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Trump/Russia: Follow the Updates

By Darrell Roberts

As most may be aware, likely due to his recent Twitter activity, President Trump has made it safely back to the United States after a bigly trip abroad.   Out of sight and with numerous developing stories claiming the headlines, may have led some to miss recent updates on the Trump/Russia investigation.

Welcome back, President Trump.  Although you may have gone away, upon your return, the Russia investigation is still ongoing.   While abroad and lacking widespread exposure to U.S. cable news, there may have also been a few updates that you may have missed, Mr. President.  Sir, here is your chance to catch up on important developments that may have gone largely underreported.  This update will focus on a Trump/Putin meeting, the aftermath, Chris Steele,  Mike Flynn, and Jared Kushner.

First, one must let you know…even though you sent the following tweet from Vietnam…the whole world can read it (guess what the www. on a web address stands for):

The latest Congressional sanctions against Russia remains unsigned as Trump began his recent trip and many were also left to wonder if Trump would have a conference with Russian President Vladamir Putin.  No such official meeting would occur, but the two men did have conversation opportunities.  As a result, on Putin, Trump would assure all, “He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.”  The President would add:

“And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.  I think he is very insulted by it.”

As a defense of his position, Trump would offer a condemnation of former directors of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).   Trump would declare:
“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks.  So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”
That’s right, the President of the United States willingly believes (yet again) the President of Russia’s denials over American intelligence.   As a reminder, President Trump has never been one to care much about insulting anyone…except Vladamir Putin.  No matter what one’s view might be on President Trump, since the launch of his 2015 campaign, all should acknowledge that his behavior towards Russia and Putin can best be described as uncharacteristic and frankly–weird.  Trump/Putin weirdness aside, there have also been possible big breaks coming in Mueller’s case against the Trump campaign.
The arrest of Reza Zarrab has now led to his likely cooperation with federal authorities on money laundering.  Who is Reza Zarrab?
Mr. Zarrab shares a strong connection to the President of Turkey Recep Erdogan.   President Erdogan has repeatedly attempted to save Zarrab from facing prosecution, to include, asking Vice President Joe Biden to fire the U.S. Attorney responsible for prosecuting the case–Preet Bharara.  If one recalls, shortly after taking office, President Trump did fire Mr. Bharara.
What does it all mean?
Mr. Zarrab might hold important information to the nature of the Turkey government and Mike Flynn relationship.  This includes possible information pertaining to the $15 million offer for Flynn’s assistance in deporting a cleric back to Turkey.
There have also been new revelations pertaining to the Trump dossier author, Christopher Steele, Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner.  The updates on both Steele and Jr. will be covered in an upcoming piece (by yours truly) and to read about the recent developments pertaining to Jared Kushner, please read The Case of Kushner and the Hidden Emails.
In the meantime, perhaps one may wish to review recent developments and previous articles pertaining to Trump/Russia:  

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