(SL) – President Trump is admitting his son, Donald Trump Jr, met with a Russian attorney to get damaging information about Hillary Clinton during the campaign for the White House.
In a tweet yesterday, Trump wrote that his son’s meeting in June of 2016 was “to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere.” Trump ended with “I did not know about it!” Trump’s son-in-law and now White House adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.
(SW) – The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign says former FBI Director James Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton email investigation gave Donald Trump the White House. While speaking on MSNBC’s “All In” last night, former Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta said Comey cost the Democratic nominee the election because of his “egregious errors of judgment.”
He’s referring to Comey’s announcement just before the election that his agency was investigating more Clinton emails. Podesta’s comments come after the release of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report that concluded Comey was insubordinate, but not politically bias, and deviated from standard investigative procedures while overseeing the Clinton investigation.
(Washington, DC) – Hillary Clinton has just three words to respond to a Department of Justice investigation into the actions of FBI Chief James Comey in 2016. Clinton retweeted a report that said the investigation found that Comey had used a personal gmail account to conduct official FBI business.
Clinton responded on Twitter by saying, quote, “but my emails.” Comey was in charge of the FBI as it looked into Clinton’s use of a private email system during her time as Secretary of State. At the time, Comey said no evidence had been found that the law had been broken, but said Clinton was careless in her handling of classified information.
Those findings came late in the 2016 election cycle, and Clinton has laid part of the blame for her loss on Comey.
(Atlanta, GA) – An up and comer in the Democratic party is one step closer to becoming the nation’s first black female governor. Stacey Abrams easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia.
She’s the former minority leader in the Georgia state House. Abrams defeated former state Representative Stacey Evans. Abrams scored big endorsements from Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as other big-name lawmakers.
(Washington, DC) — Thirteen Russian nationals are being indicted for election-related fraud in the 2016 presidential campaign. In a Justice Department news briefing today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants waged “information warfare” in the U.S. Rosenstein stressed there is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election. But the effort was definitely there. With damaging releases aimed to tarnish Hillary Clinton’s chances.
Rosenstein said Russians violated U.S. laws to interfere with the American political process.
He noted that the Russians recruited Americans to stage rallies but said the Americans were not aware of the Moscow connection.
A Politico article by Cristiano Lima says, Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday unveiled an indictment against 13 Russian nationals and three foreign entities on charges relating to the 2016 election meddling.
The indictment, which includes conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft, depicts an elaborate web of initiatives aimed at influencing the presidential race.
Here is a look at some of the most startling findings from the Department of Justice announcement.Russians paid Trump rally-goers to simulate Clinton jailing
According to the document, the Russian nationals and their associates paid people attending pro-Donald Trump rallies in Florida to carry out numerous “tasks,” including asking one to construct a cage at an event and another to dress up as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton behind bars.
“Defendants and their co-conspirators asked one U.S. person to build a cage on a flatbed truck and another U.S. person to wear a costume portraying Clinton in a prison uniform,” the indictment read.
Calls for Clinton to be jailed were persistent at Trump rallies throughout 2016, with crowds often breaking out into chants of “Lock her up!” Inlocal reports from 2016 rallies in Florida, rally-goers can be seen staging Clinton displays with caged mannequins.
(SL) – It will happen behind closed doors but, DJ is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a 2016 meeting he attended with a lawyer linked to the Kremlin today.
Donald Trum Jr. attended the meeting in an attempt to get dirt on Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton. USA Today reports, his testimony was confirmed Wednesday by congressional aides who were not authorized to speak publicly, is part of the panel’s investigation of the 2016 presidential race and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The president’s son attended a June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower along with Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager at the time, and Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law.
Trump Jr. released emails in July of this year that showed he actively sought damaging information about Clinton from the meeting even after he was told it would come from the Russian government. Trump Jr. has described the meeting as a waste of time, saying it did not yield any useful information for his father’s campaign.
The Judiciary Committee and the Senate and House Intelligence committees are all conducting Russia probes. Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a separate investigation.
Senate Judiciary Committee staff and some senators will question Trump Jr. in Thursday’s closed session.
(SL) – White House reps are keeping mm on the what else President Obama plans to do after Congress ruled that Russia did in fact tamper with the United State’s Presidential Election. The only person who isn’t buying it, of course, is Donald Trump who believes we she just….’get on with our lives.’
The Daily Mail reports, President Obama launched a Cold War strike on the Kremlin and its spies on Thursday, accusing them of hacking the presidential election on orders from Vladimir Putin.
He ordered 35 Russian intelligence operatives to leave the country as part of sanctions ordered for what he said where the country’s attempts to ‘interfere with democratic governance’ and harassment of U.S. diplomatic officials in Russia.
