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Donald Trump and his Russian partners….

In a NY Times Op-Ed piece by  we get the view that Donald Trump may in fact be owned by the Russians….

Three months ago, The Washington Post reported that even as Donald Trump ran for president, he pursued plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The next day, The New York Times published excerpts from emails between Felix Sater, a felon with ties to Russian organized crime, and Michael Cohen, one of Donald Trump’s lawyers and Sater’s childhood friend, about the project. Sater was apparently an intermediary between Trump and Russia, and in a Nov. 3, 2015, email to Cohen, he made the strange argument that a successful deal would lead to Trump’s becoming president. Boasting that he was close enough to Vladimir Putin to let Ivanka Trump sit in the Russian president’s desk chair, Sater wrote, “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected.”

These stories were, at the time, bombshells. At a minimum, they showed that Trump was lying when he said, repeatedly, that he had “nothing to do with Russia.” Further, Sater’s logic — that Putin’s buy-in on a real estate deal would result in Trump’s election — was bizarre, suggesting that some part of the proposed collaboration was left unsaid.

But three months feels like three decades in Trump years, and I mostly forgot about these reports until I read Luke Harding’s new book, “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.” One uncanny aspect of the investigations into Trump’s Russia connections is that instead of too little evidence there’s too much. It’s impossible to keep it straight without the kind of chaotic wall charts that Carrie Mathison of “Homeland” assembled during her manic episodes. Incidents that would be major scandals in a normal administration — like the mere fact of Trump’s connection to Sater — become minor subplots in this one.

That’s why “Collusion” is so essential, and why I wish everyone who is skeptical that Russia has leverage over Trump would read it….


Israeli Intel people take to ‘shouting’ at their American contacts after Trump’s ‘secret’ leak to the Russians…

Donald Trump being who he is REALLY couldn’t care less….

He will do what’s in his best interest…

And his feeling of kinship with the Russian hierarchy ‘trumps’ everything else as we have seen continually…

Trump doesn’t like or care for intelligence people anyways…

His attention span is such that detailed briefs of stuff are out of the question…

So the Israeli’s maybe pissed…But things ain’t gonna change…

The Russian’s in the Oval office is probably a signal to American National Security staff’s to be CAREFUL in what they convey to their boss Trump….

And other countries will have to be careful what they tell Americans and where they allow it to go…

Just days before President Donald Trump’s arrival in Tel Aviv, Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings, furious over news that the U.S. commander in chief may have compromised a vital source of information on the Islamic State and possibly Iran, according to a U.S. defense official in military planning.

“To them, it’s horrifying,” the official, who attended the meetings, told Foreign Policy. “Their first question was: ‘What is going on? What is this?’”

White House officials are touting Trump’s visit to Israel next week as a chance to show U.S. solidarity with its closest Middle East ally after eight years of friction between former President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But behind the public display of harmony, Israeli intelligence officers are angry and alarmed over the U.S. president revealing sensitive informationin a May 10 meeting in the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

Trump divulged classified information gathered by Israel about specific terrorist plotting by the Islamic State. The information reportedly revealedIslamic State advances in bomb-making that could be used to mask an explosive device inside a laptop, and also referenced the city where the unfolding plot was being hatched….


Mueller’s Trump & Co. investigation will be a criminal one…

Several of Trump’s buddies are gonna need lawyers….

Mueller, who led the FBI for Bush II and And Obama,  can also go after Trump if that’s where the trail goes…

FBI staff are said to be VERY happy with Mueller coming on board and the investigation moving OUT of the Depot. Of Justice’s supervision….

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dropped two bombshells during a hotly-anticipated appearance before the Senate on Thursday, less than 24 hours after he announced the appointment of a special prosecutor in the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

According to lawmakers, Rosenstein confirmed that the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the election is no longer strictly a counterintelligence investigation — a kind of probe that does not normally result in charges — but also a criminal one.

He also said he was aware President Trump intended to fire Comey prior to penning a memo that the White House later used as its justification for the dismissal.

Lawmakers emerged from the closed-door meeting painting a sober picture of the briefing. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) described the mood in the room as serious and thoughtful….


Dept. of Justice appoints a Special Council for Trump & Co. Russian Probe…

The move to appoint Robert S. Mueller III was done by Deputy. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who was in charge of the investigation, without the knowledge or consent of the Attorney General Sessions or Donald Trump….

