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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-news-live-trump-working-080709494.html


Biden news: President visits Walter Reed hospital, as ex-KGB agent says Russia ‘wooed’ Trump for years


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It comes as former president Donald Trump faces up to fresh claims he was cultivated by Moscow over a period of decades in a bid to damage US interests.

Yuri Shvets, an ex-KGB spy posted to Washington DC in the 1980s, told The Guardian that Mr Trump was the subject of a “charm offensive” by the spy agency.

"They had collected a lot of information on his personality so they knew who he was personally. The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery," Mr Shvets said.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/09/biden-can-access-trump-putin-calls-468100


Trump hid his calls with Putin. Now, Biden has access to them.


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Few Trump-era mysteries are as intriguing as what the 45th president said to Vladimir Putin in at least a dozen rambling, off-the-cuff calls and meetings over four years. Understanding what was said between the two could help illuminate whether Trump ever revealed sensitive information or struck any deals with the Kremlin leader that could take the new administration by surprise.

Now that President Joe Biden is in the White House, he can see for himself.


“They don’t need our approval to see those [records],” a former Trump White House official said, referring to the new Biden national security team. “Biden owns all the call materials. There is only one president at a time.”


The Biden White House did not comment on whether it had seen the content of the calls. But so far, at least, the National Security Council has not registered any complaints with their ability to access relevant call records from the previous administration.

“It is a national security priority to find out what Trump said to Putin” over his four years in office, said one former national security official who is close to the new president. “Some things, like what happened in some face-to-face meetings where no American translator or note-taker was present, may never be fully known. But I would be very surprised if the new national security team were not trying to access” the call records.

POLITICO DISPATCH: FEBRUARY 10
Donald Trump talked with Vladimir Putin on the phone at least a dozen times during his presidency. Now, Biden’s team is trying to piece together whether those conversations could come back to haunt them.


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Trump closely guarded his private conversations with foreign leaders while in office, going as far as to have some hidden in the NSC’s top-secret codeword system to limit staffers’ and even cabinet members’ access and prevent leaks. Readouts of Trump's calls with Putin would often come from the Kremlin first, or through Trump’s Twitter feed. But while the calls were not recorded, aides were typically still on the line and taking notes of what was said. The resulting loose transcripts are known as “memcons,” or memorandums of conversation.

Trump went to particularly great lengths to keep his in-person conversations with the Russian leader private, from confiscating his interpreter’s notes to forgoing American translators and notetakers altogether in their meetings. That desire for secrecy has extended even past his time in office. One former Trump official argued last week that records of Trump’s conversations with Putin, which often lasted an hour or more, should not be made available to his successor.

“There are certain things a president and his immediate staff should be able to hold privileged to do the work of government, without being subject to constant partisan gamesmanship,” said a second former Trump White House official.

Memcons, including Trump’s calls with Putin, are considered presidential records, and were not expunged before the 45th president left office, one former Trump White House official said. They were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of Trump’s term, as is customary.

“Of course we didn’t delete anything and they would be in NARA and accessible,” the official said.

Kel McClanahan, executive director of the law firm National Security Counselors, agreed as a legal matter: “The only person who can claim executive privilege anywhere is the sitting president,” he said. “So there is literally no situation, nor could there be, where a former president could keep a sitting president from seeing something.”


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland in 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump give a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

Trump’s interactions with Putin and other Russian officials were certainly far from the normally carefully choreographed talks between world leaders — Trump early on in his tenure went as far as to disclose classified information to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office.


But former senior Trump advisers said it was rare that Trump would say anything to the Russian leader that he had not already said publicly (or would simply blurt out later while complaining about “the Russia hoax”). Marina Gross, who interpreted many of Trump’s calls and meetings with Putin, told associates that listening to their conversations often felt like eavesdropping on two friends chatting in a bar, according to one former official.

