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Wagner Group mercenaries leave their comrades’ bodies behind after fleeing battle in Donetsk

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RFE/RL’s Yaroslav Krechko reports that Ukrainian soldiers found bodies of enemy soldiers with patches indicating they were members of the Wagner Group, Putin’s private army. The bodies were abandoned on a battlefield near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, after a brief combat with Ukrainian soldiers in a wooded area.

You can see Krechko’s report in “Bodies Of Russian Mercenaries Litter Field After Donetsk Battle With Ukrainian Army” (warning: video depicts dead bodies, though mostly blurred out).

Krechko shows two patches:
  • One patch depicts the Grim Reaper, saying “НАШ БИЗНЕС СМЕРТЬ И БИЗНЕС ИДЕТ ХОРОШО”, Russian for “OUR BUSINESS IS DEATH AND BUSINESS IS GOOD”.
  • Another patch says “Я НЕ ВЕРЮ НИ ВО ЧТО. Я ТУТ ПРОСТО ДЛЯ НАСИЛИЯ”, Russian for “I DON’T BELIEVE IN ANYTHING. I’M HERE JUST FOR VIOLENCE.”
The Ukrainian soldiers say these are calling cards for the Wagner Group. The dead soldiers bore no Russian Army markings, but some had patches and green armbands with lettering in Arabic, on bodies that didn’t look Slavic. The dead soldiers had only standard uniforms and Kalashnikov rifles, and did not use advanced tactics before they died.

The Ukrainian soldiers obtained radios from some of the dead soldiers, and heard recordings of communications asking superiors for an evacuation vehicle, but their headquarters did not send one to pick them up.

Reports like this should be of interest to Russians thinking of joining the Wagner Group, which has recently had enough trouble recruiting that it has partly stepped out of its shadowy tradition and put up recruiting billboards in provincial cities in Russia. As Meduza reports, many recent Wagner Group recruits are coming directly from prisons, where inmates are promised 100,000 rubles ($1,600) per month plus a month’s salary as bonus, plus an official pardon and a return home if they survive six months of combat. Prison recruits also must promise not to drink, use drugs, loot, desert, or surrender, all on penalty of death. They are given two weeks of basic training before being sent into combat.


It appears that Putin has decided to use his private mercenaries indiscriminately as cannon fodder in eastern Ukraine. Even if I were a criminal in a Russian prison, though, I’d think twice before signing up for an organization with a patch that says “OUR BUSINESS IS DEATH AND BUSINESS IS GOOD”. In Ukraine, the patch refers more to the mercenaries who wear it than to the Ukrainian soldiers they’re attacking.

 
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The complete guide to every excuse Republicans have made for Trump's theft of classified documents

David Nir

My oh my. It’s been less than a week since federal agents raided Donald Trump’s Florida beachhouse in search of classified documents that Trump stole from the White House, but Republicans have come up with a truly dizzying number of excuses and smokescreens trying to cover up his wrongdoing—often several each day. Honestly, it’s been somewhat hard to keep track of them all, especially as many contradict one another, but we’re here to help. Below, please find our day-by-day catalog of every b.s. pretext Trump’s defenders have tossed out there.
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MONDAY​

Excuse: Everyone is corrupt except Trump—says Trump himself.



In fairness, if anyone can recognize vintage
caudillo behavior, it would be Donald Trump.

Excuse:
This warrant and raid business was uncalled for. Trump would have turned over everything had the government simply asked politely.



Oh, wait,
they did subpoena him? Nevermind!

TUESDAY​

Excuse: The FBI put it there!



Trump watched the raid of one golf course on closed-circuit television from his other golf course, so of course he’ll be releasing the tapes of all this planted evidence (“P. Tapes” for short) immediately.

WEDNESDAY​

Excuse: This is all the fault of the Deep State FBI, headed up by ultra-liberal Christopher Wray.



Reminder: Christopher Wray is a member of the Federalist Society and was appointed to his post by Donald Trump.


THURSDAY​

Excuse: #Whatabout Obama? Obama did it, too. He did it worse, in fact. Also, he’s a secret Muslim.



So true. As the National Archives explained, they maintain Obama’s classified materials “in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area” and noted that Obama “has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.” You can think of this facility as Obama’s version of Mar-a-Lago, albeit with a vibe that’s a bit more Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Excuse: LOL, like, the only thing that would justify this would be, I dunno, nuclear secrets.



Narrator: It was nuclear secrets.


Excuse: They didn’t raid Trump quickly enough!



Warrant was issued on a Friday, the seizure took place Monday. Everyone knows that most unlawful sharing of nuclear secrets happens on the weekend.

Excuse:
Trump declassified all of this stuff with the power of his OWN MIND.




Just call him President Kreskin.

TTM Note: continued

 
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FRIDAY

Excuse: Maybe it was aliens.



Maybe it was aliens.

Excuse: But her emails!



Damn, where was that frenzy?

Excuse: Oh, please, all you need is a smartphone to find the same nuclear secrets Trump took.



Even, like, an iPhone 6 will do!

Excuse: Trump only took a tiny bit of super-duper-classified stuff, and don’t worry about all the other documents.



A standard bankers box holds some 2,500 pages, or around 1.2 million words. It’s a well-known fact that even the smallest nuclear secret needs at least 1.3 million words to describe it.

Excuse:
They’re only investigating Trump because he might run for president again.



This is definitely how it works. And if Trump follows this advice but changes his mind and does decide to run after all, that’s just tough noogies for the feds.

Excuse: Trump was just trying to prevent World War III. I think this was more or less the plot of Sneakers: Too many secrets!



After all, Donald the Dove, Hillary the Hawk, right, MoDo?

Excuse:
Trump installed an Autodeclassifierbot 3000™ at the threshold of the Oval Office.



