‘There is no other word for it’: Former Bush ethics czar says FBI uncovering evidence of ‘treason’ (Raw Story link): The former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believes the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia has uncovered evidence of treason. Richard Painter, who joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s foreign business ties, tweeted a link late Wednesday to a McClatchy report on a federal investigation into whether U.S. right-wing websites coordinated with Russian operatives to attack Hillary Clinton.
“(The) FBI uncovering evidence of treason,” Painter said. “There is no other word for it.”
“Senator McCain is right – Congress has no credibility in undertaking the Trump-Russia investigation,” Painter tweeted.
Mod: Meanwhile, back in Russia, Putin's enemies, along with diplomats in a position to know about his intelligence operations here during last year's presidential election, are dropping like flies.
Denis Voronenkov's death latest in string of harm to prominent Russians (New York Daily News link): The death of former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, gunned down on a street in Kiev by an unidentified assailant, came as the latest in a list of important Russians seriously injured or found dead in recent months.
Voronenkov’s killing came only two days after Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer representing the family of a late anti-corruption investigator, mysteriously fell five stories from an apartment building in Moscow.
Gorokhov, 53, was set to represent the mother of Sergei Magnitsky at a court hearing on Wednesday before his fall the night before.
In the Last Six Months, a Number of Russian Officials Have Reportedly Died Unexpectedly (GQ.com link): Considering the current state of the news cycle, specifically as it pertains to President Trump and his cronies' deep and abiding love for all things Russian, it's probably a good idea for us as a nation to start keeping more of an eye on what's happening with Putin and company.
So what's going on in the land of winter and Bond villains? Well, it turns out it's not just the deaths of investigative journalists that are strange and suspicious. No, in the last six months, seven different Russian officials have died unexpectedly, and many under shady circumstances.
Since late 2016, there's been a slew of odd-seeming deaths: Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died of a heart attack in New York; Russia's ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died of a "brief illness," according to the Times of India; and Russian consul Andrei Malanin was found dead in his apartment in Greece. And that doesn't even include the fact that ex-KGB general Oleg Erovinkin, who is suspected of aiding the MI-6 agent who allegedly assembled the famous pee-pee dossier on Trump, was found dead in the back of his car.
Now, do we know that foul play happened in these cases? No. Of course not. But is it suspicious? Of course it is. And what is possibly most terrifying is that our current president and his administration are working overtime to hide what looks like abundant connections to that government. You know that old saying: Politics makes strange bedfellows. And playing footsie with Russia makes murderous-seeming bedfellows.
Mod: Interesting times.