Could be, smipypr. I still say the biggest “influencing”/boondoggle was the attempt to get Trump team behind regime change in Iran…which I think might have gone back to Aug '16…per the general outline here below (at link…but IIRC there are two Intercepted podcasts with Nairn, not sure which mentioned August)…
“This meeting at Trump Tower appears to have been about Iran, not just support for Trump’s presidential campaign. We only know a tiny bit about what actually went down behind closed doors, and hopefully we’re going to learn more. But one of the consequences of the endless months and months spent on Russia, Russia, Russia has been that other lines of investigation and inquiry, regarding other countries, have been relegated to sporadic reporting at best. The case for active, documented collusion with the Saudis, the Emiratis, the Israelis and the Trump campaign and the Trump team — it’s very strong. I would argue that, at this point, it is much stronger than the case about Russia.” https://theintercept.com/2018/05/23/the-killing-machine-legalized-torture-propaganda-and-endless-war-in-the-time-of-trump/
Who knows why Trump confounded The Iran Action Group on this score? [per Trita Parsi’s piece yesterday] Maybe he was reading “subversive” stuff on facebook. At any rate, the buck stops with him regarding this from Parsi–> "But we know now per the reporting of Reuters that the Trump administration has been destabilizing Iran and that the goal with its pressure policy is to ‘foment unrest in Iran.’ ”
Corruption gets its comeupance, so let’s all forget there’s no proof Russia molded opinions in America. When his cohorts start tumbling down I hope lots’o Mericans’ll remember it was his admin that wanted the strikes on Iran, or regime change. If you remember that, maybe you’ll be against the others remaining who may still desire same.
“The neoconservatives in the White House and outside proponents of war with Iran have Trump in a corner and they want to keep him there.” Parsi [emphasis mine]
8/20 Monday “On Iran, Is It Trump Versus His Own Neocons?” Trita Parsi https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/20/iran-it-trump-versus-his-own-neocons