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7 hours ago, jakeem said:

Today’s indictment of Russian spy Maria Butina alleges that an American worked with her “for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian federation.” It looks like the American could also be charged. Sure sounds a lot like “collusion.”

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7 hours ago, jakeem said:

Maria Butina, a Russian woman charged with serving as a foreign agent, has been in regular contact with Russian intelligence and attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted, the Justice Department says.

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/18/630094267/maria-butina-was-in-contact-with-russian-intelligence-feds-say-in-new-documents?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180718

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The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes 18h18 hours ago

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

 
 

In January 2017, Donald Trump was shown evidence that Vladimir Putin personally ordered pre-election hacking.

He has since publicly questioned it.

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"....... In the run-up to this week’s ducking and weaving, Mr. Trump has done all he can to suggest other possible explanations for the hacks into the American political system. His fear, according to one of his closest aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is that any admission of even an unsuccessful Russian attempt to influence the 2016 vote raises questions about the legitimacy of his presidency. ..........

Intelligence officials have described it to Congress as a chief threat to American security.

Just last week, Mr. Coats said that current cyberthreats were “blinking red” and called Russia the “most aggressive foreign actor, no question.”

“And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy,” he said.

Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, also stood firm......

Almost as soon as he took office, Mr. Trump began casting doubts on the intelligence on Russia’s election interference, though never taking issue with its specifics.

He dismissed it broadly as a fabrication by Democrats and part of a “witch hunt” against him. He raised unrelated issues, including the state of investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s home computer server, to distract attention from the central question of Russia’s role — and who, if anyone, in Mr. Trump’s immediate orbit may have worked with them......

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:

The New York TimesVerified account @nytimes 18h18 hours ago

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

 
 

In January 2017, Donald Trump was shown evidence that Vladimir Putin personally ordered pre-election hacking.

He has since publicly questioned it.

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"....... In the run-up to this week’s ducking and weaving, Mr. Trump has done all he can to suggest other possible explanations for the hacks into the American political system. His fear, according to one of his closest aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is that any admission of even an unsuccessful Russian attempt to influence the 2016 vote raises questions about the legitimacy of his presidency. ..........

Intelligence officials have described it to Congress as a chief threat to American security.

Just last week, Mr. Coats said that current cyberthreats were “blinking red” and called Russia the “most aggressive foreign actor, no question.”

“And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy,” he said.

Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, also stood firm......

Almost as soon as he took office, Mr. Trump began casting doubts on the intelligence on Russia’s election interference, though never taking issue with its specifics.

He dismissed it broadly as a fabrication by Democrats and part of a “witch hunt” against him. He raised unrelated issues, including the state of investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s home computer server, to distract attention from the central question of Russia’s role — and who, if anyone, in Mr. Trump’s immediate orbit may have worked with them......

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

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A disinformation campaign by the president of the United States perpetrated against his own people.

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Julia Davis @JuliaDavisNews Jul 17

 
 

#Russia's state TV host: "It is very bizarre, you can't bash your own country like that - especially when you're the President."

Female host: "When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity,

he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin." ©️

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22 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Julia Davis @JuliaDavisNews Jul 17

 
 

#Russia's state TV host: "It is very bizarre, you can't bash your own country like that - especially when you're the President."

Female host: "When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity,

he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin." ©️

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I was thinking of using that laughing emoticon,  but this is way too true and sad to be funny.   

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GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: 'The President Was Manipulated By Vladimir Putin'

 

".......Fitzpatrick sits on the House committees on Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security. In his previous role as an FBI special agent, he said he was assigned to Ukraine and worked on counterintelligence, collecting Russian propaganda reports.

He told Martin he was "frankly sickened by the exchange" between Trump and Putin.

The congressman, who represents Pennsylvania's 8th District, said he shared his view with former CIA agent and fellow House Republican Will Hurd of Texas. Hurd wrote recently in The New York Times that

Trump "actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign."...

He noted Sunday that "there's not nearly enough" urgency in the White House regarding Russia's role in the 2016 elections and decried the "mixed signals" sent on the subject by the administration.

"It needs to be accepted as fact by everybody in our government because we need to respond to that reality and it's a significant threat. We cannot let that happen again," Fitzpatrick said.....

