On Trump-Russia, Right from the Very Beginning

Virginia Heffernan reports Early on, Trump-Russia obsessives were marginalized; they’re prophets now:

“I felt like the guy in ‘Rear Window,’ ” David Corn, the coauthor of “Russian Roulette,” told me this week.

Corn was referring to his affinity for James Stewart’s character, L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies, in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece film. Jeff witnesses a crime across the courtyard from his New York City apartment. But when he talks about it no one believes him.

Corn, likewise, had a period in 2016 when he saw a massive global crime going on right outside his window. The Kremlin was waging war on America. And that November, it captured the White House. But for an agonizingly long time, as the media critic Liz Spayd put it at the time, “the majority view [was] that there wasn’t enough proof of a link between Trump and the Kremlin to write a hard-hitting story” during the campaign.


Corn says he felt “lonely,” even as his stories about the Russia affair gained traction. Others who reported early about curious Trump connections in Moscow — Franklin Foer in Slate, for example — have said the same thing.

But they’re not lonely now. And this is mostly because even while some media organizations sidelined, or cautiously framed, the Trump-Russia story, a much more important group of commenters were far less timid. Let’s give a round of retweets for the concerned citizens of the United States.

Take one look at Twitter: swelling numbers — initially thousands, then tens and perhaps even hundreds of thousands — gather now to raise their voices to undo Trump’s constant gaslighting about the Mueller investigation, which is decidedly not a witch hunt.

From all quarters, these citizens have kept the Trump-Russia story front and center for the electorate, and provided analysis and even scoops that clarify and help to remedy the global catastrophe that is Trump’s presidency.

Millions of concerned citizens of the United States knew from reading and observing – of politics, history, economics, law, and philosophy, of what they teach about human nature and human behavior – that known connections between Trump and foreign nationals suggested venality and betrayal.

These last two years of scrutiny have confirmed our concerns.

On Trump-Russia, regrettably and tragically (for we never wanted America under a foreign dictator’s heel), those who have been concerned have been proved right from the very beginning.


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2 years ago

Do you suppose that the NRCC hack of two years ago has anything to do with the Wisco-Kid having a sudden zeal for spending more time with his family? Enuf zeal to give up the possibility of inheriting the presidency?? It has always seemed odd that the relentlessly politically ambitious Ryan would just chuck it all, with no discernible plan other than picnicking in Rotary Park, with his family, in Janesville, down by the river, on nice summer dayz. Does it also seem plausible that nobody would have told Ryan about the hack? My credulity is showing stretch-marks..

Could Yertle be similarly compromised? The NRA dumped tons of Russian money into senate campaigns. That is the same NRA that is now in deep financial trouble. Also the same NRA whose president is Ollie North, a convicted felon arms trafficker, and a certificated traitor. How coincidental…

It is starting to look like the entire Republican Party is a subsidiary of Putin. The recent plea of Maria Butina can have no good results for the NRA. It has been fascinating, and depressing, to watch the NRA morph from a hunter safety group to the enforcement arm of the Republican Party to enablers of mass murderers to a group actively conspiring with the Russians to (successfully) overthrow the elected government of the US.

And all the while, they wave their American flags proudly….

George Bailey
2 years ago

Don’t leave out “first-choice COS replacement”, Nick Ayers (Pence’s right-hand), who at the modest age of 36 has “inexplicably” amassed a $54m fortune and also opted out of the running for COS. Kompromat abounds. The other side is not immune. Jill Stein, Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders are also very Kremliny in their actions. GOP is hypocritically complaining about the cost and length of the SC investigation. The Starr investigation took more than 6 years and $70m in 1990’s dollars. It’s not about the depth of the hole digging into this investigation, rather it is the sheer acreage…