Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Raw Story: Adam Schiff Masterfully Connects the Dots Between Trump and Russia — and it’s Damning

Mod: It is flattering to think that Adam Schiff comes from our part of the world. If the upcoming Trump treason trials break the way I think they will, Schiff could end up becoming one of the most powerful figures in Washington DC. Not too bad for a guy who comes from Glendale, right?

Adam Schiff Masterfully Connects the Dots Between Trump and Russia — and it’s Damning (Raw Story link): Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) gave a lengthy statement Monday during the House Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election in which he expertly connected the dots between Trump’s campaign and Russia. In his statement, Schiff went through a timeline of events that linked Trump campaign officials such as former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort to Russian government officials.

Furthermore, Schiff showed how members of the Trump campaign lobbied to change the Republican Party’s platform to delete a section that endorsed sending weapons to Ukraine — a change that was highly beneficial to the Russian government.

“The Republican Party delegate who offered the language in support of providing defensive weapons to Ukraine states that it was removed at the insistence of the Trump campaign,” Schiff explained.

Additionally, he outlined the way that Russian intelligence services meticulously leaked information damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign designed to do maximum political damage and undermine her candidacy.

Schiff concluded by saying that all of these contacts with Russian officials could be a coincidence — but he said that there’s enough smoke to demand a thorough investigation.

“Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated, and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible,” he said. “But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated, and that the Russians used the same techniques to corrupt U.S. persons that they have employed in Europe and elsewhere. We simply don’t know, not yet, and we owe it to the country to find out.”

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FBI chief debunks Trump's wiretap claim and confirms probe of possible campaign links to Russia (Los Angeles Times link): In a double-barreled assault on the White House, FBI Director James B. Comey on Monday knocked back President Trump's claim of wiretapping by the Obama administration and disclosed that the FBI is investigating possible “coordination” between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian authorities.

Comey was the most senior U.S. law enforcement official to publicly debunk Trump’s extraordinary charges, first made on Twitter on March 4, that President Obama had wiretapped him at Trump Tower.

“I have no information that supports those tweets, and we have looked carefully inside the FBI,” Comey told a drama-laced House Intelligence Committee hearing carried live for nearly five hours on cable TV. He added that the Justice Department and its components also had “no information to support” Trump’s accusation.

But Comey’s rebuke of Trump, which was echoed by Adm. Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, was overshadowed by disclosure of an active counter-intelligence and criminal investigation aimed at the top ranks of the president’s former campaign and potentially the White House.

All the President's Lies (The New York Times link): The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar.

The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has repeatedly accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, and Comey explained there is “no information that supports” the claim.

I’ve previously argued that not every untruth deserves to be branded with the L-word, because it implies intent and somebody can state an untruth without doing so knowingly. George W. Bush didn’t lie when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and Obama didn’t lie when he said people who liked their current health insurance could keep it. They made careless statements that proved false (and they deserved much of the criticism they got).

But the current president of the United States lies. He lies in ways that no American politician ever has before. He has lied about — among many other things — Obama’s birthplace, John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Sept. 11, the Iraq War, ISIS, NATO, military veterans, Mexican immigrants, Muslim immigrants, anti-Semitic attacks, the unemployment rate, the murder rate, the Electoral College, voter fraud and his groping of women.

Breitbart and Infowars under investigation for ties to Russia (Raw Story link): Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump's presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as "bots," to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The bots' end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year's elections.

Breitbart, which has drawn criticism for pursuing a white nationalist agenda, was formerly led by Stephen Bannon, who became chief executive officer of Trump's election campaign last August and now serves as Trump's strategic adviser in the White House. The news site's former national security editor, Sebastian Gorka, was a national security adviser to Trump's campaign and presidential transition team. He now works as a key Trump counterterrorism adviser.

Bannon and Gorka have controversial profiles. Bannon has been accused of taking anti-immigrant and racist positions. Last week, the Jewish newspaper Forward reported that Gorka had taken a lifelong loyalty oath to a Hungarian far-right group that for decades was allied with the Nazi Party.


Mod: And to think, we're only two months into this mess. It can't get any worse, can it?

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50 comments:

  1. This site used to be an additional source of information about the "happenings" of Sierra Madre and what was presented from City Hall.
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    Neither quite got the information correct, but at least this site was well written.
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    1. This is what, the third time you've posted this now?

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    2. Angry Tattler readers are like alcoholics. They quit often.

