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Just Security: Why Trumps Lawyer is Dead Wrong on Obstruction of Justice

President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, John Dowd, now claims that the president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under Article II of the Constitution. Dowds remarks, reported Monday morning by Axios, have little basis in text or history, and they fly in the face of a decades-old bipartisan consensus: the obstruction of justice statutes indeed apply to the president.

As Eric Posner and I note in a forthcoming California Law Review article, obstruction of justice is a crime with roots in the nations founding. The Declaration of Independence charged King George III with obstruct[ing] the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to the laws for establishing judiciary powers. That alone is evidence that the founding generation did not believe that heads of state were immune from obstruction charges. And while Article II instructs the president to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, that does not give him carte blanche to wield his law enforcement powers any way he chooses.

Trump is not the first sitting president to face accusations of obstruction of justice. During the Watergate scandal, the first article of impeachment approved by the House Judiciary Committee charged Richard Nixon with obstructing justice by endeavoring to influence an FBI investigation into the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. That article passed the committee by a 27-11 vote, with six Republicans joining all the committees Democrats in the majority. And after Nixons resignation, the 11 Republicans who voted against the first article of impeachment acknowledged that, in light of subsequent revelations, they believed that Nixon had committed obstruction. Nixon himself conceded at a press conference prior to leaving office that of course, the crime of obstruction of justice is a serious crime and would be an impeachable offense. The idea that the president was immune from obstruction liability was never taken seriously even by Nixons most ardent defenders.

Nixons resignation did not bring an end to obstruction allegations against sitting presidents. During the investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal that engulfed Ronald Reagans administration, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh also considered whether obstruction charges should be filed against President Reagan. Walsh declined to bring charges due to problems of proof, but not because of any doubt that the obstruction statutes applied to the commander-in-chief. And in December 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice in relation to a sexual harassment lawsuit and a federal grand jury inquiry.

While the Clinton impeachment was controversial, the claim that the obstruction statutes applied to the president was not. The House Judiciary Committees report said that the first article of impeachment against Nixon had established a clear precedent that a president who used his position of power to obstruct the administration of justice committed an impeachable offense. Clintons defenders quickly conceded that the obstruction statutes applied to the president. A group of more than 400 law professors sent a letter to Congress opposing impeachment but acknowledging that [a] President who corruptly used the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obstruct an investigation would have criminally exercised his presidential powers.

To be sure, the application of the obstruction statutes to the president raises complicated questions regarding the line between enforcement discretion and criminal obstruction. Eric Posner and I have argued thatas a general mattera president commits criminal obstruction only when he abuses his power over law enforcement for personal, pecuniary, or purely partisan ends. But Dowds claim that the obstruction statutes never apply to the President is without merit. Trump is not the first president to face serious allegations of obstruction, and he may not be the last. But so far, he is the only one whose lawyers have argued thatwith respect to obstruction of justicethe president is above the law.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Documents: Criminal Information and Plea Agreement in NSA Employee Willful Retention Case

Former NSA Tailored Access Operations (TAO) developer, Nghia Hoang Pho, pleaded guilty on Friday to willful retention of national defense information. Pho faces a maximum of ten years in prison for removing and retaining classified U.S. government documents in his home from 2010 to March 2015. You can read the the criminal information and plea agreement here.

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Washington Free Beacon: Moulton Again Calls for New Democratic Leadership After Pelosis Response to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.) on Monday accused his party of failing to show “leadership” in response to sexual misconduct allegations made against Democratic lawmakers.

Moulton has been an outspoken critic of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), and said her leadership in recent weeks has not been what the Democratic Party expects from its leaders, BuzzFeedreported.

“I mean, at the end of the day this just wasnt leadership that we saw from our Democratic party leaders, and thats why Im calling for a new generation of leaders in our party,” Moulton said on BuzzFeed‘s Twitter morning show “AM to DM.”

The congressmans comments came in the wake of calls for both Democratic Reps. John Conyers (Mich.) and Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) to step down as they face sexual harassment allegations from former female staffers.

Pelosi has faced a wave of criticism after she initially responded during an appearance on “Meet the Press” to the allegations against Conyers by calling him an “icon” and calling for due process.

Over a week after reports came out of the allegations against Conyers, Pelosi reversed course and saidthe longest-serving current member of the House should resign. Pelosi was more quick to call for Kihuens resignation, making her stance clear the day after BuzzFeed reported allegations against him.

When Moulton was asked directly if Conyers and Kihuen should resign, he said “they probably should,” but would not discuss any specifics or give a more pointed answer.

