Friday, May 18, 2018

The New York Times: Top Republican Senator Says ‘No Reason to Dispute’ That Russia Favored Trump

Mod: It hasn't been all that good week for Donald Trump. Here is one of the reasons why things have been going so badly lately. It will only get worse.

Top Republican Senator Says ‘No Reason to Dispute’ That Russia Favored Trump (The New York Times link): The Republican at the helm of the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election backed on Wednesday the assessment by American intelligence agencies that Moscow favored Donald J. Trump in the race, contradicting both the president and fellow Republicans in the House.

Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that he saw “no reason to dispute” the intelligence assessment, which was delivered in the final weeks of the Obama administration.

Mr. Burr’s statement, while indirect, offered a clear rebuke to Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters in the Republican Party and in the right-wing news media, who have sought to cast the assessment as the shoddy work of Obama loyalists bitter over Mr. Trump’s election victory. Russia’s only goal, those supporters have insisted, was to sow chaos, and thus it could not have colluded with a campaign it cared little about.

The only logical conclusion, they contend, is the one that Mr. Trump has already reached: The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is a “witch hunt” cooked up by Democrats desperate to undermine a president they detest.

American intelligence officials, including Mr. Trump’s own appointees, who now run the agencies that compiled the assessment, say otherwise. They have repeatedly backed the work of their predecessors and sought to shield Mr. Mueller’s investigation from political attacks.

Asked at a Senate hearing on Wednesday if he stood by earlier statements that the special counsel’s investigation was not a witch hunt, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, did not hesitate: “Yes,” he said.

And now, the intelligence assessment on Russia’s interference has the support of Mr. Burr, who said Wednesday that his committee was also continuing to investigate whether there was any collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia. Examining the assessment was only the first step, the committee said.

“Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions,” Mr. Burr said in the statement. “There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections.”

The Democratic vice chairman of the committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, added, “The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.”

Mod: But you know, it probably won't be the Russia problems that will take him down. It's this. The President of the United States has now admitted to paying a porn star for her silence days before the election. This after denying the relationship and lying about the payment on a previous financial disclosure form. Can you imagine what would have happened if it had been Obama that had done that? The impeachment would have been up and rolling within weeks. 

How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater (FiveThirtyEight link): It’s a big day for Robert Mueller and his team: One year ago today, Mueller was appointed to lead the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.

It’s a miracle, in some ways, that Mueller has lasted this long. President Trump’s relationship with the investigation has grown increasingly adversarial, and at many moments over the course of the past 12 months, it seemed like Mueller’s job was in jeopardy.

So this hasn’t been an easy year for Mueller, but it’s certainly been productive. Since the first indictments came down in the investigation last fall, the special counsel has racked up five guilty pleas and 14 indictments of individuals.1 He also reportedly gave a referral to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that led to a raid on the office, home and hotel room of presidential lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, which has turned into its own separate investigation.

We’ve taken a look at how Mueller’s first year measures up against the initial 12 months of other special counsel and independent counsel investigations. In terms of the number of charges he’s been able to file, Mueller is moving quickly. At one year after the formal appointment of a special or independent counsel, only the Watergate special prosecution force had obtained more indictments and guilty pleas.


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71 comments:

  1. Poll: Just 13 percent of Americans consider Trump honest and trustworthy
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/388107-poll-just-13-percent-of-americans-consider-trump-honest-and

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  2. Don't have to imagine, President Bill Clinton was impeached for similar reasons, with President Trump there will be no indictment. In fact, there is no collusion, only made up fake dossier paid for by the impeached President's wife! And while she was campaigning no less, umm sounds familiar to the Muller probe double standard.
    To date and as near anyone can make sense out of the 20 million dollar witch hunt, even the Russians couldn't stand Hillary!
    Only in America.

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    1. Thanks for staying up late, comrade.

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    2. Of course the Russians couldn't stand Hillary. She has a brain, has integrity, has the best interests of America in her actions. Trump who their meddling got elected, has none of those qualities, especially the brain. I also blame James Comey.

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    3. Clinton was impeached "for similar reasons"? Comrade is getting real lazy with his propaganda.

      Question: Will Trump get Secret Service protection while he's in prison?

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    4. If he behaves well he might get laundry duty.

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    5. All a sudden this troll is concerned about costs again? ... trump has spent more on golfing.

      5 guilty please already and troll is warbling about some president who was in office a quarter century ago.


      Troll got trumped and thumped soon to be dumped

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  3. Avenatti: Two more women claim Trump hush deals
    https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/avenatti-two-more-women-claim-trump-hush-deals-1235935811959

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  4. 7:29am. Thanks for the laugh of the day.

