‘Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear Are Not Fozzy Bear’ (Part 2)
(19 Aug 2020)
See: ‘Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear Are Not Fozzy Bear’ (Part 1) (15 Dec 2016)
Why is this not the #1 Headline in the United States news today and through the next forever number of years!
Where is the full Republi-con Party!
Why has Attorney General Barr done nothing to initiate prosecuting Crooked Drumpf for his innumerable crimes against our Constitution!
Why has the American security system done nothing to arrest Crooked Drumpf, Pence, and their entire treasonous administration!
Why is Manafort allowed to live as a free man amongst our law-abiding citizenry when he should be executed for his crimes against the American people and against the Constitution!
You Republi-cons, Drumpfians, Deplorables wrought this Crooked Drumpf plague upon our American nation.
At least since Nixon, you Republi-cons have plotted to overthrow our Constitution and our government. You implemented your Permanent Republi-con Majority as your scheme.
I’m not quite generous to you who suddenly announced during this campaign that you will not vote for Crooked Drumpf.
Anyone who voted Republi-con at any time must be held fully responsible for this mess. You contributed to the enactment of this Permanent Republi-con Majority.
Senate Intelligence Committee Alleges Trump Campaign Associate Was Russian Agent
AUG 19, 2020
The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee has published a nearly 1,000-page report on how Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help President Trump get elected. The Senate report alleges a close associate of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was a Russian intelligence officer — a finding not included in the Mueller report. The Senate report states Manafort’s dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik “represented a grave counterintelligence threat.” The report also reveals more details about the Russians who met with Manafort, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in 2016. The Senate report said the individuals had “significant connections to Russian government, including the Russian intelligence services.”
The Senate just dropped a massive Russia bombshell (and most people missed it)
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 1:21 PM ET, Wed August 19, 2020
(CNN)On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a bombshell about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — and its ongoing efforts to disrupt the 2020 contest as well.
And most people just sort of shrugged.
Maybe that reaction was because the country is still in the midst of a fight against the coronavirus. Or that the focus of the political world is on the virtual Democratic National Convention. Or that people are just plain sick of all the back-and-forth on the Russia story.
Whatever the reason, the public’s reaction (or lack thereof) was entirely out of step with the details that were contained in the fifth (and final) release of the Intelligence Committee’s report. What was in those documents was deeply damning for President Donald Trump — and his attempts to dismiss the entire investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign as a hoax.
Senate intelligence report warns of repeat of Russian interference in US election
Consider what we learned on Tuesday (with help from CNN’s Russia expert Marshall Cohen):
* Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s “high-level access and willingness to share information with individuals closely affiliated with the Russian intelligence services” was regarded as a “grave counterintelligence threat,” and his “presence on the Campaign and proximity to Trump created opportunities for Russian intelligence services to exert influence over, and acquire confidential information on, the Trump Campaign.”
* Manafort was working directly with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian intelligence officer, and tried to share internal campaign information with him. The committee says it obtained “some information suggesting Kilimnik may have been connected” to Russia’s 2016 hacking operation of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Democratic National Committee.
* Roger Stone was tasked by the campaign with finding all he could about what information WikiLeaks had about Clinton and Democrats more broadly, and “Trump and the Campaign believed that Stone had inside information and expressed satisfaction that Stone’s information suggested more releases would be forthcoming.”
* Two other Russians who took part in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with the top brass of the President’s campaign had “significant connections to Russian government, including the Russian intelligence services.”
READ: Senate Intelligence panel’s fifth volume of Russia investigation report
* Russian government actors continued until at least January 2020 to spread disinformation about Russia’s role in the 2016 election — and Manafort (and Kilimnik) actively participated in this influence campaign by blaming the meddling on Ukraine.
* Russia took advantage of the Trump transition team’s inexperience and opposition to Obama administration policies “to pursue unofficial channels.” And it’s likely that Russian intelligence services exploited the Trump’s transition team’s lack of experience for Russia’s advantage.
These were just some of the findings of a bipartisan investigation in the Senate Intelligence Committee. And while acting committee chairman Marco Rubio (R-Florida) sought to emphasize on Tuesday that “the Committee found no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government,” The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake notes that the report itself doesn’t ever actually say that.
Arguing over whether the report proves collusion (or doesn’t) may actually be something of a red herring, however.
Especially when you consider that what the report makes very clear is that Trump’s campaign chairman was a) working with a Russian intelligence officer b) seeking to share proprietary campaign data with him and c) attempted to sway public opinion about which country actually had meddled in the US election. And that Stone, whose prison sentence was commuted by Trump last month, was designated by the campaign to find out what he could about the information that had been hacked by the Russians and when WikiLeaks planned to release it. And that the two Russians from infamous Trump Tower meeting had more ties Russian intelligence than we previously knew. And that Russia continued through this year to muddy the waters about its interference in the 2016 election.