“Im not going to get into the details of these individual cases because it distracts from the larger issue, which is that we have a rampant problem, not just in Congress, but across the United States,” he said.

Moulton also said Congress Office of Compliance, reported to have settled harassment claims with taxpayer funds, has been operating under a “crazy system.”

“The United States Congress should be setting the tone, setting the example for the country, instead were like a century behind with this crazy system where we just pay off, apparently, you know, victims,” Moulton said.

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Washington Free Beacon: Netanyahu Calls Out Iran for Anti-Israel Ideology After Iranian Wrestler Told to Throw Match to Avoid Israeli

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday denounced the Iranian government’s hostility to Israel, warning that a regime that crushes “the creative and competitive spirits of its people” and threatens to destroy the Jewish state is “doomed.”

In a video statement posted to Twitter, Netanyahu recalled the story of an Iranian wrestler named Alireza Karimi-Machiani, 23, whose coach told him last week to throw his match in the U23 World Senior Wrestling Championship to avoid facing an Israeli opponent in the next round. Karimi-Machiani, who was easily defeating his Russian opponent, at first continued to compete for the win until his coach shouted again for him to “lose,” at which point he intentionally lost.

Iranian athletes are forbidden from facing Israelis in any sports competition, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, often refers to Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognize as a state, as a “cancerous tumor.”

“I never imagined I’d say this, but I think Iran’s hostility to Israel can be summed up by the experience of a single Iranian wrestler named Alireza,” Netanyahu said, noting that Karimi-Machiani indicated he did not want to lose and had dreams of winning a gold medal.

“It’s the people of Iran who pay the price” for the regime’s anti-Israel ideology, Netanyahu added.

“Just imagine, a government forbidding its athletes from competing against blacks, gays, or Arabs,” Netanyahu said. “The Iranian regime would rather see its athletes lose than compete against Israelis.”

Netanyahu then issued a challenge to those viewing the video, saying it will “honor and inspire future Alirezas.”

“I want you to film yourself playing a sport against someone of a different nationality, a different faith, or a different color. I want you to compete like hellwe’re all for competition,” Netanyahu said. “Then I want you to shake hands, go out for a drink together, and then upload this to social media. I want you to show Iran’s regime that hating others will never make you a champion. It only makes you a pathetic and insecure loser.”

Netanyahu then issued a message to Karimi-Machiani directly.

“Alireza, I want you to know that the tyrants who made you take a fallwill fall themselves,” Netanyahu said. “A regime that crushes the creative and competitive spirits of its peoplethat regime is doomed.”

“So are those who threaten to destroy the Jewish state,” Netanyahu added. “They’ll go down for the count.”

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Washington Free Beacon: House to Vote on National Gun-Carry Reciprocity, Background Check Fix Bill this Week

The House of Representatives will vote on national gun-carry reciprocity and gun background check fix bills this week.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and the Fix NICS Act will be combined and likely voted on Wednesday, a GOP aide told the Washington Free Beacon Monday.

“It is my understanding they may be combined,” the aide said. “Rules is meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. They have both. Floor vote should be Wednesday.”

The House Committee on Rules website shows the texts of the two bills combined as well as an amendment filed by Rep. Dina Titus (D., Nev.) that would strip the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act from the bill. The Republican-controlled committee is likely to defeat the amendment and move the combined bill to the House floor where it is currently scheduled for a vote on or after Wednesday. The bill, which currently has 213 cosponsors, is likely to pass the House vote.

It will then move to the Senate where it will face an uphill battle to garner the 60 votes necessary for passage.

Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), who introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, expressed optimism about the growing momentum behind the bill since it passed the Judiciary Committee last week.

“An overwhelming majority of Americans support concealed carry reciprocity. Momentum, common sense, and the facts are on our side,” Rep. Hudson said in a statement. “I want to thank Speaker Paul Ryan for his strong support of the Second Amendment, and I urge my colleagues to support this common-sense bill to protect law-abiding citizens.”

Gun-rights activists and gun-control activists have fiercely disagreed over national gun-carry reciprocity. The National Rifle Association (NRA) has made the issue its top priority and announced its intention to get a vote on the issue before the end of the year during its convention earlier this year.

“Our number-one legislative priority remains right-to-carry reciprocity,” Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon at the time.

