September 24, 2018

BRITS ASKED TRUMP NOT TO DECLASSIFY RUSSIA DOCS


  • President Donald Trump backtracked on an order Friday to declassify and release documents related to the FBI’s collusion investigation
  • Trump claimed that two foreign allies expressed concerns over releasing the documents
  • The New York Times reports that the British government was one of the allies. According to The Times, the Brits were concerned about releasing information about Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who wrote the unverified dossier

The British government asked President Donald Trump not to release a trove of documents from the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times.

Trump ordered Monday the release of a slew of documents from the Russia probe, including a June 2017 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But the Republican suddenly backtracked Friday, saying that he would refer declassification issues to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.

Trump said the Justice Department and two foreign allies had raised concerns about declassifying and releasing the documents.

“We are moving along, we are also dealing with foreign countries that do have a problem,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday, before reneging on the declassification order.

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September 14, 2018

AS HURRICANE FLORENCE MOVES IN, DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING UP TRUMP’S PICK TO HEAD EPA’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE DIVISION


  • Senate Democrats are holding up the confirmation of EPA’s top emergency response official.
  • Trump nominated Peter Wright for the position in March, but he hasn’t gotten a floor vote yet.
  • Hurricane Florence could flood toxic and hazardous waste sites in the Carolinas.

Senate Democrats are holding up the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) emergency management division.

Trump nominated former Dow Chemical attorney Peter Wright to head EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, which responds to emergency situations, including chemical spills and hurricanes. Hurricane Florence is hitting the Carolinas and is expected to make landfall Thursday night.

Hurricane Florence is expected to dump up to two feet of rain over swaths of North Carolina and South Carolina, and officials have warned residents of “catastrophic flash flooding” amid the downpour.

Flooding could damage hazardous and toxic waste sites in the Florence’s path. Many pig farms, coal ash disposal sites and several Superfund sites could be impacted by torrential rain. EPA officials are monitoring the situation.

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September 13, 2018

‘DEEPLY OFFENSIVE’: LEAKED VIDEOS SHOW GOOGLE LEADERSHIP REACTING TO TRUMP’S VICTORY

A leaked video published Wednesday night appears to show several senior Google executives holding a large staff meeting following the 2016 election to reckon with President Donald Trump’s victory.

In the video, Google’s executives speculate about what motivated people to vote for Trump, as well as the role the company can play in informing people about the election. Executives also appear to discuss ways to defend what they called good values.

“We have no idea what direction this country will take… It’s a period of great uncertainty… especially for immigrants or minorities [and] women,” co-founder Sergey Brin told Google employees. “As an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, and I know many of you do too.”

The video features co-founders Larry Page and Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai.

One executive, Porat, got emotional while talking about the election’s results and promised employees that company will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”

September 12, 2018

TWO MORE KEY TRUMP OFFICIALS DISPUTE WOODWARD CLAIMS

Two former key aides to President Donald Trump are denying quotes and actions attributed to them in a new book by Bob Woodward, they said in Tuesday statements.

“This book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House,” former NEC Director Gary Cohn said in a Tuesday statement. “I am proud of my service in the Trump Administration, and I continue to support the President and his economic agenda.”

Woodward alleged that Cohn once took key trade documents off Trump’s desk and disparaged his intelligence frequently. Cohn was joined by disgraced White House staff secretary Rob Porter in denying elements of the book.

Porter also told Axios and other news outlets “having now read Bob Woodward’s Fear, I am struck by the selective and often misleading portrait it paints of the President and his administration,” adding “during my time in the White House, I sought to serve the President’s best interests and to help enable his many successes—successes that Mr. Woodward’s book ignores.”

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September 11, 2018

WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS ACTIVELY REVIEWING DOCS FOR DECLASSIFICATION


  • President Donald Trump is insistent on releasing FBI and DOJ documents related to surveillance of campaign advisers, but he has received pushback from White House lawyers, according to multiple sources.
  • House Republicans have pressed Trump to release the documents.
  • Congressional sources say they expect Trump to release the records, but they have tempered their expectations on when they will be made public.

White House lawyers are actively reviewing controversial FBI and Department of Justice documents relating to the 2016 presidential campaign for possible declassification, multiple sources with knowledge tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The review process is being led by Emmet Flood of the White House Counsel’s office at the urging of an insistent president, two sources with knowledge of the process told The DCNF. A source close to the president noted that Flood and his colleagues within the counsel’s office are generally opposed to declassification, out of the concern for the precedent it would set as well as any unintended consequences of making the information public.

Sources cautioned that declassification could occur as soon as this week, though the uncertainty reflects the nature of the review process itself.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders demurred on declassification in a Monday briefing saying, “I can’t get into that right now.”

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September 10, 2018

TRUMP REPORTEDLY CLOSE TO DECLASSIFYING CARTER PAGE AND BRUCE OHR DOCUMENTS

President Trump is reportedly on the verge of declassifying documents related to the government’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and FBI documents regarding Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

House Republicans have recently pressed Trump to declassify the documents, which they claim undercuts the FBI and Justice Department’s rationale for opening an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Axios reported on Sunday that Trump’s allies say that he is close to declassifying the documents.

