50 NAT’L SECURITY EXPERTS Sign Open Letter Calling Trump Foreign Biz Dealings Direct Threat

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Hey, remember five whole days ago, when Newsweek posted a bombshell story by Kurt Eichenwald about how deeply the tentacles of Donald Trump’s business interests are directly entangled with the interests of foreign political leaders, crime lords, shady foreign-owned corporations, global financiers and the like?

Remember how this was supposed to be a huge story which would change the course of the election and finally, at long last, snap the U.S. media out of it’s Trump-induced stupor (and a good chunk of voters out of their insanity)?

Yeah, well, none of that happened. Instead, Trump changed the subject by finally admitting that yeah, President Obama was born in the U.S., followed by him lying about Hillary being the one to start spreading the rumor that he wasn’t.

Eichenwald’s piece, as important and disturbing as it is, and as meticulously researched as it must have been to put together…ended up mostly as a 3rd-tier “oh, by the way, here’s this other thing that happened…” story.

Thankfully, at least SOME people were paying attention to his work…and they’re scared shitless, with good reason. Read the whole thing…and then take a gander at the list of those who have signed onto the letter:

A CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY

Donald Trump still has not revealed to the American public his international business relationships, even as it becomes increasingly clear that his overseas ties could well constitute significant conflicts of interest when it comes to charting US foreign policy. This is unprecedented for a candidate for the nation’s highest office. As such, we are calling on Mr. Trump to disclose, in full, the nature of his business relationships overseas — to include specifically who his business partners are and what and where are his foreign investments. We also call on him to pledge that he will divest himself of his overseas business interests should he win the presidency.

According to an investigative article published September 15th by Newsweek, Mr. Trump has shown poor judgment with regard to whom he has associated with overseas in order to further his business interests. The Newsweek article reports that Mr. Trump courted Muammar Qaddafi, a dictator who murdered his own people and who once pursued nuclear weapons and conducted terrorism against Americans. Newsweek also asserts that Mr. Trump’s other business partners have included Kremlin-tied oligarchs and Russians with mafia links, an individual accused of money laundering for the Iranian military, a Turkish media tycoon accused of running a fuel-smuggling ring, Indian companies that may have violated India’s laws in their pursuit of business with Mr. Trump, and a South Korean company mired in scandal. Importantly, according to this news item, Mr. Trump’s business partnerships owe millions of dollars to Chinese entities.

It’s not hard to see why these reported relationships would be problematic. They could impact the foreign policy Mr. Trump would pursue as president, and they seem to have already influenced the policy positions he has taken as a candidate. We do not know whether all of the facts in the Newsweek article are accurate, and the best way to dispel any doubts would be with a full and complete disclosure. The issues are too important to leave them unanswered. It would be in Trump’s own interest to resolve these potential conflicts before the election.

Russia offers the most clear cut example of where Mr. Trump’s business interests may be influencing his policy positions. Mr. Trump’s son has said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section” of their assets and that they “see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” We also know from numerous reports – including from a May Politico piece – that Mr. Trump made millions in 2013 from a Russian oligarch close to Putin when he hosted the Miss Universe event in Moscow and that the two men sought Russian real estate deals together. And Mr. Trump has filled his campaign with top-level advisers with deep ties to Russia, including former campaign chair Paul Manafort, who resigned amid a cascade of revelations about the depth of his connections to pro-Kremlin individuals.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian leadership, while outlining policies that read like a Kremlin wish list. He has claimed that Putin would never invade Ukraine, suggested permanently ceding Crimea to Russia, and placed conditions on upholding our obligation to protect our NATO allies. He even encouraged Russian espionage to interfere with our election, a tactic Putin has deployed across Central Asia and Europe to boost his preferred candidates. In addition, he has floated lifting sanctions against Russia, which would benefit both Putin and the Trump Organization.

Our next commander-in-chief will inherit complex national security threats and complicated relationships with allies and adversaries alike. But our policies must be motivated exclusively by what is in America’s best interest, not by the financial interests of our president. The onus is on Donald Trump to assure voters that this will be the case by disclosing the nature of his overseas relationships and committing to divest such assets.

Signed By:

  • Gen John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.), former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command; former Commander, NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan
  • Wendy Anderson, former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Commerce
  • Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense
  • Rand Beers, former Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Daniel Benjamin, former Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State
  • Jarrod Bernstein, former Assistant Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security
  • Richard Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University; Member, National Commission on Terrorism
  • Robert Blackwill, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning
  • David Buckley, former Inspector General, Central Intelligence Agency Stan Byers, former Director for Afghanistan, National Security Council, the White House
  • Shamila N. Chaudhary, former Director for Afghanistan & Pakistan, National Security Council, the White House
  • Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Harry Clark, former Senior Counselor, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Jane Chapman Gates, former speechwriter for the Secretary of the Treasury; former Deputy Spokesman for U.S. Ambassadors to the UN; and former Senior Advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan
  • Charles Dunne, former Foreign Policy Adviser to the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon; former Director for Iraq, National Security Council, the White House
  • Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia Gerald Feierstein, Ambassador (ret.)
  • Thomas Fingar, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis; former Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research
  • Michele Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • James K. Glassman, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; former Chairman, U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Caitlin Hayden, former Spokesperson, National Security Council, the White House
  • Bruce Hoffman, former scholar-in-residence for counterterrorism, Central Intelligence Agency; former Commissioner, 9/11 Review Commission
  • Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and contributing columnist for the Washington Post
  • Stephen D. Krasner, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; former Director of Policy Planning, Department of State
  • Mark P. Lagon, former Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State
  • George Little, former Press Secretary for the Department of Defense; former Spokesman for the Central Intelligence Agency
  • John MacLaughlin, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Anja Manuel, former Department of State official and Lecturer at Stanford University
  • James N. Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Michael Morell, former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Richard Nephew, former Principal Deputy Coordinator of Sanctions Policy for the Department of State
  • Thomas Nides, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Maria Otero, former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights
  • Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Mira Patel, former Small Business Administration Senior Advisor; former Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • Ricardo Reyes, former Deputy Assistant for Public and Media Affairs for the U.S. Trade Representative
  • John A. Rizzo, former Acting General Counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Andrew Sagor, former Special Assistant to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of the Secretary, Department of State
  • Dr. Gary Samore, former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and WMD Terrorism
  • Ronald P. Sanders, former Associate Director of National Intelligence
  • Kori Schake, former Deputy Director of Policy Planning, Department of State; former Director for Defense Strategy and Requirements, National Security Council, the White House
  • Stephen Sestanovich, former Ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union
  • Andrew Shapiro, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs
  • Nick Shapiro, former Deputy Chief of Staff for the Central Intelligence Agency; former Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor; and former White House Assistant Press Secretary
  • Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Steven Simon, former Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council, the White House
  • Julianne Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden
  • Alan Steinberg, former Region 2 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
  • John Stubbs, former Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Eric P. Schwartz, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; former Senior Director, National Security Council, the White House
  • (Hon.) Ellen Tauscher, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Affairs
  • Michael Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Samantha Vinograd, former Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon; former Director for International Affairs and for Iraq, National Security Council, the White House
  • Paul Wolfowitz, Chairman US – Taiwan Business Council; former Deputy Secretary of Defense; former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia; and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia & the Pacific
  • Philip Zelikow, former Counselor of the Department of State; former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission; and former member of the National Security Council staff, the White House

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos