The Chicago Tribune reports, “A Republican donor and operative from Chicago’s North Shore who said he had tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from Russian hackers killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room days after talking to The Wall Street Journal about his efforts, public records show. In a room at a Rochester hotel used almost exclusively by Mayo Clinic patients and relatives, Peter W. Smith, 81, left a carefully prepared file of documents, which includes a statement police called a suicide note in which he said he was in ill health and a life insurance policy was expiring.” Now wait for it: “In the note recovered by police, Smith apologized to authorities and said that ‘NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER’ was involved in his death. He wrote that he was taking his own life because of a ‘RECENT BAD TURN IN HEALTH SINCE JANUARY, 2017’ and timing related ‘TO LIFE INSURANCE OF $5 MILLION EXPIRING.’” That suicide note is about as plausible, especially the part about “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER” as the suicide of Michael Scott, the former head of the Chicago School Board, a few years back. For those unfamiliar with the Michael Scott case, he committed suicide by driving his car to the bottom of the river and then putting a couple of bullets in his head – which do you think he accomplished first? While the Cook County Coroner’s office ruled Scott’s death a suicide, there is plenty to suggest it was anything but, including about 4,000 words worth of “no comment” in Chicago Magazine. Note for the record, TRUMPISTAN WATCH would never, ever self-harm, if anything kills TRUMPISTAN WATCH it’s being too goddamn intelligent in the era of Trumpistani stupid. As for The Wall Street Journal reporter who interviewed Peter Smith, Shane Harris tweeted, “When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life.” Maybe that’s because he did not commit suicide and whoever harmed him made it look as though he did? Who would do that?

From The Chicago Tribune.


The Chicago Sun-Times
reports, the Senate Judiciary Committee “is ‘very interested’ in the opposition research operation put together by Peter W. Smith, the Lake Forest resident who died on May 14, and his business associate, John J. Szobocsan”. The Chicago Sun-Times notes, “Szobocsan has no profile in Chicago or Illinois politics,” adding, “He taught at [Illinois Institute of Technology] IIT’s Stuart School of Business between 2001 and 2005. He returned to IIT’s business school in 2011 and has been teaching graduate-level courses there ever since”. Curiously and cryptically, The Chicago Sun-Times notes, “Smith’s obit included one his axioms: ‘There are no mistakes in life, only lessons learned.’” Guessing the FBI may be learning some lessons too at this point, but just a hunch.

From The Chicago Sun-Times.



The New York Times buried the lede on how “Mr. Kushner supplemented the list of foreign contacts three times, adding more than 100 names, people close to him said.” Credit is due to Business Insider for pulling the ELEVENTH paragraph detail out of The New York Times story and making it into the headline, as it deserves to be. Why does princeling Jared have a security clearance? Oh right, because Trump cares nothing of national security only personal wealth. The Hill notes, “The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected two amendments to a key spending bill intended to revoke the security clearance of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.” That is really a move made by Republicans out of fear not out of any political savvy or sense of self-preservation. How shameful. At least one Republican Congressman, Bill Flores, is standing up to this bullshit, The Waco Tribune-Herald reports (but see next item for more). However, Flores said, “I think it would be in the president’s best interest, in terms of moving forward with our agenda, if they went back on to the private sector and were taking care of their business operations and not be involved in the White House,” The Waco Tribune-Herald reports, showing Flores does not understand the first thing about mafia state rule: it’s all in the family.

From The New York Times, Business Insider, The Hill and The Waco Tribune-Herald.



Bloomberg reports, “House Republicans are throwing up new roadblocks to a Russia and Iran sanctions bill over concerns from the energy industry that a provision could block U.S. companies from lucrative foreign oil deals.” Let’s see Halliburton, registered in Dubai, is deeply involved in Iran and has been for some time and Exxon is in partnerships with Rosneft. When you love money more than oil, here is the end of your free republic America. Hope the bastards making the big bucks enjoy blood and grief and bullshit along with their champagne and caviar while the rest of us suffer under the crippling weight of a Russian mafia state occupation thanks to all their Republican enablers in Congress. Just remember: in a mafia state, no one is protected and even if you keep your head down, eventually they get to you. Bloomberg notes the same Republican Congressman claiming to want the Trump kids out of the White House, Bill Flores, “a Republican from Texas, said he’s been approached by ‘five or six of the majors’ based in his state. The energy companies have told him they worry the bill as it stands is overly broad.” Now we are talking a real mafia state showdown! The Trumpkins or oil — who will come out on top? The rest of us are already relegated to medieval serfs, you know, like in Russia. If TRUMPISTAN WATCH has to choose, our money and hopes are with big oil in taking the kids out of the White House. Oil keeps our cars running and homes lit, what the hell have Aryan princess Ivanka and princeling Jared and Uday Donald Jr. ever done for you? It will not happen from signing a million petitions folks, get real. Just be forewarned by the Yukos story: these showdowns are all too real.

