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No Collusion? Let’s Define it First

December 2nd, 2017

Trump denies he colluded with Russians. So what is collusion? Collusion is among other things an agreement between two or more parties to obtain an objective forbidden by law. That sounds pretty straightforward.

So let’s go back to the Manafort, Kushner, Trump Jr. meeting at the Trump tower in June, 2016, when Trump Jr. expressed an interest in illegally obtained DNC correspondence from Russians, with the sole intent of destroying Hillary’s candidacy. Now, a year and some later, Manafort and Flynn have been charged with felonies, and there’s an increasingly tight circle around Kushner as Mueller continues his investigation.

Trump’s long history with Russia, along with his political appointees with Russian ties lead Americans to not only question Trump’s leadership, but his real loyalties.

(Sessions lied about meetings, Devos’s brother runs Blackwater, Wilbur Ross is a principal in the Bank Of Cypress, which holds billions in stolen Russian money, Manafort lobbied the US government on behalf of Putin, Tillerson’s Exxon has 40 million acres in Russia that sanctions keep from being drilled, and Flynn was Trump’s National Security Advisor while representing Turkey and having contact with Russians)

Trump has benefited for years from his Russian connections, which might explain his reluctance to release tax records, and continues to befriend and defend Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The conclusion is not whether Trump has colluded, but whether the GOP House would ever hold him up to the standards they pretend to revere.

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. In addition, Chip is an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting, and numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN. He has appeared at over 500 colleges and universities and more than a hundred Fortune 1000 companies as a speaker, comedian, and media consultant. Marc Fisher, senior editor at the Washington Post says, “Chip adds irony to a medium that rarely trusts its audience to get the joke.” He is however, a mediocre dancer.
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