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6:11 AM 1/31/2018 – Trump Got Clap-Happy…

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5:04 PM 1/28/2018 – Counsel Quietly Trying to Corral Trump While Pushing GOP’s AgendaNew York Times

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12:25 PM 1/28/2018 – Trump Says He Would Negotiate Brexit With ‘Tougher’ Attitude

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5:34 AM 1/25/2018 – Trump in Switzerland to play salesman at economic summit – ABC News

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The Devin Nunes memo just screwed Donald Trump

The trouble with relying on gullible idiots to do your corrupt bidding is that they’re unlikely to do a particularly competent job. Donald Trump is learning that the hard way, after having recruited bumbling buffoon Devin Nunes to run interference for him in the Trump-Russia investigation. Nunes has crafted a memo aimed at exonerating Trump, and as it turns out, the memo is such a disaster that it’s actually backed Trump into a no-win corner.Nunes has only shown his memo to a handful of people, and the response has been predictably negative. Even the Republicans on his own House Intel Committee are largely refusing to vouch for his claims. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, has seen the memo and has dismissed it as nonsensical hearsay. Schiff appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday night and revealed that Nunes hadn’t even read the source material that his memo criticizes.

More tellingly, Nunes is now refusing to show his memo to anyone else who asks. The FBI has requested a copy so it can vet it for classified information before it’s released to the public; Nunes refused. Richard Burr, the Republican Chair of the Senate Intel Committee, has asked for a copy; Nunes has also incredibly refused that request as well. Now, according to an on-air report from MSNBC host Chris Hayes, even Trump’s own Department of Justice is asking Nunes not to release the memo, because it’s such a disaster.

The trouble for Devin Nunes is that because he and a few of his fellow idiots in Congress have openly bragged about the memo and asserted that it exposes the Trump-Russia investigation as a partisan farce, Trump’s base is now demanding that the memo be released. Those demands won’t go away any time soon. But if Nunes releases the idiotic memo, it’ll only serve to make Trump look even more guilty. Nunes has screwed Trump by trying to help him.

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The CIA has a better understanding of North Korea’s efforts to develop nuclear missiles that can reliably hit targets in the United States, the agency’s director said Tuesday, but is still working to make up for what he described as insufficient 
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8:24 PM 1/24/2018 – Mueller is zeroing in on President Trump

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Donald Trump: Russia Probe Heating Up

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on President Trump as he investigate if the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, or if the president obstructed justice.Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump says he is “looking forward” to being interviewed under oath by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller is also looking into whether the Trump 
Sessions interviewed by special counsel probing possible Trump campaign ties with RussiaWashington Post
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Saved Stories – Trump Investigations: Trump says he will talk to Mueller under oath in the Russia investigation – Business Insider

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8:13 PM 1/24/2018 – Trump says he doesn’t remember asking acting FBI director about 2016 vote – ABC News

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1. Trump from mikenova (198 sites): Palmer Report: As the walls cave in on him, Donald Trump has demented press conference meltdown

Donald Trump is now in very real danger of losing his presidency, his marriage, and his freedom, as the walls continue to close in on him by the hour. So how’s he handling the mounting pressure and the worsening bad news? He held a press conference today. It’s far from clear what his original intention was, but the end result was that Trump had a rambling, off-topic, and at times demented meltdown.Trump appeared to be trying to signal that he’s now willing to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That’s not shocking, considering that his only two remaining options are to submit to the interview, or to destroy what little is left of his failing presidency by invoking the Fifth Amendment. But Trump took things even further, by needlessly and confusingly staking himself to being willing to testify under oath. Does he not understand that anyone who testifies to a federal agent is essentially under oath by default? Then Trump went truly off the rails.Trump began ranting about a delusional phony conspiracy theory involving everyone from Hillary Clinton, to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, to two FBI agents who had an affair, to technical problems with Samsung smartphones. At various points he was angrily yelling at reporters, demanding that they answer the questions he was posing about Clinton. At another point he all but confessed to committing felony obstruction of justice by admitting that he tried to “fight back” against the ongoing investigation into his Russia scandal.

Somewhere in there, Donald Trump flip flopped on immigration yet again, this time endorsing the Democratic Party’s plan to create a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. The Republican Party recently had to cave to the Democrats on CHIP just to briefly get the government open again, and now Trump is caving on DACA as well.

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President Donald Trump says he is “looking forward” to being interviewed under oath by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller is also looking into whether the Trump 
Sessions interviewed by special counsel probing possible Trump campaign ties with RussiaWashington Post
Trump says he is ‘looking forward’ to testifying under oath for Mueller’s Russia probeUSA TODAY
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Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy – NPR
Donald Trump: Mike Pence Defends His President’s Racist ‘Shithole’ Comments
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President Donald Trump says he is “looking forward” to being interviewed under oath by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller is also looking into whether the Trump 
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“A made-up pseudo-scandal: GOP ratchets up FBI conspiracy theories as Mueller circles Trump – Mic
GOP Steps Up Effort to Protect Trump, Discredit FBI – The Independent Weekly
The Epistemic Quandary of the FBI and Trump – The Atlantic
Trump lashes out over FBI agents’ missing messages – New York Post
Analysis: Your guide to those anti-FBI conspiracy theories – The Mercury News
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1. Trump from mikenova (198 sites): Donald Trump: U.S. Schools Have Already Faced 11 Shooting Incidents This Year

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1. Trump from mikenova (198 sites): Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: Disasters sweep world while Trump scorns global warming and grows an inch! – Modern Diplomacy
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GOP senator releases additional messages from FBI agent removed from Mueller probe
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I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there, Strzok wrote. The FBI notified lawmakers late last week that it was unable to preserve text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page. Messages sent between Dec. 14, 2016 
Strzok had doubts about Mueller probe, Sen. Johnson tells radio programWashington Times
The growing conservative conspiracy theory about missing FBI texts, explainedVox
Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agentWHSV
Earn The Necklace
all 40 news articles »

 

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GOP senator releases additional messages from FBI agent removed from Mueller probe – The Hill
US attorney-general questioned in Russia inquiry – Financial Times
The growing conservative conspiracy theory about missing FBI texts, explained – Vox
Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy – NPR
Donald Trump: Mike Pence Defends His President’s Racist ‘Shithole’ Comments
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Op-ed: Is Europe afraid of Russian propaganda? – JAMnews (blog)
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GOP senator releases additional messages from FBI agent removed from Mueller probe
The Hill
I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there’s no big there, Strzok wrote. The FBI notified lawmakers late last week that it was unable to preserve text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page. Messages sent between Dec. 14, 2016 
Strzok had doubts about Mueller probe, Sen. Johnson tells radio programWashington Times
The growing conservative conspiracy theory about missing FBI texts, explainedVox
Trump overstates missing texts involving FBI agentWHSV
Earn The Necklace
all 40 news articles »

 

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GOP senator releases additional messages from FBI agent removed from Mueller probe – The Hill
US attorney-general questioned in Russia inquiry – Financial Times
The growing conservative conspiracy theory about missing FBI texts, explained – Vox
Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy – NPR
Donald Trump: Mike Pence Defends His President’s Racist ‘Shithole’ Comments
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Op-ed: Is Europe afraid of Russian propaganda? – JAMnews (blog)
Palmer Report: Donald Trumps White House suffers another key resignation today, with two more on the way
trump as danger to National Security – Google News: Hawaiʻi v. Trump: Challenging More Than Political Differences – Hawaiipublicradio
Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Senate Could Vote Tuesday To Fire Ethics, Elections Heads – Wisconsin Public Radio News
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1. Trump from mikenova (198 sites): trump criminal investigation – Google News: Changes in FBI leadership follow criticism from Trump – ABC News
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1. Trump from mikenova (198 sites): Donald Trump: Trump Reportedly Asked Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Who He Voted For
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Editorial: FBI wants to know if NRA laundered Russian money for Trump – STLtoday.com
 


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Editorial: FBI wants to know if NRA laundered Russian money for Trump
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It seems like a story concocted by a left-wing conspiracy theorist, but the FBI and congressional intelligence committees reportedly are investigating whether Russian interests with ties to President Vladimir Putin and organized crime used the National and more »

 

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This Guy’s Got 2 Words For The President, And He’s Putting Them All Over D.C.
‘Unprecedented Russiaphobia’ Higher Now than Cold War: Russia FM – Newsweek

10:36 AM 1/22/2018

The Early Edition: January 22, 2018
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The two senior officials, agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts during the investigations and Republicans have pointed to the texts as signs of bias, however Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation … and more »

TRUMP-RUSSIA

The F.B.I. did not preserve the text messages between two senior officials who were involved in the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and Trump’s alleged connections to Russia between mid-December 2016 and mid-May 2017, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a letter to F.B.I. Director Christopher A. Wray at the weekend. The two senior officials, agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts during the investigations and Republicans have pointed to the texts as signs of bias, however Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation once the messages were discovered, Devlin Barrett reports at the Washington Post.

An analysis of 270 individuals linked to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election is provided by Darren Samuelsohn, Sarah Frostenson and Jeremy C.F. Lin at POLITICO.


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A homeless rapper’s simple graffiti message has become Washington’s “street art anthem.”

 

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‘Unprecedented Russiaphobia’ Higher Now than Cold War: Russia FM – Newsweek
California couple accused of torturing their 13 children were wannabe swingers, relative says – New York Daily News
Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns – BBC News
Tillerson, U.K.’s Johnson Reiterate Call for Turkish-Kurdish Restraint
Trump’s ‘America First’ Message Is a Case of Rhetoric vs. Reality—So Far
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook admits social media can ‘corrode democracy’ – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Deutsche Bank Taking Legal Action Over Jared Kushner ‘Suspicious’ Funds Report; Company Slams ‘Crazy Allegations’ – Newsweek
Rudy Giuliani – Google News: A 13th anniversary look back on Melania and Donald Trump’s extravagant wedding – Kansas City Star
Washington Post’s YouTube Videos: White House daily press briefing

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FBI did not save officials’ texts during key period in Trump probe, senator says – Chicago Tribune
Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation? – The Hill
Revealed: Robert Muellers inside plan to take down Donald Trump for money laundering
Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: McMafia cast and and spoilers from BBC One’s new drama – Telly Mix
1. World from mikenova (20 sites): World: After Putin’s icy dip, U.S. ambassador tries shirtless diplomacy
After Putin’s icy dip, US ambassador tries shirtless diplomacy – Washington Post
One year in, is Donald Trump’s presidency a fluke or a political turning point? – Los Angeles Times
FBI flagged Moscow-connected Russians attending Trump inauguration: report – The Hill
FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents – The Daily Caller
The Real Endgame For The President’s Focus On ‘Fake News’ Is The Mueller Investigation – Forbes
FBI did not save officials’ texts during key period in Clinton, Trump probes, senator says – Washington Post
More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team – CBS News
Gov. Cuomo to keep Statue of Liberty open during government shutdown – WPIX 11 New York
Newly released texts between ex-Mueller team members suggest they knew outcome of Clinton email probe in advance – Fox News
Russian trolls | 9:01 AM 1/20/2018 – Twitter admits Russian propaganda more widespread than initially…
11:39 AM 1/20/2018 – Performance Crimes are the crimes of publicity
11:39 AM 1/20/2018 – Performance Crimes are the crimes of publicity
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Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldnt pay up
Trumps inauguration speech, one year later
Trump to meet with British prime minister next week in Swiss Alps
In Cairo, Pence praises the friendship and partnership between the U.S. and Egypt
Blizzard dumps heavy snow from Rockies to Upper Midwest – USA TODAY
Is the FBI’s latest probe of the Clinton Foundation a ‘witch hunt’ or something more? – San Francisco Chronicle
‘SNL’ Weekend update hosts visits from Stormy Daniels and Robert Mueller – Mashable