From Bloomberg.



The Hill reports, “The Russian lawyer,” Natalia Veselnitskaya, “who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle,” which makes it sound dirty but not in the horrible way it is, “was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under ‘extraordinary circumstances’ before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.” No surprise for TRUMPISTAN WATCH to learn “it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled,” Natalia Veselnitskaya, “to enter the country without a visa.” Paging Trump’s FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray: what do you know about this? Of course none of this was possible without previous and certain infiltration of the Obama administration’s rank and file. As previously noted by TRUMPISTAN WATCH, The Hill reports, “Just five days after meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya showed up in Washington in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russia policy”. So you appreciate how corrupt Washington is and how little press freedom means in an era when 70 percent of the media is estimated to be public relations, “She also engaged in a pro-Russia lobbying campaign and attended an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where Russian supporters showed a movie that challenged the underpinnings of the U.S. human rights law known as the Magnitsky Act”. Shame on the Newseum for renting its space to such frauds! Seriously remember this later when the press rewrites its role in all this as heroic. The Hill notes, “At least five congressional staffers and State Department officials attended that movie showing, according to a Foreign Agent Registration Act complaint filed with the Justice Department about Veselnitskaya’s efforts.” Also “Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans,” because why wouldn’t she dine with Putin’s favorite Congressman? Makes perfect sense! Reminder to Russia Party Republicans: everything Trump touches turns to shit.

From The Hill.



POLITICO reports, “The co-founder of a political and corporate intelligence firm behind an explosive dossier alleging Russian intelligence influence over President Donald Trump will not testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee”. Pity that was supposed to be fun! What might he be afraid of given the likelihood that the Kremlin’s assassination campaigns have spread to American shores because a feudal mafia state can offer no protection from the mother mafia state? POLITICO notes, “The committee on Wednesday announced a July 19 hearing that listed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, as a witness. His inclusion raised the specter of public testimony about the dossier’s seamy and contested claims of sexual misconduct and a years-long Kremlin conspiracy to get Trump elected.” However, “ the request for Simpson to appear was voluntary, and it’s unclear whether the committee will seek to compel his testimony.”




ProPublica reports, “Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night.” Keep in mind as you read this item, this is the man representing the president of Trumpistan as America is cancelled. According to ProPublica, “The man [he threatened] a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified,” sent Kasowitz an email with the subject line “Resign Now”. TRUMPISTAN WATCH has engaged in such shaming tactics but always with the utmost creativity, never threatening and using proper syntax. Such missives stand out as non-trolling because they often involve a fair amount of research into the person and subject matter involved. The intention is to get under the skin and make the receiver feel shame for their complicity. Well did this succeed to that end – and Kasowitz reply is humiliating for Kasowitz. ProPublica reports, “Kasowitz replied with series of angry messages sent between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern time. One read: ‘I’m on you now.  You are fucking with me now Let’s see who you are Watch your back , bitch.’ In another email, Kasowitz wrote: ‘Call me.  Don’t be afraid, you piece of shit.  Stand up.  If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.’ And later: ‘I already know where you live, I’m on you.  You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.  Bro.’” The most offensive content there is that Trump has hired someone who used the word “Bro” followed by punctuation. How horrible. Word is Kasowitz is not seeking a security clearance and has a reputation for alcohol abuse, which may be bolstered by these missives.

From ProPublica.



PBS Newshour reports, “Several watchdog groups filed a complaint Thursday with the Federal Election Commission accusing Donald Trump Jr. of illegally coordinating with Russia during the 2016 campaign”. In Trumpistan, the tools of ordinary democracy may not work to take down our feudal vassal mafia state overlords, i.e. the regime, but it is still, always worth the effort. Their complaint of course harkens to Uday’s meeting with Kremlin lawyer and agent acting on Moscow’s behalf Natalia Veselnitskaya and “argues that Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign committee broke campaign finance law by soliciting contributions from a foreign national or foreign government when Trump Jr., former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner agreed to the meeting.” PBS NewsHour reports, “The complaint was filed by the advocacy groups Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21.” Common Cause “also sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller look into Trump Jr.’s actions as part of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” PBS NewsHour notes, adding, “The FEC complaint opens the door for a separate probe into the president’s son, Kushner and Manafort.” Giddyup!

