FLYNN MET IN SECRET WITH FBI WHILE STILL IN THE WHITE HOUSE
NBC News reports, “A year ago today, President Donald Trump’s newly sworn–in national security adviser, Michael Flynn, met privately in his West Wing office with FBI investigators interested in his communications with Russia’s ambassador, without a lawyer or the knowledge of the president and other top White House officials.” Boom. NBC News recalls, “Flynn’s FBI interview on Jan. 24, 2017, set in motion an extraordinary sequence of events unparalleled for the first year of a U.S. presidency. Flynn was fired as national security adviser after 24 days on the job, the acting attorney general was fired 10 days after the president took office, the FBI director was allegedly pressured by the president to let go of an investigation into Flynn, and then eventually fired himself.” It is Flynn’s removal that kicked off TRUMPISTAN WATCH because it meant the public could no longer remain in idle denial about Russia’s role in Trump’s rise to full time White House squatter and presidential level faker.
From NBC News.
ALL THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S WITNESSES
Additionally, “NBC News also has learned that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who informed the White House about Flynn’s interview two days after it took place, has cooperated with the special counsel. CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was allegedly asked by Trump to lean on Comey to drop his investigation, has also been interviewed”. Oh feel the noose tighten – always a metaphorical delight when it happens to those most enamored with dangling them in front of vulnerable communities. NBC News notes, “One person familiar with the matter described Pompeo, Coats and Rogers as ‘peripheral witnesses’ to the Comey firing.” Reuters adds, “Mueller also asked the officials if Trump tried to shut down intelligence investigations into Russian election meddling and into contacts between Russian officials connected with President Vladimir Putin’s government and associates of Trump or his campaign”. Feel that noose tighten!
NATIONAL INSECURITY: FLYNN JR.’S CLEARANCE SPARKS QUESTIONS
ABC News reports, “Congressional investigators have learned that the Department of Defense approved 165 interim security clearances over a three-year time period for access to the government’s sensitive and secret information for people who later failed their background checks, according to a letter released on Wednesday.” ABC News adds, “In his letter, [Rep. Elijah] Cummings complained that the White House has refused to share information about the security clearances it has granted to executive employees. The Democratic inquiry was sparked by an interest in the status of clearances for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, his son, Michael Flynn, Jr., and President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.” ABC News notes, “In a separate letter sent Tuesday to White House chief of staff General John Kelly, a trio of Democratic lawmakers — Cummings, Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Jerrold Nadler — took the administration to task over Kushner’s reported omissions on his security clearance questionnaire.”
From ABC News.
SENATE DEMS WANT TO SHARE UDAY’S TESTIMONY WITH SPECIAL COUNSEL
POLITICO reports, “Two Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday pressed the committee’s Republican chairman to provide special counsel Robert Mueller with transcripts of the panel’s interviews with key witnesses in its Russia probe, including Donald Trump Jr.” POLITICO notes, this “amounted to a suggestion that witnesses — potentially including Donald Trump Jr., who sat for an interview in September — may have made false statements to the committee. In a recent interview, Blumenthal predicted the Trump Jr. transcript would be ‘explosive’ if released.” Bring. It. On.
THE DEATH CULT GOP: DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE
POLITICO reports, “Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump for asking then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe last year how he voted in the 2016 presidential election, saying the president was just trying to get to know him.” Yeah, that is also why he asked what color McCabe’s wife’s panties are because it’s similarly inappropriate and something he might actually do (even though he obviously didn’t – at least not on this occasion).
DOJ WARNS DARKNESS AT NUNES TO STAND DOWN AS DEMS MEMO UP
The New York Times reports, “The Justice Department warned the House Intelligence Committee chairman on Wednesday that it was ‘extraordinarily reckless’ for Republicans to push to release a committee memo that draws on classified information to portray the origins of the Russian investigation as scandalous. In a letter to Representative Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the committee, Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general, stressed that the committee had refused to show the memo to the F.B.I.” The New York Times adds Boyd wrote, “We do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community”. The New York Times notes, “The rebuke came as Democrats announced that they had drafted their own classified memo based on the same underlying materials to rebut Mr. Nunes. Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, called the Republicans’ document extraordinarily misleading.” The New York Times adds, “Republicans and conservative commentators have increasingly argued that the investigation derives from a conspiracy by biased law enforcement officials seeking to sabotage President Trump,” which is always a #winning look for a party that ran on “law and order” and has ruled based on chaos, dysfunction and sheer malice towards the American people. CNN notes, “President Donald Trump is inclined to allow the memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes that alleges FBI abuses of surveillance laws to be released if the House Intelligence Committee approves it being declassified”. CNN adds, “The viral hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheMemo appears to have been driven at least in part by a swarm of Twitter accounts set up in the past week”. Who in Russia would do that?
