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“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Under the Constitution, these are the offenses for which presidents can be impeached.

And to hear our elites, Donald Trump is guilty of them all.

Trump’s refusal to challenge Vladimir Putin’s claim at Helsinki — that his GRU boys did not hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign — has been called treason, a refusal to do his sworn duty to protect and defend the United States, by a former director of the CIA.

Famed journalists and former high officials of the U.S. government have called Russia’s hacking of the DNC “an act of war” comparable to Pearl Harbor.

The New York Times ran a story on how many are now charging Trump with treason. Others suggest Putin is blackmailing Trump, or has him on his payroll, or compromised Trump a long time ago.

Wailed Congressman Steve Cohen: “Where is our military folks? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”

Apparently, some on the left believe we need a military coup to save our democracy.

Not since Robert Welch of the John Birch Society called Dwight Eisenhower a “conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy,” have such charges been hurled at a president. But while the Birchers were a bit outside the mainstream, today it is the establishment itself bawling “Treason!”

What explains the hysteria?

The worst-case scenario would be that the establishment actually believes the nonsense it is spouting. But that is hard to credit. Like the boy who cried “Wolf!” the establishment has cried “Fascist!” too many times to be taken seriously.

A month ago, the never-Trumpers were comparing the separation of immigrant kids from detained adults, who brought them to the U.S. illegally, to FDR’s concentration camps for Japanese-Americans.

Some commentators equated the separations to what the Nazis did at Auschwitz.

If the establishment truly believed this nonsense, it would be an unacceptable security risk to let them near the levers of power ever again.

Using Occam’s razor, the real explanation for this behavior is the simplest one: America’s elites have been driven over the edge by Trump’s successes and their failure to block him.

Trump is deregulating the economy, cutting taxes, appointing record numbers of federal judges, reshaping the Supreme Court, and using tariffs to cut trade deficits and the bully pulpit to castigate freeloading allies.

Worst of all, Trump clearly intends to carry out his campaign pledge to improve relations with Russia and get along with Vladimir Putin.

“Over our dead bodies!” the Beltway elite seems to be shouting.

Hence the rhetorical WMDs hurled at Trump: Liar, dictator, authoritarian, Putin’s poodle, fascist, demagogue, traitor, Nazi.

Such language approaches incitement to violence. One wonders if the haters are considering the impact of the words they are so casually using. Some of us yet recall how Dallas was charged with complicity in the death of JFK for slurs far less toxic than this.

The post-Helsinki hysteria reveals not merely the mindset of the president’s enemies, but the depth of their determination to destroy him.

They intend to break Trump and bring him down, to see him impeached, removed, indicted and prosecuted, and the agenda on which he ran and was nominated and elected dumped onto the ash heap of history.

Thursday, Trump indicated that he knows exactly what is afoot, and threw down the gauntlet of defiance:

“The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin.”


Spot on. Trump is saying: I am going to call off this Cold War II before it breaks out into the hot war that nine U.S. presidents avoided, despite Soviet provocations far graver than Putin’s pilfering of DNC emails showing how Debbie Wasserman Schultz stuck it to Bernie Sanders.

Then the White House suggested Vlad may be coming to dinner this fall.

Trump is edging toward the defining battle of his presidency: a reshaping of U.S. foreign policy to avoid clashes and conflicts with Russia, and the shedding of Cold War commitments no longer rooted in the national interests of this country.

Yet, should he attempt to carry out his agenda — to get out of Syria, pull troops out of Germany, take a second look at NATO’s Article 5 commitment to go to war for 29 nations, some of which, like Montenegro, most Americans have never heard of — he is headed for the most brutal battle of his presidency.
This Helsinki hysteria is but a taste.

By cheering Brexit, dissing the EU, suggesting NATO is obsolete, departing Syria, trying to get on with Putin, Trump is threatening the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment with what it fears most — irrelevance.

For if there is no war on, no war imminent, and no war wanted, what does a War Party do?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. The DNC files were not hacked by Russia or anybody else. They were leaked.