From PBS NewsHour.



Reuters reports, “Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny complains his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services, but says he’s not afraid to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency whatever the risks.” Reuters notes, “Navalny has a 9-year-old boy and a 15-year-old daughter,” probably the only children in Russia who could be proud of their father for doing something meaningful with his life. “The security services are following us,” Navalny told Reuters. “They follow my children, my wife and me. Cars are constantly passing by. I don’t even pay attention to it any more, but Yulia (his wife) is really bothered by it.” In essence, this is how they break people or at the very least break up marriages, a common outcome among opposition figures in the entire post-Soviet sphere.

From Reuters.





The New Republic looks at our Russian puppet president’s money laundering for the Russian mafia state, something Trump has helped facilitated for more than thirty years. The New Republic reports on “a Russian émigré named David Bogatin,” who bought a Trump Tower condo in 1984 and was forced to flee the U.S. in 1987 because he plead “guilty to taking part in a massive gasoline-bootlegging scheme with Russian mobsters,” causing the government to seize his five Trump Tower condos. Guess what? “A Senate investigation into organized crime later revealed that Bogatin was a leading figure in the Russian mob in New York. His family ties, in fact, led straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than Semion Mogilevich, whom the FBI considers the ‘boss of bosses’ of the Russian mafia.” The New Republic notes, Mogilevich “was expanding his multibillion-dollar international criminal syndicate into America.” Of course “Over the past three decades, at least 13 people with known or alleged links to Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of Trump Tower and other Trump properties,” The New Republic reports. Every reason in the world to suspect the true number is far greater. Because Trump was in “constant need for new infusions of cash and his well-documented troubles with creditors, Trump made an easy ‘mark’ for anyone looking to launder money,” and his ego is so perfectly aligned with Kremlin proxies like former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, men with whom Trump shares more than just a passing resemblance to in politics and in life. The FBI says Mogilevich, who has run international crime syndicates in prostitution, drugs and weapons, “uses this wealth and power to not only further his criminal enterprises but to influence governments and their economies.” That is what we are witnessing now as America is cancelled and Trumpistan emerges. According to The New Republic, “Mogilevich’s greatest talent, the one that places him at the top of the Russian mob, is finding creative ways to cleanse dirty cash,” adding, “in 1991, he made a move that led directly to Trump Tower. That year, the FBI says Mogilevich paid a Russian judge to spring a fellow mob boss, Vyachelsav Kirillovich Ivankov, from a Siberian gulag.” Ivankov was his enforcer “infamous for torturing his victims and boasting about the murders he had arranged.” After being sprung from the slammer, the following year, “he headed to New York”. Note, “The feds wanted to arrest Ivankov, but he kept vanishing,” all while, “he made frequent visits to Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, which mobsters routinely used to launder huge sums of money. In 2015, the Taj Mahal was fined $10 million—the highest penalty ever levied by the feds against a casino—and admitted to having ‘willfully violated’ anti-money-laundering regulations for years.” Guess where the feds found Ivankov? Ivankov “was living in a luxury condo in Trump Tower.” Another Russian mafia figure Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov was running a money laundering and crime outfit out of Trump Tower unit 63A, the unit directly below Trump. He is known as a fixer for international competitions and has evaded FBI detection and arrest. “ Then, in November 2013, he suddenly appeared live on international television—sitting in the audience at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Tokhtakhounov was in the VIP section, just a few seats away from the pageant owner, Donald Trump,” according to The New Republic. As if it needs to be said, these men are extremely dangerous with true deep state ties to the Kremlin. These are not mere coincidences.

From The New Republic.



