The memos describe sex videos involving prostitutes with Mr. Trump in a 2013 visit to a Moscow hotel. The videos were supposedly prepared as “kompromat,” or compromising material, with the possible goal of blackmailing Mr. Trump in the future.
The memos also suggest that Russian officials proposed various lucrative deals, essentially as disguised bribes in order to win influence over Mr. Trump.
The memos describe several purported meetings during the 2016 presidential campaign between Trump representatives and Russian officials to discuss matters of mutual interest, including the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, John D. Podesta.
This keeps getting nastier as time goes on.
It’s one thing to have damaging material on both parties and only release the stuff from one side because you want them to win. But it’s something else entirely if they have damaging content on Trump and that’s the reason he’s being extra nice to them.
I personally (based on what I know, which isn’t much) think this is more of a hybrid situation. Where it’s mostly a mutual benefit thing and just due diligence on the part of Russia to have this material because Trump was doing business there.
Remember, this goes way back before the election stuff even became real.
I don’t see Trump hating their guts, not wanting to play with them at all, and then just running around acting like a puppet because they have dirt on him. That doesn’t seem at all like his personality.
What seems far more likely is that they’re making things worth it for him in many ways, and one of the ways they never talk about, but Russia smiles about when they look at him, is that they do have dirt.
It’s part of the leverage, but just a small to medium-sized part.
Again, I have %0.6 percent of the information here, so this is all conjecture. I’m really just saying two things:
- It’s dangerous for Russia to have this kind of information on the President of the United States.
- Trump is an extremely unique position of possibly not caring nearly as much as Russia would like.
I wonder if spy novels are taking a hit on the bookshelves. This stuff is far more interesting than fiction.