Still, the shadow diplomatic campaigns that flourished during the Trump administration are also top of mind for the Biden team as it works to understand the often disjointed policies of the last four years. Trump’s ill-fated call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to his impeachment, was also hidden in the NSC codeword system, as were Trump’s calls with the Saudi royal family.

“This is much bigger than just Russia and Putin,” said another former Trump administration official. “It’s a problem across the board for the new team — basically, trying to find out, what did [Trump] promise people left right and center?”

John Eisenberg, the former top lawyer on Trump’s NSC who was involved in placing the president’s calls in the top-secret server, will now be one of Trump’s representatives handling some records requests from the Biden White House, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Biden NSC’s Russia review is being led in part by the council’s acting senior director for Russia and Central Asia, Eric Green, a veteran foreign service officer who for years specialized in Russia at the State Department. Green recently replaced Andrea Kendall-Taylor who left for personal reasons.

The Biden and Trump NSC staff consulted on a range of issues, including Russia, during the transition. And officials said it was generally thorough. In the days and weeks leading up to Biden’s inauguration, Trump’s outgoing NSC staff turned over binders full of material — including intelligence reports, strategy documents and information about ongoing operations — to facilitate a smooth transition.

The incoming national security team likewise grilled their predecessors on the obligations and commitments the Trump administration had made to both allies and adversaries, including to Russia. Some Trump staffers — primarily detailees from other federal agencies — remained on the NSC after Jan. 20 for the sake of continuity of government and have been helpful in answering the new NSC’s questions.

“We really tried hard to do it well,” said the second former Trump official, who participated in the process.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/judges-order-2-month-delay-in-case-to-compel-mcgahn-testimony-to-house/ar-BB1dOtyM?ocid=msedgntp


Judges order 2-month delay in case to compel McGahn testimony to House


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The House's effort to compel testimony from former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn will be delayed two months, a federal appeals court ordered Thursday, adopting a proposal by the Biden administration — over the objections of House Democrats — to postpone the proceedings.

Don McGahn in a suit and tie: Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.© Saul Loeb/AP Photo Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The order from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals makes it increasingly likely that a full two years will elapse without enforcement of the House’s April 2019 subpoena to McGahn to obtain his testimony about alleged efforts by former President Donald Trump to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.


The case has become a poster child of sorts for the courts’ inability to resolve congressional subpoena fights on a timeline that allows Congress to make practical use of the information.

Indeed, the fact that the House has since impeached Trump twice — with the Senate acquitting him in both cases — makes the lingering battle over the McGahn subpoena feel like an afterthought. But for a time, the events the House wants to explore threatened to sink Trump’s presidency — in its first year.

Mueller’s probe found that Trump repeatedly encouraged McGahn to fire or stifle the investigation, and that he once asked McGahn to create a false record about his efforts. McGahn’s testimony on those episodes became some of the most explosive aspects of the special counsel’s final report. Notes from McGahn and his deputy also provided some of the most detailed insight into the panic and chaos that enveloped the West Wing as Mueller launched his probe.

The subpoena has a tangled history in the courts. The House issued it just days after the Justice Department released Mueller’s redacted report. But McGahn refused to appear a month later, and the House Judiciary Committee sued to force him to appear. In response, the Trump administration claimed that close aides to the president were “absolutely immune” from testifying.


A District Court judge, Obama appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson, rejected those arguments in November 2019. Last February, a D.C. Circuit panel ruled, 2-1, that the judiciary should not consider subpoena disputes between the executive branch and Congress, potentially undercutting Congress’ power to investigate wrongdoing. The full bench of the appeals court agreed to take the case and voted last August, 7-2, to reverse that decision.

However, that ruling left some potential arguments against the subpoena open, and a D.C. Circuit panel again blocked enforcement. The decision, again 2-1, said the House doesn’t have a statute that specifically allows courts to enforce demands for testimony or documents. That is the question the full bench of the D.C. Circuit was set to take up on Tuesday — until the court issued the latest postponement.