 

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FBI did not save officials’ texts during key period in Trump probe, senator says – Chicago Tribune


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FBI did not save officials’ texts during key period in Trump probe, senator says
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The FBI did not retain text messages exchanged by two senior officials involved in the probes of Hillary Clinton and DonaldTrump for a five-month period ending the day a special counsel was appointed to investigate possible connections between the 
Breaking: FBI admits it ‘failed to preserve’ five months of text messages from anti-Trump FBI agentTheBlaze.com

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Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation? – The Hill


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Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?
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The text exchanges also indicate the FBI substituted, and then omitted, damaging language in FBI Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 statement that recommended Clinton not be charged. The original draft noted that Clinton had improperly used personal email 
More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller teamABC News
FBI did not save officials’ texts during key period in Trump probe, senator saysWashington Post
FBI Agents Spoke Of ‘Pressure’ To Wrap Up Clinton Probe As Trump Surged To GOP NominationThe Daily Caller

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Revealed: Robert Muellers inside plan to take down Donald Trump for money laundering

Widespread reporting has made clear over the past months that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is targeting Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, in relation to his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his attempted coverup of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting. Now one obscure detail from the past involving a member of Mueller’s team and a member of Trump’s real estate empire has given away Mueller’s plan for also taking Trump down for money laundering.

Mueller was given wide latitude to hire anyone he saw fit for his team, and he chose prosecutors with a variety of backgrounds. He hired Andrew Weissmann, who has a background in prosecuting money laundering crimes. But does that tell us that Mueller is going after Trump for money laundering? Not necessarily, as he’s already arrested Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates on money laundering charges, and he would have needed a money laundering prosecutor for that. But one detail about Weissmann’s background sticks out like a sore thumb: he’s the guy who flipped Felix Sater back in the day.

Felix Sater has spent years partnering with Donald Trump and the Trump Organization on shady and controversial real estate deals, including Trump Soho in New York City. Sater has been convicted of crimes ranging from laundering money for the Russian mafia, to stabbing a guy in the face. Along the way, Sater was talked into becoming a government informant. The man who talked Sater into cutting that deal: Andrew Weissmann.

Given this detail, it’s fairly clear that Robert Mueller brought in Andrew Weissmann to work with Felix Sater to take down Donald Trump for money laundering. It’s quicker and easier for Mueller to prove Trump guilty of obstruction of justice, which is why he’s been pushing forward on it first. But that’s just the beginning of Mueller’s pursuit of Trump for his criminal activities.

The post Revealed: Robert Mueller’s inside plan to take down Donald Trump for money launderingappeared first on Palmer Report.

Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: McMafia cast and and spoilers from BBC One’s new drama – Telly Mix


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McMafia cast and and spoilers from BBC One’s new drama
Telly Mix
The show charts Alex Godman’s (James Norton) journey as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of organised crime. As the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, Alex has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that 

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The former Utah governor tried out an Orthodox tradition for the Epiphany holiday, commemorating the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, except this river was freezing.


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1:23 PM 1/17/2018 – Mueller looking into suspicious Russian transactions in US: report – The Hill – Saved Stories 

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Foreign spies could be manipulating Trump through Fox News – Vox
Trump-Russia collusion: Steve Bannon testifies – Al Jazeera America
Rubio’s push for swift Russia sanctions is latest quiet break from Trump – Miami Herald
Trump’s Cognition Test Doesn’t Tell Us Everything About His Mental Health, Psychiatrists Say – Newsweek
Puerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killings – Herald-Whig
As ISIS threat fades, fight over who gets credit rises – Marine Corps Times
Donald Trump’s Mueller Nightmare Is Coming True – Vanity Fair
Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election – Reuters
Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Phishing Campaign – BankInfoSecurity.com
Trump administration withholds $65 million from UN agency for Palestinians – The Hill
Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee suspected of spying for China – NBCNews.com
Ex-commanders face negligent homicide charges over deadly Navy collisions – CNN
Trump’s cognitive test was created by a Lebanese immigrant to Canada – Washington Post
Steve Bannon’s mysterious and potentially pivotal grand jury subpoena – Washington Post
Parents: University of Pennsylvania student killing may have been hate crime – 6abc.com
Blaze Bernstein’s parents say killing may have been anti-gay hate crime – The Times of Israel
Jeff Flake rips Trump: A president ‘who cannot take criticism … is charting a very dangerous path’ – CNN
House Panel Subpoenas Bannon In Russia Probe Showdown
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
The Early Edition: January 16, 2018
The Early Edition: January 17, 2018
Russia closing gap with NATO, top US general in Europe warns
Republican senator accuses Trump of emulating Stalin in media attacks – Financial Times
Steve Bannon subpoenaed after stonewalling House Intelligence committee – Boston Herald

 

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Foreign spies could be manipulating Trump through Fox News – Vox


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Foreign spies could be manipulating Trump through Fox News
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That said, if I were a hostile intelligence service, I would want to target the media source that the president, senior members of Congress and all their aides, many people in the Defense Department, people in the State Department, and the intelligence 

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Trump-Russia collusion: Steve Bannon testifies – Al Jazeera America

Trump-Russia collusion: Steve Bannon testifies
Al Jazeera America
Steve Bannon has been subpoenaed by the special prosecutor investigating Donald Trump‘s Russia campaign link. On Tuesday, Bannon faced a marathon grilling by a congressional committee probing the issue. Bannon was quizzed behind closed doors by the 

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Mueller looking into suspicious Russian transactions in US: report – The Hill


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Mueller looking into suspicious Russian transactions in US: report
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The Treasury Department handed the suspicious activity reports to the FBI after it requested documents that might be related to its investigation into the 2016 election, according to BuzzFeed News. The Senate Intelligence Committee has also requested 
Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian EmbassyBuzzFeed News
Robert Mueller’s team is looking at fishy transactions involving Russian diplomatic personnelThe Week Magazine
Trump-Russia: ‘Suspicious’ Six-Figure Payout Made To Russian Diplomat 10 Days After 2016 Election, Report SaysThe Inquisitr

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Rubio’s push for swift Russia sanctions is latest quiet break from Trump – Miami Herald

Rubio’s push for swift Russia sanctions is latest quiet break from Trump
Miami Herald
Marco Rubio’s new bill that would swiftly punish Russia for any future election meddling is the latest evidence of a subtle split between the Florida Republican and certain elements of his party who parrot President Donald Trump’s argument that the 

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Trump’s Cognition Test Doesn’t Tell Us Everything About His Mental Health, Psychiatrists Say – Newsweek


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Trump’s Cognition Test Doesn’t Tell Us Everything About His Mental Health, Psychiatrists Say
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The test President Donald Trump specifically asked to take to prove his cognitive abilities can’t tell us anything about his psychiatric health, experts say. White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who is also a rear admiral in the Navy, announced at 
White House doctor deems Trump mentally ‘very sharp,’ in ‘excellent’ healthNBCNews.com
WH doctor: Trump in ‘excellent’ health, mentally fit for officeThe Hill
Trump did ‘exceedingly well’ on a cognitive test, top White House doctor saysChicago Tribune
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Puerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killings – Herald-Whig


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Puerto Rico embraces ‘broken windows’ policing amid killings
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The “broken windows” philosophy was implemented by then New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s with the idea that cracking down on minor offenses such as public urination and graffiti can help deter more serious crimes. Critics contend the 

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As ISIS threat fades, fight over who gets credit rises – Marine Corps Times


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As ISIS threat fades, fight over who gets credit rises
Marine Corps Times
The days of feckless leadership are over We have an administration that appreciates the danger posed by the Islamic state, and is actually playing to win. The hearing’s panel of witnesses included Sebastian Gorka, former deputy assistant to Trump 

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Donald Trump’s Mueller Nightmare Is Coming True – Vanity Fair


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Donald Trump’s Mueller Nightmare Is Coming True
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On Tuesday morning, the White House received some welcome news: Steve Bannon, the president’s chief-strategist-turned-arch-frenemy, was refusing to answer questions posed by the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia 
Dr. Ronny Jackson’s glowing bill of health for TrumpCNN
Former Trump aide Bannon refuses to comply with House subpoenaCNBC
Steve Bannon has agreed to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller in the Trump-Russia probeVox
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Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election – Reuters


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Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election
Reuters
But the hearing often turned its focus to questions of Russian propaganda, a vexing issue for internet firms who spent most of the past year responding to a backlash that they did too little to deter Russians from using their services to anonymously 
Twitter is exploring how to notify its users that they saw Russian propaganda during the 2016 electionRecode

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Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Phishing Campaign – BankInfoSecurity.com


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Anatomy of a Cryptocurrency Phishing Campaign
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Security experts say organized crime gangs tied to North Korea and others have been retooling from hacking banks to bitcoins as the value of the cryptocurrency has soared (see Cryptocurrency Infrastructure Flaws Pose Bitcoin Risks). Meanwhile 

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Trump administration withholds $65 million from UN agency for Palestinians – The Hill

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6:10 AM 1/17/2018 – White House doctor: ‘No concerns’ about Trump’s cognitive ability – CNN – Saved Stories 

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr
WH doctor declares Trump in ‘excellent’ health, mentally fit for officeThe Hill

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White House on ‘Shithole’ Comment: President Trump Isn’t a ‘Scripted Robot’ – TIME
WH doctor: Trump in ‘excellent’ health, mentally fit for office – The Hill
GOP access to FBI files rattles agents caught in political fight – WatertownDailyTimes.com
Yep, Steve Bannon has cut a deal with Robert Mueller
Two Donald Trumps – Arkansas Online
GOP Access to FBI Files Rattles Agents Caught in Political Fight – Bloomberg
A typical week in an appalling presidency – Bloomington Pantagraph
Congress bickers over Russia; Mueller looms – The Philadelphia Tribune
Records show what FBI learned about Las Vegas gunman – KTRK-TV
FBI ‘warned’ Jared Kushner about Wendi Deng Murdoch – The Week UK
A typical week in an appalling presidency – Clinton Herald
House investigators to question FBI chief of staff on Hillary Clinton email probe – Washington Examiner
FBI’s San Francisco Chief: We Heart Apple, They Train Our Cops – Forbes
Michael Novakhov In my not very humble opinion: Is this the same James Kallstrom who was called the Donald Trumps Top FBI Fanboy?
Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation – New York Times
Should Trump speak to Mueller? A debate – CNN
Report: Steve Bannon subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller – Press Herald
Steve Bannon subpoenaed by Robert Mueller for the Russia probe: reports – USA TODAY
9:45 AM 1/16/2018 FBI News Review
7:59 AM 1/16/2018 SELECTED POSTS: 9:16 PM 1/9/2018 FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people, Simpson said
FBI vets: What many are missing about the infamous ‘dossier’ amid Russia probe – KTIC
Here’s What The FBI Lovers’ Secret Texts Actually Say About Trump, Clinton And Leaks – HuffPost
FBI, DOJ Argue for Dismissal of Suit About Garland, Texas Attack – Washington Free Beacon
Here’s What The FBI Had On Martin Luther King, Jr. – Newsweek