Sources familiar with Trump’s thinking have told The Daily Caller News Foundation over the past week that they believed Trump was close to releasing the documents.

Trump himself told The Daily Caller in an Oval Office interview on Sept. 4 that he is “very seriously” considering declassifying the documents.

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September 7, 2018

FIVE KEY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW YORK TIMES’ ANONYMOUS ‘SENIOR OFFICIAL’

One day after The New York Times published an op-ed from an anonymous “senior official” in President Donald Trump’s administration who trashed the president and claimed to be secretly working against his or her wishes, five key questions remain unanswered.

1) Who wrote it?

The question everyone is asking: Who is the anonymous official? TheNYT appeared to let slip in a tweet that the author is a “he,” though the paper later claimed the gendered word was used in error. Twitter has been filled with speculation — based on the official’s sentiments and word choices — about the writer’s identity. CNN’s Chris Cillizza published 13 guesses about the official’s identity, “based on what we know about the various factions, likes, dislikes, motivations and ambitions within the Trump administration.” Denials have begun rolling in from prominent officials in the administration. (RELATED: Denials Roll In From Top Admin Officials On Op-Ed) 

2) How senior is this person?

Just how senior is this anonymous “senior official”? The Trump administration has “roughly 1,200 positions” that require Senate confirmation, including 640 “key positions,” according to PolitiFact. Axios’s Mike Allen similarly noted in his newsletter that the “senior official” label could apply to “hundreds of officials.” If the person who wrote the op-ed isn’t an assistant to the president or a cabinet-level official, TheNYT would likely face a backlash for exaggerating the official’s importance in the administration.

3) Why did this official write it?

The author’s decision to remain anonymous and continue working against a president he or she is supposed to be helping has been sharply criticized in the press. “Here, I think, President Trump’s use of ‘gutless’ is apt,” wrote Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan. “The piece is an exercise in ego, although I have no doubt that the writer is thrilled with his or her own display of courage.” The Atlantic’s David Frum argued the official’s op-ed was meant to portray himself or herself as heroic but instead threw “the government of the United States into even more dangerous turmoil.” Still, until the author is identified, it will be tough to say exactly what the motive was.

4) Who was the intermediary?

The anonymous senior official submitted the op-ed to TheNYT using an intermediary, according to the paper. The intermediary has not yet been identified.

5) How accurate is the op-ed?

Democrats in Congress have been eager to tout the official’s claim that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment.” Other claims are similarly damaging to Trump, including that “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” But it’s difficult to evaluate those claims without knowing who or how credible the author is.

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September 6, 2018

DEMOCRATS USE ANONYMOUS TRUMP OFFICIAL’S NYT OP-ED TO PUSH 25TH AMENDMENT FANTASY


  • An anonymous official in President Donald Trump’s administration wrote an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that Trump’s senior staffers are working against him
  • Democrats in Congress are using the op-ed to push for Trump’s removal via the 25th Amendment
  • The 25th Amendment has been only used three times for temporary measures related to medical operations

Some Democrats in Congress quickly used a New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous official in President Donald Trump’s administration to demand his cabinet remove him from office via the 25th Amendment, which the official claims was briefly whispered about in Trump’s cabinet.

The op-ed, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” claimed that “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.”

The official claimed that “there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment” but that “no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.”

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September 3, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: HILLARY CLINTON IS HIRING INTERNS FOR THE FALL — BUT WON’T PAY THEM A CENT

Hillary Clinton is hiring a batch of unpaid interns for the fall to work in her New York City office, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis and will “run from September to mid-December.” The internship requires “a minimum of three days per week,” and undergrads “of all majors are encouraged to apply.”

While the amount of hours per day aren’t specified, the “internship is unpaid.”

“Interns will provide support to our staff, assisting our work on a wide range of projects. Work will include but will not be limited to: compiling press clips, monitoring social media, conducting research, drafting correspondence, and assisting with office management,” the job posting states.

Clinton’s office is looking for applicants who have “a high level of professionalism and discretion,” “strong research and writing skills,” “the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team,” “strong interpersonal communication skills,” “a diligent work ethic and a sense of conscientiousness,” as well as “enthusiasm, dedication, and a positive attitude.”

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August 31, 2018

GIULIANI SAYS BRUCE OHR SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE FELONY

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested the Department of Justice should investigate its own employee, Bruce Ohr, over payments his wife received from Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the Steele dossier.

Writing on Twitter, Giuliani questioned whether the Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether Ohr had a written waiver for his wife’s work for Fusion GPS.

“What are the odds the DOJ or Mueller have begun an investigation of Bruce Ohr for violating 18 USC sec. 208? That’s a federal felony unless he disclosed all facts to the DOJ and has a written waiver. How many of you know what that is?” Giuliani wrote.

