Reports this week say that the Special Counsel is investigating illegal donations given to the National Rifle Association, especially from the Russian politician Alexander Torshin. Robert Mueller’s team is also investigating the Republican National Committee to find out whether illegal foreign donations were given in exchange for their pro-Russia platform, and if that money was given to President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as well as the coffers of other GOP candidates.
Vice President Mike Pence, the man who supervised Donald Trump’s awful White House transition, lies that he was oblivious to the campaign members’ treasonous involvement with Russia. The ex-Indiana Governor was hand-chosen for the nomination by doomed traitor and former Donald Trump Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort. Manafort will probably spend the rest of his life in prison, while investigators keep probing his activities in the 2016 election, along with his evil political consulting role for the corrupt, pro-Putin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Paul Manafort left the Trump campaign in August 2016, following reports confirmed that he illegally accepted 12.7 million dollars from another pro-Putin Ukrainian politician.
Back in October of 2016, the Daily Beast reported that Manafort continued to communicate with Pence long after the election, while he was also advising Trump on how to select the worst possible cabinet position appointees. Mike Pence also was in charge of Michael Flynn being appointed as National Security Advisor, even though he was warned about the general’s sketchy ties to Turkey and Russia. Mike Pence has also maintained a longstanding relationship with the founder of the murderous corporation Blackwater and ex-Trump campaign advisor, Erik Prince, a criminal who’s also under investigation regarding his involvement in many nefarious negotiations with criminal foreign officials with ties to dark money groups.
Mike Pence’s extreme and bigoted Christian conservatism has earned him decades of campaign donations from the Koch brothers, and it has also caught the attention of the oppressive Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), a church directly controlled by brutal dictator Vladimir Putin. Putin has spent much of his presidency strengthening and expanding the ROC. Following 70 years of repression, a lot of the church was taken over by the Soviet state, and many clergy became KGB informants. Kirill, the Patriarch of the ROC, has strong KGB connections.
Because in the 1980’s, Putin was the KGB’s Fifth Directorate, the group responsible for overseeing religious groups, the two men may have known each other for up to thirty years. Kirill supported the illegal invasion of eastern Ukraine as well as the aggressive annexation of Crimea, and he was instrumental in the oppressive imprisonment of Pussy riot, the protest Russian punk rock band.
Putin’s influence on the Russian Orthodox ideology is just like extreme Christian fundamentalism. A rabid foe of homosexuality and the fight to put individual rights over those of his totalitarian state, the ROC helps to project Russia as a natural ally of people who want an illiberal world without acceptance of other cultures, the civilizing influence of globalization, and rights for women and gays. Which is to say, Russia is an ally of hate and social regression, which makes them a natural ally for the Republican party.