    • Replies: @Da Wei
  2. RobinG says:

    BILL BROWDER, the Jewish crony-vulture capitalist named in Helsinki, is doubling down (more like quintupling, really) on his spurious fiction. He claims Putin is out to get him, but more likely he’s afraid that MI-6 will kill him in another false flag against Russia. (Have you made out your will, Bill, or will it all revert to the Queen? LOL.)

    All his lies are exposed in Andrei Nekrasov’s film, in which an avowed Putin-basher is forced to confront the Browder deceit.

    The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes

    • Replies: @Miro23
  3. ThereisaGod says: • Website

    Ex Technical Head of the NSA, Bill Binney has demonstrated definitively that the Russians could not possibly have hacked the DNC emails.
    The fact that Trump has not used this information (which has been given to him) against the liars of the “Intelligence Services” indicates either that he has been physically directly threatened by these criminals or that they hold some very damaging material on him that they could place in the hands of the slavering, demented, Trump-loathing media.

  4. While Trump now seems to be standing his ground, he followed bad advice in making any effort to backtrack against the fascist lamestream media. He is up against a threatening regime and has act accordingly. He should also simply terminate the Mueller extra-legal witchhunt and sack the disloyal leadership of his justice department.

  5. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    “… Putin’s pilfering of DNC emails ..”

    Mr. Buchanan apparently believes this. If so, then what convinced him? Has he still not stumbled onto the public statements of Mr. Assange and Mr. Murray, the technical explanation endorsed by Mr. Binney and VIPS of why the pilfering was much more likely done by someone at the DNC, etc?

    I appreciate that some of this site’s readership remain enthusiasts. But, like Mr. Napolitano, Mr. Buchanan plays along in demonizing Russia.

  6. Renoman says:

    That noise you hear is the death throws of the war party sent screaming to the front by their masters at Neocon central in Israel. Never have so many said so many stupid things at once in all History, just a gaggle of trained chips.

  7. Realist says:

    Trump Stands His Ground on Putin


  8. Remember Stormy Daniels? She was last month’s Helsinki.

  9. RVBlake says:

    Trump needs to do something more substantive than merely suggest NATO is obsolete…He needs to demonstrate its obsolescence by pulling us out.

    • Replies: @byrresheim
  10. TheOldOne says:

    Pat is, at base, still a Republicunt; he’s also a very wealthy old man who wants to keep his money.

    • Disagree: TTSSYF
  11. @ThereisaGod

    Thank you for this. Funny, the Guardian used to love whistleblowers yet they never mention this guy.

  12. Stick says:

    We don’t have to pull out of NATO, we merely have to mirror our allies’s seriousness and reduce our contribution to it accordingly. Basically, reciprocity. If they are comfortable with that, then so am I. Not sure what NATO brings us other than American lives and treasure. Hell, the Euros can’t even handle their own hillbillies. Let’s put that money and men on the Southern Border for awhile to stem the Central American invasion.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  13. @ThereisaGod

    Really interesting Binney wiki – surprised there’s not an edit war in progress (maybe there is!)

    After he left the NSA in 2001, Binney was one of several people investigated as part of an inquiry into a 2005 The New York Times exposé on the agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program. Binney was cleared of wrongdoing after three interviews with FBI agents beginning in March 2007, but in early July 2007, in an unannounced, armed, early morning raid, a dozen agents armed with rifles appeared at his house, one of whom entered the bathroom and pointed his gun at Binney, who was taking a shower. The FBI confiscated a desktop computer, disks, and personal and business records. The NSA revoked his security clearance, forcing him to close a business he ran with former colleagues at a loss of a reported $300,000 in annual income. The FBI raided the homes of Wiebe and Loomis, as well as House Intelligence Committee staffer Diane Roark, the same morning. Several months later the Bureau raided the home of then still active NSA executive Thomas Andrews Drake who had also contacted DoD IG, but anonymously with confidentiality assured. The Assistant Inspector General, John Crane, in charge of the Whistleblower Program, suspecting his superiors provided confidential information to the Justice Dept (DOJ), challenged them, was eventually forced from his position, and subsequently himself became a public whistleblower. The punitive treatment of Binney, Drake, and the other whistleblowers also led Edward Snowden to go public with his revelations rather than report through the internal whistleblower program.

