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Post by Addie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:16 pm

Reuters
House Democrats eye reported FBI probe of Trump ...

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said he could not comment on the specifics of the report, but said his committee would press ahead with its probe of Trump’s contacts with Russia.

“Counterintelligence concerns about those associated with the Trump campaign, including the president himself, have been at the heart of our investigation since the beginning,” said Schiff, a California Democrat.

Schiff said meetings, contacts, and communications between Trump associates and Russians, as well as “the web of lies about those interactions, and the president’s own statements and actions,” have heightened the need to follow the evidence where it leads.

The Times said FBI officials became suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign but held off on opening an investigation until Trump tied his dismissal of Comey to a probe into allegations of election meddling by Russia. The FBI also considered whether the Republican president’s firing of Comey amounted to obstruction of justice.



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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:24 pm

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... nal&wpmk=1
President Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries.

As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:44 pm

:shock: I can't believe what I read ! How would the Secretary of State get to know what this dotus may have fixed with Russia, and be able to handle in the intent of dotus? How would VP Pence not to get to know the details, in an emergency he would be tasked to continue what this dotus would have set up, of course assuming that no ill intent was driving this dotus.

Now how would this not be an impeachable offense not documenting the interactions with what ought to be the main foe of the USA?

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Post by MsDaisy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:30 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:24 pm
Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... nal&wpmk=1
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As a result, U.S. officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump’s face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russia sought to install through what U.S. intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.
Couldn't Congress just subpoena the translator/s? I know if I'd been one of them I'd have documented every thing I could remember contemporaneously and I can't believe they wouldn't have actually done so, especially when Trump snatched the notes.


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Post by tek » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:01 pm

IIRC calling the translator on the carpet is a slippery slope (how's THAT for a mixed metaphor!)

In general, it would cause issues with candor in the conversation between parties.

In trump's case, it just means he'll use a translator provided by Putin.


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Post by Foggy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:25 pm

Adam Schiff wanted to subpoena the translator. Devin Nunes wouldn't allow it. :madguy:


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Post by tek » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:31 pm

I cannot imagine what it would be like to be a translator for trump...
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Post by MsDaisy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:32 pm

CNN article about the translator from July 19, 2018

Trump's Helsinki performance puts translator in the spotlight
The continuing furor over President Donald Trump's Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is focusing a spotlight on a figure meant to be invisible in high-stakes diplomacy: the translator.

Growing numbers of lawmakers are calling for Marina Gross, the State Department interpreter who shepherded Trump through his one-on-one meeting with Putin, to appear before Congress. Gross was the only other member of the US delegation in the room during the leaders' meeting, which lasted over 90 minutes.

Little is known about Gross, a State Department employee with years of experience translating at the highest levels. She has been photographed alongside former first lady Laura Bush. Gross also sat alongside former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his April 2017 visit to Moscow.

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul lobbed some public praise Gross' way in a tweet noting that, apart from National Security Council senior director Fiona Hill, Gross was the only other woman in the room. "Our translator, who by the way, is absolutely fantastic!" McFaul tweeted on July 16.
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Post by Addie » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:59 am

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Mark Warner: 'It is a very real question' whether Trump acted as a Russian agent

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said it’s worth asking whether President Trump acted as an agent for the Russian government during his presidential campaign — wittingly or unwittingly.

Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning that whether Trump ever worked on behalf of Moscow is “the defining question” of both the committee’s investigation and the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I’m not going to talk about what we may have been briefed in ‘the Gang of Eight’ when these investigations opened, but I do think it’s curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had Vladimir Putin policies almost being parroted by Donald Trump,” Warner said.

The Intelligence Committee’s initial findings released last summer show that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “extensive and sophisticated” influence campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton and undermine the American public’s belief in the democratic process.

“You had Trump say only nice things about Putin. He never spoke ill about Russia,” Warner told Tapper. “Republican campaign doctrines softened on Russia and decreased their willingness to defend Ukraine.”



