A bomb has dropped on the Trump Russia story. Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin https://t.co/pb9txA858U – Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 26, 2017 CHRIS HAYES: We once again have breaking news tonight about the Trump campaign and Russia, and it is a doozy. “The Washington Post” citing US Officials briefed… Continue Reading →
Former NSA analyst John Schindler writes about an unusual townhall held by director Mike Rogers this week:
This week’s town hall event, which was broadcast to agency facilities worldwide, was therefore met with surprise and anticipation by the NSA workforce, and Rogers did not disappoint. I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity.
In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.
Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.
NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a serious mistake.
It’s therefore high time for the House and Senate intelligence committees to invite Admiral Rogers to talk to them about what transpired with the White House. It’s evident that DIRNSA has something important to say. Since Mike Rogers is said to have kept notes of the president’s effort to enlist him in Trump’s personal war with the FBI, as any seasoned Beltway bureaucrat would do, his account ought to be impressively detailed.
I have no way of knowing or vouching for any of the rumors swirling around. But I know enough about how the feds operate to think they plan to use Kushner against Trump, and the likely point of leverage is the assumption that Trump will want to keep his daughter out of jail. (Yes, I assume she’s as crooked and arrogant as he is.)
- Also: Many rumors that NY Attorney General Eric Scheiderman’s investigation into Trump’s finances will lead to RICO indictments of Trump and his circle. Of all these rumors, I’d say this one seems to be most likely to be based in reality. RICO is an often-abused statute that’s used to decimate people, and in this case, it would be appropriate. (Oh, and the state can seize assets gained by the criminal activity, which could be everything.)
- Did Trump receive a target letter from the feds before he went on his trip? Well, it’s likely that he gets one at some point, and he did seem shakier than usual this week. Stay tuned.
Reports say that Trump became confused and didn't know where he was in Israel, and in the middle of Press conference "wandered off." pic.twitter.com/8cH2uZVU79
— Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) May 26, 2017
There might be a perfectly benign explanation (like not enough sleep), but the man who bragged about his “stamina” looks really out of it at this press conference with Israeli Prime Minister.
A confused Trump wanders off until he’s guided back to Bibi for a photo op.
There has been speculation about whether Trump has inherited his father’s Alzheimer’s disease. Taken in a vacuum, this video is no big deal. Looking at it in light of his history of incoherence and memory problems, it’s just one more incident of concern.
Rickie Lee Jones:
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gives a great speech about the removal of Confederate memorials:
The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity. It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered.
As a community, we must recognize the significance of removing New Orleans’ Confederate monuments. It is our acknowledgment that now is the time to take stock of, and then move past, a painful part of our history. Anything less would render generations of courageous struggle and soul-searching a truly lost cause.
Lincoln should have crushed the South after the war. Maybe they’d think twice about their un-American nonsense.
Former CIA Director John Brennan testified on Tuesday that intelligence officials had found “contacts and interaction” between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and agents for the Russian government. “I’m aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known… Continue Reading →
Pull the string and I’ll wink at you, I’m your puppet
I’ll do funny things if you want me to, I’m your puppet
I’m yours to have and to hold
Darling you’ve got full control of your puppet.
WASHINGTON — American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.
The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump, the officials said. Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump’s opinions on Russia.
Some Russians boasted about how well they knew Mr. Flynn. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.
The intelligence was among the clues — which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russian officials — that American officials received last year as they began investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were assisting Moscow in the effort. Details of the conversations, some of which have not been previously reported, add to an increasing understanding of the alarm inside the American government last year about the Russian disruption campaign.