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Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America

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Robert Petkoff

12 Hours 51 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

November 2018

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The New York Times bestselling, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for financial gain and covert election assistance.

Looking back at this moment, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from across the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circle…

Seth Abramson has tracked every one of these far-flung reports, and now in, Proof of Collusion, he finally gives us a record of the unthinkable—a president compromising American foreign policy in exchange for financial gain and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor, and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organize, and analyze every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: the case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes readers through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect. His extraordinary march through all the public evidence includes:

-How Trump worked for thirty years to expand his real estate empire into Russia even as he was rescued from bankruptcy by Putin’s oligarchs, Kremlin agents, and the Russian mafia.
-How Russian intelligence gathered compromising material on him over multiple trips.
-How Trump recruited Russian allies and business partners while running for president.
-How he surrounded himself with advisers who engaged in clandestine negotiations with Russia.
-How Trump aides and family members held secret meetings with foreign agents and lied about them.

By pulling every last thread of this complicated story together, Abramson argues that—even in the absence of a report from Special Counsel Mueller or a thorough Congressional investigation—the public record already confirms a quid pro quo between Trump and the Kremlin. The most extraordinary part of the case for collusion is that so much of it unfolded in plain sight.

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  • Danny P.

    Everyone in the United States or those interested in our current government should be aware of the details in this book. It could only help our democracy to do so, and may cause it to be stolen away if not enough do. To be honest, I’ve learned some from the book that I didn’t get from a religious reading of the author’s twitter feed, but my working knowledge of the details of the feed were sufficient. The value of the book if you are already well versed with the feed would be as a reference or to share. For that reason, I made the mistake to get the audio book. The recording was awkward because of the handling of the annotations and the narrator’s dramatic style clashing somewhat with the documentary nature of the book. If I were to buy it again (and I might), I would buy the hardback.

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