Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Examining the Pedigree of Putin's Poodle

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said.
This has been going on for many months. So the spooks stayed quiet and allowed the Russians to do this?
Last April, the CIA director was shown intelligence that worried him. It was - allegedly - a tape recording of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign.

It was passed to the US by an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic States. The CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens so a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created.
Notably, this was one of the few times that the FISA Court got skittish about issuing a warrant.
Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.

Their first application, in June, was rejected outright by the judge. They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again. Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day.
What were they thinking, I wonder? Did they think that if they had the goods on Trump, then they could, in effect, also make him into their asset?

So the FBI Director was willing to sink Clinton by putting out a innuendo-filled letter, but nobody was willing to say that her opponent had apparently been compromised by Putin?

We now have less than 48 hours until the West Wing effectively becomes a satellite office of the Kremlin. Fucking wonderful.

And to think that we were just worried that Trump would be a garden-variety fascist.....


B said...

Besides outing the emails from the NC, what, exactly dis the "Russians" do?

(And no one knows for sure it was the "Russians" who did that, because no one has been allowed to do any forensics on the DNC servers)

But I really haven't seen anything other than the DNC email outing....

Just wondering what I am missing here..

dinthebeast said...

Didn't Nixon have to resign over a DNC break in, or am I remembering that wrong?

-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...

If it turns out that people in the Trump campaign were coordinating with the Russians, the question will be "what did Trump know and when did he know it".

B said...

Comrade: You are right, but at this point that is supposition at best.

That's like saying that Hillary "coordinated" with the Russians to leave her server unsecured. EWhich would be slander in my book. As is all this "supposition" about the Donald.

Imputing bad behavior(s) with nothing but "I don't like the bastard because: Reasons" doesn't make them any more real. In fact, it makes one question the imputors rationality.

If a link (A real link, not just fantasy) then I would support impeachment. If.