 

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump asked the White House doctor to perform a cognitive exam during his physical last week, despite the doctor’s determination that such testing wasn’t necessary. “I have no concerns about his cognitive ability,” Dr
WH doctor declares Trump in ‘excellent’ health, mentally fit for officeThe Hill
Live: President Trump’s health briefing – live updatesCBS News
Trump’s Doctor Says Cognitive Test President Requested Is NormalBloomberg
Reuters –ABC News –New York Post –The Week Magazine
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White House on ‘Shithole’ Comment: President Trump Isn’t a ‘Scripted Robot’ – TIME


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White House on ‘Shithole’ Comment: President Trump Isn’t a ‘Scripted Robot’
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump’s use of vulgar language Tuesday afternoon, saying he is not a scripted robot and that tough language helped get him elected. Asked about Trump reportedly referring to African countries as

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WH doctor: Trump in ‘excellent’ health, mentally fit for office – The Hill


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President Trump · Donald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper 
The difference between the president’s annual physical exam and yoursNBCNews.com
Trump did ‘exceedingly well’ on a cognitive test, top White House doctor saysWashington Post
White House doctor gives Trump ‘excellent’ bill of healthPolitico
NPR –Los Angeles Times –U.S. News & World Report –Bloomberg
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GOP access to FBI files rattles agents caught in political fight – WatertownDailyTimes.com

GOP access to FBI files rattles agents caught in political fight
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One exchange by the agent, Peter Strzok, with another senior official included remarks that there’s no way Trump would win the election but we can’t take that risk. Mueller removed Strzok after learning of the texts. In a Jan. 11 interview with the 

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KGB plan to destroy America from within by sending Russian immigrants. 

Mark, Maloy“:

“All of you will be the “Toast of the Hudson” – that’s the new “writing on the wall” for you.” (Conveyed by this recent “accident”. This is also an allusion, a reference to 9/11.)

Also: “Trojan ounce”: Word is silver, silence is gold. 

And by the way, that  US – Russian lesbian affair did not go that well… 

M.N. 

Troy, New York – Wikipedia

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Troy is a city in the U.S. State of New York and the seat of Rensselaer County. The city is located on the western edge of Rensselaer County and on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy has close ties to the nearby cities of Albany and Schenectady, forming a region popularly called the Capital District. The city is one of the three major centers for the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which has a population of 1,170,483. At the 2010 census, the population of Troy was 50,129. Troy’s motto is Ilium fuit. Troja est, which means “Ilium was, Troy is”.[3] 

The KGB Playbook for Turning Russians Worldwide Into Agents – Daily Beast

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6:50 PM 12/28/2017 – The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data? – Mother Jones 

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Christopher Wray – Google News The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data? – Mother Jones 06:05 Christopher Wray – Google News The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data? – Mother Jones Today, December 28th 06:05 Today, … Continue reading “6:50 PM 12/28/2017 – The Administration Claims Crime Is on the Rise. So Why Did the FBI Delete Key Crime Data? – Mother Jones”

6:58 AM 12/27/2017 – Troy and Trojans News: Maloy said all four deaths are being treated as suspicious… “It’s horrible. Terrible. Sad — sad especially at this time of year,” DeWolf said. “We’re going to do everything we can to look into this and get to the bottom of what happened here.” – 4 People Found Dead in Basement in Troy, N.Y. – By JAMIE DUCHARME and ELI MEIXLER Updated: December 26, 2017 9:50 PM ET | And other “Accidents” 


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9:58 AM 1/15/2018 – Recent Tweets: Trump Kazakh Connection: Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos To Unknown Buyers

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    9:25 AM 1/15/2018 – Trump Kazakh Connection: Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos…

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Nazarbayev, Trump to issue statement on Kazakh-U.S. strategic partnership Kazakh President To Meet Trump, Discuss Afghanistan, Russia – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty…

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  2. 6:55 AM 1/15/2018 – The Brooklyn News http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/15/655-am-1-15-2018-the-brooklyn-news/ 

    6:55 AM 1/15/2018 – The Brooklyn News | The Brooklyn News

    James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite – News 247 6:40 AM 1/15/2018 – James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite The Brooklyn News from mikenova (15 sites) The Russian Brooklyn from mikenova (8 sites):…

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  3. 6:40 AM 1/15/2018 – James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/01/15/640-am-1-15-2018-james-bond-is-about-to-be-a-brooklynite/ 

    6:40 AM 1/15/2018 – James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite | The World News and Times

    James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite – News 247 Monday January 15th, 2018 at 6:26 AM 1 Share Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident:…

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  4. Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured https://reut.rs/2CZRkBZ 

    Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

    At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said.

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  5. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Video has surfaced of an NYPD officer being hit as he tries to stop a car in Times Square Saturday night http://4.nbcny.com/ftrKvyK 

    NYPD Officer Struck by Car Near Times Square: Police

    A police officer was struck by a vehicle near Times Square during a traffic stop, police said Sunday.

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  6. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    “A man with unparalleled access to the world’s most powerful information-gathering machine, with an intelligence budget estimated at $73 billion last year, prefers to rely on conservative cable news hosts to understand current events.” http://politi.co/2FrL6fQ 

    I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think.

    There is no strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; he is not trying to distract the media. He is being distracted—by cable news.

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  7. 7:09 PM 1/14/2018 – ALL RECENT POSTS ON G+ http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/709-pm-1-14-2018-all-recent-posts-on-g/ 

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  8. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

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  9. 5:22 PM 1/14/2018 – русский бруклин – Google News: Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City – HuffPost http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/522-pm-1-14-2018-%d1%80%d1%83%d1%81%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%b8%d0%b9-%d0%b1%d1%80%d1%83%d0%ba%d0%bb%d0%b8%d0%bd-google-news-richard-foremans-avant-garde-piece-lava-is-reconstructed-in-in-the-dept/ 

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  11. The Russian Brooklyn http://bklynnews.com/the-russian-brooklyn/ 

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  14. Bitterly cold temps return to Brooklyn http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/37262338/bitterly-cold-temps-return-to-brooklyn#.WluR1OhnH0c.twitter 

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  15. 11:53 AM 1/14/2018 – Residents awoke Sunday morning to the return of last week’s bitterly cold temperatures, turning Friday’s mild temperatures into a distant memory http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/1153-am-1-14-2018/ 

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  18. M.N.: The questions and the issues are broader: What kind of the disabling “transformation” happened to the US Intelligence and Security agencies? – Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/13/obama-administrations-bastardization-of-our-intel-agencies-and-fbi/ 

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  30. “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – 9:28 AM 1/12/2018 – Russian trolls and US senators – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks  http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/12/928-am-1-12-2018-russian-trolls-and-us-senators-mike-novas-shared-newslinks/ 

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  32. 7:49 AM 1/12/2018 – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/749-am-1-12-2018/ 

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  33. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

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  34. 6:44 AM 1/12/2018 – FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting staged to appear as a suicide – Chicago Tribune – Saved Stories http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/644-am-1-12-2018/ 

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  35. 10:31 AM 1/11/2018 http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/11/1031-am-1-11-2018/ 

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  36. The impression by the professional intelligence officer of the closest allied service is the very serious issue and the very important “matter”. Investigate the FBI fully, thoroughly and deeply http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/11/921-am-1-11-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks-fbi-as-he-suspected-it-had-been-compromised/ 

    9:21 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “FBI as he suspected it had been compromised”… |…

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  37. 9:21 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “FBI as he suspected it had been compromised”… http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/11/921-am-1-11-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks-fbi-as-he-suspected-it-had-been-compromised/ 

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  38. 8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Private investigator stopped cooperating with FBI as he suspected it had been compromised, his employer told committee – The Guardian  http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/825-am-1-11-2018-saved-stories-trump-russia-inquiry-transcript-reveals-ex-spy-and-fbis-cloak-and-dagger-dance-us-news-the-guardian/ 

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  39. 8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance | US news | The Guardian  http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/825-am-1-11-2018-saved-stories-trump-russia-inquiry-transcript-reveals-ex-spy-and-fbis-cloak-and-dagger-dance-us-news-the-guardian/ 

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  40. Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/10/transcript-raises-questions-about-fbis-handling-of-trump-russia-concerns?CMP=share_btn_tw 

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  41. 7:53 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans :: Balkan Insight – FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/753-am-1-11-2018/ 

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President Donald Trump, concerned that investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections cast doubt over his legitimacy, has consistently dismissed and denigrated such probes. The decision by Dianne Feinstein, as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, to unilaterally release the transcript of closed testimony by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson adds a measure of much-needed transparency in the still-unfolding investigations. A careful—and apolitical–reading of the more than 300 pages sheds light on the work of the political research firm and the credibility of revelations thus far.

The primary impetus for the nine hours of Senate staff questioning of Simpson was the so-called “Steele Dossier,” a series of raw intelligence reports collected by former British MI-6 officer Christopher Steele, many of which paint Trump and his organization in a highly negative light.

Unfortunately, partisan politics are overshadowing the content of the dossier and the veracity of Steele and Simpson. Information in the transcript contributes significantly to the public’s ability to understand Russia’s goals for the election, as well as the level of professionalism not only of Fusion GPS but also of Steele and, indeed, the FBI.

So it is difficult to ascribe anything but political calculation to Republican opposition to making the transcript public. A spokesperson for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the release “undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid, voluntary testimony.” These complaints do not appear to be serious, given that the committee presumably could subpoena witnesses if it so desired. And in today’s leaky Washington, there is only an even chance that a transcript would remain confidential.

Simpson himself called for release of the transcript in a recent op-ed in The New York Times. Certainly no classified information was discussed, a valid reason often used to conduct closed hearings. Given all of this, Grassley’s opposition to the release of the transcript appears to be first and foremost a political decision, designed to keep Simpson’s comments out of the public eye.

Motivations for the Initial Research

Many believe the Democratic Party hired Fusion GPS to use Steele to get Russian dirt on Trump, and that this was a key goal from the outset. In fact, according to Simpson, his firm started its research on Trump the same way it did when researching anybody else, Republican or Democrat – using public sources.

The research “wasn’t really a Russia-focused investigation for the first half of it,” he told the committee staff. This is important because Simpson noted to the staffers that most of Fusion’s employees were former journalists, and as such, were used to conducting research using publicly available information.

It is also interesting that Simpson’s initial focus was on Trump’s business activities, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. As we will see in a moment, some of the business that caught Fusion’s attention was in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.

Simpson indicated that only when public records had been exhausted did he contact Steele, someone he had known for years, in an attempt to obtain additional information, especially in regard to Trump activities in and around Russia. Portions of what Fusion researchers uncovered led them to suspect Russia played a significant role in the Trump story – suspicions that later seemed to be validated by Steele’s work with his Russian sources.

A Long History of Questionable Business Deals

This is a theme that arose several times during Simpson’s questioning. The Fusion CEO indicated that his initial research focused on identifying links between Trump’s business empire and organized crime worldwide. While the research did turn up non-Russian activity (the Italian mob is mentioned, for example though without detail), Fusion began to find more and more Russia-centric organized crime connections.

