Sunday, March 18, 2018

General McCaffrey: "Reluctantly I have concluded that Trump is a serious threat to US national security."

Mod: When one of the top Generals this country has produced lately decides to tell people that he believes the President of the United States could very well be a traitor, you'd think most everyone would listen to what he has to say. Hopefully some are. The survival of democracy here could possibly depend on it.

Retired four-star Army general: Trump ‘serious threat to US national security’ (The Hill link): A retired four-star Army general said that he believes that President Trump is a “serious threat to US national security.”

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey tweeted Friday that he reached the conclusion about Trump because the president “is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin."

McCaffrey has also worked as an adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy and led the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for five years during the Clinton administration.

Trump has come under fire for his response to Russian interference in the U.S. election. The president has repeatedly hit the probe into Russia's election meddling as a "witch hunt." His administration unveiled new sanctions against Russian cyber groups involved in election meddling on Thursday, including individuals and groups charged with election interference by special counsel Robert Mueller.

However, Trump had been criticized for not implementing sanctions against Russia earlier, after Congress passed a bipartisan bill last year giving him the power to do so.

U.S. Cyber Command chief and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers testified before the Senate last month that he hadn’t received instructions from Trump to take additional steps to deter Russian cyberattacks aimed at U.S. elections.

Ex-CIA Boss John Brennan Tears Into Donald Trump Over Andrew McCabe Firing (The Huffington Post link): Former CIA chief John Brennan did not mince his words when taking aim at President Donald Trump on Saturday morning.

In a blistering tweet, Brennan blasted Trump for celebrating the dismissal of former FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Trump would take his “rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history” once “the full extent” of his “venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known,” Brennan wrote. “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe,” he added. “But you will not destroy AmericaAmerica will triumph over you.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe from his role on Friday, just two days before he was slated to retire, over his alleged conduct during a review of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Brennan’s tweet was in direct response to an earlier post from Trump, shortly after midnight, in which the president described McCabe’s firing as “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI” and “a great day for Democracy.” McCabe has already hit back at his dismissal via a lengthy statement.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” he wrote. “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day.”

Earlier this month, Brennan said there was “deep, deep worry and concern” about America’s safety under the Trump administration.

Crowdfunding site rallies behind porn star Stormy Daniels as Trump’s lawyers seek $20m in damages (The Sunday Times link): The CrowdJustice website is usually a beacon of high-minded legal activism. It typically plays host to environmental activists or immigrants needing funds to fight deportation. But now it has rocketed to prominence thanks to an unexpected patron: a porn star. Since Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, started using the site to raise funds for her legal battle with President Donald Trump, it has become the focal point of a struggle that may have serious ramifications.

Daniels is trying to break a “hush” agreement signed in 2016, during the presidential campaign, that stops her telling the full story of her alleged affair with Trump and efforts to gag her. The scale of her task was made clear on Friday when Trump weighed in on the scandal for the first time.

Court papers filed by his lawyers claimed Daniels had violated a confidentiality agreement at least 20 times, which would expose her to damages of $20m (£14m) or more. That seems to have boosted the donations to her on CrowdJustice. She raised $150,000 in 36 hours, one of the fastest fund raisings in the site’s history, rising to more than $200,000 after a flood of almost 7,000 donations.

“It definitely didn’t occur to me that I’d be so thrilled to have an endorsement by a porn star,” said Julia Salasky, the British lawyer who founded CrowdJustice. “There’s something extraordinary about people coming together to back her against the most powerful man in the world.”

Mod: Publicly pilloried by Generals and CIA heads, while also fighting it out in the media and courts with porn stars, and not necessarily winning. Pretty wild times. Next Sunday Stormy Daniels will appear on 60 Minutes, and the word is it will be one of the highest rated reports in that show's long history. Trump's disgrace only gets worse.


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54 comments:

  1. Clinton appointee and msnbc employee Barry McCaffrey. Trump has done way more to punish Russia than Obama. Keep it up. You’re going to get civil war.

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    1. Your hatred for the American military is noted, comrade. Send our regards to Cadet Bonespurs.

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    2. Civil war? Right. A bunch of fat old Trumpies versus the US military. Code name: "Operation Tomato Shoot."

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    3. My only question is what took McCaffrey so long. Of course Trump is in Putin's pocket. The longer he's in their the more damage he is going to do.

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  2. Trey Gowdy to Trump this week: "If you're innocent, why aren't you acting like it?"

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    1. And of course Gowdy never said this.

      Gowdy scolded Trump's lawyers for calling for an end to Mueller saying that they were doing a disservice to Trump by doing so because it made Trump look guility.

