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Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, pleaded guilty on Friday for lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, the New York Times reported. Special Counsel Robert Muellers office charged Flynn with one count of making false statements to the FBI about two meetings with Sergei Kislyak in which Flynn and Kislyak discussed U.S. sanctions and a U.N. Security Council resolution. The charge is an indication that Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel investigation.EDITORS NOTE: This story is developing quickly and Lawfares coverage of current reporting is likely to be overtaken by events throughout the day.

Pope Francis said, the presence of God today is also called Rohingya, marking the first time the pope has used the term for Myanmars Muslim ethnic group during his visit to Southeast Asia, Reuters reported. The pope gave remarks after meeting Rohingya refugees in Dhaka, Bangladeshs capital. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar after a campaign of military that the U.N. has termed ethnic cleansing. The pope did not use the word Rohingya when he visited Myanmar earlier this week.

Saudi Arabias air force intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Yemen. The attack is the second this month, CNN reported. A Saudi military spokesperson said the missile was headed towards a Saudi city near the Yemen border. Houthi rebels in Yemen said the attack was a successful test. A missile fired at the Riyadh airport on Nov. 4 prompted the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen to blockade all the countrys ports. The U.N. sanctions monitor said on Wednesday that Iran had designed and manufactured those missiles, according to Reuters. The U.N. report said it did not have any evidence who supplied the missile to the Houthis. Iran has denied smuggling weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Reza Zarrab, the Turkish-Iranian businessman who plead guilty to evading U.S. sanctions, testified that Turkish government officials told him that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved his scheme to illegally move millions of dollars of Iranian oil sales, the Washington Post reported. Zarrab is cooperating with federal prosecutors in the trial of one of his co-conspirators. The Turkish government has castigated the trial as a plot by Erdogans enemies to challenge his credibility.

Over the summer, President Trump pushed top Senate Republicans to close out congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the New York Times reported. The president told Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, that he was hopeful the inquiry would as quickly as possible. Trump angrily denounced the Russia investigation to other top lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Bob Corker. The White House denied that the president had tried to improperly influence the investigation.

Erik Prince, founder of the security firm Blackwater, confirmed to congressional investigators that he secretly met a Russian banker close to President Vladimir Putin to discuss a U.S.-Russia communications channel, according to the Post. Prince confirmed that his counterpart at the previously reported meeting was Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Prince denied that he was acting on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Attorney General Jeff Session refused to answer questions from congressional investigators in a closed hearing about whether Trump had ever attempted to interfere with the Justice Departments Russia investigation, Reuters reported. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sessions declined to answer questions about President Trumps interactions with Sessions regarding the investigation.

The Defense Department disclosed that it has not yet provided a lawyer to the American citizen believed to be an Islamic State fighter being detained as an enemy combatant despite the mans request for counsel, the Times reported. Justice Department lawyers provided the information in response to an order from D.C. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan in a habeas petition the ACLU brought on behalf of the man. The FBI has not questioned the man since he asked for a lawyer. The government has not charged the man with any crime and it is unclear whether it plans to transfer him to any other country for detention.

Israel bombed targets in Gaza in response to mortar fire from Palestinian militants, the Post reported. The Israeli military said it hit Hamas military sites. The mortar fire came after Israel destroyed a tunnel that the Islamic Jihad militant organization had built under the Israel-Gaza border.

The White House is considering a plan to relocate the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Wall Street Journal reported. The move would also involve formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. The plan is not yet official, but it could spark strident opposition from Palestinians and cause complications with the Israel-Palestine peace process. On Friday, the president will face a deadline on whether to issue a waiver that would allow the U.S. to keep its embassy in Tel Aviv, delaying provisions of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act from taking effect.

The U.S. will withdraw 400 Marines from Syria ahead of schedule after the U.S.-backed campaign against the Islamic State achieved large reductions in the groups territory, the Journal reported. The Marine unit provided artillery support to the U.S.-backed forces that captured Raqqa, the Islamic States former capital, last month. A coalition spokesperson said the move was part of a larger reduction in military commitments as the campaign winds down.

The Syrian governments negotiators left U.N. peace talks in Geneva and said they may not return, Reuters reported. The Syrian representatives said the oppositions collective statement that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot play a role in the countrys political transition made negotiations impossible. The government team said they would consult with political leadership in Damascus on whether to return to the table next week.

