Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

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    Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

    • Former White House strategist quoted in Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff
    • Bannon: ‘They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV
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    Steve Bannon exits an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower on 11 November 2016 in New York City. Other Trump campaign officials met with Russians there in June 2016. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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    Wed 3 Jan ‘18 16.32 GMT First published on Wed 3 Jan ‘18 13.07 GMT


    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

    Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

    Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.

    Bannon, who was chief executive of the Trump campaign in its final three months, then White House chief strategist for seven months before returning to the rightwing Breitbart News, is a central figure in the nasty, cutthroat drama, quoted extensively, often in salty language.

    He is particularly scathing about a June 2016 meeting involving Trump’s son Donald Jr, son-in-law Jared Kushner, then campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. A trusted intermediary had promised documents that would “incriminate” rival Hillary Clinton but instead of alerting the FBI to a potential assault on American democracy by a foreign power, Trump Jr replied in an email: “I love it.”

    The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.

    “Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

    Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.

    Bannon added: “You never see it, you never know it, because you don’t need to … But that’s the brain trust that they had.”

    Bannon also speculated that Trump Jr had involved his father in the meeting. “The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”

    Special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed last May, following Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey, to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This has led to the indictments of four members of Trump’s inner circle, including Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges; Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. In recent weeks Bannon’s Breitbart News and other conservative outlets have accused Mueller’s team of bias against the president.

    Trump predicted in an interview with the New York Times last week that the special counsel was “going to be fair”, though he also said the investigation “makes the country look very bad”. The president and his allies deny any collusion with Russia and the Kremlin has denied interfering.

    Bannon has criticised Trump’s decision to fire Comey. In Wolff’s book, obtained by the Guardian ahead of publication from a bookseller in New England, he suggests White House hopes for a quick end to the Mueller investigation are gravely misplaced.

    “You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering.

    Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”

    Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”

    Scorning apparent White House insouciance, Bannon reaches for a hurricane metaphor:

    “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”

    He insists that he knows no Russians, will not be a witness, will not hire a lawyer and will not appear on national television answering questions.

    Fire and Fury will be published next week. Wolff is a prominent media critic and columnist who has written for the Guardian and is a biographer of Rupert Murdoch. He previously conducted interviews for the Hollywood Reporter with Trump in June 2016 and Bannon a few months later.

    He told the Guardian in November that to research the book, he showed up at the White House with no agenda but wanting to “find out what the insiders were really thinking and feeling”. He enjoyed extraordinary access to Trump and senior officials and advisers, he said, sometimes at critical moments of the fledgling presidency.

    The rancour between Bannon and “Javanka” – Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump – is a recurring theme of the book. Kushner and Ivanka are Jewish. Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, is quoted as saying: “It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews.”

    Trump is not spared. Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: “He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.” Barrack denied that to the New York Times.
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    Bannon was the leaker in the WH. Damn asshole!
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    I'm reading the Trump turd book now. I'm supposing that the author himself has to be a Jew--he certainly looks the part. I've come across one curious paragraph which includes an acknowledgement that is growing increasingly common in mainstream circles today which is yet one that would have never been conceded in a mainstream source during the Clinton era. If nothing else can be said for it, this is the one acknowledgement that attests to the sub-cultural intellectual influence of the racialist movement on the Internet during the 90's and the Bush era, as the concession has arguably been forced by its hand (as well as a few Jewish self-congratulatory pieces that appeared in the mainstream press, like the one notable article by Ben Stein, i.e., "The Jews Own Hollywood And So What?"):

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    The "treason" slur is being thrown around like confetti at a Rev Moon Mass Wedding. After crying wolf so many times it loses its meaning, whether it's coming from the "Conservative" or the Shitliberal camps. What sadly gets lost in the melee is that these folks are ALL self-serving opportunists who would make any kind of backroom deals with anybody when and where it benefits themselves.

