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Post #101 by RTH10260 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:52 pm

Addie wrote:The Hill

Dem lawmaker: Trump might've leaked classified information

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee suggested Thursday President Trump disclosed classified information during a Fox News interview the night before.

“In his effort to once again blame Obama, the President appeared to have discussed something that, if true and accurate, would otherwise be considered classified information,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a news release.

Trump spoke to Fox New’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday night, when he said the CIA was hacked during the Obama administration.“I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken — that was during the Obama years. That was not during us," Trump said. "That was during the Obama situation. Mike Pompeo is there now doing a fantastic job."

Schiff on Thursday dismissed the possibility that Trump made “a purposeful decision” to disclose the CIA hack following a discussion with the intelligence community, suggesting instead that the president handled the information recklessly.

If this was a reference to the recent Wikileaks show of CIA hacking tools, then I don't quite see where the problem is. Apart that the CIA was not directly "hacked" but CIA workers lifted the stuff from their employer. But there may have be some real break into the CIA that we are not aware of and Schiff means that. Now that would be him who brings it to light that there are two different incidents!

PS. just waiting for the CIA to get hacked under Mike Pompeo, the guy hasn't been in office long enough to "do a fantastic job". Pompeo a IT security guy???



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Post #102 by Addie » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:45 pm

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Senate Intel Committee sets date for hearing on Russian election interference

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the panel, announced on Friday a hearing date on Russian presidential election interference, for March 30.

According to a statement from Burr's office, the hearing, titled Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns, is slated to include two panels and offer information on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The two panels will meet Thursday, March 30. The first panel, which will examine the "history and characteristics" of information campaigns by Russia, is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. The second panel, which examines the "role and capabilities of cyber operations," will meet at 2 p.m.

The intelligence community publicly accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the campaign that led to damaging leaks, and a declassified report showed the community's conclusion that the Kremlin interfered in the election specifically to help President Trump win.


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Post #103 by Addie » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:23 pm

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DOJ provides wiretap documents to Congress

(CNN)The Justice Department delivered documents Friday to House and Senate investigators regarding President Donald Trump's allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him.

"The Department of Justice has complied with the request from leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Judiciary Committees seeking information related to surveillance during the 2016 election," Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Friday.

The committee, which is investigating Trump's claims, is reviewing the documents and plans to issue a statement later Friday, a committee source told CNN. ...

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff have flatly said that Trump Tower was clearly not wiretapped. But Nunes has left the door open to the potential that communications between Trump's aides and others were swept up in "incidental" collection.


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Post #104 by Addie » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:35 pm

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House Intel Chair: Trump Administration Documents Don't Back Up Wiretap Claim

WASHINGTON ― The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday announced that evidence provided by President Donald Trump’s administration does not prove his unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor Barack Obama ordered wiretapping on Trump Tower during last year’s campaign.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, there never was,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction.” The DOJ was originally asked to turn over the information on Monday, but that afternoon, asked for an extension.

Nunes also said that “there was no warrant that I’m aware of” authorizing any wiretapping of Trump Tower, confirming what top intelligence officials under Obama have also determined.

Trump and his staff continue to defend the allegation, even after both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees found last week that they have no evidence to suggest any sort of activity.

Trump on Friday continued to suggest that his claim was true, awkwardly joking about it during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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Post #105 by Dolly » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:59 am

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Post #107 by TexasFilly » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:23 pm

Wonkette's on it. Headline:

James Comey Pisses On Trump’s ‘Wire Tapp’ BS Like A Russian Pee Hooker


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Post #108 by much ado » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:59 pm

Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? How likely does that seem with what we know now?



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Post #109 by NMgirl » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:51 pm

An analysis of today's hearing, written by Benjamin Wittes, a Fellow at the Brookings Insitute, as well as the Hoover Institution:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-read-wh ... said-today



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Post #110 by Skip Intro » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:09 pm

much ado wrote:Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? How likely does that seem with what we know now?


Appointed by ??????


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Post #111 by much ado » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:31 pm

Skip Intro wrote:
much ado wrote:Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? How likely does that seem with what we know now?


Appointed by ??????

I believe by the Attorney General. At least that's how it was done for the Watergate criminal investigation, I think. From Comey's statement, this is not yet a criminal investigation. A Special Prosecutor may be needed if the investigation uncovers activities that may be criminal.