Nigers government gave its approval for armed U.S. drone flights over its territory, the Times reported. The U.S. and Niger signed a memorandum of understanding allowing armed drone flights out of Niamey, the capital, and an expanded military presence in the country. The U.S. is targeting extremist groups across West Africa. Deploying drones in Niger would significantly enlarge the range U.S. drones can cover over West Africa.

Taliban gunmen disguised in burqas attacked a university dormitory in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Times reported. Gunfire killed at least nine people and wounded thirty others. The Pakistani Taliban said its militants had attacked a Pakistani intelligence safe house. Pakistani authorities said there was no intelligence activity at the university.

The Pentagon delayed indefinitely a planned phase-out of certain types of cluster munitions, according to the AP. The Department of Defense said it was unable to fulfill a pledge by President George W. Bush to use cluster munitions that have high safety standards by 2019 and would continue to use its existing stockpile. The U.S. has not signed the 2010 treaty banning the use of cluster bombs.

 

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Hayley Evans and Shannon Togawa Mercer discussed Brexits implications for data protection regulations.

Evans summarized the UKs new data protection bill.

Madiha Afzal explained why the Trumps administrations strategy in Pakistan is likely doomed to failure.

Curtis Bradley and Jack Goldsmith discussed whether Congress cares that the president has an enormous amount of discretion to interpret international law.

Goldsmith and Robert Williams argued that the recent indictment of three Chinese hackers shows the 2015 U.S.-China cybersecurity agreement is weakening.

Scott Anderson and Yishai Schwartz explained the potential consequences if the president waives the Jerusalem Embassy Act.

Benjamin Wittes posted the Power of Delusion Thinking edition of Rational Security.

Susan Hennessey shared her testimony from a congressional hearing on the cybersecurity of voting machines.

 

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The Early Edition: December 1, 2017
 

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

A plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo has been devised by the White House, senior administration officials said yesterday, with Pompeo to be replaced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) who has signaled an intention to accept the role of C.I.A. Director if offered however officials have said that Trump has not yet signed off on the plan which was devised by White House chief of staff John F. Kelly. Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman and Gardiner Harris report at the New York Times.

Hes here Rex is here, Trump said yesterday in response to a question about Tillerson and whether he wants him to remain as secretary of state, Trumps comments did not quell rumors about Tillersons departure and there have been numerous reports that the president has a poor relationship with the secretary of state. Michael C. Bender and Peter Nicholas report at the Wall Street Journal.

He remains, as I have been told, committed to doing this job, the State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said yesterday, making the statement as part of a series of comments by administration officials that tried to downplay the rumors of Tillersons departure, separately Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters that he had spoken to Tillerson in a lengthy conversation and did not believe he was soon to be sacked. Anne Gearan and Carol Morello report at the Washington Post.

Kelly called the State Department to tell them that the rumors about a plan to oust Tillerson are not true, Nauert said yesterday, the BBC reports.

Nauert pointed out that Tillerson will be going on a tour of Europe next week and had a full week of engagements when asked about the secretary of states position, in response to a question about Tillersons authority and whether it has been undermined, Nauert responded that Tillerson is someone whose feathers dont get ruffled very easily. Julian Borger and David Smith report at the Guardian.

Theres nothing to it, the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday in response to reports of Tillersons imminent departure. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

The reports of Tillersons departure were disclosed as part of an attempt by the White House to publicly shame the secretary of state, according to a source familiar with the matter, adding that the shaming would be followed by waiting for Tillerson to punch out. Michelle Kosinski and Sara Murray report at CNN.

Several senior administration officials claimed that there would be further departures of senior White House aides and Cabinet members as Trump reaches his one-year anniversary in office, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that there are no personnel announcements at this time.  Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Diplomats frustrated with Tillersons leadership of the State Department have cautiously welcomed the prospect of Pompeos appointment, saying that despite his partisan persuasion, they hope that a better relationship with the president would be to the benefit of the department. Nahal Toosi explains at POLITICO.