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    1. Celebrate with vodka.

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    2. Putin feared the hawk Clinton so of course he supported Trump.

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    3. He owns Trump.

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  5. Bloody Mary's the drink of the morning, focus on the pending nuptial of Harry and Meghan, let go of the tired world book tour of Hillary and her; but how did this happen to such a nice girl like me?

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    1. That's a good vodka drink.

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    2. 8:00 has a long, stilted track record of never making sense.

      Doesn't seem to get that it's not about Hillary. Doesn't seem to get that the guy he worships is a Putin obeying traitor who never made an honest dime in his life. Doesn't seem to get that Trump sees his base as losers and laughs at them. #Sad

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    3. Yes. Why Hillary? Why not Warren G. Harding? Or Nero?

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    4. Creepy stalker

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  6. That chart from 538 is interesting. Mueller has been busy. I guess when Trump says nothing has been going on he is only thinking of his own legal situation and not those who used to work for him.

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    1. You're giving Trump do much credit. He's not thinking, he's just lying.

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  7. At least 8 people have died in high school shooting near Houston, sheriff says
    Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the majority of the dead were students at Santa Fe High School. A suspect is in custody.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/05/18/reports-of-shots-fired-at-high-school-near-houston/

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    1. The NRA. No lives matter.

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    2. We're #1 (in mass shootings)! USA! USA! USA! 🇺🇸

      I’m just comforted to know our legislators’ thoughts and prayers will be there to deal with the issue.

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    3. Trump promises to 'do everything' to stop school shootings
      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/trump-promises-everything-stop-school-shootings/

      Sure, Don. Whatever you say.

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  8. Here are the safety data in Arcadia now,

    1/ The overall crime rate in Arcadia is 3% higher than the national average.

    2/ For every 100,000 people, there are 8.04 daily crimes that occur in Arcadia.

    3/ Arcadia is safer than 47% of the cities in the United States.

    4/ In Arcadia you have a 1 in 35 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.

    5/ The number of total year over year crimes in Arcadia has increased by 28%.

    Our city is changed from safe place into dangerous place to live during last two years after abetting crimes from two lawyer city council members Tom and April. We should ask them both to resign.

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    1. That's what you get for repeatedly electing incompetents like Roger Chandler and Sho Tay.

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    2. What’s the causation

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    3. As much as I am disturbed by the lack of content of character on the part of Sho and Chandler, it is foolish to blame then or any of the city council for the rise in crime. It is up in all affluent communities in California. The blame is on Governor Moonbeam and the criminals he let go and they are busy making a living in the only way they know -CRIME! Put the blame on where it belongs. Our police are fighting an uphill battle not of their making nor is it the fault of anyone on the city council.

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    4. 10:14, what’s your proof that Tom and April are to blame? You one of Tays illerate sheep?

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  9. Ghoulani has a meltdown when he hears his own words...

    "Whaaaa!!! You quoted me!"

    ‘Unfair!’ Rudy Giuliani explodes when CNN’s Cuomo plays clip of him saying presidents must obey subpoenas. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went on an angry tirade against Chris Cuomo on Friday after the CNN host played an old clip of him saying that presidents must comply with subpoenas to testify.

    During the CNN interview, Giuliani claimed that back in the 1990s, he simply argued that former President Bill Clinton couldn’t ignore subpoenas to hand over documents as part of the Whitewater probe. The former New York mayor then said that he would never have argued that a sitting president must comply with a subpoena asking him to testify.

    Cuomo then rolled the clip of Giuliani being interviewed by Charlie Rose in which Rose directly asked him about whether a president must obey a subpoena to testify — and Giuliani said he did.

    Giuliani at this point began ranting at Cuomo and accused him of being “unfair” to him simply for playing back arguments he made 20 years ago.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/unfair-rudy-giuliani-explodes-cnns-cuomo-plays-clip-saying-presidents-must-obey-subpoenas/

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    1. He was probably drunk when he said it.

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  10. Mental Health needs to be addressed now.
    School bullies, bullies everywhere, need to be addressed by law enforcement, government officials that use words such as crazy insane and animals should be required to have background training in the Mental Health field.
    The common denominator is Mental Heath and the Legislator' s have to address the issue not just talk about it,or throw money into studies.
    Money has be put towards Mental Health and follow up care.

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    1. BS dodge. Gun regulation is the answer

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  11. 8:12am. J. Edgar Hoover is the flavor of the day.

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  12. 10:16 Roger was able to keep the city safe for more than twenty years until April / Tom joined in the council. That made the huge difference.