The NRA and other gun rights proponents have pointed to the case of Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia mother arrested for carrying a gun in New Jersey despite having a valid Pennsylvania gun-carry permit. Allen spent 40 days in prison and lost her job before being pardoned by Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.). Allen was punished, activists said, because New Jersey refuses to recognize gun-carry permits of law-abiding citizens from other states.

Cox cheered passage of the bill through committee last week as a defense of the rights of people like Allen.

“Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines without fear of unknowingly breaking the law,” Cox said. “For years, the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority has been to pass National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, a much-needed solution to the confusing patchwork of state and local gun laws. The NRA and law-abiding gun owners across America are excited to see this important legislation headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.”

Gun-control activists, on the other hand, have decried national gun-carry reciprocity as “dangerous” and are actively opposing its passage.

“With Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs still in shock over their communities’ losses, Congress is actually moving to weaken our public safety,” former congresswoman Gabby Giffords said in a statement. “It’s an extraordinary violation of the public’s trust. Elections have consequences. We will be watchingand acting.”

Giffords’s self-named gun control group is now running TV ads opposing the national gun-carry reciprocity bill in Minnesota and New Jersey swing districts, a radio ad in Southern California, as well as a digital ad campaign.

The Fix NICS Act, which seeks to better hold military, state, and federal agencies accountable for turning over criminal records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), has not faced the same opposition. Gun-rights and gun-control activists have supported its passage in the wake of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., which left 26 dead. The shooter was able to pass background checks and purchase firearms because the Air Force had not shared his disqualifying criminal records with the system.

Last month, two former special agents for a Defense Department law enforcement agency told theWashington Free Beacon they had warned about issues with record sharing between the military and the FBI but were ignored. A review of decades of reports from the military’s watchdog agency backs up the agents’ claims and shows negligence from all branches continued in spite of repeated warnings and policy changes.

Rep. John Culberson (R., Texas), who introduced the Fix NICS Act, said it will address the problems in the system and save lives.

“Had existing law been enforced, the terrible tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, would have never occurred,” Culberson said. “There is simply no excuse for the ongoing negligence of criminal history reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). I’m greatly encouraged by this bipartisan effort to ensure federal and state authorities enforce existing law. I urge my colleagues in Congress to support this lifesaving piece of legislation.”

The NRA, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety have all expressed support for the Fix NICS Act.

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Washington Free Beacon: Acosta: When Journalists Are Attacked, Journalists Have to Resist

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday continued to vocally criticize President Donald Trump and his attacks on the media.

During the inaugural Poynter Journalism Ethics Summit, which is “intended to focus on strengthening political reporting and increasing trust in the media,” Acosta commented on his behavior while reporting, behavior that has been criticized by some of his own CNN colleagues.

Acosta seemed to speak for all reporters, saying they are not part of the “resistance,” but added, “When journalists are attacked, journalists have to resist.”

.@Acosta says reporters are not a part of the “resistance,” but adds: “When journalists are attacked, journalists have to resist.” 

Trump began calling CNN “fake news” while on the campaign trail, and continued his fight on Twitter and during speaking engagements after taking office. Acosta, meanwhile, has continued to gain attention for repeated outbursts during press conferences. Some colleagues see his behavior as indicative of an effort to obtain his own opinion show, as opposed to being straight reporting.

After Acosta clashed with White House advisor Stephen Miller in August over immigration policy, MSNBC “Morning Joe” host and vocal Trump critic Joe Scarborough sided with Miller, saying Acosta’s Antics were “like something out of Mein Kampf.”

“Where things seemed to really meltdown was when Jim Acosta talked, and we’re certainly not putting this on Jim Acosta You can watch the clip and choose sides,” Scarborough said. “But when Jim Acosta used the language, it seems like your policies are trying to engineer racial and ethnic percentages’ or something, it sure sounded like something that you would read out of Mein Kampf or something at that point, it went off the rails.”

The CNN correspondent also criticized Trump for hosting a “fake news conference” in July during a trip to Warsaw, Poland where the president once again called CNN “fake news.” Shortly before, Acosta claimed the president’s remarks would lead to a “journalist being hurt,” Mediaitereported.

“We have to stand up to this. We have to confront this and say that its wrong,” he said. “My concern is, and I know its shared by others, is that this kind of rhetoric, this kind of behavior is going to lead to a journalist being hurt. Thats the thing I worry about.”

The press secretary at the time, Sean Spicer, said Acosta’s conduct was “hurting the profession.”

“Hes recognized that if you make a spectacle on the air then youll get more airtime and more clicks,” Spicer told the Washington Post. “If I were a mainstream, veteran reporter, Id be advocating for him to knock it off. Its hurting the profession.”

