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House Probe Looks Into Corruption, Criminal Behavior at FBI, DOJ – The New American

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House Probe Looks Into Corruption, Criminal Behavior at FBI, DOJ – The New American
 

House Probe Looks Into Corruption, Criminal Behavior at FBI, DOJ
The New American
The ongoing witch hunt of Trump/Russia collusion just took an interesting turn. A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives frustrated with the Justice Department’s refusal to explain its use of the now-discredited Trump dossier has and more »

What Happened, Indeed – The American Interest
 


The American Interest
What Happened, Indeed
The American Interest
This high level diplomatic foray not only provided solid confirmation from a senior Russian official that Moscow indeed sought to disrupt America’s 2016 elections, but it also made clear its motive. For all his bravado and saber rattling, Putin is  
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Trump defies Putin with arms to Ukraine – Chicago Tribune
 


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Trump defies Putin with arms to Ukraine
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In the annals of President Donald Trump’s odd dealings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, give Trump credit for making a straightforward decision to defy Putin by supplying arms to Ukraine. The State Department says the U.S. will provide Ukraine with 
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Details on Newly Uncovered GRU Online Personas – bellingcat
 

Details on Newly Uncovered GRU Online Personas
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On Christmas, Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post from published two widely shared reports on GRU (Russian military intelligence) activities in creating fake profiles on social networks, along with astroturfed political activist groups. The first  

Russia has a record of disinformation campaigns. So, why wasn’t the US prepared during the 2016 election? – PRI
 


PRI
Russia has a record of disinformation campaigns. So, why wasn’t the US prepared during the 2016 election?
PRI
Russia has a history of launching disinformation campaigns. So, why weren’t US officials prepared to guard against the campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential electionUS intelligence and law enforcement agencies saw some warning signs of 
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Incoherent Trump administration: Russia is/isn’t a hostile predator – The San Diego Union-Tribune
 


The San Diego Union-Tribune
Incoherent Trump administration: Russia is/isn’t a hostile predator
The San Diego Union-Tribune
But it is unlikely to change until President Donald Trump realizes he is overseeing a Russian policy that is at war with itself. On the one hand, his administration has issued a strategic policy overview that describes Russia as a predatory, hostile 
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ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory — mostly since Trump took office, officials say – Fox News
 


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ISIS has lost 98 percent of its territory — mostly since Trump took office, officials say
Fox News
The U.S. military says ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held, half of those losses coming since President Trumptook office; Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon. ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held — with half and more »

Is The US Going To War With Russia? A Marine General Is Warning Troops To Prepare For A “Big-Ass” Fight – Bustle
 


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Is The US Going To War With Russia? A Marine General Is Warning Troops To Prepare For A “Big-Ass” Fight
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And according to Military.com, marines stationed in Norway have even been instructed not to mention Russia at all while speaking to the news media (due to regional sensitivities). President Donald Trump has defended Russian President VladimirPutin a 
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My New Year’s wish for Trump – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
My New Year’s wish for Trump
Washington Post
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Russia’s interference operations aren’t over. What’s at risk for U.S. … – PBS NewsHour
 


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Robert Mueller just scored a big victory toward taking down Donald Trump

When it comes to the investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal and his other assorted crimes, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the upper hand in nearly every way. He has the leeway to do essentially whatever he sees fit with the probe. He has the evidence on his side. He has multiple key cooperating witnesses. There is only one thing that Mueller doesn’t necessarily have on his side but he just scored a key victory in that regard.Trump has been sitting back and letting Mueller pick him apart because Trump is under the delusion that Mueller is ultimately going to exonerate him. This is in large part thanks to Trump’s own attorneys, who for reasons known only to them have convinced Trump that Mueller will clear him soon. The trouble: the imaginary deadlines made up by Trump’s attorneys have come and gone, and Trump has gotten antsy, on the verge of figuring out that he’s in real trouble, and perhaps deciding to fight back accordingly. Yet now we’re learning that time is once again on Mueller’s side.

At last count, Trump’s attorneys had convinced him that Mueller would wrap the investigation and exonerate him by Christmas. They’ve slid that date back on Trump before, and he’s bought into it. But the holidays and the end of the year are a difficult deadline to get past. Yet nonetheless, the Wall Street Journal (link) is reporting that Trump’s lawyers have now convinced him that Mueller may need through the end of January. This is fundamentally huge, and it finally tells us how that fabled meeting between Mueller and Trump’s attorneys went.

