Progressive Congressman Defends Father’s Soviet Ties

, Cliff Kincaid, 1 Comment

After delivering a powerful anti-Russian speech at Saturday’s March for Truth in Washington, D.C., the “effective progressive” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) threatened this reporter, saying, “if you talk about my father again you’ve got a real problem.”

Clearly upset about a line of questioning that exposed his hypocritical anti-Russian stance, Raskin said, “Stop harassing me.”

The exchange, captured on tape, followed questions about his father’s involvement in arranging conferences with Soviet officials during the Cold War, for the purpose of undermining then-President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist policies. His father was Marcus Raskin, a former Kennedy administration official who was a founder of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

Regarding Trump and the Russians, however, Raskin has Tweeted, “We need an independent commission to scrutinize Trump’s pervasive staff infection.” It was a clever line he repeated in his speech.

Described by the liberal press as an “open humanist” with atheistic beliefs, Rep. Raskin seemed to threaten this writer with some kind of undefined action and asserted, “I don’t know who you are, but you’re deranged.” Walking away in disgust when I further questioned his father’s involvement with Soviet officials, he told me, “Go work for Donald Trump.”

My press credentials were hanging around my neck where he could see them.

A vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Raskin refused to engage in any extended substantive discussion with this writer, and his press secretary gave me his business card, hoping that would satisfy me and I would go away. I didn’t.

As I stood by, Raskin spoke French with a French broadcaster for several minutes, apparently repeating his allegations that the Russians had intervened against the successful pro-European candidate, Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron, in the recent French presidential election.

Raskin’s own particular “March for Truth” consisted of marching away in anger and disgust when I pressed him about his father’s ties to the Russians and the nature of his father’s think tank, the IPS.

The record is clear. In the 1980s, in order to undermine Reagan’s defense buildup, Marcus Raskin and the IPS planned several conferences with Soviet officials believed to be under the influence or control of the Soviet intelligence services. At the time, 12 members of the U.S. Senate and 70 members of the House wrote to Secretary of State George Shultz, warning that the Soviet Union would use the events for intelligence purposes.

IPS subservience to the agenda of the Soviet Union and its client state was a major topic of concern to those backing Reagan’s anti-Soviet policies.

Journalist and author Brian Crozier wrote in National Review that the IPS was “the perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.” S. Steven Powell’s book on the IPS, Covert Cadre, includes photographs of identified Soviet agents who attended IPS functions or associated with IPS personalities. He names two as KGB officers.

The IPS even hosted convicted Soviet spy Alger Hiss. It regarded him as innocent and launched a series of “Alger Hiss lectures” in 2002, after receiving a bequest from the estate of Alger and Isabel Johnson Hiss.

Ironically, Rep. Raskin used his D.C. speech to denounce the Russians for using “active measures” or influence operations against the United States, the same kind that his own father’s organization facilitated.

In his heated speech to the “March for Truth” crowd of about 1,000 people, Raskin attacked President Trump and other administration officials as Russian agents or dupes. He also claimed that former Trump advisor Roger Stone hosted a show on Russia Today (RT), the Moscow-funded channel. “He hosted a series on the Russia propaganda network,” Raskin said. Stone has said he appeared on the channel but didn’t host a show.

Later, when I asked Raskin for his opinion on Thom Hartmann and Ed Schultz, two progressives who do host shows on RT, he claimed ignorance, saying, “Drop me a note.” When I pressed him on the matter, he said they were “private citizens” and not government officials.

As more proof of rank hypocrisy on the part of the rally organizers and speakers, evidence shows that Hartmann is on the board of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), one of the “National Partner organizations” of the “March for Truth” demonstration.

Hartmann, who has been paid by RT to do a show on the Kremlin channel for several years, tried to rip a camera out of my hands when I questioned him a few years ago about his Moscow funding.

Raskin also demonstrated curious sensitivity on the subject of Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) connections to Moscow. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders, then a Democratic presidential candidate, appeared on the air with RT host Schultz, formerly of MSNBC.

Sanders had worked on a pro-Stalin Israeli Kibbutz during his younger days and, as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, had participated in a conference sponsored by the U.S. Peace Council, an organization controlled by the Moscow-funded Communist Party USA. He is a frequent speaker at events sponsored by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), one of whose members, Kurt Stand, is a convicted communist spy for the Soviet Union (and later Russia) and East Germany.

What’s more, Sanders and his wife went to the old Soviet Union on their honeymoon.

But when I asked Raskin if Sanders should be investigated for his Russian ties, he was skeptical and responded, “To search for what crime?” When I told him that “collusion” and “collaboration” with the Russians, the justification for the ongoing Trump investigation, were sufficient grounds, Raskin was still not convinced but conceded that an independent commission might be able to look into it. In regard to the Sanders honeymoon, he asked, “What year was that?” as if it had occurred too long ago to investigate. He eventually walked away, saying, “Stop harassing me.”

At that point, I was suggesting that Russian influence over his father’s organization, the Institute for Policy Studies, was also a suitable subject for investigation. The IPS still exists and today calls itself “a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. In partnership with dynamic social movements, we turn transformative policy ideas into action.”