Trump retweets debunked Russian propaganda about Biden.
That is most certainly not a “hoax,” to borrow the preferred nomenclature of the President. And regardless of whether his campaign actually formally colluded with the Russians, the behavior documented in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report should be deeply, deeply troubling to any Americans — particularly as we near another national election with a president who continues to downplay the threat of foreign election interference.
That is not the sort of thing that should be overlooked or underplayed, even in a moment when we continue to struggle to get our arms around a pandemic and the Democratic Party formally nominates its national ticket. The integrity of the coming election is at stake and every sign points to the likelihood that Russia is, again, seeking to put its thumb on the scale.
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Against police brutality at Belarus.
65,000 people, 100% of the population of Belarus and the largest crowd in human history.
Der Marsch der Freiheit in Minsk geht immer noch weiter. Laut der belarussischen Zeitung TUT.BY haben sich heute mindestens 200.000 Menschen versammelt, um gegen gewaltsame Repressionen von belarussischen Machthaber zu protestieren. Das ist die größte Demonstration in unserer Geschichte. So viele Leute waren noch nie auf der Straße. Es besteht jetzt kein Zweifel, dass wir gewinnen werden. Lang Lebe Belarus!
A Freedom March is continuing in Minsk right now. According TUT.BY there are at least 200,000 people protesting against violent repression by Belarusian authorities. It’s the biggest protest in our history ever. We’ve never had a crowd on the streets like that. We will win. Long live Belarus!
Marsz wolności w Mińsku trwa dalej. Według białoruskiej gazety TUT.BY, co najmniej 200,000 osób zebrało się dziś w proteście przeciwko przeciwko represjom w Białorusi. To największe zgromadzenie w naszej historii. Jeszcze nigdy nie było tak wielu ludzi na ulicach. Teraz nie ma wątpliwości, że wygramy. Niech żyje Białoruś!
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General Milley urged to remove Trump ‘by force’ if he refuses to leave office
Two retired army officers are urging General Mark Milley – the highest-ranking military officer in the US – to remove President Donald Trump from office if he refuses to leave when his term ends. In an open letter published in Defense One, John Nagl and Paul Yingling warned President Trump could trigger a “once-unthinkable scenario of authoritarian rule” and “America’s greatest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War”
“If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order.”
“The president of the United States is actively subverting our electoral system, threatening to remain in office in defiance of our Constitution.
“In a few months’ time, you may have to choose between defying a lawless president or betraying your Constitutional oath.”
According to the DOD Reorganisation Act of 1986, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff “does not exercise military command over any combatant forces”. The pair claimed there was “little doubt that Mr Trump is facing electoral defeat”, citing a 91 per cent chance he will lose come November 3.
A news reporter asks Drumpf if he regrets telling his lies to the American people.
Prattling from Right-wing Christian Con-servative Evangelical Fundamentalist Theocrats.
Could be about Crooked Drumpf. He’s the one who is bringing about this chaos, these lies, this calamity of Coronavirus, this shambles of our economy, these wicked ways. The Anarchy in our American streets is our Constitutional responce to the Crooked Drumpf police state.
‘There is the spirit of Anarchy that is reigning throughout the world. The spirit of Anarchy. It doesn’t come from god, it comes from Satan. It is an evil spirit that is coming upon people. This spirit of Anarchy and chaos. The Devil is the father of lies. There’s no question, lies are being permeated throughout society. It’s all free-loving people, our way of life is under attack and it is a spiritual battle. It’s time we recognise it and pray about it. ‘
– Pat Robertson, R-Drumpf (his CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 13 Aug 2020)
‘You have to ask yourself what is going on. Could the lord in his wisdom be allowing something happen to America to wake us up so that we will repent. The locust are coming. This dread Coronavirus. Our economy is in shambles. Trillions of Dollars in debt. We’re looking at a body blow to our country. If there ever was a time to pray, it’s time. Repent. Turn from wicked ways and other stuff we’re doing in America that is an abomination before god. ‘
– Pat Robertson, R-Drumpf (his CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 13 Aug 2020)
‘It’s frightening! The Anarchy that is being produced – the people – what can we do? Our nation is unraveling. Our hope is not politics, not Republi-con or Democrat. Our hope is in god. ‘
– Franklin Graham, R-Drumpf (CBN ‘700 Club’ TV show, 13 Aug 2020)
‘Republicans (Part 6): Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear Are Not Fozzy Bear’
(15 Dec 16)
Exposing Crooked Drumpf as a Russian tool even before he took office.
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