Hillary Clinton warned us … and too many didn’t listen. (More)

In Axios’ Jonathan Swan telling, yesterday’s disaster in Helsinki was a bolt from the blue:

I just have no words. As press in this room, we are all sitting in here speechless and stunned. Trump cast doubt over the U.S. intelligence community and endorsed Putin’s denial. Trump was given an opportunity to denounce the meddling and he didn’t; he just pivoted to lines about the missing server and Hillary’s emails. While Putin spoke forcefully, lying, Trump nodded along. There’s no way of sugar coating or spinning this.

Swan isn’t alone. Today’s news is full of elected leaders and pundits acting shocked – shocked! – that the God-King would stand with Russia against our intelligence professionals, our FBI, and our Department of Justice. The Washington Post reports that even the God-King’s advisors were surprised, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats quickly issued a rebuttal.

And in case you missed it, yesterday the FBI arrested Russian intelligence asset Maria Butina:

A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General.
Maria Butina, 29, a Russian citizen residing in Washington D.C., was arrested on July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C., and made her initial appearance this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was ordered held pending a hearing set for July 18, 2018.

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, from as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank. This Russian official was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control in April 2018.

The court filings detail the Russian official’s and Butina’s efforts for Butina to act as an agent of Russia inside the United States by developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation. The filings also describe certain actions taken by Butina to further this effort during multiple visits from Russia and, later, when she entered and resided in the United States on a student visa. The filings allege that she undertook her activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of Russian government, as required by law.

The indictment alleges that Butina cultivated leaders in the National Rifle Association and the Republican Party and influenced them to advocate for Russian interests.

Shocking. Shocking.

Or not:

I know, I know. Women are never supposed to say “I told you so,” a trope whose subtext was summarized by Canadian journalist Erynn Brook:

So now – finally! – the Washington Post declares “Trump just colluded with Russia. Openly.”

Now – finally! – media leaders issue calls for “clarity and moral force, in ways we’re not always all that comfortable with.”

Now – finally! – pundits denounce the God-King’s disloyalty and question the patriotism of anyone who works for him.

But someone warned us this would happen. And they called her “shrill” and fretted endlessly about “clouds and shadows” from “her emails!

So yes, Guys Who Dominate The Dialogue … she told you so, almost two years ago.

Next time, maybe listen to women. Just sayin’…


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