And he launched a scathing attack on Putin’s Kremlin in an official announcement of sanctions over allegations of hacking in the run-up to the presidential elections.Obama all but named the Russian strongman in his statement – saying hacking was ‘ordered at the highest level’.
That prompted an angry response from the Kremlin which promised an ‘appropriate’ retaliation – while its London embassy tweeted a picture mocking him as a ‘lame duck’. Donald Trump took four hours to react – and did not say if he had been briefed in advance.’It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,’ he said in a statement. ‘Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.’
The sanctions came after the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s secrets were published, mostly by Wikileaks, in a series of releases before Hillary Clinton’s election defeat.
These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.
Obama accuses Putin of being behind hacking which led to the Democrats’ secrets being published
The White House says Russia hacked the emails, and Clinton has claimed Putin acted out because of a ‘personal beef.’
Wikileaks has denied Moscow was the source.
‘This is not in question. There’s no debate within the U.S. administration about the fact,’ a senior U.S. official said Thursday, ‘that Russia interfered in our democratic election. We’ve established that clearly to our satisfaction.
(SL) – I think most people already had a clue about this..because let’s just face it…..well no need…tired of saying it. But minus waking up the racists in America, we all know that Trump’s presidential run and win was void of anything Political or truly American. Hillary Clinton was he most qualified and the People’s choice. But when the electoral votes started running, the stop at 270 ended with Trump.
As the Daily Mail reports, The CIA found that Russia’s interference with the presidential elections went beyond an attempt to undermine American democracy as a whole – and actively favored Donald Trump’s chances, according to the Washington Post.
Those who provided WikiLeaks with emails from hacked Democratic accounts have been identified by intelligence authorities as members of a Russian campaign who worked towards the goal of seeing Trump elected, officials told the Post.
The shocking conclusion, made by a ‘consensus’ of intelligence agencies, was reported the same day President Barack Obama ordered a review of cyber attacks that targeted Democratic organizations and operatives during the 2016 elections.
But Trump’s transition team shot down the findings, issuing a statement that read: ‘These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.’
Confidential emails from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the campaign chairman for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, were steadily leaked on WikiLeaks in the months before the election, damaging Clinton’s White House effort.
The US has previously tiptoed around Russia’s involvement in the elections, saying the goal was to undermine the American electoral system as a whole.
But the CIA presented the growing evidence during a secret meeting with a number of senators last week, with agents saying it had become ‘quite clear’ that the Russians were supporting a Trump victory, the Post reported.
(SL) – He’s been touting a victory over Hillary Clinton in the first Presidential Debate, but the numbers prove to be different. In fact, after pretty much sticking with Hillary neck and neck, Trump is official behind Clinton and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be able to catch up after his reckless behavior has once again turned America and the GOP off.During Monday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton was effective in exposing, once again, Donald’s insensitivity towards minorities and women. And instead of going ‘High’Clinton defended his comments about Alicia Machado by going ‘Low’…real low. Instead of backpedaling, Trump took to twitter in early morning hours to try and discredit Machado and discussed an alleged ‘sex tape’, encouraging his supporters to ‘check out her sex tape’.
Let’s be clear. There is no evidence of a sex tape. Trump is referring to racy footage from a reality show. The temperamental and inexperienced Republican candidate also began speaking about former president Bill Clinton’s affairs as a campaign issue and is threatening to bring it up during the next debate. But that might not be the best idea. Donald trump has been accused of not only cheating on but allegedly raping Ivana Trump when they were married. His history with women seems to be incredibly ‘janky’.And let’s not forget about all of the sniffling during the debate…what was that about??Florida senator Marco Rubio dodged a question about Trump’s debate performance by saying he was on a plane. Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson said he’s not a pundit and refused to comment. And when asked about The Trump-Machado feud, Paul Ryan said: : ‘I was working out and working this morning. I didn’t watch.’Meanwhile, Hillary continues to build off of Donald’s shortcomings releasing her won tweet at 3:20 in the morning.
“There are hundreds of thousands more @AmeriCorps applications than spots. Horrible! Let’s expand it from 75,000 annual members to 250,000.”
“Too many talented young people pass up on programs like @Peacecorps because of student loans. Let’s use GOOD JUDGMENT & lighten that burden.”
The Vice President Debate is scheduled for Oct. 4th.
(SL) – “When they go low, we go high.” First Lady Michelle Obama took some quiet jabs at Donald Trump and pointed out the importance of placing nuclear codes and military control in the right hands. While she pointed out Hillary Clinton’s strengths, one couldn’t help but think that maybe one day there will be another Obama in the White House.