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/22/631326586/gop-rep-brian-fitzpatrick-the-president-was-manipulated-by-vladimir-putin?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180722

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59 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick: 'The President Was Manipulated By Vladimir Putin'

 

 

He noted Sunday that "there's not nearly enough" urgency in the White House regarding Russia's role in the 2016 elections and decried the "mixed signals" sent on the subject by the administration.

"It needs to be accepted as fact by everybody in our government because we need to respond to that reality and it's a significant threat. We cannot let that happen again," Fitzpatrick said.....

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/22/631326586/gop-rep-brian-fitzpatrick-the-president-was-manipulated-by-vladimir-putin?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180722

 

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3 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Russian govt hackers have penetrated electric utilities & could've caused blackouts, DHS officials say. “They’ve been intruding into our networks, positioning themselves for a limited or widespread attack. They're waging a covert war on the West.”

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Without the Russians, Trump wouldn’t have won

 
 
 
 
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By Max BootColumnistJuly 24 at 6:36 PMEmail the author

President Trump is willing, under duress, to briefly and begrudgingly admit that Russian “meddling” took place in 2016 before reverting to calling it a “big hoax.” But he always maintains that the plot against America had no impact; he describes it as a “Democrat excuse for losing the ’16 Election.” Faithfully echoing the president, other Republicans, such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), say it’s “clear” that the Russian interference “didn’t have a material effect on our elections.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders even claims that the U.S. intelligence community reached that conclusion.

Not quite. Here is the intelligence community’s assessment, partially declassified in January 2017: “We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. The US Intelligence Community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinion.” When then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed last fall that “the intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election,” his own agency rebuked him.

While the intelligence agencies are silent on the impact of Russia’s attack, outside experts who have examined the Kremlin campaign — which included stealing and sharing Democratic Party emails, spreading propaganda online and hacking state voter rolls — have concluded that it did affect an extremely close election decided by fewer than 80,000 votes in three states. Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, writes in his recent book, “Messing with the Enemy,” that “Russia absolutely influenced the U.S. presidential election,” especially in Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump’s winning margin was less than 1 percent in each state.

We still don’t know the full extent of the Russian interference, but we know its propaganda reached 126 million people via Facebook alone. A BuzzFeed analysis found that fake news stories on Facebook generated more social engagement in the last three months of the campaign than did legitimate articles: The “20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.” Almost all of this “fake news” was either started or spread by Russian bots, including claims that the pope had endorsed Trump and that Hillary Clinton had sold weapons to the Islamic State.

Elsewhere on social media, tens of thousands of Russian bots spread pro-Trump messages on Twitter, which has already notified about 1.4 million users that they interacted with Russian accounts. The Russian disinformation, propagating hashtags such as #Hillary4Prison and #MAGA, reflected what the Trump campaign was saying. The Russian bots even claimed after every presidential debate that Trump had won, whereas objective viewers gave each one to Clinton.

Russia also hacked voting systems in at least 39 states, and while there is no evidence that vote tallies were changed, Russians may have used the stolen data to target their social media or shared the results with the Trump campaign. The Senate Intelligence Committee foundthat “in a small number of states” the Russians may have been able to “alter or delete voter registration data,” potentially disenfranchising Clinton voters.

And then there was the crucial impact of the Russian hacks of Democratic documents disseminated primarily by WikiLeaks. The first tranche of stolen documents — more than 19,000 emails and 8,000 attachments — was strategically released on July 22, 2016, three days before the Democratic convention. The resulting news coverage disrupted the Clinton campaign’s plans by creating the impression that the Democratic National Committee was biased against Bernie Sanders and forcing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign.

The second tranche of stolen documents was released on Oct. 7, just 29 minutes after The Post reported on the “Access Hollywood” videotape in which Trump is heard boasting about grabbing women by the genitals. These emails, stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, distracted voter attention by revealing the transcripts of lucrative speeches Clinton had given to Goldman Sachs, a populist boogeyman.

