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Trump Allowed Russia To Steal The ‘Crown Jewels’ Of U.S. Intelligence: Report

As if it wasn’t bad enough that failed, one-term former President Donald Trump repeatedly kowtowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, it turns out that Russian hackers also managed to steal what is being called the “crown jewels” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Associated Press (AP) reports that hackers from Russia managed to steal emails from top officials in the DHS, which could have serious implications for U.S. national security:

“Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department’s cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned.

“The intelligence value of the hacking of then-acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his staff is not publicly known, but the symbolism is stark. Their accounts were accessed as part of what’s known as the SolarWinds intrusion, and it throws into question how the U.S. government can protect individuals, companies and institutions across the country if it can’t protect itself.”

The Biden administration is trying to decide exactly what sanctions to impose on Russia for the DHS hack, but based on the AP’s reporting, it seems fair to surmise the punishment will be severe.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) says targeting the DHS allowed Russia to have access to some of the most carefully guarded secrets in the world:

“The SolarWinds hack was a victory for our foreign adversaries, and a failure for DHS. We are talking about DHS’s crown jewels.”

Since Homeland Security is tasked with overseeing several important agencies — including the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Customs Service, the Russian hack means Russian intelligence may have obtained information that could directly impact the security of the United States.

Though it remains unclear exactly how harsh the White House will choose to be with sanctions, it has already become clear to Russia that relations between the two nations will continue to be strained. When Biden was recently asked if he thought Putin was a “killer,” he quickly replied that he did.

Trump, on the other hand, tried to suggest there were many killers in the United States, trying to excuse Putin’s murderous actions.

One thing is certain: Russia and Putin will no longer be coddled by the American head of state. And based on their actions, they damn well shouldn’t be.

 

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Three Banks Have Given Trump’s Financial Records To The New York Attorney General

A few months ago, we learned that some of the banks Donald Trump and the Trump Organization did business with over the years have turned over thousands of documents related to possible links between Trump and Russian figures such as oligarchs and government officials to House Finance and Intelligence committees.

The banks identified — Bank of America, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase — are all key to ongoing investigations by numerous congressional committees, but they aren’t the most important financial institution that has helped finance Trump and his real estate empire.


The Big Kahuna, so to speak, when it comes to Trump and banking, is Deutsche Bank, which has reportedly loaned Trump some $2 billion, even after he had stiffed them and refused to pay back some of the money they loaned him years before.

But while the congressional committees may not have gotten anything from Deutsche Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports that New York Attorney General Letitia James hit the jackpot in regard to the German banking giant:

“The New York attorney general’s subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bancorp are part of a civil investigation, which could yield fines or other civil actions if the office alleges illegality. The Deutsche Bank documents relate to three mortgages the bank extended to Mr. Trump’s business, as well as proposed financing that didn’t go through, people familiar with the New York investigation said. CNN reported earlier this year that Deutsche Bank had begun providing financial records to the New York attorney general.”


That’s very bad news for Donald Trump for a couple of reasons:

  • The president cannot intimidate or fire the New York AG.
  • If Trump, the Trump Organization, or any of the Trump family are indicted in the state of New York, the president can’t pardon them.
  • U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who has shown he’s glad to protect Trump from any investigations or charges, also has no jurisdiction over Ms. James, who answers only to the people of New York.


Additionally, AG James has made it clear from the moment she took office that no one is above the law, no matter their name or position. A little over a year ago, she swatted down the president when he began whining on Twitter that he was being targeted:

Letitia James can bring the entire kit and caboodle crashing down when it comes to the president. If she wants, she can destroy the Trump Organization, Donald Trump, and his entire lawless family.

Karma is coming for Donald Trump, and it’s name is Letitia James.

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Trump’s ‘Golden Shower’ Video Was Only The Beginning Of Trump’s Sexual Depravity: Report

You probably remember that at the beginning of the Russia investigation conducted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, there was mention of a trip Donald Trump made to Moscow in 2013 when he still owned the rights to the Miss Universe pageant. As CNN reported, the allegation was that Russian intelligence had a video of Trump engaged in a sexual activity with Russian prostitutes:

“Top intelligence officials, including (former FBI Director James) Comey, presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him. BuzzFeed News published the full, unverified dossier that included the infamous claim that Russian authorities had evidence of Trump watching prostitutes urinate in a hotel suite.”


