Russiagate Convictions: "This is an absolutely dangerous situation."

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?"   

Nor do the two convictions show that Trump committed an impeachable offense. 

Despite two years of investigations and the expenditure of tens of millions of dollars, the basic charges behind "Russiagate" remain unproven, and likely will remain so, except for what its proponents can manufacture.  What has emerged instead is compelling evidence confirming the initial analysis of LaRouchePAC, which is that Russiagate is a fairy tale concocted by leading elements at the highest levels of British intelligence, laundered into the U.S. by outgoing Obama administration intelligence officials, such as former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and pursued by a gang of corrupt Justice Department and FBI officials, many of whom have been fired and face legal jeopardy themselves.  The intent behind this narrative was never to uncover Russian intervention, as the principle figures involved know that there was no Russian intervention.  Instead, it was to overturn the outcome of the election, to prevent Trump from fulfilling his campaign pledge to establish good, cooperative relations with Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, in a decisive break with the dangerous imperial confrontationist policies of his predecessors, Bush and Obama.

The efforts of the anti-Trumpers escalated after the successful summits Trump had with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Singapore, and with Putin in Helsinki.  Trump's effort has led to significant progress in relations on the Korean peninsula, reversing a deterioration under Presidents Bush and Obama, and is moving not only toward denuclearization, but inclusion of Kim's government in the benefits from participation in China's Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI).  Instead of verging on deadly nuclear exchange, there is now a prospect for genuine peace, bolstered by the promise of real economic development.  This was achieved by Trump through diplomatic cooperation with China, Russia and South Korea.

Similarly, the Helsinki summit demonstrated the value of diplomacy, in cutting through a propaganda war against Russia, and economic warfare conducted through sanctions.  Both leaders emphasized the importance of resolving through dialogue outstanding issues, such as Ukraine and Syria, while addressing the danger of a new arms race.  Following the Helsinki summit, a working group was established to proceed on upgrading previous agreements to limit nuclear weapon development and deployments.  Under President Obama, relations between the two nations had worsened, with the push from the U.S. for eastward expansion of NATO, deployment of anti-missile systems in eastern Europe targeting Russia, and in launching regime changes in Libya and Ukraine, and attempting the same in Syria, through arming so-called moderates, whose weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS/Al Qaeda terrorists. 

Instead of welcoming the developments achieved by these summits, toward a safer world, based on multilateral negotiations and agreements, leading Democrats and Republicans have transformed their parties into geopolitical war parties, committed to enforcing the failed idea that the Trans-Atlantic world, led from Washington and London, must impose its strategic and financial policies unilaterally on the rest of the world.  The same Brennan and Clapper who have coordinated the circulation of lies about Russiagate, accuse Putin of running an aggressive campaign to "undermine American leadership", asserting that Trump is being blackmailed by Putin, and is therefore acting as a "treasonous" puppet of the Russian President.  The latter is a reference to the fraudulent dossier produced by "ex" MI6 operative Christopher Steele, paid for by the Clinton campaign, which was used by the FBI to obtain warrants from the FISA Court to spy on the Trump campaign.  Steele and his U.S. collaborators continue to be a subject of investigations in the U.S. Congress, which are exposing the web of lies they have spun.

This operation has had the full support of the corrupted western media, which features daily blasts in print and video media, asserting that the Trump presidency is illegitimatedue to Russian meddlingand represents a danger to the nation and the western alliance.  There is no lie about Trump or Putin, no matter how outrageous, that the media would refrain from repeating ad nauseum, in its efforts to bring down Trump, and escalate a war mobilization against Russia, and China.  In spite of this onslaught, a Gallup poll showed that the majority of Americans are inclined to support Trump's outreach to Putin, as 58% said they favor improved relations with Russia.

The hype around the conviction of Manafort and Cohen's plea agreement occurs as there is a further strategic escalation to prevent agreements between Trump and Putin.  New sanctions against Russia were announced each of the last two weeks, and the UK's new Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, has been in Washington, praising U.S. support of the U.K.'s fraudulent charges against Russiaas in the Skripal poisoningsaying his visit will make the U.K.-U.S. relationship "even stronger."  Also on August 21, in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell, warned that Putin is out to "break apart the American Republic."  He announced the creation of a new position, of "Senior Adviser for Russian Malign Activities and Trends," to better monitor Russia's activities, and to coordinate efforts with the U.K. to combat Russian aggression.  Mitchell holds the position formerly occupied by Victoria Nuland, who served under Obama as the neocon point person for the regime change coup against the elected government of Ukraine.  Members of this Senate Committee are engaged in drafting new sanctions, described by Russophobic Senator Lindsey Graham, as "sanctions from Hell."

