Behavior that Shows Guilt — Reciprocity?

I am a psychologist who spent my professional life teaching MBA courses, training in Fortune 500 companies and writing about Organizational Behavior of leaders and managers. I have worked for Republican and Democrat governors and many government departments with both

majorities in office in more than 25 states. As an avocation I have spent a great deal of time and energy over many years working through and developing a system to solve what is broken in our country and government.

In spite of my deepest desires to contribute to the fixes of this great and glorious shared home of ours, the United States of America, we are not so united — the fact of which is deep and hurtful to my heart and perhaps the most profound anguish in my now advanced age.

Still, here we are at a point of such perilous implications for finding our collective path to that blessed state of “united,” the health of the well-being of all Americans and America’s standing in the world that if we cannot come together in what I have called CRAVE-U (mutual Caring, Respecting, Accepting, Valuing, Encouraging and Understanding) then our future will not be as leaders but rather as a lost voice for kindness, goodness and rightness in the world.

In spite of the many, many issues confronting us it is imperative that we all come together on the sorrowful facts surrounding Russia, the president, his family and others associated with his campaign. I take and feel no joy for I believe all of the above parties have engaged in unethical and criminal behavior.

Here I am focusing strictly on six demonstrations of behavior that have been continually available for everyone to hear and see. I believe most people are missing the obvious behavior and conduct that is criminal . . . both by Russia, the Trumps and their surrogates. It all relates to their version of reciprocity and in the end Russia violated our laws and so did the Trumps.

Opinions have varied but there has been a lack of focus on what has actually been said and what were the subsequent actions that directly relates to the main issue of Russian interference in our electoral process. Was it facilitated by the Trump team behavior? The answer here is absolutely yes. It is foolish and unrealistic to believe anything else.

There has been an absence of leadership behavior by the president against any effort to stop any subsequent behavior by Russia. Yet opinions abound. Cold War tactics and denial persist in the media and in normal dialogue between people around the nation.

Behavior . . . what was said and what was done

As a preamble to my six specific behaviors it is only right that we chronicle that Donald Trump’s relationships with both Roger Stone and Paul Manafort date back to 1979 and 1980 respectively. Trump’s own efforts to develop business in Russia go back to 1987. Trump therefore knows Stone and Manafort for nearly four decades and has tried to do business in and with Russia for three decades. Therefore, he and they are not and cannot be unaware of how Russia works.¹

The Six Points of Behavior:

1. Donald Jr., through his own emails, confirmed that he received Russia’s intent to provide information that demonstrates “Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump.” (Behavior provided in emails).

2. Donald Jr. replied in minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” The behavior, occurred exactly as candidate Donald Trump solicited it during his TV appearances and as he predicted on TV and exactly as Donald Jr. asked for it from the Russians. The anti-Clinton pieces that Russia promised and dribbled out as Donald Trump requested it. Candidate Trump told us that “next week” he was going to reveal more on Hillary via TV and the revelations that followed did in fact influence the outcome of the election.

3. Donald Trump called for WikiLeaks and Russia to hack Hillary. (It’s on video during the campaign.)

Remember this behavior:

On July 27, 2016 at a press conference, candidate Trump says, “Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

4. The contention that “nothing happened” and it’s a “nothing burger” is obviously not true and is also not the behavior we all saw happen.

The behavior indeed demonstrates reciprocity . . . criminal activity by Russia and the Trumps.

5. The only conclusion that sensible people can come to is that there was action (behavior) that was taken by Russia to interfere with our elections. Secondly, we must conclude that it was sought by and welcomed by then candidate Trump and is now being covered-up by President Trump, members of his family and others. Regardless of political party identities, these are the actions and “behavior” for which President Trump must be held legally responsible and punished under the laws that apply.

6. Just a bit of speculation on my part regarding the president’s knowledge is that Donald Jr. or Paul Manafort or Jared Kushner all in the now famous meeting, reported back to him and said something like this, “It’s all set. It’s going to happen just as Donald Jr. told you.”

So he must have known then and he must know now exactly what happened with the use of WikiLeaks and Russian hacking of the DNC and John Podesta.

It is up to all of us in the USA to take our responsibility seriously and to act morally, ethically and legally . . . as needed.

The sooner Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, can complete his full and thorough investigation with a decision as to whether or not to proceed with criminal charges, and the sooner the House and Senate complete full and thorough investigations and act for the honor of the republic the better it will be. 

¹Moyers & Company, A Timeline: Russia and President Trump by Steven Harper, July 11, 2017

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