Raskin and his father also have deep ties to academia.

While Rep. Raskin was a Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Government Program at the American University Washington College of Law, his father Marcus Raskin is currently serving as a professor at George Washington University. He is still listed on the IPS website as one of its “experts,” and” a “Distinguished Fellow and Founder” specializing in “Democracy, National Security.”

Media ties to Raskin and the IPS crowd are substantial. In the 1980s, many journalists were so close to the IPS that they actually taught classes at the organization. One, Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post, told students that “most journalists now, most Western journalists at least, are very eager to seek out guerrilla groups, leftist groups, because you assume they must be the good guys.”

That IPS class was held during a time when the old Soviet Union and its surrogate, communist Cuba, were destabilizing Central America and hoping to install a series of communist governments. Reagan had stopped the Soviet takeover at a critical juncture when he ordered the military liberation of communist-controlled Grenada.

Today, DeYoung is an associate editor and senior national security correspondent for The Washington Post, where she covers the Trump administration and U.S.-Russia relations.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org. This article originally appeared on the Accuracy in Media website.

 

One Response

  1. ABUTOM

    June 9, 2017 10:49 am

    PROGRESSIVE, LIBERAL. LEFT WINKER, ARE NICE SOUNDING WORDS. NOW SAY COMMUNIST BECAUSE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS THE COMMUNIST PARTY. 70 MEMBERS OF THE PARTY OF DEATH TO LITTLE CHILDREN ARE LISTED ON THE SOCIALIST PARTY WEBSITE. SOCIALISM IS COMMUNIST STAGE THREE (PEACEFUL REVOLUTION) FOLLOWED BY STAGE FOUR VIOLENT REVOLUTION. AREN’T YOU GLAD OBAMA NEVER GOT THE 82 MILLION GUNS FROM THE PEOPLE. THAT IS ONLY ONE GUN EACH.
    ANY COMMUNIST WHO WANTS TO SEIZE YOUR GUNS SHOULD FIRST TRY THE GHETTO AND THEN ANY INDIAN RESERVATION.CUOMEY DESTROYED FBI INTEGRITY.. LEAKED SECRETS TO A PROFESSOR IN COMMUNIST COLUMBIA WHO LEAKED IT TO THE STALIN TIMES. TOO BIG TO FAIL HAS TO GO TO JAIL.
    WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHO HE GIVES UP PRIOR TO THE PRISON SENTENCE.

    TRUMP VS THE COMMUNIST PARTY.
    Remember the Columbo series? What did he always have in his hand? A notebook. Are you going to believe that the head of the FBI only had notes of a Trump meeting? FBI agents always take notes. That is what they do. Comey was well rehearsed and his 7 page document presented Comey as a good and faithful servant. But his testimony showed a different Comey, a democrat operative. I do not trust Muller who is his buddy to do justice to this hearing. Aren’t you tired of the BS platitudes from these guys . Thank you for your service. You are a great American. A rookie cop two weeks on the job would not be stunned by the question President Trunp asked the seasoned head of the FBI. His answer was high school material. I was stunned. I was cowardly. The dog ate my homework. On the communist side the demo commos are rehearsing for impeachment hearings. Isn’t time we eliminated trap questions that begin with answer yes or no. OK yes or no. Please the fifth and say yes or no is not an answer.
    some stats. 170,000,000 Russians is the population of Russia. 155,000 are members of the communist party. We have that many communists in New York City including the mayor. Comey was asked if he shared his Trump notes with anybody? He replied yes, a law professor from Columbia KGB graduate school.. He should have stuck to his script. Instead he chose to use it as the shield from which to strike from. While we are at it lets put an end to the BS story that Trump lost by 3 million popular illegal invader votes,. He won everything. He won for the Trump party the next 16 years. Trump Pence.
    Unless Putin sends the democrats polonium tea bags. You could also get shot in the back in a robbery and never get robbed. In late breaking news China has recalled 33,000 fortune cookies trying to recover Hilary’s emails.

    Now we go to the cover up session which is classified top secret. Items like Kathy Griffins football cup size. Remember Pornowood’s hero Madonna who promised free BJ’s to anyone who voted for hitlery
    Was the line around the block? No, just one senior citizen who said if it is all the same I’d like a vanilla cone. The afternoon session is cover up bull shet. We have thwarted at least 1,000 attemps to blow up the country but we can’t tell you about all our success because it is classified. FIX news is going CNN. Chris Wallace who initiated the knee capping of Trump on the first debate and the last debate invoked the communist lie about Blessed Joe McCarthy. That is where the communist muzzle comes from you are a McCarthyite but the fake fall of the Soviet Union vindicated McCarthy in a series of Soviet documents called the Venona papers. The president has the authority to hire and fire. Cuomey will not be the first democrat to lose his job. The one good thing he did was identify the New York Stalin Times as liars.

    BARTENDER CHAMPAGN! I HAVE A TRUMP COUPON. NONE FOR HIM HE IS DRIVING THE COUNTRY TO FREEDOM.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/spiritofamericapartybook/2017/06/06/twump-is-being-mistweeted

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