The Washington Post runs an op-ed by Ira Forman and Hannah Rosenthal, both of whom have served as the State Department’s special envoy to tackle issues pertinent to anti-Semitism, a fight the white nationalists in the Whites Only Haus condone rather than dispute. They are joined by the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Jonathan Greenblatt in noting, “Since the beginning of the Trump administration, the State Department post of special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism has remained vacant.” You mean princeling Jared and Aryan princess Ivanka cannot save the Jews, or rather that they do not even care? Russian Order of Friendship medal recipient and U.S. Secretary of State in name only T Rex testified before Congress in June that “even as he has considered making the appointment, he has been vexed by the concern that anti-Semitism could actually get less attention if the special envoy position continued to function.” Always trust a Christian oil man to know what is best when it comes to combatting anti-Semitism, it is written in the Talmud, didn’t you know? Well naturally the two former envoys and ADL’s head, e.g. actual Jews, “couldn’t disagree more.” However this article remains problematic in the current context for its chipper American nonsense insisting, “We have made significant progress.” They might be afflicted by what TRUMPISTAN WATCH refers to as “the Jared and Ivanka delusion,” despite a White House full of human garbage, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and assorted xenophobic isolationists and Christian supremacists. The authors have a wish list of things they want T Rex to do. If you follow Russia at all you know anti-Semitism is a tool that can be deployed while enriching a handful of wealthy Jews who will shut up about it as they become more powerful but also more fearful (see: Abramovich and wife Zhukova, Fridman, et al). Ironically in Russia, many of the Oligarchs are either Jewish or Muslim (see the Agalarovs). Do not expect the Trumpistani elite or Trumpenproletariat to object either, Jew hate feeds their tiny brains which must compensate for their tiny you-know-whats, it also threatens their master race credo which feels affronted by chosen people rhetoric.

From The Washington Post.





BuzzFeed reports, “Secretive hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his family,” are funding “Milo Yiannopoulos, the anti–political correctness crusader and conservative provocateur,” aka a neo-fascist the media has given too much time to already. Recall, he self-imploded earlier this year to an extent after audio suggested he condoned pedophilia. When you have enough bread, you can fund your own circuses. According to BuzzFeed, “Leaked documents, including a promissory note and emails, as well as conversations with several people familiar with the matter, strongly imply that the Mercers funded Yiannopoulos”. This is where we are: Trumpistani elite money funding neo-fascist provocateurs as media eats it up because they are getting crumbs from the profits of the bread trail. Horrible. Notably BuzzFeed reports, “the documents point to a relationship that Yiannopoulos seems to regard as a kind of personal patronage, expecting from the family not just financial but legal support, after the British citizen’s visa status became tenuous post-Breitbart.” “‘Rebekah Mercer loves Milo,’ said a source familiar with both Yiannopoulos and the Mercers, of the eldest Mercer daughter,” BuzzFeed reports. Now keep in mind this: the Mercers are far and away the biggest donors to Trump and related “causes”. These are really terrible people, some of the worst, with poison in their heads and garbage in their hearts.

From BuzzFeed.



The Daily Beast reports, “now, after an indecent interval, Yiannopoulos is back with a vengeance.” How did the pedophilia condoning freak return after “bursts of racism, misogyny, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and self-loathing homophobia, delivered with campy performance skills, preening contempt and a posh English accent”? Well, he is “irresistible catnip to the media-political complex” bent on reality TV outrage cycles that generate clicks, ratings and likes for yellow journalists absent a moral compass. This is where we are, TRUMPISTAN WATCHians, with the full complicity of much of the media. A former Breitbart news staffer told The Daily Beast, “The right is now willing to embrace and celebrate anybody who’s willing to back Trump, and Milo’s a hateful, stupid, British, pederasty-loving version of Ann Coulter”. Milo’s “recently formed,” and Mercer family funded it seems, “Milo Inc., has spent lavishly on advertising, including a huge billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square neighborhood and on Facebook,” because money and those seeking it truly does not care who owns it.

From The Daily Beast.



Democracy Now hosted by the left-leaning Amy Goodman has now gone full collusion by hosting highly suspect Kremlin disinfo agent Glenn Greenwald, good for such disinfo hits as “WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public is Deceived,” a cult favorite of TRUMPISTAN WATCH, linked to with every major Washington Post scoop. Greenwald has gotten almost nothing right from not protecting source Reality Winner who they may have sought to deliberately burn because she leaked an NSA document to refute Greenwald and podcast co-host Jeremy Scahill’s bullshit of constant denials of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. You see some idiots on the left who have long been critics of American military adventurism abroad feel their critiques have been validated by the rise of Donald Trump and place this desire to be right before the desire to live in a halfway decent country. As fictional FBI agent Stan Beeman of “The Americans” said of his time infiltrating the KKK in the Deep South, “People like to be told that they are right over and over and over again.” Greenwald is of course holed up in Brazil with his husband, much as Assange is trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, both governments providing not so much platforms as safe havens for them to launch their anti-reality bullshit disinfo ops from. TRUMPISTAN WATCH is not going to launch into the garbage Greenwald promotes to the far left, which eats up his sloth like leeches. Suffice to say, the Russians buy the far right and the far left in order to foment discord to divide and conquer. Greenwald once called TRUMPISTAN WATCH “an abject liar when TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s record since the November 9 coup has proven far more spot on than anything this Pierre Omidyar funded hack has come forth with. This time on “Democracy Now” Greenwald justifies “Uday” Donald Jr.’s emails with Rob Goldstone, Emin Agalarov’s agent, because the far left has new heroes in Russian oligarchs. Barf. If that’s the far left, stay the hell away, the traps are remarkably similar to those of the far right, just with different camouflage for their baggage, which is considerable. Also as you read the next item, note that openly gay Greenwald is now cozying up to the homophobes he deplores. Deplorable, truly!