      Strange when Obama removed missile launchers in Poland in 2010 and was refusing to give Poland missile defense against Russia (which Trump has done) where were you screaming about danger and treason.

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    2. Trey Gowdy blisters Trump’s attorney for making him look guilty: ‘If you have an innocent client then act like it’ https://www.rawstory.com/2018/03/trey-gowdy-blisters-trumps-attorney-making-look-guilty-innocent-client-act-like/

      Yeah, this is real complimentary of the traitor president.

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    3. It was an attack on his lawyers, not Trump. But few here test high on reading comprehension anyway.

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    4. You keep telling yourself that, dumdum.

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    5. Not supporting = treason?

      You’re definitely a foreigner

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  3. Trump is areal estate developer. Anyone surprised he has turned out to be such a crook?

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  4. Trump Tweets Sunday Lies About Comey And Mueller Like A Criminal Who Knows He’s Caught
    http://bipartisanreport.com/2018/03/18/trump-tweets-sunday-lies-about-comey-and-mueller-like-a-criminal-who-knows-hes-caught/

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  5. We will find out if the troops support gun grabbing lefties screaming about letting men dressed as women use the girls bathroom.

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    1. You're insane. Completely bonkers.

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    2. If kids in bathrooms had guns 7:28 would be the first one shot.

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  6. Democrats Regain Double-Digit Advantage Over GOP in Voter Sentiment Poll
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-regain-double-digit-advantage-over-gop-in-voter-sentiment-poll-1521378001

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  7. Not to detract from your post of the day on the Tattler site, but did enjoy reading the "Drunken Wistaria" written by you Mod, in that other paper.

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    1. It's a big plant. Takes a lot of liquid to sustain so large a vine.

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  8. Schiff: Trump shows pattern of targeting people who corroborate Comey
    http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/378999-schiff-trump-shows-pattern-of-targeting-people-who-corroborate

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    1. So if they are fired, they are more free to speak, right? So he may think he's punishing them, but he's actually punishing himself. Right?

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    2. Won't be long before he eliminates the FBI completely, and makes a newly named Department to do exactly like Putin did in Russia, to form his own loyal team to do as he says only. His personal force to use for his own means. Putin did this in Russia.

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    3. He's getting revenge while he can. It will be hard to do that once he's in prison.

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    4. https://m.search.daum.net/search?w=img&q=stormy%20daniels&DA=IIM#&gid=1&pid=33MOx6IhKMETwNNjW8

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  9. Republican dismisses Trump lawyer: A 'typical attorney' would call for end of Mueller probe
    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on Sunday dismissed concerns that President Trump is trying to shut down Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia. Concerns were raised on Saturday when Trump's personal attorney called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to "bring an end" to the probe, following the lead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe the previous day. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel, and could fire him. Lankford said John Dowd, Trump's attorney, was just being a "typical attorney."

    “What I read yesterday was what a typical attorney puts out at every stage during every investigation saying this is wrapped up, we should be done,” Lankford said on ABC's "This Week."

    http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/379003-republican-trumps-lawyer-calling-for-end-of-mueller-probe-is

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  10. So should Trump be further meddling in Russia's presidential election today?

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-30/the-latest-us-issues-long-awaited-putin-list-of-russians
    The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says the publication of a list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a U.S. law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia's upcoming presidential vote.

    The Trump administration late on Monday published a long-anticipated list of top Russian officials and "oligarchs" who have flourished under President Vladimir Putin. The 114-strong political list is the entire presidential administration and the Russian Cabinet, while the list of 96 "oligarchs" is an exact copy of the Forbes magazine's Russian billionaires' rankings.

    Valentina Matvienko, who chairs the Federation Council and whose name is also on the list, told Russian news agencies on Tuesday that the publication is "nothing but meddling into the electoral process" which seeks to "lower the support for the president."

    Russians are going to the polls on March 18, and Putin is expected to win by a landslide.

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    1. What is your point?

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    2. should the US government be inferring in Russian elections on the eve of a presidential vote? i thought that was an act of war? is Russia justified in attacking us? according to you its the end of the world if they do it. what is it when we do it?

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    3. Thank you, Jane Fonda.

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    4. Of course Putin will win. Russians would be foolish not to reelect the guy who is president of 2 countries.

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  11. People are worried Trump will fire Mueller. Mueller has known from the start Trump wants him gone. You think the guy that brought down the Gotti & Gambino crime families AND Enron isn’t prepared for this?

    Mueller is 5 steps ahead of us all, and that goes for you too, fat man.

