KANGOL Golf Flexfit Spitfire Hat Golfer Jacq BLUE Cap K1267PJ Samuel L Jackson Cap BLUE 4e3492

KANGOL Golf Flexfit Spitfire Hat Golfer Jacq BLUE Cap K1267PJ Samuel L Jackson Cap BLUE 4e3492
Foreign Policy Magazine
Crooks & Castles Bandana Snapback Men's Red Flat Bill Brim Adjustable Cap HatAkubra Coober Pedy - Bluegrass Green,NIKE True Sz 7 1/2 Arizona Wildcats DriFit Solid Red Baseball Hat Fitted Q4A,Vans Shoes Doolin Old Skool Beanie Navy Blue 1966 CA NY OSFA NWT Ships Free,RARE 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster Snapback Baseball Trucker Hat Cap US,Vintage Golden Gate Hat Co. Bushwacker Size Large,The Bailey of Hollywood Gahan Hat-Large-2 Colors-NWOT,New Era 9FORTY Flag Collection Charcoal Curved Peak Strapback Hat Baseball Cap,VTG McDonalds Racing Team Bill Elliott 94 Snapback Trucker Hat NASCAR Spellout,NEWStampede String - Horse Hair - Western,Air Jordan One Size Fit All Beanie 706608 687 Very Nice Material,New Era 59Fifty Stencil Logo Fitted Hat Chicago White Sox Cap White Black Visor,Gray Penguin Brand Logo Dress Type Adventure Style Bucket Hat Cap Fitted,NOS VINTAGE 1984 OLYMPICS LOS ANGELES RED WHITE BLUE TRUCKER HAT MESH,NYPD Baseball Hat New York Police Department Navy and White Badge Mens,Phoenix Suns Drew Pearson Black/Purple Snapback-PS1665,|ADYHA03548-BHA0| Dc Cap – Floora blue 2018 Men Polycotton DC Shoes,MILLER LITE HARLEY DAVIDSON SNAPBACK HAT BEER MOTORCYCLES NYC CALI OG RIDER CAP,AIR FORCE SIDE LOGO 3-D NAVY MILITARY HAT CAP,Black Mesh Texaco Havoline Oil Gas Snapback Trucker Adjustable Hat Cap One Size,INDIAN BULL NATIVE PRIDE BASEBALL CAP BLACK,BEAUTIFUL GIANT BLACK TIGER LOGO SNAP BACK HAT. SOLID GREEN,Vintage New York City NYPD Snapback Trucker Hat Cap Navy Blue Stars on Front,MLS CUP 2002- Foxboro-Ma.- October 20th Championship Game Hat- NWOT,NAPA Adult Adjustable Baseball Cap Hat Racing Auto Parts Hats Star Strap,Vintage Dodge Charger R/T Red Snapback Hat Cap Made in USA Gold StarCAPTAIN AMERICA Under Armour New NWT Mens Hat Cap Camo M/L Medium Large L/XL,DECKY GI Jeep Caps One Size Royal Blue,VTG-1990s University of Miami Hurricanes charcoal style The GAME hat sku10,ZEPHYR SIZE M/L BUCKEYES SPORTS CAP HAT FITTED,OSFA Vtg POLO RALPH LAUREN Spellout Pony Strapback Distressed Dad Hat OG Cap,Oakley Boardriders Battle 2017 Trucker Cap Black White Snapback Baseball Hat,PUMA LOGO LEOPARD STRAPBACK ORANGE & BLACK Cap Hat,STACY ADAMS Men White Pinch Front hat With Feather Poly Braid Tie Fabric Ribbon,New Era Texas Baseball Cap 7 1/2,

Dallas Cowboys Tone Freeze Navy Black Gray NFL Pom Skully,

KANGOL Golf Flexfit Spitfire Hat Golfer Jacq BLUE Cap K1267PJ Samuel L Jackson Cap BLUE 4e3492

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."


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.

7 Blue Red - New Era 59Fifty MLB Authentic Atlanta Braves Cap - Home Navy,

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.

