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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 19, 2018

    The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

    FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article195231139.html

    In campaign finance terms, the Russian money to the NRA is an illegal contribution. The rest of the world views this as money laundering. If the investigation reveals that the NRA was on the Russia payroll for trump, it would amount to money laundering, something that Bannon has commented on repeatedly in relation to trump in the past month

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 19, 2018

    Why trump is unlikely to agree to an interview with Mueller, from his own lawyer’s lips to this very page:

    Cobb said if Mueller did interview Mr. Trump, it could be a perjury trap — that is, a situation in which his story does not match the evidence — something Cobb said “foolish” was not to consider.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ty-cobb-trump-lawyer-takeout-interview/

    Yes, it’d be foolish not to consider that trump might perjure himself. Dozens of times over, about matters central to the investigation and matters inconsequential. Doesn’t actually require a trap, just trump opening his mouth while under oath.

    But what a defense: “Your honour, it’s well known that my client can’t tell the truth about anything.”

    • sorethumb

       /  January 19, 2018

      But really Trump won because people want to be a unique tribe in a tribal territory rather than some multicultural nothingness. Russia wasn’t that influential.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  January 19, 2018

        But really trump won because of an electoral system that’s rigged to give smaller, more conservative states more weight.

        trump himself recognised the unfairness of the Electoral College in a series of tweets in 2012. He called the system “a disaster for a democracy,” “a total sham and a travesty,” and a “laughing stock.”

        And with the American Constitution’s guarantee that every state has two senators, regardless of size, America has not only the lopsided Electoral College, but outsized influence in Congress for small, rural states – which, of course, tend to vote Republican.