Ohr’s wife, a Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS as part of its Democrat-funded investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

The law firm that represented the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid Fusion GPS just over $1 million to investigate Trump. Fusion, which was founded by three former Wall Street Journal reporters, paid Steele $178,000 for his work. Nellie Ohr was paid $44,000, according to California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who took part in Ohr’s hearing Tuesday.

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August 30, 2018

FBI REFUSES TO CONFIRM OR DENY ICIG WARNED OF CLINTON SERVER INTRUSION


  • The FBI won’t disclose whether it met with senior officials of the Intelligence Community Inspector General.
  • TheDCNF confirmed that the ICIG briefed top bureau officials on three separate occasions to warn the FBI of an “anomaly” they found 30,000 in-bound and outgoing emails.
  • The anomaly showed a code embedded in Clinton’s server was producing in real time a “courtesy copy” to a third party.

The FBI refuses to disclose whether or not it met with senior members of the Intelligence Community Inspector General on the subject of foreign intrusion of former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private server.

An FBI spokeswoman refused to confirm if Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) officials — including Frank Rucker, its chief investigator — briefed top bureau officials about evidence of penetration of Clinton’s private server by a Chinese government intelligence operation. “We have no comment,” she told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Earlier Wednesday, an FBI spokesman released what appeared to be a categorical statement about the Clinton server: “The FBI has not found any evidence the servers were compromised,” the FBI stated.

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August 29, 2018

‘PURE BS’: DON JR. HITS CNN OVER FIZZLED ‘BOMBSHELLS’

Donald Trump Jr. continued his battle with CNN on Tuesday, calling two of the network’s “bombshell” reports “pure BS.”

“It’s simple, there is no penalty for being wrong about Trump. If it’s against Trump, any error no matter how egregious is ignored or forgiven,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

He was referring to two CNN stories, one published last month and one published in December, that were widely cited after publication as evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

The first story, from Dec. 8, 2017, alleged that Donald Trump Jr. received an email on Sept. 4, 2016 containing a link and encryption key to hacked emails provided to Wikileaks. The second story, published on July 27, asserted that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen claimed to have been present during a meeting when Trump Jr. told his father about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a group of Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

According to CNN, Cohen said he was willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller that President Trump approved of the meeting.

The first story was completely debunked while the second has come under intense scrutiny, given that one of the sources, Cohen attorney Lanny Davis, has retracted his claim.

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August 28, 2018

LANNY DAVIS BUSTS CNN — ADMITS HE WAS SOURCE FOR NETWORK’S DEBUNKED TRUMP TOWER STORY


  • Lanny Davis, the attorney for Michael Cohen, has dropped another bombshell, this time on CNN.
  • Davis told BuzzFeed that he was one of the anonymous sources for CNN’s July 27 report alleging that Cohen had information that Trump approved of the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016. 
  • Davis admits that he lied last week when he denied being a source. CNN is standing by its report. 

Lanny Davis has acknowledged that he was an anonymous source for CNN for a now-debunked story published in July claiming that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is willing to tell the special counsel’s office that President Donald Trump had foreknowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

Davis, a Clinton-connected public relations guru who is representing Cohen, admitted to BuzzFeed News on Monday that he was a source for CNN’s story, which appeared on July 27.

The report cited “sources with knowledge” of Cohen’s comments who claimed that he was in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. when he told his father about a meeting set up with a group of Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The report marked a major development in the Russia investigation because both Trump Jr. and Trump have denied that Trump knew about the June 9, 2016 meeting until it was reported last July.

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August 27, 2018

BRIAN STELTER IGNORES CNN’S BUNGLED TRUMP TOWER STORY


  • CNN has refused to acknowledge a massive error in its July 27 report that Michael Cohen has information implicating President Donald Trump in a cover-up over the Trump Tower meeting.
  • Cohen’s lawyer debunked the report earlier this week.
  • CNN’s Brian Stelter interviewed Carl Bernstein, one of the authors of the false report, on Sunday but did not bring up the fake news.

The host of CNN’s media criticism show “Reliable Sources” on Sunday interviewed Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who wrote a since-debunked story asserting that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed President Donald Trump approved the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

But Bernstein’s faulty reporting was not one of the topics of discussion on the CNN show, which is hosted by Brian Stelter. Instead, Stelter led a panel discussion in which Trump was called a “liar” several times.

Bernstein and CNN reporters Jim Sciutto and Marshall Cohen reported July 27 that Cohen is willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he took part in a meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. told his father about an offer to meet with a group of Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.

According to CNN’s anonymous sources, Cohen said Trump approved of the meeting. The story caused waves, with CNN hosts discussing the story for days. Democrats and Trump critics argued the report was the strongest evidence yet that Trump colluded with Russia. They also noted that Trump and Trump Jr. publicly denied that Trump knew about the meeting until it was reported in the press in July 2017.

