Over the past year Palmer Report and other news outlets have been documenting the startling number of prominent Russians who have died during the course of the Trump-Russia scandal, some of whom appeared to have been murdered as a direct result of their involvement in the scandal and the effort to expose it. Today we got official confirmation that the Trump-Russia scandal does indeed involve murder.
Today saw the release of last summer’s secret Senate Judiciary Committee testimony from Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the company behind the pivotal Trump Russia dossier. Near the end of the three-hundred plus pages of transcripts, on page 279, we find this remark from Simpson’s attorney about why Simpson didn’t want to answer a particular question about sourcing: “It’s a voluntary interview, and in addition to that he wants to be very careful to protect his sources. Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work.”
No indication is made about who was murdered, but we have a pretty good idea. We’ve documented more than a dozen Russians whose deaths may have been connected to the Trump-Russia scandal, but two stand out in particular. Shortly after the dossier became public, Vladimir Putin and the Russian government placed a black bag over the head of FSB intel official Sergei Mikhailov, dragging him out of the room to his apparent death. Former KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin mysteriously turned up dead in the back of a car. The implication was that both men had helped western forces to assemble the dossier.
If Donald Trump was in on the Trump-Russia conspiracy to rig the election, and Putin then committed murder to try to keep the details of the conspiracy from leaking out publicly, then there is some legal argument here that Trump may be guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. In felonious conspiracies, participants do not need to be involved in related murders, or even be aware of them at the time, to be criminally culpable. Fusion GPS just confirmed that at least one murder was committed as a direct result of the Trump-Russia conspiracy and coverup.
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