Sunday, April 23, 2017

It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation

It looks like House Democrats just won a big victory in the Trump-Russia investigation (Business Insider link): The House Intelligence Committee said on Friday that it had invited three former officials with knowledge of Russia's interference in the US election to testify in an open hearing in May, over a month after the committee's chairman first scrapped the session. "Yesterday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent two letters related to its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign," the committee said in a statement released on Friday.

"The first letter was sent to FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Admiral Mike Rogers, inviting them to appear at a closed hearing on May 2, 2017," the statement read. "The second letter was sent to former CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates inviting them to appear at an open hearing to be scheduled after May 2nd."

The letters appear to mark the end of an impasse that emerged late last month, when the committee's chairman, Devin Nunes, accused Democrats of not signing a letter inviting Comey to testify before the committee in a closed session. Democrats said they did not support substituting an open hearing with a closed one and had been pushing to reschedule the open session with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Nunes had scrapped.

"The chairman requested that in lieu of a public hearing we have a closed hearing with James Comey and Mike Rogers," Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who sits on the committee, told Business Insider late last month. "I did not support having one substitute for another."

In the end, the committee agreed to hold both the closed session with Comey and Rogers that Republicans wanted and the open hearing with Yates, Brennan, and Clapper that Democrats advocated.

The compromise is arguably a bigger victory for the Democrats, however, who have been eager to publicly question Yates about her knowledge of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia.

Yates was fired as acting attorney general after refusing to enforce Trump's first executive order on immigration in late January. Earlier that month, she reportedly traveled to the White House to warn Trump administration officials that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

Interest in Yates' testimony grew even more last month after The Washington Post reported that the White House had tried to prevent her from testifying publicly. The White House has denied the charge.

Brennan has also come back into the spotlight recently amid reports that he established a counterintelligence task force last summer to examine whether the Trump campaign had improper contact with the Kremlin. The investigation was based on intelligence that was handed to the CIA by foreign intelligence agencies beginning in late 2015, The Guardian reported earlier this month.

Clapper's testimony, meanwhile, will be of interest to those who feel that Trump's Russia ties have been overblown. The former director of national intelligence told MSNBC's Chuck Todd in early March that he had seen "no evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Nunes a few weeks ago stepped aside from the committee's investigation into Trump's ties to Russia. He handed the probe over to Conaway in early April amid questions about his ability to lead an unbiased investigation.

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, came under intense scrutiny last month for his decision to bypass the rest of his committee and brief Trump on classified executive-branch documents that he said showed that members of Trump's transition team had been swept up in government surveillance.

Reports have said he obtained those documents from White House officials — despite Nunes' earlier claims that he got them from an intelligence source — fueling speculation that administration officials had orchestrated the stunt to distract the press from Comey's revelation that the FBI was investigating whether various Trump associates had ties to Russia.

The committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, criticized Nunes for bypassing the committee, calling on him to either share the documents with his colleagues or recuse himself.

"I don't know how to conduct a credible investigation if you have even one person, let alone the chairman, of a committee saying, 'I've seen evidence, but I won't share it with anyone else,'" Schiff told CNN late last month. "We can't conduct an investigation this way. That's not sustainable. It's not credible."  

Donald Trump's Latest Approval Ratings In Election Swing States Show How Unpopular He Really Is (Newsweek link): It's no secret President Donald Trump's approval rating on the national level has been relatively low his entire tenure in the White House. But polls show he's also struggling to garner support in the swing states that won him the 2016 presidential election over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Roughly 41.9 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, compared with 52.3 percent who disapprove, according to the FiveThirtyEight aggregate of polls. Polls from swing states similarly show Trump's approval rating under water, making him the least popular newly elected president in decades.

A March survey of Wisconsin found 41 percent of registered voters approved of his job performance while 47 percent disapproved. A February poll conducted by Franklin & Marshall College found just 32 percent of voters in Pennsylvania approved of Trump's job performance. An EPIC MRA survey the same month pegged his support in Michigan at 40 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. In Ohio, a March Baldwin Wallace University poll found 49 percent of the state viewed the president unfavorably, while 46 percent viewed him favorably.

And it goes on. In North Carolina, which Trump won narrowly, his approval rating stood at just 36 percent earlier this month, according to a High Point University poll. Fifty-four percent disapproved. In Florida, a large, key state that helped hand Trump the win, his approval stood at just 34 percent with two-thirds of the state disapproving, according to a February survey by Florida Atlantic University. A poll later in February by Associated Industries of Florida did find that 81 percent of Republicans approved of Trump's job performance.

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40 comments:

  1. Trump is a disaster for the Republicans. What makes it even better is many of them are just too self-involved and clueless to know it.