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    3. Really, I mean it this time... I don't need any of you... I don't need anything…

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  2. Sierra Madre happenings? Let's see now: Wistaria plant blooming/street fair over. Little League opening day parade/season started. Art Fair coming up. Mt Wilson Trail race Memmorial Day week-end coming up. 4th of July parade coming up. New City Manager in place, looking for revenue sources to keep the city afloat. Stay tuned.

    In the meanwhile, National News is more important than ever. I read the Tattler every day for what the Mod has to offer on some pretty weighty subjects.

    (Oh, yes, the Congregational Church had a three-day rummage sale last week-end. You want the Tattler to post that?)

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    1. Do we know who the Most Wonderful Person of the Year is yet?

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    2. It is a sweet little town, but there is a big world beyond. Not too good to stay too complacent.

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    3. Sierra Madre gets a bit precious about itself sometimes.

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    4. as in the past, will the new administration bill the Mt Wilson Trail Race $ 18 grand for staff hours spent planning the race?

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    5. Nothing can exist without city hall. Whatever needs to be paid is a gift.

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  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Roasted Trump Beautifully For His Awful Approval Ratings
    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/21/arnold-schwarzenegger-just-beautifully-roasted-trump-awful-approval-ratings/

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  4. Theres a smell of treason in the air: Historian Douglas Brinkley
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/theres-a-smell-of-treason-in-the-air-historian-douglas-brinkley-analyzes-mind-boggling-comey-hearing/

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  5. Tragically, the Russian interference is all about the corporations once again going for the oil (petrodollars), just as they did in Iraq under Cheney's government. It's a power play for money and control that is undermining the foundations of our democracy by a group that lost the popular vote (just as before with the Bush II election) and then when it got into power, proceeded to undermine and destroy the government oversight mechanisms that protect the people in this country and gives them a voice. Money is now speech, power and control thanks to Citizens United.

    http://greenswardcivitas.blogspot.com/2017/02/all-for-buck.html

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    1. True- same old subterfuge. NeoCons... altright... different crooks from the same swap

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    2. New marketing, same old crooks.

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    3. Bank that lent $300m to Trump linked to Russian money laundering scam

      The German bank that loaned $300m (£260m) to Donald Trump played a prominent role in a money laundering scandal run by Russian criminals with ties to the Kremlin, the Guardian can reveal.

      Deutsche Bank is one of dozens of western financial institutions that processed at least $20bn – and possibly more – in money of “criminal origin” from Russia.

      The scheme, dubbed “the Global Laundromat”, ran from 2010 to 2014.

      Law enforcement agencies are investigating how a group of politically well-connected Russians were able to use UK-registered companies to launder billions of dollars in cash. The companies made fictitious loans to each other, underwritten by Russian businesses.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/deutsche-bank-that-lent-300m-to-trump-linked-to-russian-money-laundering-scam

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  6. The Republicans made fools of themselves yesterday. By not asking Comey and Rogers about anything other than leaks, they gave the discussion to the Democrats, who went after the real meat of the entire investigation.

    Comey skillfully blew off the Republicans' questions about leaks. He carefully answered the questions posed by Democrats, while declining to answer specific questions about individuals. That information will be forthcoming during closed hearings, though.

    The Republicans know what the truth is. They simply cannot handle it. They don't have any clue what to do with a President who is so far underwater that he will never emerge. Instead of taking charge of this, they are chaining themselves to the anchor that is Donald Trump, and will be carried down to the bottom of the sea with him.

    I do not think they are capable of understanding what is going on and how it is going to affect their own phony baloney jobs. I do not think they are even thinking about how ridiculous they look up against the cogent, clear questions from the Democrats. May they sink forever with Trump!

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  7. FBI wiretapped Russian gambling ring headquarted at Trump Tower
    Turns out there was a wiretap at Trump Tower after all — just not the way President Trump has said. The FBI had a court-sanctioned warrant for two years to monitor a Russian crime organization working out of a unit three floors below President Trump’s penthouse, according to an ABC News report.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fbi-wiretapped-russian-gambling-ring-headquarted-trump-tower-article-1.3004226

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  8. Stock market is tanking today. Must be Obama's fault.
    http://money.cnn.com/data/markets/dow/

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    1. Markets fret as Trump agenda shows signs of cracks
      http://www.businessinsider.com/r-markets-fret-as-trump-agenda-shows-signs-of-cracks-2017-3

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  9. BOOM!

