“Birds of a feather flock together.” So what birds does our president flock with?
Long time friend and confidant Roger Stone – the Trump operative who knew about the Russian hacking of John Podesta’s emails before they were leaked. See yesterday’s blog “Leave No Stone Unturned” and Maggie Haberman’s New York Times article “Roger Stone, the ‘Trickster’ on Trump’s Side, Is Under F.B.I. Scrutiny“. Trump met Roger Stone through the red-baiting lawyer for Joseph McCarthy and for New York crime families, Roy Cohn.
Former Campaign chief Paul Manafort – most recently in the news for alleged money laundering and work for Putin oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Described in the Associated Press article byAP findings on Trump associate’s work for Russian oligarch“.“
Chief Strategist Steve Bannon – former head of extreme right fake news site Breitbart and apostle of right-wing hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer. See my blog Who are Bannon and Trump and Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article “THE RECLUSIVE HEDGE-FUND TYCOON BEHIND THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY“. Extreme right-wing ideologues, Bannon and Mercer would like to destroy the existing governmental infrastructure. See also this article from McClatchy by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, “FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites” which suggests that Russian operatives may have used Breitbart and other right-wing media outlets to disseminate their misinformation.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who resigned in disgrace after lying about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador. Flynn is well described by Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker article, “Michael Flynn, General Chaos.” Read the Schmidle article for its insights on Trump’s attraction to a right-wing nutcase and Islamaphobe.
Former advisor to the Trump campaign on foreign policy, Carter Page. What you need to know about Page is in the Washington Post article by Julie Pace, “Ex-Trump adviser Carter Page at center of Russia storm“. Like Manafort, Page left the Trump campaign when his Russian connections became too visible.
And Trump himself? How Trump does business, and with whom, is set out in an article in The New Yorker by Adam Davidson, “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal“, which presents substantial evidence that Trump, himself, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in partnering with the Mammadov family in investments in a Trump Hotel project in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Looks like a flock to me.