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Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby toucana on March 6th, 2018, 7:46 am 

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The New Yorker Magazine have recently published a lengthy article by Jane Mayer called ‘Christopher Steele The Man Behind The Trump Dossier’ - ( A Reporter At Large - March 12, 2018 issue)

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier

The article is based on in-depth interviews with Christopher Burrows who is Chris Steele’s business partner, and the co-founder of the Orbis Business Intelligence consultancy which they started together in 2009 after they left their employment at MI6 - the British foreign intelligence service where Chris Steele had been the head of the Russian affairs desk.

The New Yorker article provides the most detailed and thoughtful account I have yet read of how the Steele dossier came to be written, and the mixed reception it received when Chris Steele tried to share his concerns with his former career-long partners in the FBI and US State Department.

Far from being eagerly seized on as a weapon by some ‘Deep State’ conspiracy, Steele actually had the dispiriting experience of being repeatedly shrugged off and told to go and see somone else, while his dossier was carefully placed in a locked safe and forgotten about. For Chris Steele, watching the 2016 presidential election was a slow motion car-crash where the alarm bells only began to ring and his dossier belatedly drawn to the attention of President Obama in December 2016, after the election had already been won by Donald Trump.

The most extraordinary part of Jane Mayer’s article occurs right at the end. The Steele dossier was a collection of seventeen separate reports. But there was a final eighteenth report written in late November 2016 that wasn’t included with the rest:

Credited to just one source, an un-named senior Russian official, the final report says that the Kremlin intervened to stop Donald Trump from appointing Mitt Romney as the new US Secretary of State. American press had widely reported that Donald Trump as president elect was contemplating offering Mitt Romney the State Department, and had even invited him to a private dinner in New York to discuss the proposal.

http://uk.businessinsider.com/trump-romney-dinner-secretary-of-state-2016-11

Mitt Romney had previously been defeated as the Republican US presidential candidate in 2012. He was widely seen as a traditional hawk who would be unsympathetic to Russia’s strategic interests and international agenda. The source claimed that the Kremlin intervened and asked Donald Trump to appoint Rex Tillerson the CEO of ExxonMobil and a personal friend of Vladimir Putin instead.
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Re: Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby Watson on March 6th, 2018, 11:02 am 

and a personal friend of Vladimir Putin


Wouldn't a small detail like this disqualify him from the job? Or is this one of the jobs, like President, that anyone can get, regardless of qualification or suitability for the position?
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Re: Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby toucana on March 6th, 2018, 4:15 pm 

Have you not been paying attention ? Don't you know that Trump only appoints the 'best of the best' to any position of influence within his administration - and Rex Tillerson must be one of the very 'best'.

In 2014 Putin awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreign citizens.

While the head of ExxonMobile, Rex Tillerson invested billions in Russia’s vast but elusive oil resources through a partnership with Russian oil giant Rosneft. Putin himself attended the signing of the deal in 2011.

Rex Tillerson is the first secretary of state in modern history who had no experience in any public capacity before he was appointed as the US top diplomat, but he is not a man to let his lack of experience intimidate him in any way.

Rex Tillerson is basically dismantling the US State Department, slashing its operating budget while refusing to fill staff and diplomatic posts. American interests are being neglected around the globe as dozens of high level diplomatic and even ambassadorial posts sit empty. A crisis zone in the Korean peninsula is currently without a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, while Trump is threatening a nuclear war with North Korea.

Aren't you glad president Trump didn't appoint a man of inferior abilities ?
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Re: Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby Braininvat on March 12th, 2018, 10:06 am 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/politics ... index.html

"I believe him!".

Also telling, in the interview, was Vlad's considering Russian citizens of Jewish or Tatar or Ukrainian ethnicity to not be real Russians. Hmmm, who does that sound like?
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Re: Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby toucana on March 13th, 2018, 10:07 am 

Right on cue, Donald Trump has now fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and replaced him with Mike Pompeo, the current director of the CIA.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43388723

President Trump had apparently decided to fire Tillerson last Friday when the secretary of state was on a trip to Africa.The president apparently didn't consult or inform his top diplomat about plans to hold face-to-face talks with Kim Jong-un the president of North Korea.

Further proof that Tillerson and and Trump were not quite singing from the same hymn sheet came on Monday when Rex Tillerson responded to news of a nerve gas attack in UK by saying that the attack "clearly came from Russia" and "certainly will trigger a response". This was not what Russia or the White House wanted to hear it seems.
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Re: Steele Dossier Revisited - The Mitt Romney Sanction

Postby toucana on March 13th, 2018, 4:23 pm 

President Donald Trump has now fired the Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein as well

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/steve-goldstein-fired-trump-rex-tillerson-us-state-department-white-house-a8254151.html

Goldstein was apparently dismissed for disclosing that his own boss Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had found out via Twitter from a Trump tweet that he himself had been dismissed, before he had even had time to get back to Washington DC and speak to the president in person.

Life in the White House is beginning to resemble the denouement of Game of Thrones.
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