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I guess Newsmax, parent organ of GOP Insider Briefs, just got excited.

Fortunately, the idea that the oldest Innsmouth Kid was set up by the wily Democrats was explored in more detail by none other than Erick Erickson.

Senator Grassley described Akhmetshin as “Russian immigrant to the U.S. who has admitted having been a “Soviet counterintelligence officer.” In fact, it has been reported that he worked for the GRU and allegedly specializes in “active measures campaigns,” i.e., subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda.”

So we have Fusion GPS, a Democratic opposition research firm, working with a Russian company whose lawyer is Natalia Veselnitskaya. And we have this. And we also know it was the Obama Administration that allowed Veselnitskaya into the United States to meet with Trump, Jr.

This sounds more and more like a set up.

Because everyone knows Trumplings can no more resist meeting with shady characters than a fly can resist a decaying carp, apparently.

It’s been a long time since I studied this sort of thing but if I recall correctly, a set up requires a bit more than putting two people in the same county and hoping nature will take its course. Not that this will matter for the sort of people who read the Regurgent or Newsmax products. Erickson could have written “Obama sneaky thing Russian Don Jr. truefacts,” and the readers would immediately develop a full blown conspiracy theory complete with an explanation for the death of Seth Rich. And then go shoot up a pizza parlor or something.

And now for the mandatory feeble display of never tRumpism.

Keep in mind that this does not excuse Donald Trump, Jr.’s judgment in taking the meeting, but it does put it in perspective.

what Junior did was bad.


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  • Robbert

    So the DNC hacked itself, is what he’s saying? Cool story, bro.

    • dnexon

      We laugh, but I’m pretty sure this is orthodoxy on some subreddit or other.

      • jmwallach

        It was a double false flag.

        • wjts

          You mean the kind where the gold fringe is on the inside?

          • mattmcirvin

            The gold fringe was inside you all along.

        • JerryRich

          It was a double secret false flag.

          • N__B

            At this point in time, I would welcome President Wormer.

            • DocAmazing

              Maybe fat, drunk and stupid is a viable lifestyle.

              • efgoldman

                Maybe fat, drunk and stupid is a viable lifestyle.

                Always worked for me

              • Shantanu Saha

                Basically, Trump is John Blutarsky, without the intelligence and empathy.

      • stepped pyramids

        If I’m not mistaken, Trump at one point did suggest that the DNC might have leaked their own emails, for some incomprehensible reason.

    • solidcitizen

      I’m still seeing a lot of “If Hillary hadn’t been using unsecured servers, the DNC would never have been hacked!”

      • JMP

        Which is especially ironic as Clinton’s own servers seem to be the only ones that didn’t get hacked.

        • Hogan

          That is central to some asshole’s point.

      • kaydenpat

        Not one of Secretary Clinton’s servers were hacked though.

        • twbb

          Stop bothering us with minutiae.

      • stepped pyramids

        Ugh, really? I hadn’t seen that in a while and my hives had mostly gone away.

  • I eagerly await learning how the DNC staged the hack of it’s own servers as part of the setup, and how Hillary planned the email fiasco as some sort of 11 dimensional shit. Just so she could set Trump up in case she lost the election.

    • Jon Hendry

      The DNC arranged for Trump to get the lease on the Old Post Office.

    • mausium


    • carolannie
      • DaftPunkd

        What a quaint reminder that meme means an idea passed through the culture as well as a cutesy collection of words and pictures.

        • Snarki, child of Loki

          “meme means an idea passed through the culture”

          So, sorta like how civet coffee is made?

      • dies.

    • YNWA40515

      It goes deeper than that. She knew all along that she wouldn’t win– in fact, she never wanted or intended to win. Everything was part of her fiendishly clever plan to not become President: the hacks, Benghazi!, the Clinton Foundation and its “shadows and clouds,” the Comey letter, not campaigning in Wisconsin. Every time it looked like she was starting to pull away, she or Huma would phone up Assange and tell him to release another batch of e-mails.

      Her entire campaign was a ruse. It only existed a means to force Trump to become President SO HE WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO HUMILIATE HIMSELF DAILY.