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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:06 am

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House lawyers will meet Monday to evaluate whether to subpoena Pres. Trump's interpreter, according to senior House Foreign Affairs Committee aide.
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Post by Addie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:28 pm

Cross-posting

Roll Call
Adam Schiff hiring full-time team to investigate Trump’s Russia connections

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is sinking panel resources into a robust investigative staff to revive the probe into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia with roughly seven committee staffers directing their energy full-time.

Schiff and the Democrats have made offers to six new staffers, CBS News reported, including a corruption expert and a former prosecutor. The committee is still looking to hire six more people as Schiff restructures the subcommittee and plans targeted lines of inquiry into the president and his 2016 campaign staff’s connections with Russian officials.

Democrats on the committee will more than double their staff, from 11 to 24 people. About seven will work on the resuscitated Russia probe full-time, while others will help out on a “surge” basis, according to CBS, citing a senior committee official.

“There’s a lot of work yet to be done on Russia,” the official said. “What we’re doing is we are creating a purpose-built team that will take the point on that.”



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Post by Volkonski » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:54 pm

Senate votes to start debating Russia sanctions measure, but may lack votes to finish it

https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/ ... tes-finish
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had appeared at Tuesday’s Senate GOP lunch to make the case for letting sanctions relief for three sanctioned Russian companies to go forward.

The resolution seeks to maintain Treasury’s sanctions for En+ Group plc, UC Rusal plc and JSC EuroSibEnergo. The three companies had been sanctioned because they were under the control of Oleg Deripaska, a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

But a little while later, the Senate voted 57-42 to consider the joint resolution led by Schumer, a New York Democrat, that would block the Trump administration from lifting sanctions against the firms.

Before the vote to proceed to the measure, senators rejected , 42-57, a motion to table the resolution at the behest of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.


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Post by Volkonski » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:03 pm

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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:30 pm

Now that can get inteesting. Who believes that dotus retained the translator notes and did not destroy them?



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Post by RTH10260 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:10 am

FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased
BY JOHN SOLOMON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 01/16/19 07:20 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

When the annals of mistakes and abuses in the FBI’s Russia investigation are finally written, Bruce Ohr almost certainly will be the No. 1 witness, according to my sources.

The then-senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official briefed both senior FBI and DOJ officials in summer 2016 about Christopher Steele’s Russia dossier, explicitly cautioning that the British intelligence operative’s work was opposition research connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and might be biased.

Ohr’s briefings, in July and August 2016, included the deputy director of the FBI, a top lawyer for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a Justice official who later would become the top deputy to special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the time, Ohr was the associate deputy attorney general. Yet his warnings about political bias were pointedly omitted weeks later from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained from a federal court, granting it permission to spy on whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to hijack the 2016 presidential election.

Ohr’s activities, chronicled in handwritten notes and congressional testimony I gleaned from sources, provide the most damning evidence to date that FBI and DOJ officials may have misled federal judges in October 2016 in their zeal to obtain the warrant targeting Trump adviser Carter Page just weeks before Election Day.

They also contradict a key argument that House Democrats have made in their formal intelligence conclusions about the Russia case.



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Post by bob » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:01 pm

Cross-posting: The Hill: Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conservative conspiracy theorist and special counsel witness Jerome Corsi, his attorney told The Hill on Friday.

The committee is seeking both an interview and documents from Corsi, an associate of longtime GOP operative and Trump ally Roger Stone, Corsi's lawyer Larry Klayman said.

Klayman declined to provide details on the subpoena, which he said was received Thursday, but described it as "overly broad." He also called the subpoena "part of continued harassment from this committee."


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Post by Volkonski » Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:06 pm

bob wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:01 pm
Cross-posting: The Hill: Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi:
The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conservative conspiracy theorist and special counsel witness Jerome Corsi, his attorney told The Hill on Friday.

The committee is seeking both an interview and documents from Corsi, an associate of longtime GOP operative and Trump ally Roger Stone, Corsi's lawyer Larry Klayman said.

Klayman declined to provide details on the subpoena, which he said was received Thursday, but described it as "overly broad." He also called the subpoena "part of continued harassment from this committee."
Hm, the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee. :think:


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