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August 24, 2018

ERIC SWALWELL FLOATS DEBUNKED TRUMP TOWER STORY IN MSNBC INTERVIEW

California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell falsely claimed Thursday that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has information that President Donald Trump had foreknowledge of the Trump Tower meeting with Russians in June 2016.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Swalwell appeared to cite a CNN report from July that Cohen was present at a conference when Trump approved the meeting between his son and a group of Russians offering dirt on former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“It is clear that Michael Cohen was not truthful with the House Intelligence Committee, which is all the more reason that we never should have ended our investigation. It now sounds like, listening to Mr. Davis, that Mr. Cohen does have information about what candidate Trump knew about the Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton in the meeting they set up at Trump Tower,” said Swalwell, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.

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August 23, 2018

LANNY DAVIS: MICHAEL COHEN NEVER WENT TO PRAGUE AS STEELE DOSSIER CLAIMS


  • Michael Cohen’s lawyer dropped a bombshell on Wednesday, saying that Cohen has not been to Prague
  • The Steele dossier alleges that Cohen traveled to Prague during the campaign to collude with Russians
  • But Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis says that the dossier allegations are “false”

Lanny Davis, the Clinton-connected attorney for Michael Cohen, said Wednesday that the former Trump lawyer had never been to Prague, as the infamous Steele dossier alleges.

“Thirteen references to Mr. Cohen are false in the dossier, but he has never been to Prague in his life,” Davis said Wednesday in an interview on Bloomberg.

The statement is a significant denial given that, according to Davis, Cohen has turned over a new leaf by deciding to discuss his work on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He claimed that he acted at the direction of Trump by paying off two women who claimed they had affairs with the former real estate mogul in 2006.

But Cohen did not address a larger question of whether he was involved in a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government, as former British spy Christopher Steele claimed in the Democrat-funded dossier.

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August 22, 2018

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY MISUSING $250K IN CAMPAIGN FUNDS

California Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday on charges that they illegally spent more than $250,000 in campaign funds on vacations and personal items.

The scheme took place between 2009 and 2016, according to the Justice Department. Hunter, a 41-year-old Republican, took office in 2009.

“The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theater tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives,” the Department of Justice said in a statement announcing the indictment.

The Hunters will be arraigned in federal court in San Diego on Thursday. They face charges of conspiracy against the United States, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions.

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August 21, 2018

WATCHDOG SUES PENTAGON ON BEHALF OF WHISTLEBLOWER WHO QUESTIONED CONTRACTS TO ‘SPYGATE’ FIGURE


  • Pentagon analyst Adam Lovinger flagged contracts given to FBI informant Stefan Halper in October 2016.
  • Lovinger was stripped of his security clearance several months later.
  • Judicial Watch is suing on behalf of Lovinger, who filed a whistleblower complaint last year.

The watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Defense on behalf of a Pentagon analyst who said he was stripped of his security clearance after raising concerns about contracts given to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.

Adam Lovinger, a former analyst at the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), the Pentagon’s internal think tank, had filed public records requests seeking information about the Pentagon’s decision to strip him of his security clearance in May 2017.

Months earlier, Lovinger, a 12-year veteran of ONA, had filed a complaint with his boss, ONA Director James Baker, about contracts that went to Halper as well as to a firm called Long Term Strategic Group, a consulting company owned by Clinton friend Jacqueline Newmeyer Deal.

Lovinger, who filed a whistleblower complaint in September 2017, claims that he was stripped of his security clearance because of his complaints about the contracts. In an October 2016 email to Baker, Lovinger raised concerns about “the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper.”

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August 20, 2018

MINNESOTA DFL PARTY BACKS KEITH ELLISON DESPITE DOMESTIC ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

The Minnesota Democratic Farm Labor (DFL) Party overwhelming voted to endorse embattled Democrat Keith Ellison for state attorney general on Saturday, despite recent abuse allegations.

The party voted in favor of endorsing Ellison by a vote of 326 to 70.

“I want to tell you, face to face, that I never abused Karen,” Ellison said to the delegation, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. “Despite everything, I still care about her as a person and I don’t want anybody to say anything insulting to her at all.”

The delegation opted to vote via paper ballot instead of voice vote to allow individuals to feel more comfortable.

“Our party is going to do everything it can to help Keith and the other candidates on the ballot,” DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said after the vote was announced.

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August 17, 2018

PENTAGON WHISTLEBLOWER QUESTIONED FBI INFORMANT STEFAN HALPER’S ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ CONTRACTS


  • A Pentagon whistleblower complained in October 2016 about “outrageous” contracts that were provided to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.
  • The whistleblower, Adam Lovinger, was stripped of his security clearance after complaining about Halper’s contracts.
  • Lovinger’s lawyer says Halper’s work for the Pentagon could have provided him the cover he needed to contact the Trump campaign.
Over a year before Stefan Halper was revealed as an FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign, a Pentagon analyst complained to his bosses about “astronomically outrageous” contracts given to Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor.

