Tuesday, June 30, 2020

AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019, a full year earlier than has been previously reported

Mod: Not that anyone should be all that surprised, but the Trump admin's denial that Donald knew anything about Putin putting bounties on the heads of American military has now been further exposed as being patently untrue.

AP sources: White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019 (AP News link): Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.

The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.

The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019. The White House has said Trump was not — and still has not been — briefed on the intelligence assessments because they have not been fully verified. However, it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt before it is presented to top officials.

The revelations cast new doubt on the White House’s efforts to distance Trump from the Russian intelligence assessments.

The AP reported Sunday that concerns about Russian bounties were also included in a second written presidential daily briefing earlier this year and that current national security adviser Robert O’Brien had discussed the matter with Trump. O’Brien denies he did so. The officials who spoke to the AP also said they were looking closely at insider attacks — sometimes called “green-on-blue” incidents — from 2019 to determine if they are also linked to Russian bounties.

Mod: Much more at the link.

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65 comments:

  1. Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-brings-american-decline-open-123041932.html

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  2. How low can we go? EVery day we go lower than I ever would have imagined. Any American that stands by trump aughta be in line at a mental institution... and his new spokes person aughta be in jail, the first lie she told was the first thing out of her mouth... "I will not tell lies".... ugh. this is a sick administration. Jail for all of them...

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    1. Trump struggles as furor grows over reported Russian bounty offer to kill U.S. troops

      https://news.yahoo.com/trump-struggles-furor-grows-over-193439123.html

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    2. New USA Today poll is out. Biden’s lead over Benedict Orange increases to 12%. Numbers are 53% to 41%. Once the ramifications of Trump’s capitulation in the Putin Bounty scandal sink in fatso will be mired in the 30s.

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  3. Politics aside... how can any enabler of trump or his admin even sleep well at night.. .knowing they are selling out our troops who are defending our country? and Trump wants to race to get "the wall" built? His ass is trying to leave a legacy that he will be remembered by?? His trail of destruction will never outweigh the tiny little stupid things he counts as his legacy... he is a joke of a human.

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    1. How can American citizens sleep at night when our profiteering deep state industry military complex wants to endanger US troops staying in Afghanistan?

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  4. As the dump said, he can shoot a person and get by with it. This probably wont bother him either?

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    1. What you say figuratively and what you do literally are two different things. That included those who vowed on social network that they would move to Canada under a Trump administration.

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    2. Interesting how 10:19 approves of what he's excusing as Trump's metaphor.

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  5. Publicly traded corporations need to realize when this maladministration is over and all its liars and racists are seeking highly paid positions within those corporations or as lobbyists for those corporations, they cannot hire those liars and racists lest they open themselves up to discrimination lawsuits by their employees, vendors, and customers when those racists display their inherent selves and to shareholder derivative actions when those liars' deceitful conduct negatively affects those businesses and their share prices.

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    1. You would be credible if you have expand your employment ban list to include to all racists, liars, sexists, etc. that are working for all levels of government regardless of their political affiliation.

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    2. 8:59 doesn't seem to get the distinction between some low level government employee going low level private and high ranking former Trump officials going high level private or high level lobbyist. Too much "fair and balance" FoxNews apparently. Maybe 8:59 should stick to "war on Christmas" battles.

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    3. Hope god that 10:43 is not a fireman overseeing forest fire.

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    4. 10:40 That fireman will save your life as long as you tell him you are a democrat.

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    5. 8:59/10:40 definitely attended Trump University. And clearly never missed a class!

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  6. The American Exceptionalism without clothes

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  7. NYT headline today:
    Trump Got Written Briefing in February on Possible Russian Bounties, Officials Say
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/us/politics/russian-bounty-trump.html

    Bogus sneezy NYT now reporting the bounties as "POSSSIBLE" Russian Bounties.

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    1. And this headline is not reported under the paper's Editorial piece. No evidence but lots of innuendos from unnamed sources.

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    2. Trump is a traitor. You two clowns are as well.

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    3. Imagine being a “billionaire” and the President of the United States and having the audacity to whine about things being rigged against you.

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    4. Be prepared for absolutely anything if President Criminal Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs loses either of his tax-and-financial-information subpoena cases in the Supreme Court this morning.

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    5. Someone should take away Trump’s passport so he doesn’t disappear in the cover of darkness.

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    6. Trump was hypnotized by KGB hookers.

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    7. Trump should be charged with being an accomplice to murder for all soldiers killed because of this.

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  8. Sleepy, low-key, low energy Biden's campaign seriously need rejuvenation. He should seek immediate help from the band members of the Rolling Stones that all in their 70's.

    My neighbor's 20 year old daughter don't know who Biden is. That's scary.

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    1. Trump destroys himself politically every time he opens his big stupid mouth. Biden doesn't have to lift a finger.

