Remember when Trump revealed “code word” classified information to his Russian visitors, or last year when eight GOP lawmakers spent the 4th of July in Moscow?
Right now on Twitter #PutinsGOP is among the top trending topics. Its goal, apparently, is to expose and highlight the close ties some top Republicans have with the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Remember, Russia is an enemy of the United States. Most Americans agree on that. Russia attacked our election with the intent to sow discord and later, to install Donald Trump as president. That’s per the U.S. government’s intelligence community.
Many of the #PutinsGOP tweets cite proven news stories.
Like the eight Republicans who spent the 4th of July in Moscow last year, meeting with Russian officials.
The Congresspeople who visited Moscow on 07/04/2018? All Republican.
Sen Steve Daines (R-MT)
Rep Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th Dist)
Sen John Hoeven (R-ND)
Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Sen John Kennedy (R-LA)
Sen Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Sen Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Sen John Thune (R-SD)#PutinsGOP pic.twitter.com/7NIQuNMule
— #NoRedactionsForCongress (@myminutia) May 9, 2019
In case you’re skeptical, here’s Dana Milbank, veteran Washington Post journalist, writing about the visit last year:
“What does July 4th mean to me? Freedom,” Sen. Ron Johnson chirruped on Twitter on Independence Day.
For the Wisconsin Republican, it meant, specifically, the freedom to spend July 4 in Moscow with seven other Republican lawmakers posing for propaganda photos with Russian officials. On the same day it was reported in Britain that two more people had been poisoned by a Russian nerve agent British officials say came from Vladimir Putin’s regime. On the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee affirmed the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump.
Johnson and his colleagues apparently exercised their freedom not to meet with opposition or civil society figures (those whom the Putin regime has not imprisoned or killed), avoiding the risk of offending their hosts. They also exercised their freedom to soft-pedal their criticism of the Russian government, leading Russian politicians and state media to mock them as supplicants.
Or Donald Trump, Jr., bragging about his and the Trump Organization’s business dealings with Russia.
Here’s video I found of Don Jr talking about the Russian hotels and golf courses he’s looked at. Says he was in Russia “looking at a potential golf development and high end hotel assets.” Then says “any of those things would be possibilities.” #PutinsGOP pic.twitter.com/Qb8zUUcI38
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 9, 2019
Or, Donald Trump himself, talking about his business dealings with Russia:
Can you do us a favor? Can you retweet this? It’s video we found of Trump saying he:
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) May 9, 2019
There’s this tweet which refers to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) delivering a letter from President trump to President Putin. Here’s the story from Politico back in August of 2018. It also links to a CNN story about a sanctioned Russian corporate giant “investing $200 million in a Kentucky mill.”
@RandPaul went to Russia to deliver a secret letter from Trump last year. Last week Russian Company, Rusal, invested in a 200 million dollar company in Paul’s home state of Kentucky! #PutinsGOP. https://t.co/spxU953F7U
— Sara Spector (@Miriam2626) May 9, 2019
And, of course, these photos. The unprecedented act by President Donald Trump of inviting Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov into the Oval Office, with no Secret Service present. It was then Trump told the Russians he had fired “nut job” FBI Director Jim Comey, saying it relieved “great pressure” for him.
During that Oval Office visit Trump revealed “code word” classified information to his Russian visitors.
— Lucy (@LucyWithSword) May 9, 2019
And who can forget this disturbing story from 2016?
There's two people I think
Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump."
I think it's way past time for Kevin McCarthy explain exactly what he knows about Putin and who he got his information from. @GOPLeader@GOPChairwoman@GOP
#AMJoy #ImpeachTheMF #PutinsGOP #TrumpShutDown
— Arctic_Char (@Arctic__char) January 6, 2019
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