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A day after Trump Tower meeting, the Russian oligarch who orchestrated mtg sent Trump an expensive painting for his birthday. Trump's response: "There are few things better than receiving a sensational gift from someone you admire," per @jeremyherb



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Post by Kendra » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:26 am

The minority report: https://democrats-intelligence.house.go ... report.pdf

Interesting bits and pieces so far.



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Cross-posting

Democrats-intelligence.gov - press release
Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Statement on Release of Majority’s Russia Report

Washington, April 27, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the Committee released the Majority’s Russia Report, accompanied by Minority Views:

“The release of this Report and Minority Views follow the decision by committee Republicans to curtail their involvement in the Russia investigation. The Majority provided its draft one hundred fifty-page report to the Minority for review only days before the Committee was set to vote on its adoption. The content of the report changed daily, including on key assessments, demonstrating the Majority’s fundamentally flawed approach to the investigation and the superficial and political nature of its conclusions.

“For example, in announcing their report on March 12, and in public appearances by Majority Members, the Majority took issue with the Intelligence Community’s central assessment that Russia sought to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But by the time the Majority sent its final report draft to the IC ten days later, it could no longer defend this claim and watered down its supposed findings.

“Throughout the investigation, Committee Republicans chose not to seriously investigate — or even see, when in plain sight — evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, instead adopting the role of defense counsel for key investigation witnesses. In fact, we found evidence of collusion in the abundant secret meetings and communications between Trump campaign officials and associates such as Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Donald Trump Jr., Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and others, with emissaries and officials from, or linked to the Russian government. The Trump campaign and Administration’s efforts to deny, conceal and, when discovered, misrepresent what took place in these interactions with the Russians is powerful evidence of a consciousness of wrongdoing.

“To determine whether this evidence of collusion reaches the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of criminal conspiracy, we must await the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, since the Majority refused to interview the witnesses and obtain the documents necessary to find out. Regardless, there is no denying the abundant evidence that the Trump campaign sought, and was eager to accept, the assistance of a hostile foreign power bent on interfering in our election. It is also uncontroverted that the Russians assisted the Trump campaign through a surreptitious social media campaign, an overt paid media effort, an elaborate hacking and dumping operation targeting the DNC and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, and potentially through additional means still under investigation.

“Our Minority Views are not a substitute for a final report. We highlight just some of the unclassified information obtained by the Committee, but substantial additional classified and unclassified evidence further illustrates a concerted campaign by Russia to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, and the willingness of the Trump campaign to accept that help. The Minority Views also correct the record on a raft of misleading conclusions, insinuations, attempts to explain away inconvenient facts, and arguments meant to protect the President and his campaign found in the Republican report.

“Because the public must now attempt to distinguish between Majority and Minority Views, we have sought to publicly release the transcripts so that the public might see some of that evidence for themselves and judge accordingly. We are confident that the record is at odds with the Republicans’ conclusions and that this transparency will help inform the public. We also believe that when the American people see the often-superficial nature of the questions posed to witnesses by the Majority and the degree to which they sought to help witnesses avoid answering important questions, it will see firsthand what a disservice the Majority has done to the nation. Apparently, the Majority fears the transcripts will show exactly that, and have violated their explicit commitment to release the transcripts now that they have concluded their work on the investigation. As recently as March 5, Rep. Conaway, the lead Republican on the Russia investigation, was asked whether he planned to release the transcripts. He replied, “Absolutely.”

“The Majority claims they are reneging on their commitment to release the transcripts to protect the Special Counsel’s investigation. This claim is absurd on its face, given the lengths to which the Majority has gone to impeach the work of the FBI, DOJ and Special Counsel. We emphasize the following: The Minority checked with the Special Counsel’s Office to see if they had any objection to our releasing the transcripts and they expressed no reservation about our doing so. Indeed, we believe that giving the Special Counsel access to the transcripts through their publication will assist their efforts.

“Finally, notwithstanding the decision by the Majority to end its work and turn its attention to counter-investigations designed to serve the President’s interests, the Minority work on the Russia investigation continues. This week, we interviewed a key witness to the corrupt work of Cambridge Analytica, and received new documents from another important witness. We will continue our investigation using every means at our disposal; to do otherwise would ignore our responsibility to conduct meaningful oversight and insure that the Russians do not possess leverage over the President of the United States.”

The Majority Report can be found here. The Minority Views can be found here.


See also:

Mother Jones
“Misleading and Unsupported By the Facts”: House Intelligence Democrats Slam GOP Russia Report

“The Majority subverted this investigation.”