Item specifics

New with tags: A brand-new, unused, and unworn item (including handmade items) in the original packaging (such as
Colour: Golfer Jacq (Blue)


Material: Cotton
Manufacturer Part Number:




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
Vtg NOS 80s 90s REEBOK strapback Baseball hat cap corduroy Gray NWT Spell OutState Traditions Alabama Gameday Hat One Size Adjustable White,Beige Ireland Lion Crest Green Clovers Embroidered Baseball hat cap Fitted,VTG Ralph Lauren Polo Sport 100% Cotton Embroidered Cap,Primetime Camo Leather back Baseball Cap Hat Tan Bill NEW,Vintage 80s 90s PGA Tour Ram Golf Baseball Cap Red Blue Wide Brim Hat USA,John Deere Mens Logo Mesh Back Core Baseball Trucker Hat Cap Green Yellow New,National Nicaragua Flag Hat 100% Cotton Baseball Cap Hat Adjustable,Coca Cola 600 May 24 2015 Cap Hat Adjustable Cool Good Cond,Mitchell & Ness Distressed Trucker Cap Chicago Bulls In Red,Vintage Miller Lite Beer MADE IN USA Corduroy Baseball Hat Cap Duck Snapback,New RALPH LAUREN POLO Thorton II Men Size 12 D Navy Blue RETAIL,Barts Sandy Headwear Beanie Hat - Navy All Sizes,High Quality Cotton Singer xxxtentacion Dreadlocks Snapback Cap For Men Women,Mitchell and Ness SnapBack hat classic Charlotte Hornets Rare Aztec basketball,Costa Del Mar HA 51RWB United Trucker Hat One Size / Red White Navy,Bird Fest South Carolina Tan Adjustable Dad Hat,ALMACO Precision You Can Count On Farming Farmers Adjustable Adult Hat Cap,Justin Straw Cowboy Hat Ivory 6 7/8,Yosemite National Park Half Dome Cadet Style Baseball Cap Hat Adj Adult Cotton,Men's Faux Leather Cap Beret Newsboy Hat Black Brown Casual CapTampa Bay Devil Rays New Era 59Fifty Custume Color Tan/Multi-Color Fitted Cap,New Mitchell & Ness Chicago Bulls Blast Wash Slouch Strapback Khaki Hat Cap,Mens Adidas Adjustable Hook & Loop Baseball Hat One Size White/Gray 3226,New York Yankees MLB Baseball Team Hat Cap Adjustable Strap,New Era 39Thirty Official Hat Cap Lid Blue Neon Green Seahawks Fly Your Own Flag,Vtg John Deere Yellow Mesh San Sun Snapback Hat Cap,Henschel Hat Co Black Leather Size M Cowboy Hat Prop Concho Safari B9,Chevy Realtree Mesh Camo Cap Hat Chevrolet TrucksHunting Silverado,SULLEN CLOTHING Holmes Skull Snapback Hat Black NEW,
PATAGONIA Mens Hat Fitz Roy TARPON Fish Logo Turquoise Stretch Fit Cap Sz Sm / M,

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
  • Black World Wide Sportsman Islamorada FL Embroidered Baseball hat cap Adjustable
  • Northwood North Dakota Case IH Tractor Mesh Snapback Baseball Cap Trucker Hat A
  • Black San Francisco 49ers Team Logo NFL Embroidered Baseball hat cap Fitted
  • New Era Texas Baseball Cap 7 1/2
  • North Carolina Tarheels Fitted 7 1/4 Cap Hat gray blue snapback New Era 59Fifty
  • NYPD Police Department City of New York baseball cap truckers hat.
  • Footzone Bend Or Vintage Style Black Mesh Foam Snapback Trucker Hat Cap Otto
  • Brixton Mens Palmer Mesh Snapback Hat Khaki Size One Size New
  • Oakland Raiders 9Fifty Snapback Authentic New Era Hat Cap NFL in Dark Gray
  • U.S.A. Henschel Hat Safari Fishing Brimmed Africa Aussie Hat Medium