Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Mod: What many had suspected has now been confirmed. The Russians not only hacked the last presidential election, the Trump campaign was helping them do it. Something unprecedented in American history.

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence (The New York Times link): Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

The intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.

The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.

‘That’s the definition of treason’: Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration (Raw Story link): Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) used the word “treason” when describing Gen. Michael Flynn’s actions. However, his concern is not Flynn but the role the president played in these series of Russian scandals.

“The bigger problem, the scandal of the century, not the scandal of the week, is this ongoing relationship with Russia,” the former Marine told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday. “There is no question it’s the unequivocal conclusion of all our intelligence agencies that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president. Either that’s just because they think Trump is Putin’s buddy and he is going to do his bidding or because they have material they can use against the administration. We don’t need to just know what Flynn knew or when his associates in the White House knew, we need to know what Russia knows and what they still hold over the heads of the people in the White House.”

Moulton said he doesn’t believe anything in Washington happens in a vacuum, whether it’s a meeting or a phone call.

“Let’s not lose perspective on exactly who we’re talking about here,” he continued. “If members of the administration are essentially conspiring with Russia, either through the campaign earlier, now than the — look, Wolf, that’s the definition of treason. This is a very, very serious affair. We all have to understand what’s going on with Michael Flynn, but we can’t let this little scandal or perhaps a big scandal at the moment let us lose sight of the much bigger scandal, which is what is the overall connection between Russia and the Trump administration.”

Moulton now serves on the House Armed Services Committee and served in the Iraq War.

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86 comments:

  1. America has been swamped by crooked elites.

    Cowardly failed contender Rand Paul said 'there's no point in investigating a member of our own party.

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  2. keep blowing... this thing is gonna catch fire!!! go go go

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  3. 37 Mental Health Workers Are BEGGING Congress To Impeach Trump
    http://addictinginfo.org/2017/02/15/37-mental-health-workers-are-begging-congress-to-impeach-trump/

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  4. Isn't the bigger issue the wiretap itself, the fact it was used without legal right, and the biggest issue is the leak, although its probably a party line?

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    1. That is one of the issues. Though I find it funny that the same people complaining about these leaks had no problems at all when Wikileaks was doing the same thing during the election.

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    2. Trump had the information on Flynn for weeks, yet chose to do nothing. Sometimes leaks are the only way bad things are resolved.

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    3. Saul Alinsky is alive and well! The end will always justify the means with the Libs.

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    4. So is Vladimir Putin. Your Saul Alinski.

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    5. The right is in bed with America's enemies.

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    6. It's just business.

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    7. Can Donald Trump be charged with treason?
      https://www.quora.com/Can-Donald-Trump-be-charged-with-treason

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  5. My postcard to the Trump White House~

    Because of your betrayal of our country:

    Your financial ties to Russian oligarchs which remain undisclosed
    Your serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships
    Installation of Kremlin puppets Flynn, Manafort and Page
    Direction to investigate backgrounds of Democrat appointees like you're the KGB
    Apologist for Putin's cyberattacks on our country and its electoral process
    Providing cover for Russian actions against our country
    Sensitive national security operations are being conducted in plain view at Mar-a-Lago club
    Meddling with the Republican Party position on the Ukraine against our NSA

    You and your entire cabinet should resign immediately

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  6. This is just the beginning folks. I didn't think it was going to happen so soon. My thoughts are that anyone who cared about America knew this was coming. Hope we the people will get out of this mess and still have our country and freedom.

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  7. This is one if the issues. Though I find it funny that... Russia is the "all and power", never once in all the past Presidencies has anything been developed to "save" all of us from the "all powerful"! Especially Obama; he groveled at the feet of Putin and promised everything would be different when he was re-elected. What did he mean by that? That he would leave the back door open? Come on in Russia, set up your "spy network", tell us how incredibly stupid the DNC politicians are. So full of hate and prejudices.
    President Trump has been in office now, for three weeks.
    The Democratic Party continues to scramble. They still don't get it.

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    1. I'm not sure you get it. We're talking about possible treason at the highest levels of our government. Time to put partisan politics aside and get behind your country.