It is this confluence of events which prompted the Schiller Institute's Helga Zepp LaRouche to comment, that it is good that "Trump, so far, has kept his nerve.  But all kinds of foreign policy issues go haywire, and this is obviously an extremely dangerous situation."

THE MUELLER FARCE

The Russiagate story has been central to the escalation against Russia.  It was launched in the middle of the election campaign, when Britain's GCHQ chief, Robert Hannigan, came to Brennan to discuss "evidence" they allegedly collected, from intercepting cyber messages from Russia, of an intent to interfere in the U.S. election.  Needless to say, this evidence has never been presented, and subsequent efforts to assert evidence of Russian hacking of Democratic Party servers have been discredited by real cyber experts, such as former U.S. NSA specialist William Binney.

The appointment of Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to investigate these charges, served as a rallying point for those defending the old order to undercut Trump's intent to collaborate with both Putin and China's Xi Jinping.  Though the media assert that Mueller's indictments, and now convictions, demonstrate a pattern of criminality in the Trump administration, most are based on "process" charges, such as "lying to the FBI", or activity with no relationship to the mandate to investigate "meddling" and "collusion."

For example, in the Manafort case, the charges related to tax fraud, bank fraud and money laundering had been investigated by the DOJ before, with no legal action taken.  These became interesting to prosecutors only because of Manafort's brief but important role in the Trump campaign.  The judge presiding in the case, T.S. Ellis III, challenged Mueller's team before the trial.  "I don't see how this indictment has anything to do with anything the special prosecutor is authorized to investigate," he said, adding, perceptively, "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud.  You really care about what information he might give you about Mr. Trump and what might lead to his impeachment or prosecution."  

The same is true in the case of Cohen, once a loyal Trump employee.  After an FBI raid on April 9, 2018, which seized documents, computers, etc. from his home, his office and the hotel room he was occupying, prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, built a case against him about fraud related to his other businesses.  They added two charges related to "hush money" he gave to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump years before the election.  Prosecutors and media insist that the payments by Cohen, which were reimbursed by Trump, violate Federal Election Campaign Act provisions, implicating Trump in committing a crime.  This is not true, as former FEC chairman Bradley Smith stated, saying that Cohen's payments did not violate the law.   He was backed up by legal expert Allen Dershowitz, who insisted that, in this case, no crime was committed.  But that hasn't stopped anti-Trump fanatics among Democrats and the media from trumpeting Cohen's admissions as a "smoking gun."

As in the Manafort case, Cohen was threatened with bankruptcy and a lengthy jail term if he did not cooperate.  While Cohen has "flipped", Trump praised Manafort as a "brave man" who "refused to break...to get a 'deal.'"

Trump has responded to these developments in a fighting mood.  Knowing that Democrats would use these cases to escalate their drive to win a majority in the House of Representatives in the November mid-term elections, to enable them to pursue impeachment, the White House announced that Trump will appear at an unprecedented 40 campaign rallies, to energize his base.  He continues to go after Mueller, tweeting that his tactics make the red-baiting Senator from the early 1950s, Joe McCarthy, look "like a baby."  He has also reiterated that he will continue to work with Kim Jong-un and Putin for peace, and expects that he and his "friend," Xi of China, will find a way to resolve the ongoing trade-and-tariff dispute between the two countries, to the benefit of both.

Once again, we are confronted by two alternative views of reality.  According to anti-Trump commentators, he is "unraveling," he is "terrified", he is a "time bomb set to blow."  The {Washington Post} continues to lead the charge, with an opinion piece by columnist Karen Tumulty on August 21 article mocking Trump.  Headlined, "Nope, Not a witch hunt," she scribbles "This is the point at which the walls have begun closing in."  Her WaPo colleague, Jennifer Rubin, wrote the same day that Monday was "Trump's worst day ever", as the Manafort conviction "is a staggering blow to Trump."

Such vitriol should add urgency to the call from Mrs. LaRouche for a seventy-five day mobilization to the mid-term elections, to mobilize support for Trump to return to his original campaign promises, including his support for American System economic policies, based on the Four Laws of her husband, Lyndon LaRouche.  This is what the enemies of peace fear most, as they have seen populations respond, not just in the U.S. to Trump, but to anti-establishment mobilizations in the U.K. (Brexit), Italy, Austria, Hungary and elsewhere.  This will be a difficult battle, she said, but it is winnable.

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