As a veteran Washington politician is said to have once told a newbie, “if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” That may describe the position Trump is in, as a story in the Washington Post reports.The full story is well worth reading to get a sense of what is happening inside the high command of the enemy. According to the Post, Trump cannot trust his own inner circle. “Even Vice President Pence sought to distance himself from the controversy, with his
spokesman noting that Trump Jr.’s meeting occurred before Pence joined the ticket,” the Post writes. With each one hoping to save their own skin, the Post reports that different members of the Trump administration are leaking news to the press. It appears that Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, may be on the chopping block and clearly Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer is out of favor as he is nowhere to be seen nowadays. A good guess, though, is that Trump is afraid to fire them – and others – because once fired they might openly turn on him.
Meanwhile, Trump himself has been in hiding for the last three days.
The source of this great unravelling, of course, is the revelation that Donald Trump jr. had a secret meeting with a Russian lawyer who was apparently an emissary of the Putin regime, and that Junior met with her in order to get information that the Russians had obtained on then-election rival Hillary Clinton. Here, at last, is a bit of evidence that the Trump election campaign colluded with US capitalism’s imperialist rival, Russian capitalism, just like the capitalist media has been hinting at all along.
First some details of the chain of connections and of events: A close associate of Trump in Russia is Aras Agalarov, who co-hosted along with Trump the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in Russia in 2013. Enter Rob Goldstone, an
“obscure British publicist and music promoter” (Wall St. Journal), who had been representing Aras’s son, Emin Agalarov. (Emin has aspirations as a rock star.) In June of last year, Goldstone contacted Trump Jr., seeking to set up a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer considered to have close links with Putin. He said she had damaging information on Trump Sr.’s rival, Hillary Clinton. According to the Washington Post, ‘The emails read like something out of a cheap spy thriller — or perhaps even a falsified document designed to lure and entrap a willing but unsuspecting victim….The president’s son was offered “official documents” that would “incriminate Hillary” and that would be “very useful to your father.” Trump Jr. was also informed in the emails that the information being offered was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”‘
Trump jr. responded: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” A few days later Trump Jr. did, in fact, meet with Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York. They were joined by then-campaign manager for Trump, Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The $64,000 question, though, the one that up until now they don’t dare ask is: “What would the Putin regime stand to gain from a Trump presidency?” Is it really that Clinton is a war monger and Trump is not? Really? No, the answer lies in Trump’s longstanding role as a money launderer for the Russian oligarchs/mafiosa. That is embarrassing enough, but there’s more. Money laundering for drug cartels and similar elements is rampant in the real estate industry. So if they
start to reveal Trump’s role, the whole thing will start to come unravelled like a piece of knitting. And it seems that they now may be forced to open up this can of worms. “He (Trump) knows that Mueller will be looking into his finances,” said Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame, on CNN.
Where might this lead?
A major issue in practically every major and many not-so-major cities in the US is the issue of gentrification. And who is driving that? Who is financing it? Why, none other than the real estate industry – the very same ones whose role as money launderers threatens to be brought before the public eye. But who is financing the local politicians of both parties? In Oakland, at least, it is clear that it is these same forces – the real estate industry. So, the revelation of their role as money launderers for drug cartels threatens the entire city power structure exactly as these cities are undergoing a huge demographic change, one that is causing all sorts of political fallout.
All the more reason why socialists should prepare to run independent, working class candidates for office at the local level.