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Security expert claims breakthrough on ‘key meeting’ where Trump became beholden to ‘Kremlin agents’

Security expert claims breakthrough on 'key meeting' where Trump became beholden to 'Kremlin agents'

Donald Trump giving a speech in 2016 (by way of Wikimedia Commons).

On Thursday, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow revealed that President Donald Trump seems to get his craziest conspiracy theories instantly from the Kremlin, parroting Vladimir Putin’s speaking factors on topics like the connection between the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and its collapse.

A former FBI counterintelligence agent has stated that the FBI is probably going to look into how Trump received his mistaken model of Russian historical past.

On Saturday afternoon, professor and Proof of Collusion writer Seth Abramson posted a Twitter thread during which he analyzed how Trump will get intelligence and propaganda from Kremlin sources by means of the lens of a gathering Trump held on the Trump Worldwide Lodge in Washington D.C. on March 31, 2016,

At that assembly, Trump “personally ordered” the Republican Nationwide Committee to replace its platform on Ukraine to match Russia’s stance at that assembly.

“There was one mystery I was never able to resolve, and therefore isn’t resolved in” his guide, Abramson tweeted. “The mystery: who the hell put a bug in Trump’s ear about Ukraine? The question was an important one because here was Trump… [then] having virtually no knowledge of foreign affairs, issuing an edict on Ukraine to his team for a convention he might never even make it to.”

Abramson sees a clue to what occurred within the photograph of the assembly—specifically, the absence of Trump’s first Nationwide Security Advisory aide, Carter Web page.

“Page—a once-suspected Russian spy—was so unqualified we can reasonably say his selection for Trump’s committee was the best thing that had ever happened to him,” Abramson writes. “Yet when you look at the pic atop this thread, you don’t see Carter Page. That’s right—Page *skipped out* on the first-ever meeting of a committee the elevation to which was the *literal highlight* of his entire professional career… Page not being able to make the meeting suggests the timing of the set-up of the meeting was very short indeed—which would match the very short timing for the scheduling of Trump’s first foreign policy speech, which was *officially* an event Manafort was responsible for.”

So, Abramson, concludes, Trump held this assembly and altered his stance on Russia inside 4 days of hiring Putin-tied operative Paul Manafort as an adviser.

21/ But inside *96 hours* of Kremlin-agent/Ukraine-specialist Manafort being employed, Trump has:

(1) Out of the blue scheduled a nationwide safety assembly;
(2) Developed a full Ukraine coverage;
(three) Determined to order his staff to make a pro-Kremlin modification to the RNC platform on Ukraine.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

Learn the primary a part of Abramson’s thread under.

1/ VANITY FAIR has credited this feed with being the primary to acknowledge the importance of the March 31, 2016 assembly Trump convened—on the Trump Worldwide Lodge DC—of his “National Security Advisory Committee.” I can inform you @NatashaBertrand deserves a variety of credit score, too.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

2/ It was a single line from an article (under) Bertrand revealed on March three, 2017 that triggered me to spend tons of of tweets dissecting all features of a gathering media had beforehand thought unimportant.

It seems it could possibly be extra key than I noticed. https://t.co/fIZLG3Oyq4

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

three/ Bertrand’s story revealed that, per the number-2 man on Trump’s Nationwide Security Advisory Committee—J.D. Gordon—Trump personally ordered the Committee to amend the RNC platform on Ukraine to profit the Kremlin, and issued his orders at a March 2016 nationwide safety assembly.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

four/ I discovered that odd—so I attempted to work out what the assembly was and who’d attended. I shortly discovered the image now atop this thread, and having noticed a ridiculously younger man sitting amongst Trump’s nationwide safety advisors, I assumed it was George Papadopoulos. And it was.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

5/ Writing PROOF OF COLLUSION gave me the chance and impetus to study extra about that March 31, 2016 assembly of Trump’s “National Security Advisory Committee” than, properly, anyone however Mueller and his staff, I think about. I relentlessly timelined and researched each facet of it.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

5/ Writing PROOF OF COLLUSION gave me the chance and impetus to study extra about that March 31, 2016 assembly of Trump’s “National Security Advisory Committee” than, nicely, anyone however Mueller and his workforce, I think about. I relentlessly timelined and researched each facet of it.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

6/ However there was one thriller I used to be by no means in a position to resolve, and subsequently isn’t resolved in PROOF OF COLLUSION—regardless of the ebook’s thorough accounting of that assembly and why it issues (and what its aftermath was). The thriller: *who the hell put a bug in Trump’s ear about Ukraine*?

