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Mark Caserta: DOJ should consider some factual Russian collusion

9 Dec


Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

December, 8, 2017




For nearly a year, liberals have been frantically attempting to delegitimize the presidency of Donald J. Trump by asserting American voters somehow fell victim to the influence of “evil” Russians who wanted Trump to win and Hillary to lose.

It lacks credulity at face value! Whose ideology aligns more closely with Vladimir Putin, the socialist rationale of Hillary or the capitalist conviction of Trump?

To date, liberal Democrats have failed to produce any evidence that even a single vote was fraudulently impacted by the Russians. And special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into this progressive pipe dream has cost taxpayers over $5 million thus far, per a report by Pierre Thomas of ABC News.

Liberals are repulsed by President Trump because he’s committed to negating the failed policies of the previous administration. Unlike his predecessor, he lacks the willingness to appease his enemies or apologize for his country. His performance isn’t a factor in moving the liberal “hate-ometer.” He could perform superbly for Americans, and progressives would still hate him.

Frankly, the futility of the fight makes one wonder about the patriotism of a faction of people willing to vigorously pursue the demise of an individual and possibly themselves over the success of their nation. Once again, I’m reminded of those famous final words of Captain Ahab in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”:

“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

The emotional, nonsensical nature of this quote just seems befitting of progressives.

Factually, when one considers how liberals have turned a blind eye to verifiable acts of Russian collusion by their peers, it makes the accusations against Trump laughable. For posterity’s sake, let’s reverse roles in some of the liberal-Russian interactions over the past few years.

Imagine, for a moment, the mainstream media’s reaction to a “hot mic” inadvertently picking up President Trump’s conversation with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev relaying that Vladimir Putin should “give him more space” and that after his re-election Trump would have “more flexibility,” as happened with President Obama.

Suppose President Trump gave Russia control of approximately 20 percent of U.S. uranium capacity and in turn received $2.35 million in donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, as happened with Obama and the Clinton Foundation. And supplemental to the deal, the FBI gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaging in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering inside the U.S. as reported by The New York Times.

And suppose, germane to the Uranium One deal, Melania Trump delivered a speech to a Russian bank, promoting Uranium One stock and received $500,000, as happened with Bill Clinton.

Liberals would be calling for Trump’s immediate removal from office and subsequent prosecution for treason.

I’m convinced liberal allegations against Trump were a premeditated diversion from the real Russian collusion that transpired under the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions should launch an immediate counter-investigation.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

Mark Caserta: Uranium One relevant to US-Russia relations

18 Nov


Mark Caserta: Free State Patriot editor

Nov 17, 2017


After a full year of Donald Trump as president, the “swamp water” in Washington is indeed beginning to recede, exposing deplorables in both political parties.

In an ironic turn of events, it would seem the Russian-Trump “collusion” apparition, which Democrats have vigorously labored to propagate (without a shred of evidence) has morphed into a Russian-Clinton collusion investigation in which evidence is quickly mounting.

Despite the liberal, mainstream media virtually ignoring the so-called “Uranium One” scandal, it appears it may have been integral to Russia, indeed, conspiring to influence our 2016 presidential election, but not as progressives would have you believe.

So, what is the relevance of the Uranium One deal?

In 2013, as reported by news outlets like Fox News and CNN, a Russian company, ROSATOM, acquired a Canadian uranium mining company, now called Uranium One, which has uranium assets in the U.S. The deal, approved by the Obama administration, reportedly gave Russia control of about 20 percent of U.S. uranium capacity.

Per their website, “The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders and one of the largest companies of the Russian Federation and largest taxpayers of the country.” It acquires nuclear power assets, mining approximately 3,000 tons of uranium domestically and is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, owning a large portfolio of foreign construction projects, including some in nations hostile to the U.S.

Now, liberal Democrats insist we should “move on, there’s nothing to see here,” based on the assertion the deal doesn’t allow any of the acquired uranium to leave the U.S. But that’s not to say Russia and her benefactors won’t profit from the deal.

Two weeks ago, as reported in a column by Adam Kredo, of The Washington Free Beacon, a Russian atomic energy corporation announced it has formally begun construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. This new plant, dubbed Bushehr-2, will be supplemental to the first plant Russia built for Iran in 2011, and will be equipped with the latest nuclear technology, per reports in Russia-controlled media.

Under Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015, Iran is permitted to construct new nuclear reactors and plants. So, guess who will be handling the deal to build the nuclear reactors in Iran? Russia’s ROSATOM corporation!

Beyond the obvious, potential collusion here, per recent reports in The Hill, the FBI has been reviewing the Uranium One agreement and uncovered some Russian nuclear industry officials engaging in nefarious dealings, to include extortion, bribery and political kickbacks, with possible connections to our old friends Hillary and Bill Clinton.

The House Oversight Committee is now reportedly considering investigating whether any criminal activity occurred regarding the Clinton-Russian connection. And CNS News reports that uranium mining deals in Kazakhstan, multimillion-dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation, and the U.S. government’s approved sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned company are now under investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

With the political pendulum swinging the other way, what will further abatement of the murky swamp reveal? Time will tell, but it doesn’t look good for progressives.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.


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