      We’re through the looking glass here, wake up sheeple, etc.

  • Nathan Goldwag

    Once again, the criticism of DWS’s leadership of the Democratic National Committee has been proven to be, if anything, understated. Not ONLY did she mis-allocate literally millions of fake Democratic votes to the wrong states, she forgot to tell anyone about our secret entrapment of Don Jr.!! Outrageous. What’s the point of being the Loyal Servant of the Secret Globalist Rulers of Earth if you’re this incompetent? I sure Perez can whip the DNC into shape in time for 2018…..

    • The secret entrapment was to be announced at the Party Congress on Monday.

      • Hogan

        As you know, the chair loves surprises.

    • ColBatGuano

      You’re falling for her trap!

    • Brian J.

      The continued presence of Sernie Banders in the Democratic caucus is a poor sign in this regard.

  • dnexon

    I thought about putting up something about Erick, Son of Erik’s post. Beyond the obvious problem with this incredibly dumb theory—if this was a liberal setup, which worked, waiting until after the election seems counterproductive—the post is just so dang lazy. He doesn’t even deep dive into the claims that she was sitting with McFaull or any of that. Just some second-order connections through FusionGPS and… CONSP1!CR11!-GAZHI!#%

    • mausium

      “the post is just so dang lazy”

      This is not news to a casual reader of his entries.

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        …but never has the cra-cra been made in such detail and with such care.

        • jmwallach

          You’ve crossed the streams…

    • Origami Isopod

      You’re faulting him for shirking unnecessary work. His job is to string together a bunch of Pavlovian cues for his slavering readers. They’re the only ones he has to convince, and they’re primed to believe whatever he writes.

  • What did you Republicans think Obama’s “11th Dimension” in his chess -strategy was?

    Unbeknownst to anyone, he actually forced Trump to hold the Ms. Universe pageant in Russia in 2013 to require Trump’s children to meet a pop-star son of a billionaire ON PURPOSE, fools!

    • Hello, Time Machine

      • wjts

        He doesn’t have a time machine. I can’t believe people are still falling for that. He’s a True Brujah with a buttload of dots in Temporis.

        • mausium

          I hate you for making me recall vampire LARPing.

          • jmwallach

            On the upside you get to be proud of your recovery.

        • ToddTheVP

          Some say that Obama’s detonation of two relic nuclear weapons in the Shadowlands was responsible for the Sixth Great Maelstrom.

          • Bruce Baugh

            Well, dammit, that’s something we left out of the 20th anniversary edition of Wraith. Confound you, where was this thread when I needed it?

    • kaydenpat

      And boast to Billy Bush that he gets away with sexually assaulting women. Obama is a Witch Doctor!!

  • The Obama Administration allowed Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer representing a Russian company being sued by the DOJ for money laundering, [Not to meet with Trump, Jr.] into the United States because perhaps maybe if the DOJ banned opposing counsel from representing their client in court, perhaps maybe that may become an issue on appeal. Any law speaking people here disagree with this assessment?

  • John F

    “This sounds more and more like a set up.”

    This article may be the single dumbest thing I’ve read this week… and I’ve read some dumb things.

    let’s assume the Dems set up Trump Jr.

    Ok, then why wouldn’t they have leaked/publicized the meeting BACK DURING THE CAMPAIGN??????

    • ColBatGuano

      They’re saving it for 2020.

      • carolannie


  • solidcitizen

    I was reading the comments on Breitbart the other day and getting many stars was a comment to the effect of: “When will the media report on a story the American public really cares about – like who killed Seth Rich?!”

    • Snarki, child of Loki

      They need to be informed that the FBI has never investigated Hillary’s role in the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The fix was in!

      • mds

        Well, to be fair, everyone hates that stupid dog comic strip.

        • reattmore

          You must be thinking of President Garfield., except he was a cat.

        • Bri2k

          What did Archduke Marmaduke ever do to you?

    • kaydenpat

      They’re still yakking about Benghazi and email servers so that’s no surprise.