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  12. 8:31am. Clear the Swamp. The firing of Director McCabe opens the flood gates in order to clean out the dead weight that has plagued the department for thirty years.

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    1. Of course, Mr. Putin. All American institutions are evil. That is why you and the Tea Party are here to save us.

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    2. Tea Nuts hate democracy. They want a Mussolini of their own so they can march around wearing black fezzes.

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    3. Trump so corrupt
      Most crooked president

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  13. 8:31, My goodness, you are uninformed.

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    1. The Puties are out in force today.

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  14. 12:45pm. It would clear the black fezze from inside your head if you read and understood what the Tea Party is about.
    Socialists as you don't have a clue.

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    1. I don't know about that. But if you get more than 20% of the vote on Measure D I'll eat a fez. You guys are about as popular as cancer in Sierra Madre right now.

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  15. Trump is the first president since the 1890s to not have a dog. That should tell you all you need to know about the dude.

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  16. Putin far ahead in fraud-tainted Russian vote
    https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/03/18/russia-votes-as-vladimir-putin-eyes-4th-presidential-term/

    Tea Nuts are doing the happy dance.

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  17. By definition, anyone who voted for Trump is an idiot.
    Further, as everyone knows, talking to idiots makes you stupid by osmosis.
    Therefore, talking to Trump supporters is not only a waste of time, it can harm your own ability to reason.
    I recommend against doing that on general principles.
    And that's my opinion for this Sunday.

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  18. Donald Trump Jr. to be indicted by end of March along with Kushner

    Do I have prooof? No. But Trump’s behavior this weekend convinced me that like the Hollywood trope goes, “this time, it’s personal”.

    It would explain my Don Jr’s wife is divorcing him now of all times. It would explain why Trump is pulling out all the stops to personally hurt people connected with the investigation.

    May it come quickly. That guy is lying scum just like his dad.

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    1. Haha
      Trump Junior’s wife left him on national walk out day…!

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  19. The author of the Art of the Deal identifyed long-term supporters of Trump as very fearful. The part of the brain that keeps you in a fearful state is what Trump's meassage drilled in on. They cannot look too far beyond the range of their blinders without recoiling in fear. The is how Trump ropped them in. This is why the small sampling of the American voting public that voted Trump will continue to be his "base."

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  20. Fear and Anxiety Drive Conservatives' Political Attitudes
    Can brain differences explain conservatives' fear-driven political stances?
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mind-in-the-machine/201612/fear-and-anxiety-drive-conservatives-political-attitudes

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    1. Tea Party brains are different. They're smaller.

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  21. Contreras was appointed to the FISA Court court in May 2016. The FISA court approved a Title-1 Surveillance Warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page on October 26th, 2016, essentially placing the entire Trump campaign under FBI surveillance. That surveillance was then used against incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

    The FBI agent questioning Michael Flynn in January 2017 was Peter Strzok. The judge presiding over the sketchy Flynn plea, an outcome of that interview, was Strzok’s friend Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras. Therein lies the conflict.

    However, that said, it must be emphasized that -despite the existing conflict- Contreras did not recuse himself from the initial Flynn pleading. Contreras allowed himself to sit on the case on November 30th, when the plea was made. It wasn’t until six days later, December 7th, 2017, that Contreras “was recused” from the Flynn case.

    So what happened between November 30th and December 7th, 2017?

    It became public knowledge that personal communication between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page was captured by IG investigators. That’s what happened.

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    1. Trump is guilty of treason. That is a big thing. Your nonsense is very small potatoes.

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    2. Counterintelligence investigations are not “used against” people.

      They are used to gather information about those who want to hurt the United States.

      Flynn happened to have been caught as one of them. To his credit—and the discredit of denying traitors—he admitted he’s a criminal.

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  22. Ryan after Trump attacks: Let Mueller do his job

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that President Trump should let special counsel Robert Mueller carry out his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    “As the Speaker has always said, Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job,” AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said in a statement issued Sunday.

    She did not comment on whether Congress should take up legislation to protect Mueller, CNN reported.

    Ryan joins a number of key Republicans that have warned Trump not to interfere with Mueller’s investigation.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/379039-ryan-after-trump-attacks-let-mueller-do-his-job

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  23. 2:19pm. It is a fact the #45 ate dog with his Indonesian father, what historical fact bothers you?

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  24. 4:28 - Trump is #45. I didn't know he ate a dog.

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  25. Got my Arcadia ballot. Bye bye Chandler, enjoy your life at Drinkers Hall of Fame.

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  26. Drain that swamp!!

    Exclusive: Wife Of Top Trump Aide Dan Scavino Files For Divorce

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