Felix Sater, whom Simpson describes as having ties to Russian organized crime, was an example. Simpson said that Trump stated under oath at some point – Simpson didn’t specify the context) that he did not know Sater well. Simpson indicated that “this was not true,” and that Trump “continued to associate with [Sater] long after he learned of Felix’s organized crime ties.”

Trump had business dealings all over the world, and trying to track them proved difficult, Simpson said.

“We became interested in his (Trump’s) [Trump’s] overseas business dealings particularly because they were so opaque and seemed to involve … to say the least, colorful characters,” Simpson said.

As Fusion dug further into Trump’s deals in the former Soviet Union –Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan, for example – Simpson became concerned.

“What came back was something … very different and obviously more alarming … which outlined a political conspiracy and a much broader set of issues than the ones we went looking for,” Simpson said. “Initially, we didn’t know what to do with this.”

Fusion’s research into the Trump businesses apparently revealed not only ties to Russian organized crime, but also possible darker intentions on the part of the Russian government. Now Fusion found itself unable to use public information, and so Simpson brought in Steele as a contractor to dig deeper, using the human intelligence techniques Steele had learned as an intelligence officer.

Simpson’s Trust of Steele

The Fusion CEO told the Senate staffers that he had known and worked with Steele for “eight or nine years,” and that, in a business where “a lot of people make stuff up and sell baloney,” Steele stood apart. Simpson made the common-sense business argument that good research and reporting, such as what Steele had provided in the past, made it more likely that Fusion and Steele would get additional business in the future.

Steele is “well-respected in his field, and, as I say, everyone I know who’s ever dealt with him thinks he’s quite good,” Simpson said. “That would include people from the U.S. government.”

So convinced was Fusion of Steele’s skills that Simpson believed Steele would be able to sort out what might be Russian disinformation, should one or more of Steele’s sources be under the control of the Russian government. Simpson reasoned that, given Steele’s long career as an intelligence officer focused on Russia, he would be able to identify false information provided by his Russian sources, and either omit them or include disclaimers in his reporting. This would be standard practice for any professional intelligence officer.

Reporting to the FBI … or Not

One of the more fascinating portions of the transcript describes Simpson and Steele wrestling with how to manage the information that began to flow in regarding the Trump organization’s cooperation with the Russian government. It is clear from the transcript that neither man was initially sure what to do with the bombshell information.

According to Simpson, it was Steele who first raised the issue of passing some of his information to the FBI, given Steele’s concerns that the Russians were attempting to influence the U.S. presidential elections. Simpson at first demurred, saying he needed to think about it. But Steele persisted, and when Steele said he had an old friend who was an FBI officer serving in Rome who could be used as a conduit, Simpson posed no objection to sharing the reporting with him.

“Let’s be clear,” Simpson also told the staffers, “this was not considered by me to be part of the work that we were doing … To me this was, like, you know, you’re driving in to work and you see something happen and you call 911.”

The transcripts reveal Simpson to be a convincing character, one whose firm had been hired over the years to do opposition research on both Republican and Democratic candidates. Fusion GPS’s modus operandi regarding such research seems consistent with Simpson’s journalistic roots and the skills he honed while working as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

On several occasions, Simpson highlighted the need to remain professionally and politically neutral when doing his job, not just because of the ethics of his work, but also because he (and his contractor Steele) understood that being an honest broker in his line of work would mean more clients would hire him in the future.

A question that isn’t answered in the hearing is what Steele told Simpson about who his Russian sources were, and how he obtained information from them. On multiple occasions, Simpson declined to answer questions about the sources in order to protect them; at one point, Simpson’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, pushed back at staffers’ questions on this by saying that one person in Russia had already died as a result of the release of the dossier.

Simpson was clearly focused on the reliability of Steele’s sources. But in the end, he put his trust in Steele’s expertise running Russian agents when he was an intelligence officer.

Much of the information discussed in the Simpson transcripts was already known. But in stark contrast to Trump and, apparently, Republicans on the committee, Simpson and Steele were so troubled by the information they collected that they decided to approach the FBI.

“I mean, for both of us, it was citizenship,” said Simpson. Perhaps citizenship is a concept worth remembering in the future when dealing with questions of Trump and Russia.

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When John McCain checked into Walter Reed Medical Center in December as he continued his battle against cancer, Russian trolls seized the moment to spread a conspiracy theory that the veteran Republican senator was using his health as a pretense to dodge a rising scandal concerning the so-called Trump-Russia dossier. Far-right stories attacking McCain a frequent critic of President Trump were among the top 10 shared by Kremlin-backed Twitter accounts in the days after McCain was hospitalized, as well as later in the month after he returned to Arizona, according to recent analysis by the cybersecurity project Hamilton 68.

While the vast majority of the attacks from the 600 Twitter accounts tracked in real time by the Hamilton 68 dashboard are aimed at Democrats, the trolls also turn their sights on Republicans who sometimes stand up to Trump. Repeat targets have included Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. National security adviser H.R. McMaster has also been a target. But no Republican has faced more persistent wrath from the Russian-linked accounts than McCain, says Bret Schafer, an analyst for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a group of national-security experts behind the dashboard working to expose Kremlin meddling in US politics. And those attacks on McCain have intensified in recent weeks.

In the other cases, its usually one day of concentrated activity going after them, any time one of those figures would come out against Trump, Schafer says. McCain has been a much more consistent target.

Schafer says that the trolls tend to spread disinformation from far-right American sites rather than content from explicitly Russian ones. GatewayPundit.com and TruePundit.comsites to the right of Breitbartthose are our frequent flyers, he says. The Russians are latching onto hyperpartisan content.

In September, McCain drew the trolls fire when he came out against the Graham-Grassley overhaul of the Affordable Care Act; the day after his statement against the bill, six of the top 10 trending topics on the dashboard reflected content attacking the senator. In December, the shared content took a more personal turn, aiming at the senators health, including a story from True Pundit carrying the headline, As the Trump Dossier Scandal Grows and Implicates Him, McCain checks into Hospital. The True Pundit story claimed: This is not the fist [sic] time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up. Another story promoted from the site quoted Beltway insiders as saying, new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senators fragile health.

McCain has a long history of hard-line stances on Russia and he was an early advocate for a bipartisan commission to investigate Trumps Russia connections. In May he called Russian President Vladimir Putin the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS. After special counsel Robert Muellers team indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in October, McCain said, I told you months ago that this was a centipede and shoes would drop, and I guarantee you more shoes will drop.”

McCain has been out of the spotlight the past few weeks as hes battled his illness; he missed the end-of-the-year tax-bill vote, but he issued a statement in late December praising the administrations plan to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to fight Russian separatist forces. McCains office hasnt commented on the recent social-media attacks against the senator, but the Arizona senator has previously criticized Russian disinformation efforts and noted that he was targeted in some of the fake online advertisements purchased by Russian troll accountspart of a broader social-media operation that sought to exploit racial divisions and attack U.S. foreign policy. These Kremlin-backed advertisements are just one element of Vladimir Putins long-term goal of undermining democracies around the world, McCain said last fall. Putins Russia has no meaningful allies, so it seeks to sow dissent among us and divide us from each other.

Another longtime Republican critic of both Russia and Trump was briefly targeted by the Hamilton-monitored Russian troll network in early January. Mitt Romney, a potential candidate to run for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatchs seat this November, was the talk of the dashboard accounts on Jan. 2, after Hatch announced his retirement, and #neverromney registered as a trending hashtag on Hamilton the next day. But the accounts soon turned their attention to the fallout from Michael Wolffs Fire and Fury book, and Schafer cautioned that its too soon to say whether they will take an active interest in the Utah Senate race like they did in the Roy Moore Alabama Senate race. He said analysts look for multiple hashtags and urls on a topic to consider it an ongoing campaign. Its something were definitely going to be tracking over the next couple of months, Schafer says. Time will tell whether its a race they take a real interest in, or if Romney is just an occasional target that they drag out to curry favor with the pro-Trump crowd.

Even back in the 2016 presidential primary season, Russian online smear campaigns were spotted attacking Republicans who opposed Trump, according to former FBI special agent Clint Watts, who told the New York Times that Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham were all targets at the time.

McCains and Romneys support for tough policies on Russia may make them obvious targets for trolls, but the co-directors of the Alliance for Securing Democracy emphasize that the influence campaign transcends party lines. In a recent issue of Democracy Journal, Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly wrote: The Kremlins ultimate goal is not necessarily to advance one party over anotherthough that can be a short-term means to the ultimate end. Moscows attack on democracy is not focused solely on elections, but has a broader scope, and a larger target: the norms and institutions that underpin our very democratic system.

In fact, the most prominent theme recently among the Russian-backed accounts is a growing campaign to discredit the Justice Department and FBI, Schafer says. These attacks increased from around 5% of links shared in September to about 15% of the links in December. The trolls push a deep state narrative to undermine the agencies, as well as attack Mueller and his Russia investigation directly. In early December after Muellers team indicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the network shared stories deriding the tainted investigation and claiming Muellers investigation is dead. It goes back to the idea that theyre doing this to erode trust in our institutions, Schafer says.

And in the first week of January, one top-shared story from True Pundit attempted to link a Costa Rican plane crash to former FBI Director James Comey, because the story claimed one of Comeys former hedge-fund colleagues was killed in the crash. The article has already kicked off conspiracy theories on sites like Reddit, where citizen investigators have begun to piece together coincidences, analysts wrote in the Alliance for Securing Democracys weekly newsletter. This is the same formula used in the Seth Rich case, where a wild and unfounded claim was placed online, gained credence through posts and reposts on message boards, and was eventually adopted by more credible news sources.

Former senior CIA official John Sipher says the FBI is a prime target for Russian influence campaigns because the agency directly threatens Kremlin intelligence operations in the USand he points out that Trumps own attacks on federal agencies make the trolls job easier. The Russians know that public support for US security institutions is critical, and that President Trump’s attacks aim directly at that public support.  Within the Republican Party, Trumps attacks on the agencies continuing in recent dayshave widened divisions between conservative lawmakers who have piled on the criticism of Mueller and others who worry that the party, which has historically aligned itself with law-enforcement agencies, will be damaged by the offensive. You cant have a situation where people say, Oh, you cant trust the F.B.I., New York Rep. Peter King recently told the New York Times. That creates a spirit of anarchy.

Left-leaning audiences have been targeted by Russian disinformation efforts, too: Fake LGBT United and Blacktivist Facebook pages were among the accounts shut down last year when it was revealed they were operated by the Internet Research Agency troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia. But campaigns aimed at liberal Twitter users dont often show up in the Hamilton dashboard, which focuses on a coordinated network of accounts that put out 20,000 to 25,000 tweets a day tailored to a far-right, pro-Trump audience, Schafer says. This is an alt-right audience targeted by the Russians that is being spoon-fed disinformation.

Schafer says he and his colleagues are exploring how best to capture Kremlin influence campaigns that target a left-leaning audience on Twitter, and they hope to gain a better understanding of those efforts. The Russian bots and trolls arent just pro-Trump, he says. As long as theyre fomenting division and chaos, they dont really care.