      • efgoldman

        They’re still yakking about Benghazi and email servers

        Oh, hell, they’re still yakking about Vietnam.

  • njorl

    “text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text”

    Will be just as effective an argument as any. The die-hards will enthusiastically accept it as proof of Democratic malfeasance. It also has the advantage that they probably won’t muddle it when they parrot it to their facebook friends. As an added bonus, it’s a bit smarter than Erickson’s offering.

    • carolannie

      My day is complete

    • LosGatosCA

      quite a bit smarter

  • tonycpsu

    I wonder what Matt Taibbi and Corey Robin think of GOP Insider Brief’s serious, thoughtful argument, made with such detail and care. I doubt they’re fully convinced, but I bet they’ll say that it raises questions, and that it underscores the danger of McCarthyite Democrats being too aggressive with the Russia story.

  • Dr. Acula

    Is there a temple for the Esoteric Order of Dagon in Trump Tower?

  • MariedeGournay

    I want ‘Party of Personal Responsibility” tattooed on their foreheads.

  • JMP

    I like the idea that the administration decides on each and every visa application on an individual level.

    • carolannie

      They can’t, they refuse to hire people…on the other hand, that must be the plan

    • efgoldman

      I like the idea that the administration decides on each and every visa application

      Not just “the administration.”
      Obama, personally.

    • stepped pyramids

      Much like how Hillary Clinton personally signed off on selling those uranium mines (sorry, “20% of our uranium”) to a Russian firm.

      • she did that while she was taking a break from commanding our forces in Libya

    • Breadbaker

      According to the article Kaydenpat cites upthread, in this instance she was denied a regular visa and received a special visa administered by the Justice Department basically to represent a client in a particular case, but it expired well before the date of this meeting. The article is inconclusive about what her status was when met with Trump, Manafort and Kushner. It would be pretty funny if she was, at that time, an “illegal alien.”

  • kaydenpat

    “what Junior did was bad.


    Only works with those who (a) hate President Obama and blame him for everything including snubbed toes and ingrown hair or (b) those who are naive enough to believe that a 39 year old adult could be tricked into treason.

    Doesn’t work outside of the Rightwing bubble or the Bernie Bros coven. I don’t see how Donny can weasel his way out of this one and it may be enough of a smoking gun to bring Trump and his sycophants down.

    • JMP

      To be fair, Donald Trump Jr. is really, really stupid. But “I’m too dumb to know what I was doing was illegal” is generally not a very good legal defense

      • kaydenpat

        Thankfully not or the entire Trump/Pence clan would get off scot free.

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        Wasn’t there some famous jurist that stated something like “three generations of morons is enough”?

        Before his time, he was.

        • Drew

          Holmes. “Three generations of imbeciles are enough”

          Buck v Bell was abominable, but in the case of certain prominent political families I can see the appeal.

    • Origami Isopod

      Remember, only Democrats have agency.

    • the only people that matter are the GOP primary base, and they hate Obama.

      as long as they’re happy with Trump, the GOP has to defend him.

  • e.a. foster

    O.K. following this theory, any people in jail for bank robbery ought to be released. if they didn’t have banks others wouldn’t rob them.
    Its always Obama’s fault. If the Republican’s get sun stroke, its Obama’s fault.
    Oh, well Stephen Corbett apologized to the other Trump brother for people thinking/suggesting he was the dumb one. We now know its Donald Jr. Talk about dumb, those boys don’t use the brains God gave them or rather they think they are above the law and are a tad short on ethics.

    • Leon Simmonds

      Exactly – even taken as completely true this does not exonerate Trump at all.

      • weirdnoise

        All they’ve got is various permutations of the Chewbacca defense.

        Unfortunately, that’s all they need to keep their base happy.

  • Hogan

    Between that email and Kushner’s disclosure form where he says he clicked “submit” before it was finished, I’m starting to think Republicans have a problem with premature . . . transmission.

  • N__B

    What can you really say about people too dumb to use lorem ipsum?

    • Hogan

      Foiled again.

      • N__B

        (a) The rum strikes again. (b) Discus is on your side and won’t let me edit the error.

