February 11, 2019

ALWAYS ABOUT THE SANCTIONS:

In Closed Hearing, a Clue About 'the Heart' of Mueller's Russia Inquiry (Sharon LaFraniere, Kenneth P. Vogel and Scott Shane, Feb. 10, 2019, NY Times)

Of the few hints to emerge from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, about evidence of possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, one of the most tantalizing surfaced almost in passing in a Washington courtroom last week.

Comments by one of Mr. Mueller's lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of a closed-door hearing, suggest that the special counsel continues to pursue at least one theory: that starting while Russia was taking steps to bolster Mr. Trump's candidacy, people in his orbit were discussing deals to end a dispute over Russia's incursions into Ukraine and possibly give Moscow relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

Trump, Deferring To Putin, Deleted GOP Platform's Call To Supply Ukraine With Lethal Defensive Weapons (Paul Roderick Gregory, 7/18/16, Forbes)

According to multiple accounts, the Trump campaign has successfully worked behind the scenes to make sure the new Republican platform would not pledge the lethal defensive weapons Ukraine has been pleading for from the United States. Trump's forces have tabled a platform amendment that would call for maintaining or increasing sanctions against Russia, and have substituted "appropriate assistance" for  "providing lethal defensive weapons" to Ukraine's military. Removing sanctions and blocking lethal military assistance to Ukraine are the two primary goals of Putin's foreign policy. The Republican platform is handing those goals to Putin on a golden platter.

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Trump urges Russia to hack Clinton's email (MICHAEL CROWLEY and TYLER PAGER, 07/27/2016, Politico)

Donald Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails on Wednesday, asking one of America's longstanding geopolitical adversaries to find "the 30,000 emails that are missing" from the personal server she used during her time as secretary of state.

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