TRUMP’S LAWYERS ASK FOR WIKILEAKS-DNC LAWSUIT TO BE THROWN OUT
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s attorneys on Tuesday asked a federal judge to toss out a Democratic-driven lawsuit that accuses his 2016 campaign of conspiring with Russian operatives to publish stolen Democratic National Committee information on WikiLeaks.” Recall, “The case, filed in July by two Democratic Party donors and a former DNC staff member, contends that both the Trump campaign and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone invaded their privacy by working with Russia to disseminate the hacked DNC emails and other campaign files that became an embarrassing but central storyline during the closing months of the 2016 presidential race.”
PUTIN TALKS A LOT OF SHIT, SETTLES INTO BRICS, AN INFERIOR G8
Many outlets are reporting Putin talked a lot of shit at the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, an inferior version of the G8 for, let’s face it, countries that aspire someday to be in the G8. That’s Russia: aspirational as always. Most seriously, “Putin announced on Tuesday that Moscow might require the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic presence in Russia by another 155 people, in light of the fact that as many Russian diplomatic staff in the U.S. work exclusively in Russia’s UN mission,” Meduza reports. Of course wishing to use our laws and openness against us as ever, “Putin also told reporters that he has instructed Russia’s Foreign Ministry to mount a legal challenge to Washington’s decision to ban Moscow from using some of its consular and trade annexes in America, claiming that it violates Russia’s property rights,” Meduza adds. It is very ironic in a truly bitter sense when Putin lectures us on rights. More colorfully, The New York Times reports Putin also said Trump is “not my bride, and I am not his groom.” We said puppet, not woman or any variation therein.
HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS FBI, DOJ
The Washington Post reports, “The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed records from the Justice Department and the FBI” over the Steele dossier, “over objections from the committee’s minority members, the panel’s ranking Democrat” Adam Schiff said.
From The Washington Post.
UDAY BEFORE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTTEE ON THURSDAY
The Washington Post reports, “The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet with Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday to discuss the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia”. According to The Washington Post, “The committee is still trying to interview Manafort, but has not been able to schedule him yet, according to members.” Hopefully Uday perp walk-like photos to follow!
From The Washington Post.
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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE DISINFO WATCHERS?
POLITICO Magazine provides a progress update on the Hamilton 68 dashboard to monitor Twitter for Russian disinfo, a project by the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy. POLITICO Magazine notes, “The network promotes a selective worldview of Western societies in decline, suffused with crime, chaos and conspiracy, and a Russia (and a Russian president) filled with strength and integrity. It produces some original content and amplifies content produced by other people, scouring the internet for messages that tear down confidence in democracies, while absolving Russia and its allies from any hint of wrongdoing.” Referring to the problem as “complex,” POLITICO Magazine reports, “Influence operations are subtle by design, and those behind them don’t usually reveal themselves.” According to POLITICO Magazine, “The network monitored by the dashboard amplifies three types of content: Content openly created by Russia; content of unclear origin, which the Russians may or may not have had a hand in creating or shaping, directly or indirectly by driving traffic to certain themes; and content that was created by third parties not formally connected to Russia, but which reflects the messaging priorities of the influence network.” The items plucked for amplification vary from pro-Russia content (often their own state-run media) to far right content (often also produced by their own state-run media). There is a difference?
From POLITICO Magazine.
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