The conviction of Paul Manafort, who served briefly as Donald Trump's campaign manager in 2016, on eight of eighteen counts, combined with the guilty plea by Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen on eight counts—both of which occurred on August 21—open a new, dangerous stage in global strategic affairs. While the anti-Trump media is filled with gleeful ejaculations, such as "The end (of Trump) is near," these "victories" for the Mueller team are by no means decisive in themselves. Neither prove anything about the allegations which led to appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, as no evidence was presented in either case related to Russian "meddling" in the 2016 presidential election, nor of Trump "collusion" with Russia, to win the presidency. As Trump asked at a rally in West Virginia following the convictions, "Where's the collusion?"
From the beginning of Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, there was no doubt he would face fierce opposition from the Democratic Party, whose nominee Hillary Clinton raised questions about her opponent's mental stability. For example, at a campaign rally on June 2, 2016, in San Diego, she taunted him for expressing a willingness to cooperate with Russian President Putin: "I'll leave it to the psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants," she quipped.
In the aftermath of the successful Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki on July 16, the divergence of opinion on matters of war and peace between President Donald Trump and the American people on one side, and the majority of members of Congress and the mainstream media on the other, has become more striking than ever. The shrill attacks on President Trump and Russia's President Putin, which have characterized the outbursts of the War Party since the summer of 2016 during the election campaign, have increased to a roar, despite the progress in improving U.S.-Russian relations at the historic meeting between the two Presidents. These attacks escalated during a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 26, when members of both parties confronted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with accusations that Trump is being "submissive" in the face of Russia's "malign intent" towards the U.S.
With Russiagate Turning into "Mullergate", Will the Trump-Putin Summit Finish Off the US/British "Special Relationship"?
As the world awaits the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the battle over Russiagate in the U.S. is heating up to a boiling point. Developments in the last days, which include a new level of partisan recrimination in the U.S. Congress, show that those who created the "Russian-meddling-Trump-colluded" narrative, to prevent Trump from breaking with the anti-Russian policies of the Obama administration, are escalating their efforts to sabotage any agreement which might be reached between the two leaders. Watching this unfold, there can no longer be any doubt that peaceful cooperation between the two nuclear superpowers is seen as an existential threat to those London-based geopoliticians who created the post-Cold War order. Their greatest fear is that Trump is committed to dismantling this order, and that there is growing support within the populations of European nations for that to occur.