Pompeo has certain qualities that Tillerson does not possess, however he would be still faced with similar problems regarding the presidents lack of regard for diplomacy and the reports of Pompeos potential appointment has drawn a mixed reaction from serving U.S. officials. Arshad Mohammed explains at Reuters.

Pompeo would bring a distinctly political voice to the role of secretary of state, having shown an ideological and politicized approach as C.I.A. director which has aligned with the presidents views on many issues, this would bring the benefit of a better relationship with the president, but would remove a voice of moderation on key foreign policy issues. Mark Landler writes at the New York Times.

Tillerson is arguably unsuited to his role and has presided over a chaotic and demoralizing period at the State Department, however if the personnel changes take place, it would potentially provide Trump with two more loyal lieutenants as Pompeo has been pointedly hawkish on key issues, such as on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and Cotton is perhaps the hardest-line hawk in the Senate. Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

The appointment of Cotton as C.I.A. Director would cement his meteoric rise in Republican politics, which has been achieved through an attempt to co-opt and shape the president rather than rail against him. Eliana Johnson and Ali Watkins observe at POLITICO.

Intelligence professionals have questioned Cottons credentials and have expressed objection to his characterization of waterboarding and torture, Spencer Ackerman explains at The Daily Beast.

Changes in personnel would likely be seen as a signal of greater U.S. willingness to use force, it remains unclear whether bringing in Pompeo and Cotton would lead to substantive policy changes, nevertheless Pyongyang and Tehran should understand that Washington is recalculating its tolerance for risk. David Ignatius writes at the Washington Post.

NORTH KOREA

The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man, Trump tweeted yesterday, referring to a recent visit by Chinese President Xi Jinpings special envoy to Pyongyang and North Koreas launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (I.C.B.M.) on Wednesday. Ashley Parker reports at the Washington Post.

The U.S.s announcement last week of joint military drills with South Korea provoked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take rash action, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed yesterday, accusing the U.S. of escalating tensions and calling for the U.S. to first of all explain to us what they are trying to achieve. Nathan Hodge reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday praised China for doing a lot but said they could do more to restrain the trade of oil with North Korea, Makini Brice and Andrew Osborn reporting at Reuters.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday that the U.S. would be unrelenting in its pursuit of diplomacy, adding that our diplomats will speak from a position of strength because we do have military options. Reuters reporting.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trump urged Senate Republicans to try and conclude the Senate Intelligence Committees investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to several lawmakers and aides, including the Chairman of the committee Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The former Chairwoman of the committee Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that Trumps requests were inappropriate and breached the separation of powers, Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns report at the New York Times.

During testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, the Trump associate and founder of private military company Blackwater, Erik Prince, confirmed that he had met with a member of Russian President Vladimir Putins inner circle in the Seychelles in a secret Jan. 11 meeting. The meeting was brokered by the U.A.E. as part of an apparent attempt to set up backchannel communications between Trump and Russia, according to sources familiar with the interview, however Prince denied that he was representing the Trump transition team during the meeting, Karoun Demirjian reporting at the Washington Post.

A transcript of Princes interview is expected to be made public within the next three days, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was evasive when testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed hearing yesterday, according to Democratic lawmakers who attended, the ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) said that he was troubled by Sessions refusal to answer critical questions relating to the Russia investigation. Patricia Zengerle and Sarah N. Lynch report at Reuters.

The opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. would not run afoul of the First Amendment by revealing more of its clients and vendors, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon suggested yesterday, the firm commissioned the former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile a controversial dossier that alleged links between Trump and Russia. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort reached a bail deal with prosecutors yesterday, Manafort and his co-defendant Rick Gates have had their movement restricted since special counsel Robert Mueller charged them as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the election. Spencer Hsu reports at the Washington Post.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

A plan to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city has been considered by the Trump administration, according to U.S. officials, such a move would likely provoke a strong reaction from Palestinians and potentially undermine peace negotiations. When asked about moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, a White House spokesperson said that the president has always said it is a matter of when, not if, Felicia Schwartz, Andrew Ackerman and Rory Jones report at the Wall Street Journal.

This is a premature report, the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to rumors of the planned U.S. Embassy move, Andrew Restuccia and Eliana Johnson reporting at POLITICO.

An Israeli soldier was stabbed to death in southern Israel yesterday, hours after Israeli forces struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar fire. Ilan Ben Zion reports at the Financial Times.

