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Paul A Duginski
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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Lock Him Up?

May 30, 2017 3:46 pm
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Remember how Donald Trump used to complain that Hillary Clinton behaved like she was above the law? How Hillary supposedly jeopardized classified material with her use of a private email server? How Trump and his surrogates, including Michael Flynn, used to lead rallies in chants of “lock her up!”?

Now it’s Trump blabbing classified material directly into the ears of high-level Russian guests in the Oval Office. It’s Trump very possibly colluding with a foreign adversary, Putin’s Russia, to defeat said Hillary Clinton and make a mockery of our democratic process.

It’s hard to keep up on all of the developments, which incidentally are mostly being uncovered with shoe-leather journalism practiced by the New York Times and the Washington Post. Fake news spurting from the pie hole of our so-called president, Trump, would have you believe that newspapers are “failing.” Well, they’re not failing to uncover the filth and hideously creepy things that dwell under the rocks of Trump’s administration in Washington.

Right now the White House is scurrying for cover under the antiseptic light of investigative journalism — journalists being the kind of folks Trump calls the “enemy of the people,” but in reality they are the enemies of treason and corruption.

The latest bombshell has been the reports that first son-in-law and top Trump advisor Jared Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 and proposed a secret back-channel route for communications between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. The idea supposedly would have put Michael Flynn in touch with key Russian military leaders to facilitate the new administration’s evolving policy on Syria.

Kislyak was reportedly “taken aback” by Kushner’s suggestion that Russian communications and encryption gear could be used, which would appear to be a bid to keep the traffic secret from U.S. intelligence. But this would have been risky for both the Russians and the Trump team, in terms of security.

I can only guess at why Kushner would have wanted such a secret back-channel communication avenue. But everything I can imagine is not good.

Kushner has been involved in other meetings with Russians, including one with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of the Russian development bank, Vnesheconombank, which is tied to Russian intelligence and has been sanctioned by the U.S. since July 2014, after the annexation of Crimea. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sits on the bank’s supervisory board.

Kushner conveniently forgot to mention his meetings with Kislyak and Gorkov when he filed forms for his security clearance.

Yuri Milner, a Russian tech billionaire, is an investor in Cadre, a real estate investment company which Kushner launched with his brother and a friend in 2014.

Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, invited Dasha Zhukova to the Trump inauguration. Zhukova is the wife of Russian oligarch and Putin pal, Roman Abramovich.

Hmmm … so why do you suppose the FBI is investigating Kushner? It may all be perfectly innocent, but it’s not surprising that ties with Russian oligarchs who have connections to Putin and Russian intelligence would raise a few red flags. More so when Kushner is trying to set up a back-channel via Russian communication gear to circumvent any surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies.

This whole thing — especially when you factor in Russian links to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Michael Flynn, which they also sought to cover up — stinks a lot more than Hillary’s careless use of a personal email server, something the Republicans made so much of during the campaign. Hints of wrongdoing by an FBI investigation that was improperly made public helped, even though in the final analysis there was no evidence worthy of an indictment.

Let’s see where this all leads. But the Republican chants of “lock her up” may return to haunt Trump. If there’s treason here, Trump and his gang could earn prison stripes and a great big beautiful prison wall.

Mike Sutton
June 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm
Rogue State
Yesterday the USA became a rogue state. How long before the people of America realise they need to end the Orange Age ASAP.
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Paul A Duginski
June 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Mike — see below...

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Bob Butler
June 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm

With Trump's pulling the US out of the Paris Accords on Climate Change, he may just become the first person tried and convicted on crimes against the Planet.

Wouldn't it be truly ironic that someone who built his brand on building a wall finds himself incarcerated behind one.... great cartoon, it says so much on so many levels!

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Paul A Duginski
June 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Thank you, Bob. Trump may indeed escalate the violation from crimes against humanity to crimes against the planet!

Mike, Trump is the newest incarnation of the deadly Agent Orange — although since he's gotten into the Oval Office, his hair looks more yellow. Maybe he has people advising him on how to color his hair now. It's more like the color I picture on Gen. George Armstrong Custer, whom the Indians called "Yellow Hair." Maybe the bigmouth Trump will finally meet his own political Little Bighorn.

Thank you both for the comments. — P.

Mike Sutton
June 6, 2017 at 2:12 am

Yes - orange custard. He has clearly lost the plot. His tweet the mayor of London was ridiculous and then he digs in even deeper into the cess pit of his own making

He has turned the US government into an international embarrassment.

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Paul A Duginski
June 6, 2017 at 9:24 pm
Haha! Orange Custard!
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