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Post #112 by NMgirl » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm

Skip Intro wrote:
much ado wrote:Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? How likely does that seem with what we know now?


Appointed by ??????


Since Sessions has recused himself from any matters relating to the election campaign, presumably Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente would make the appointment. Gah.

Special prosecutors always often open up some immaterial cans of worms. Lots of cans, lots of worms. But what's the alternative :?:



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Post #113 by Skip Intro » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:36 pm

Well, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III , late of the CSA, is never going to do that.


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Post #114 by Dan1100 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:37 pm

much ado wrote:
Skip Intro wrote:
much ado wrote:Will a Special Prosecutor be appointed? How likely does that seem with what we know now?


Appointed by ??????

I believe by the Attorney General. At least that's how it was done for the Watergate criminal investigation, I think. From Comey's statement, this is not yet a criminal investigation. A Special Prosecutor may be needed if the investigation uncovers activities that may be criminal.


But Sessions recused himself, so I believe it would be the Acting Deputy Attorney General for now and then the new, improved Deputy Attorney General once he is confirmed.



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Post #115 by bob » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Congress could, of course, introduce legislation to create a special prosecutor an independent counsel. Congress could then specify who gets to make the appointment (e.g., itself, a court, etc.).

Too (also), either branch of Congress (or both) could set up a select committee to investigate.


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Post #116 by Dolly » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:45 pm

from a long liveblog from today's hearings.

James Comey, Mike Rogers testify before House Intelligence Committee
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03 ... ittee.html

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Post #117 by NMgirl » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 pm

bob wrote:Congress could, of course, introduce legislation to create a special prosecutor an independent counsel. Congress could then specify who gets to make the appointment (e.g., itself, a court, etc.).

Too (also), either branch of Congress (or both) could set up a select committee to investigate.


Given the current makeup of the House and Senate, it is surely unlikely that either of the above will occur without significant pressure being brought to bear upon Republicans. That pressure will have to come from the public and will have to be strong enough that individual Republicans fear for their own futures at the ballot box.



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Post #118 by Addie » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:24 pm

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Full transcript: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Russian interference in 2016 election


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Post #119 by Slim Cognito » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:06 am

I'm old and my memory is fuzzy. Please refresh.

As I recall, a few weeks ago there was a story that someone in the FBI (not Comey, maybe a deputy?) contacted Priebus and told him the whole Trump/Russia investigation story was "bullshit." Then Priebus phoned that someone asking if the FBI could make a statement confirming there was no Trump/FBI investigation (a big no-no on it's own). That somebody said they'd get back to Priebus and, when he did, he told Priebus, sorry, no, we can't make that statement.

Now, my question. Was a name attached to the person Priebus said contacted him re: the bullshit statement, and why isn't Priebus in a truckload o'trouble over this?

Sure, the GOP isn't going to do anything about it, but WTH is the media? Seems like this would be the week to bring that back up.

(and, no, this isn't' because I have RP as the next one under the bus. Swear to God.)



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Post #120 by RoadScholar » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:29 am

Or Priebus made the source up from whole cloth. I believe Priebus called someone to try to squash the Russia story, but the part about an FBI employee reaching out to him first is just a bit too pat.


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Post #121 by NMgirl » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:58 am

RoadScholar wrote:Or Priebus made the source up from whole cloth. I believe Priebus called someone to try to squash the Russia story, but the part about an FBI employee reaching out to him first is just a bit too pat.


Several articles have appeared regarding this matter. Here's the one from Politico:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/reince-prie

Personally, I'll place my bet on RoadScholar's view that Priebus' story is a fabrication.



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Post #122 by June bug » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:18 am

Here's another link:

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2017/02/24/officials-trump-adviser-asked-fbi-to-dispute-russia-reports

Spicer said it was the FBI that first approached the White House about the veracity of a New York Times story asserting that Trump advisers had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign. Spicer said Priebus then asked both FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe if they would condemn the story publicly, which they declined to do.

‘‘The chief of staff said, well, you’ve put us in a very difficult situation,’’ Spicer said. ‘‘You’ve told us that a story that made some fairly significant accusations was not true. And now you want us to just sit out there.’’

