If I were Vlad Putin I wouldn't want to just rely on Trump being an easily duped toady. I'd want some positive blackmail leverage in case Trump tries to grow a pair in the event Russia sends tanks into Latvia. That is the sum of the Trump dossier released yesterday.
Golden Shower Report
The titillating headline of the dossier.
Later in the dossier was a report of Trump attending sex parties in St. Petersburg, Russia. Again, it is standard Russia spy practice to record such compromising activities by prominent people.
Trump Lawyer In Prague
I've known several lawyers in my life and they fall all across the intelligence spectrum. Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, strikes me as being on the dumb side of that spectrum. The dossier claims that Cohen met secretly with Russian officials in the capitol of the Czech Republic last August. It sounds like something straight out of a John Le Carre novel.
Bizarrely, Cohen has denied the meeting by posting a picture of the cover of his passport. This just proves that Cohen has access to a photo of an unidentified passport cover. That's less Le Carre and more Get Smart!
Cohen is mentioned frequently as a key intermediary between Russian agents and the Trump campaign.
The last section of the dossier reports that in September, 2016 the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian agents to shut down the hacking operation and scatter the operatives to the wind.
There is nothing that can be called proof in the dossier. The only verification possible is the reliability of the unknown, to us, sources. Believe it or not, it's your choice.
A strange tidbit is that Trump and the Russians are using the exact same talking points to deny the dossier. Both use the phrase "witch hunt."
The Russian claim they have no compromising information on Trump is laughable. They wouldn't be doing their job if they hadn't researched Trump and we all know that Trump is a walking compendium of compromising acts.