Friday, July 19, 2019

Did the Trump campaign get voter data from hacked files? The Russia investigation expands...

This week we learned the Russians hacked into voter databases in 21 states leading up the 2016 election. CBS is now reporting that nearly every single state had a breach of their voter databases. CBS is also reporting this potentially game-changing...
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Comey wasn’t alone: Trump told other intelligence chiefs to say there was no collusion

At a Senate hearing earlier this month, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Director of the National Security Agency Mike Rogers refused to answer questions about any conversations they had held with Donald Trump, leaving Senators steaming....

How concerned should we be about Russia? Much more than most people realize.

Putin isn’t playing.  If we were to use a sports metaphor, progressives concerned about Russian interference in the 2016 election are complaining that the referees aren’t using the whole rule book, and not reviewing the replay tapes; meanwhile,...

House Intelligence Committee holds hearing into Russian cyberattacks on 39 states

In a very rare event, the post-Devin Nunes-craziness House Intelligence Committee was back in business on Wednesday morning, talking with former Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson. The subject of the hearing was the increasing evidence that Russia...
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Now We Know Why Trump is So Friendly to Putin

Just a short diary to report the latest bombshell revelations between the Trump family, Felix Sater, and Russian mob money laundering as reported by Bloomberg News. Here are some nuggets from the story. Robert Mueller is examining whether...

Five months into the job, Spicer still can’t say whether Trump believes Russia interfered...

After flatout forbidding White House reporters to record Monday's gaggle in any way, press secretary Sean Spicer braved an on-camera briefing Tuesday that was fairly lengthy—about 25 questions including follow ups—and yet equally as “useless” as...

Intelligence officials considered Flynn an urgent problem, yet he still heard CIA secrets

In some ways, this is a revelation that we all imagined to be true: as Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn had access to top-secret information he never should have been privy to. But new New York Times reporting has added a twist:...
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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III lawyers up

And another one … Sessions has hired Chuck Cooper. Cooper and Sessions should be sympatico, as Cooper is a Republican who was part of the Department of Justice Civil Rights division during the Reagan administration. Cooper is probably best known...
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Mueller just added a Russian-speaking former Supreme Court clerk to his special counsel team

Robert Mueller’s investigative team is growing again. This time he’s added a top-notch Russian-speaking attorney: Elizabeth Prelogar, an assistant to the solicitor general, is working with deputy solicitor general Michael Dreeben in his part-time...

Trump’s nominee for FBI director scrubbed Russia connection from his law firm bio

Christopher Wray, Donald Trump's nominee to replace James Comey at the FBI, used to include this information in his law firm bio. Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, represented an American energy executive in...

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