Trump & Putin had secret back-channel line of communication during transition

The Washington Post is reporting that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin established a secret back-channel line of communication during the transition in early January.

Trump and Putin allegedly used the founder of Blackwater (who has ties to Steve Bannon, and is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos) and a Russian close to Putin as the go-betweens. The two reportedly met in the Seychelles, off of east Africa.

According to the Post, no one bothered notifying the Obama administration.

So, yet again we have more unreported, secret contacts between Team Trump and the highest levels of the Russian government. And while Sean Spicer and a spokesman for DeVos’ brother are calling the Post story inaccurate, it’s incredibly detailed and sourced by US, European and Arab officials.

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Seychelles map by Alvaro1984 18.

And keep in mind that Trump and company repeatedly denied any contacts with the Russians. Now we know that Jeff Sessions, Gen. Flynn, Carter Page, Jared Kushner, JD Gordon and Donald Trump all had contacts with the Russians in the past year before Trump’s swearing-in. So you decide whether you Trump’s denial of yet another secret communication with the Russians is credible or not.

So what does this mean? First of all, that the Russia story only continues to grow. Why all the secrecy? Whether it’s sneaking the Russian ambassador into Trump Tower in December, denying every single meeting or communication that Trump and staff had with the Russians, or going halfway across the world to secretly meet the Russians, via surrogates, only to deny it once it was discovered by the Washington Post — why all the subterfuge?

And with this particular story, now that it’s public, why not just admit it? And even if this particular story isn’t true — though, read the Post story, it’s quite detailed — what about all the other contacts and all the other lies? What were Trump and his associates doing with the Russians that they so felt the need to hide all of these contacts and lie about them?

This many people simply do not lie this much when they haven’t done anything wrong.
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  • Demosthenes

    The brutal thuggish Phillipine president Duarte is referred to as the “Donald Trump” of that country. I wonder if Duarte has figured out it isn’t a compliment?

  • Badgerite

    Figures. Never met an authoritarian he didn’t drool over.

  • Demosthenes

    You are right, but Trump practically drooled all over Sisi. Sickening.

  • Badgerite

    I could live with that, for now, if he hadn’t been so contemptuous of Angela Merkel and other important and long time allies. In Egypt, the alternative to Sisi right now is the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Zorba

    Apparently, Trump and his minions learned nothing from Nixon et al.
    The lies and the cover-ups are huge mistakes. It just makes reporters and investigators dig that much harder to find out the truth.

  • Demosthenes

    Trump loves dictators. In yesterday’s meeting with Egyptian strongman Sisi, Trump gave him a public tongue bath.

  • Demosthenes

    What a surprise. Trump secretly connived with Russia before his “presidency”. In related news, Trump has been shockingly revealed to lie.

  • petewestcentral

    Just to add another layer of sludge, it would be Blackwater Prince.

  • brel1

    Each day there is a new shocking story of Trumps fraudulent connections, but what would be really shocking would be to find just one ethical person in the Trump administration or the GOP congress.

  • Quilla

    Treason anyone?

    Why does Congress even go through the motions of pretending there’s a freaking tax agenda or a Supreme Court confirmation or an effort to move the goal posts for fillibusters?

    Holy crap, we’ve got an idiot in the White House stealing the silverware and playing hide the flashlight with a KGB spook and it’s business as usual with the Republicans?

    Not what my relatives fought wars for. Just saying.

  • Badgerite

    Not to mention the obsequiousness of President POS toward Putin. I have never seen anything like it.
    Merkel, the leader of the economic powerhouse of Europe and crucial NATO ally, he treats with something bordering on contempt. And Putin? By now his butt has to be sore from all trump’s smooching. It’s beyond embarrassing for the country. Putin owns him.

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