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    2. You can't distract your way out of this. Your fake arguments about 'draining the swamp' and Trump being free of corruption have been proven false.

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    3. 7:27 sounds like the gibberish we'd get from Trump if they let him tweet more than 140 characters. Sad.

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    4. 8:34 haha totally

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  8. Here's a digestif for after today's entree:

    When Donald Trump pulled his name off a beachfront hotel in Rio de Janeiro in December, his company said it was due to delays in the project and called the move part of “normal housecleaning” in the weeks before he took up the presidency.

    Brazilian prosecutors and lawmakers investigating pension funds that backed the project paint a picture that may provide a different explanation. In court documents and interviews, investigators say the Trump Organization, in a deal negotiated by daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr., found itself managing a hotel backed by shady characters, profligate pension funds and built on, prosecutors suspect, corruption.

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  9. Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail, to protect her source, was not the last journalists to do so.
    This White House of law and order, will be filling those cells up. Both the "leaking"information journalists and "leaking" intelligence employees will be filling those cells. This is the first swamp to clean. This has been a growing cancerous illness that needs to be eradicated that spans back 50 years.

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    1. You can't distract your way out of this. Your fake arguments about 'draining the swamp' and Trump being free of corruption have been proven false

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  10. "The Dow surges past 20,500".

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    1. The swamp is getting richer.

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    2. It's been on a steady upswing since the last Republican F-up.

      And you still can't distract your way out of this.

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  11. I think the month of March has arrived a wee bit early. The blarney written on this blog can only be blamed on a heavy hand with the whiskey bottle and a double caffeine cup of coffee.

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    1. You must live in the Fox Bubble. Try coming up for air and see what the rest of the world is talking about.

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    2. Thanks for your meaningful contribution.

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    3. Thanks for serving as an awful example.

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  12. This Country has been dumbing down for a generation and has been a sourch of laughter and ridicule of foreign governments.
    America pours out financial aid and builds infrastructure around the World.
    In my opion, this country should now behave more as a separatist, Global Partner.
    The US badly needs to rebuild and heel.
    The "other" Global Partners need to pick up their slacking of responsibilities towards the human race.

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    1. So many desperate distractions from trump guy today. The us will never be separatist as long as trumps's corrupt cronies are in cahoots with the Russian oligarchy.

      Two have already resigned because of this.

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    2. Funny you should say that... Fox News just turned twenty...

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  13. The leaks are coming from all those government employees that were placed into Civil Service employment after the last guy left the White House.

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    1. Turnabout is fair play, Wikiboy.

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    2. How were they placed in civil service "after" Obama left the White House.

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  14. Yes 8:01am. First, the Market had to remain at it's the lowest point of growth for eight years, before it could burst through the 20,000 ceiling.

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  15. ‘He will die in jail’: Intelligence community ready to ‘go nuclear’ on Trump, senior source says
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/he-will-die-in-jail-intelligence-community-ready-to-go-nuclear-on-trump-senior-source-says/

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  16. Lock up the "intelligence community", they've out smarted themselves.

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    1. It's over Trump Guy. Time to change your name to Pence Guy.

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    2. Who's paying you to be Breitbart's surrogate?

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    3. Pence scares me more than Trump

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    4. At least Pence is not a fruitcake.

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  17. 8:22am. Jawohl Kamerad.

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  18. TRUMP SWAMP AT WORK:

    Less than a week on the job as U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions faces a potentially explosive situation: He was a top adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but he’s now overseeing the agency investigating members of that campaign.

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  19. 8:38am. Obama left the silverware, in case Hillary returned. But, before he left, he had government employees transfer in Civil Service jobs. This went on for months. It's almost impossible to get "rid" of Civil Servants, and "they" can do irreparable damage to the government; with that same "we vs you" outlook. Like, this is a video game of life. When the "spoiled rotten" kids grow up and pull together as AMERICANS; this Country may still have a chance.

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    1. If true (you don't cite any sources), President Obama once again showed how smart he is and how much he loves his country by placing people in the trenches to fight a rear guard action against an orange madman.

