High Crimes & Misdemeanors & Bad Manners

What the global elites hate about Trump is his lack of manners, and by manners they mean everything from the books you’ve read (or haven’t), the jokes you tell (or laugh at), and the way you earn your money (discretely or ostentatiously). Plus, the rest of what a well-educated bureaucrat values: hypocritical finger pointing over climate change; expressions of admiration for Big Tech; progressive views on immigration, that is the people who cook your food, clean your house, and cut your lawn. Not the people who are waiting in line for their green card, having taken the legal route.

So, we shouldn't really be shocked by the latest revelations - thanks to Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller and of course Byron York at The Washington Examiner - in a series of emails that the DOJ finally ceded, like a sore tooth, to Congress, after many delays on the part of the DOJ, and frustrated threats on the part of Congressional committees. What they show is that Christopher Steele, the ex-British intel agent whose expertise was Russia, exchanged a series of emails throughout 2016 and into 2017 and also talked by Skype, with Bruce Ohr the DOJ Assistant Deputy AG who seemed to be a key connection between Steele and the FBI and even the State Department.

And Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with ties to Putin's Kremlin, seems to have been one of Steele's clients. The emails reveal that Steele seemed to be lobbying on behalf of Deripaska's attempts to get a visa to attend an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) conference in America around 2016. Here's an example:

I heard from Adam WALDMAN [a Deripaska lawyer/lobbyist] yesterday that OD is applying for another official US visa ice [sic] APEC business at the end of February. [Deripaska was being] ... encouraged by the Agency guys who told Adam that the USG [United States Government] stance on [Deripaska] is softening. A positive development it seems.

Guess who also had a working relationship with Deripaska? Paul Manafort. The reasons for Deripaska's visa-problems with the American government had to do with his apparent ties to organized crime in Russia. So, here we have the British spy who put together a very dubious and unverified dossier on Trump, lobbying for or showing great interest in - and those two expressions are very close when it comes to the discrete signals that skilled influence peddlers trade in, around the beltway and in other global power centers - the same Russian oligarch that Manafort had as a client.

But more importantly, it raises the question as Byron York points out: was Oleg Deripaska the source for many of Steele's outrageous claims?

Likely, yes.

As layers of redacted names and delayed documents get revealed, and the Congressional Committees peel back the blackout curtains to show more of the background to the FBI and Mueller probes, what we will probably realize is that the intelligence and the foreign policy and the diplomatic communities accused Trump of exactly what they did and do on a regular basis. It seems to be a case of: how dare he join our club!!? He doesn't even damn well know the difference between England and Great Britain!

Ok, maybe he really doesn't. Funny that he wouldn't given his mother was Scottish, and the Scots know a damn lot about the UK, having been the engineers, officers, and thinkers that helped the British Empire function for several centuries. Maybe it was just his word-salad of the day when he mixed that basic fact up. But that seems to be exactly the sort of thing that makes shiny, happy people like Bruce and Nellie Ohr, and elegant, educated, and devious Englishmen like Christopher Steele, hate about Trump. He doesn't belong in our club!

Is bad manners a good enough reason for trying to sabotage an election campaign? Or jumpstart an impeachment against an elected, sitting president?

For people like Christopher Steele, or Bruce Ohr, and perhaps a significant number of senior State and Justice Department employees, as well as many if not most of the senior federal bureaucracy especially those in the intelligence community, it is.

Posted by Keeley at August 14, 2018 6:34 PM
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