The two sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should focus on incremental changes rather than a comprehensive solution, and the plan to for the division of the Jerusalem municipal area is a good place to begin. Peter Berkowitz writes at the Wall Street Journal.

YEMEN

Saudi Arabia intercepted a Houthi rebel missile fired toward the country from Yemen, the Saudi military said today, marking the second launch by the Houthi rebels in Yemen after they fired a ballistic missile on Nov. 4. Jamie Tarabay reports at CNN.   

The Houthi ballistic missiles that were fired into Saudi Arabia this year appear to have been designed and manufactured by Iran, according to a confidential report by U.N. sanctions monitors to the Security Council on Nov. 24, the revelation likely strengthening the Trump administrations attempts to punish Iran. Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

The Saudi-led coalition must fully wind down its blockade on Yemen to avoid an atrocious humanitarian tragedy, the U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said today, Tom Miles reporting at Reuters.

SYRIA

The U.S. is set to pull 400 Marines out of Syria following their successful support of coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) in their operation to take the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement yesterday.

Were not saying its not needed anymore but were saying its not needed in the volume weve had it, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon said yesterday in relation to troop deployments in Syria and the withdrawal of the Marines. Ben Kesling reporting at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.N.-backed peace talks on Syria have been extended until mid-December, the U.N. special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said yesterday, emphasizing that the talks should have no preconditions. The U.N. News Centre reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 11 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between November 24 and November 26. [Central Command]

U.S.-U.K. RELATIONS

The fact that we work together does not mean that we are afraid to say we think the United States has got it wrong, the British Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday, responding to Trumps sharing of content from the far-right, anti-Islam political group Britain First on his Twitter account. Jason Douglas and Jenny Gross report at the Wall Street Journal, noting the impact the presidents actions have had on the special relationship.

Trumps visit is unlikely to be officially canceled, despite the outrage across the political spectrum in the U.K. at Trumps actions, Amanda Erickson explains at the Washington Post.

The British government were within their rights to tell the U.S. President to butt out, and Trump should be aware that the U.K. remains the indispensable ally to the U.S. in the political and economic affairs of the world, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

The U.K. should rescind its invitation to Trump for a state visit, Matthew DAncona writes at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The U.S. Defense Department was granted permission by the government of Niger to deploy armed drones from its capital, Pentagon officials said yesterday, the agreement was made through a memorandum of understanding and drone operations could begin within days. Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt report at the New York Times.

Taliban militants in Pakistan killed at least nine people and wounded at least 30 in an attack in the city of Peshawar today, according to officials, Ismail Khan reporting at the New York Times.

The American citizen who apparently fought for the Islamic State group in Iraq and was captured by the U.S. in mid-September has been informed of his right to counsel, however the Department of Justice said yesterday that due to his current situation, it was unknown when he would be able to have an attorney. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Members of the Taliban in Afghanistan have defected to Islamic State group in the northern Jawzjan province, providing the Islamic State with a new foothold which has drawn the attention of U.S. forces. Matin Sahak and Girish Gupta report at Reuters.

The Defense Department has indefinitely postponed a planned policy banning the use of certain cluster bombs by 2019, the Pentagon spokesperson Tom Crossen saying in a statement yesterday that cluster munitions remain a vital military capability. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

A package of secret proposals that would allow for private companies to run covert operations and rendition programs has been considered by the White House and the C.I.A., Aram Roston reveals at BuzzFeed News.

The Libyan Prime Minister Fayez el-Sarraj yesterday expressed hope that the U.N.-imposed arms embargo would be partially lifted, making the comments ahead of a meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and a meeting today with President Trump. Reuters reports.

The Iranian-Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab claimed that the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan personally intervened in a scheme allowing Iran to avoid U.S. and U.N. sanctions, Zarrab said in court testimony in New York yesterday. Jose Pagliery reports at CNN.

Trump has not nominated a single member to work on the Presidents Intelligence Advisory Board which reviews the intelligence community, demonstrating the presidents ambivalence toward the intelligence community, Jenna McLaughlin writes at Foreign Policy.