T REX + LAVROV TALK SYRIA’S LATEST CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK
The Hill reports, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with his Russian counterpart by phone on Wednesday, one day after Tillerson blamed Russia for failing to clamp down on the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons. That call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement, touched on Syria as well as North Korea and Ukraine.” The Hill notes, “The statement made no reference to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, but instead said that Tillerson emphasized Russia’s responsibility in ensuring the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad plays a role in the United Nations-backed process for resolving the years-long civil war in Syria.” The Hill adds, “The State Department said Tillerson also pushed Russia during Wednesday’s call to swiftly implement its commitments under the Minsk Agreements, which seek to halt fighting between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine,” also better known as Russia’s occupation of eastern Ukraine.
From The Hill.
U.S. UKRAINE ENVOY MEETS UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT POROSHENKO
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, in Kyiv to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to a statement posted on Poroshenko’s website, the two men expressed ‘serious concern’ about Russia’s lack of progress in implementing the Minsk agreements during the January 23 meeting.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “In a post on Twitter, Volker said he ‘had a good conversation’ with Poroshenko, adding that he will travel to Dubai later this week to meet with Russian diplomats.”
FORMER U.S. ARMY EUROPE COMMANDER TALKIN’ UKRAINE BLUES
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The former top U.S. Army commander in Europe said Russian battlefield tactics in eastern Ukraine show sophisticated integration of drones, electronic warfare, and mortar and artillery, posing major challenges for Ukrainian forces. Retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges also said on January 24 that U.S. and European allies should do more to publicize Russia’s capabilities on the ground in eastern Ukraine, including the region historically known as the Donbas.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Hodges, who retired as commander of the U.S. Army’s European forces last year, made the comments in Washington, at the Helsinki Commission, a U.S. government agency charged with monitoring human rights in Europe and elsewhere.” Additionally, “Hodges said the recent U.S. decision to supply Ukraine with more sophisticated weaponry, including Javelin antitank weapons was important for persuading the Russians to negotiate an end to the conflict,” because Russia only respects strength.
F16S + AIRMEN DEPLOY TO ESTONIA
The Military Times reports, “Twelve F-16s and about 375 airmen deployed to Amari air base, Estonia, Jan. 14 as a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The Fighting Falcons and about 300 airmen are with the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing out of Toledo, according to a Guard news release. The other 75 airmen are with the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Together, they comprise the 112th Expeditionary Fighting Squadron.”
From The Military Times.
WHO WANTS TO TAKE DOWN THE HEAD OF THE FSB?
The Moscow Times reports, “The Russiangate.com investigative website was shut down hours after it published a report Wednesday alleging that the chief of Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB) owns secret real estate outside St. Petersburg. The website claimed that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov owns a land plot and luxury house worth up to 300 million rubles ($5.3 million) in Sestroretsk, 30 kilometers northwest of St. Petersburg. It said that the real estate did not appear in the government official’s end-of-year tax declarations and was deleted from the state property registry last year.” Fun stuff – but more fun yet would be knowing who is responsible, an FSB insider or an outsider. The Moscow Times adds, “‘Three hours after publishing the investigation on Bortnikov’s undeclared real estate, we have been blocked,’ chief editor Alexandrina Yelagina said on her Telegram messaging app channel late Tuesday. In comments to MBKh media, Yelagina said the decision was likely taken by Russia’s state media watchdog Roskomnadzor after a request by the Prosecutor General’s office”.
From The Moscow Times.
ITALY’S ENI SAYS PULLING OUT OF ROSNEFT PROJECT – THEN CLARIFIES
Reuters reports, “Italian oil and gas group Eni said on Wednesday afternoon that it was carrying out exploratory drilling in the Black Sea in a Rosneft-led offshore project – while ensuring its activities comply with U.S. sanctions on Russia.” Reuters adds, “Eni’s chairwoman Emma Marcegaglia had told the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier in the day that the group had suspended the drilling due to U.S. sanctions, in comments that Rosneft denied – and Eni itself later clarified.” Awesome over share when the truth must officially be masked by a smokescreen of covfefe! Marcegaglia said later, “I would like to clarify that the exploration well in the Black Sea is being drilled as planned,” adding, “What I was saying is that we are continuously monitoring (in order for) our activities (to be) compliant with existing sanctions”. Reuters notes, “Eni has three licenses with Rosneft in the Black Sea and Barents Sea.”
