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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) led the eight-member delegation on a multiday tour of St. Petersburg and Moscow, a trip that included meetings with Russia's foreign minister and parliamentarians ... It did not include a session that senators had been hoping for: a meeting with Putin, whom President Trump is scheduled to meet at a summit this month ... Joining Shelby were Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) ... It played well in Moscow, but not on the home front ... "Cannot believe GOP, once the party that stood strong against Soviets & only a decade ago sought to democratize the Middle East, is now surrendering so foolishly to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the Kremlin's kleptocracy -- only two years ­after Russia interfered in U.S. election," tweeted Clint Watts, an information warfare specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Appearing Thursday on Fox News, Daines said the Russia trip had been "productive."

"We sent a very strong message and a direct message to the Russian government," he said, ticking off four items he said they pressed while there: Don't interfere in U.S. elections, respect the sovereignty of Ukraine, work with us toward peace in Syria, and uphold obligations under nuclear arms treaties.

That message did not appear to have much impact, though.

"We heard things we'd heard before, and I think our guests heard rather clearly and distinctly an answer that they already knew -- we don't interfere in American elections," said Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the United States and now a member of Russia's upper house of parliament.

On Russian state television, presenters and guests mocked the U.S. congressional delegation for appearing to put a weak foot forward, noting how the message of tough talk they promised in Washington "changed a bit" by the time they got to Moscow.

"We need to look down at them and say: You came because you needed to, not because we did," Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military expert, said on a talk show on state-run television.

The congressional GOP's prominent foreign policy voices have remained quiet about the trip, declining to comment about the visit's significance.


The videos clearly show how Republicans have made America look weak in the eyes of Russians and the rest of the world by groveling to Putin's acolytes in Moscow ... all made more ironic by this sell-out of America's strength on America's birthday -- sickening.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-07-07 02:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

This Ought to Run in Campaign Ads from Now Through Eternity

www.esquire.com

You remember the Optics Police, right?

Their motto is, "Re vera sensus est." Perception is reality.

So now consider the "optics," and "appearance" and "perception" of the following entry from the electric Twitter machine account of Senator Ron (Shred of Freedom) Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, and chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.

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Senator Ron Johnson

✔@SenRonJohnson

What does July 4th mean to me? Freedom. Every American should jealously guard their individual liberty and freedom. Happy #4thofJuly

7:35 AM - Jul 4, 2018
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Pretty standard holiday bunting-draped bunkum, no? That's only if you ignore that:

a) when this entry was posted, Johnson was in Russia as part of a GOP-only delegation trying to make sure the road is smoothed for the president's annual performance review in Helsinki;

b) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia not three days after the Senate Intelligence Committee joined with the entire U.S. intelligence community in concluding that Russia had ratfcked the 2016 election on behalf of the current president;

c) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia the same day in which two more Britons were felled by the same nerve agent that had nearly killed a Russian defector and his daughter;

and, finally,

d) that it was posted while Johnson was in Russia on the Fourth of Freaking July, aka Independence Day.

I mean, honestly, that's got to call for the Optics Police SWAT team, especially now that it's clear that the attack on liberal Western democracies -- for which Russia at the very least is cheering -- is becoming a wildfire in Europe.

The same should be true of all the Republican senators who made this little junket to visit the Volga Bagmen on this country's 242nd birthday, and that especially includes Richard Shelby (R-Easy Mark), Republican of Alabama.

From the WaPo:

Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told Russia's foreign minister that while Russia and the United States were competitors, "we don't necessarily need to be adversaries." Later on at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, members attending a plenary session greeted the Americans with applause. "I'm not here today to accuse Russia of this or that or so forth," Shelby told Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin. "I'm saying that we should all strive for a better relationship."

We are adversaries because Vladimir Putin stands in proud opposition to everything we were supposed to be celebrating ...

... the only way any political price for this incredible blundering ever will be paid is if the Optics Police do their jobs as enthusiastically as we've seen them do it in other contexts.

