NWT Champion Reverse Weave Hat C Cap Grey Black Red C Hat Logo Rare Authentic 65d075

NWT Champion Reverse Weave Hat C Cap Grey Black Red C Hat Logo Rare Authentic 65d075
Foreign Policy Magazine
XLARGER NEW ERAR WALKING APE PATCHED SNAPBACK CAP3 Ash camo Justin BieberMitchell & Ness NBA All Star Game 1975 Phoenix Snapback Black/Sun & Mountain,ChristysEARLAP GATSBY Hat DRIVING Cap HAT wool small / medium COLOR GREY,NEW October's Very Own OVO Owl Skully Navy Winter Cap Hat Toque Drake Beanie NWT,.Vintage London Fog Fedora Hat 7 1 4 - 7 3 8 - USA,Harley Davidson Motorcycles Biker Distressed Black Cotton Vented Adjustable Hat,VINTAGE AIRFARE'S EISENHOWER BEST GOLF CLUB MILITARY BASEBALL CAP EUC,CACUSS Wool Beanies Skull Caps Men Fashion Knit Cap Hat Winter Beanie Sports...,Navy SeaBees Construction Battalion OD Green Cotton Ball Cap Hat New H18,HOOey Men's Chris Kyle Desert Camo Cap American Flag Stars Cowboy,2018 Autumn Men Women Fashion Sheep Leather Baseball Caps Flat tongue Hats Hot,Nike Air Jordan H86 Floppy Strapback Hat Triple White Adjustable 847143-100,NCAA San Diego State Aztecs SDS ‘47 Brand Sun Visor Hat Cap Adj Adult Size,Kansas JayhawksTeam Color Regular One Fit Hat,USS Curtis Wilbur DDG-54 Embroidered Baseball Cap blue,New Tru-Spec Tactical Patch Adjustable Contractor Military Cap Hat Sage 3326000,Vintage ESPN National Hockey Night Snapback Hat Black And Red NHL Made In USA,2001 WORLD POLICE & FIRE GAMES STRAPBACK HAT,Vintage 90s Mickey Mouse A Snapback Mesh Trucker Hat Cap,New Era 950 LOS ANGELES DODGERS WONDER FRONT Team Colors Cap MLB Adjustable LA,DELTA sink Faucet Hat Cap What Can Delta Do For You By THE GAME,RARE Brooklyn / Jersey Nets Basketball Baseball Hat Cap - Vintage - NEW w/ tags,Creatures Icon Hat Cap Snap Back Curved Bill Trucker Mesh Black Sports Skate,ASE17 Wool Flat Driving Tweed Ivy Gatsby Cap Beret Newsboy Golf Hat Herringbone,Arizona Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Hat Snapback Cap,VTG Polo Ralph Lauren Pony Denim Jean Light Blue One Size Adjustable Hat RetroBudweiser Bud Light Beer Men's Bottle Opener Straw Trucker Hat Cap,Brand New Nike AeroBill Visor Cap Mens Hat Black,NIKE black adjustable visor 100% cotton - Distressed Condition.,Kookai Womens Brown Thin Top 100% Cotton Jumper Size 14 39,VTG MIAMI Hurricanes SNAP BACK HAT Starter THE GAME 90S A,Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football 1988 National Champs Corduroy Snapback Cap,Vtg Star Wars Darth Vader Snapback hat cap rare 90s force yoda dark side solo,New York NY Teams Cuff Pom Pom Winter Cold Warm Beanie Hat Cap UNISEX,The Friendly Swede Sun Hats 2-Pack - Safari Hat for Men Women and Children...,

HOOey Western Hat Mens Rose Trucker Adjustable O/S Blue White 3024T,

NWT Champion Reverse Weave Hat C Cap Grey Black Red C Hat Logo Rare Authentic 65d075

The only remaining question is what exactly he's guilty of.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's lying to the FBI prior to his Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House Dec. 4, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By now, any sentient being who is capable of rational thought about the U.S. president (a category that admittedly excludes his more fervent fans) must grasp the likelihood that there was a quid pro quo between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin: Russian President Vladimir Putin would help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election, and in return Trump would lift sanctions on Russia.

The fact that Trump hasn't made good on his end of the presumed bargain shouldn't be any surprise: A long line of business partners and wives have discovered how worthless his commitments are. In fairness, however, Trump's failure to follow through in this instance wasn't necessarily because he didn't want to; it was because the Russian meddling became public and therefore made it politically impossible for Trump to help out his Russian pal even if he had been inclined do so.

Trump's failure to deliver doesn't change the probability that this corrupt bargain existed. No other hypothesis can account for the copious links that have emerged between the Trump campaign and the Russians. As CNN notes, "At least 12 Trump associates had contacts with Russians during the campaign or transition. There were at least 19 face-to-face interactions with Russians or Kremlin-linked figures. There were at least 51 communications - meetings, phone calls, email exchanges and more."

Vintage Trucker Hat The Milwaukee Road Train Cap Red White Mesh Snapback C1,

If the Trumpites and the Putinites weren't communicating about how to subvert Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign, what were they talking about? Their favorite brands of vodka? And if there was an innocent explanation for all of these contacts, why is it that everyone in the Trump campaign, from the president on down, has lied and lied and lied about them? Those are the damning questions that no Trump defender can answer.