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    1. OK, Pinocchio. You know, soon your nose will have grown so long you won't be able to reach your computer keyboard.

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    2. 10:59am,

      Please don't repeat cursing words. If you have any facts please say it loud.

      Otherwise, please listen to others' facts to keep a good public forum going, that Mr. Crawford has spent so much time on building it so dedicatedly.

      At least, We need show our respect by contributing to it, not showing bullying others, please.

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    3. I appreciate your kind regards, but where in 10:59's comment did you see cursing words?

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    4. Name calling, Pinocchio, then cursed nose... grow so long, those were inproper words, we are adults, not baby any more, if anyone disagree, say facts, please

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    5. Over the years Pinocchio became a metaphor for those who do not tell the truth. I believe that 11:13 was questioning your veracity.

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    6. Speaking of curses, I’m giving 11:13/36 the dreaded Evil Eye right now.

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    7. Ooohhh. I can see the lightning flashes on the horizon.

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    8. There is cultural shorthand here that calling someone Pinocchio is saying that they are lying. You can also tell someone that you see their nose is growing longer when you suspect them of a lie without referrence to the wooden puppet.

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    9. 1:10pm, your eyes are reflection of your own heart. Is your heart feeling dreaded evil constantly? Maybe it is a time for you to see a doctor. Regular person should feel energetic, happy, and kind to others.

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    10. Crime on the rise! Most of the blame is on Jerry's "KIDS". Brown turned criminals lose in our communities. Put the blame in the right place. And, if you voted for Brown put the guilt on yourself too.

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    11. The only time I was robbed was when Sho Tay, Johnny Gemcoins, and Roger Chandler were the majority vote. Honestly though, the city was doing a good job and I was a random victim. Get real about blaming Beck and Verlato.

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    12. 10:53 is brainless

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  13. Trump personally pushed postmaster general to double rates on Amazon, other firms
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-personally-pushed-postmaster-general-to-double-rates-on-amazon-other-firms/2018/05/18/2b6438d2-5931-11e8-858f-12becb4d6067_story.html

    Just in case you are wondering why you're suddenly paying more for your Amazon orders.

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  14. Sensitivity training for Legislators.
    Crazy and Insane are not words to be used when describing Mental Health.
    Cancer is not funny. Living with Immune system break down is not funny. Bullies are not funny. The color of ones skin does not determine the values of individual's. Mental Illnesses are real and not funny.
    Humans are all in this life together, respect and understanding should come from all.

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  15. 10:59am. Pinocchio was a wooden boy.

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    1. Whose nose grew when he lied.

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  16. 11:41am over the years #me too will be one a metaphor. Hillary Rodham Clinton has made sure of this by her denial about her husband raping and abusing women while having a position of authority. What does she Do? She attempts to destroy all of the women and place blame on them. How Progressive of her, she is the real Pinocchio.

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    1. Hillary's actions have nothing to do with Trump's actions. Like comparing cream cheese and helicopters.

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    2. Hillary stalker is hot and bothered today

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    3. Maybe he is wearing a heavy overcoat in the hot sun.

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  17. Additional moranic remark from a governmental official. "When evil walked in", "maybe we need to have less entrances and exits on school grounds". Do ya mean; like shooting fish in a barrel?
    "The shooter was wearing a long coat in 90 degree weather, hiding the shot gun"
    So do ya think maybe a school official might ask the kid why? Simple human contact and involvement in everyday life. Reach out.

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    1. You see how high school kids dress? What you describe is nothing out of the ordinary.

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    2. Stop being a coward. Gun regulation is the answer

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  18. 12:29pm nothing ordinary about wearing a heavy coat in 90 degree weather.
    Styles change and return , but if someone was walking barefoot in a Speedo or Bikini during a blizzard I would have to question that person's choice in fashions and mental health wellness.

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    1. Dumb debate

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    2. Maybe you don't understand.

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    3. Freedom to brandish guns but not freedom to wear a coat.

      Backwards corruption

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  19. 3:01am get thee to thy shrink.

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    1. This post hasn't seen a 3:01am yet. You should probably take your own advice.

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    2. 5:26 was distracted. He was busy licking his gun.

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  20. 5:20 pm. Backwards corruption?
    You could have said; Coat of Arms and Iam settling in to watch the Royal Wedding with a Turkey leg in one hand and a English Stout with a flat head in the other hand.

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    1. Screw the royalty

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    2. Many have.

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    3. But throughout history they are the ones screwing you

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  21. Whatever happened to the angry fool Mark Hong and all the apparent emails he had showing Tom Beck lied? Come on Hong, back your rants with some real proof.

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  22. He’s probably busy writing those comic books.

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