The action comes after several days of increased pressure for an ‘independent’ investigation became apparent with former FBI Director being fired by Trump who is reported to have asked Comey  directly if he was the subject of any of the probes …..Then asked Comey to make the Flynn investigation ‘go away’ and also threatened Comey before firing him just before meeting with Russian officials in the Oval office of the White House without American media in the room, but with Russian Media there…

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The Justice Department appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, dramatically raising the legal and political stakes in an affair that has threatened to engulf Mr. Trump’s 118-day-old presidency.

The decision, by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, came after a cascade of damaging developments for Mr. Trump in recent days, including his abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the subsequent disclosure that Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey to drop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

Mr. Rosenstein, who wrote a memo that the White House initially cited as the rationale for Mr. Comey’s dismissal, had been under escalating pressure from Democrats, and even some Republicans, to appoint a special counsel.

By appointing Mr. Mueller, a former federal prosecutor with an unblemished reputation who once stood up to President George W. Bush on the legality of his domestic wiretapping program, Mr. Rosenstein could alleviate questions about the government’s capacity to investigate the swirl of questions surrounding the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement that he concluded that “it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.”

“My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted,” Mr. Rosenstein added. “I have made no such determination.”

In a statement, Mr. Trump said, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

Mr. Rosenstein’s announcement came on a day when Republican lawmakers joined calls for Mr. Comey to testify publicly, with some committee chairmen requesting he appear before their panels and share more information about his encounters with Mr. Trump. Lawmakers also asked the F.B.I. to turn over the memo that Mr. Comey is said to have written that suggested the president asked him to quash the investigation into Mr. Flynn.

While Mr. Mueller remains answerable to Mr. Rosenstein — and by extension, the president — he will have greater autonomy to run an investigation than a United States attorney.

As a special counsel, Mr. Mueller can choose whether to consult with or inform the Justice Department about his investigation as it goes forward. He is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” according to Mr. Rosenstein’s order naming him to the post, as well as other matters that “may arise directly from the investigation.” He is also empowered to press criminal charges, and he can request additional resources subject to the review of an assistant attorney general.

Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were notified only after Mr. Rosenstein signed the order on Wednesday afternoon….



Add Atty Gen Sessions to the list of those who had contacts with the Russians…

The list gets longer and LONGER of Trump people who had contacts with someone in the Russian Government that was working against Hillary Clinton winning the election…..

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Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race.

The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election. As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department and the FBI, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. He has so far resisted calls to recuse himself…..



What Could Donald Trump & Company be hiding?

Reading into todays news I am struck by two stories in Political wire….

They all by scream that Donald Trump IS hiding something that the American Intelligence community alone KNOWS and is fighting against…

The Republicans in Congress seem to be avoiding asking hard questions to get to the bottom of things fearful that Trump could be forced out of the Presidency just when the party has control of two of the three parts of the government….

For all intents and purposes the American executive branch is being ran by three or four people with everyone else reduced to wait every morning for Trump’s twitter rant of the day….

Increasingly Trump is trying to cut the media out due to their questioning of his actions….

Carl Burstein, the Washington Post reporter that worked the Nixon coverup that made him leave the Presidency is thinking that Trump and close friends in the White House DO have something to hide ….

And it appears that so far that American President IS NOT gonna give his secrets up…..

But everyday the suspicions grow….

SOMETHING is or has been going on that we, the people , should know about….

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN the Trump administration is trying to cover up its ties to Russia.

Said Bernstein: “There has been a real attempt to stonewall the press, to stonewall the FBI to stonewall congressional investigators. That’s what we know so far from people around the Trump campaign, where this goes and the seriousness of it we don’t know in terms of the ultimate disposition and what all the facts are.”

He added: “In this instance what we are finding out is that there appears to be some attempt somewhere to cover up what has occurred and we are trying to penetrate that cover up. Whether or not the cover up involves those closest to the President of the United States, independent operators, former campaign aides, all of that will be determined.”…..


The view on the Trump ‘dossier’case from across the pond…

Britain dragged into Donald Trump ‘dirty dossier’ row amid claims Whitehall knew of the file

Gordon Rayner, chief reporter Claire Newell Ruth Sherlock @ The Telegraph
13 JANUARY 2017

Britain has been dragged into the frantic row over the “dirty dossier” on Donald Trump after it was claimed that the Government gave the FBI permission to speak to the former MI6 officer who compiled it.