Trump has denied the existence of such a tape.

However, thanks to an Inspector General report from the Department of Justice that was released a little while back, there were other allegations of sexual depravity against Trump in a dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

The Daily Mail notes:

“The IG cites one report, numbered 113, that references (sources based in St. Petersburg, Russia as stating that Trump ‘has paid bribes and engaged in sexual activities in St. Petersburg, including participating in sex parties, but that witnesses had been ‘silenced,’ i.e., bribed or coerced to disappear.’)

“None of the new information has ever been substantiated. It is not clear in the report who ultimately provided it to the IG, although during 2016 various feeds of information were making it to the bureau, to members of Congress, and to the press that ultimately stemmed from Steele’s information gathering.”


Granted, the information has not been verified, but ask yourself this: Would a man who bragged about how he likes to grab women “by the pussy,” was good friends with late sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, and has cheated on all three of his wives, be capable of such behavior?

Consider this, too: A lawsuit filed in 1994 alleged that Trump and Epstein had raped a 13-year-old girl:

“Jane Doe is an unnamed plaintiff, who has also gone by ‘Katie Johnson’ in legal papers. She claims she was repeatedly raped by Trump and Jeffery Epstein at Epstein’s New York City apartment in 1994, when she was 13 years old.”


Trump has been impeached, but it should never be forgotten that he has a very checkered past when it comes to his sexual exploits. After all, this is the same Donald Trump who avoided service in Vietnam and later told radio host Howard Stern that avoiding sexually transmitted diseases was his personal war:

“It’s Vietnam. It is very dangerous. So I’m very, very careful.”

But maybe not careful enough based on what the Steele dossier and Inspector General report have to say on the matter.

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Veterans Group Releases Powerful Viral Video That Asks, ‘Traitor Trump, Who Is The Enemy?’

The advocacy group VoteVets.org has released a powerful new video that was posted online Sunday, and it may well be the best commentary on the reckless actions of Donald Trump ever created.


As you’d expect, the video directly references The New York Times report that Trump allegedly knew about cash bounties paid by Russia to militants who targeted and killed U.S. forces in Afghanistan.


The video from VoteVets directly address the Times report. Take a look:

If indeed Trump knew about the bounties paid by Putin and never did anything about it, that clearly makes him a traitor and a threat to the national security of the United States. If he didn’t know, then he’s utterly feckless. Either way, he’s unfit to serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces. And that’s exactly who people who saw the video had to say:

Voting Trump out of office isn’t nearly enough. He also needs to be charged, indicted, and put on trial. The first count against him should be treason.

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Kremlin Expert Says She’s Convinced Lindsey Graham Is Being Blackmailed By Vladimir Putin

There was a time not so long ago when Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one of the harshest critics of Donald Trump. When others were only too happy to carry water for the Trump administration, Graham called out the president, especially on the issue of Russia. As recently as July, right after Trump’s summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Graham tweeted out:

But during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Graham told Fox News this regarding the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“These [FBI] investigations against Trump were corrupt to the core. They gave Clinton a pass, and we need a special counsel to look at all things at the Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation.”


What happened in such a short period of time? According to an expert on authoritarian regimes such as the one Putin runs in Russia, Graham may have changed his tune because he’s being blackmailed by the Kremlin.


Sarah Kendzior was a guest on MSNBC, and she posited this theory:

“There are a few things we should remember. The RNC was hacked; no one knows what happened to those emails. Lindsey Graham personally was hacked and nobody knows who has those emails. The RNC is complicit financially and politically and broadly in what the Trump campaign has done in terms of illicit interactions with Russia.”

Kendzior also noted that it all comes back to money:

“We have tracked all of those financial ties and there’s pretty good chance that either voluntarily or involuntarily Senator Graham has gotten mixed up in the situation and cannot be an objective observer. I find that sad because in the past he has asked for a nonpartisan look at what Trump has done. He stood up against corruption and he should go back to that.”


This could also explain why so many Republicans have been eager to defend Trump no matter what he does. They have financial ties to Russian entities or oligarchs that they have to try to protect for their own economic self-interest. Also, if they’ve taken laundered money from Russia, they would also be guilty of being an accessory to that crime, too.

It’s beginning to look like the vast majority of the Republican Party is in the pocket of the Russians. And that’s a very serious threat to this country’s national security.