    So people with concerns about projects used the statutory, secure procedures for whistleblowers, and were then subject to police raids! Sounds like the statutory procedures functioned like China’s Democracy Walls, to smoke out dissidents rather than facilitate reporting of issues. And the treatment of people who used the internal procedures was such that Snowden decided to raise HIS concerns ‘outside the box’ – because he’d seen what happened to those who’d raised them via official channels.

    • Agree: RobinG
  14. Zach says:

    Meanwhile the Spectator reports that the US, Russia, and Israel have agreed to put Assad back in Syria.

  15. Rurik says:

    America’s elites have been driven over the edge by Trump’s successes

  16. anastasia says:

    They should not be in congress or in any position of power in the government. They cannot even be trusted to be a typist in the Department of Homeland Security. They are dangerous, and at this point so is the media. They are inciting people to violence. Rand Paul was beaten to a pulp, and Steve Scalice was shot at at a Republican ball game where the gunman was planning to shoot many more Republicans.

    If this is not looking like a coup d’etat, I don’t know what is.

  17. Anon[333] • Disclaimer says:

    Assange news

  18. anon[317] • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting idea came up,, seems the reason Ecuador is using to justify the
    release of Assange into the jungle of hate is that Ecuador owes the IMF
    large amounts of money on a IMF loan.

    The idea was advanced that the amount of the loan could be crowd funded
    and the funds used to retire the Ecuador loan if and only if Ecuador keeps
    Assange safe from the jungle.
    Should Ecuador refuse the funds would be used for the defense .

    In my opinion any nation that attempts to Prosecute Assange is likely to
    find itself in a civil war.

    I think Mr. Buchannan is wrong about why Russia is a target..
    look at the two rt links above.. the reason is Russia is a kick asscompetitor in
    both the oil and gas business and in the production and sale of arms.

  19. The war hysteria is simple, and Paul Craig Robert’s article up here gives you the key.

    CIA’s choreographed war hysteria is tightly linked to its repeated attacks on the domestic civilian population. CIA’s standard practice since the Kennedy assassination has been to discourage investigation of its crimes by blaming them on a foreign power with which our only recourse, war, is impossible. For the JFK coup, the story was, Russia did it and we have to let them off the hook or it’s nuclear war. For 9/11, the story was, Saudi did it and we have to let them off the hook, or it’s war and the gasoline supply dries up. For BMB, the story was back to the original template, Russia did it…

    CIA uses the threat of war to preserve its impunity for a domestic strategy of tension: intensified repression under pretext of attacks on the domestic civilian population.

    Russia just systema-elbow-blocked that move by destroying CIA’s pretense that war is the only option for redress. Pacific resolution of disputes lowers the stakes – for everyone except the individual criminal official. In particular, the principles of state responsibility for internationally wrongful acts allow state crimes to be adjudicated under established rules.

    Russia’s invocation of mutual legal aid is a straightforward implementation of state responsibility. Russia has standing as a wronged party, wronged by murder of its nationals and by CIA’s illegal war propaganda (in breach of ICCPR Article 20, and an inchoate crime against peace as Nuremberg Count 1.) Russia also has a peerless security service that has unearthed enough evidence to strip CIA of its impunity.

    That’s why CIA is going berserk. That’s why their Mockingbird media are screaming treason, traitor, war, every hysterical word they’ve got.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  20. Anonymous [AKA "Bill Watson"] says:

    The worst of the journalists and political commentators who call for violence to Trump and his family should be rounded up and sent to Guantanamo where they can be warehoused and waterboarded. I am sure there is something they can be charged with.

  21. RobinG says:

    BILL BROWDER, Q-Mania, Soros, and Fake News … riff with salty language

    Quick message about STAYING FOCUSED on #Browdergate

  22. Miro23 says:

    Many thanks for this outstanding film. It’s a fairly difficult 2 hours but shows more high level political and MSM collaboration (US and EU) with Jewish criminality and murder in Russia.

    Some interesting points:

    Magnitsky was an accountant not a lawyer as claimed.

    He was arrested as part of a Russian fraud/theft investigation into Browder’s organization where he was an employee with mafia contacts.

