Speaking of Trump and Russia…

You know, Russia, Russia, Russia.

So, yesterday I had cause to bring up the 2016 Trump campaign and charges of Russian inferences.

Today, I note this headline from WaPo: GOP operative found guilty of funneling Russian money to Donald Trump.

A Republican political strategist was convicted of illegally helping a Russian businessman contribute to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

Jesse Benton, 44, was pardoned by Trump in 2020 for a different campaign finance crime, months before he was indicted again on six counts related to facilitating an illegal foreign campaign donation. He was found guilty Thursday on all six counts.

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  1. Mister Bluster says:

    No doubt Trump will think real hard about another pardon for this joker
    and Benton will get off scot-free.

  2. CSK says:

    This happened about three days ago, but so far I haven’t seen any reaction from Trump.

  3. Kathy says:


    He doesn’t have to. We already know what he would say: It’s all fake news and a witch hunt, besides he never even met the guy and doesn’t know who he is.

  4. CSK says:


    Well, exactly. I’m curious to know why he hasn’t said as much.

  5. Gustopher says:

    @Kathy: He was a coffee boy, delivering Russian coffee.

  6. Michael Cain says:

    @CSK: Temporarily distracted while he figures out how much he loses if he goes back to Twitter instead of Truth Social? IIRC, he owns about 90% of Truth Social’s stock.

  7. CSK says:

    @Michael Cain:

    Perhaps he could use Twitter to promote TruthSocial.

  8. Beth says:


    Maybe he could get Musk to buy it for the Employees. My guess is that Musk could use some new ones.

  9. Gavin says:

    It is endlessly entertaining to watch Musk self-destruct and immolate the decades of propaganda about how Rich Are Better And Smarter Because They’re Rich.