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Washington Free Beacon: Congress Stalling Trump Ambassadors, Harming U.S. Effort to Combat N. Korea, Conduct Diplomacy

Trump administration insiders are becoming increasingly concerned that a congressional holdup of key ambassador posts is beginning to interfere with critical American foreign policy efforts, particularly those to rally the international community against North Korea and its contested nuclear program, according to Trump administration insiders and congressional officials familiar with the situation.

Amid a global showdown over North Korea’s repeated and increasingly dangerous nuclear tests, Republican leaders in the Senate have declined to hold a vote on several of President Donald Trump’s picks for U.S. ambassador, most notably Richard Grenell, the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations who was tapped in September to serve as the next American ambassador to Germany.

With no indication that Congress will move in the near future to confirm Trump’s picks, congressional and administration insiders are expressing growing concerns that the holdup is interfering with U.S. attempts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear program, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.

The State Department has been working to pressure Germany and other countries to pull their ambassadors from Pyongyang as part of a larger effort to isolate North Korea from the international community.

Germany has yet to comply with U.S. requests, leading some to express frustration over the vacant ambassador post in that country and other key nations that could help forward U.S. diplomatic efforts to combat North Korea.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who has the power to push these key votes along, told the Free Beacon late last week that there is no timeframe for confirming ambassadors such as Grenell, sparking further frustration among some in Congress and the White House.

“We need a U.S. ambassador in Berlin urgently,” one lawmaker told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background about the sensitive situation. German Chancellor Angela Merkel “is struggling to form a new government after the collapse of the Jamaica Coalition talks. For anyone who cares about our transatlantic relationship with Europe’s number one economy, moving our ambassador to a final vote should be a priority.”

Trump supporters on Capitol Hill have begun to quietly express concerns about the holdup and the interference it is causing in U.S. diplomatic efforts.

“This is becoming a bigger problem by the day,” said a senior Republican congressional official, also speaking on background. “Without proper representation within some of our greatest international partners, the United States is sabotaging its own influence abroad.”

“The administration needs to immediately install an ambassador to Germany, and work to ensure our allies sever diplomatic ties with North Korea,” the source said.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert emphasized multiple times late last week that Germany and other nations must do more to isolate Pyongyang, though there is little indication Germany has gone as far as the Trump administration would like.

The United States has called “upon countries to do a lot more, which could include kicking out an ambassador,” Nauert said on Friday.

Nauert also hinted at frustration in Foggy Bottom over Congress’s failure to forward personnel choices for critical regions.

“Is this all moving fast enough? Absolutely not,” she told reporters. “We would like it to move faster. The secretary has had conversations internally here and I know he has a lot of conversations with people on the Hill, including a flurry of letters that will go back and forth between our building and also members on Capitol Hill, trying to get people through. So we would like it to move faster. Part of that is not having those selections made, but part of that is the responsibility of the Hill as well to get some of those people moved forward.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel at the State Department last week, but officials said the request to pull its ambassador from North Korea was not discussed.

The diplomatic tension has highlighted the need for President Trump to have his ambassadors in place, sources said.

In addition to the North Korea crisis, Germany is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver program, which has come under scrutiny amid renewed security concerns about potential terrorist exploitation of the program.

“Germany is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver program,” said one former senior U.S. national security official who spoke about the situation. “The Germans’ enforcement of their immigration policies directly impact U.S. national security.”

The Trump administration is said to be increasingly concerned over efforts to stall its picks for key posts.

“When the president gets the people he wants, the machine works,” said one Republican foreign policy adviser who is close to the administration. “Look at how the decisions were done on Iran certification and our embassy in Israel. Those went through staff, deputies, principals, then feedback from the president, and then again.”

“But overseas we still don’t have the president’s people implementing his policies and engaged in the policy process,” the source explained. “Good work is getting done, but it’s below the ambassador level, and in diplomacy there are certain things you need an ambassador appointed by the current president to accomplish. It’s well past time for the Senate to clear out the backlog of nominees. ”

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Washington Free Beacon: Josh Hawley Takes Aim at Al Frankens Fundraiser for Missouri Democrats, McCaskill

Republican Senate hopeful Josh Hawley is renewing his call for the Missouri Democratic Party and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) to return donations received during a November fundraiser headlined by Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.), who has now been accused by six women of unwanted sexual advances.