That analyst, Adam Lovinger, has since been stripped of his security clearance; he says because he blew the whistle on the Pentagon contracts with Halper and Long Term Strategic Group (LTSG), a firm owned by a childhood friend of Chelsea Clinton’s named Jacqueline Newmyer Deal.

Lovinger flagged the contracts in 2016 to his boss James Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), a small Defense Department unit known as the Pentagon’s think tank. Shortly after joining the National Security Council, Lovinger’s security clearance was revoked on May 1, 2017.

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August 16, 2018

PAPADOPOULOS’S WIFE SAYS HE SHOULD SCRAP HIS PLEA DEAL WITH MUELLER


  • The wife of Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is making the bombshell suggestion that her husband drop a plea deal he has with special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced in September as part of his plea deal for lying to the FBI.
  • But Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos says her husband did not commit a crime. She says he should sue the federal government.

Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, the wife of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, says her husband should find new attorneys and drop a plea deal he struck in October 2017 with the special counsel’s office.

In a tweet Wednesday, Mangiante Papadopoulos made a request for a lawyer to represent her husband pro bono.

“Your biggest reward will be #History. Your name will go down on history!” wrote Mangiante Papadopoulos, an Italian actress and model who once worked as an attorney in the European Parliament in Brussels.

“George should drop off his plea agreement, in my opinion,” Mangiante Papadopoulos told The Daily Caller News Foundation when contacted after her tweet.

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August 15, 2018

RAND PAUL RIPS DEMS, ANTI-TRUMP CONSERVATIVES FOR ‘DESTROYING’ DIPLOMATIC ENGAGEMENT WITH RUSSIA

President Donald Trump’s domestic opponents on the left and right are exploiting the Russia issue for political gain at the expense of diplomatic engagement with Moscow on issues of mutual concern, Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday.

The Kentucky Republican warned that bipartisan hostility to dialogue with the Kremlin risks making Trump’s outreach to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin politically impossible, even on matters as critical as nuclear arms control.

“I think it’s important we have dialogue between the countries that contain and control 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the word,” Paul told reporters on a conference call from Russia, where he was meeting with lawmakers.

“I think the political anger by Democrats against Trump is completely destroying any opportunity to talk about issues like arms control,” he added.

Paul traveled to Moscow on Aug. 6, two days before the Trump administration announced it would sanction certain Russian goods as punishment for Moscow’s alleged involvement in the March poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent living in Britain.

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August 14, 2018

ROGER STONE: THE WITCH HUNT CONTINUES

One of Stone’s Rules is “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” Even I may have taken exception to that rule last Friday.

If you followed the news last Friday, you know that my longtime friend Kristin Davis testified before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury, that my longtime associate and wingman Andrew Miller was held in contempt for his refusal to testify for the grand jury, and that a subpoena was dropped on Randy Credico who, despite his public denials, was the source who first told me that Wikileaks had the goods on Hillary and would release them in October. It was a Deep State Trifecta!

Andrew Miller’s contempt citation is a bit more complicated and his appeal may be problematic for Mueller down the road.

Mueller is running a criminally abusive, constitutionally -unaccountable, professionally and politically incestuous conspiracy of ethically conflicted cronies colluding to violate my Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights and those of almost everyone who had any sort of political or personal association with me in the last 10 years.

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August 13, 2018

NPR HOST CALLS OUT OMAROSA OVER DISCREPANCY IN TRUMP RACISM ALLEGATION

In an interview Friday, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman contradicted a claim in her forthcoming book that she heard a tape of President Trump using the “n-word.”

Manigault Newman insisted in an NPR interview that she heard Trump utter the pejorative in an audio file recorded on the set of “The Apprentice.”

“Hearing it changed everything for me,” Manigault Newman told NPR host Rachel Martin.

“I heard the President of the United States use, not only the ‘n-word,’ but as Bill Pruitt described during that interview, other horrible things during the production of ‘The Apprentice,'” she continued. Pruitt is a former “Apprentice” producer who claimed before the 2016 election that tapes existed of Trump making racial comments about black people.

But as Martin noted in the interview, Manigault Newman wrote in her book, “Unhinged,” that she was merely told of the tape. She does not suggest in the tell-all that she has actually heard Trump’s voice.

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August 10, 2018

EMAILS SHOW CHRISTOPHER STEELE LOBBIED DOJ OFFICIAL ON BEHALF OF RUSSIAN OLIGARCH


  • Christopher Steele was working on the Trump dossier at the same time he was lobbying DOJ official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch linked to Putin.
  • Newly revealed emails show Steele thought the U.S. government should grant visas to Deripaska, who had been barred from traveling to the U.S.
  • Steele asked Ohr to “keep an eye” on Deripaska’s visa case.
  • At the same time Christopher Steele was compiling a dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government, the former British spy was lobbying Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr on behalf of a Russian oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The connection between Steele and the oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, is laid out in emails the Justice Department recently provided Congress.