Early signs are not promising.

While the Republicans were toasting autocrats and jabberwocks in Russia, on the Fourth of July, the Optics Police were very busy checking out how liberals on Martha's Vineyard for refusing to give Alan Dershowitz a cookie.


Just so I have all this straight ... 8 Republican Senators travel to Moscow and sell out America in the Russian Parliament, and are applauded for it by Russian lawmakers ...

These 8 GOP Benedict Arnolds are traitorous scum. Sickening.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-07-07 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

They want in on the action. Trump is making bank through his partnership with Russia, why shouldn't they?

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-07 05:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Does anyone know whether the goopers' tour package included "Golden Showers"? If so, how many?

#4 | Posted by contrecoup at 2018-07-07 05:17 PM | Reply

Next time they go, they'll get to stay in the yuge new Trump Moscow Hotel... if Vlad gives Donnie the building permits this month.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-07 05:18 PM | Reply

#3 - exactly. Wouldn't surprise me if Trump's meeting Putin to find out how to transition the U.S. to a full out oligarchy so he can be as rich as Putin. From that he could build the loyalty of his chosen oligarchs as his core. Trump requires sycophancy.

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2018-07-07 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

They have to pick up bribe cash in person as wire transfers are getting more risky these days.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-07 06:17 PM | Reply

7 GONP'ers that need to be tried for treason and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-07 08:07 PM | Reply

Treasonous Gross Old Pedophiles, I'm sure Putin's now got kompromat on all of them. How else do you explain Johnson's moronic comments about relieving sanctions immediately after the the GOP led Senate Intel committee reported that Putin ordered Russian interference in our election in order to install Drumpf?

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2018-07-07 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Treasonous Gross Old Pedophiles, I'm sure Putin's now got kompromat on all of them. How else do you explain Johnson's moronic comments about relieving sanctions immediately after the the GOP led Senate Intel committee reported that Putin ordered Russian interference in our election in order to install Drumpf?

#10 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2018-07-07 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson

You need to learn the legal definition of treason. What's reported in this story ain't even in the parking lot much less the ballpark.

Yet, since your brain has been aborted I hold out no hope.

#11 | Posted by et_al at 2018-07-07 10:45 PM | Reply

You need to learn the legal definition of treason. What's reported in this story ain't even in the parking lot much less the ballpark.
Yet, since your brain has been aborted I hold out no hope.

#11 | POSTED BY Comrade ET_AL AT 2018-07-07 10:45 PM

You may want to take your own advice Hilljack!

In your pathetic little world if a person has an (R) behind their name they couldn't possibly commit treason.
You'd be screaming "treason from the rooftops" if the black president had done 1% of what your hero Orange Adolf and his cronies have done.

#12 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-08 12:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

You may want to take your own advice ...

I did, years ago. constitution.org

Can you or will you further vindicate my withholding of hope?

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2018-07-08 01:19 AM | Reply

You may want to take your own advice Hilljack!
In your pathetic little world if a person has an (R) behind their name they couldn't possibly commit treason.
You'd be screaming "treason from the rooftops" if the black president had done 1% of what your hero Orange Adolf and his cronies have done.

Swing and a miss!

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2018-07-08 01:45 AM | Reply

Russia has packed their stadiums while sponsoring the world's most popular global event. Its been quite a show, in state of the art facilities. Croatia, like so many former Soviet slave States, took great pleasure in beating Russia yesterday.

It doesn't make sense to meet with Kim, but not Putin. I'm not suggesting turning a blind eye to Putin's horrific string of personal vendetta's achieved exercising State power. Keep in mind that during BushII's invasion of Iraq, he justified it in part as revenge for some real or imaginary plot to kill his daddy. In both international crimes we are witness to powerful people operating outside the law with impunity.

I'm just saying trade, not war. But trade that protects our standard of living. One important element of that is protecting our technology. Its never viewed from that perspective. Only profits for the 1%.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-07-08 07:29 AM | Reply

"You need to learn the legal definition of treason. What's reported in this story ain't even in the parking lot much less the ballpark."