Sources in the US have told The Telegraph that Christopher Steele, a former spy, spoke to officials in London before he handed the document to the FBI and met one of its agents.

The document, which contained allegations of lurid sexual behaviour by Mr Trump in Russian hotels, was leaked earlier this week, and Britain now finds itself caught in the crossfire of accusations between Russia and the US….

More ….

There is Nothing wrong with Trump talking to Putin…

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Every American President serving when Russian President Putin has been in power has….

The question ARE?

With the proof of Russian assets helping Hillary Clinton be defeated in running against  President-Elect Trump?

What will Trump feel , or TRY to do pay the Russians BACK?

Will Trump be so obliged that he will prefer the Russian version of Foreign Affairs over the American one?

Will he seek to sacrifice past agreements to counter Russian aggression for his own personal gains?

Will his cabinet Secretaries be able to steer him to continue an American Foreign Policy that has evolved since the Cold War and after Russia entered a transition from Communism and allowed self determination for the old Soviet Union satellite countries?

Will a Republican majority Congress be able to counter a President Trump even if that puts them in a public fight with him?

Will a President Trump LISTEN and TRUST HIS Intelligence and Law Enforcement  departments if they present him with facts, proof and sometimes just assessments that run counter to him views of the Russian Government?

These questions will be the heavy lift against a guy who just see’s the world from a distinctly  DIFFERENT view that most in the American Government….

While he says he wants to make America ‘Great ‘ again?

We  don’t want him selling this country (and other countries down the river to the Russians because he lives in a different reality….


Trump highlights Intelligence Communities own issues….

The BIG story this weekend is about President-Elect Donald Trump not really caring much about the intelligence community he will inherit in a little more than a month….

While he says  he ‘s ‘ Smart’ and doesn’t much need their help to view the world….(And doesn’t like sitting to listen to ANYTHING for long periods of time) and has made a point that some of the stuff given to him is redundant….

THAT isn’t sitting well with the people who he will have to deal with in that world and Congress….

Trump WILL have to come some sort of middle ground on this to be an effect President…..

But his comments highlight a reality about the countries intelligence community….

They do NOT really row tougher often and agencies are distrustfull actually of each other often….

And the Intel business , by its nature , IS  complex and often contradictory ..Something Trump avoids…..

There are splits both within the intelligence agencies and the congressional committees that oversee them. Officials say the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. have not always shared their findings with the F.B.I., which they often distrust. The question of how vigorously to investigate also has a political tinge: Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, for example, are pushing hard for a broad investigation, while some Republicans are resisting.

Intelligence can also get politicized, of course, and one of the running debates about the disastrously mistaken assessments of Iraq that Mr. Trump often cites is whether the intelligence itself was tainted or whether the Bush White House read it selectively to support its march to war in 2003.

But what is unfolding in the argument over the Russian hacking is more complex, because tracking the origin of cyberattacks is complicated. It is made all the harder by the fact that the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. do not want to reveal human sources or technical abilities, including American software implants in Russian computer networks….


Why isn’t the Media all over the Trump/Russian Connection?

I’ve done several piece ‘s here about something that SHOULD have a LOT of people worried about Donald J. Trump….

His Russian Connection…

The Democrats have given Debbie Wasserman Shultz the hook because she dared to do what the parties nominee and the party wanted….

Last week the Republicans did what THEY wanted and shut down the anti-Trump thing dead in its tracks…

The story over the last 48 hours is how Bernie Sanders is trying to do the same thing….

That’s Democrats and Republicans for ya…

But it has been reported by Donald Trump, Jr. that  his dad’s businesses HAVE been taking money from Russian interest’s for the last decade…..

Today the NY Times reports that the Wikileaks dump that got DWS finally to quit was from a hacking done by the Russians and there is gonna be more stuff leaked….


If the shoe was on the other foot?

The Republicans would BE SCREAMING and the Media would be busting a gut on the headlines that the RUSSIANS are trying to get THEIR vote on who THEY WANT to win the American election…..


All this makes one think something else…..

The Russians seem to have clearly figured out WHO will be the stronger President….

And it ain’t Donald Trump…..

He’s just for sale it seems….


If ya had ANY DOUBT Donald Trump has NO problem going after Hillary Clinton with help from the Russian’s?


.@RealDonaldTrump: I hope the Russians have @HillaryClinton’s emails.


During a news conference, Donald J. Trump called on Russia to find the roughly 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from her private email server as secretary of state….