FAKE RUSSIAN OPPOSITION GETS TRUMP PRAYER BREAKFAST INVITE
The Daily Mail reports, “The Russian TV presenter,” Ksenia Sobchak, “who is running against Vladimir Putin for president has been invited to Donald Trump’s national prayer breakfast in Washington DC.” Newsflash: no real opposition is allowed anywhere near the ballot in Russia’s “election”. Citing a report in Russian state-run Interfax, The Daily Mail notes, “Ksenia Sobchak, 36, was asked to attend the annual breakfast on February 1”. The Daily Mail adds, “Sobchak is scheduled to visit the US for three days but has not yet confirmed her attendance at the breakfast given her ‘tight schedule’. She is slated to give a series of speeches and host meetings during her US visit.” So this is how the Kremlin throws up its own covfefe in what will no doubt be a very successful press coup because the American media loves a white trash circus more than it loves itself these days. The Daily Mail reports, “Several Russian parliamentarians, including Andrei Makarov, Anatoly Aksakov and Vyacheslav Nikonov are also set to attend Trump’s prayer breakfast.” What a bonkers thing to do in this political climate but it should leave you with little doubt as to who Trump’s owners and handlers are: not Americans.
From The Daily Mail.
—–INDICTMENT ROCK CITY—–
Reuters reports, “Four U.S. citizens were killed and two injured in Saturday’s attack by the Taliban on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.” Reuters adds, “Glenn Selig, a spokesman for Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, was among the Americans who were killed, CNN reported, citing a statement by Selig’s company, Selig Multimedia.” Reuters adds, “Selig represented Gates, who has been charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
THE DEATH CULT GOP GOES FULL ILLUMINATI ON US NORMIES
CNN reports, “Conservative media is aflame of late with talk of a ‘secret society’ within the FBI which has as its goal the undermining of Donald Trump’s presidency. The existence of this secret organization is evidence, they argue, of a Deep State conspiracy against Trump. This is a story as big as Watergate, they say.” So everyone put on your tinfoil hat, it is time to take a Deep State voyage to the heart of Illuminati country with the death cult! Warning: this is not for the faint of heart and normies may check out fast due to a preponderance of rational thought. CNN adds, “This all starts with text messages exchanged between two senior FBI officials named Peter Strzok and Lisa Page during and after the 2016 election. Strzok was a member of the FBI team investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server and, later, a member of Bob Mueller’s special counsel operation looking into Russia’s attempted interference in the 2016 election. Strzok was removed from the special counsel investigation in the summer of 2016 after some of the text messages between he and Page showing a clear anti-Trump bias were found in an internal investigation. (Strzok and Page were also involved romantically.)” Now people get ready! CNN continues, “On Monday, in an interview with Fox News Channel, Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said that he had seen a text message — the FBI had released a tranche of the texts to Congress over the weekend — between Page and Strzok on the day after the November 2016 election that said, ‘Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society.’ Gowdy didn’t elaborate other than to say, ‘So, of course I’m going to want to know: What “secret society” are you talking about?’” Honestly this is so demented because it sounds like lovers sharing a joke about the fact that while our politicians, civil society and everyone but our intelligence service and national security apparatus slept through the Russian coup. It is hard to go on but know conversation will continue aboard the Mothership and at select Masonic lodges.
KIRSTJEN NIELSEN, AMERICA’S OTHER ARYAN PRINCESS
CNN reports, “The Homeland Security secretary made the rounds Tuesday on Capitol Hill as she continues to press the agency’s priorities in immigration talks — but she’s facing skepticism from senators about the administration’s reliability on the issue. The conversations on the Hill come as the Department of Homeland Security is working on a new list of items it wants to see in an immigration deal”. CNN notes, “Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who was one of a handful of red-state Democrats to meet with Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday, said she had told Nielsen plainly that without a promise from President Donald Trump, it was impossible to negotiate on immigration with her.” Yeah sorry America’s other Aryan princess but General John Kelly is not actually the president, no matter how much he may overlap with him on racist, xenophobic bullshit or how many hours he spends babysitting a Lubyanka shitstain. CNN notes, “DHS is working off a document that was given to some negotiators in December and was passed out in the room when two dozen lawmakers met with Trump on the issue in a partially televised meeting earlier this month, according to two senior administration officials. However, after the cameras left that meeting, the President told lawmakers he hadn’t signed off on the document and instructed them to disregard it, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told reporters.” Oh, poor other American Aryan princess, the original Aryan princess Ivanka has more support than this! Meawhile on the complicity channel, America’s other Aryan princess told faux news Fox News Maria Bartiromo that “her fiery exchange with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday,” was, “a distraction and it was very frustrating to me on behalf of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security”. Oh, poor other American Aryan princess she got called out by a black man for being a dumb liar and did not like it!
