Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Conflicts of Interest


The FBI and Congress are looking into the extent of Russian intelligence's cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign to determine to what extent those attacks influence the presidential election.  
Those investigations should also look into the extent to which President Trump's current debt, or his previous business partnerships, obligate him financially to Russian oligarchs aligned with Putin.
In 2008, Trump's son in law claimed: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.  We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”  Trump's debt increased from $350 million to $630 million at a time when American banks were reluctant to extend him credit.  
Trump advisors' Paul Manafort and Carter Page have long histories of collecting enormous profit from Putin-aligned politicians and oligarchs in Russia and Ukraine.  The FBI and Congress should be investigating to what degree Trump's current and past senior advisers posed a conflict of interest when they were advising Trump during his presidential campaign.
Thorough investigations could determine if there is any information in Trump's tax returns that might indicate previously undisclosed financial ties to Russian interests in close alignment with Putin's dictatorship.
Several members in Trump's crony cabinet have very disturbing ties to Russia.  Most notable is his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has a strong history of business dealings with Vladimir Putin and other Russian government officials.  As Exxon-Mobil CEO, Tillerson oversaw a major partnership with the Russian government-owned oil company and was awarded Russia's Order of Friendship by Putin,
Investigations should look into why the Trump’s campaign stayed away from nearly every aspect of the Republican Party platform, and why his campaign worked behind the scenes to ensure the party platform didn’t support Ukraine.

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