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Sunday, November 12, 2017

More Russiagate evidence in the case for impeachment

Trump’s Russiagate excuses start to unravel

Related imageAttorney and University of New Hampshire professor Seth Abramson has been publishing extensive tweets regarding the Trump-Russia conspiracy for months now; and, while he has his critics, he has been correct on most of his assessments.

Abramson – a former public defender – has an impressive resume. As his website notes:

Seth is regularly interviewed about politics and higher education by domestic and International media. Recent interviews include the BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC Radio, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Magazine, and The New England Review of Books

Seth’s essays have also been widely cited, including discussions on CNBC, PBS, FNC, BET, and NPR, as well as in Politico, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy, Slate, and Pitchfork.

Abramson published a massive megathread on Twitter regarding the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligences release of the 208* page transcript of the committee’s November 2, 2017 hearing with Trump’s former foreign policy adviserCarter Page. [* while the transcript itself is 208 pages, the full document as released by the committee is 243 pages in total.]

Abramson concluded, after posting more than 100 tweets, that:
Today a great blow was struck against the Trump-Russia conspiracy—which is now *undeniable*, and will bring down this presidency.

In broad terms, some of the key points in Abramson’s analysis included the following:

Carter Page repeatedly implicated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, confirming multiple times that Sessions was aware of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia;

Page repeatedly implicated other members of the Trump campaign to include National Co-Chair Sam Clovis and Trump’s entire national security team – which also included then Senator Jeff Sessions;

Page’s testimony confirms portions of the infamous Steele Dossier;

Page confirmed much of what we now know about George Papadopoulos, the first person to plead guilty in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation;

Page confirmed he met with Russia’s deputy prime minister during a 2016 trip to Moscow and informed members of the Trump campaign about the Russia trip, including Jeff Sessions;

Page confirmed he spoke with Trump’s national security team members *and* Trump campaign officials about that Moscow trip ahead of time – including Jeff Sessions;

Page confirmed that he traveled to Budapest in 2016, the European headquarters for Russian intelligence, the FSB which is the successor of the infamous KGB;

The aim of significant Kremlin contact with Page and the Trump campaign/administration was to *negotiate Russia policy* [i.e. end Russian sanctions] – which later occurred in the form of the Trump campaign’s successful efforts to alter the GOP Platform.

Abramson, himself, identified 8 “bombshells” from Page’s testimony that would lead to the end of the Trump regime. In Abramson’s words:

Abramson’s bombshells included:

BOMBSHELL #8: As Clovis was saying only a “private citizen” Moscow trip would work, Page was revealing to the team his Moscow trip plan.[Clovis refers to “Sam Clovis, a top adviser to Trump during his election campaign,” who withdrew his candidacy [October 2, 2017] for a senior administration post, just days after he was linked to another aide [George Papadopoulos] who pleaded guilty in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.” source: Reuters]

Abramson also posted a series of what he called “Major Reveals.”

Abramson also questioned Page’s competence several times:

In another tweet, Abramson posted a screenshot of a portion of Page’s testimony with the following observation: This is hard to read. I’ve questioned *many* witnesses and—how to say it—this witness would strike me as having several personal issues.

Abramson also expressed almost feeling pity for Page at one point tweeting: Page’s limited understanding, as a pro se witness, of how the Fifth Amendment works is so embarrassing I’m starting to feel bad for him.[The term pro se refers to an individual who represents instead of having an attorney.]

Be sure to check Abramson’s Twitter page for his ongoing point-by-point mega-thread regarding the Trump-Russia investigation.