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    2. With luck Trump will be removed from power before he gets a lot of good people killed.

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  20. Brings a warm smile to me, watching Netanyahu and his wife being greeted by President Trump and the First Lady.

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    1. The first lady, or his daughter? The missus, for some reason, prefers New York.

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  21. We're reaching that point (a bit sooner than I expected, to be honest) where any reasonable Trump voter needs to look inward. There's a lesson to be learned here. All of this was exceedingly unavoidable. Or, you can detach further and further from reality like your guy. Notable example here, folks, Saddam Hussein was still barking at his critics and blaming everybody else, literally, as they were executing him. That rabbit hole can become deep if you don't spare yourself.

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  22. President Donald Trump Still Using Unsecured Smartphone, Senators Question Why

    The security of a country's leader is of the utmost importance. However, in this day and age of digital media, the same level of security is granted to smartphones and tablets belonging to those leaders.

    However, recent reports suggest that the U.S. President himself could be using an insecure phone bought from the shelves of a store.
    Two Democratic senators namely Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper, working in the country's security committee has reportedly questioned President Trump whether he is using a secured smartphone.

    Reports mention that the President has been provided a secured device for personal use, but he may still be using an unsecured connection which could pose serious national threat.

    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/197475/20170215/president-donald-trump-still-using-unsecured-smartphone-senators-question-why.htm#sthash.rhf4VRzG.dpuf

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    1. Maybe that is why that Russian spy ship is off the easy coast. They're listening to Trump talking on his unsecured phone.

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    2. A man who is a god on Earth doesn't need a secured communications device. He just mentally wills security, silly.

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  23. 7:27 ,,,,, Many may not understand the following. Walk softly but carry a big stick. It is possible to speak of peace with the enemy when you have the most powerful military in the world. You don't need to be a bully to get things done. Not going to war is a fine line between a lot of emotions. We as a nation do not grovel and neither did our past president. Divide us as a nation is just one of the many attacks the US is under. Pull your heads out and see the truths.

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  24. 9:17am. Question for you. Are "you" one of those 1970's Stephford Wives? Why do "you"one want to keep Women "barefoot and in the kitchen"? It's a new millennium, take a step forward. Why can't a First Lady be independent from her spouse? Supportive, but not joined at the hip; or under "his" control? Really, it's not 1960 or 1970 anymore.

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    1. No. I think Trump's wife hates him.

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    2. Now trump guy his having entire conversations with him/herself

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  25. 9:31am. The German population supported the Fuhrer. Hitler did so much for his "chosen"; and so no one spoke up.
    The "enemy" is within. You can read the comments from just this blog, as a small sampling of this populace today.
    You are right, when the heads of United States Journalists and Soldiers were being severed; the Bully President did not pick up his big stick. I was divided, when I watched innocence being slaughtered, and no one spoke up.
    This new President is working on behalf of putting Americans First, which is refreshing. He has nothing to hid and nothing to gain from taking on this job. That's why the Electrol vote was overwhelming high. The majority of the Country support him.
    Only when photos reached the US of the atrocities committed by Hitler, did the US enter into that war.
    This Country does NOT start wars.
    Our Military badly needs to be rebuilt.
    Those "leaking"intelligence need to be locked up.
    These are truths.

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    1. Was that 10:31 who kept agitating during the Obama administration to lead an invasion and get ISIL?

      Didn't think so, but do tell just what strategy would you have given to the President, who took out bin Laden, killed more than 30,000 ISIL fighters with drones, and according to the general overseeing the operations as many as 45,000 in his last two years, all with very few coalition casualties?

      So what's your strategy tough guy?

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  26. The "Trump's" effect. Three European Countries will be heading to the voting booths. New canadate 's with similar outlooks for governing are surging ahead in the polls.

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  27. 8:17 I say the same to you as I said to 7:27 ,,,,, Many may not understand the following. Walk softly but carry a big stick. It is possible to speak of peace with the enemy when you have the most powerful military in the world. You don't need to be a bully to get things done. Not going to war is a fine line between a lot of emotions. We as a nation do not grovel and neither did our past president. Divide us as a nation is just one of the many attacks the US is under. Pull your heads out and see the truths.