Trump personally has issued at least nine blanket denials of any connections to Russia (Trump in February: "I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge no person that I deal with does.") even as evidence of those connections has accumulated like debt on Trump casino projects. His associates including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Vice President Mike Pence, crown prince Jared Kushner, and first son Donald Trump Jr. have been equally vociferous - and duplicitous - in their denials.

Two Trumpites - former foreign-policy advisor George Papadopoulos and former national security advisor Michael Flynn - have now pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about their Russia ties. After Flynn entered his guilty plea last week, Trump tweeted: "It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!" So if there was nothing to hide, why did Flynn commit a felony? Is he a compulsive liar who can't stop himself from dissembling even when it would be more advantageous to tell the truth?

The Occam's razor explanation for why Flynn lied is that the truth was so terrible that it was worth risking jail time to conceal it. It seems improbable that he was lying merely to hide a violation of the Logan Act, although it is undeniable that the Trump campaign did violate this statute, which prohibits unauthorized persons from negotiating with foreign governments "in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States."

Flynn was clearly engaged in negotiations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Barack Obama was still president. He was urging Russia to stop the passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution censuring Israel and, more significantly, not to retaliate for the sanctions that Obama imposed to punish Russia for its interference in the U.S. presidential campaign to benefit Trump. But no one has ever been convicted of a violation of the Logan Act, and Flynn would have to be extraordinarily dense to lie to the FBI to avoid a Logan Act offense. The more likely explanation is that Flynn's contacts with Kislyak were part of a pattern of covert negotiations between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Now there's an offense that would be worth hiding from the FBI.

The question is no longer whether there was collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Clearly there was. That became undeniable this year when we learned that Don Jr.'s reaction to an overture from a Kremlin emissary offering dirt on Clinton was "I love it." Further evidence has since emerged that both Don Jr. and the head of the campaign's data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, communicated secretly with WikiLeaks, the conduit for emails stolen by Putin's intelligence services. Trump, for his part, practically advertised the collusion during the campaign by repeatedly praising Putin and defending him from charges of hacking into Democrats' accounts even while publicly asking him to release Clinton's emails.

The question is whether Trump's collusion was limited to the public realm or was there a secret dimension to it? Was he aware of, and did he approve, the Kremlin contacts pursued by his underlings? In other words: What did the president know, and when did he know it?

There is circumstantial evidence that Trump was well aware of what his aides were up to. Flynn was no lone operator: Kushner, identified in the plea document as a "very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team," was directing his outreach. Also closely involved was Flynn's deputy, K.T. McFarland, while she was with Trump himself at Mar-a-Lago. And as soon as Putin accepted Flynn's entreaty not to retaliate for Obama's sanctions, Trump took to Twitter to praise Putin's "very smart" move. It beggars belief that Trump was unaware of the Flynn-Kislyak contacts while they were occurring in December 2016 - just as it beggars belief that he was unaware of the meeting that his entire campaign high command had in June 2016 with Kremlin emissary Natalia Veselnitskaya.

USS Ticonderoga CV-14 Hat / USN Ship Baseball Cap,

The issue is what special counsel Robert Mueller will be able to prove. Given that Flynn is now a cooperating witness, who must have given up a lot of valuable information to get such a lenient plea deal, the special counsel is most likely assembling a strong case. Like any other prosecutor unraveling a complex criminal conspiracy, he is working his way up the food chain - and with the former national security advisor in his grasp, there aren't many targets left who are more senior. You're talking Pence, Sessions, Trump Jr., Kushner - and of course Trump himself.

It's possible, even probable, that, unlike Flynn, the other officials won't flip because they will be confident that Trump will pardon them. That's especially likely in the case of Trump's son and son-in-law. But this would be a corrupt use of the pardon power that could itself be an article of impeachment against the president - and likely will be if the Democrats win the House next year.

Already the evidence of Trump's obstruction of justice - the same offense that brought down Richard Nixon - is compelling, which is why a White House lawyer is advancing the novel argument that the president can't be guilty of obstruction. The president has publicly admitted that he fired FBI Director James Comey because of "this Russia thing." Following the Flynn plea deal, Trump tweeted: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI." If Trump knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI, that strengthens the case that he was obstructing justice when he asked Comey to pledge his personal loyalty and to give Flynn a break ("I hope you can let this go").

Once White House aides figured out that Trump's tweet had increased his legal jeopardy, they trotted out one of the president's lawyers, John Dowd, to take the fall for the offending comment. Even if Dowd put the incriminating words in his client's mouth, this might well be a Freudian slip that reveals the truth that the White House is so anxious to conceal. The same might be said about a recently reported email that McFarland sent on Dec. 29, 2016: "If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown U.S.A. election to him," she wrote. This may or may not have been an admission of guilt on her part (the context is ambiguous) - but it was at least an admission that this was how his election looked and for good reason. That impression has only grown stronger in the past year.