President Joe Biden’s victory changed some of the political dynamics at work, seemingly increasing the changes of an out-of-court resolution with the Democratic-controlled House.

On Wednesday, Justice Department lawyers asked the D.C. Circuit to postpone next week’s arguments, citing the prospects for talks that might resolve the case.

But the House urged the appeals court to reject the proposed delay, arguing that it would simply serve as an extension of Trump’s drawn-out effort to stall resolution of the case. The Justice Department would likely have to consult with the former president about the case, prolonging an already protracted and failed effort to reach agreement about the parameters of McGahn’s testimony.

While the en banc sitting normally involves all 11 of the D.C. Circuit’s active judges, the order issued by the court on Thursday indicates that only seven judges intend to take part in the next arguments on the case, if they proceed.

Among those bowing out are Judge Merrick Garland, a Clinton appointee who has been nominated by Biden to become attorney general, and Judges Greg Katsas and Neomi Rao, Trump appointees who have recused themselves from some or all cases related to Mueller’s investigation. The order Thursday also indicated that Judge Karen Henderson would not take part in the delayed arguments. The reason for her decision is unclear.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't this treason?




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Moscow used Trump associates to try to hurt Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign, says a new U.S. report on influence efforts from Russia, Iran and elsewhere.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:23 PM EST


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President Vladimir Putin of Russia authorized extensive efforts to interfere in the American presidential election, including intelligence operations to influence people close to former President Donald Trump, according to a declassified intelligence report released Tuesday.

The report did not name those people but seemed to be a reference to the work of Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who relentlessly pushed allegations of corruption about Mr. Biden and his family involving Ukraine.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

these guys are russian pawns... they to me are traitors for not disclosing where they get their propaganda. They rolled the dice hoping trump could cover it up, that is why I believe they should be charged as traitors. If they were telling the american people they were getting their info from a russian with full disclosure then fine.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/intel-revelations-raise-difficult-questions-several-republicans-n1261400?cid=eml_mra_20210318


Intel revelations raise difficult questions for several Republicans


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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) this week released a declassified intelligence community assessment on foreign threats to our 2020 elections, and the top-line takeaway was important: Russia once again targeted our political system for the express purposes of giving Donald Trump power.

Indeed, as we discussed yesterday, Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin relied on the same cast of characters as their 2016 effort: the U.S. intelligence community specifically focused attention on Russian influence agent Konstantin Kilimnik who was responsible for trying to "denigrate" then-candidate Joe Biden in order to "benefit" Donald Trump's re-election prospects.

But as important as these revelations are, they're not the only lessons to be learned from the intelligence community's findings. This week's ODNI report also made clear that many leading Trump administration officials deliberately misled the public about foreign threats, especially related to alleged Chinese election interference.

I was also struck by multiple references in the intelligence community's findings to a pro-Russian official by the name of Andriy Derkach. The Washington Post reported:

The intelligence community, for instance, assessed that Putin "had purview over" the activities of Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who played a prominent role in advancing the misleading narrative alleging corruption between Biden and Ukraine. [Rudy Giuliani] met with Derkach, whom the United States has sanctioned as an "active" Russian agent, in Ukraine and in the United States in 2019 and 2020 as Giuliani sought to release material that he thought would damage Biden. Last year, Derkach disclosed edited audio snippets of conversations Biden had as vice president with Ukrainian officials in an attempt to cast aspersions on him.

It's obviously not great that Donald Trump's personal lawyer partnered with a Russian agent, directed by Putin, on an anti-Biden scheme while the Kremlin was working on helping keep the then-Republican president in power.

But Rudy Giuliani wasn't necessarily Andriy Derkach's only point of contact. In fact, his name may be familiar to regular readers.

It was last year, for example, when we learned that Derkach claimed he fed information to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who was searching for anti-Biden dirt ahead of last fall's elections.