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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:11 pm

Business Insider
Former Trump adviser says in email that he 'arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin's private chair' during a trip to Moscow ...

The claim came in an email from Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who urged the Trump Organization to pursue a real-estate deal in Moscow that he said could help Trump, then a presidential candidate, win the election.

The first line of the email, which was obtained by The New York Times and published on Monday, alludes to a trip to Moscow that two of Trump's children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., took in 2006. ...

"Sitting at Putin's desk is certainly not on the regular Kremlin tours," Daniel Treisman, a UCLA political science professor and expert on Russian politics, told Business Insider in an email. "If true, this would show that Ivanka's guide inside the Kremlin had the highest security clearances and was personally trusted by Putin."

"It would be bizarre for him to take her into the president's personal office — presumably while the president was absent — unless Putin and his security service advisors knew about it and viewed the relationship with the Trumps as worth developing." ...

According to the Times, the Trump Organization turned over the email, along with other correspondences between Sater and Cohen, to the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia.


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Post by maydijo » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:18 pm

Isn't it cute how Ivanka likes to play dress-up? It's like the time she wore giggles and a lab coat and pretended to be a scientist.



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Post by Sunrise » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:40 pm

maydijo wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:18 pm
Isn't it cute how Ivanka likes to play dress-up? It's like the time she wore giggles and a lab coat and pretended to be a scientist.
That's one fabulous tyop! :lol:


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Post by maydijo » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:49 pm

Grrrrr, damn you autocorrect!!!! But you're right, it fits.



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Post by Kendra » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:32 am

https://lawfareblog.com/did-donald-trum ... -abuse-act
The recently-released Minority report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) discloses a copy of an e-mail sent by Donald J. Trump Jr., on September 21, 2016, to a group of top Trump campaign officials. The e-mail is interesting because Trump may have confessed in it to committing a federal crime, specifically 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2). It's just a misdemeanor based on the facts we know. But depending on the circumstances, the violation could also be a felony.

Here are the law-nerd details.

We learned back in 2017 that Trump Jr. exchanged direct messages on Twitter with the Wikileaks account during the 2016 Presidential campaign. We knew that Wikileaks had sent Trump Jr. a message that included guessed login credentials of a default account on an about-to-launch anti-Trump website, and that Wikileaks encouraged him to visit the site. But we didn't know if Trump Jr. or anyone else had actually used the username and password. As Matt Ford at The Atlantic explained, with some explanation by me:



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:46 am

Addie wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:11 pm
Business Insider
Former Trump adviser says in email that he 'arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin's private chair' during a trip to Moscow ...

:snippity:
Now this looks like an ancient times top politics ploy: king marries of his daughter to build ties between two countries, Will Putin divorce (nah - he is already) to have Ivanka at his side and get the US territory as a gift from the billionaire father :?? :doh:



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Post by Kendra » Fri May 04, 2018 1:32 pm

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/04/politics ... index.html

(CNN) — House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes was livid.

For months, he had been demanding a fully uncensored version of a highly sensitive document from the Justice Department explaining how the Russia investigation began in 2016, but he wasn't getting it.

As the standoff escalated, Nunes began warning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein -- the man in charge of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation -- that he could face contempt of Congress, or even worse.

"We're not going to just hold in contempt," Nunes said to Fox News last month. "We will have a plan to hold in contempt and to impeach."

Nunes had already been offered time to review a copy of the electronic communication formally authorizing the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but he had publicly demanded to see what was behind certain blacked out lines.
:?: :?: :?:

Could Nunes be the one Rosenstein was warning not to mess with the DOJ?



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Post by Kendra » Mon May 07, 2018 12:31 pm

Now Senate Intel Committee has questions about sleep deprivation, confinement boxes and other advanced interrogation techniques? They should consider their own Witch Hunt tactics before harassing others this week.

I would've much preferred waterboarding to their past torture
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Post by Kendra » Mon May 07, 2018 1:23 pm

:dance:

Can Foggy make that happen?
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Post by vic » Mon May 07, 2018 4:37 pm

Kendra wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 1:23 pm
:dance:

Can Foggy make that happen?
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That is great! I wonder if the ability to enter an emoji shortcode here (: snowflake :, or : rooster : ) is a feature of phpbb, or some magic that the dicktater :rooster: secretly added?

ETA: for some reason, this one is called " : foggy : " :foggy:

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Post by Addie » Wed May 09, 2018 8:38 am

The Hill
Senate Intelligence panel to wrap up Russia probe in August

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that he plans for the panel to begin to wrap up its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in August, when the Senate leaves for a monthlong recess.

"This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we're out of here and not getting in their hair," Burr told reporters.