    They're all in it for themselves, not their country, not "their people". They're in it for themselves, their family dynasties and their bankrollers and paymasters. No more, no less.
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    Oh, "treason" is now off the board. Now it's "cheater" and "racist".
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    Okay... The book is frankly hilarious, in a good or a bad way depending upon your view, or in both respects if you just want to be objective. There is no way Trump makes it to a second term--he likely will not even want to run. The hubris of Trump's brain-dead damsel squad, that of Nikki Haley, Ivanka, et al., could be the most hilarious aspect of the book. They actually view themselves, respectively, as viable successors to Trump, as in future Presidents. It's one thing when toddlers on Sesame Street or kids in kindergarten declare, without reservation, that they can and will be the President, but quite another when adults whose own jobs within the executive branch still cannot dispel such illusions. Rest assured, Jarvanka's children by themselves will knock the Ashkenazi average I.Q. back down to the normal Ayy-rab level. Most of the laugh-out-loud moments come from Bannon's knee-jerk reactions to such pronouncements of stupidity by nearly all staff members. He evidently was the only one with any sense, not a surprise to anyone here, but when it's acknowledged even in the anti-nationalist mainstream, I suppose you can consider it established fact. Without Bannon, we truly cannot even be certain that Trump will be able to get judiciary nominees right, as it was only Bannon who insisted that Trump maintain his pledge to nominate Fed. Soc.-listed jurists. With Jarvanka, Jews, and billionaires in his ear, brace yourself for the next David Souter, or worse.

    The only relief is that the book ends on a positive note:

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    I cannot understand how anyone outside of his own immediate family as well as the Netanyahu inner circle still actually like this guy.
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    ^ They like him for lack of a more palatable alternative.
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    Anyone who has even a slight flair for realpolitik knew that even as well-intentioned as it might have been, the USA simply lacks any sort of consensus to pull off anything more than a small piece of the Trump agenda (and as I feared, the parts of his agenda that he largely used to win over the old-line conservatard Erick Erickson types, namely Muh Bigger Military, had the greatest chance of success). Nevertheless, I still think we dodged a bullet with Trump. Every time I feel like getting off the Trump train I see footage of the likes of that unhinged overweight Gender Studies protester shitting on a Trump sign or something similar like that and realize he's at least something of a rallying point for the Old America, which is as good as we can hope for right now.

    Trump's best actions were probably already completed before his election in addition to the things he did NOT do. Consider what he did before the election: more than likely permanent destruction of the Bush and Clinton crime dynasties, calling out every piece of shit Ted Cruz/Jeb Bush/mainstream cuckservative GOP type [with the GOP almost certainly not ever going back to their "Born to Lose" business-as-usual], and at least giving a voice to the issues that the conservative white middle class has actually cared about for decades, only to be summarily ignored by Beltway "conservatives" in favor of lame debates about hot-button, but ultimately fairly meaningless IMHO, things like tax cuts and prayer in schools (because I really care about tax cuts for the rich when my local public schools are uninhabitable due to Mexican immigration.)

    Now consider what he did not do, namely legalize tens of millions of illegal immigrants (and ensure a permanent "blue state" demographic voting bloc). This is about as good as we can get right now.

    It's also undoubtedly done wonders to have a strong alpha male on the TV with a hot wife. Even as much as so many normies claim to abhor everything about Trump, human psychology being what it is this undoubtedly has a positive effect. It's kind of like that Chris "American Sniper" Kyle, even though I don't agree with his persona, actions per se, much less the political bullshit behind it it's still White Guy On Big Screen Kicking Ass. This sort of visceral effect on the masses out there should not be underestimated.

