Former CIA official says Trump was stupid to allow Russians to photograph the Oval Office

A tweet thread by former Deputy Director of the CIA David S. Cohen reveals the former intelligence official’s thoughts on news that Russian ambassadors met in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump.

The first tweet was written by former national security advisor Colin Kahl, which begged the “deadly serious” question of whether it was “a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?”

Former Dep. Director Cohen responded, on Twitter: “no, it was not.”

In subsequent tweets, Kahl went on to say that when he worked for Barack Obama’s administration, he “couldn’t let foreign delegations bring phones/cameras” into his own office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and that he had to leave his own phone and camera outside the Oval Office when he worked there.

“Apparently,” Kahl wrote, “that doesn’t apply to Russ Gov in this WH”.

White House lawyers have repeatedly told Trump to stay away from Flynn . . . does he listen?? Of course not.

White House lawyers have repeatedly had to warn Donald Trump against contacting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Daily Beast reports.

According to the Daily Beast, the president has, on multiple occasions, asked the White House counsel if he could reach out to Flynn amid growing scrutiny of Trump’s relationship to his former National Security adviser.

“While the president does not regret firing Gen. Flynn, he feels he is a good man who served his country bravely and honorably and who is being treated unfairly by the press and the Democrats on Capitol Hill,” a White House official said.

“The last thing they would want is an allegation of conspiracy, witness tampering or coordination,” National security attorney Mark Zaid told the Daily Beast. “If Flynn is going to be indicted, or certainly under investigation, then I would want the president to be as far away from him as possible.”

Trump meets with Russian foreign minister. US press kicked out of meeting, Russian reporters allowed to remain.

One day after firing the man overseeing the FBI investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties to the Russian government, President Donald Trump spent Wednesday morning meeting with Russian government officials in the Oval Office.

However, no American media outlets were allowed to cover the event — and only photographers from Russia’s state-run media were allowed to snap photos.

FBI confirms they are investigating Trump’s call for Russia to hack Hillary’s email

According to recently-revealed court documents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking into a case that includes then-candidate Donald Trump’s public call for Russia to hack then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails.

During a 2016 campaign press conference, Trump made a plea directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said in front of supporters in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

According to court filings obtained by The Sparrow Project, those remarks are now part of an FBI investigation.

Following Trump’s July statement, Buzzfeed News investigator Jason Leopold and researcher Ryan Shapiro sued the FBI to release all documents pertaining to the remarks.

 In its response to the lawsuit, the FBI confirmed the existence of an ongoing investigation.

“Because of the existence of an active, ongoing investigation,” the court filing says, the agency has the right to “withhold all records responsive to the Russia Request, because releasing any responsive records (or portions thereof) ‘could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.’”

The court documents also state that “virtually all, if not all, of the documents responsive to the Russia Request will be exempt from disclosure in their entirety under Exemption 7(A), which applies to law-enforcement records the disclosure of which ‘could be reasonable expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.’”

Got that?  Let me explain it again:  Buzzfeed submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all FBI documents relating to Trump’s invitation to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.  The FBI denied the request because such documents are part of an ongoing investigation.

 

Trump is hiding something extraordinarily damaging to him and he’s lying as easily as the rest of us breathe

So — Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated Hillary Clinton last summer over her use of private emails.

Stop laughing.

Trump takes us for chumps. The Republic is nothing to him but a crap game. And he loads the dice.

In this case, he signs the letter dismissing Comey and hands it to his personal bodyguard to take over to the FBI office. But Comey isn’t there. He’s in Los Angeles, where he will hear on television that he has been dumped — and at first think it’s a practical joke. We are not making this up.

Hardly 24 hours has passed since Sally Q. Yates, the former acting attorney general who in late January also was fired by Trump, testified before a Senate hearing that she had informed the White House that Trump’s duplicitous national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, had lied about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States and was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. But it took Trump another 18 days to fire him and then only after The Washington Post leaked what Yates had uncovered.

In her testimony Monday, Yates was such a straight arrow, the iconic public servant, and so devastatingly credible that the White House had to figure out how to blunt her testimony.

How to change the story? How to send the bloodhounds of the press howling down another trail?

Fire Comey, and say you don’t like the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email affair, although last year — gasp! — you lavished praise on him for doing exactly what you now say he screwed up.

“It took a lot of guts,” Trump said when Comey reopened his investigation of Clinton. But that was then and this is now. The irony of the man who screamed “Lock her up!” throughout his presidential campaign now trying to shed crocodile tears for “Crooked Hillary,” as Trump called his Democratic rival, would be hilarious if it wasn’t so very obviously cynical and contrived.

But clearly, something else is going on here. Could it be that Comey’s investigation of Russia’s interference with our election was getting closer and closer to Trump? Is that why the Trump gang pushed him out the nearest window?