This is obviously why his attorneys signed a sworn statement telling the feds in June that all classified materials had been given back to the government—because there were none to return!

Excuse: Trump didn’t take those documents intentionally—the General Services Administration just stashed them in boxes that got moved to Mar-a-Lago when Trump exited D.C.



Guess these guys never heard that warning at the airport about accepting items from strangers.

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SATURDAY​

Excuse: This has happened to you: Your landlord gives you three months’ notice that you’ve got to move out, but you just don’t really believe them. Every week they keep telling you until, at long last, you finally realize they mean it, so of course your departure turns into a haphazard mess.



Also, in this case, you live in the White House and your landlord is the people of the United States of America. Very relatable!


What excuses will the coming week bring? Stay tuned! The bullshit never ends.

P.S. We miss any? Lets us know in comments!

If Trump has nuclear documents at home, I’m sure it’s for good reason -- By Alexandra Petri

……………Trump was walking out to Marine One when he noticed that a cat was stuck up a tree. The poor creature mewed and yowled so piteously that he could not help feeling sorry for it. He spent several hours trying to lure the cat down from the tree, first with appealing words and then with a can of tuna and then with a laser pointer, but nothing worked. The only thing that worked to get that cat down from that tree was to pull out all the nuclear documents and wave them at it, and when the cat did get down from the tree, it immediately sat down on the nuclear documents and wouldn’t get off, which everyone knows is an impossible situation if you want access to a document. Trump decided he would take the documents and cat with him and wait for a better time, but the cat has hissed at him every time he has tried to get the documents out from under it. This situation has continued for two years.……………..
 

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The Whole Warrant

This is very detailed, and I can’t do it justice without a lot of time, but Empty Wheel has a masterpiece of deduction and close reading in Obstruction: The Two-Receipt Search of the Former President’s Golf Resort.

I’m about to be brutal and unfair in abbreviation, and I feel terrible about it, but Ms. Wheeler realized that


Despite the fact that every single leak to the press about the scope of the warrant claimed that two crimes were listed, “mishandling classified information” and the Presidential Records Act, those leaks were all false. The former was a transparent attempt to avoid saying the word “Espionage” and the latter is not listed on the warrant as a crime being investigated at all

Indeed, Ms. Bobb, former commentator on OANN and now Trump attorney at Larry Margot, signed for two receipts from the FBI in the same minute. That tells Marcy Wheeler that the two inventories, presented by different agents, represented not items taken from different parts of the resort, but items taken for different crimes.

One likely (though not the only) explanation for the two receipts has to do with the venue in which Trump’s suspected crimes were committed and therefore the ultimate destination of the seized materials, with the SSA receipt [the receipt listing fewer boxes and more documents] materials being sent to DC as evidence of 18 USC 1519 and the CLASS receipt [the receipt that has received all the attention so far] materials being kept in Miami as evidence of multiple violations of the Espionage Act that occurred at Mar-a-Lago.

When it comes to Kash Patel’s argument that Trump declassified everything, Ms. Wheeler points out that any evidence of Trump telling his staff to treat the materials as secret or special (or even highly valuable) would indicate that he had not declassified them. It would rebut the claim. [She does not address the point made by the people she calls “TV lawyers” that declassification is no shield to the Espionage Act.]

She also points out that a lot of stuff is Classified that never
has markings on it.

If Trump took notes with his Sharpie on a cocktail napkin during a phone call directly with Mohammed bin Salman, for example, it would not include classification marks, but it might be highly classified.

Empty Wheel thinks that the search’s SSA receipt is about obstruction, that there are several bits of obstruction that Trump is being investigated for, and the insider’s tips led FBI to rush down and collect evidence on both sets of crime while it could:

the final bullet describing the scope of the search (and back to my working hypothesis for the two different receipts, that the SSA receipt covers evidence of obstructive acts committed in DC). It authorizes the seizure of evidence of the destruction of records.
Any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings.
This language comes right out of the obstruction statute, though leaves out the reference to “investigation or proper administration:”
. . . remarkably, Trump’s leakers were hiding this part of the warrant even more aggressively [than “Espionage”]. In the entire week of post-search coverage, there was never a hint that obstruction was on the warrant, too. The “Expert Explainers” gaming out what crimes might be on the warrant completely missed obstruction. I did too.

Please go to read the article, as I don’t want to rob her blog. She presents extensive quotes from the National Archives, where they had already found evidence of materials sought by the January 6th Committee that had been substantially altered or destroyed. There had been a criminal case urged already for evidence in multiple cases that, when sought in the National Archives, had been destroyed or altered.

The man who changed a weather map to make a hurricane hit Alabama has no compunction about creating all the best people.

Oh. And if Trump were found to have obstructed an investigation into conspiracy by destroying evidence, it might extend the statute of limitations on that conspiracy.
I wrote a long thread yesterday about how Trump epically ****ed up by giving DOJ grave reasons to come search his home. DOJ would never have searched Mar-a-Lago for materials Trump withheld in violation of the PRA. They probably would never have searched MAL for evidence he withheld regarding January 6. But Trump kept refusing to turn over classified information DOJ knew he had, some of it reportedly incredibly sensitive. Trump dared Merrick Garland to come get those classified documents. And in so doing, Donald J. Trump gave the FBI urgent reason to come into his home to seize — along with at least 11 boxes containing classified documents — the evidence about January 6 and other investigations that is so sensitive Trump tried to destroy it before refusing to turn it over to the Archives.

It’s a long blog post, but it’s really worth your time. Does she prove that the second receipt is about an obstruction case? No. On the other hand, the warrant proves that there is most emphatically an obstruction case. Donald Trump is such a con-u-copia of crime that we can miss the trees for the forest, even when they’re crashing down.