In the short term, Robert Mueller is at a crucial point in his investigation. He’s had the Michael Flynn plea deal in place for weeks, and he’s presumably been using that evidence to set up a move on Jared Kushner. If Trump can be convinced to keep waiting, it gives Mueller the time he needs to take Kushner down. In the longer term, if Trump’s attorneys were able to convince him to give Mueller into 2018, it means they can keep pushing him back, because he’ll swallow anything.

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Did the FBI conspire to stop Trump? – WND.com
 


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Did the FBI conspire to stop Trump?
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Rep. Connolly: Trump’s Putin ‘Bromance’ Clouds His Judgment – Newsmax
 


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Rep. Connolly: Trump’s Putin ‘Bromance’ Clouds His Judgment
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Dem: Putin trying to ‘outflank’ US across the globe while Trump tweets – The Hill
 


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Dem: Putin trying to ‘outflank’ US across the globe while Trump tweets
The Hill
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US lawmakers question businessman at 2016 Trump Tower meeting: sources – AOL
 


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US lawmakers question businessman at 2016 Trump Tower meeting: sources
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Georgian-American businessman who met then-Miss Universe pageant owner Donald Trump in 2013, has been questioned by congressional investigators about whether he helped organize a meeting between Russians and Trump’s eldest son and more »

Focus on national security: Promise in Trump’s new strategy – Tribune-Review
 

Focus on national security: Promise in Trump’s new strategy
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We find ourselves in a similar moment, profoundly disillusioned, anxious as well as depressed, apparently eager to withdraw from world leadership into heated discussions of trysting FBI agents and the president’s consumption of diet soda. Yet the world and more »

The real reason Robert Mueller hasnt arrested Jared Kushner (yet)

It’s been more than three weeks since Special Counsel Robert Mueller cut a plea deal with Michael Flynn. That deal was so lenient, with all but the lowest charge set aside, it’s clear that Flynn demonstrated to Mueller that he has evidence sufficient to use against bigger fish. We don’t know for sure who that fish is, but various circumstances suggest that Mueller is using the Flynn deal to target Kushner. So why doesn’t Mueller just handcuff Kushner, or whoever the current target is, and get it over with?The short answer: such an arrest would mean failure. Mueller’s probe isn’t an investigation into what Jared Kushner, or Michael Flynn, or Paul Manafort did. Sure, their activities are part of it. But this is an investigation into the role that Donald Trump played in the Russian election conspiracy. If Mueller has to arrest Kushner, it’ll be because Kushner has dug in his heels and decided to fight whatever charges might end up being brought against him. If that’s the case, then Mueller won’t get anything useful out of Kushner until at least after it goes to trial in six months or more. Even then, Mueller may never get anything out of him.

Mueller began by arresting Paul Manafort because he knew that Manafort would try to use his limitless cash and fancy lawyers to fight the charges in court. There was no chance of getting Manafort to agree to a deal anyway, so Mueller popped him in order to scare others into cutting deals. Sure enough, Flynn took a look at his own empty bank account and realized he could’t afford the kind of lawyers that get people off on technicalities and such, so he cut a deal.

Now Robert Mueller has enough from Michael Flynn to make the kind of bulletproof case against Jared Kushner (or whoever the current big-fish target is, if not Kushner) that even fancy lawyers can’t succeed in fighting. Mueller is surely trying to pressure that person into cutting a deal as we speak, and if it takes time so be it, because a deal will move things along much further than an arrest and trial. And if you think Kushner will never cut a deal against his own father-in-law, consider that most people thought Flynn would never cut a deal against his beloved Trump either.

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US congressional intel committees questioned a person who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with … – Business Insider
 


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US congressional intel committees questioned a person who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with …
Business Insider
The Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees recently questioned behind closed doors Irakly Kaveladze, a U.S. citizen born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a and more »

Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets – The Mercury News
 


The Mercury News
Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets
The Mercury News
PALM BEACH, Fla. After a quiet Christmas Day, President Donald Trump on Tuesday returned to two of his favorite vacation activities: tweeting and golfing. Trump began his day criticizing the FBI and claiming the now-famous dossier containing 
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Even Donald Trumps new handpicked FBI Director has had enough of his crap

Donald Trump has spent the better part of the year at war with the FBI, because he knows the bureau is in a position to expose his Russian treason and his lifetime of crimes. He’s publicly harassed, berated and threatened various FBI leaders. He infamously and illegally fired FBI Director James Comey. He’s still trying to get rid of Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. But the one person in the FBI who’s on his side is his own handpicked new Director, right? As it turns out, not so much.This summer, Trump nominated Christopher Wray as his new FBI Director. Based on his pattern of choosing his people, Trump clearly believed that Wray would throw the investigation in his favor, or at least be heavily biased in his favor. It appears that Wray has been playing along with this, at least to some extent. For instance Wray reassigned the FBI’s top lawyer Jim Baker for no valid reason, and it’s clear the move was only made because Baker is a witness in the obstruction case against Trump. Up to now it hasn’t been clear if Wray was eagerly helping Trump out, or simply doing enough to keep Trump satisfied. But now Wray is letting leak that he’s had enough.

