Why some national-security experts say Kremlin-gate will lead to Donald Trump's impeachment (The Oregonian link): "There are known knowns," former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously said in 2002. These are often called facts. Sounds obvious enough, but Rumsfeld was actually making an important point about the nature of information and how we process it. He continued: "We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."
In the Kremlin-gate scandal, we -- meaning the public in general -- remain mostly in the realm of unknown unknowns. We're probably going to have to wait for the FBI's investigation to be completed -- or the emergence of a Deep Throat for a 21st century Woodward and Bernstein -- before we move into known knowns that allow us to determine whether Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year colluded with Russian spies and hackers to tilt the election.
But some people are further down the Rumsfeldian road than others. Conservative national-security specialists -- who tend to be Trump critics -- have been cultivating their sources in the U.S. intelligence community for months. And they are increasingly convinced that the Trump campaign did indeed collude with the Russians -- and that Trump himself knew about it and inevitably is going to face impeachment and maybe even worse.
"Sources linked to the intelligence community say that General Mike Flynn's trips to Cambridge and across Europe will form a key part of Donald Trump's impeachment and the prosecutions of dozens of his associates. According to several sources within the intelligence community, Michael Flynn was coordinating, with and for Russian agents, the drafting of messages that Vladimir Putin was using to attack democracy in not only the United States, but across Europe. Furthermore, Flynn was doing this with the full knowledge of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump himself."
Mensch, a former Conservative member of the British Parliament and the founder of Rupert Murdoch's Heat Street news site, has been called a right-wing conspiracy theorist, but she's been out front on -- and right about -- key aspects of Kremlin-gate going back to last fall. Flynn, of course, was President Trump's national-security adviser until he was forced to resign for lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. It was revealed last month that he was seeking immunity from the FBI or Congress in exchange for his testimony.
Much of the information that is fueling reports such as Mensch's apparently comes from communications intercepts -- the routine monitoring of foreign agents by the National Security Agency. It seems that various Trump campaign officials and advisers ended up on these intercepts talking with known foreign agents.
"Just got an EM fm [sic] senior IC friend, it began: 'He will die in jail,'" former NSA analyst John Schindler, now a conservative columnist, wrote on Twitter in February. The "he" Schindler's IC friend was referring to is President Trump.
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Russian ties sink "CalExit"
Calexit backers drop 1 California secession bid, try again (Pasadena Star News link): Supporters of one long-shot bid to make California an independent nation ended their effort on Monday, while another group said it will launch a new campaign for a statewide vote next year.
The drive to make the nation’s most populous state its own country, with what would be the world’s sixth-largest economy, has drawn extra interest after last year’s election of Republican Donald Trump as president.
But the Yes California Independence Campaign faltered after its president, Louis Marinelli, revealed ties to Russia. Marinelli said in a lengthy message to supporters Monday that he is seeking permanent residence in Russia because of his “frustration, disappointment and disillusionment with the United States.”
Mod: I wonder how the Russians will treat Traitor Louie now that he is no longer of any use to them.