Asked last summer whether he'd possibly relied on information from pro-Kremlin Ukrainians, the Wisconsin Republican appeared reluctant to answer, saying only that he and the Senate committee he led "are getting information from a variety of sources."

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A month earlier, at a House Intelligence Committee meeting, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) pressed Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) -- the panel's top GOP member -- on whether the Republican had received anti-Biden information from Derkach.

According to a transcript from the closed-door discussion, Nunes didn't want to answer.

It was against this backdrop that Maloney spoke yesterday to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace and said, "[T]he fact is that [Russian operatives] were so comfortable using people like Devin Nunes that Andriy Derkach -- a known Russian asset -- sent information to Devin Nunes at the Intelligence Committee. We literally had the package receipt."

Given the circumstances, the intelligence community's assessment raises some difficult questions for Trump and Giuliani, but they're not the only ones in an awkward position.


https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/nunes-questions-laid-bare-as-trump-ear-obfuscation-lifts-on-u-s-intel-about-russia-108795973939?cid=referral_taboolafeed


Nunes questions laid bare as Trump era obfuscation lifts on U.S. intel about Russia


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Rachel Maddow points out that the new intelligence community report on foreign interference in the 2020 election names Andriy Derkach as an agent of Russia, and wonders why Republicans aren't more troubled over keeping Devin Nunes as the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee given his unexplained interactions with Derkach.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

listen to barr lie... and so many republicans... this report was done under the trump administration. yet trump people lied. trairors and should be charged for it.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/intel-report-shows-exact-opposite-of-trump-officials-claims-on-china-election-intrusion-108793413935?cid=referral_taboolafeed


Intel report shows exact opposite of Trump officials' claims on China election intrusion


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Rachel Maddow shows how Trump officials repeatedly accused China of running a massive campaign to interfere in the 2020 election even though intelligence gathered during the Trump's time in office (some of which is now declassified) concluded the exact opposite.


trump put in russian propagandist...

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/disastrous-trump-covid-response-runs-deeper-than-mere-mismanagement-108796485952?cid=referral_taboolafeed


Disastrous Trump Covid response runs deeper than mere mismanagement


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Rachel Maddow looks at how on Trump official, Michael Caputo, not only scandalized the CDC by corrupting their communications on Covid, but also turns up in connection to Russian efforts to manipulate the 2020 election in Donald Trump's favor.



https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russian-agent-who-met-with-trump-campaign-chief-in-2016-named-in-new-2020-intel-report-108406853798?cid=referral_taboolafeed


Russian agent who met with Trump campaign chief in 2016 named in new 2020 intel report


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Rachel Maddow reports on a newly released intelligence report on foreign efforts to interfere in the 2020 election that not only describes Russia's tactics to boost Donald Trump in 2020, but specifically names Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik, who was previously known to have met with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in 2016.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The U.S. intelligence community last month issued a report concluding that Putin sought to sway the 2020 election in President Donald Trump’s favor by spreading misleading information about Biden.

In response, the Treasury Department is sanctioning a total of 32 entities and individuals involved in the influence campaign as well as other acts of disinformation. They include Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-Russian who worked in Ukraine with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. A U.S. Senate panel last year concluded that Kilimnik was a Russian intelligence officer, and Treasury on Thursday offered new details, saying that during the 2016 campaign he “provided Russian intelligence services” with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The U.S. intelligence community last month issued a report concluding that Putin sought to sway the 2020 election in President Donald Trump’s favor by spreading misleading information about Biden.

In response, the Treasury Department is sanctioning a total of 32 entities and individuals involved in the influence campaign as well as other acts of disinformation. They include [b]Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian-Russian who worked in Ukraine with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. A U.S. Senate panel last year concluded that Kilimnik was a Russian intelligence officer, and Treasury on Thursday offered new details, saying that during the 2016 campaign he “provided Russian intelligence services” with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.[/b]



ya we will not see that front page of the media will we. will any of the right wing media put it out.

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