From Democracy Now.





Russia Beyond the Headlines reports, “One of this year’s most anticipated ballets – about the life of Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev – has been controversially postponed until next year. The Bolshoi Theater spared no expenses in preparing for Nureyev, inviting renowned director Kirill Sereberennikov to pull the strings and prominent choreographer Yuri Possokhov to make sure the routine was faultless. The ballet’s score was also specially composed by Ilya Demutsky.” Nureyev defected in Soviet times at the Paris airport screaming how he wanted to be free. Less you have any doubt this was done for political reasons, Russia Beyond the Headlines reports, “The Bolshoi’s general director Vladimir Urin revealed that the show will now be premiered on May 4 and 5, 2018 instead of July 11 this year. The production was called-off just three days before it was set to go live, marking the first time in decades the Bolshoi has canceled a show.” According to Russia Beyond the Headlines, “On July 10, Urin called a press conference, claiming there was no pressure from the Kremlin,” but “He did say he had been called by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky who asked him how to handle questions from journalists.” As if any Russian Ministry acts independently of the Kremlin in carrying out sad little shit Putin’s wishes. According to Russian state-run TASS cited by Russia Beyond the Headlines the Culture Minister Medinsky cancelled the ballet because “The Culture Ministry was outraged by the fact the performance looks like propaganda promoting non traditional sexual values.” Surely it is the first time anyone hears of gayness in the ballet or the fact that Nureyev was open about his homosexuality. Later of course the Culture Ministry denied any involvement but supported the decision. Just like in Soviet times, everything in so-called modern Russia is a lie. Trumpistan is catching up quickly, wouldn’t you say? Come to Chicago, we love Nureyev!

From Russia Beyond the Headlines.



In year 17 of the Putinocracy, the cult of Stalin, mass murderer of innocents and shame of the Soviet Union, has been revived by the short little shit in the Kremlin. Well now Reuters reports, “Yuri Dmitriev spent years locating and exhuming the mass graves of people executed during Josef Stalin’s Great Terror. Eight decades after one of Russia’s darkest chapters, it is his reputation, not Stalin’s, that is on trial.” Of course it is because we are back to the worst excesses of the Soviet Union, which have spread like a cancer to Trumpistan’s shores. According to Reuters, “The historian, 61, is being tried on charges brought by state prosecutors of involving his 11-year-old adopted daughter in child pornography, illegally possessing ‘the main elements of’ a firearm, and of depravity involving a minor. If convicted of the charges, which he denies, he faces up to 15 years in jail.” Reuters notes, “Fellow historians, rights activists and some of Russia’s leading cultural figures say Dmitriev has been framed because his focus on Stalin’s crimes has become politically untenable under President Vladimir Putin. They say his real crime is dedicating himself to documenting Stalin’s 1937-38 Great Terror, in which nearly 700,000 people were executed, according to conservative official estimates.” Stalin is Putin’s hero, just remember that when you hear from his supporters, including but not limited to Trump.

From Reuters.



USA Today reports, “As part of his Paris trip, President Trump on Thursday visited the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, the famed French military leader and emperor.” Now the jokes are obvious: one tiny man visits the tomb of another tiny man or how about the fact that Napoleon failed when he tried to conquer Russia while Russia is failing at conquering Trumpistan? Or perhaps the message is even more subtle: everything is ephemeral, even dictators die. Paging Putin here! Of course USA Today’s kicker is that “Trump’s visit comes the same week that reports surfaced that one of his advisers, Steve Bannon, hung an oil painting of himself dressed as Napoleon,” because the Trumpistani elite are predictably awful and distressed by their own underwhelming sense of self.

From USA Today.




At the end of the first week of full Trumpistan, not uncoincidentally “Emin Week,” we should all be asking, who, if anyone, among the Trumpistani elite will be the first to rise up and say they cannot be a party to the cancellation and destruction of America anymore?


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