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Friday, September 29, 2017

More On Our Intrepid Moose Hunter

Over at the Daily Banter, Bob Cesca gave his (much better written) angle on my little conspiracy theory from earlier in the week:

Why wouldn't Junior talk about what he "bagged" on the trip? It makes sense to ask, especially given his history of clandestine meetings with, say, Russians. And why would it be a problem for Junior if at least one Secret Service agent tagged along on such a mundane hunting trip?
Hell, at the end of the day, it might've been just what it appeared to be. Occam's Razor would lead us to that conclusion. But the absence of a requisite entourage of federal agents adds a layer of suspicion, given how his Secret Service protection was reinstated days later without explanation. Naturally, then, we have no choice but to wonder whether Junior met with someone more nefarious than a big ass moose that he summarily executed just to watch it die -- someone who the Secret Service might object to on numerous grounds. And if he met with someone on the trip, was that person's name spelled with Cyrillic characters?

Yes, so maybe Junior was really hunting moose. But also squirrel! An artist's rendition (credit to Andy Marlette at the Pensacola News Journal):

At the advice of TenGrain, I looked into the whereabouts of the Russian attendees of DJT, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner's June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, where they discussed "adoption," to see where they might have been last week.

One of those attendees was Russian pop star and friend of the Trump family, Emin Agalarov. When I Googled him, I found this article, hot off the presses from Mother Jones:

The Embassy of Azerbaijan is touting a meeting last week between the country’s president, Ilham Aliyev, and President Donald Trump. In fact, while Aliyev may have merely posed for a photograph with the president and their wives while attending a reception Trump hosted at the outset of the UN’s General Assembly, the photo is valuable for Aliyev—and awkward for Trump.
It’s not just that Aliyev is jailing journalists while deflecting accusations of vote-rigging, kleptocracy, and international bribery. (Leaders who do that sort of thing don’t seem to faze Trump.) It’s also that Aliyev himself has multiple connections to Trump’s own scandals.
Aliyev’s daughter, Leyla Aliyeva, who posted a picture of the presidents on her Instagram account shortly before drawing mockery for making faces and taking selfies while her father delivered a speech on genocide, is the ex-wife of Emin Agalarov, the pop singer son of Aras Agalarov, a billionaire Russian real estate magnate.

The timing of this is almost surely a coincidence, but the Trumps never seem to be far from corrupt Russians.

Bottom line on this: At this point, I feel like everything with these fuckers has to be looked at through a #TrumpRussia lens until proven otherwise. It pissed me off that the New York Times (with which I've made my displeasure known many times) made it a personal interest story -- "Oh, he disappeared without the Secret Service and no one knew where he was... how interesting and funny it was moose hunting!" Fuck that. We're beyond presuming innocence, because every time I give the Trumps the benefit of the doubt, it turns out to be undeserved.

For the love of all that is holy, I hope Bob Mueller had this fucker tailed last week.

UPDATE (10/1/2017, 11:36 AM EST): Welcome, C&L readers! @ me on Twitter at @tgconsolidation if you have thoughts on this...