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In other news, Bloomberg reports that special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation is laser-focused on the use of social media to target and influence voters. I think they're on the right track. The big question is how did the Russians know which voters to target and did anyone from Trump's campaign help them do it?

Meanwhile, Buzzfeed reports that the Russian government had a plan for full normalization of relations under Trump.

In pushing its reset plan, Moscow seemed to underestimate the political blowback the Trump administration would face if it carried out a large-scale rapprochement amid high-profile investigations by the FBI and Congress into allegations of collusion with Russia.

That may be an understatement.

Finally, Politico reports that former national security adviser Michael Flynn actively lobbied for a for-profit nuclear power scheme while he was a member of the Trump transition team.

Flynn communicated during the transition with the backers of the for-profit plan, billed as a way of strengthening ties between the U.S. and Arab allies looking to develop nuclear power capability. Meanwhile, the Trump adviser expressed his support for the plan with people inside the transition — and discussed its merits with others beyond Trump Tower, according to sources within and close to the Trump team at that time.

  • ninjaf

    The inability of the Russians to see how this plan for normalization would backfire amidst our current political climate even further drives home that they had to have inside help to know where to target their anti-Clinton propaganda. They do not understand the intricacies of our specific politics enough to do it on their own with efficacy.

  • Badgerite

    So Flynn was advocating for the US to give its expertise and blessings to a for profit ( whose profit ?) scheme to help Arab allies ( Saudi Arabia?) acquire a nuclear weapons capability thereby causing Iran to abandon its agreement to cease and desist its own nuclear weapons program and start a nuclear arms race in a part of the world in the grips of religious extremism and where there are often covert ties to extreme Islamist terrorist organizations (see 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 from Saudi Arabia) Uh huh. Nothing wrong with that idea. No wonder trump was spouting such ludicrous sh*t during the campaign about nuclear weapons and how more countries having nuclear weapons would not be a bad thing. He had to walk that back as I recall but still, you can see where those statements came from. No wonder the “deep state” and Obama had the good sense to fire that traitorous madman’s ass. This goes beyond “lock him up”. This goes into “lock him up and throw away the key” territory.

    • ninjaf

      Missed Maddow last night for social obligations. Now, I need to catch up on my homework, it appears. 🙂

      • Badgerite

        Absolutely. This was really stunning. Flynn proposing to help Russia transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. I feel so much safer knowing that that would be just fine with the GOP. Wahhabism , ( a Saudi creation) is what ISIS bases its own ideology and aims on. 15 of the 19 hijackers of 9/11 were Saudi citizens. Nothing against the Saudi’s, but the idea of helping Russia use the proliferation of nuclear technology and expertise as a means to leverage influence in the world is a ……..searching for word……dangerously, awful, remarkably not smart, incredibly……arrrrrgh ….bad idea.

        • Isn’t there suspicion that North Korea is being helped by the Russians and if so, it’s just another thing the US has to worry about. Talk about a gamble. Putin and his kleptos are willing to risk destruction of the entire world to screw the US over. Unfortunately, It isn’t just the US that’s in trouble–it’s our entire species.

          • Badgerite

            And as I recall the “that’s their story and they’re stickin’ to it” reason given by the Soviets and Iran for the transfer of nuclear technology to Iran was that it would be used only for peaceful civil purposes like energy plants etc. Of course, as it turned out, that was a ruse.
            Who could have predicted? And what a coincidence, that is the same line they are using for a transfer of nuclear technology to the Saudis “for peaceful purposes”. I sense a pattern.
            If it did come to light that Russia covertly were responsible for the transfer of nuclear technology and expertise to North Korea to help them achieve an ICB nuclear strike capability, I don’t think I would be surprised after this recent revelation.

  • Aynwrong

    Un. Fucking. Real.

    After years of the entire GOP screaming that Hillary Clinton jeopardized national security because of a fucking computer and all the GOP will do over this is furrow their collective brows.

    Robert Mueller needs a theme song. Here’s my nomination (I’m dating myself, aren’t I?).
    https://youtu.be/66QPKwUeBNI

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