    If you think I'm just a "Trump fanboy" of the Mark Dice type, rest assured I'm not. I'm just saying that for the first time in my life, he still strikes me as not just the lesser of all evils, but MUCH lesser. I'm still concerned about some of the stuff he says and does, though, with my main concern being that once he's shown REAL power he's just going to lapse into the same sort of Marianas trench of Beltway fecal matter that's been the norm for as long as any of us have been alive. Like dropping that "mega bomb" in Afghanistan -- what the fuck was that?
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    The author of the book has been in trouble for embellishing a ton of shit before and maybe he has a bit with this - who knows? The big problem I have is no communication was made and they just jumped on each other like rabid wolverines smelling a kill. They invited this trouble maker to squat his ass in the WH, and then he writes a divisive book and they turn on each other. They are dumb as fuck sometimes I swear.
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    In terms of their "public relations," they are dumb as fuck all of the time, and when it comes to public administration, they haven't had a clue. Trump should have just copied Bill Clinton's playbook upon entering office, which he used to purge the executive branch (and much of the so-called "administrative branch") of 12 years of neoconservatives, Reaganites, and centrist establishment Bushies. Clinton literally axed every U.S. Attorney upon entering office, something like 90+ in one day, and last I checked (I no longer care to keep up with these things with the sort of pressing concern that should have naturally accompanied a so-called populist reconstruction of the vile fed.gov.) Trump couldn't even do half that. He literally lacked the energy, will, or ability to delegate the task of manifesting that political pit-bull energy required to run amok within the Obama's executive branch china cabinet. Instead he complained, rather, whined helplessly and in apparent futility about the emergence of the so-called "Deep State." And yet he possesses the authority of the Presidency in the post-9/11 era, with literally generations of outrageous Executive Orders and friendly deferential precedent to enable him to do essentially whatever the fuck he wanted.

    Unfortunately he'd rather golf, tweet, gossip, and succumb to the push-pull machinations of his own fucktarded and politically inept inner circle which unfortunately includes his posh & progressive Orthodox Jewish offspring (if God were truly involved in this tragicomedy then clearly He would have ensured that Trump always shot blanks). Moreover, he seems to lack the ability to learn how to be truly effective in his position, let alone the ability to learn quickly which is truly required, and he lacks the judgment to select an adviser worthy of the nationalist-populist historical forces that he seems to have almost accidentally rallied under his banner, not likely one that can adequately replace Bannon at least. It may sound desperate but hell, he may as well call upon Pat Buchanan and see who he can use as manpower-brainpower to whip his clumsy Administration into shape. Even if they're all old-as-fuck ex-Reaganites, like Paul Craig Roberts and such, they'd be a marked improvement over the opportunist amateurs (and they're all opportunists - and amateurs) he has either directly mobilized or relied upon thus far.

    I hate to say it but he should have known that his election would inaugurate an unprecedented struggle between his Administration and the same sort of Establishment "antibodies" that act as guardians of the public's inverted progressive "virtue" that utilize any means necessary, chiefly the means of vicious vilification "for the record," those same familiar forces that ravaged the reputation and memory of everyone from Ezra Pound to Joe McCarthy to John Rocker. Although he has done a few notable things, scored a few victories, and 'triggered' the chorus of leftist batshit banshee wailing on a number of occasions, he has done so almost unwittingly; he has not been prepared for the true battle, and much of the time he has been getting squashed (almost appropriately so) all for the sake of the "inevitable" progressive comeuppance that seems to tragically befall every hero of the Right, thus reinforcing their good guy-bad guy Manichean mythology (expect more books, Hollywood) and providing us with what by now could be considered a narrative of martyrology.

    Thus far, he sadly does seem to lack the ability to strategize and prioritize in any sense remotely resembling that of a political warrior or Machiavellian. He's certainly no second coming of Hitler. I'm not sure the bowels of America could produce anything close to that; perhaps he's just another apt representation of the sort of Frankenstein political monstrosities routinely spawned by our egalitarian idiocracy. Bush and Obama were little different in a personal, individual sense; but they were different in that they had professional handlers to manage and direct them. Of course, in a sense Trump was elected precisely because of this feature (or the lack thereof), but he cannot operate as the intended anti-Establishment artillery piece with amateurs, relatives, and opportunists directing his "fire" in support of their own pet causes (that incidentally contravene the entire mandate provided via his election). He possesses a will, but lacks a clue. Without Bannon, he's only a tool for the nearest random, Wandering Jew.
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