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  28. Unbelievable, all the Hillary haters are going to follow that Hate All The Way to Hell. The rest of us will not miss you.

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  29. 10:31 sounds just like a Fuhrer Hitler talking.

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  30. Trump guy is flailing wildly the past few days. Fully exposed as a pandering hypocrite.

    Sad!

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  31. Breaking news: Trump-swamp slimeball labor nominee Puzder goes down in flames!



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    1. Junk food swamp critter floats to the surface.

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    2. Excellent news.
      Mr. Puzder is opposed to the Obama administration’s rule expanding eligibility for overtime pay. He is opposed to a significant increase in the minimum wage. He is opposed to the ACA which provides health insurance for workers who are not covered by an employer plan. He is critical of paid sick leave policies. He applauds increased automation that puts American wage earners out of work. On a personal level he employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper for several years but failed to either remit income and FICA taxes or issue the worker a 1099 as required by law. It is hard to imagine a nominee who could be more antithetical to every element expressed in the DoL's mission statement. As Secretary of Labor Mr. Puzder would be an advocate for the 1% "job creators" at the expense of the wage earners and job seekers whose interests he ostensibly represents.

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    3. He also has a history of spouse abuse.

      Swampland goon squad.

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  32. I see the HATERS are having lunch and taking there naps.

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  33. 11:07am. Which Democratic led administration behind the scene, replaced the Shaw of Iran. Which Democratic led administration put Saddam Husain in power?Which Demicratic administration let Bin Laden go; three times? Simplify your Google search. Try asking any veteran Soldier from the 1st Iraqi War, they will tell you.

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    1. What was the point of that ramble

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    2. Actually itcwas George W Bush that allowed Osama bin Laden to escape. Barack Obama killed bin Laden.

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    3. The Shah was overthrown by his own people and The Reagan presidential campaign reportedly negotiated a deal to prevent the release of the hostages to give Reagan an advantage.

      Rumsfeld personally delivered $3 billion to Saddam shortly after it was proven that he had gassed the Kurds.

      W didn't bother reading the report on the imminent attack on the US, was reading and kept reading a children's book during the worst terrorist attack in US history, allowed Bin Laden to escape, and allowed his business partners from the Bin Laden family to leave the US when all US planes were grounded without a single question asked of them about Osama.

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  34. President Trump's policies are working. The Stock Market continues to climb. De regulations, tax cuts.
    The House and Congress need to get to work and pass legislation.

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    1. Has Trump even proposed any legislation yet? Inbetween his golfing weekends?

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  35. 1:18pm. Missed out out on how the branches of government work; eh?

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    1. Don't know that a president can propose and lead on legislation? Damn. You're even more ignorant than Donald.

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  36. New Yorkers were treated to a picture of a very pregnant President Donald Trump carrying the baby of Vladimir Putin Tuesday night.
    The image, which shows the Russian leader caressing him and kissing his shoulder, decorated the side of a building on 14th Street and Eighth avenue and a second building on North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn.

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  37. Everyone has run out of coffee and they are all relaxed now. I think some people here should drink tea.

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  38. 4:45pm. You are caught in a "lie". Remember, there are no weapons of mass destruction (spoiler alert: that means chemicals/gases). I recall the progressives foaming at the mouth (yes; puns intended) and rolling in the streets over, George Bush; there are NO chemical weapons.
    That imminent attack report must have arrived, when we all took off our aluminum foil hats. Oh wait; only you received that report!

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    1. 4:45 closer to the truth than you are trump chump.

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    2. The imminent attack that W failed to read the report on was 9/11 or have you forgotten that?

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    3. The FBI and the CIA did not share information then. If they had, that tragedy would have never happened.

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  39. Fantastic commentary by John Oliver on how Trump distort the truth to influence the masses. And the media's accidental role in amplifying false rumors from fringe radicals.

    https://youtu.be/xecEV4dSAXE

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