The emails show that Steele, a former British spy, advocated for Deripaska in negotiations over his visa status with the U.S. government. Deripaska, an aluminum magnate, had been blocked from traveling to the U.S. in 2006 because of suspected ties to Russian mobsters. Deripaska hired an American lawyer named Adam Waldman in 2009 to lobby the U.S. government to obtain a visa for the billionaire.

The Washington Examiner detailed the exchanges, which show Steele discussing Deripaska with Ohr, the former No. 4 official at the Justice Department.

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August 9, 2018

CHRISTOPHER STEELE WAS ‘CONCERNED’ ABOUT SENATE INQUIRIES INTO DOSSIER, TEXT MESSAGES SHOW


  • Text messages between dossier author Christopher Steele and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr have been released.
  • Steele said in one message that he was “concerned” by a Senate Committee on the Judiciary request for records about the dossier.
  • Ohr and Steele met in Washington, D.C., before the FBI opened its investigation of the Trump campaign.
  • Christopher Steele expressed concern last year at a Senate committee’s request for information about the former British spy’s anti-Trump dossier, according to text messages recently provided to Congress.

“Would it be possible to speak later today please? We’re very concerned by the Grassley letter and it’s possible implications for us, our operations and our sources. We need some reassurances,” Steele wrote in a March 7, 2017 text message to Bruce Ohr, who then served as deputy assistant attorney general.

Steele, a former MI6 officer, was seemingly referring to a March 6, 2017 letter that Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to then-FBI Director James Comey seeking information about Steele and the dossier.

The text message is part of a trove of documents that the Department of Justice recently provided to several congressional committees investigating the government’s handling of Steele’s dossier. The Hill obtained some of the records and reported on several text message and email exchanges between Ohr and Steele.

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August 8, 2018

GOP LAWMAKERS RENEW FOCUS ON BRUCE OHR, THE DOJ OFFICIAL WHOSE WIFE WORKED FOR FUSION GPS


  • Republicans are hinting that Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr is more important to the government’s Trump-Russia investigation than previously known.
  • Ohr was in frequent contact with dossier author Christopher Steele, and his wife worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele.
  • Rep. Devin Nunes said Monday that Ohr is “going to become more and more important” to the investigation into possible surveillance abuse against the Trump campaign.

Republican lawmakers have renewed their focus on Bruce Ohr, the high-level Department of Justice official who was in contact with the author of the Steele dossier and whose wife worked for the opposition research firm that commissioned the salacious document.

California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Monday that Ohr “is going to become more and more important” to his panel’s investigation into the FBI and Justice Department’s use of the Steele dossier to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

“I think people should pay close attention to it,” Nunes said of Ohr in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, echoed Nunes’ statements in a separate interview with Hannity on Tuesday.

“Bruce Ohr is now the key to this,” Jordan said in an interview alongside The Hill’s John Solomon.

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August 7, 2018

REVEALED: ALL SIGNS SUGGEST THIS IS FEINSTEIN’S FORMER STAFFER WHO’S ACCUSED OF BEING A CHINESE SPY


  • It was reported that Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein employed a Chinese spy.
  • Her longtime staffer, Russell Lowe, fits the description of the reported spy.
  • Feinstein’s office refused to comment on whether Lowe was the spy.

All the details of a former, longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein staffer who’s accused of relaying information to Chinese intelligence services while working for the California Democrat point to Russell Lowe, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has determined.

Lowe worked for 20 years in Feinstein’s San Francisco office, where he was a staff liaison to the Asian-American community before leaving approximately five years ago. All those details match up with the descriptions of the Chinese spy Feinstein reportedly employed.

“Chinese intelligence once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics,” Politico Magazine reported on July 27, describing the staffer as “a liaison to the local Chinese community” who was secretly “reporting back” to Chinese intelligence services

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August 6, 2018

TRUMP CLAIMS ‘FAKE NEWS’ MEDIA IS AT IT AGAIN WITH REPORTS ABOUT TRUMP JR MEETINGS

President Donald Trump dinged “Fake News” Sunday morning for pushing what he called fabricated reports that he is concerned about his son’s decision to meet in 2016 with a Russian lawyer.

“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to reports Saturday suggesting he is concerned Donald Trump Jr. is in legal trouble with respect to Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.

Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018

“This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Trump said, noting the details about a meeting his son had during the presidential campaign with Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised to provide “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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August 3, 2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS SILENT ABOUT WHY IT HAS FAILED TO PRESERVE COMEY EMAILS IN FOIA CASE


  • The Department of Justice is refusing to preserve work-related emails on former FBI Director James Comey’s private account.
  • The Justice Department Inspector General disclosed that Comey used a personal email account to conduct agency business.
  • The Justice Department has refused to turn over government records on Comey’s personal account, which The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Department of Justice has refused to take any steps to preserve work-related emails former FBI Director James Comey had on a personal account that The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch requested under the Freedom of Information Act, the conservative watchdog will file in court Friday.