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  2. Trump Is Making the GOP Heinously Unpopular Again
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-is-making-the-gop-heinously-unpopular-again.html

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  3. Disapproval of President Donald Trump Grows in Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll

    Americans have become increasingly dissatisfied with President Donald Trump as he nears his 100th day in office, with views of his effectiveness and ability to shake up Washington slipping, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

    More than half of Americans—some 54%—disapprove of the job Mr. Trump is doing as president, compared with 40% who approve, a 14-point gap. That is a weaker showing than in the Journal/NBC News poll in February, when disapproval outweighed approval by 4 points.

    While Mr. Trump still draws overwhelming support from his own party, he risks losing the nation’s political middle ground. Among independents, disapproval rose markedly, to 54%, while 30% approved of his job performance. That 24-point gap compares with a 9-point margin of disapproval in February.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/disapproval-of-president-donald-trump-grows-in-latest-wsj-nbc-news-poll-1492952400

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  4. Where is Adam Schiff? April 25th, Armenia Genocide remembrance.
    Mr. Schiff represents Burbank and Glendale, why does he remain so quiet about this day? Why has he not been seen lately in Washington D.C.?

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    1. Why are our local Republican such complete asses?

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    2. All they do is lie and lose.

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    3. Rep. Schiff asks Obama to call Armenian Genocide what it is
      http://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/news/tn-gnp-schiff-asks-obama-to-say-genocide-20160420-story.html

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    4. Rep. Schiff asks Congress to recognize Armenian Genocide
      http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-schiff-20170324-story.html

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    5. Schiff, Trott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide
      https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/schiff-trott-introduce-bipartisan-resolution-to-recognize-armenian-genocide

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    6. 7:18 is a punk.

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    7. Trump troll trying to divert and distract

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    8. And failing badly.

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  5. Corrupt elite swamp thugs exploiting real working Americans. Lock them up!

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  6. And as #45 so famously boasted that his first 100 days would be the most wonderful ever...now denigrates the milestone as artificial and unimportant, etc., etc. etc. What a fool. Our fool, the president. But the American people are suffering at the (tiny) hands of this fool in the eyes of the world. Make America Great Again! What nonsense.

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  7. Ah, Russian interference back in conversations. I thought maybe the drama was being buried beneath embarrassment of the findings of Democrats being so lack in the areas of security/wiretaps.

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    1. Wuzzup with Chaffetz? Is this why he won't run again?April 23, 2017 at 7:56 AM

      Report: Trump gave $10 million in Russian money to Jason Chaffetz when he leaked FBI letter
      http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/10-million-chaffetz-trump-russia/2392/

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  8. You "thought" wrong. Being so "lack" in the area of the English language.

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  9. Top psychiatrists at Yale conference warn that Trump has a ‘dangerous mental illness’
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/its-official-top-psychiatrists-at-yale-conference-warn-that-trump-has-a-dangerous-mental-illness/

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  10. 7:56am. The American Language Nazi.

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    1. Somebody got their feelings hurt.

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    2. It is improper to use Title Case in this instance,and nearly always. Please use Sentence case.

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    3. We call it the English language,possibly American English. The American language would refer to the indigenous languages of the Americas.

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  11. All Republicans do is to win in most elections.

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    1. Not here they don't. And aren't you still whining about 8 years of Obama?

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    2. The joys of gerrymandering

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  13. Adam Schiff asks,and that is all. That fulfill's promises to his supporters ?

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    1. Stop the madness, 9:10.

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    2. "Far-Right Candidate Le Pen heads to runoff in France", as does Macron. The wave of change sweeps across Europe.
      The Pendulum swings...

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    3. It could be 1933 all over again.

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  14. While I can understand that some portions of the Trump-Russia investigations should be closed so that co-conspirators are not tipped off about the evidence, everyone who appears at the hearings, open or closed, should be placed under oath.

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  15. 8:27am. How so?
    9:15am. Lack of interest on todays Tattler selection of happenings ?

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  16. The far left, socialist party of Europe has gone into hidding.
    Oh no; what is the American Democratic Party to think?

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    1. The sound of marching jackboots really revs up your little engine, eh?

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    2. You don't even know what a socialist is. Fool

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  17. Why does 7:34 continue to suggest that Obama had Trump wiretapped? Surely 7:34 knows that presidents cannot order wiretaps and surely 7:34 knows there is no evidence that Trump was wiretapped other than Trump's random, tweeted thoughts, which have the evidentiary value of a Ouija Board.

    Why does 7:34 not like the fact that Republican FBI Director Comey sought and obtained a FISA warrant to monitor a Trump advisor"s contacts with Russian agents? Why 7:34?

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  18. This is interesting: http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/intel-community-chatter-paul-ryan-and-mitch-mcconnell-caught-red-handed-in-trump-russia-scandal/2333/

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  19. 1:57pm. Are you speaking of the disagreements between Lynch and Comey; while employed under the Obama Administration? Who is unmasking whom? Please clarify.

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    1. No clarification needed. US intelligence services have Trump's Russian collaborators on tape. Get ready for some serious fun.

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  20. Trolls get trumped again! Same swamp its always been. 100 days of fail. Send trump cronies to jail.

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