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    2. Here’s how Biden’s polling lead over Trump compares with past presidential races

      Numerous nationwide polls of voters show Biden taking a commanding, double-digit lead over President Donald Trump with less than five months to go until Election Day.

      At this point in the cycle, no other Republican or Democratic nominee in the last four elections was as far ahead of their opponent as Biden is against Trump, according to CNBC’s averages of polls posted to RealClearPolitics.

      The gap between Trump and Biden appears to have widened in recent weeks, even as Biden has mostly avoided in-person campaign events due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/25/heres-how-bidens-polling-lead-over-trump-compares-with-past-presidential-races.html

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    3. ‘Widespread panic’: Trump advisers growing frantic as his reelection prospects spiral downward

      The resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States is putting President Donald Trump’s reelection chances in even greater peril, and Axios’s Jonathan Swan reports that many Trump advisers are feeling “widespread panic” about what’s to come.

      According to Swan, new COVID-19 outbreaks in states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona have dampened “early optimism about a booming economic comeback” that would push Trump back into contention with former Vice President Joe Biden.

      Aides have also been taken aback by the sparse attendance at his infamously botched rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as it seems “advisers have recognized that Trump’s elderly base is more fearful of the virus than previously realized.”

      Most significantly, writes Swan, Trump keeps shooting himself in the foot.

      https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/widespread-panic-trump-advisers-growing-frantic-as-his-reelection-prospects-spiral-downward/

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    4. The 20 year old neighbor might not know any political leader's name posed to her. If her parents don't discuss political matters in the course of dinner talk she pretty much would not be clued in.

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    5. 8:31: I'm not surprised. Most young people don't vote. They might participate in rallies, protests, and other dynamic social political events. However, this group failed as a voting block to make a difference. Bernie Sanders lost big time because of the low turnout of young voters.

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    6. If your neighbors hadn't locked her in the basement for 20 years she might know things, don't you think?

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    7. How many people in their 20's vote and talk about politics? I don't remember doing that growing up.

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    8. Jaywalking:
      A pre-recorded segment, "Jaywalking" is a play on the host's name and the illegal practice of jaywalking. Up to 15 people are interviewed in an hour or less for each segment, with about nine interviews used on the air.

      Leno asks people questions about current news and other topics in public areas around Los Angeles (usually Hollywood Boulevard, Melrose Avenue or Universal Studios). Most responses are outrageously incorrect; for example, one person believed that Abraham Lincoln was the first president, and another could not identify a picture of Hillary Clinton. Sometimes the questions are of the "What color is the White House?" level, such as asking in what country the Panama Canal is located...

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_Tonight_Show_with_Jay_Leno_sketches

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    9. Kind of like asking what country does the president of the United States work for. Though in this case the answer isn’t quite so obvious.

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    10. There's a reason why the President is called the Commander In Chief. The President commands and others follow his orders in pecking order.

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    11. If Trump is taking orders on US military matters from Putin, then he is not Commander In Chief.

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    12. 2:21 Have some balls and be a man or woman... don't begin an assertion with "if" in an accusation.

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    13. Uh, 5:45, if the women you've been with have balls, well, um ... never mind ... Enjoy!

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  9. The chief judge for the Central District of California–containing L.A. and neighboring counties is stepping down after criticism over racist comments made by the judge about a Black female court official. Judge Cormac J. Carney, a Bush appointee, made the insensitive remarks in a June 9 webinar. Los Angeles Times article, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-28/chief-district-judge-los-angeles-steps-down-racially-insensitive-comments

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  10. For poster 8:31AM you must spend a lot of time leering at you next door neighbors 20 year old daughter since that what (djt) supporters do and are taught by that filthy Republican party.
    Keep your cheap shots to your self, old geezer!

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    1. That's right, dissent will not be tolerated here!

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    2. Is that what you call it?

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    3. Yes sir! Generalissimo Biden supporters.

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    4. And here I thought you were just being an idiot.

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    5. I'm a college professor.

      20 year old's living in the world we now live in KNOW A LOT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIE WORLD!!

      They are masters of the internet and share a lot of info and are very very interested in the world.
      In fact, mthey are often very frightened for their future: Health,Education,,Jobs, and Leadership

      And, we iknew very little during our teens early 20's because there was NO INTERNET!!

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    6. There are tons of garbage on the Internet. A professor like yourself spending time on this blog already tells me a lot about you without knowing you.

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    7. It all looks like garbage to trash.

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    8. Joe Biden leads President Trump 68% to 28% (!) among voters under 30 years old via new Pew Research poll out today.

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    9. Dear College Professor:

      I'd do the corrections for you, but you'll be better off with clues. (You know, give you a fish or teach you to fish.) So here goe (sic): <---1st clue!

      I'm a college professor.