A recent Washington Post article on the Mueller team ended with a revealing vignette: "People familiar with the Mueller team said they convey a sense of calm that is unsettling. 'These guys are confident, impressive, pretty friendly - joking a little, even,' one lawyer said. When prosecutors strike that kind of tone, he said, defense lawyers tend to think: 'Uh oh, my guy is in a heap of trouble.'" Contrast the special counsel's calmness with the flop-sweat evident on Trump's Twitter account: He is desperately trying to distract attention from his own worsening legal situation by impugning "Crooked Hillary" and even the FBI. Naturally, he shows no awareness of how unseemly it is to trash a defeated political opponent or the very law enforcement officers he is sworn to lead.

The contrast is telling, and, for Trump's dwindling band of defenders, it should be deeply discomfiting: the confident prosecutors, building their case piece by piece against the panicked president lashing out at all directions because he is terrified that he will be found guilty of colluding with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy.

About the Author

Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His forthcoming book is "The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam." @MaxBoot

Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His forthcoming book is "The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam." @MaxBoot
Men's Odessa Cap Army GREEN One Size Mens HatNY New York Yankees Baseball Cap New Era Fitted Hat 7 1/2 MBL Dad Hats T32 S8059,DALLAS MAVERICKS RARE WOOL NEW ERA FITTED SZ 7 1/2 1990S VINTAGE HAT CAP,New Era 59FIFTY Fitted Hat Philadelphia 76ers Blue/Pink Hardwood Classic 7 3/8,SNAP ON Adult Baseball Style Hat Cap Black Red Adjustable Curved Bill Mechanic,True Religion distressed hat gray red brown leather white,47 Forty-seven Chicago Cubs black baseball hat cap embroidered stretch Medium,|ST-SOLAR-PT-PCH| Starter Cap – Solar pink 2017 Men Cotton,Opening Ceremony OC Banner Logo Fitted Baseball Cap MSRP,New Era Navy White Mesh Snapback Cap Black Red American Flag Patch NE205,Vintage 90s New Sports Specialties Michigan Wolverines Leather Strap Hat Cap,Dark Blue Bucket Hat KB Ethos One Size Fits Most New With Tags,Wisconsin Badgers Cuffed 2-Tone Pom Pom Knit-10576,New Dobbs Baseball TekFlex Hats with Tag,BlackHawk EC01SNOS Tactical Cotton Cap Men Stone One Size,Wigens NWT Fedora in Navy & White Paisley Size 58 7 & 1/4th,Vintage Snap on Watkins Glen Racing Snapback Trucker Hat Baseball Cap Retro,TOP OF THE WORLD FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES FS MEN'S HAT CAP OSFA NWT,Vintage Washington Capitals Sports Specialties Snap Back Hat Cursive Script,Men's brown mink fur suede Bergdorf Goodman trapper Ushanka Russian Hat,PALACE SKATEBOARDS ROADRUNNER SNAPBACK HAT GREEN AUTHENTIC IMPORTED FROM THE UKBatman Dark Knight: Camo / Yellow. Cap/Hat. Pre-Owned. Sz. S/M,Premier Fits Cap Hat Hawaiian Snapback Orange Palm Floral Textured Flat Brim,David Vintage Detroit Red Classic Woodbridge Hat Made In Detroit Men’s Designer,RARE TONY STEWART 3 DOORS DOWN Away From the Sun Hat Cap Orange NASCAR,Vintage Remington Embroidered Patch Outdoor Hunting Duck Goose Snapback Hat,Tie Dye Printed Foam Front Flat Bill Trucker Mesh Back Cap - Free Shipping,OREGON DUCKS Vintnew NCAA Strapback Cap Hat Adjustable Green,Taylormade Vintage Hats 2005-Lot of 3 Brand New with Tags,Maserati CARBON Casquette Auto Voiture Logo Brodé Réglable Chapeau Baseball Cap,
Vintage Nike Hat 90s Baseball Cap Navy Blue Green Dad Hat Swoosh,

Welcome back

Sign in to your Foreign Policy account

Need an account?

Sign up for free access to 3 articles per month and weekly email updates from expert policy analysts

Sign Up

Already have an account? Log in

Sign Up

Create a Foreign Policy account to access 3 articles per month and free newsletters developed by policy experts

Want unlimited access? Subscribe today.

Go Back
  • Coca Cola Embroidered Polar Bear Sunglasses Baseball Cap Hat SnapBack Adult
  • Christys of London NEWSBOY Cap HAT cashmere blend XL BLACK
  • Vintage Bright Orange Camo Hunt Club Hunting Hat Trucker Style Foam Snapback Cap
  • New Era Oakland Raiders Logo Whiz Men's Knit Beanie Hat Cap Black/White
  • The Friendly Swede Sun Hats 2-Pack - Safari Hat for Men Women and Children...
  • HIM HAT/CAP Heartagram Logo Embroidered Authentic Licensed NEW
  • Beige San Antonio Texas Est 1845 Embroidered Baseball Hat Cap Adjustable Strap
  • Gray / Black Pom Pom Ski Snowboard Winter Skull Warm Cuffed Long Knit Beanie Hat