Yesterday it was revealed that Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller testified to Congress about the alleged “Pee Pee Tape” incident for several hours. Palmer Report pointed out at the time that in such instances, even uncooperative witnesses tend to give away details they think are harmless, for the sake of trying to appear cooperative – and that those details can sometimes turn out to be anything but harmless. Sure enough, that’s what happened.
The infamous Trump-Russia dossier has long asserted that during Trump’s trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe in 2013, the Russians sent prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room so they could secretly record him in the act, and then use it to blackmail him. Although much of the dossier has since been independently proven, that portion never has. According to NBC News (link), Schiller testified to Congress this week that the Russians offered to send five prostitutes to Trump’s hotel room, but claims the offer was turned down. He may be protesting too much.
Schiller appears to have offered this information in an attempt at demonstrating that Donald Trump is the kind of guy who turns down prostitutes even when they’re offered to him, and therefore the Pee Pee Tape incident can’t possibly have happened. But this is the kind of thing that can get witnesses in trouble. Trump’s own bodyguard just acknowledged that during the Pee Pee Tape trip, the Russians offered Trump prostitutes. That confirms half the story. It also gives much more specific detail to the story, which can set off a series of dominoes.
Perhaps another hotel guest, or hotel employee, has long remembered seeing a guy who looked like Keith Schiller ushering five women into a hotel suite. Now that Schiller has given specific detail to the story, that individual might feel emboldened to come forward. We’ll see what this leads to – but thanks to his oddly specific denials, Schiller just unwittingly put us a lot closer to the Pee Pee Tape.
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