Hawley, the sitting attorney general in Missouri, immediately asked McCaskill to join him in calling for Franken’s resignation and to return money received from him. McCaskill returned $30,000 she received from Franken’s Midwest Values PAC and called for an investigation, but is yet to call for his resignation even as women continue to come forward with groping allegations against him.

Hawley’s campaign, bringing up the fact that Franken was introduced and praised by McCaskill at a major fundraiser for the state Democrats just two weeks before the initial allegation, says more needs to be done.

“Just weeks prior to the revelations on Al Franken, Sen. McCaskill stood with him and proudly took his money, and the Missouri Democratic Party did too,” said Scott Paradise, a Hawley spokesman.

Franken keynoted the Missouri Democratic Party’s annual Truman Dinner on November 4. He was introduced by McCaskill, who praised the fundraising boost he provided her campaign.

“Don’t mistake [Franken’s] wit and humor as any substitute for his heart,” McCaskill said in her speech. “He agreed to come to Missouri tonight to help us, but he also agreed to work all day long helping us raise money for our campaign, crisscrossing the state.”

“We had a very successfully day of fundraising for the campaign, because of this man,” McCaskill said.

Hawley’s campaign thinks both McCaskill and the state party should return “every single penny” Franken helped them raise. It added that McCaskill should also return money she received from longtime Minnesota radio host Garrison Keillor, a Democratic donor who defended Franken and was fired last week for “inappropriate behavior.”

“Senator McCaskill should return the money from Garrison Keillor just like she and the Missouri Democrat Party should be returning every single penny raised from their fundraiser with Al Franken,” Paradise said.

Both representatives for McCaskill’s campaign and the Missouri Democrats failed to respond to requests for comment on Hawley’s call.

It is currently unknown how much money was raised on the “very successful day of fundraising” Franken provided McCaskill’s campaign, which won’t have to disclose November fundraising totals until next year.

McCaskill called Franken’s alleged behavior “completely unacceptable” after the first woman, Leeann Tweeden, came forward to say Franken kissed and groped her without consent. “Comedy is no excuse for inappropriate conduct, and I believe there should be an ethics investigation,” the Missouri senator added.

At the fundraising dinner in November, McCaskill praised Franken’s character and referred to him as a friend.

“He knows how to shine the brightest light on wrongdoing and malfeasance,” she said. “He is a truth seeker and no one in the Senate does it better.”

Video of McCaskill’s introduction and Franken’s speech can be viewed below.

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Washington Free Beacon: Ellison Dodges on Whether Conyers, Franken Should Resign: Im Going to Ask Them Both to Examine Their Conscience

Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) would not say Monday whether he believes that fellow Democratic lawmakers Rep. John Conyers (Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) should resign over sexual misconduct allegations, instead calling on both men to “examine their conscience.”

“Democracy Now!” host Amy Goodman asked Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, whether Conyers and Franken should resign after several woman came forward in recent weeks to accuse both lawmakers of sexual harassment.

“Well, you know, Amy, you know, here’s the thing. I would ask every member of Congress, including those, to look inside their conscience and ask themselves just a few questions,” Ellison responded. “Can you be effective? If you stood up your whole life to stand up for the rights of peopleand both of them haveis it not a moment now where you apply some standards to yourself that you have asked others to live by? These are the questions. Can you be effective? Can you be there for your constituents at this point? These are questions that we all have to answer.”

Ellison added that he hopes for a society in which every person, including women, can go to work and not be afraid of being harassed.

“Ill tell you this. When thisI am hoping for a society where every person, women, can go to work and just do their job without any fear of being harassed, mistreated, treated like second-class-citizenship individuals,” Ellison said. “And the social trends that are driving us, I think, are leading our society to a better place. So, you know, I’ll trust that they will do the right thing for their constituents, for our country.”

Goodman further pressed Ellison on whether Conyers should resign.

AMY GOODMAN: But specifically

REP. KEITH ELLISON: as we move forward.

GOODMAN: Specifically, should John Conyers resign?

ELLISON: I heard your question. I heard your question. I heard your question.

GOODMAN: So you’re not willing to say that?

ELLISON: I’m going to say that I’m going to ask them both to examine their conscience and do the right thing for all of us

GOODMAN: And, of course

ELLISON: and for their legacies.

Goodman then asked whether Ellison’s response is the same for Franken, noting that both he and Franken are from Minnesota.

“And, of course, Senator Franken is your fellow congressional leader from Minnesota. You are answeringyour response is the same for Senator Franken?” Goodman asked.

“Right,” Ellison said.