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

7/ The query was an essential one as a result of right here was Trump, at a March ’16 assembly, having by no means but delivered a overseas coverage handle, and having nearly no information of overseas affairs, issuing an edict on Ukraine to his group for a conference he may by no means even make it to.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

eight/ Trump wouldn’t problem his first overseas coverage tackle till four weeks later (April 27 on the Mayflower Lodge), and reporting since has revealed that that speech was written in April, not earlier than—and never by Trump. (It was written by three Kremlin brokers, however that’s one other story).

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

9/ Furthermore, Trump’s Kremlin agent-penned overseas coverage speech *had no Ukraine coverage*—Richard Burt, a Kremlin agent, noticed to that—so how did Trump have such a forceful and *particular* Ukraine coverage on March 31, 2016? One *so forceful* it directed his aides’ actions months later?

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

10/ I feel I do know the reply—the truth is, it’s apparent. However let me make two notes first: (1) We all know Trump is nervous about that assembly as a result of he and his aides have lied about what occurred at it and whether or not it was substantive; (2) Trump tells associates Paul Manafort might sink him.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

11/ NBC reported the latter reality in January ’18; Trump privately advised buddies the Mueller probe wouldn’t harm him *as a result of* Manafort wasn’t going to “flip” on him. (The apparent query: about *what*?) The primary reality has been recorded repeatedly—in each story about that assembly.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

12/ Trump stated he didn’t keep in mind the assembly and nothing occurred at it; Gordon says the assembly directed Trump’s place on a key RNC platform plank. Trump, Manafort, and Gordon stated Trump had nothing to do with the plank change, however Gordon (and others) have since stated he did.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

13/ Trump needs us to consider he doesn’t keep in mind that assembly on the Trump Worldwide Lodge in D.C. He *additionally* needs us to consider that nothing necessary occurred on the assembly as soon as the press was ushered out. However he’s mendacity—which suggests he remembers it, and it was *essential*.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

15/ Nicely, right here’s the factor: the primary man Trump employed to his Nationwide Security Advisory Committee was Carter Web page, and Web page—a once-suspected Russian spy—was so unqualified we will fairly say his choice for Trump’s committee was the most effective factor that had ever occurred to him.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

16/ But whenever you take a look at the pic atop this thread, you don’t see Carter Web page. That’s proper—Web page *skipped out* on the first-ever assembly of a committee the elevation to which was the *literal spotlight* of his whole skilled profession. Isn’t that odd? And where was Web page? Hawaii.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

17/ Web page’s Hawaii journey was for enterprise—however not such essential enterprise it warranted lacking the March 31, 2016 assembly of a committee he was the primary man chosen to. No—what occurred is Trump arrange the primary assembly of his Nationwide Security Advisory Committee on brief discover.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

20/ However Manafort was solely employed as a “delegate counter” on March 27, 2016. He wasn’t employed to handle/direct *any portion* of the marketing campaign’s coverage agenda. Certainly, he wasn’t even supposed to have a objective till the Republican Nationwide Conference in July—if Trump made it that far.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

21/ But inside *96 hours* of Kremlin-agent/Ukraine-specialist Manafort being employed, Trump has:

(1) Out of the blue scheduled a nationwide safety assembly;
(2) Developed a full Ukraine coverage;
(three) Determined to order his workforce to make a pro-Kremlin modification to the RNC platform on Ukraine.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

22/ So let me now drop the opposite shoe: when JD Gordon organized the pro-Kremlin modification to the RNC platform on Ukraine in July ’16—and after Trump, Manafort, and Gordon had *all* lied concerning the marketing campaign’s position in that change—somebody *did* take credit score for that pro-Kremlin motion.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

23/ The person who took credit score? *Konstantin Kilimnick*—a Kremlin agent who was Manafort’s former affiliate in working for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (who’s stated he considers himself “one with the State [Kremlin]”). Kilimnick ran round Europe saying *he* made the change occur.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 5, 2019

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