Et al was privvy to every conversation had by these traitors with the Russians, he will also be in the room when Putin and Trump meet one on one. Or, at least he will pretend he knows what was said because he is a shill for the Republicans masquerading as some sort of legal eagle. It's been obvious what his goals are since his first posts on this site. I have several attorneys in my family, surprisingly they don't have time to post on sites like this, they're working.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-08 09:23 AM | Reply

-- I have several attorneys in my family

Oh well, why listen to actual lawyers like Et Al, ROC, etc?

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-07-08 09:28 AM | Reply

Wow, just pure full out butthurt from Danni and abortionbreath.

They don't give 2 ----- about facts or objectivity.....it's just "TELL ME WHAT I WANT TO HEAR RIGHT ------- NOW OR I'LL HATE YOU!!"

Children. Look at them. Attacking Et al for Christ's sakes.

And the ole " I have Attorney's in my family" --------.

I love watching folks melt down.

#18 | Posted by eberly at 2018-07-08 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So many GOP/Russian intelligence assets, so little time.

MAGA

#19 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-08 09:55 AM | Reply

- I have several attorneys in my family
Oh well, why listen to actual lawyers like Et Al, ROC, etc?

#17 | POSTED BY comrade NULLIFIDIAN

Sure you do. LOL. Sad thing is you are so gullible, Fake Lawyer/Joe Dirt isn't a lawyer, and neither is ET AL. They are rubes aka "internet lawyers". They are lying their asses off just like you do here!

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-08 01:01 PM | Reply

Wow, just pure full out butthurt from Danni and abortionbreath.
They don't give 2 ----- about facts or objectivity.....it's just "TELL ME WHAT I WANT TO HEAR RIGHT ------- NOW OR I'LL HATE YOU!!"
Children. Look at them. Attacking Et al for Christ's sakes.
And the ole " I have Attorney's in my family" --------.
I love watching folks melt down.

#18 | POSTED BY EBERLY AT 2018-07-08 09:40 AM

Look who showed up, Snoofy's personal chew toy.
We thought you got banned, Snoofy must be on vacation? It's fun watching him hand you your ass post after post, LOL, but then again, that's not too hard to do.

#21 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-08 01:10 PM | Reply

Definition of treason in US Code: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason

Considering that many legal experts and constitutional scholars refer to the Russian interference in the 2016 election as an act of war, and that what Drumpf and the GOP are doing is in essence a slow motion coup I think the term treason fits nicely. One of the reasons BLOTUS is crapping his diaper daily is that he knows how far this conspiracy goes and what Muelleris going to find. As outside observers, based on what the media has uncovered, there is PLENTY of evidence to prove conspiracy. Since Mueller doesn't leak, and that he's months ahead of the media, he likely has more than enough to justify impeachment and imprisonment for the rest of Twittler's sorry life.

Here is the Mueller investigation in a nutshell, Russian oligarchs have been funding Drumpf's businesses for years after US banks stopped lending him money. Russia helped Drumpf get elected. In return EVERYTHING Drumpf has done on the world stage is exactly what Putin wants: damaging our Atlantic alliances; a trade war to weaken the world economy; flush the Iran treaty to increase the price of oil; ease the Crimea sanctions (coming); destroy the US reputation on the world stage, causing a vacuum for Russia to step in; encourage the G7 to welcome Russia back in spite of their economy being smaller than other non-G7 nations. Putin's favorite asset is certainly giving him his money's worth.

#22 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2018-07-08 01:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And of course since CITIZENS UNITED we have no idea what the deal is they made with the russians for future funding...and you'd have to be supremely stupid to think that didn't happen

#23 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-07-08 04:13 PM | Reply

Really, the only question is how high was the price for Donald Trump to sell out his own country?

#24 | Posted by danni at 2018-07-09 08:35 AM | Reply

McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.

#25 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-07-09 01:43 PM | Reply

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