The Trump administration and Saudi Arabias goal to curb Irans influence in the Middle East has been undermined by a lack of commonality on key issues, particularly how far they are willing to risk a civil war in Lebanon to clamp down on the Iran-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group. Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

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Donald Trump posts bizarre tweet after Michael Flynn finalizes plea deal against him

Now that Donald Trump has officially been sold out by his former National Security Adviser and former close personal ally Michael Flynn, we’ve all been waiting to see Trump’s reaction. Would he begin tweeting maniacally about Flynn? Would he yell “fake news” at the plea deal story and insist that Flynn somehow hasn’t sold him out? Would he randomly attack yet another famous black athlete to try to create a distraction? None of the above. He’s finally tweeted something, and it’s just… bizarre.Here’s what Trump tweeted in the hours after the Michael Flynn news: “The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon – FAKE NEWS! Hes not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!” Wait, what? Trump’s closest adviser just sold him out, his presidency just went up in a ball of flames, and he’s probably headed to prison in the end, and yet he’s tweeting about his personal feud with Tillerson instead? Is he that far gone? Actually, no, there’s something else going on here, because Trump didn’t write that tweet.

Trump’s tweet includes a link to an Instagram photo of himself and Rex Tillerson during better times. We’ve already seen that Trump’s technical skills are so pedestrian he would have absolutely no idea how to link an Instagram photo to a tweet, and in fact he would have no idea what that even means. In other words, Trump didn’t post this tweet. In the instances where one of his handlers posts a tweet on his behalf, it usually turns out that the words weren’t Trump’s to begin with, and that he had nothing to do with it.

So who’s ghost-tweeting on Donald Trump’s behalf today? Our best guess is Dan Scavino, Trump’s Director of Social Media, who retweeted Trump’s tweet from his own account immediately after it was posted. In any case, here’s the real upshot: Trump isn’t tweeting anything today. His handlers clearly believe that a distraction is necessary, so they’re posting nonsense about the Tillerson feud. But Trump doesn’t appear to be involved at all. Instead it’s more likely he’s curled up in a ball under his desk, unable to function. He’ll tweet about Flynn eventually, but for the moment, he appears to be so far gone that even his staffers are trying to cover for him.

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Robert Mueller expertly used Michael Flynn to lay a no-win trap for Jared Kushner

Two days ago we learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently met with Jared Kushner to discuss Michael Flynn’s role in the Trump-Russia scandal. It stood out as bizarre, considering that we had already learned Mueller was in the process of cutting a deal with Flynn, meaning that Mueller wouldn’t need any more testimony against Flynn. This morning Flynn did indeed cut that deal. Now that the details are leaking out, it’s become clear why Mueller went back and met with Kushner: it was a trap.Flynn has testified that while he was illegally communicating with the Russian Ambassador about sanctions on December 29th, he was relaying those conversations in real time to Jared Kushner at Mar-a-Lago (link). In other words, Flynn just sent Kushner up the river by pegging him as the ringleader of the Trump-Russia conspiracy. Of course Flynn will have to provide evidence of this beyond merely his own word, but Mueller has given him a sweetheart deal, suggesting that Flynn does indeed have overwhelming evidence. The key here, however, is Mueller’s last minute meeting with Kushner.

Based on the timeline as we now know it, Mueller went back and met with Kushner after Flynn had begun negotiating a deal, but before word of that deal became public. In other words, Kushner didn’t know at the time that Flynn had already ratted him out. Mueller met with Kushner in order to lay a perjury trap by asking him about the events that Flynn had already spelled out.

We don’t yet know whether Jared Kushner fell into that perjury trap, or if he told Robert Mueller the truth. But either way he’s facing trouble. If he admitted to being Flynn’s point man for the Russian sanctions conspiracy, then he just confessed to a serious crime. And if he lied about it, then Mueller has him nailed for lying to a federal investigator, which is an imprisonable felony. If Flynn’s evidence against Kushner is as good as Mueller seems to think it is, then Kushner is screwed one way or the other.

