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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A former CIA officer explains how a vast, pro-Putin corruption network uncovered in Europe is a warning sign for the U.S.



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"I think Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it's infected a good chunk of my party's base," Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Puck's Julia Ioffe last week. Representative Mike Turner, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, went further, telling CNN's Jake Tapper a few days later, "We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor."

Which Republicans might they be referring to? Representative Ken Buck didn't hesitate to point a finger at Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying on Monday, "Moscow Marjorie is focused now on this Ukraine issue and getting her talking points from the Kremlin and making sure that she is popular and she is getting a lot of coverage."

. . .Consider the news last week that authorities in several European countries had uncovered a vast corruption network, in which European politicians were paid to spread anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia propaganda. The network, according to intelligence sources cited by Czech media and confirmed by the country's prime minister, was orchestrated by pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk. Politicians from Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Hungary were allegedly paid directly with cash or through cryptocurrency exchanges.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-04-15 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Russia Is Buying European Politicians. Is It Happening Here?

It would certainly help explain why so many republicans are pro Putin.

#2 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2024-04-16 11:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

just ask the GOP...

of course, they might be stingy on letting you
'look at the books'.

#3 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-04-16 02:13 PM | Reply

It's already happened here, more than in Europe.

Because it's much easier here, where money is free speech.

But also because Republicans have never really supported American values since the Civil Rights Era.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-16 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

How much did it cost to buy Jill Stein? Maybe $500k.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-16 02:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Margarine Trailer Greed says: "hell yeah, y'all!"

#6 | Posted by e1g1 at 2024-04-16 02:56 PM | Reply

Of course it's happening here.... the House GOP is trying to kill aid to Ukraine, why?

Because they like having Vlad's troll farms and hackers on their side.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-16 03:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


#8 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-16 03:40 PM | Reply

Russia Is Buying European Politicians -- Is It Happening Here?

Is this a serious question?

It's been going on here for decades.

Rand Paul
Ron Johnson
Fat Ass Trump
Lindsay Graham
Gym Jordan
Mike Johnson

The list goes on and on.

And the -------- dotard voters are happy about it.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-04-17 07:19 AM | Reply

Jill Stein?

Or Tulsi Gabbard? KKKari Lake?

#10 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-04-17 07:20 AM | Reply

Just submitted an amendment to Bill drafting appointing MTG as Putin's Special Envoy to the United States Congress.

~Jared Moskowitz ~

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-04-17 11:03 PM | Reply

Up for sale, bought, fully paid for long ago. Theywag their tails and bark happily when a master lets them hear the sound of shuffling dinero and catch a whiff of its greasy scent.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-04-18 05:40 AM | Reply

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