The Trump/Russia story got a shot in the arm recently with the revelation that there was a formal FBI counterintelligence investigation into Lord Dampnut regarding whether or not he was actively working for the Kremlin. Take a moment to let that sink in. The sitting president of the United States being under investigation by our intelligence agencies to determine if they’re working for a country who has been antagonistic to the United States. Not just a “fellow traveler” (someone whose interests align, but no formal relationship necessarily exists) or a “useful idiot” (self-explanatory), but an actual asset.
That’s the situation we’re in right now.
It’s understandable why people might think this given what is already publicly known. It’s been an open secret that the Russian Mafia has been laundering money through Trumps properties since the late 80s, Russian oligarchs have been keeping Trump afloat financially since American banks stopped lending to him after he went bankrupt several times, not to mention all of the shenanigans during the 2016 election and after.
Add to these the recent revelations about the lengths that Trump has been going to order to hide records of his private “conversations” with Vladimir Putin, even confiscating the notes of American interpreters or only allowing Putin’s interpreters in their meetings.
I could go on for days. Millions of words have been written in the press outlining Trump’s cozy relationship with Russia.
But does all of this mean that he’s an actual asset of the Kremlin? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a backhanded way of defending him, I still think the most likely scenario is that he’s just in the “useful idiot” category. He is just that stupid. Trump’s primary goal in life has been to be an oligarch, so it’s easy for me to imagine him getting manipulated by Russian oligarchs who flatter him for their own means. Especially given that no one in America took him all that seriously until he won the Republican Party nomination in 2016 and had the extreme good fortune to run against the worst Democratic Party candidate they could have possibly come up with.
Also, given other recent revelations about Russian influence in the NRA and the organization that holds the National Prayer Breakfast, it seems that Russia is putting in a lot of money trying to compromise American politics and government.
We’ll hopefully get a much better idea once Mueller comes out with his report. But who the hell knows? These are crazy, scary times.