To be completely upfront, as of about midnight Eastern time on Friday, July 19th, this story has so far only been reported by the “failing New York Times”. The link below is from the New York Daily News reposting the Times’ report. I didn’t bother to link to the Times’ article because you have to subscribe to their online site in order to read the full article.
“If true”, this would be clear evidence that Trump has been lying about Putin, and participating in a deliberate cover-up for Putin, almost daily for at least the past 18 months.
But beyond that, do you really think that the intelligence briefing Trump received was the first time he knew what Putin was doing?
- If so, I have a penthouse apartment in Trump Tower to sell you for $100,000, if only you would first send me a cashier’s check for $10,000.
This has a slightly different feel to it than everything else that has happened on an almost daily basis since Trump took office. The intelligence report provided to Trump reportedly included top secret information from a highly classified source very close to Putin. That source could definitely be put at risk by this information being released.
My theory is that whomever gave this information to the Times either knew that the source was perhaps now out of reach of Putin and safe, and/or the source was so pissed off by the events of this past week that he/she finally just said “Fuck it. Enough of this.”
Since former CIA Director John Brennan was in that intelligence briefing, and since he has been such a vocal critic of Trump, including calling his Helsinki debacle on Monday “treasonous”, I will be interested to hear him in his first interview tomorrow (Thursday). If he has known this all along, but has been unable to say anything more specific, can you imagine how frustrated he has felt every time Trump has either denied or equivocated about Putin’s direct involvement?
“If true”. Two simple words that once again could become gigantic. The only thing better than that, would be if Mike Pence received that same intelligence briefing.
Interesting that this report is not yet getting much coverage. It is now the top story on the New York Times website, but not with the big banner headline that you might think. I don’t even see it at all on the Washington Post website or on NBC’s. Even the MSNBC site does not have clips from Lawrence O’Donnell’s or Brian Williams’ shows from last night where it received extensive coverage.
I’m guessing that other news organizations are having trouble getting corroborating sources since that intelligence briefing was SO sensitive. There have not yet been any denials that I have seen on the internet.
Rachel Madow reported quite a while ago about a Russian who was grabbed in a meeting, had a bag thrown over his head, and hasn’t been heard from since. I researched this and found that the individual was a top, cybersecurity officer who was arrested on Jan 26, 2017. Interesting timing since that was not long after Trump received that intelligence briefing which cited a top secret source close to Putin.
Given what we know now, is it all that preposterous to wonder if, after being briefed, Trump himself had given Putin a heads-up on that source which may have led to his arrest?