The BBC are desperately clutching at straws as their big hope to take down Trump, the case against Paul Manafort, looks like it is unconnected with Trump and the Russians at present….all to do with previous, pre-Trump dealings with Ukrainians. So the BBC moves rapidly on to another Trump advisor and now pronounce that….
Initial headlines on Monday morning were about Paul Manafort’s indictment for money laundering and undisclosed foreign lobbying activities. The real blockbuster, however, may end up being George Papadopoulos’s plea bargain, which was disclosed shortly after the Manafort news came out.
Unlike Mr Manafort, pinched for activities largely conducted before he joined the Trump team, Mr Papadopoulos has admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts he had with Russian nationals while serving as a Trump foreign policy adviser.
The BBC’s report has chosen a very definite narrative….that Papadopoulos proactively sought out the Russians in order to find dirt on Clinton and to make connections between Trump and the Russians. Trouble is that seems more the BBC’s wishful thinking than the truth. The Telegraph, which doesn’t particularly like Trump, has a more balanced and probably truthful narrative that shows Papadopoulos was lured in [and why wouldn’t he be interested in ‘dirt’ on Clinton?] and that Trump just wasn’t interested in making contact in any meaningful way…and the Russian offer to meet was an ‘open invitation’ to travel to Russia and meet Putin…it was what is a pretty normal approach to meet potential leaders….Corbyn went to the EU the other week….is he being groomed by the EU, is the EU interfering in British democracy? The BBC can’t have it both ways.
From the measured Telegraph:
The professor and the Russian woman were in regular contact with Papadopolous throughout March and April 2016 about the possibility of setting up a trip to Russia for Mr Trump or senior campaign officials.
“As mentioned we are all very excited by the possibility of a good relationship with Mr Trump. The Russian Federation would love to welcome him once his candidature would be officially announced,” the Russian woman wrote to Papadopoulos in April 2016.
Papadopoulos was talking up the Russia connection to senior Trump campaign officials. “The Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr Trump when he is ready,” he told a campaign official on April 25.
The proposed visit to Russia by Mr Trump never materialised and it appears senior campaign officials were less enthusiastic about the idea than Papadopoulos.
The BBC’s version just more partisan nonsense from the BBC which should stick to the facts and stop inventing sensational news stories and making spurious and unfounded interpretations and allegations.
In another report the BBC makes dramatic portrayal of Trump ‘raging’, in a ‘tirade’ and ‘making outburts’ about all this and yet the BBC casually brush aside, way down right at the very bottom of the report, allegations that Clinton took large amounts of money from the Russians…
Mr Trump said on Friday that it was now “commonly agreed” that there was no collusion between him and Russia but said that there were links between Moscow and Mrs Clinton.
Republican lawmakers have said that a uranium deal with a Russian company in 2010, when Mrs Clinton was secretary of state, was sealed in exchange for donations to her husband’s charity.
A Congressional investigation has been opened into the case. Democrats say it is an attempt to divert attention from the alleged ties between Russia and Mr Trump.
The BBC has reported it here but where is the massive and intense scrutiny of such serious allegations as they apply to Trump? Never mind Clinton’s use of private, insecure servers to keep highly sensitive government documents on, what of Obama giving the Russians 20% control of US uranium or the fact that, as reported by the NYT, Clinton got millions from the Russians? Where are the claims that either of them were in Putin’s pocket?
And where is the BBC report on this?……note the links to Russia……
Democratic “power lobbyist” Tony Podesta is resigning from the Podesta Group, after coming under investigation by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Politico reported Monday.
“Podesta announced his decision during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure,” Politico reported. Podesta’s brother, John Podesta, served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Last week, NBC News reported that Podesta and the Podesta Group were subjects of Mueller’s investigation, which has “morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”
The Podesta Group has also lobbied for Uranium One, the Canadian-based energy company that has come under scrutiny as well.
And then there’s the link to the firm that produced the ‘dodgy dossier’ on Trump…again the BBC take little to no interest in the fact that this lurid anti-Trump dossier was produced for the Democrats….
Since April of 2016, Obama’s campaign organization has paid nearly a million dollars to the law firm that funneled money to Fusion GPS to compile a dossier of unverified allegations against Donald Trump.