Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it. First as tragedy, then as farce.

I agree. However, you are speaking to someone who is not ignorant of history in the slightest, so you may feel free to take that little piece of snark and place it where the sun don’t shine.

History also shows us that there are intelligent people who are conspiracy addicts, constantly taking unrelated or marginally related factoids from one place and another and ginning them up into what appears (to some) to be a consistent whole. My in-laws are all middle eastern immigrants; I’ve seen this in practice. Constantly. Incessantly. Conspiracy theories are the lifeblood of the Arab. :-)

Anyone who claims to be a “professional mortgage broker” should have been well aware of how much investment the Russian oligarchs were pouring into NYC real estate at the time; everyone in the NYC business at the time would have said the same thing Mr. Trump said about them. And they did, on CNBC, constantly. And you also should have known that being in Miami, as the Russians were snapping up Gold Coast real estate after the bust just as they were real estate in NYC.

In due time, we’ll know if the current crop of Russiaphobes actually cooked a tasty stew or not with all those factoids, or actually did nothing but toss every ingredient they could find into the pot, whether or not it was edible. And in the end, threw it all in the trash can.

From my read, I expect the latter. Various Trump associates will be threatened, accused, indicted….. of something. Good; if you break the law, pay the price. The only thing that matters to the country is if the POTUS broke the law, and not in some tangential way like “Firing Comey was obstruction.” Zero chance of that ever leading to impeachment; it would have to be solid, free from nuance, unambiguous.

Impeachment, after all, is a political decision, not a legal one.

But, in the meantime, do amuse yourself with it.

Free markets, free minds. Question all narratives. If you think one political party is right and the other party is evil, the problem with our politics is you.