August 17, 2017 9:39 pm -

An article by Zev Shalev, published earlier today at, goes into meticulous detail on the ties between the Trump campaign, Russian hackers, Carter Page, Erik Prince, and Mike Pence – and is one of the best primers on how the key players fit together. The juiciest paragraphs conclude the article:

Vice President Mike Pence… seems to be operating as a President-in-waiting, pending a Trump impeachment. This should trouble Americans because behind the scenes Pence is powered by the very same people who put Trump in office and is closely aligned to [Blackwater/XE/Academi mercenary-for-hire company owner and Christian extremist] Erik Prince.

The Prince and [Betsy] DeVos clans have a long history of supporting right-wing causes, from bankrolling Newt Gingrich’s “Republican Revolution” to supporting anti-gay, anti-abortion organizations and ballot initiatives. Erik, was very close to Charles “Chuck” Colson, Richard Nixon’s “Watergate hatchet man” who Pence calls “a dear friend and mentor.” Erik Prince donated to Pence’s PAC “Principles Exalt a Nation”. After Prince’s Blackwater gunned down 17 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square in 2007, Pence organized a welcoming reception for Prince in Washington D.C.  The Prince and Devos clans also support and believe in establishing a Christian government in the US, just like Pence. 

While Pence claims he is not aware of any collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign, it’s clear Prince not only acted in an advisory capacity for Pence when he headed the Trump transition team, he was actively involved in setting up a back-channel with Russia. Prince and Pence have been close friends and allies for at least a decade.

If President Trump is impeached and Mike Pence becomes President, the group of evangelical supporters who helped elect Trump may be closer to achieving their and Vladimir Putin’s goal. Jeremy Scahill puts it all in a far more Machiavellian way, “Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors,” says Jeremy Scahill.

Given the small trickle of breadcrumbs and leaks to have emerged from the investigations into Russiagate and associated questionable enterprises by Independent Counsel Robert Mueller and New York AG Eric Schneiderman, it is very likely that Pence and Prince are both already under prosecutorial scrutiny.

Pence cut short an international trip, allegedly to join a meeting at Camp David concerning “Afghanistan strategy” – and given that there had been talk of “privatizing” the endless Afghan war by handing it off to Prince (and making him very rich), the possibility of grand corruption that would greatly stuff your tax dollars into Pence crony Prince’s pockets is not beyond the realm of imagination. But then, Pence and Prince believe in the Prosperity Gospel of Republican Jesus® – and in that belief rubric, cronyism is a virtue!

We urge you to read the full article, “Trojan Horse,” at

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.