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Ukraine is a very tortured country, situated between the NATO countries of Europe and Russia, and largely flat. Stalin-imposed famine and purges killed millions in the 1930s and the Nazis killed five million people in the 1940s, including 1.5 million Jews. In 1954, Nikita Khrushchev "gifted" the Crimea to Ukraine at a vodka-fueled dinner.

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Ukraine Will Bring Trumputin Down—Ted Vaill

Ukraine thereafter was a country filled with political turmoil, corruption, assassinations, and in 1986, Chernobyl, which ultimately killed 10,000 people. In 1991, 90% of the Ukrainian people voted for independence after the Soviet collapse. In 2001, the Ukrainian military accidentally shot down a Russian airliner over the Black Sea, killing all 78 aboard.

In 2014, the corrupt, pro-Soviet President of Ukraine was deposed and fled to Russia, and the next month, Russia seized and occupied Crimea, and the following month Russian separatists occupied parts of Eastern Ukraine near the Russia border. In July, 2014, Russian separatists shot down a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard, and the following month Russia sent troops into Eastern Ukraine.

Trumputin's Involvement

Paul Manafort lived in the Trump Tower just below Trumputin's own residence, and for the past 10 years had been taking $12 million in secret "dark money" from the corrupt Ukrainian dictator who fled to Russia in 2014. In June, 2016, he took over as head of Trumputin's campaign for President, after Corey Lewandowski was fired.

In March, 2016, at the unfinished Trump International Hotel in D.C., at a national security meeting presided over by Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trumputin made it clear that he did not want to go to "World War Three" over Ukraine, according to Trump campaign operative J.D. Gordon.

So the Trumputin marching orders were in place. Trumputin aide Carter Page then went to Russia and reportedly confirmed the cooperative deal with Putin: Putin will help get him elected President, and Trumputin will do what he could to improve relations with Russia, including reducing or removing the U.S.-imposed sanctions regarding Russia's interference in the Ukraine that were crippling the Russian economy. (Hillary Clinton, Trumputin's opponent, wanted to increase the sanctions.) Russia proceeded to hack the DNC emails and those of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager, and set in place how to release them: through the intermediary WikiLeaks.

In mid-July, at the Republican Presidential Convention in Cleveland, GOP hardliners wanted to harden the Republican platform regarding Russia's invasion of the Ukraine to provide weapons to the Ukrainian army to fend off Russian-backed separatists. J.D. Gordon (now no longer associated with Trumputin and free to tell the truth) admitted to CNN's Jim Acosta (now totally on Trumputin's sh*tlist) that he and others (Jeff Sessions?) "advocated for the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians against pro-Russian rebels" because "this was in line with Trump's views" expressed at the March, 2016 security meeting.

The Conspiracy Is Set in Place

At the July Republican Convention Platform Committee meeting, Texas delegate Diane Denman had proposed language to back a free and independent Ukraine, promising to give military and other support if Russia invaded, as they were threatening to do. Trumputin staffers in the room, who were not delegates but were there to oversee the process for Trumputin, lobbied the pro-Trump delegates on the committee, and got the issue tabled while they devised a plan to kill the proposed language. Denman tried to convince the Trump staffers not to change the language, but they put aside her amendment and then watered it down. She told them: "What is your problem with a country that wants to be remain free?"

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Ukraine was the only issue that caused the Trumputin campaign to intervene in the party platform deliberations at the convention.

The Trumputin staffers then wrote an amendment to Denman's amendment that stripped out the platform's call for "providing lethal defensive weapons" and replaced it with softer language calling for "appropriate assistance". Later that day, at a Heritage Foundation cocktail party, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was advised by Gordon and Sessions, and perhaps Carter Page, that the platform had been softened on Ukraine, as Putin wanted.

Ukraine was the only issue that caused the Trumputin campaign to intervene in the party platform deliberations at the convention.

On July 22, 2016, just after the Republican Convention concluded, WikiLeaks (through the work of Trump aide Roger Stone) released the DNC emails hacked by the Russians. A coincidence? Not likely: more likely, it was the quid pro quo for the actions of Trumputin's henchmen softening the platform. Was there also a deal by Trumputin to lift or lessen the sanctions that were imposed by Obama against Russia that were preventing the $500 million deal between Exxon/Mobil (then headed by now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson) and Putin?

Who Will Get Indicted?

The number of Trumputin aides who have had contacts during the 2016 Presidential campaign with the Russians (in addition to Trumputin himself over the years) include fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; fired (in August, 2016) Campaign Manager Paul Manafort; fired campaign aide Carter Page; fired campaign aide J. D. Gordon; Fired campaign aide Roger Stone; son-in-law Jared Kushner; son Donald Trump, Jr.; and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

On June 17, 1972, the Watergate "plumbers" were arrested at 2:30am while burglarizing and planting surveillance devices in the DNC at the Watergate complex. In January, 1973, five defendants pled guilty and two others, G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord, were convicted after trial. In 1974, Nixon aide Herbert Porter pled guilty to perjury, Nixon personal counsel Herbert Kalmbach pled guilty to illegal campaign activities, and aide Dwight Chapin was convicted of lying to a grand jury.

Later that year, Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon aides John Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman were convicted of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury, and aides Charles Colson, Jeb Magruder and John Dean all ended up in the slammer over Watergate, mostly for covering it up. On August 9, 1974, over two years after the Watergate break in, Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency.

Who in the Trumputin Administration will go to jail for either participating in the Russian effort to interfere with our democratic processes or for covering it up? Could Members of Congress (in addition to Senator Jeff Sessions) be indicted and convicted for covering up the scandal after receiving information, whether during their Congressional duties or otherwise, that should have led them to do the right thing and investigate the matter fully. Hindering the investigation of a criminal matter is just as bad as covering it up.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa has gotten the message, and is calling for a Special Prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the matter fully. Where are House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, and other GOP leaders in Congress? Are they waiting to be indicted?

And Trumputin…what will happen to him? Will he be forced to resign like Nixon, with impeachment proceedings underway, or will he be impeached and convicted of "high crimes and misdemeanors"? Will he then be pardoned by President Mike Pence, like Nixon was by President Ford? That is too good an outcome for Trumputin….

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