IN A NORMAL COUNTRY THIS WOULD BE NARCISSISTIC POWER IDEATION
Business Insider reports, “The CEO of a Russian bank,” Andrei Kostin, the head of VTB Bank, “has warned of the growing threat of military conflict in Europe and said further sanctions imposed on Russia by the US would be like ‘declaring a war.’” In a normal country, this would be considered narcissistic power ideation, but in Russia who do you think the mafia state is? Kostin is right about thing, namely, “I think that is a worse than cold war situation and that is very dangerous,” however, he adds, “I think that America is playing with fire, because the relationship is going from bad to worse and we are not responsible for that”. That is clearly not intended to be a laugh line, but it is. Who backed Trump and unleashed tens of thousands of trolls on our political debate, bought off or blackmailed everyone that surrounds Trump and has cheered him on while he ravages our state? Oh, Russia! That’s right! What makes this so dangerous, he notes, is the risk of miscalculation in three places specifically: the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and Syria. At Davos, The Moscow Times note Kostin doubled down, “Western countries are waging an ‘economic war’ against Russia to pursue regime change”. No dear, we are responding to the political war waged on us that installed an unstable fool in the White House.
DEMOCRATS WANT ANTISOCIAL NETWORKS TO PROBE THE TROLLS
Reuters reports, “Senior congressional Democrats urged social media companies to investigate accounts reportedly linked to a Russian influence operation on Tuesday, after claims they may have been used to help promote criticism of the U.S. Justice Department and the probe of President Donald Trump’s ties with Moscow.” That’s right folks, this has not stopped and nor will it until we show strength as that is all Russia respects. Reuters notes, “Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and ranking Democrat on Senate Judiciary, and Representative Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on House Intelligence, wrote to Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) and Facebook Inc (FB.O), requesting an ‘in-depth forensic examination.’” What they seem to have gotten to date is a middling response, dropped on Friday at the close of business minimizing all role and responsibility.
ALL THE BEST RUSSIAN TROLLS WATCH OR AT LEAST RETWEET HANNITY
The man whose whose prime time faux news Fox News show has been described as “a crescendo of madness” by Naval War College Professor Tom Nichols on Twitter has been weaponized! Mother Jones reports, “As Christmas approached, a drumbeat against the FBI grew louder in certain quarters of Congress: GOP Rep. Jim Jordan led the attack, claiming on Fox News that the FBI had conspired against Trump’s 2016 campaign. President Trump himself launched broadsides against FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and ‘leakin’ James Comey.’ And on Dec. 20, Fox News star Sean Hannity tweeted ‘CONSPIRACY: GOP Lawmakers Says FEDERAL CONSPIRACY to Prevent Trump Presidency.’” Mother Jones adds, “That day, Hannity’s website ranked among the top 10 shared by the network of Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence campaigns and tracked by the nonpartisan Alliance for Securing Democracy on its national-security project, the Hamilton 68 dashboard. Hannity content had not registered much previously—but since Dec. 20, links from Hannity’s site have appeared frequently on the dashboard, often ranking among the top 10.” Recall this is the man who once claims to have “mistakenly” retweeted “Make Russia great again” during that painful transition from democracy to the beginning of occupation as a Russian mafia state colony.
From Mother Jones.
SHIT DMITRY PESKOV SAYS: EXPERTS WANTED DEATH OF STALIN BAN
Russian state-run TASS reports, “The Russian Culture Ministry’s decision to withdraw the distribution certificate for the Death of Stalin movie is based on expert opinions, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.” The ban likely came after Russian officials laughed their asses off because do not believe for a moment these people who are destroying Russia believe what they say for a moment. The death cult GOP probably has more adherents, which is as much a comment on the sad state of affairs as it is testament to how ill prepared America truly is for the necessary lies of authoritarian rule. No, in Russia there is the private self and the public self and the two are often diametrically opposed 180 degrees.
From Russian state-run TASS.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
SIGNS JULIAN ASSWIPE MAY BE SOON HUNG OUT TO DRY
The Daily Mail reports, “Smitten Pamela Anderson, 50, takes her relationship with footballer Adil Rami, 32, to the next level as she ‘moves to France to be with him’”! Recall she is Julian Asswipe’s love toy and fawning admirer as well in the tabloid press. A story such as this popping up in the tabloid press now could be interpreted as Asswipe is being slowly hung out to dry. While it brings her to Europe and closer to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, it also looks like there is less romance there and whatever her probable sponsors in Russia (Google her name and Russia if you need a light rabbit hole ever) were hoping to achieve by having her visit the WikiLoser.
From The Daily Mail.
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