The committee's assessment of whether or not there was any evidence of coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will be part of that final work, he said.

The North Carolina Republican had previously estimated that the panel would be done with its work by December 2017.

The committee still has a number of interim reports to prepare, Burr said, the next of which will be the panel's judgment of the intelligence community assessment affirming Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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"Nunes had already been offered time to review a copy of the electronic communication formally authorizing the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but he had publicly demanded to see what was behind certain blacked out lines."

Back in the Olden Days, when I lived in San Fran, I had an actual paper subscription to The Onion, a Weekly subscription.
I think it was then that they put out a beautiful Onion piece about how embarrassed the FBI was to find out, after 20 years, the ordered shipload of Highlighters had been mis-delivered as Black Markers.


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ABC News
House Democrats obtain new documents from estate of GOP operative in Russia inquiry

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have received new materials from the estate of Peter Smith, a GOP operative who reportedly led a campaign to obtain missing Hillary Clinton emails from Russian hackers during the 2016 presidential race, sources familiar with the materials production tell ABC News.

The delivery is the latest unilateral move by Democrats on the panel after Republicans moved to end the committee’s probe.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal first reported that Smith, a Republican activist from Chicago who died in May 2017, led an effort to obtain emails Hillary Clinton deleted from her private email server from Russian hackers, and cited senior Trump campaign officials in his effort.

William Ensing, the attorney for Smith’s estate, confirmed to ABC News the delivery of documents to the committee in response to a request from Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the committee.

A spokesman for Schiff declined to comment. ...

The Senate Intelligence Committee previously sought and received some materials from Smith’s estate last year, as part of their ongoing investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.


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NBC News

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JUST IN: Thousands of ads created by Kremlin-backed organization that targeted American voters on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 presidential election have been released by Democrats on House Intel Cmte. http://nbcnews.to/2G181Og

9:09 AM - May 10, 2018
Russian propaganda efforts used ads on Facebook and Instagram to push divisive messages to fans of a variety of pages including Black Lives Matter and Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to a new batch of sponsored posts released on Thursday.

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released thousands of divisive ads created by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed organization that targeted American voters on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook, which also owns Instagram, received nearly $100,000 from the Russia-funded troll farm to run the 3,000 ads from 2015 to 2017, according to an NBC News analysis of the release.

The ads provide a deeper understanding of Russia’s use of social media to spread propaganda on divisive topics, which included pushing anti-immigrant messages to fans of specific Fox News personalities such as Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, and buying batches of ads immediately after a mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.


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Sam Nunberg has been requested to appear before the Senate Intel Committee for a closed-door interview and to produce his communications with Roger Stone that relate to Russia, WikiLeaks and Russian hacking.



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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 2:13 pm

Associated Press
Senate intelligence panel agrees with US intel agencies that Russia intervened in 2016 election to help Trump

WASHINGTON — Senate intelligence panel agrees with US intel agencies that Russia intervened in 2016 election to help Trump.
All it says at the moment.


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CNN
Senate committee agrees with intelligence community assessment of election meddling, breaking with GOP House investigation

(CNN)The Senate Intelligence Committee's leaders said Wednesday they believed that the intelligence community's 2017 assessment of election meddling was correct, breaking with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who questioned the conclusion that the Russians were trying to help President Donald Trump get elected.

"There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 election," Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in a statement. "Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions."

The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, said that "after a thorough review, our staff concluded that the ICA conclusions were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hilary Clinton."

The joint statement comes after former director of the National Security Agency Michael Rogers, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper sat down with the committee in a closed hearing Wednesday morning about the 2017 assessment.

The bipartisan conclusion from the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders is a sharp break from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who disputing the intelligence community's findings that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Trump.


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Post by Addie » Wed May 16, 2018 11:04 pm

WaPo
54 things Donald Trump Jr. couldn’t ‘recall’ or ‘remember’ in his testimony

If there’s one thing Donald Trump Jr. cleared up with his congressional testimony, it’s that he doesn’t remember a lot of things.

In a newly released transcript of his testimony, Trump repeatedly couched his answers about that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting by saying he did not “remember” or that he didn’t “recall” certain things. Even when he was pretty sure, he'd say “not that I recall” or something like that. The result was a pretty cagey piece of testimony.

Below is a list of 54 substantive issues on which Trump cited his lack of a memory:


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed May 16, 2018 11:10 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:04 pm
WaPo
54 things Donald Trump Jr. couldn’t ‘recall’ or ‘remember’ in his testimony
Below is a list of 54 substantive issues on which Trump cited his lack of a memory:
Early onset dementia?



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