      20 year old's (sic) living in the world we now live in KNOW A LOT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIE (sic) WORLD!! (sic)

      They are masters of the internet and share a lot of info and are very[,] very interested in the world.
      In fact, mthey (sic) are often very frightened for their future: Health,[]Education,, (sic) Jobs, and Leadership[.]

      And, we iknew (sic) very little during our teens early (sic) 20's (sic) because there was NO INTERNET!! (sic)


      Just want to help you get tenor (sic)!

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    10. 11:03 A beautiful masterpiece! Wish that I had come up with it.

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  11. Donald John Trump is a Russian Asset and a Traitor to America. Donald doesn't give a damn about the American people or our Troops🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    1. OF COURSE HE KNEW EARLY AND LIKE COVID HE DID NOTHING. RACIST TRAITOR TRUMP IS A MOB BOSS WORKING FOR PUTIN.

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  12. John Bolton briefed Donald Trump about Russia bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans in 2019, White House officials say.

    https://bit.ly/2BW29JB

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  13. Trump in ‘fragile’ mood and may drop out of 2020 race if poll numbers don’t improve, GOP insiders tell Fox News

    Donald Trump may drop out of the 2020 presidential race if he believes he has no chance of winning, a Republican Party operative reportedly told Fox News.

    The claim comes in a report in the president’s favourite news outlet that cites a number of GOP insiders who are concerned about Mr Trump’s re-election prospects amid abysmal polling numbers.

    Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, currently holds an average lead of nine points over the incumbent, according to a tracker of 2020 polls by RealClearPolitics.

    Crucially, Mr Trump has lost support from older white voters — typically a bedrock of support for the Republican Party and a group that was crucial to his narrow 2016 victory. Mr Trump is also trailing the former vice president in almost all the swing states.

    “It’s too early, but if the polls continue to worsen, you can see a scenario where he drops out,” one anonymous GOP operative told Fox News.

    https://news.yahoo.com/trump-fragile-mood-may-drop-152718908.html

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  14. Trump Did Not Read Taliban Brief Because He Was Busy Not Reading Coronavirus Brief

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump did not read a Presidential Daily Brief about Russia paying Taliban militants to attack U.S. troops because he was busy not reading a Presidential Daily Brief about the coronavirus, the White House said on Monday.

    Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, angrily accused reporters of being “totally unaware” of just how much Trump has to not read in a given day.

    “Day in, day out, the President has to ignore briefs on a wide range of subjects,” McEnany said. “His ‘Do Not Read’ box is overflowing.”

    “I’d like to see any of you try to not read all of that stuff,” she said. “It isn’t easy, especially when the briefs have words like ‘urgent’ and ‘must read’ stamped in big red letters on them.”

    After lashing out at the press, McEnany saved her most blistering remarks for the authors of the Presidential Daily Briefs themselves. “Anyone who expects this President to find out something important by reading does not know Donald Trump,” she said.

    https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-did-not-read-taliban-brief-because-he-was-busy-not-reading-coronavirus-brief

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    1. If he read ANY of the briefs it would be called to his attention (?) that he needed to respond as a national leader would. I think this gives us a clear picture that he never indended to lead this country as a president, but to expect to function as the leader of a company that would be only of benefit to him.

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    2. If Bush the Lessor didn't have to read "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US" why should Trump have to read about Tallyban and boring biology.

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  15. YOU STILL DON'T GET IT. PEOPLE VOTED FOR TRUMP NOT BECAUSE HE IS GREAT. THESE TRUMP VOTERS ARE TIRED OF THE POMPOUS ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIANS. JUST LIKE THE PROGRESSIVE, BLM AND OTHER MARGINALIZED GROUPS ARE TIRED OF THE LIP SERVICE OF THE POWER STRUCTURES.

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    1. What I get is that in the face of an unchecked pandemic, economic collapse and apparent treason in the White House anything you are concerned about here seems trivial.

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    2. Looks like Matlock can't figure out the Cap lock.

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  16. Intercepted bank transfers show Russia poured money into Taliban-linked accounts after bounties revealed

    American officials intercepted data that supported their conclusion that Russia had secretly offered bounties to Taliban forces for killing U.S. and coalition forces.

    Three officials familiar with the intelligence told the New York Times that intercepted electronic data showed large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to an account linked to the Taliban.

    That evidence supported claims about the bounty program described by detainees during interrogations, and undercut White House denials that the intelligence was too thinly sourced to present to President Donald Trump in his daily briefing.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/intercepted-bank-transfers-show-russia-poured-money-into-taliban-linked-accounts-after-bounties-revealed/

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  17. President Joe Biden has put out the word, as soon as he voted in he will start the ball rolling. First of all to set America back on the road to leadership and setting a new standard for the World. Of course Arrest warrants for treason will be issued by the nations secret courts, none of them will escape justice, of course!

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    1. Can't wait to be replaced by our macho Generalissimo Biden

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    2. Biden's replacing 6:02? Huh?

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