A third release of stolen emails, on Oct. 11, revealed that Democratic operative Donna Brazile, while working at CNN, had provided debate questions to Clinton during the primaries and that senior Democratic operatives, who were themselves Catholics, had exchanged emailsdisparaging Republicans who cherry-picked their faith for political gain. This fueled Trump’s narrative that the election was “rigged” and that the “Clinton team” was, as he said, “viciously attacking Catholics and Evangelicals.” The latter charge, unfair as it was, proved especially important in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — swing states with lots of Catholic voters.

Little wonder that Trump said “I love WikiLeaks” and mentioned its revelations 164 times in the last month of the campaign. “This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable,” Trump said on Oct. 12. Eight days later, he marveled, “Boy, that WikiLeaks has done a job on her, hasn’t it?”

Now, by contrast, Trump and his apologists pretend that the Russian intervention — including the WikiLeaks revelations — was no big deal. That beggars belief. Even if the Russians had failed, they still attacked our democracy. Yet they didn’t fail: Trump won. Russian disinformation wasn’t the only factor in the outcome and was probably less important in the end than FBI Director James B. Comey’s announcement 11 days before the election that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation. But Watts concludes: “Without the Russian influence effort, I believe Trump would not have even been within striking distance of Clinton on Election Day.” That is the inconvenient truth the Putin Republicans won’t admit.

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Kyle GriffinVerified account @kylegriffin1

 
 

"Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr.

By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources."

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Ted LieuVerified account @tedlieu 5h5 hours ago

 
 

The Trump Tower meeting was set up by Trump Jr. to get dirt on Hillary from a foreign power.

Now it appears @realDonaldTrump knew about this meeting in advance, and then lied about it.

As evidence accumulates, it becomes harder to believe Trump had no idea what was happening.

:rolleyes:

 

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What Michael Cohen’s bombshell means

 
 
By Jennifer RubinJuly 27 at 9:30 AMEmail the author
Max Bergmann, who heads the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress, tells me, “This revelation reveals what has been staring us in the face: Trump was part of the collusion. He wasn’t some innocent bystander on his campaign.” He argues, “Trump ran the Trump campaign. We know this because everybody — from embedded reporters, to Trump campaign staff, to Trump himself — told us that he was fully in charge. So when it came to the most important decision of his campaign — whether or not to collude with Russia — of course he was involved.” He adds, “This is now a national security crisis. We have a President of the United States that almost certainly aided and abetted an attack on American democracy.”

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Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one's in charge

After two years of calling Russian election meddling a hoax, President Trump will preside over a meeting about election security.

 

But even members of Trump's national security cabinet have acknowledged the need for a central, unifying effort — one that experts say is missing. Senior officials have also admitted that the government has failed to take steps necessary to give the Russians second thoughts about intervening in American politics. .....

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/trump-admin-has-no-central-strategy-election-security-no-one-n895256

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How Vladimir Putin Will Take Down Donald Trump When He’s No Longer Useful

"....... “They like to talk about him as weak and incompetent and just pretty much a clown,” Davis said of the Moscow analysts before the Cohen disclosure. “They still think he might prove himself to do what he promised him to do.

But if he goes down, I expect they would not skip a beat. They would jump in to help finish him off.” .......

Measures at Putin’s disposal include leaking a mix of real and fabricated details on Trump’s suspected debts to Russian bankers and oligarchs, said Milton Bearden, a legendary former CIA officer who worked against the Soviet target and later co-authored a book, The Main Enemy, with the cooperation of several former KGB officials.

“Putin can continue to plug along with his best friend and watch how tribalism and divisions within American society continue to tear it apart,” Bearden told Newsweek. “However, if things start to quiet down here, Putin can begin to release whatever it is he might have on the president. It can be real information dealing with the money flow from Deutsche Bank, or it can be carefully fabricated information that looks genuine.”

“I can imagine a wide variety of scenarios,” .........

“As we enter the election season, we should look closely at what Russia is up to in Europe to get a sense of what we can expect. Russian operatives are manipulating events in Ukraine, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Montenegro and elsewhere. They fund fringe groups and invest in young leaders in a long-term effort to develop Russian agents who can influence political parties and push a pro-Russian line. We should anticipate the same here,” Sipher wrote. .....

“When Trump goes,” she said,  “Putin certainly doesn't want to be seen as someone who's on his team."

https://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-take-down-donald-trump-1045772?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter&utm_medium=Social

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