Clapper: Russia 'absolutely' meddled in the 2016 election By Eugene Scott, CNN Updated 8:52 AM ET, Tue May 30, 2017. From Russia With Context: Everything You Need To Know About Trump-Russia. Spy movies make the world of international espionage and politics look flashy and exciting.
Real spy work, however, is a lot more subtle and complicated, and if it’s done right, you’ll only know that it succeeded after the fact. Right now, we are living through the aftermath of a successful Russian operation aimed at playing off the divisions in American society. That operation helped a TV star with an addiction to conspiracy theories and opaque ties to post-Soviet oligarchs become president. How Russia Became Ruled By Corruption And Vladimir Putin. Russian Oligarchs May Have Used Donald Trump To Launder Money. Compromised By Money Laundering, Trump Was The Perfect Candidate For Putin. This Is How Putin Used Bots, Professional Trolls, And Wikileaks To Move An Election. We Must Learn From Russia’s Interference So This Never Happens Again. The Other Special Prosecutor We Need.
The Other Special Prosecutor We Need President-elect Donald Trump and his attorney Sheri Dillon at a press conference in New York on Jan. 11, 2017, where they discussed how Trump would handle his business affairs while in office.
(Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) White House officials besides Trump looked into pressuring FBI to drop Flynn investigation. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Washington Post delivered yet another bombshell about the Russia investigation on Monday night, with Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima reporting that at some point before the May 9 firing of James Comey, senior White House officials “sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn.”
One official told the Post that the line of questioning from the White House amounted to, “Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” Obstruction of justice, presidential immunity, impeachment: What you need to know. Americans are hearing a lot of comparisons these days between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, particularly after news reports revealed the existence of contemporaneous notes taken by soon-to-be-fired FBI director James Comey during his conversations with Trump.
The news reports hinted at further notes that could be subpoenaed by either Congress or law enforcement, fueling speculation that these materials could help lay out a case that Trump committed obstruction of justice by seeking to quash probes into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. "Asking FBI to drop an investigation is obstruction of justice," Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the ranking member of the House Committee on Ethics, tweeted. "Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. " Middle East allies at physical and political risk from Trump leak. Among intelligence partners, two maxims govern how business is done: don’t disclose more than is needed, and never allow a source to be compromised.
This code of conduct has been especially relevant in the campaign against Islamic State (Isis), where regional and global powers have collaborated to quash the terrorist group, often at enormous risk to individuals. The Five Eyes alliance, comprising the US, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand and which acts as the eyes and ears of the western world, has spent much of the past decade trying to penetrate Isis. But for all its hi-tech edge, it still relies heavily on local partners for real human sources who can reveal terrorist plots, particularly in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq’s Kurdish areas and Turkey. The sharing of such information with any member of Five Eyes comes with clearly understood caveats that the sourcing remains opaque, unless those doing the disclosing decide otherwise. “That’s the nature of this work,” said one officer.
Trump is a president gripped by delusions of absolute power. ‘I have the absolute right” to share classified information with Russia.
So tweeted the United States president in defence of having spilled national security secrets to the Russians. Note that well, and put the emphasis on the word absolute, because the president’s use of the word shows that he lacks any understanding of the US constitution. Sessions may face career-ending legal trouble in wake of Comey firing. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.
"During the course of the last several weeks, I have met with the relevant senior career Department officials to discuss whether I should recuse myself from any matters arising from the campaigns for president of the United States," he said in his written recusal released on March 2. "Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.
" Any existing or future investigations. Related in any way. Sessions consulted with the president and coordinated the firing of James Comey. Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey. Every time FBI Director James B.
Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia. Trump had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the director’s lack of action in recent weeks on leaks from within the federal government. Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance. When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into whether Trump’s team colluded with the Russians, he was breaking with recent precedent at the specific request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The chummy White House visit—photos of the president yukking it up with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak were released by the Russian Foreign Ministry since no U.S. press was allowed to cover the visit—had been one of Putin’s asks in his recent phone call with Trump, and indeed the White House acknowledged this to me later Wednesday. “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,” a White House spokesman said of Trump’s Lavrov meeting.
“Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.” Story Continued Below But being against America, Negroponte added, was a tactic, not the end in itself. Watch Live: FBI's Andrew McCabe Faces The Senate Intel Committee Two Days After James Comey's Firing. Updated: 11:45 a.m. ET The absence of former FBI Director James Comey loomed large over the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing with top U.S. intelligence leaders, but his temporary replacement, now-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, assured lawmakers he would not bend to pressure from the White House.
"You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution," McCabe said. By firing James Comey, Trump is continuing the work Putin started. A brazen attack on the rule of law. There is no other way to describe Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.
Recalling the dismissal of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, Democratic senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania rightly called the act “Nixonian”. But it is more than that. Russia’s criminal interference in our presidential election represents one of the great scandals in our history. A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. Adam Schiff Just Became Putin And Trump's Biggest Nightmare After Macron Campaign Hack. Top House Intelligence Committee Democrat, ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made an astute observative about the hack of French presidential candidate Macron’s emails and what it might say about the investigation in Russia and Donald Trump.
In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Rep. Schiff said: In our election, and because of the decentralization of our voting system, my gravest fear was not that the Russians would hack the actual voting machines. The Guardian Just Dropped A New Trump-Russia Bombshell That Changes Everything. It appears the infamous “PissGate Dossier” has a few drips left in it yet. The explosive set of documents, compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, contains dozens of pages of intelligence and analysis outlining Trump’s many ties to Russia. It caused a firestorm of controversy when it was leaked to the press early this year. The Guardian is reporting late Friday that new evidence has emerged confirming one of the major allegations asserted in the dossier. If true, this report would, for the first time, link the Trump campaign directly to Kremlin-controlled hackers: Trump Ethics: The President Who Hasn't Stopped Being A Businessman (Video)
President Trump is in a peculiar position: He runs the country, advised by his daughter and son-in-law — while also profiting from his own worldwide Trump Organization, run by his sons. This arrangement has spurred a number of ethics and conflicts-of-interest concerns, numerous lawsuits and a consistent stream of headlines. Though President Trump has stepped down from managing his 500+ businesses and put them in a trust, he continues to own them. Donald Trump's tax plan would turn the whole U.S. into Kansas. Experts Just Uncovered A $500k Gift From Russia To Trump. Mar-a-Lago Ad Belongs in Impeachment File - Bloomberg View. It’s Not ‘McCarthyism’ to Demand Answers on Trump-Russia Allegations. Ivanka Trump brand secures China trademarks on day US president met Xi Jinping. ELIZABETH WARREN: The Cover-Up In Trump’s Taxes.
Trump has visited a Trump-branded property every 2.8 days of his presidency. Proposed federal budget would slim down resources for state, rural and tribal libraries. Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'. Trump Team’s Ties to Russia: A List of Who’s Who. Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record. Gibberish Is the White House’s New Normal - BillMoyers.com.
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