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Masha Gessen: Trump and Putin ‘a new generation of monsters’. Krishnan Guru-Murthy Presenter. Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials during the transition and more »

The coming American explosion – Macleans.ca
 


Macleans.ca
The coming American explosion
Macleans.ca
In the process, a fuse has been lit that may lead to the most significant political explosion in American history. We have been expecting this moment for a long time. One of the peculiar things about the Russia scandal is that at the beginning it 
Flynn’s rise and falls ends with charge of lying to FBIAmerican Press
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After Michael Flynn deal is finalized, James Comey taunts Donald Trump religiously on Twitter

Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn officially sold him out this morning, cutting a plea deal and testifying that Trump ordered him to secretly communicate with the Russian government during the election. In the wake of the news, former FBI Director James Comey who was fired by Trump for trying to investigate the Russia scandal took the opportunity to religiously taunt Trump on Twitter. Literally.Comey used his Twitter account around noontime to quote the Bible of all things, focusing in on Amos 5:24: “But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” This comes just two days after Comey quoted Winston Churchill by tweeting “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” So what’s Comey trying to tell us?

First, he clearly feels vindicated for having pursued the Trump-Russia scandal so vigorously for so long. Now that Trump is being proven guilty of having conspired with Russia during the election, this also proves that Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey, meaning that the firing was unjustified and should not have happened. Many will say that James Comey got what he deserved, after he misled the public eleven days before the election by releasing a letter which falsely implied Hillary Clinton was newly under investigation for her emails, when that was not the case.

James Comey and the FBI also spent the election trying to keep their Trump-Russia investigation a secret in order to preserve the sanctity of the case, which led voters to go into election day under the mistaken impression that Clinton was the criminal instead of Trump. Comey’s legacy will end up being a mixed one at best. But on this day, he clearly feels justified and vindicated or perhaps he’s just really excited to see Trump going down.

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FBI trying to ‘get in front’ of future threats of Russian interference … – The Hill
 


The Hill
Criminologists Are Asking Jeff Sessions To Release FBI Crime Data … – FiveThirtyEight
 


FiveThirtyEight
Flynn is front and center – and that’s bad news for Trump and his relatives – SFGate
 


New York Times
Flynn is front and center – and that’s bad news for Trump and his relatives
SFGate
Kushner, you will recall, egged on the president to fire former FBI director James BComey, who the president fretted was not going to abandon the Russia probe. There are several conclusions one can draw from these accounts. First, Mueller likely has
Jennifer Rubin: Flynn could be a real problem for TrumpWinston-Salem Journalall 167 news articles »

Keeping America Secure in the New Age of Terror – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
 


Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
Keeping America Secure in the New Age of Terror
Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
Good morning Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the current threats to the homeland. Our nation continues to face a multitude of serious and  

Air Force failed to report dozens of violent service members to FBI gun databases – The Keene Sentinel
 

Air Force failed to report dozens of violent service members to FBI gun databases
The Keene Sentinel
Air Force spokesman Ann Stefanek said Tuesday that the failure to follow Pentagon guidelines to report Kelley’s crimes to theFBI was not an isolated incident and similar reporting lapses occurred at other locations. It is unclear how many and more »

FBI investigating people animated by ‘Antifa ideology’ – Washington Examiner
 

FBI investigating people animated by ‘Antifa ideology’
Washington Examiner
Federal domestic terrorism investigators are probing a number of people animated by kind of an Antifa ideology, FBI DirectorChristopher Wray told lawmakers Thursday. We do have a very active domestic terrorism program, Wray told the House  

FBI, DHS Warn of Hacker Mercenaries Funded by Nation-States – Nextgov
 


Nextgov
FBI, DHS Warn of Hacker Mercenaries Funded by Nation-States
Nextgov
Lines between government-backed hackers and cyber criminals are getting fuzzier, top officials told lawmakers Thursday. That’s one message the FBI wanted to send when it indicted two Russian intelligence officers and two criminal co-defendants for a 
FBI trying to ‘get in front’ of future threats of Russian interference, director saysThe Hill
FBI Sets Up ‘Foreign Influence’ Task Force To Protect Election SystemTPMall 10 news articles »

Black Lawmakers Question FBI Director About ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Report – News One
 


LawOfficer.com
Black Lawmakers Question FBI Director About ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Report
News One
Congressional Black Caucus members on Thursday held discussions with FBI Director Christopher Wray for a second consecutive day to air their concerns about the bureau’s report that labeled the Black Lives Matter collective as Black Identity Extremists 
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