    It turns out that the FBI did once place a wiretap inside Trump Tower — but it happened back in 2013, and it wasn’t targeted at President Donald Trump or any member of his family.

    Via Daily Kos, ABC News reports that the FBI obtained a warrant to eavesdrop on “a sophisticated Russian organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower” starting in 2011 and ending in 2013.

    Hopefully Trump will Riding in the paddy wagon soon, and his trolls can hitch a ride back to the swamp

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  10. "The house is on fire, Trump is running around with a box of matches, and the GOP demands to know who called the fire department." - Gary Kasparov

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  11. WH Briefing: a moment of brevity, when asked about cilvil service jobs; "Spicy", recommended that the press core google Ramspecking Act.

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  12. Advertisers seek more control after unintended Breitbart spots: Some advertisers are working overtime to scrub their spots from websites including Breitbart News, an unintended consequence of the automated ad buying systems that are meant to lower costs and allow for more targeted advertising.

    Those trying to keep their ads off certain websites are finding they must take steps to verify the spots they bid for are where ads actually appear and that there are no third parties involved that can result in ads winding up in unintended places.

    Breitbart News, once run by U.S. President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon and popular with the alt-right, a loose grouping characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics that includes neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, has become a particular concern for some advertisers and the automated exchanges they work with.

    While the exact number of advertisers that have blacklisted Breitbart is unknown, Sleeping Giants, an anonymous group campaigning on Twitter against companies advertising on the website, puts the number higher than 1,500.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-advertisers-breitbart-blacklist-idUSKBN16S0D7

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  13. Where's Trump guy today? I hope he's not depressed because of all this bad news. Where would he get his information if the Feds locked Alex Jones up?

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    1. Don't care where either troll is. They only post misinformation or hateful rants

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    2. Trump Guy is like the piece of grit lodged in the fleshy parts of an oyster. Without that there would be no pearls.

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  14. "The Clinton's are organized criminals".

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    1. Assuming you are right, how do their activities make the criminal behavior of Trump and his thugs any less seditious?

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    2. there she is

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    3. Is it Trump Guy or Trump Gal?

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    4. Anonymous.. 50/50 chance either way

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    5. To avoid discrimination either way, let's stick with the 'Troll', it is fittingly asexual or even transsexual

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    6. TrumpTroll (either guy or gal) no need to distinguish...just an "it" ya know.

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    7. Five words and three errors: quotes without attribution; possessive tense; and period outside the quotes. Four errors if your count the fact that neither has been convicted of a crime. Five if you count that both have not been convicted of a crime. One thing right: they are organized!

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    8. I guess it depends on what your definition of "is" is.

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  15. Activities vs.Crime?
    Sounds like you may be viewing the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings, me too.

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    1. It is a good sign. I wouldn't want anything to get in the way of Trump's trip to Leavenworth.

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    2. Lindsey Graham Just Went ROGUE, Threatened To IMPEACH Trump
      http://addictinginfo.org/2017/03/21/lindsey-graham-just-went-rogue-threatened-to-impeach-trump-video/

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    3. He wasn't going rogue he actually doing what he supposed to do

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  16. Trump Crime FamilyMarch 21, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort hid payments from pro-Russian party, Ukrainian lawmaker says
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-ukraine-manafort-20170321-story.html

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  17. Bannon looks like a mean drunk.

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    1. He looks terribly unhealthy. I hope for his sake that he has a real friend or two who will encourage him to get regular check-ups and follow medical advice.

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    2. "Friend" is not something that exists in the world people like Bannon inhabit.

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  18. 1:10pm. Snowflakes, you besmirch Alex Jones but you dont recognize his quotes. Google.

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    1. Jones is a loudmouthed fool. And a traitor.

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    2. Mommy mommy what's a snowflake?

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  20. A Republican Senator Was Just Busted Having An Affair With His Cousin
    Yet another “family values” anti-gay conservative has just been exposed as a hypocrite. State Senator Dr. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald, Tennessee, has found himself in hot water for having an extramarital affair…with his second cousin.

    The details came to light during his divorce trial, where it was revealed that not only was he engaged in a sexual relationship with his cousin, who worked as a nurse at his practice, he was also writing her prescriptions for powerful and extremely addictive opioids.

    His ex-wife Gina also accused Hensley of violence, saying that he had purposefully struck her with his car on two occasions.

    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/21/republican-senator-just-busted-affair-cousin/

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