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President Donald Trump would not have all these problems with impeachment if he did not buy into crazy conspiracy theories, Heather Digby Parton wrote in a piece for Salon on Friday.

In “The web of crazy conspiracy theories that may bring down a president” – subhead: “Trump and Giuliani have embraced many nutbar theories. The one that may doom them was a political hit gone wrong” – Parton opens talking about the interview last weekend of Tom Bossert, a former adviser in the Department of Homeland Security, saying Trump should “move forward” and drop 2016 collusion allegations.

“If he continues to focus on that white whale, it’s going to bring him down,” Bossert told George Stephanopoulos. “Enough.”

Parton then informs us “Bossert was talking about two of the strands of what turns out to be a convoluted set of interlocking conspiracy theories, all of which involve Rudy Giuliani and all of which are, quite frankly, completely nuts.”

One is the matter of the black ledger, Parton wrote, which Paul Manafort, who was for a brief time a manager of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, claims would prove that it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign that colluded with the Ukrainian government against Trump. This “forms one strand of the ludicrous ‘Ukraine framed Russia to help Hillary Clinton’ 2016 collusion theory.”

There is no record of any prominent Republican suggesting Ukraine framed Russia for anything in 2016.

The “CrowdStrike scandal” – which “holds that the security firm that first identified the Russians as being behind the Democratic National Committee hack was actually owned by a Ukrainian (it isn’t and never has been) and was in on the plot – as were the FBI and the DNC, including murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, who supposedly did the actual hacking as an ‘inside job.’ All of it is utter nonsense.”

For more nonsense, Parton writes, look to “Attorney General William Barr’s ‘investigation of the investigation,’ which has him gallivanting all over the globe trying to prove that the CIA had it in for Trump and set up the bogus Russia investigation to trap him. This must also mean that Robert Mueller was in on the scheme since his team indicted a whole bunch of Russians.”

Mueller indicted 13 Russia troll farms. When one showed up asking for information from prosecutors on the charges, Mueller backpedaled immediately, and the charges were not mentioned again.

Giuliani, former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York and the president’s personal lawyer, “is at the center of all of these conspiracy theories, working under the influence of a couple of Ukrainian conmen in Florida with the full participation of his client, the president of the United States,” she wrote. “They are both wallowing in the right-wing fever swamps and it’s as fetid and poisonous as Chernobyl during the meltdown.”

Besides, all that stuff about Joe Biden getting his son a cushy job as a condition of Ukraine receiving US aid … more nonsense.

“Unlike all the other Ukraine scandals, this Biden conspiracy didn’t spring from the right-wing fever swamps, nor did Rudy Giuliani ‘uncover’ it, as he likes to brag he did,” Parton wrote. “This one was a professional hit job carried out by the same team that brought you “Clinton Cash,” the book about the Clinton Foundation that formed the basis of the ‘Crooked Hillary’ campaign.”

She mentioned Peter Schweizer’s new book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Behind Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” and identifies him as “now an editor at Breitbart News and president of the Government Accountability Institute, a nonprofit he founded with Steve Bannon and right-wing billionaire Rebeka Mercer. Its purpose is clear enough: To launder far-right smears and dirty tricks.”

With a number of his books, including “Clinton Cash,” Schweizer has invited the New York Times and other publications to re-report the information he presents and write their own stories.  

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