One of the new revelations in the most recent legal filing regarding Michael Cohen was that Donald Trump had attempted to meet with Vladimir Putin in 2015:
In the Special Counsel memo, the detail about Michael Cohen’s cooperation with the Special Counsel included information about how Michael Cohen had “conferred with Individual-1 about contacting the Russian government” to setup a meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Autumn of 2015, a few months after Donald Trump had started his Presidential campaign.
This bit of information was surprising to many people because it showed attempts by Trump to meet with Russians earlier in his Presidential campaign than had previously been known by much of the public, who have heretofore mostly only seen the stories of Trump campaign officials meeting with Russians during the Spring and Summer of 2016.
But, there are a couple of stories that have not been widely reported that may show that the collusion between Donald Trump and Russia to have Donald Trump campaign to be President of the United States may have begun well before even the 2015 meetings detailed in the Cohen sentencing memo.
Shortly after Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the Presidential Election of 2012, Donald Trump sent out the below tweet:
We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Somebody in Russia saw Donald Trump’s tweet, an influential Russian politician named Konstantin Rykov, and he decided to respond to Trump. His story about what happened next was detailed on his Facebook page:
[Trump] lifted his plane to the sky and flew between New York and DC, calling the whole world through his twitter — to start a march on Washington!
Without a moment’s thought, I wrote him a reply, which sounded like this in Russian: “I’m ready. What should I do?”
Suddenly! There was a thin squeak of warning in the DM.
It was a message from Donald Trump. More precisely a picture. In the picture he was sitting in the armchair of his jet, smiling cheerfully and showing me the thumb of his right hand.
In the second post, Rykov explained how things went from there:
What was our idea with Donald Trump?
For four years and two days .. it was necessary to get to everyone in the brain and grab all possible means of mass perception of reality. Ensure the victory of Donald in the election of the US President. Then create a political alliance between the United States, France, Russia (and a number of other states) and establish a new world order.
Our idea was insane, but realizable.
In order to understand everything for the beginning, it was necessary to “digitize” all possible types of modern man.
Donald decided to invite for this task — the special scientific department of the “Cambridge University.”
British scientists from Cambridge Analytica suggested making 5,000 existing human psychotypes — the “ideal image” of a possible Trump supporter. Then .. put this image back on all psychotypes and thus pick up a universal key to anyone and everyone.
Then it was only necessary to upload this data to information flows and social networks. And we began to look for those who would have coped with this task better than others.
At the very beginning of the brave and romantic [story] was not very much. A pair of hacker groups, civil journalists from WikiLeaks and political strategist Mikhail Kovalev.
The next step was to develop a system for transferring tasks and information, so that no intelligence and NSA could burn it.
According to Konstantin Rykov, the idea for Donald Trump to run for President with Russia’s assistance began during the early morning hours of Nov 6, 2012, right after Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney.
Now, is this Russian politician a reliable witness? It is likely impossible to know with any certainty. However, there is some circumstantial evidence that might back up his claim: Donald Trump began the process of trademarking the phrase “Make America Great Again” just five days later:
Records show that Donald Trump applied to trademark the phrase “Make America Great Again” six days after President Obama was elected to a second term.
The timing suggests that Trump was preparing his latest run for president long before most people imagine.
And he was poised to do so while appropriating an old Ronald Reagan slogan as his own.
Call it The Art of the Steal.
As filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on November 11, 2012, application TRMP 1207224 read:
MARK: MAKE AMERICAN GREAT AGAIN APPLICANT: Donald J. Trump ADDRESS: 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 ENTITY: A United State citizen
The application said the phrase was to be used for “political action committee service, namely, promoting public awareness of political issues and fundraising in the field of politics.”
A standard sworn declaration bore Trump’s signature. It said in part that to the best of his knowledge “no other person, from corporation, or association has the right to use the mark in commerce, either in the identical form thereof or in such near resemblance thereto as to be likely, when used on or in connection with the goods/services of such other person, to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.”