abetting congressional Republicans like Sen Lindsey Graham.


Bottom line Senate Democrats and the mainstream media must confront Sen Lindsey Graham about his strange about-face regarding AG Jeff Sessions. Yours Truly wishes someone would soon pose Amy Siskind’s question to Sen Graham–“What does Putin have on you Senator Graham”?

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Did Michael Cohen Pay 50K For Russian DNC Hack?


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow yesterday made a bombshell revelation that right around the time that Trump’s “independent” trust fund run by his sons Eric and Don Jr reimbursed Michael Cohen for the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Model Karen McDougal, he(Cohen) also received a mysterious “election-related” payment of $50,000 for “tech services”.


As Maddow correctly points out this raises a lot of questions because Team Trump has said all along that Cohen was not part of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Why then would Team Trump pay someone who is not part of the campaign and not known as a tech expert $50,000 for “tech-services”?


Well it turns out the answer to this mysterious question lies in the Christopher Steele Dossier aka TrumpRussia dossier. According to the TrumpRussia dossier, Cohen was part a scheme that worked to make “deniable cash payments” to European hackers working under the direction of the Kremlin against the Clinton campaign.

Given the fact that Cohen at this time was using Trump’s money to “fix” his problems regarding Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal and others, it is not totally inconceivable that he was also using money from the same source to “fix” Trump’s ultimate problem–defeating then presumptive favorite Hillary Clinton by paying Kremlin-tied European hackers $50K to hack into the DNC servers.

Bottom line because this attack was on the DNC, they have a duty to find out exactly what Michael Cohen’s “election-related” $50K payment for “tech services” was all about. Grassroots Dems demand that the DNC inquire as to this $50K payment Cohen received, and specifically whether it was used to pay for the Russian cyber attack on the DNC.

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

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