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Cheryl Cook: From Russia with love; ‘I love it’

“I love it.”

That was Donald Trump Jr.’s written email response to an email on June 3, 2016 indicating that the Russian government had damaging information regarding Hillary Clinton and would like to aid Donald Trump, his father, in the U.S. Presidential election.

According to a July 10, 2017 New York Times article, Donald Trump Jr. received and sent several emails in June, 2016 regarding the Russian connection and forwarded those emails to White House staff, including Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, under the heading ”Russian-Clinton Private Confidential.”

But Daddy didn’t know.

As Yoda might say, “Mmmm, interested so very much adoptions in these Russian are.”

A foreign adversarial government under sanction by the U.S., was clearly attempting to interfere in the integrity of U.S. Presidential election by colluding with the Trump campaign. Donald Trump Jr. took the Beluga bait … stinking hook, line and sinker.

Jared Kushner was Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor, but didn’t alert his father-in law about the meeting? As the Trump campaign director of digital operations, Kushner is under investigation for allegedly pointing Russian operatives toward targeted voter jurisdictions in which to dump their disinformation campaign against Clinton, according to a report from McClatchy’s Washington bureau.

Paul Manafort was Trump’s Campaign Chairman at the time, but didn’t discuss the meeting with the candidate? At a campaign rally on June 7, Trump promised a major reveal on Clinton emails. Russia began releasing emails stolen from the DNC on June 15.

On July 14, Donald Trump Jr. assured Fox News that he had provided “all there was to know” about the meeting with Natalya Veselnitskaya … but two more men have fallen out of the secret sauce in that Russian Nothing Burger.

A former Soviet Intelligence Officer, Rinat Akhmetshin, and a Russian-American, Irakly Kaveladze, who was investigated in 2000 for laundering a whopper $1.4 billion of Russian money in a tax-evasion scheme through fake accounts in U.S. banks, also admitted to being present at the Donald Jr. meeting in Trump Tower.

As Yoda might say, “Mmmm, interested so very much adoptions in these Russian are.”

Even Daddy didn’t know.

This latest indication of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians adds to the mounting  evidence of Trump’s mysterious entanglement with Russia and defense of all things Putin.

Trump is notorious for hitting back 10 times harder when he believes he has been wronged. Trump carries grudges and resentments for years when he has been criticized. Trump even threatens retribution on members of the Republican Congress who he sees as opposing him.

But Russia violates the sovereignty of the United States of America by interfering in our free election … and the President of the United States proposes forgiving and forgetting. Putin denies the Russian hacking … and the President of the United States appeases him by suggesting the formation of a mutual Cybersecurity Unit.

A Cybersecurity Unit with our foreign adversary. Tremendous win.

Twelve hours later, rational heads prevailed and Trump suddenly changed his mind.

Donald Trump has proven to be a President who appears more interested in leading with ego-driven empty hyperbole and comic improvisation rather than thoughtful, supported strategy .

Why the lack of support and respect for our hard-working and risk-taking Government Intelligence Agencies? Why the undermining of the Judiciary, the moral backbone of this country? Why the attempt to silence the chorus of voices representing all ranges of Free Speech?

Why is it that the halls of Trump’s White House continues to be haunted by the ghost of Election Past?

I confess that somewhere in Russia, someone holds an embarrassing videotape of me that was filmed in the 1990s. In order to do oppositional research, I disguise myself in a babushka and an apron. I smear flour on my upper lip.

I present our two Rotary exchange houseguests with a loaf of bread I have baked myself.

They are Russian bakers who come to the U.S. to visit bakeries in California. Yvgeny pulls out a video camera and sings a peasant song for me to repeat. I sing the Russian lyrics and we all double over in laughter.

At the time, Putin was working for the KGB and Trump was pushing sales in his gambling empire.

Fabulous casinos. The best casinos. Believe me!

Nothing much has changed. But fewer Americans are laughing.

Cheryl Cook lives in Penn Valley.

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