The White House also enlisted the help of Republicans on Capitol Hill to talk to reporters about the New York Times story. Jack Langer, a spokesman for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the White House asked Nunes to speak with one reporter. He said the chairman told the journalist the same thing that he has said publicly many times before — that he had asked but not received any information from intelligence officials that would warrant a committee investigation of any American citizens’ contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee also was enlisted by the White House. The newspaper quoted Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., saying he had conversations about Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by The New York Times and CNN.



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Post #123 by Addie » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:40 am

The name attached, according to CREW: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

The original news story on CNN reported that the WH initiated the contact. Later the WH claimed that on Feb 15, before the call was made, McCabe had said to Priebus in person, at an unrelated meeting, that the story was bullshit. That's how Politico had it.

Slim Cognito wrote:I'm old and my memory is fuzzy. Please refresh.

As I recall, a few weeks ago there was a story that someone in the FBI (not Comey, maybe a deputy?) contacted Priebus and told him the whole Trump/Russia investigation story was "bullshit." Then Priebus phoned that someone asking if the FBI could make a statement confirming there was no Trump/FBI investigation (a big no-no on it's own). That somebody said they'd get back to Priebus and, when he did, he told Priebus, sorry, no, we can't make that statement.

Now, my question. Was a name attached to the person Priebus said contacted him re: the bullshit statement, and why isn't Priebus in a truckload o'trouble over this?

Sure, the GOP isn't going to do anything about it, but WTH is the media? Seems like this would be the week to bring that back up.

(and, no, this isn't' because I have RP as the next one under the bus. Swear to God.)


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Post #124 by Lani » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:42 am

Here's another player in pin the Manafort on the Putin. Never heard of her before this article.

You had to be at least a part-time detective on the Trump-Russia beat to get the clues. The name of the tweeter, Andrea Chalupa, rang a bell. I looked her up. The sister she referenced was Alexandra, an operative for the Democratic National Committee who in 2015 had begun digging into the affairs of Donald Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. Since the bigtime D.C. lobbyist for developing world kleptocracies was close to pro-Russia elements in Ukraine, Chalupa began to suspect Moscow would have some sort of connection to the Trump campaign. She didn’t pay much attention at first, because Trump’s campaign was just a clown show. But then he got traction and she looked again. And then came the suspected Russian hacks of the DNC, including her own email account. Even stranger things began to happen, as her sister’s tweeted shorthand reminded everyone on Monday afternoon.

Yes, there had been an “attempted home break-in” last year, in her leafy, virtually crime-free neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C., as Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel and David Stern reported in January. Her iPhone was hacked, too, and a death-metal track popular in Russia appeared on her playlist. Her car was broken into and trashed twice, with nothing stolen. The second time, the burglar left a red, traditional Ukrainian blouse draped across the back seat. She reported the incidents to the D.C. police and FBI, which by then had opened a counterintelligence investigation into Russian subversion. No arrests have been made.You had to be at least a part-time detective on the Trump-Russia beat to get the clues.
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Back across town, Alexandra Chalupa was hoping investigators will keep drilling into the many and complex layers of Russian subversion on Trump’s behalf. The burgeoning scandal is so grave nobody has dared to hang a “-gate” on it. Watergate really was a third-rate burglary compared to what became apparent on Monday: Moscow’s hijacking of the 2016 election, with the possible collusion of its occupants.

“Important concerns were raised” in Monday’s hearing, Chalupa told Newsweek, carefully choosing her words. But she’d really like the FBI to catch the people who hacked her phone, twice broke into her car, tried to get into her house and continue to threaten her and her friends today.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-comey-rus ... ngs-571349

Meanwhile, this happened. Russian attorney involved in US money-laundering case reportedly ‘thrown’ from 4th story apartment
Gorokhov was set to be a witness in USA v. Prevezon, a cause that, until recently, was being prosecuted by fired U.S. attorney Preet Bharara. President Donald Trump ousted Bharara in a high-profile firing last week. As BuzzFeed reports, one of the attorneys reportedly on the shortlist to replace Bharara is US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who in the past defended Prevezon.

Gorokhov’s spokesman William Browder told BuzzFeed the lawyer was “thrown from the fourth floor of his apartment building.” The spokesman said Gorokhov’s name had been redacted from all of the documents surrounding the case because “the feds were very concerned for his safety.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/russia ... apartment/


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Post #125 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:11 am

If I were Trump, I would be afraid to say anything bad about Putin. :cantlook:


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