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Tom Nichols, Opinion contributor Published 12:59 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2018 | Updated 6:41 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2018

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The transcript of the Senate intelligence committee’s interview with Fusion GPS director Glenn Simpsonis now in the public domain, put there by a frustrated Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the wake of ongoing Republican conspiracy theories about what Simpson did or did not tell the Senate.

Somehow, GOP critics of the Trump-Russia investigation have tried to put a positive spin on these materials, as if Simpson’s answers prove their point that the whole business is a witch hunt.

In fact, there are only two ways to read the Simpson interview: either it says nothing, or it has blown up months of carefully constructed conspiracy theorizing.

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Let’s start by piecing together, as best we can, what various critics of the investigation, including the most vociferous Trump supporters, think is going on.

By now we’re all familiar with the “Steele dossier,” a raw — in every way — report from a British spy who was engaged by an opposition research firm called Fusion GPS. It makes sensational claims about years of Russian operations against President Donald Trump.

If not for Steele’s file, the GOP reasoning goes, the FBI would never have started down the path of investigating Trump, which would never have led to FBI Director James Comey approaching Trump about the file; absent this, Comey would never have been fired, there would be no Mueller probe, and all would be right with the world.

But what about Trump officials meeting with the Russians during the campaign? Indeed, in the telling of at least some Trump defenders, these were the result of orders issued from Clinton’s volcano lair for Fusion to lure Donald Trump Jr. and others into a room with shady Russians for meetings that were unwise — or even “treasonous,” if banished Trump advisor Steve Bannon is to be believed. Somehow, after all this slick tradecraft, Clinton’s people never saw it coming when the Russians betrayed them and hacked the DNC anyway.

Think about the size of the claim here: the Clinton campaign, which was convinced it was going to beat Trump in a landslide, funded an espionage-laden high-wire act with a firm whose clients included some unsavory Russians themselves, in which a highly experienced British spook got suckered by the Democrats into weaponizing some Russian disinformation. (Steele could outplay the Russians, but he couldn’t outplay Robby Mook?)

There are other variations on this theme, but central to all of them was the idea that without Fusion there would be nothing, and that we would know this if only we could know what Simpson said to the Senate investigators. But since the Senate intelligence committee wouldn’t release the transcript, we couldn’t know just how much Simpson had spilled his guts.

So now we know, and none of it supports the rickety Jenga pile of Republican conspiracy theories.

Instead of being the source of the FBI investigations, Simpson claimed that the FBI was already on to the Russians, not least because our Australian allies warned us that the Russians claimed to have dirt on Clinton, which they learned because George Papadopoulos, a Trump advisor, was bragging about it to an Australian diplomat.

Also, according to Simpson, Steele was so horrified by what he was finding that he contacted the FBIinstead of just reporting back to his Clintonian masters. Worse yet, Simpson describes Steele as finding the FBI so in the tank — not for Clinton, but for Trump — that Steele stopped cooperating with them.

Now, it’s possible that Simpson is a cool risk-taker who’s willing to lie to Senate investigators. If that’s the case, then we’ve learned nothing. If Simpson, as critics of his testimony insist, is that untrustworthy, then so be it, but that would mean that we do not know anything more today than we knew a week ago.

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But if Simpson is telling the truth in only two central contentions — that the FBI investigation predated Steele’s work, and that Steele was concerned about the FBI’s lean to Trump, rather than to Clinton — then his testimony unravels what was already a conspiracy theory of gigantic proportions.

The beauty of conspiracy theories, and the reason people find them irresistible, is that they are impervious to facts. If evidence emerges to support the theory, then the conspiracy is confirmed. If contrary evidence surfaces, it’s not really evidence — or it’s misinformation planted by the masters of the real conspiracy to hide their misdeeds. And if there’s no evidence at all, then the arid silence itself proves that the conspirators hid their tracks perfectly.

Both Republicans and Democrats seem determined to make all three of these logical errors in their war over the Trump presidency. But for now, the strange spinning of the Simpson interview as supporting the tangled Clinton-Fusion-Steele story puts critics of the Trump-Russian investigation in the lead for conspiracy theorizing’s gold medal — or perhaps one made of tin foil.

Tom Nichols, a Russia specialist and professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, is the author of The Death of Expertise. The views expressed here are solely his own. Follow him on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom.

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Fusion GPS co-founder: Dossier author feared Trump was being blackmailed

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Simpson told the committee in closed-door testimony in August — which was released publicly on Tuesday — that he did not know how the FBI would react when ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, went to the bureau in July 2016.

“Chris said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national security threat and said he wanted to — he said he thought we were obligated to tell someone in government, in our government about this information,” Simpson said. “He thought from his perspective there was an issue — a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed.”

To date, no evidence has emerged that Trump was blackmailed.

Simpson also testified that Steele told him the FBI had similar intelligence from “an internal Trump campaign source” and that the FBI “believed Chris’ information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.”

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A source close to Fusion GPS clarified that Simpson’s mention of an internal Trump campaign source actually refers to the Australian ambassador who contacted the FBI to pass on information that he received from then-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Feinstein issued the transcript of the 10-hour interview without the support of committee’s Republican chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who had argued the committee needed to temporarily protect certain information while an investigation was ongoing.

Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said that Feinstein released the transcript without consulting Grassley and suggested it could jeopardize the committee’s ability to interview future witnesses.

“Feinstein’s unilateral decision was made as the committee is still trying to secure testimony from other witnesses, including Jared Kushner,” Foy said in a statement. “Her action undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid voluntary testimony relating to the independent recollections of future witnesses.”

The transcript is likely to provide Democrats a counterargument to the Republican charges that the dossier was a political document paid for by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

In a statement, California’s senior senator said she was releasing the transcript with the support of the committee’s Democrats.

“After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested the transcript of his interview be released publicly. The American people deserve the opportunity to see what he said and judge for themselves,” said Feinstein. “The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”

Fusion called for transcript’s release

In a statement, Fusion GPS said it “commends Sen. Feinstein for her courage. The transcript of Glenn Simpson’s lengthy responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning speaks for itself.”

Simpson’s firm paid Steele to compile the opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia. Last week, Simpson and his fellow Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch

wrote an op-ed in The New York Times

saying that Simpson’s testimony “walked investigators through our yearlong effort to decipher Mr. Trump’s complex business past, of which the Steele dossier is but one chapter.” In the op-ed, they called for the transcripts of Simpson’s congressional testimony to be released.

“It’s time to share what our company told investigators,” they wrote.

During the August interview, however, Simpson’s attorney requested that the transcript “be kept confidential given the sensitivity of the matters discussed today.”

Last week, Grassley and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

issued a criminal referral to the Justice Department

, urging an investigation into whether Steele lied to federal investigators over his contacts with the media. The referral was issued without consulting Feinstein, who called it “clearly another effort to deflect attention” from the Russia investigation.

New details on Steele

The transcript sheds new light on the controversial Trump-Russia dossier, and its author, who previously helped the FBI with major investigations. The FBI even entered into a

short-lived arrangement with Steele

, before the election, to reimburse some of the expenses for his Trump research.

For one, Simpson said he had full confidence in Steele’s work and found it to be credible. The Fusion GPS co-founder pushed back on Trump’s statements that the information in the dossier was “totally made-up” and “phony.”

“It’s political rhetoric to call the dossier ‘phony,'” Simpson said. “The memos are field reports of real interviews that Chris’s network conducted and there’s nothing phony about it. We can argue about what’s prudent and what’s not, but it’s not a fabrication.”

Simpson said he hired Steele to gather intelligence on Trump’s connections to Russia, but that he did not micro-manage Steele’s activities and did not edit any of the materials that Steele passed along.

They mainly communicated with Steele over the phone “on an encrypted line,” Simpson told the Senate investigators.

He also confirmed that the 35-page dossier that BuzzFeed published represents the full extent of Steele’s work for Fusion GPS. Ever since the memos were made public in January 2017, questions swirled around whether there were additional memos that hadn’t been released.

Research began as ‘broader look’

Simpson said the opposition research was not initially focused on Russia but rather began as a “broader look at (Trump’s) business career, his finances.” Simpson explained that Fusion GPS looked at everything from Trump’s golf courses to bankruptcies to tax bills, and collected lawsuits “from around the country and the world.”

“I’ll just stress that we weren’t looking for — at least it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind there was going to be anything involving the Russian government per se, at least not that I recall,” Simpson said.

Simpson described how in early 2016, the investigation looked into Trump’s business deals in Latin America as well as in former Soviet countries like Georgia and Azerbaijan, in addition to Russia.

“We gradually began to exhaust the public record, the open source about these topics in various places,” Simpson said. “As you, you know, sort of run short on public record or open-source information, you know, you need to get –if you still want to go deeper you need to get human-source.”

Simpson opposed Trump

According to the transcript, Simpson described his own personal views on Trump, saying he was “opposed” to the candidate.

“At some point probably early in 2016 I had reached a conclusion about Donald Trump as a businessman and his character and I was opposed to Donald Trump,” Simpson. “I’m not going to pretend that that wouldn’t have entered into my thinking. … I reached an opinion about Donald Trump and his suitability to be president of the United States and I was concerned about whether he was the best person for the job.”

Simpson cited Trump’s “character and competence” for why he was skeptical of the businessman, but said when his firm was looking into Trump, their priority was to look into “illicit activity.”

“The facts of these investigations are the facts and we don’t try to drive an investigation to any particular conclusion, certainly not based on our political views,” he said, according to the transcript. “So I think it would be, you know, not believable for me to tell you I didn’t reach, you know, views about Donald Trump’s integrity, but, you know, those were — those didn’t influence the research in terms of the findings.”

Dinner with Russian lawyer

In his testimony, Simpson described dinners he had with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya the night before and after she and others met with senior members of the Trump campaign at Trump Tower in June 2016.

In 2016, Simpson and Veselnitskaya met for dinner on June 8 in New York as part of a larger client dinner concerning a court case involving Prevezon — for which Veselnitskaya was in the US for a court appearance — and again on June 10 in Washington.

Prevezon Holdings is a Cyprus-based company owned by a Russian that was accused of being a front for a money-laundering operation from Russia into US real estate. Prevezon was ordered by a US court to pay a $5.9 million settlement in a civil lawsuit.

The Trump Tower meeting took place on June 9, 2016.

“I was at one end of the table talking to a woman about her biography on Simon Bolivar and she was at the other end with Rinat (Akhmetshin) and she doesn’t really speak much English. So, you know, fortunately I was not going to do a lot of entertaining,” Simpson said. Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist for Russian clients, was also in the Trump Tower meeting.

Simpson said he hasn’t spoken to anyone in the Trump Tower meeting about it since its revelation either.

Simpson did, however, say he and lawyers for the Russian company Prevezon at the law firm Baker & Hostetler “all exchanged mutual expressions of surprise,” about the campaign-time meeting.

Simpson maintains that his company’s research for Prevezon was separate from Steele’s work about Trump.

Russian killed?

After Simpson declined to answer questions on sourcing, one of his lawyers interjected to say someone was killed because of the dossier, seemingly echoing speculation among Russia-watchers and conspiracy theorists that have seized on a

series of questionable Russian deaths

 after the election.

“(Simpson) wants to be very careful to protect his sources,” Simpson attorney Joshua Levy said. “Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work.”