Trump’s vicious public attacks this weekend on McCabe appear to have been enough to push Wray over the edge. Take this sentence from a new Wall Street Journal report (link): “Associates of Mr. Wray said the director has confidence in Mr. McCabe and admired how he ran the bureau after Mr. Comeys firing. Mr. Wray doesnt want to appear to have buckled under pressure from Mr. Trump or Republicans, the associates said.” Remarks like this don’t find their way into major newspapers by accident.

The only way that Christopher Wray’s “associates” would be sharing Wray’s views with the Wall Street Journal is if Wray himself told them to. This is his way of publicly pushing back against Trump’s antics. Trump may not take the hint, and Andrew McCabe may or may not survive this. But either way, it’s clear that Wray has already had enough of Trump’s crap. Yet again, Trump has misjudged his man.

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Germany Accuses Chinese Intelligence Services Of Using Fake LinkedIn Profiles To Recruit Informants And Extract … – Techdirt
 

Germany Accuses Chinese Intelligence Services Of Using Fake LinkedIn Profiles To Recruit Informants And Extract …
Techdirt
Over the last year, the scale of Russia’s disinformation activities has become clearer. Its Internet Research Agency has deployed an astonishing range of sophisticated techniques, included accounts on Twitter and Facebook, and hiring activists within  

Michael Flynn Jr and Michael Flynns brother both go berserk

Something very strange is going on within Michael Flynn’s family this week, and it raises questions about what’s going on behind the scenes with regard to Flynn and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn cut a plea deal with Mueller three weeks ago, and by now has surely turned over enough evidence to take down Donald Trump and/or another big fish. But what happened over the holidays that caused Flynn’s son and Flynn’s brother to suddenly go berserk on Twitter?By all accounts, Michael Flynn cut a plea deal in order to protect his son, who was also exposed to criminal culpability in the Trump-Russia scandal. Based on his Twitter posts in the weeks since, Michael Flynn Jr is far from happy about that arrangement. But during the course of December 25th and 26th, Junior has gone completely off the deep end. He suddenly decided that Donald Trump’s nonstop golfing is somehow a good thing for conducting the nation’s business.

In the process, Michael Flynn Jr lashed out at Business Insider for being “idiots” and he slammed Raw Story for being a “POS left wing rag.” He also posted a barely describable video of CNN throwing a Christmas tree while Trump watched. Somewhere in there he also attacked the U.S. Navy based on a ridiculous conspiracy theory. But the simultaneous meltdown by Flynn’s brother may have been more telling.

Joseph Flynn took to Twitter on December 26th to lash out at Donald Trump, posting this rather hostile tweet: “About time you pardoned General Flynn who has taken the biggest fall for all of you given the illegitimacy of this confessed crime in the wake of all this corruption.” (link). He then deleted the tweet, but he acknowledges he posted it. So what’s going on here? Michael Flynn’s son and brother surely discussed aspects of his plea deal during Christmas. Perhaps Flynn told them he’s fully given Trump up, and neither is taking the news well. But something is certainly odd here.

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Global Pulse: Putin may be in trouble, and there is fear over a Chinese economic takeover of Pakistan – ThePrint
 


ThePrint
Global Pulse: Putin may be in trouble, and there is fear over a Chinese economic takeover of Pakistan
ThePrint
American political leaders have long explained their country’s foreign policies as a form of enlightened self-interest. Their German counterparts have gone out of their way to portray themselves as guided by enlightened selflessness, writes Kirchickand more »

Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options – Brinkwire (press release)
 


Brinkwire (press release)
Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options
Brinkwire (press release)
One of the covert options that officials discussed called for U.S. spy agencies to create fake websites and personas on social media to fight back against the Kremlin’s trolls in Europe. Proponents wanted to spread anti-Kremlin messages, drawing on U.S 
Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated optionsWashington Postall 9 news articles »

Michael Morell and Mike Rogers: Russian cyber-threat remains – Omaha World-Herald
 


Omaha World-Herald
Michael Morell and Mike Rogers: Russian cyber-threat remains
Omaha World-Herald
In a single week this month, Moscow used Kremlin-oriented accounts to discredit the FBI after it was revealed that an agent had been demoted for sending anti- Donald Trump texts; to attack ABC News for an erroneous report involving President Donald and more »


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