    The investigation was started when a whistleblower (Starova) tipped off the police. Nothing to do with Magnitsky. This construction came later along with the idea that Russian police stole the money (not Browder) and took revenge on supposed whistleblower/hero Magnitsky.

    Film maker Andrei Nekrasov is a leftish counter-cultural sort of character who originally made the “Magnitsky as Public Hero” film with billionaire Jewish fund manager Browder’s support, showing him (Browder) facing off against the corrupt Russian state and leading the fight for Justice and Democracy. However, it was while Nekrasov was making the film (and checking original Russian documents), that the mirror image truth came to light, and interviews only confirmed his suspicions. Hence this “before and after” film that EU and US lawyers are making great efforts to block.

    Kudos to Nekrasov who is in no way a supporter of Putin.

    Fascinating stuff especially where Browder loses his memory in a US investigation under oath (around 1.51hr). A pity that the 9/11 planners aren’t facing the same panel. No doubt their memories wouldn’t work too well either.

    And attacks on the Zioglob from their own leftist SJW collaborators is a growing trend.

  23. Trump is no messiah.

    Here’s how it really works…

    “As a matter of fact, the composition of the governments is predetermined, and their actions are controlled by great financial consortiums.”

    J. V. Stalin, Questions & Answers to American Trade Unionists: Stalin’s Interview With the First American Trade Union Delegation to Soviet Russia
    Pravda September 15, 1927

    • Replies: @RobinG
  24. @Tsarnaev Tsarnaev Tsarnaev

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”
    –William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

    “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.”
    –CIA operative, discussing the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories.

    Deborah Davis, “Katherine the Great”

    “There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.”

    –William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

    “The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”
    –The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

  25. @Stick

    I think you possibly may have meant to write, “Not sure what NATO brings us other than the LOSS OF American lives and treasure”.

  26. Anon[342] • Disclaimer says:

    “If the establishment truly believed this nonsense, it would be an unacceptable security risk to let them near the levers of power ever again.”

    Buchanan gets it. The left cannot be allowed to take back power, ever. A democrat victory in 2020 could very well lead to some kind of military conflict with Russia – possibly a nuclear war. That’s not at all absurd given the insanity that I’ve just witnessed. They are dangerous.

    The only question now is, “how do we get this done?” Well, I think Trump should obviously just remain president through 2020, perhaps canceling the election outright. He could then pass a decree striping away voting rights from all democrats and immigrants imported after 1990 or so and seize the media and put our people in charge of it. Arresting all democrat-appointed judges should help in matters. Replace them with republicans.

    We could then follow up with a program to restore the nation’s demographics to 90% white Caucasian over the long term so that the country can return to full democracy. We do that by limiting immigration, encouraging immigration from Europe, encouraging emigration, and increasing our own birth rate, etc.

    This isn’t a crazy suggestion. There was a period after the Civil War called Reconstruction where Southern States weren’t allowed to vote until they had been rebuilt in a manner capable of supporting elections. The same kind of Reconstruction could happen here with only republicans and likely republicans allowed to vote – also, members of the military.

    The people, republicans, will support this decision if the administration quickly promotes popular social policies: legalize marijuana, criminal offense reform (require local public defenders to be paid the same as DAs), end race-based affirmative action, pass new privacy policies preventing these Barbecue Becky-type hate videos from trending on the internet, expand free speech protections for republicans, social media restrictions on SJW witch hunters, ban the ADL/SPLC, forbid social media sites from regulating speech content for our people while clamping down on SJWs (that’s EXACTLY what they’ve been doing all these years to others, so there is nothing wrong with doing the same to them), launch a war on political correctness, announce a national healthcare system for the poor, etc.

    … basically, bribe the white public with popular policies that will surely be rescinded if the government falls, giving the public reason to fight for the government to protect themselves.

    If the Germans knew who Adolf Hitler was in 1930, would a coup have been justified to stop him? Definitely. Same with Stalin, same with the communists in China. After 2020, the GOP can never again win the White House, and we have racist warmongers and a possible nuclear war on the horizon. The clock is ticking. You guys don’t seriously think the Russians won’t respond when some democrats order the navy to shoot down Russian planes over Syria, do you? The last democrat candidate already said that’s what she would do if elected.

