The Democrats firmly believe a conspiracy theory that says Donald Trump stole the election using Russian hackers. Reality is not being so kind to their theory.
I could go over the mountains of evidence that proves the theory false, but it’s all old news. No, Wikileaks didn’t get their information from Russia. No, Trump isn’t working with Russia. No, the FBI doesn’t have any evidence of anything. And so forth.
But the best evidence that the conspiracy is BS? Trump just keeps making Russia angrier and angrier. Which is a dumb thing to do if you’re trying to keep a partner-in-crime happy.
Which brings me to this week’s news – the feds just arrested a whole collection of new Russian mobsters and criminals. And their connections take them all the way up to Moscow.
Thirty-three defendants associated with a Russian “thief-in-law” syndicate were arrested for a host of crimes. The arrests for alleged racketeering, extortion, murder-for-hire, robbery, fraud, conspiracy, narcotics, and firearms spanned from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas.
Court documents obtained allege members of the “Shulaya Enterprise” operated a complicated conspiracy dealing in stolen cigarettes, murder-for-hire, the illegal sale of firearms to known felons, gambling activities, illegal debt collection, extortion, and other violent activities.
And chocolate. These guys trafficked in chocolate.
The Russians, in short, were not low-grade criminals. Anything this extensive and organized usually has ties to Russian mobsters back home. And those guys have ties to Moscow, and to Putin.
Prosecutors, in fact, have already begun to connect the dots.
“Most members and associates of the Shulaya Enterprise were born in the former Soviet Union and many maintained substantial ties to Georgia, the Ukraine, and the Russian Federation, including regular travel to those countries, communication with associates in those countries, and the transfer of criminal proceeds to individuals in those countries.”
It should go without saying that this isn’t the kind of thing you do if you want to make Moscow happy.
It is, however, the kind of thing you do as the Law and Order candidate. Trump is keeping his promises, yet again.