During the closed-door session, Levy did not identify the person who was killed. Despite Levy’s clear assertion that someone had been killed, a source close to the testimony told CNN on Tuesday that the comment did not refer to any specific killing. Instead, the source said, it referred to the mysterious string of Russian deaths after the 2016 election.

At least nine high-profile Russians died in the nine months after the election, including top diplomats overseas, a former Russian intelligence official that had close ties to figures mentioned in the dossier, and a security officer in the Russian consulate in New York. Some of the Russians appeared to die from natural causes, while others were murdered.

None of the deaths have been definitively linked to the dossier by the authorities.

This story has been updated.

CNN’s Evan Perez, Katelyn Polantz, Liz Stark, Caroline Kelly, Caroline Kenny, Daniella Diaz and Eli Watkins contributed to this story.

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Exploratory talks on forming a new government between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) have been long and drawn out because all three parties know full well that their plans for increased militarism, strengthening the repressive state apparatus and further social attacks are broadly despised among the population. However, even though these parties have agreed to not speak publicly about the state of the talks and to draft the new government’s programme behind the backs of the population, a clearer picture is emerging.

While the CSU demanded a massive military rearmament at the end of last year, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) set the tone in the new year in an interview with Der Spiegel last Thursday. He advocated a great power policy for Germany, directed against Russia and China in particular, but also the United States.

The combination of his aggressive language and absurd attempt to pose as a victim, recalled nothing so much as the argument of “enforced self-defence” used by Wilhelm II to justify to the Reichstag Germany’s entry into the First World War. Gabriel stated, “Vegetarians have it tough in a world full of carnivores,” and bluntly called for rearmament and a militarist policy.

Germany could no longer depend on “France, Britain and especially the Americans enforcing our interests around the world,” Gabriel declared. The assumption that the US would come to Germany’s aid in the event of war should not be overstretched, he continued. “In an uncomfortable world, we can’t afford as Europeans to take it easy and wait on the US,” he said.

The entire world is already taking advantage of Germany, he added. “In reality, Moscow, Beijing and Washington also have something in common: they don’t value the European Union at all, they abuse it,” Gabriel insisted. Authoritarian states were making fun of the EU because its member states were failing to place their own national interests above those of the international community.

The portrayal of a moral, integral “vegetarian” EU, which has to assert itself in the shark-infested waters of global politics, is obviously nonsense. Germany and other EU states are pursuing an aggressive foreign policy, waging brutal wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and Mali, and menacing Russia with a major build-up of troops on its borders.

Gabriel’s rhetoric is aimed at initiating a further escalation of German militarism and freeing Berlin from any restrictions. Europe was “not adequately” projecting “strength, technology, and political and military influence,” according to the Foreign Minister. It had to therefore rearm and extend its influence: “We have to show that those who view us in such a way have made a mistake, that we can agree, that as a community of democratic and free states, we are economically successful and are gaining influence politically. For this, Europe also has to project its power.”

For example, Europe should challenge China in Africa, and Russia in the Balkans. “China is steadily gaining so much influence in the south and east that some European states no longer dare to take decisions against Chinese interests. It is noticeable everywhere: China is the only country in the world with a real geopolitical strategy.”

Gabriel wants to counter this with a major European military build-up, under German leadership. Although he criticised the CSU proposal for Germany to unilaterally increase its defence budget to 2 percent of GDP, he called for the same policy to be pursued in cooperation with France. This was the only way for Germany to make its voice heard on the world stage.

According to the Foreign Minister, such a policy should not be based on values, but oriented towards interests. “To date we have frequently defined European values, we are much too weak with the definition of common interests,” he said. Under these conditions, Germany could not be successful “in a world of loud, tough-talking states representing their interests.”

In a keynote foreign policy address in December, Gabriel declared that “there is no longer a comfortable place on the sidelines of international politics” for Germany. In the speech, he warned against a “fixation on law as the form for overcoming political challenges.” He called for “political-strategic thinking,” whose gaze did not drift “to the horizon of moral norms and imperatives.”

In his speech, as in the recent interview, Gabriel referred explicitly to the political scientist Herfried Münkler. The professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University has become the most important spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. In his new book about the Thirty Years War, Münkler calls for “the placing of morals under the guardianship of strategic thinking.” Prior to that, he called for Germany to become Europe’s hegemon and “disciplinarian.”

The consequences of such policies, which are based on Germany’s imperialist interests, were summed up by Münkler’s colleague, Jörg Baberowski. The professor for Eastern European history at HU stated in October 2014 at a discussion on “Germany: an interventionist power,” referring to the war in Syria, “if one is not willing to take hostages, burn villages, hang people and spread fear and terror, as the terrorists do, if one is not prepared to do such things, then one can never win such a conflict and it is better to keep out altogether.”

The right-wing extremist professor, who came to prominence not only for such glorifications of war, but also due to his downplaying of the Nazis’ crimes and agitation against refugees, was explicitly supported last year by SPD politician and HU president Sabine Kunst and defended against criticism from students.

The militarist and inhumane agenda, developed by professors like Münkler and Baberowski, is now official foreign policy. This confirms the warnings made by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE), which has systematically resisted right-wing and militarist ideology at HU in recent years. The youth organisation of the International Committee of the Fourth International has organised meetings, written articles and distributed leaflets which have pointed to the significance of the work of Münkler, Baberowski and others for the revival of German militarism.

In the foreword to the book “Scholarship or war propaganda,” which has documented the conflict at the HU, we wrote two and a half years ago that the book dealt with “the relationship between scholarship and politics in periods of militarism, mounting international conflict and growing social tensions. It focuses on the question: Will the universities remain centres of scholarship and free criticism? Or will they once again become state-directed cadre-training centres for right-wing and militarist ideologies, as previously in German history?”

The ruling elite, which confronts mass opposition to its war policies, is very conscious of the significance of this conflict. In the interview with Der Spiegel, Gabriel expressed disappointment that there were an insufficient number of such cadre-training centres, stating, “Unfortunately, we have no experience and no real structure for strategic considerations: there is not a think tank culture here. One of the tasks of foreign policy will be to develop this intellectual capacity in Europe and Germany.”

Gabriel’s plans for a German great power policy not only vindicate the IYSSE’s struggle at the HU. They underscore the necessity of constructing the IYSSE as an international youth movement for socialism, uniting youth and young workers around the world in a struggle against capitalism and war.

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By Ray McGovern. Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.).
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Special Report: In the Watergate era, liberals warned about U.S. intelligence agencies manipulating U.S. politics, but now Trump-hatred has blinded many of them to this danger becoming real, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes.

By Ray McGovern

Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)

Despite his former job as chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence section, Strzok had the naive notion that texting on FBI phones could not be traced. Strzok must have slept through “Security 101.” Or perhaps he was busy texting during that class. Girlfriend Page cannot be happy at being misled by his assurance that using office phones would be a secure way to conduct their affair(s).

It would have been unfortunate enough for Strzok and Page to have their adolescent-sounding texts merely exposed, revealing the reckless abandon of star-crossed lovers hiding (they thought) secrets from cuckolded spouses, office colleagues, and the rest of us. However, for the never-Trump plotters in the FBI, the official release of just a fraction (375) of almost 10,000 messages does incalculably more damage than that.

We suddenly have documentary proof that key elements of the U.S. intelligence community were trying to short-circuit the U.S. democratic process. And that puts in a new and dark context the year-long promotion of Russia-gate. It now appears that it was not the Russians trying to rig the outcome of the U.S. election, but leading officials of the U.S. intelligence community, shadowy characters sometimes called the Deep State.

More of the Strzok-Page texting dialogue is expected to be released. And the Department of Justice Inspector General reportedly has additional damaging texts from others on the team that Special Counsel Robert Mueller selected to help him investigate Russia-gate.

Besides forcing the removal of Strzok and Page, the text exposures also sounded the death knell for the career of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in whose office some of the plotting took place and who has already announced his plans to retire soon.

But the main casualty is the FBI’s 18-month campaign to sabotage candidate-and-now-President Donald Trump by using the Obama administration’s Russia-gate intelligence “assessment,” electronic surveillance of dubious legality, and a salacious dossier that could never pass the smell test, while at the same time using equally dubious techniques to immunize Hillary Clinton and her closest advisers from crimes that include lying to the FBI and endangering secrets.

Ironically, the Strzok-Page texts provide something that the Russia-gate investigation has been sorely lacking: first-hand evidence of both corrupt intent and action. After months of breathless searching for “evidence” of Russian-Trump collusion designed to put Trump in the White House, what now exists is actual evidence that senior officials of the Obama administration colluded to keep Trump out of the White House – proof of what old-time gumshoes used to call “means, motive and opportunity.”

Even more unfortunately for Russia-gate enthusiasts, the FBI lovers’ correspondence provides factual evidence exposing much of the made-up “Resistance” narrative – the contrived storyline that The New York Times and much of the rest of the U.S. mainstream media deemed fit to print with little skepticism and few if any caveats, a scenario about brilliantly devious Russians that not only lacks actual evidence – relying on unverified hearsay and rumor – but doesn’t make sense on its face.

The Russia-gate narrative always hinged on the preposterous notion that Russian President Vladimir Putin foresaw years ago what no American political analyst considered even possible, the political ascendancy of Donald Trump. According to the narrative, the fortune-telling Putin then risked creating even worse tensions with a nuclear-armed America that would – by all odds – have been led by a vengeful President Hillary Clinton.

Besides this wildly improbable storyline, there were flat denials from WikiLeaks, which distributed the supposedly “hacked” Democratic emails, that the information came from Russia – and there was the curious inability of the National Security Agency to use its immense powers to supply any technical evidence to support the Russia-hack scenario.

The Trump Shock

But the shock of Trump’s election and the decision of many never-Trumpers to cast their lot with the Resistance led to a situation in which any prudent skepticism or demand for evidence was swept aside.

So, on Jan. 6, 2017, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released an evidence-free report that he said was compiled by “hand-picked” analysts from the CIA, FBI and NSA, offering an “assessment” that Russia and President Putin were behind the release of the Democratic emails in a plot to help Trump win the presidency.

Despite the extraordinary gravity of the charge, even New York Times correspondent Scott Shane noted that proof was lacking. He wrote at the time: “What is missing from the [the Jan. 6] public report is what many Americans most eagerly anticipated: hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack. … Instead, the message from the agencies essentially amounts to ‘trust us.’”

But the “assessment” served a useful purpose for the never-Trumpers: it applied an official imprimatur on the case for delegitimizing Trump’s election and even raised the long-shot hope that the Electoral College might reverse the outcome and possibly install a compromise candidate, such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the White House. Though the Powell ploy fizzled, the hope of somehow removing Trump from office continued to bubble, fueled by the growing hysteria around Russia-gate.

Virtually all skepticism about the evidence-free “assessment” was banned. For months, the Times and other newspapers of record repeated the lie that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had concurred in the conclusion about the Russian “hack.” Even when that falsehood was belatedly acknowledged, the major news outlets just shifted the phrasing slightly to say that U.S. intelligence agencies had reached the Russian “hack” conclusion. Shane’s blunt initial recognition about the lack of proof disappeared from the mainstream media’s approved narrative of Russia-gate.

