The Golden Shower

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The Golden Shower is bearing fruit, maybe not of the kind he wanted. This isn’t to say the Pee Pee Tape actually exists, but it’s becoming daily less relevant:

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

Washington (CNN) — The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN.

But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate.White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said. The reports of the contacts were first published by The New York Times and CNN on February 14.

I have called President Trump a number of things in the past, liar and fool being among them. But I have never called him a crook and a traitor to his country. That’s the job of the FBI.

Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and the former USSR go back decades. From The Washington Post:

Trump’s relationship with Putin and his warm views toward Russia, which began in the 1980s when the country was still part of the Soviet Union, have emerged as one of the more curious aspects of his presidential campaign.

Even during his campaign, with much to lose by his refusal to put some distance, Trump continued to tout his close ties to Russian oligarch Vladimir Putin. While former American presidents, including Barack Obama and George W. Bush, pushed back at Russian expansion in East Europe, the new president is taking action to accommodate these intrusions. From CNN:

Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House.

In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko said he discussed his left-field proposal for Ukraine in January with US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who offered to deliver the plan to the Trump administration.The exact details of the plan are unclear, yet reports have suggested it revolves around leasing Crimea — annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 — to Moscow for 50 to 100 years. In exchange, Russia would withdraw its troops from the separatist regions in Ukraine’s war-torn east.

The previous president received flak from candidate Trump over the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. From The Washington Post:

Trump tells Ukraine conference their nation was invaded because ‘there is no respect for the United States’

KIEV, UKRAINE — Plunging into a burning geopolitical conflict, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that Russia had pursued an aggressive policy in Ukraine because “there is no respect for the United States.”

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not respect our president whatsoever,” said Trump.

But he held back from promising more U.S. support for a nation where almost 8,000 people have been killed since April 2014, saying that it was Europe’s responsibility.

That was 2015. It’s now 2017, and Mr. Trump is now the American  president. Tape or no tape, the new president appears to have something to gain by going soft on communism.

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