Coup saga: Five curious moments, including Nigeria speaker at DNC convention

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Who can keep up with the ongoing conspiracy theories involving Russia and the presidential election? The assortment of real news, fake news, and in-between news is enough to confuse anyone.

I cherry-picked five moments in this coup saga that shed some light on the latest kerfuffle over emails Donald Trump, Jr., released.

Did you know foreign dignitaries often attend both major parties’ political conventions? Did Trump, Jr., actually break any laws by listening to someone who was supposed to provide opposition information on Hillary Clinton? Here are five curious moments in the saga of the coup.

[1] Considered by media as left of center, legal scholar Jonathan Turley weighed in on Donald Trump Jr.’s email/meeting fiasco with a mysterious Russian lawyer. As pundits and presenters at various networks nattered breathlessly about “collusion” and even “treason”, Turley’s response was noted by The Daily Caller:

“Turley, a legal scholar at George Washington University, batted away claims of criminality, asking “does any of this constitute a clear crime or even a vague inkblot image of a crime?” His answer: no, not on the facts.”

[2] Over at the (far) left of center Atlantic, a truly incredible creative essay replete with unfounded leaps and bounds explored the term “the Crown prosecutor of Russia.” This is probably the zaniest piece I’ve read about all this. There is no such entity as a “Crown prosecutor of Russia.” The term was used in what I’d call a “bait” email to Don, Jr. One of the emails Don, Jr. released contained a claim the writer had info that would damage Hillary Clinton, and that the info came via a businessman in Russia who had allegedly talked to the imaginary “Crown prosecutor.” The material claim was false.

[3] Powerline, a site I consider centrist with a right lean, put the Russia conspiracy angle on Don Jr. in context, raising questions about what the Russian attorney was doing in the US at the time she met with him. Sen. Chuck Grassley has called attention to the fact this attorney was technically in the US  illegally. There’re also some tidbits about Fusion GPS, the firm whose name keeps popping up in US politics. The analysis is worth a read, and may help confused Americans keep up with all the breaking news about this latest chapter in the domestic-global coup attempt against Trump. Why did the Obama regime permit such a high profile political actor to be here illegally?

[4] On the subject of Fusion GPS, Grassley has long been trying to get answers to questions, including this:

“Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wants information on how a Washington opposition research firm was apparently involved in a pro-Russian lobbying campaign at the same time that it was overseeing the unverified dossier about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.”

[5] We are definitely overdue for an investigation into collusion among political operatives and bureaucrats in the United States. The original smear dossier, discredited by many in media, allegedly began with anti-Trump Republican donors, and then moved on to Democrats. The dossier was used by the FBI to justify investigating allegations about the Trump campaign. CNN, arguably the chief cheerleader for the anti-Trump messaging cabal, made much of a campaign member’s “meeting” with the Russian ambassador at the 2016 GOP convention. Ironically no media have made much of the fact a Nigerian government star spoke at the Democrats’ convention. Nigeria is one of the most troubled countries in the world. Boko Haram ring a bell? Nigerian money scams? Did I mention the official who spoke was that country’s finance minister twice? Just do a quick search at—use the terms ‘money laundering Nigeria.’ Did Democrats collude with someone at their convention? No one has asked. Why not? Foreign dignitaries have long attended political conventions here. We have this thing called free expression and the parties can let anyone they choose speak.

Thus far, what we know is that Trump, Jr. met with someone who promised political opposition information. This is nothing new. It is standard in politics. We also know the FBI used questionable political opposition information generated by opponents of the man who became the US president, and the FBI gave Mrs. Clinton a get-out-of-prison-free card by investigating her, trying her (so to speak), and conferring a  not-guilty verdict on her when any other person doing what she did would have been prosecuted.

As this coup saga continues, few are discussing blatant collusion between Ukrainian operatives and people inside the US government.

That, my friends, is why most of us see the Russia conspiracy as nothing more than an attempted coup against a president who dares to defy the establishment. Well, that and the Obama-Clinton love taps Russia routinely got for 8 years.

(Commentary/opinion by Kay B. Day/July 12, 2017)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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