  27. Anonymous [AKA "Perseid"] says:

    Worst of all, Trump clearly intends to carry out his campaign pledge to improve relations with Russia and get along with Vladimir Putin.

    “Over our dead bodies!” the Beltway elite seems to be shouting.

    Hence the rhetorical WMDs hurled at Trump: Liar, dictator, authoritarian, Putin’s poodle, fascist, demagogue, traitor, Nazi.

    ”Nearly as laughable is the claim, made over and over again, that Trump is a “Russian asset.” Anyone leveling this charge is either a fool or a demagogue. Those amenable to it should put on their thinking caps for a moment. Would a Russian asset impose a series of damaging sanctions on Russian companies and individuals, including those accused of human rights abuses, as Trump has done? Would a Russian asset expel dozens of Russian diplomats from the U.S. in retaliation for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent in Britain that may or may not have been ordered by Moscow, as Trump did? Would a Russian asset twice order the (illegal) use of military force against the Syrian government, Russia’s ally, risking direct military confrontation with Russia, in retaliation for dubious chemical weapons attacks, as Trump did? Would a Russian asset void the Iranian nuclear accord of which Russia is strongly in favor, as Trump did? Would a Russian asset approve the sale of missiles to Ukraine’s stridently anti-Russian government, knowing those weapons will likely be used against pro-Russian counterrevolutionary fighters in the east, as Trump did? Would a Russian asset demand that NATO member states, most if not all of them adversarial toward Russia, increase their defense spending, as Trump did?”

  28. @RVBlake

    Please do spare a thought for all the US’s fifth columnists in Europe, poor frightened things.

    But very powerful and not in a mood to be exposed to the righteous fury of their populace.

    If you see strong anti-Russian sentiments in Eastern Europe, think: very bad memories of the soviet army.

    If you see the same in Western Europe, think: treason.

    Please guess who is more ready for a peaceful solution with Russia.

  29. Da Wei says:

    You know, that’s what I thought. Why are so many now presuming Russian hacking, when previously it was vehemently denied? What the hell is going on that I missed?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  30. @jacques sheete

    Their Achilles’ heel is the brittle self-regard they derive from licking CIA ass, and it’s more and more exposed.

    Here’s Tim Wiener writing in his deepest big-shot voice, while sucking Brennan off with lots of umm-ooh-ohh!

    In what universe does anybody take this sleeve seriously?

  31. RobinG says:
    @jacques sheete

    “As a matter of fact, the composition of the governments is predetermined, and their actions are controlled by great financial consortiums.”

    Uncle Joe was succinct, as well as accurate! This is what so many Deep State definers either deny or fail to grasp. They keep accusing the CIA, FBI, etc., but those agencies are merely the enforcers for the “great financial consortiums,” not the other way around.

  32. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Da Wei

    How about whatever was shared privately with President Trump after the joint press conference in Helsinki and before that creepy “clarification” where the lights went out?

    With a simple “tweet” containing a link to any one of a number of articles published here and elsewhere (e.g., Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), he could enlighten millions.

    But don’t hold your breath. Maybe Linh Dinh’s right that he’s part of the show.

  33. WHAT says:

    GRU couldn`t hack Hillary, because:

    a) it doesn`t exist for years now. It`s successor organization is called GU of General Staff.
    b) it`s a military intelligence outfit. What would it even do with Hillary`s pricelist, which Putin already has anyway? Deployment areas for SSBNs are much more interesting.

  34. Miro23 says:

    “The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I’ll probably have a good relationship with Putin.”

    Nothing to see here. Netanyahu has done a deal with Putin (Iran) and is making friendly visits to Moscow and was guest of honour at the Victory Day Parade.

    So now the Israeli’s allow Trump to be friendly with Putin, while he follows their Iran playbook to the letter. He issues block capital tweets threatening Iran with destruction for the slightest provocation (i.e. False Flag – which won’t be long in coming).

    Trump does exactly what he’s told by the Israelis and nothing more. This idea of Trump “Standing his ground” is feeble wishful thinking.

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