Doubts about the Russian “hack” or dissident suggestions that what we were witnessing was a “soft coup” were scoffed at by leading media commentators. Other warnings from veteran U.S. intelligence professionals about the weaknesses of the Russia-gate narrative and the danger of letting politicized intelligence overturn a constitutional election were also brushed aside in pursuit of the goal of removing Trump from the White House.

It didn’t even seem to matter when new Russia-gate disclosures conflicted with the original narrativethat Putin had somehow set Trump up as a Manchurian candidate. All normal journalistic skepticism was jettisoned. It was as if the Russia-gate advocates started with the conclusion that Trump must go and then made the facts fit into that mold, but anyone who noted the violations of normal investigative procedures was dismissed as a “Trump enabler” or a “Moscow stooge.”

The Text Evidence

But then came the FBI text messages, providing documentary evivdence that key FBI officials involved in the Russia-gate investigation were indeed deeply biased and out to get Trump, adding hard proof to Trump’s longstanding lament that he was the subject of a “witch hunt.”

Justified or not, Trump’s feeling of vindication could hardly be more dangerous — particularly at a time when the most urgent need is to drain some testosterone from the self-styled Stable-Genius-in-Chief and his martinet generals.

On the home front, Trump, his wealthy friends, and like-thinkers in Congress may now feel they have an even wider carte blanche to visit untold misery on the poor, the widow, the stranger and other vulnerable humans. That was always an underlying danger of the Resistance’s strategy to seize on whatever weapons were available – no matter how reckless or unfair – to “get Trump.”

Beyond that, Russia-gate has become so central to the Washington establishment’s storyline that there appears to be no room for second-thoughts or turning back. The momentum is such that some Democrats and the media never-Trumpers can’t stop stoking the smoke of Russia-gate and holding out hope against hope that it will somehow justify Trump’s impeachment.

Yet, the sordid process of using legal/investigative means to settle political scores further compromises the principle of the “rule of law” and integrity of journalism in the eyes of many Americans. After a year of Russia-gate, the “rule of law” and “pursuit of truth” appear to have been reduced to high-falutin’ phrases for political score-setttling, a process besmirched by Republicans in earlier pursuits of Democrats and now appearing to be a bipartisan method for punishing political rivals regardless of the lack of evidence.

Strzok and Page

Peter Strzok (pronounced “struck”) has an interesting pedigree with multiple tasks regarding both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. As the FBI’s chief of counterespionage during the investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized use of a personal email server for classified information, Strzok reportedly changed the words “grossly negligent” (which could have triggered legal prosecution) to the far less serious “extremely careless” in FBI Director James Comey’s depiction of Clinton’s actions. This semantic shift cleared the way for Comey to conclude just 20 days before the Democratic National Convention began in July 2016, that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Mrs. Clinton.

Then, as Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, Strzok led the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election of 2016. It is a safe bet that he took a strong hand in hand-picking the FBI contingent of analysts that joined “hand-picked” counterparts from CIA and NSA in preparing the evidence-free, Jan. 6, 2017 assessment accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of interfering in the election of 2016. (Although accepted in Establishment groupthink as revealed truth, that poor excuse for analysis reflected the apogee of intelligence politicization — rivaled only by the fraudulent intelligence on “weapons of mass destruction“ in Iraq 15 years ago.)

In June and July 2017 Strzok was the top FBI official working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, but was taken off that job when the Justice Department IG learned of the Strzok-Page text-message exchange and told Mueller.

There is no little irony in the fact that what did in the FBI sweathearts was their visceral disdain for Mr. Trump, their cheerleading-cum-kid-gloves treatment of Mrs. Clinton and her associates, their 1950-ish, James Clapperesque attitude toward Russians as “almost genetically driven” to evil, and their (Strzok/Page) elitist conviction that they know far better what is good for the country than regular American citizens, including those “deplorables” whom Clinton said made up half of Trump’s supporters.

But Strzok/Page had no idea that their hubris, elitism and scheming would be revealed in so tangible a way. Worst of all for them, the very thing that Strzok, in particular, worked so hard to achieve — the sabotaging of Trump and immunization of Mrs. Clinton and her closest advisers is now coming apart at the seams.

Congress: Oversee? or Overlook?

At this point, the $64 question is whether the various congressional oversight committees will remain ensconced in their customarily cozy role as “overlook” committees, or whether they will have the courage to attempt to carry out their Constitutional duty. The latter course would mean confronting a powerful Deep State and its large toolbox of well-practiced retaliatory techniques, including J. Edgar Hoover-style blackmail on steroids, enabled by electronic surveillance of just about everything and everyone. Yes, today’s technology permits blanket collection, and “Collect Everything” has become the motto.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, with almost four decades of membership in the House and Senate, openly warned incoming President Trump in January 2017 against criticizing the U.S. intelligence community because U.S. intelligence officials have “six ways from Sunday to get back at you” if you are “dumb” enough to take them on.

Thanks to the almost 10,000 text messages between Strzok and Page, only a small fraction of which were given to Congress four weeks ago, there is now real evidentiary meat on the bones of the suspicions that there indeed was a “deep-state coup” to “correct” the outcome of the 2016 election. We now know that the supposedly apolitical FBI officials had huge political axes to grind. The Strzok-Page exchanges drip with disdain for Trump and those deemed his smelly deplorable supporters. In one text message, Strzok expressed visceral contempt for those working-class Trump voters, writing on Aug. 26, 2016, “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support. … it’s scary real down here.”

The texts even show Strzok warning of the need for an “insurance policy” to thwart Trump on the off-chance that his poll numbers closed in on those of Mrs. Clinton.

An Aug. 6, 2016 text message, for example, shows Page giving her knight in shining armor strong affirmation: “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace [Trump].” That text to Strzok includes a link to a David Brooks column in The New York Times, in which Brooks concludes with the clarion call: “There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame.”

Another text message shows that other senior government officials – alarmed at the possibility of a Trump presidency – joined the discussion. In an apparent reference to an August 2016 meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Strzok wrote to Page on Aug. 15, 2016, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.”  Strzok added, “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event that you die before you’re 40.”

Insurance Policy?

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he will ask Strzok to explain the “insurance policy” when he calls him to testify. What seems already clear is that the celebrated “Steele Dossier” was part of the “insurance,” as was the evidence-less legend that Russia hacked the DNC’s and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails and gave them to WikiLeaks.

If congressional investigators have been paying attention, they already know what former weapons inspector Scott Ritter shared with Veteran intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) colleagues this week; namely, that Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson, who commissioned the Russia dossier using Democratic Party money, said he reached out to Steele after June 17, just three days before Steele’s first report was published, drawing on seven sources.

“There is a snowball’s chance in hell that this is raw intelligence gathered by Steele; rather he seems to have drawn on a single ‘trusted intermediary’ to gather unsubstantiated rumor already in existence.”

Another VIPS colleague, Phil Giraldi, writing out of his own experience in private sector consulting, added: “The fact that you do not control your sources frequently means that they will feed you what they think you want to hear. Since they are only doing it for money, the more lurid the details the better, as it increases the apparent value of the information. The private security firm in turn, which is also doing it for the money, will pass on the stories and even embroider them to keep the client happy and to encourage him to come back for more. When I read the Steele dossier it looked awfully familiar to me, like the scores of similar reports I had seen which combined bullshit with enough credible information to make the whole product look respectable.”

It is now widely known that the Democrats ponied up the “insurance premiums,” so to speak, for former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s “dossier” of lurid — but largely unproven — “intelligence” on Trump and the Russians. If, as many have concluded, the   dossier was used to help justify a FISA warrant to snoop on the Trump campaign, those involved will be in deep kimchi, if congressional overseers do their job.

How, you might ask, could Strzok and associates undertake these extra-legal steps with such blithe disregard for the possible consequences should they be caught? The answer is easy; Mrs. Clinton was a shoo-in, remember? This was just extra insurance with no expectation of any “death benefit” ever coming into play — save for Trump’s electoral demise in November 2016. The attitude seemed to be that, if abuse of the FISA law should eventually be discovered — there would be little interest in a serious investigation by the editors of The New York Times and other anti-Trump publications and whatever troubles remained could be handled by President Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee of Judiciary on Crime and Terrorism, joined Sen. Grassley in signing the letter referring Christopher Steele to the Justice Department to investigate what appear to be false statements about the dossier. In signing, Graham noted the “many stop signs the Department of Justice ignored in its use of the dossier.” The signature of committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, however, was missing — an early sign that a highly partisan battle royale is in the offing.  On Tuesday, Feinstein unilaterally released a voluminous transcript of Glenn Simpson’s earlier testimony and, as though on cue, Establishment pundits portrayed Steele as a good source and Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson as a victim.

The Donnybrook is now underway; the outcome uncertain.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  He was an Army and CIA intelligence analyst for 30 years; prepared and briefed the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan; and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Sample text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, released to Congress and the media on December 13, 2016

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03/04/2016

Strzok – God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.

Page – I know

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04/02/2016

Page – So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting, bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now.

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07/08/2016

Strzok – And meanwhile, we have Black Lives Matter protestors, right now, chanting “no justice no peace” around DoJ and the White House…

Page – That’s awful.

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07/14/2016

Page – Have you read this? It’s really frightening. For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance http://NYTI/ms/29WCu5!

Strzok – I have not. But I think it’s clear he’s capturing all the white, poor voters who the mainstream republicans abandoned in all but name in the quest for the almighty $$$

Page – Yeah, it’s not good.

Strzok – Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/29RV5gf

Page – It is

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07/26/2016

Strzok – And hey. Congrats on a woman nominated for President in a major party! About damn time! Many many more returns of the day!!

Page – That’s cute. Thanks

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08/06/2016

Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life http://nyti.ms/2aHulE0

Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.

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08/06/2016

Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:

Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand http://nyti.ms/2aFakry

Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps

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08/09/2016

Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!

Strzok – OMG did you hear what Trump just said?

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08/26/2016

Strzok – Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support…

Page – Yep. Out to lunch with (redacted) We both hate everyone and everything.

Page – Just riffing on the hot mess that is our country.

Strzok – Yeah…it’s scary real down here

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10/20/2016

Strzok: I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.

Strzok – I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAT THE F**K HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page– I don’t know. But we’ll get it back. We’re America. We rock.

Strzok– Donald just said “bad hombres”

Strzok– Trump just said what the FBI did is disgraceful.

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When John McCain checked into Walter Reed Medical Center in December as he continued his battle against cancer, Russian trolls seized the moment to spread a conspiracy theory that the veteran Republican senator was using his health as a pretense to dodge a rising “scandal” concerning the so-called Trump-Russia dossier. Far-right stories attacking McCain – a frequent critic of President Trump – were among the top 10 shared by Kremlin-backed Twitter accounts in the days after McCain was hospitalized, as well as later in the month after he returned to Arizona, according to recent analysis by the cybersecurity project Hamilton 68.

While the vast majority of the attacks from the 600 Twitter accounts tracked in real time by the Hamilton 68 dashboard are aimed at Democrats, the trolls also turn their sights on Republicans who sometimes stand up to Trump. Repeat targets have included Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. National security adviser H.R. McMaster has also been a target. But no Republican has faced more persistent wrath from the Russian-linked accounts than McCain, says Bret Schafer, an analyst for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a group of national-security experts behind the dashboard working to expose Kremlin meddling in US politics. And those attacks on McCain have intensified in recent weeks.

