Bernie Sanders didn’t vote today on the Democratic measure to enforce sanctions against companies controlled by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Taken by itself, his missed vote could easily be explained away because Dems had 47 votes plus the 11 Republicans that crossed over. They needed 60 votes for cloture. I’ve wondered about all the strange coincidences that keep popping up regarding his 2016 campaign with regard to Russia.
This isn’t the first time Sanders has made a head-scratching move relating to punitive measures against Russia. Back in June of 2017, he was one of only two senators – the other being Rand Paul – who voted against sanctions on Russia for interfering with our election.
It passed 98-2. Ninety-eight to two!
One of Robert Mueller’s indictment found Russian nationals didn’t just work to help Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, they also boosted the campaign of Sanders through trolls and bots on social media. From the indictment:
The Russians “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.’
I’ve never forgotten on his attacks on free trade deals and the similarities between language both he and Trump used interchangeably on the campaign trail.
As Evan McMullin noted after the Devine revelations came to light:
“Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump claimed 2016 elections were rigged, received Kremlin support, opposed critical sanctions on Moscow, and now attempt sow doubt over U.S. intel and law enforcement findings on Putin’s interference. On this matter, they’re two sides of the same coin.”
There’s been smoke coming from Sanders’ campaign for some time. His chief campaign strategist, Tad Devine, is caught up in the Manafort case.
The timeline, best I can figure out, goes something like this:
June 2014 – A Devine email tells Rick Gates, Manafort’s business partner caught up in Mueller’s investigation, that Devine’s rate will be $10,000 a day
Just a few weeks earlier, Tad Devine was met in Kiev with Kremlin operative, Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik has been indicted and Mueller just confirmed Kilimnik a focus of grand jury investigation.
November 2014 – Devine publicly signed on with Bernie Sanders.
One other important thing (that got very little press): Sanders never released his tax returns. His lame ass excuse was that his wife didn’t file in time or some such nonsense.
I have made no secret about my dislike for Bernie Sanders. But there’s something else going on here. Too much smoke for there not to be a fire.