Retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been a politically-conservative commentator and military analyst on television’s Fox News and Friends program for years. But early this year, he began speaking out critically of President Donald Trump. Then Peters resigned from Fox News. He has since called it “a propaganda machine” for President Trump. Wednesday, on CNN’s Andersen Cooper 360 newscast, Mr. Peters said of Russia’s president, “I am convinced that Vladimir Putin has a grip on President Trump.” It sure looks like it.
Peters thinks there is much validity to the Steele dossier. That is the document that appeared during the presidential campaign that former British spy Christopher Steele had drafted on the basis of his investigative research on Donald Trump that stretched back to 2013, when Trump owned the Miss Universe Pageant held that year in Moscow. The dossier tentatively claims Trump did a salacious act involving prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room to disparage then U.S. President Barak Obama and his wife Michele who had stayed in that room. And the Dossier says Russian intelligence sources secretly took video of the prostitutes standing on the bed and urinating on it, called “Golden Showers” they say.
Peters also said on CNN, “When I first learned of the Steele dossier, it just rang true to me. Because that’s how the Russians do things. And before he became a candidate for president, Donald Trump was the perfect target for Russian intelligence. Here is someone who has no self-control, a sense of sexual entitlement, and intermittent financial crises. That’s made to order for seduction by Russian intelligence. I may be wrong. I hope I am wrong. I hope Putin doesn’t have a grip on him.”
The FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller–a former director of the FBI for over ten years–is conducting an investigation under the auspices of the Department of Justice to determine if there was any so-called “collusion” between Russian government operatives and the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. U.S. intelligence agencies have all said there was and that Russians tried to get Trump elected.
Putin hated Hilary Clinton. When she was U.S. Secretary of State, she repeatedly had spoken critically of him. But ever since Donald Trump has been president, he constantly has asserted that there was no such collusion and that the Special Counsel’s investigation is “a Witch Hunt” and a “hoax.”
Donald Trump is a big liar, and that it is either a lie or BS. Just think about it: how could Donald Trump know everything that everyone in his presidential campaign had done or had not done during that campaign. There is no way! People in his campaign could have been colluding with Russians without him knowing it. Plus, he could have told them to and not known it. And even if he afterwards asked all of them if they had colluded with Russians, are they all going to tell the truth if they did? If Trump does a lot of lying, you can expect that the people working for him may also.
As I’ve said before, Donald Trump does not believe in democracy. He believes in himself since he is a classic narcissist. The front cover on this week’s Time magazine tells it all. It’s a photo of Trump looking at his reflection in a mirror, in which he has a gold crown on his head and he is wearing a cape. The caption says, “KING ME.” I would say it’s worse than that with Trump. He’d rather be a dictator.
What is Trump hiding? If he is innocent of wrongdoing, he’d welcome Mueller’s investigation. His antagonism toward it is self-revealing–Trump has something to hide from the American public that would be so devastating for him that he is willing to risk firing Comey and constantly criticize Mueller’s investigation. All of that looks like obstruction of justice, which, if true, should get him impeached. He’s got a lot to hide to risk that. As I said long ago, Trump’s strategy is to turn enough of the American public against Mueller’s investigation so that Congress will not impeach Trump.
Plus, Trump is scared to death of Putin. Why? It looks like Peters is right, that Putin has something big on Trump. If so, it’s probably worse than what Steele Dossier says. Ralph Peters also said Wednesday, “When you look at Trump’s behavior patterns . . . How can you not draw the conclusion that Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is frightened of Vladimir Putin and his grip?”