“There is nothing but complete silence about why the FBI has failed to take steps to preserve records responsive to DCNF’s request,” Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha will write in the filing before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Judicial Watch and TheDCNF filed a joint lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act on April 25 seeking records, including emails, Comey produced regarding meetings and conversations he had with then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden and a variety of other political figures.

Following the Justice Department Inspector General’s June 2018 report, which disclosed that Comey used a personal Gmail account for official FBI business, both groups sought a preservation order to assure no records related to their FOIA requests were lost or destroyed.

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August 2, 2018

UNFAKE THE NEWS: TWITTER SHADOW BANS CONSERVATIVES, BUT BLAMES THEIR ALGORITHM

Twitter recently changed their algorithm and it led to the “shadow banning” of many prominent Republican figures. Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Mark Meadows, and Jim Jordan all had their visibility in searches suppressed, a Vice News investigation from last week.

Twitter executives absolved themselves of any fault, blaming it entirely on the algorithm. But, as TheDC’s Vince Coglianese points out, if that were true, wouldn’t some Democrats have been shadow banned as well?

“Unfake the News” is a Daily Caller program dedicated to debunking the mainstream media narratives that dominate our news cycle.

That’s where TheDC’s Vince Coglianese steps in to cut through the PC bull. Each week, Vince takes a closer look at how cable news outlets are telling the top story and then gives you his own unadulterated take.

This is “Unfake the News.”

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August 1, 2018

MUELLER REFERRED TONY PODESTA CASE TO NEW YORK PROSECUTORS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has referred cases on a group of prominent American lobbyists, including Democrat-connected superlobbyist Tony Podesta, to federal prosecutors in New York as part of an inquiry into whether the operatives worked as unregistered foreign agents.

Mueller also referred former Obama White House General Counsel Greg Craig and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber to the New York office as part of the inquiry, according to CNN.

All three of the lobbyists worked with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on a campaign to help former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Mueller has indicted Manafort in two federal jurisdictions on a slew of charges related to his work for Yanukovcyh, including tax evasion and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. Manafort went on trial in Virginia on Tuesday. 

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July 31, 2018

MANAFORT CASE GOES TO TRIAL, BUT DON’T EXPECT TO HEAR EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION

The much-anticipated trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort begins Tuesday, but observers hoping for evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia are likely to be disappointed.

Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller plan to call nearly three dozen witnesses and introduce 500 pieces of evidence in an effort to show that Manafort engaged in bank fraud and evaded taxes on income he received for work on behalf of a Ukrainian politician.

Among the witnesses are Manafort’s accountants and Rick Gates, a former Manafort business partner and Trump campaign aide who accepted a plea deal with Mueller in February. Tad Devine, the chief strategist for the Bernie Sanders campaign, is also on the witness list. Devine worked with Manafort on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine.

But the prosecutors, led by Andrew Weissmann, a Justice Department official who attended Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated Election Night party, have no plans to introduce evidence of a conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.

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July 30, 2018

REPORT: FBI HAS ‘ONGOING’ RELATIONSHIP WITH LEFT-WING SPLC, WHICH ONCE PUT BEN CARSON ON AN ‘EXTREMIST WATCH LIST’


  • The FBI has an ongoing relationship with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported.
  • The SPLC once placed HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on an “extremist watch list,” before backing down and removing him four months later.
  • The SPLC also works with Amazon, Twitter, Google and Facebook in their efforts to police their platforms.The SPLC’s work has been plagued by inaccuracies and the group paid out a $3.3 million settlement in April.

The FBI has an “ongoing” relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing nonprofit that once placed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on an “extremist watch list.”

That’s according to an exclusive report from Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson, who broke the news on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday.

“Well as you already know if you’ve been paying any attention at all, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraudulent enterprise,” said Carlson. “It’s a left-wing political group that uses ‘hate crime’ designations to target its ideological enemies and to crush people.”

“The SPLC has repeatedly been allowed to brief the FBI on alleged domestic terrorist threats to this country,” Carlson reported. “Disturbingly though, the relationship is ongoing, if you can believe it.”

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July 27, 2018

DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION, JUDICIAL WATCH SEEK TO PRESERVE COMEY’S PRIVATE EMAILS

The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch asked a federal judge Thursday to order the Department of Justice to preserve all of former FBI Director James Comey’s personal emails that were related to two Freedom of Information Act requests.

Both groups filed their motion before U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Colleen Judge Kollar-Kotelly, who was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan.

Judicial Watch and TheDCNF filed suit against the Justice Department on April 25 as part of the FOIA requests, which seek records of Comey’s meetings and conversations with then-President Barack Obama, as well as summaries of conversations the former FBI director held with then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Sens. John McCain and Chuck Schumer.

The new motion asks the court to order the Justice Department to preserve all of Comey’s records related to the requests to ensure they are not destroyed.

After multiple requests from Judicial Watch and TheDCNF, the FBI on July 26 said it had sent a request to Comey to preserve federal records responsive to the FOIA requests and “asked him to return any agency records in his possession not already returned to the FBI,” the motion said.