        • Hogan

          Ten points to the gin.

          • N__B

            Hufflepuffinstuff never gets any points.

            • Hogan

              Disqus is a fickle mistress.

              • N__B

                If the studs on your dogcollar chafe, remember the safe word is “covfefe.”

                • Origami Isopod

                  This comment makes me wish there were still a rotating banner quote.

    • efgoldman

      people too dumb to use lorem ipsum

      I tried some of that on my lawn.
      It didn’t help.

  • lumpkin

    Would have been much more suffisticated if this had been the message:

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

    Pretty sure Hannity would be quoting from it by now and parts would soon be appearing in RW talking points.

    • Origami Isopod

      Nah, it’s furrin language. It’s also Latin, which is too close to “Latino.”

      • osceola

        Yeah. I remember when the Right looooved the “Western Canon”, but that was before the TP types had influence. Now, knowing Latin and the classics is “elitist.”

      • lumpkin

        Ummm… you know that is fake latin that Microsoft sticks in as example text – no?

        • wjts

          It’s real Latin with some bits missing and was used as a placeholder text long before Microsoft.

        • Origami Isopod

          What wjts said. But even if it were fake Latin, do you really think the Trumpkins, except maybe the Opus Dei set, would know the difference?

    • Breadbaker

      Google translate fail, I’m afraid:
      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed tempor and vitality, so that the labor and sorrow, some important things to do eiusmod. Over the years, I will come, who will nostrud aliquip out of her the advantage of exercise, so that stimulus efforts if the school district and longevity. Want to be a pain in the cupidatat cillum has been criticized in the Duis et dolore magna flee produces no resultant pleasure. Excepteur cupidatat blacks are not excepteur, is soothing to the soul, that is, they deserted the general duties of those who are to blame for your troubles.

  • afdiplomat

    As commenters below establish, Veselnitskaya was in the United States legitimately on other business, representing a client being sued by the DoJ. Ericsson could of course have established this fact quite easily, if he had any interest in telling the truth rather than in producing his daily quota of disinformation.

  • osceola

    Not my original work, but saw it on the net somewhere or other.


    1. Didn’t happen. Totally untrue. FAKE NEWS.

    2. Maybe it happened.

    3. It happened, but it’s not illegal.

    4. OK, it’s illegal, but Hillary and Obama [something something] so everybody does it.


    Seriously. refer to this list at EVERY FUCKING THING that has or will happen in this administration.

  • Docrailgun

    Vince Foster and now Seth Rich.
    Surely the GOP will be putting out a horror movie about the baby-eating mass murdererer HRC?

  • Davebo

    I’m pretty sure if you can get GOP staffers to place you on the first row of senate hearings getting a visa into the US is a piece of cake.

  • Alan G Kaufman

    Yes this brilliant, fascinating, complex idea and theory requires that we accept the following: This Clinton loving Trump hating Russian lawyer was used by the Obama administration to set up a honeypot sting operation to lure Don Jr, Manafort (the Trump campaign chairman) and Kushner into a meeting by dangling bait that the Russian government wanted to help Trump get elected and had dirt on Hillary. And then Obama was going to induce the Russians to trick the Trump campaign into taking political advantage of Russian hacking of the DNC, the DCCC, and Podesta, while helping them coordinate a vast psyops information attack to persuade voters to dislike Hillary and support Trump with the objective of getting Trump elected – because Obama and the dems wanted to sabotage Hillary. Indeed, if the dem plot worked as hoped, as a result of this nefarious Obama plan, Hillary would lose, and Trump would become a president on whom the Russians would have compromising information that could be used to ensure favorable treatment for Russian political goals, like removal of the sanctions that Obama had imposed — because Obama ultimately wanted the sanctions he had imposed removed.. Plus the Russians could then use that leverage to induce Trump to fire the US attorney that was prosecuting her Russian client in US Court in NYC for money laundering so that she could get such a favorable settlement that she called it almost a payoff. Discuss.

  • LeeEsq

    Right wing media now allows readers to insert their own text. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book for wing nuts.

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