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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

All about the oil

If you are following the details about the Trump administration investigations, observe that part of the conflicts of interest is about oil. Michael Flynn was allegedly engaged in a $100 billion oil deal involving the Russians and Saudi Arabia, something that he omitted from his security clearance application. Do you believe that Donald Trump had nothing to do with that?

Jarred Kushner, the President's son-in-law, and go-to advisor had meetings with a Russian banker with close ties to Putin. The Trump boys have engaged in business deals with Russians in the past. In fact, at one point in the Donald Trump history, there are questions about the Russians might have bailed him out of financial ruin. That may prove to be a dark case of conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Trump's environmental policy is a reversal from Obama's and is an assault on the environment. It is influenced by the Koch Brother's among other old fossil doners.

News today is about the war for oil in Syria.

"In Syria, the World’s War … and a Mad Scramble 
Russia. The United States. Iran. Nations of the Middle East. The Syrian government. And a ragtag bunch of rebel groups. Together they have made Syria a theater for world power politics. On Monday, tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalated. The Russian government warned that its forces would target U.S. warplanes flying in a conflict zone of Syria after an American fighter shot down a jet belonging to Syria’s government, Russia’s ally. Iran added to the volatility when it launched its first missile strikes on Syria on Sunday. One expert said it was part of the scramble for Syria’s eastern provinces, which hold much of the country’s oil and gas wealth." 
Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times

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  1. In this story, there is much suspicion. Donald Trump can remove the cloud by releasing his tax returns. He can cooperate fully with investigators if he has nothing to hide.

  2. Flynn didn’t disclose role in Saudi deal with Russians, congressional letter says
    Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn appears to have failed to report a 2015 trip to Saudi Arabia on behalf of a U.S./Russia business plan to build nuclear reactors, according to a congressional letter issued Monday requesting documents from the companies he allegedly represented.

    The seven-page letter — which contains the signatures of Democratic ranking members of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, but no Republicans — is framed as a request to three companies Flynn allegedly represented in the effort. The joint venture, which the letter notes was first noted in a Newsweek article, involved U.S. companies, a Russian state-sponsored company and Saudi financing, and was geared towards providing “nuclear power to the Arab world.”