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July 26, 2018

GOP LAWMAKERS INTRODUCED ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST ROD ROSENSTEIN

Republican lawmakers introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top official in the Department of Justice’s oversight of Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign on Wednesday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina, and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio, led the charge along with nine other congress members to begin the articles after they met with DOJ officials. The other co-sponsors have not been named publicly yet.

“The impeachment articles come as evident continues to mount regarding the Department of Justice’s problematic decision making during the 2016 campaign and conduct surrounding the transition to President Trump’s administration in 2017,” a joint statement explained.

They cite a lack of accountability for the failures of the Department of Justice’s oversight of the special counsel, and the lack of cooperation between them and Congress as the reason for the decision.

“For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for 9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct. Time is up and the consequences are here. It’s time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency,” Meadows contributed in the statement.

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July 25, 2018

FORMER SPECIAL OPS OFFICIAL ‘SHOCKED’ WHITE HOUSE ISN’T CONSIDERING STRIPPING HILLARY CLINTON’S SECURITY CLEARANCE


  • Two retired colonels say former Secretary of State and failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should have had her security clearance pulled.
  • One, retired Col. James Williamson, was surprised Clinton was not included in the White House’s announcement that it was considering revoking six former national security officials’ security clearances.
  • The colonels’ organization, OSPEC, twice asked then-Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015 to suspend the security clearances of Hillary Clinton and her aides, Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, and Jacob Sullivan.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not named in the White House’s Monday announcement that it was considering revoking six former national security officials’ security clearances, a 33-year special forces veteran noticed.

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan; Comey; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; former Director of National Security Michael Haden; former National Security Adviser Susan Rice; and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Those former officials have criticized Trump, yet Clinton — the president’s 2016 rival — was not included on the list.

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July 24, 2018

CARTER PAGE SCOFFS AT ‘ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS’ ALLEGATIONS OF BEING A RUSSIAN AGENT

Tucker Carlson interviewed former Trump adviser Carter Page to discuss the FISA warrants against him on Monday night’s edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Before bringing him on, Carlson noted that Page is a man who, by the fact that he actually “walks free” despite being called a Russian agent by Democrats, is a “living rebuke to this whole grotesque [Russia] hoax.”

“This [FISA] application repeatedly describes you as an agent of the Russian government, repeatedly,” Tucker told Page. “Are you aware of any criminal charges pending against you, do you expect to be charged for working for the Russian government?”

“Not only am I not aware of it, Tucker, there’s also the fact that, no question I have ever been asked by the FBI in terms of any of these fake theories related to the dossier as you’re alluding to, none of those made any sense whatsoever, so there’s not even a premise by which I could even conceivably be charged,” said Page before calling the charge “absolutely ridiculous.”

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July 23, 2018

GOWDY: IF COLLUSION EVIDENCE EXISTED, ADAM SCHIFF WOULD HAVE LEAKED IT

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday that, after 18 months of congressional investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government, he has yet to see a “scintilla” of evidence showing that there was coordination between the two sides.

The Republican also said it is unlikely that any Democrat has seen evidence of collusion because if they had, California Rep. Adam Schiff would have already leaked it.

“I have not seen one scintilla of evidence that this president colluded, conspired, confederated with Russia, and neither has anyone else, or you may rest assured Adam Schiff would have leaked it,” Gowdy said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

“That’s why they’ve moved off of collusion onto obstruction of justice, which is now their current preoccupation,” he added.

Gowdy, who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and chairman of the Committee on House Oversight & Government Reform, said he has likely seen more government documents related to the collusion investigation than anyone in Congress. 

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July 20, 2018

TRUMP HAS BEEN SET UP, FRAMED AND RELENTLESSLY PERSECUTED BY THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

The frenzied furor and fomented outrage over President Donald Trump’s reluctance to express blind trust for our “intelligence community” defy reason and reality. In their choreographed cries of contempt for Mr. Trump, the “left’s” increasingly shrill proclamations of political apocalypse make “Chicken Little” look rational. At least we’ve moved on from the impending annihilation from the nuclear war with North Korea.

Power is the only thing leftists worship, and they are unraveling in front of our eyes without it. They can’t control Mr. Trump. That alone drives them insane. They have no policies that work. Cities and states they control are criminal sanctuaries and bankrupt cesspools. Check out San Francisco, Portland and Chicago.

Each of the president’s remarkable accomplishments — from unprecedented high employment, our booming economy and the tax cuts to his historic summit with Kim Jong-un — highlights their abject failures and serves to prick their narcissistic egos. The country is doing better without them every day. Even worse, they are desperate to keep their countless crimes and abuses covered up.

We know that there are many honorable, dedicated and legitimate members of our multiple intelligence and law enforcement agencies who strive to protect us the right way every day. So, why might any of us not just declare blind trust for our “intelligence community” writ large? Let me count the ways.

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