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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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Former U.S. Intel Officials: Trump’s Actions At G7 Summit Suggest He’s A ‘Russian Asset’

When he was at this year’s G7 summit in Biarritz, France, President Donald Trump repeatedly advocated for Russia’s readmission to the group of industrialized nations, remarking:

“I think it would be better to have Russia inside the tent than outside the tent.”

But other members of the G7 strongly disagreed, with European Council President Donald Tusk noting:

“When Russia was invited to G7 for the first time, it was believed that it would pursue the path of liberal democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Is there anyone among us, who can say with full conviction, not out of business calculation, that Russia is on that path?”


Keep in mind that Trump also brought up the issue of allowing Russia back into the group at last year’s G7 summit in Canada, too.

All of this, according to former members of the U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence community, suggests that Donald Trump is indeed under the direct sway of Russia and Russian President Vladimr Putin.

John Sipher, a former CIA clandestine operative who spent 28 years at the agency, told Business Insider:

“If it weren’t for his constant shocking behavior and comments that have dulled our senses, this would register as one of the worst diplomatic blunders in years.”


Another former Justice Department official was even more direct, commenting:

“We have a Russian asset sitting in the Oval Office.

“There is no fathomable explanation for why the president said these things. Letting Russia off the hook for bullying smaller countries and then blaming Obama for it? It’s directly out of the Putin playbook.”

And then there’s Glenn Carle, a former CIA covert operative, who called Trump “a spy for the Russians,” adding:

“The evidence is so overwhelming that in my 35 years in intelligence, I have never seen anything so certain.”

What does all of this tell us about Trump, who only escaped being indicted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller merely because there was a Justice Department memo saying sitting presidents can’t be indicted?


Quite simply, it tells us that Donald Trump has divided loyalties. He isn’t always looking out for the interests of the United States and our allies. Instead, he always factors Russia and Putin into the equation.

Perhaps Sipher expressed it best when it comes to what we’re seeing from Donald Trump:

“Until the time that the president bothers to articulate his own policies and views. I have no choice but to believe that he is in some way compromised.”

Compromised. That alone is reason enough to distrust Trump, impeach him, and vote him out of office in 2020. If we don’t, we will have handed this country over to our enemies without even putting up a fight.

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A ‘Little White Lie’ From Ivanka Trump Has Put Her In VERY BIG Legal Trouble: DETAILS

In late Feburary, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump ordered government officials to give his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance against the wishes of top national security experts, including the CIA:

“Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been ‘ordered’ to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.”

It should be noted that Trump, as president, has the right to declassify any piece of information he wishes and share it with whoever he chooses. That’s one of the perks of the office, though it’s highly unusual for any president to go against his national security advisers on such sensitive matters.


But the Times report is especially bad news for Ivanka Trump, who, like Kushner, serves as an adviser to the president.

Why is it so bad for Ivanka? Well, consider what she said on the matter during an interview with ABC News:

“The president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance, zero.”


Some Trump supporters are already claiming Ivanka simply told a “little white lie,” but it could wind up placing her in extreme legal jeopardy with Congressional investigators.

A few weeks ago, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the White House in which he all but demanded “full and immediate compliance” with requests for information he and others in Congress have been asking to see for over two years now on the matter of Kushner’s top-secret clearance. And if Cummings doesn’t get that information voluntarily, rest assured he’ll issue a subpoena.


Here’s what’s about to happen: There are going to be public hearings from multiple Congressional committees, and both Ivanka and Jared will be called to testify. If they refuse, they too will be issued subpoenas. If they choose to lie during their testimony, they can be charged with perjury. Both of them will also be asked about their connections to countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, which could then open up a new can of worms neither wants to have exposed to the light of day due to the legal and national security ramifications of those ties.

Ivanka’s white lie could wind up costing her and Jared their freedom, and it may also become yet another charge added to the articles of impeachment against her father.

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Former Asst. Attorney General Says THESE Charges Will Be Brought Against Trump

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election proceeds and appears to be drawing ever closer to the president himself.

Not long ago, former Assistant Attorney General Jimmy Gurulé, who served in the George W. Bush administration, was a guest on The 11th Hour With Brian Williams. Gurulé was asked what specific charges he thought Mueller would bring against Trump and his associates. The list is lengthy and could result in decades behind bars for anyone convicted.


Specifically, Gurulé speculated that Mueller would be looking to bring the following felony charges in the Russia case:

  • Obstruction of justice
  • Violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act dealing with fundraising
  • Violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act
  • Violations of IRS and tax law
  • Money laundering

Clearly, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn were in direct violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, taking money from foreign governments they failed to disclose to the American government. And Trump has long been suspected of cheating on his taxes and laundering money from criminal enterprises through his companies.


Keep in mind that Mueller cannot try Trump for any crimes he can prove the president committed. But he can make referrals to Congress, which then has the power to impeach the head of state. Mueller can also ask a grand jury to name Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator. This is the same thing that happened to Richard Nixon as a result of Watergate.

Gurulé was also asked by host Brian Williams whether or not Congress can prevent Trump from firing the special counsel. The former Justice Department official said they can, but added that should Trump attempt to remove Mueller, that itself would constitute obstruction of justice and lead to the president being impeached.


Any of the charges Gurulé named would lead to years in prison if members of the Trump team were convicted. That alone provides ample leverage for Mueller to convince Trump’s associates to cooperate with the investigation and testify against their boss.

Bottom line: The danger for Donald Trump is growing daily. And Mueller isn’t about to back down.

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FBI May Have Recordings Of Steve Bannon Discussing Plot To Steal 2016 Election

You remember Trump campaign “foreign policy adviser” Carter Page, don’t you? Well some information about Page that’s come to light suggests the Russia investigation is inded just outside the door of the Oval Office, and that may explain why Donald Trump has been so frantic in recent days, firing staffers and hoping to change the topic.

One thing we learned from the controversial — and mostly vapid — memo issued by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) is that a FISA surveillance warrant was indeed issued against Carter Page.  But something being reported by Politico could have even bigger ramifications for the White House.


Politico reports:

“The FBI was monitoring Carter Page when the former Trump campaign adviser says he spoke with Trump adviser Steve Bannon about Russia in January 2017, raising the strong possibility that the FBI intercepted a conversation between the two men.”

Considering that the call was made during the transition, and that Page was traveling back and forth to Russia on a regular basis, it seems logical that Bannon and Page were discussing exactly what Russia expected in return for having helped Trump win the election, at least in the Electoral College.


But there’s another twist to this story: A planned appearance Page was about to make on MSNBC. The report goes on to note:

“Page told the intelligence committee as part of wider testimony about his role in the Trump campaign that Bannon had called him to ask that he cancel a scheduled interview on MSNBC, a request that Page obliged. Page speculated that Bannon might have learned about his appearance from a booker on the network.”

What were Bannon and the White House concerned Page might reveal if he had accepted that MSNBC interview?


Does Robert Mueller have a transcript of the Bannon-Page conversation? That seems highly likely. And while we cannot know exactly what the two men discussed, keep in mind Bannon was about to be appointed as a senior counselor to President Trump. This was a man who had Trump’s ear and his complete confidence.

Anytime he’s asked about his connections to Russia, Donald Trump swears he has none. But Mueller and the FBI may have damning evidence that proves otherwise.