And what about this statement in Trump’s brief letter officially dismissing Comey: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless, concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” WHAT three occasions, and what did Comey say, when did he say it, and why? Or is Trump lying about that, too?

Bottom line: Is the White House simply trying to cover up the truth? That question answers itself.

And oh, let’s not forget Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, the attorney general of the United States, who had to recuse himself from the investigation of Russia because he, too, had been dishonest about contacts with the Russian ambassador. Recused or not, he was directly involved in sacking Comey. Does anyone around Trump keep his word?

Trump’s dismissal of Comey smacks of what the autocrats in Turkey, Egypt, and the Philippines would do – each of them praised recently by Trump, who clearly sees them as role models. It is also more than a little reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Nixon wanted to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox but his attorney general and deputy attorney general refused to do his dirty work. They were fired, too. In Sessions, Trump has a more compliant stooge.

The constant drip of evidence continues. There are reports that a federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to associates of Michael Flynn. James Hohmann at The Washington Postnoted that at Monday’s Senate hearing, former director of national intelligence James Clapper “was asked about a news report that Britain’s intelligence service first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious interactions between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence agents. The same story also said multiple European allies passed along information in the spring of 2016. Asked if that is accurate, [Clapper] replied: ‘Yes, it is and it’s also quite sensitive… The specifics are quite sensitive.’”

How does Trump react? He fires off more of his querulous, defensive tweets, claiming the whole Russia story is “fake news.” That’s his response to just about everything. What was it Joseph Addison, playwright beloved by the Founders, said? Oh, yes: “Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.” No pun intended.

Trump is hiding something. Something extraordinary. To keep it hidden there is no end to the chaos he will stir at the highest level of government. Every day he lies lustily, as reflexively as the rest of us breathe, knowing some filth will stick. With each day he edges us closer to autocracy.

With the news of Comey’s sacking, the need is clear and more absolute than ever: We must have a special prosecutor to turn the stones over — or an independent and bipartisan commission with subpoena power and public hearings, like the 9/11 commission. Or both.

Trump’s presidency is deeply corrupted, our democracy is compromised, and the system of checks and balances is failing us.

He’s attempting a coup. No joke. We need the truth. Now.

This article was originally published at BillMoyers.com

Subpoenas issued in FBI probe of Flynn, Trump connections with Russia

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

Donald Trump intends to “lock her up.” The USA is now a banana republic dictatorship.

By now everyone knows Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  While the letter Trump delivered to Comey stated several reasons to fire him, none of those reasons is the REAL reason.

The real reason is simple:  Trump intends to have his new FBI director re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails after which Attorney General Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions will bring charges against Hillary and she will go to jail.

Don’t laugh.

In the first place, this is EXACTLY what Trump said during the campaign that the would do.  Time and again he warned, when I win, she will go to jail.

More important is the nature of this man.  Trump is evil, ignorant, slimy and vindictive.  His history is filled with people who disagreed with him and, as a result, he carries grudges against them and attacks them at every turn.  Remember his comments about the Miss Universe contestant who said unflattering things about him?  Then there’s the former Trump, Inc. employee who dared oppose one of his projects.  That was 25 years ago and Trump still sends her threatening letters.  He has boasted that he often holds a grudge, bragging in the early weeks of his campaign last year that “when people treat me unfairly, I don’t let them forget it.”

Trump hates Hillary and Bill Clinton.  Hillary beat him by 3 million votes and that fact infuriates Trump.  Remember only recently, on the 100th day of his administration, he insisted on handing out to reporters maps of the Electoral College results. Hillary had the gall to beat him – – – and to be a woman and beat him.  He is coming after her.

Firing Comey was a coup against the very foundations of this nation.  We are done for.  There now is no difference between the US and Hitler’s Germany, Mao’s China, or Stalin’s Russia.  None.

Not only is Trump NOT a sane man, those surrounding him are just as sick and deranged

These are some very, very deranged people:

On Tuesday, Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, celebrated the six-month anniversary of the election by tweeting a screen grab of the late night phone call in which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called to concede to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Scavino promised to share video of the conversation, which he said came via a Nov. 9 phone call at 2:30 a.m. from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Trump’s then-campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.

What makes the derangement of Trump and his associates especially disturbing is that they project it on to others. Whiny Trump confederates have been kvetching for months that their political opponents just “can’t get over” and “accept” the results of the election, but they’re the maniacs who keep bringing it up. Trump himself marked his 100th day in office by handing out maps of the election results to reporters. They’re so painfully the ones who can’t “get over” the election—specifically, the fact that Trump lost the popular vote.

This is not normal behavior. This should not be treated as normal behavior. This is just pure sickness, masquerading as presidency.