HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Lindsey Graham dishes on ...

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:25 PM

Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991

By NATASHA BERTRAND

10/10/2019 03:18 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has in the last year become something of a congressional point man for President Donald Trump’s negotiations with Turkey, leading discussions on everything from Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system over the summer to their more recent incursion into northern Syria.

So when he received a call from a man he thought was Turkey’s minister of defense earlier in August, it didn’t strike him as unusual. “Thank you so much for calling me, Mr. Minister,” Graham said. “I want to make this a win-win, if we can.”

But it wasn’t the Turkish defense minister at all. Instead, it was Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, Russian pranksters with suspected ties to the country’s intelligence services who go by “Lexus and Vovan.” The duo have become notorious in recent years for their cold calls to unwitting, high-profile Western politicians, including Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, leading some to suspect that they’ve had help from the Kremlin, according to The Guardian. (A Schiff spokesman said at the time that the House Intelligence Committee “informed appropriate law enforcement and security personnel of the conversation.”)

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, confirmed the call’s authenticity to POLITICO. “We have been successful in stopping many efforts to prank Senator Graham and the office, but this one slipped through the cracks,” he said. “They got him.”

</snip>


5 replies, 606 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Oct 10 OP
blogslut Oct 10 #1
Dennis Donovan Oct 10 #2
cwydro Oct 10 #4
Leghorn21 Oct 10 #3
oasis Oct 10 #5

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:33 PM

1. Lindsey the weathervane

In public he's all "No. No. Abandoning the Kurds is wrong"

On this call, he's sympathetic to Erdogan's "Kurdish problem" and is totally gonna look into easing up on that criminal gold trader.

Fuck this guy.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:35 PM

2. More: "...also expressed sympathy for Turkey's "Kurdish problem" and described Kurds as a "threat."



Natasha Bertrand ✔ @NatashaBertrand

Replying to @NatashaBertrand
Bloomberg reported last night that Trump pressured Tillerson to ask DOJ to drop the Zarrab case. Graham suggested Trump would try to help as best he could. “I think President Trump likes President Erdogan. I think he’s a strong man and we need to deal with strong people."


Natasha Bertrand ✔ @NatashaBertrand

In the call, Graham was concerned w/getting Turkey back into the F-35 program & urged the “defense minister” to refrain from using Russia’s S-400 system. But Graham also expressed sympathy for Turkey’s “Kurdish problem” and described Kurds as a “threat.” https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991

3:27 PM - Oct 10, 2019


Wow... is there ANY entity Graham WON'T sell out????

Scumbag...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:40 PM

4. What a completely ugly man he is.

And I’m not talking looks.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:40 PM

3. Holy cow, Linds brought up Zarrab??

Graham also mentions Trump’s personal interest in a “Turkish bank case” in the call that appears to refer to a U.S. case involving Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader and client of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Trump had asked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017 to help persuade the Justice Department to drop the Zarrab case.


Damn man

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:56 PM

5. Graham comes across like the hunchback traitor in the film "300". nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread