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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Media Ignores The New Information As They Are So Into Damaging Trump

The Media’s Desperate Attempt To Tie Trump To Russia Goes Into Overdrive

Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images
We’re now nine months into accusations that the Trump campaign worked with
 the Russian government to expose Democratic National Committee emails and
 collude to twist the election. And we’ve still yet to see one shred of hard evidence
 that those accusations are true. We know that Trump hired advisors with
 relationships with the Russian government, including former campaign manager
 Paul Manafort, short-lived national security advisor Mike Flynn, and former 
foreign policy advisor Carter Page. We know that Trump spent much of his 
campaign praising Russian thug dictator Vladimir Putin, and that he publicly 
encouraged Putin to hack Hillary’s email server. We know that the Trump team
 watered down the Republican Party platform with regard to Ukraine. We know
 that Trump ally Roger Stone claimed a relationship with hacker Guccifer. But 
none of that demonstrates collusion, and certainly not Trump’s knowledge of 
such collusion. Even Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a militant proponent of the 
Trump-Russia connection, was forced to admit that he had no definitive
 information linking Trump with Russia.
Nonetheless, the media, now desperate to refocus on the quietly-dying 
Trump-Russia scandal rather than revelations that Obama National Security
 Advisor Susan Rice was keeping tabs on Team Trump by unmasking incidental 
surveillance reports, have dumped two new reports about members of the 
Trump entourage.
On Monday, ABC News reported this headline: “Trump campaign advisor 
Carter Page targeted by Russian spies.” Now, you could be forgiven for thinking 
that this would mean that Page was targeted by Russian spies while working 
as a campaign advisor. But you’d be dramatically wrong. Here’s the first line
 of the story: “Two years before joining the Trump campaign as a foreign policy
 advisor, New York business consultant Carter Page was targeted for recruitment
 as an intelligence source by Russian spies promising favors for business 
opportunities in Russia, according to a sealed FBI complaint.” Page said that 
he cooperated with the federal government and was “unmasked” by the feds 
in intelligence documents. Here’s more from ABC News:
In the FBI court filings, spy recruiters were overheard speaking with Buryakov about “the attempted use of Male-1 as an intelligence source for Russia,” the court record says. The recruiter says he “promised Male-1 a lot” and told him he would use his “connections in Russia” to “push contracts” his way. “For now, his enthusiasm works for me,” the recruiter says of Page. Page was never accused during the Buryakov case of having been successfully recruited or of spying. 
So in other words, there’s no evidence Page was actually a spy, or that he was
 a spy when he was working for Trump. But the implications are all that matter.
Then there’s a Washington Post story from Monday, which blasts the shocking
 headline: “Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish 
Trump-Putin back channel.” Sounds nefarious, no? Except here’s what The
 Washington Post acknowledges:
The meeting took place around Jan. 11 – nine days before Trump’s inauguration…Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump

campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial

envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did

not identify the Russian…
Worth noting: it’s precisely these sorts of back-channel negotiations that 
eventually led to the horrific Obama-Iran deal. But again, there’s no evidence 
of any wrongdoing here, nor any indication as to how exactly this would have
 to do with Russian election meddling, given that the meeting took place days
 before Trump took office.
Once again, we’re looking at media attempts to play up Trump-Russia 
connections without any real bearing on their central case: that Trump colluded
 with Russia to steal the election. All of this stuff is newsworthy, but not in that
And that’s the only context the media seem to care about.