“Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.”
– Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Deep throat told Woodard and Bernstein to follow the money. Here, we don’t have money, we only have facts, conjecture, and possibilities. Yet when all is said and done, we have, as Sherlock Holmes might have said, a possible truth. The premise: killing Qassem Soleimani was a diversion to take attention away from impeachment and the withholding of arms to Ukraine. Add that the withholding of arms wasn’t “perfect”, it wasn’t even about the Bidens. The truth lies elsewhere, and the truth is treason by a sitting President of the United States of America.
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
– Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 4
This story starts before an inauguration in 2017, before the 2016 election. It starts in 2013 in Moscow. It may go back before then, but for our purposes we will focus on 2013. First, the definition of a concept: “Kompromat” is a Russian word meaning “compromising material”. It comes from a Stalin era KGB term. In essence it’s dirt on someone used for blackmail. It created fear here during the McCarthy era. As an example, gays and lesbians were not allowed in sensitive jobs because of the potential for kompromat. Times were different then and the feeling was that if the KGB knew someone was gay then there was a security risk due to blackmail under threat of outing.
The next step on our journey leads is to Estonia, to Tallinn, to the Sokos Hotel Viru. The hotel now contains a museum about KGB collection of kompromat. Sixty rooms contained surveillance devices. There were listening devices in the hotel’s restaurant. The KGB maintained a communications center on the hotel’s 23rd floor. These kinds of activities continue today, handled by the FSB, the successor to the KGB. Anyone travelling to Russia needs to know that their activities may be monitored, filmed, recorded to gain current information or to be used later as kompromat. This especially includes politicians and prominent businesspeople from the United States and other countries.
Our trip next takes us to Moscow, November 2013. Donald Trump owned the “Miss Universe” pageant. The 2013 finals were held in Russia, in Moscow. Trump spent time in the city and should have known that he would be under constant surveillance including having any and all activities in his hotel room monitored and recorded. The “Steele Dossier” outlines many things including reports of encounters with prostitutes and, frankly, untoward activities. The reality is if there were prostitutes involved then they worked for the FSB and everything was recorded. Who would have these recordings and benefit the most from them? Vladimir Putin, formerly of the KGB.
It’s been hypothesized many times that Russia and Putin interfered with the 2016 elections out of fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency. The truth is more likely that Trump’s election combined with kompromat held by Putin would give Russia a controllable asset in the White House as President. So how does this relate to military aid to Ukraine?
The elected government of Ukraine is fighting an insurgency by Moscow backed rebels. They are Putin’s allies. They are the people who shot down, using a Russian missile, a commercial passenger airplane, killing 298 people. They are not “good people” fighting for freedom. The primary beneficiary of withholding aid is Russia, not a campaign looking for an “investigation”. I posit that the request to withhold aid came from Putin to Trump, more likely as an order than a request. The quest to find legal backing to stop the aid wasn’t to create an investigation via blackmail, it was an attempt to accede to the orders of Trump’s puppet master. Everything else was a cover-up. The Biden investigation to cover-up the first act, the Soleimani assassination to divert attention from the second act.
Consider this, Trump has met privately with Putin. There are no records of the meetings. Putin speaks English and has the ability to give his orders without interpreters being present. And if Trump withheld aid under Putin’s orders attempting to circumvent Congress and undermine a US ally? There is only one word to describe this action: treason.
Where does the truth lie? “Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.”