Grind for August 17th, 2018
“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”
– Marilyn Monroe
Democratic senator colluded with Russian oligarch lobbyist to further Trump collusion investigation
Text messages leaked to the media in February prove that Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) sought a meeting with Christopher Steele as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia collusion investigation.
Warner communicated with Steele via lobbyist Adam Waldman, who is best known for defending Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Here’s why all of this is a problem:
— Warner, as the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has a leadership role in the committee’s investigation into Trump’s suspected collusion with Russia
— Christopher Steele is the author of the debunked anti-Trump dossier
— Waldman’s lobbying firm has ties to Hilary Clinton
— Deripaska is a Putin ally who lost his visa in 2006 over concerns about his connections to organized crime
In his text messages, Warner told Waldman he wanted to meet with Steele without other lawmakers present.
Steele refused to meet in private and demanded an invitation signed by Warner and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Warner shared his text messages with Burr before revealing them to the rest of the committee in October.
Fox News ran a story on the texts in February just days after the Senate Intelligence Committee shared the texts with the House Intelligence Committee.
Senators have blamed the leak on GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee, but the takeaway here has nothing to do with congressional bickering.
At the end of the day, there is more evidence of ‘Russia collusion’ contained in Warner’s communications with Waldman than with the entire Trump investigation. If lawmakers and authorities decide to ignore this, they should also abandon the Russia collusion investigation.
Anything else is hypocrisy.
Argentina rejects abortion bill
Argentina’s Senate last week voted 38-31 against a bill that would have allowed abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy for women as young as 13. The controversial bill would also have guaranteed abortions be carried within five days of the mother’s request.
Under current laws, abortion is only permitted in cases of rape and when the mother’s health is at risk.
Pro-life advocates celebrated the Senate vote with fireworks, while those who had been hoping for the opposite decision set fires and threw rocks at police.
“We’re convinced this isn’t the right path,” says Senator Inés Brizuela. “We can’t implement as a public health policy a practice that everyone agrees is not good. It is harmful because it ends the life of another being.”
The Senate vote took place following months of intense campaigning by the Catholic Church – which was desperate to defeat the measure in Argentina after Ireland legalized abortion in May.
“In my opinion, life starts from conception,” says psychiatrist Fernando Bertolani. “We have to protect it.”
Pro-choice advocates, who view the ban on abortion as a limitation of women’s rights, insist the Senate’s decision will lead to an increase in the number of illegal (and dangerous) abortions.
“The abortions will keep happening, the women will continue to die in clandestine abortions, and your Neanderthal position of ‘saving two lives’ in a comfortable social inequality will continue without saving any life,” argues pro-choice advocate Veronica Diaz.
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