“In the other cases, it’s usually one day of concentrated activity going after them, any time one of those figures would come out against Trump,” Schafer says. “McCain has been a much more consistent target.”

Schafer says that the trolls tend to spread disinformation from far-right American sites rather than content from explicitly Russian ones. “GatewayPundit.com and TruePundit.com—sites to the right of Breitbart—those are our frequent flyers,” he says. “The Russians are latching onto hyperpartisan content.”

In September, McCain drew the trolls’ fire when he came out against the Graham-Grassley overhaul of the Affordable Care Act; the day after his statement against the bill, six of the top 10 trending topics on the dashboard reflected content attacking the senator. In December, the shared content took a more personal turn, aiming at the senator’s health, including a story from True Pundit carrying the headline, “As the Trump Dossier Scandal Grows and Implicates Him, McCain checks into Hospital.” The True Pundit story claimed: “This is not the fist [sic] time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.” Another story promoted from the site quoted “Beltway insiders” as saying, “new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator’s fragile health.”

McCain has a long history of hard-line stances on Russia and he was an early advocate for a bipartisan commission to investigate Trump’s Russia connections. In May he called Russian President Vladimir Putin “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.” After special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in October, McCain said, “I told you months ago that this was a centipede and shoes would drop, and I guarantee you more shoes will drop.”

McCain has been out of the spotlight the past few weeks as he’s battled his illness; he missed the end-of-the-year tax-bill vote, but he issued a statement in late December praising the administration’s plan to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to fight Russian separatist forces. McCain’s office hasn’t commented on the recent social-media attacks against the senator, but the Arizona senator has previously criticized Russian disinformation efforts and noted that he was targeted in some of the fake online advertisements purchased by Russian troll accounts—part of a broader social-media operation that sought to exploit racial divisions and attack U.S. foreign policy. “These Kremlin-backed advertisements are just one element of Vladimir Putin’s long-term goal of undermining democracies around the world,” McCain said last fall. “Putin’s Russia has no meaningful allies, so it seeks to sow dissent among us and divide us from each other.”

Another longtime Republican critic of both Russia and Trump was briefly targeted by the Hamilton-monitored Russian troll network in early January. Mitt Romney, a potential candidate to run for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat this November, was the talk of the dashboard accounts on Jan. 2, after Hatch announced his retirement, and #neverromney registered as a trending hashtag on Hamilton the next day. But the accounts soon turned their attention to the fallout from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book, and Schafer cautioned that it’s too soon to say whether they will take an active interest in the Utah Senate race like they did in the Roy Moore Alabama Senate race. He said analysts look for multiple hashtags and urls on a topic to consider it an ongoing campaign. “It’s something we’re definitely going to be tracking over the next couple of months,” Schafer says. “Time will tell whether it’s a race they take a real interest in, or if Romney is just an occasional target that they drag out to curry favor with the pro-Trump crowd.”

Even back in the 2016 presidential primary season, Russian online smear campaigns were spotted attacking Republicans who opposed Trump, according to former FBI special agent Clint Watts, who told the New York Times that Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham were all targets at the time.

McCain’s and Romney’s support for tough policies on Russia may make them obvious targets for trolls, but the co-directors of the Alliance for Securing Democracy emphasize that the influence campaign transcends party lines. In a recent issue of Democracy Journal, Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly wrote: “The Kremlin’s ultimate goal is not necessarily to advance one party over another—though that can be a short-term means to the ultimate end. Moscow’s attack on democracy is not focused solely on elections, but has a broader scope, and a larger target: the norms and institutions that underpin our very democratic system.”

In fact, the most prominent theme recently among the Russian-backed accounts is a growing campaign to discredit the Justice Department and FBI, Schafer says. These attacks increased from around 5% of links shared in September to about 15% of the links in December. The trolls push a “deep state” narrative to undermine the agencies, as well as attack Mueller and his Russia investigation directly. In early December after Mueller’s team indicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the network shared stories deriding the “tainted investigation” and claiming “Mueller’s investigation is dead.” “It goes back to the idea that they’re doing this to erode trust in our institutions,” Schafer says.

And in the first week of January, one top-shared story from True Pundit attempted to link a Costa Rican plane crash to former FBI Director James Comey, because the story claimed one of Comey’s former hedge-fund colleagues was killed in the crash. “The article has already kicked off conspiracy theories on sites like Reddit, where ‘citizen investigators’ have begun to piece together ‘coincidences,’” analysts wrote in the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s weekly newsletter. “This is the same formula used in the Seth Rich case, where a wild and unfounded claim was placed online, gained credence through posts and reposts on message boards, and was eventually adopted by more credible news sources.”

Former senior CIA official John Sipher says the FBI is a prime target for Russian influence campaigns because the agency directly threatens Kremlin intelligence operations in the US—and he points out that Trump’s own attacks on federal agencies make the trolls’ job easier. “The Russians know that public support for US security institutions is critical, and that President Trump’s attacks aim directly at that public support.”  Within the Republican Party, Trump’s attacks on the agencies – continuing in recent days – have widened divisions between conservative lawmakers who have piled on the criticism of Mueller and others who worry that the party, which has historically aligned itself with law-enforcement agencies, will be damaged by the offensive. “You can’t have a situation where people say, ‘Oh, you can’t trust the F.B.I.,’” New York Rep. Peter King recently told the New York Times. “That creates a spirit of anarchy.”

Left-leaning audiences have been targeted by Russian disinformation efforts, too: Fake “LGBT United” and “Blacktivist” Facebook pages were among the accounts shut down last year when it was revealed they were operated by the Internet Research Agency troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia. But campaigns aimed at liberal Twitter users don’t often show up in the Hamilton dashboard, which focuses on a coordinated network of accounts that put out 20,000 to 25,000 tweets a day tailored to a far-right, pro-Trump audience, Schafer says. “This is an alt-right audience targeted by the Russians that is being spoon-fed disinformation.”

Schafer says he and his colleagues are exploring how best to capture Kremlin influence campaigns that target a left-leaning audience on Twitter, and they hope to gain a better understanding of those efforts. “The Russian bots and trolls aren’t just pro-Trump,” he says. As long as they’re fomenting division and chaos, “they don’t really care.”

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IRAN

Trump is expected to announce today his decision to continue to waive sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to people familiar with the matter, Trump reached the decision after discussions with his national security team yesterday, meaning that the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (J.C.P.O.A.) would be kept in place for now. Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump is also expected to announce a deadline for Congress and European allies to improve the deal or it would lead U.S. withdrawing from the agreement and, according to sources, Trump has approved targeted sanctions against several Iranian government officials for corruption and human rights abuses. Mark Landler reports at the New York Times.

The Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters yesterday that he expects there will be more sanctions against Iran, these sanctions are likely related to targeted measures against Iranian individuals and entities rather than the major sanctions that were lifted as part of the nuclear agreement. The BBC reports.

European diplomats yesterday called on Trump not to rip up the deal, the officials including the British, German, French foreign ministers and the E.U. foreign affairs chief met in Brussels with the Iranian foreign minister ahead of todays deadline for Trump to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Iran. Angela Dewan reports at CNN.

Unity is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer, that is preventing a nuclear arms race in the region, the E.U. foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday after talks with European officials. Brian Murphy reports at the Washington Post.

Trumps unpredictability could lead to him taking the U.S. closer to noncompliance with the nuclear deal, the collapse of the J.C.P.O.A. would create a crisis in U.S.-Europe relations as Europe strongly favors the agreement. Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

Iran must stop its destabilizing activity in the region, the French President Emmanuel Macron said in a phone call with Trump yesterday, according to the White House. Reuters reports.

Keeping the nuclear deal would be in the economic interests of the Iranian protestors and, for the parties who negotiated the J.C.P.O.A., there are concerns that failing to renew the waivers would risk destroying the deal. The former British ambassador to the U.S., Peter Westmacott, writes at POLITICO Magazine.

The importance of the nuclear deal has been reinforced by the recent protests in Iran, the unrest was motivated by economic grievances and has shone a spotlight on the peoples dissatisfaction with Irans foreign policy, a U.S. decision to withdraw could offer Tehran the oxygen it needs to distract from popular demands. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

The differing reactions of Sunni Muslim states to the recent unrest in Iran demonstrate reveal that the notion of a Sunni bloc to counter Irans influence in the Middle East is fanciful at best. Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

NORTH KOREA

I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un, President Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal yesterday, making the comments despite trading insults with the North Korean leader and the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Trump also suggested that he was open to diplomacy with North Korea. Michael C. Bender, Louise Radnofsky, Peter Nicholas and Rebecca Ballhaus report at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump refused to comment on whether he had directly spoken to Kim during the interview, a senior administration official also declined to comment on the matter when asked. Dan Merica reports at CNN.

Kim Jong-un is an absolutely competent and already mature politician, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday, adding that Kim has been calming the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The APreports.

Chinas customs agency said today that its trade with North Korea fell by 50 percent in December, the AP Reports.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT

The House yesterday voted 256-164 to extend section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.) and voted down an amendment that required stronger privacy protections for Americans. The law which authorizes the National Security Agencys (N.S.A.) warrantless surveillance program is set to expire in January and a vote on the legislation will now go to the Senate, Byron Tau reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The bill approved by the House contains a requirement for a warrant if an F.B.I. agent wants to gain access to emails about a subject of an open criminal investigation and there is no national security aspect, however this provision is narrowly written and does not constitute much of a constraint on the surveillance program. The Senate seems unlikely to favor any major changes to the legislation and the bill is likely to pass, Charlie Savage, Eileen Sullivan and Nicholas Fandos report at the New York Times.

Within the space of two hours, Trump tweeted in favor of the F.I.S.A. extension and then tweeted that he was no longer in favor, the White House supported the bill and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan had to explain the differences between domestic and foreign surveillance in a phone call to the president after Trump mistakenly stated that F.I.S.A. had been used to warrant spying on his presidential campaign. Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker and Josh Dawsey report at the Washington Post.

The vote extending section 702 constitutes a victory for sensible antiterror policy, the surveillance of foreigners who are abroad is crucial to foiling attacks on U.S. soil and there has been no evidence that officials have abused the surveillance program. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

TRUMP IMMIGRATION COMMENTS

Why should the U.S. accept immigrants from shithole countries like Haiti and African nations? President Trump remarked yesterday, according to people with knowledge of the conversation he had with members of Congress, which concerned a deal to give legal status to immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children (known as D.A.C.A.). Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan report at the New York Times.

A White House statement did not deny that the president made the remarks which have drawn widespread condemnation. The White House spokesperson Raj Shah said that certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump always fights for the American people, Lauren Gambino reports at the Guardian.

Trump claimed that he used tough language in a message posted on Twitter, but denied that he used the language reported. The BBC reports.

The African Union Commission is frankly alarmed at statements by the president of the United States when referring to migrants of African countries and others in such contemptuous terms, a spokesperson for the commissions chair said today, the U.N. Human Rights spokesperson called the remarks racist, and in El Salvador and Haiti the comments were greeted with dismay. Paul Schemm and Eli Rosenberg report at the Washington Post.

Haiti has formally requested that a U.S. official explain his comments, according to the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., Josh Delk reporting at the Hill.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Republican efforts to block Democrats access to