Several women have accused Franken of inappropriately touching them and one woman said the senator forcibly kissed her. Former staffers for Conyers have accused the congressman of sexual misconduct, and in one case, he used taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim. Conyers confirmed the settlement but has denied all allegations of misconduct.

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Washington Free Beacon: Argentine Navy Calls off Rescue Mission, Continues Search for Missing Submarine

Argentina’s Navy has called off its search for the missing ARA San Juan crew members, acknowledging the diminished chance of finding anyone alive.

The submarine and its 44 crew members had been been missing for weeks, and the point had passed when those aboard would have run out of oxygen without surfacing, the Independent reports.

Argentine Navy official Enrique Balbi said on Friday that the search for the wreckage remained an “active one,” but acknowledged there was “no change of survival,” CNN reported.

“Given … the amount of time that has passed, the extreme and adverse conditions that I have been discussing, we have inferred that there is no chance of survival,” spokesman Enrique Balbi said.

“We are using all means at our disposal, both national and foreign, in the search,” Balbi added. “This will obviously be key in order to conduct our investigation.”

Balbi acknowledged search efforts will now focus on recovering human remains and determining the cause for the loss of vessel.

The submarine first went missing on Nov. 15, according to CNN.

The ARA San Juan disappeared November 15 off Argentina’s coast, about midway on its journey from Usuaia in the country’s south and its northern port of Mar del Plata. The search centered on an area roughly 900 kilometers (559 miles) off the Argentine coast.

At the height of the search, 28 ships and nine airplanes from 11 nations — including the United States and United Kingdom — scoured the sea, backed by more than 4,000 people. The search area extended more than 480 square kilometers (185 square miles) and was roughly 900 kilometers (559 miles) from the Argentine coast.

The German-built diesel-electric submarine had reported water leakage that led to a battering short circuiting and the beginnings of fire. More than a week later, a noise, consistent with an explosion, was detected near the last known location of the missing submarine on the day it vanished.

Word of the possible explosion at the time angered relatives, who seek answers and accused the military of refusing to admit the submariners were dead. The Argentine Navy’s first female submarine officer was among those onboard.

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The National Interest: America is Training F-22, F-35, F-15 and F-16 Pilots to Destroy North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

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Security, Asia

Vigilant Ace 18 is here.

The United States Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force are kicking off their massive Vigilant Ace 18 annual wargames just days after the North Korea tested its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on November 28.

The massive week-long simulated air warfare exercise will include no less than a total of 230 aircraft including six stealthy top-of-the-line Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighters and sixpossibly as many as 18Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. While the exercise comes on the heels of North Koreas missile test, the timing of the wargames is purely coincidence. U.S. and Korean forces have been preparing the for Vigilant Ace for weeks.

“In the event we need to help defend our 51 million Korean allies, I need to be sure the 51st Fighter Wing is synchronized with the Combined-Joint force, Col. William D. Betts, commander of the Osan, Korea-based 51st Fighter Wingwhich flies the venerable Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falconsaid in a statement.

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Clashes in Yemens capital between rival rebel factions left hundreds dead, including former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the New York Times reported. Houthi rebels said a bomb at his residence killed Saleh, the countrys former ruler who joined with Iranian-backed rebel groups after his ouster in 2011. Online videos appeared to show Salehs body outside his home. Violence between factions of the rebel movement threatened to undermine chances for a peace agreement with Yemens Saudi-backed government. On Saturday, Saleh extended an offer to the Saudi-led coalition to resolve Yemens conflict. Separately, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) denied that a Houthi missile had hit a nuclear power plant being built in Abu Dhabi, according to the Times. The Saudi-led coalitionwhich includes the UAEhas accused Iran of supplying cruise missiles to the Houthi rebels that it is supporting in Yemen.

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An operative connected to the National Rifle Association (NRA) offered to arrange a back-channel meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the presidential campaign, the Times reported. The conservative operative reached out to Rick Dearborn, a Trump campaign adviser, for advice in how to connect the two leaders. Other conservative operatives also proffered similar requests, all related to the NRAs annual convention and the 2016 election campaign.

Israel threatened to attack Syria if Damascus allows Iran to set up military bases in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Syria against permitting an Iranian military presence shortly before what Syrian officials described as an Israeli missile struck a Syrian military base that supports Iranian activity. Israel has remained mostly uninvolved civil war but has launched about 100 strikes against transports of Iranian weapons to Hezbollah.

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The U.S. left United Nations talks about a global agreement on migrants and refugees, the Times reported. The Trump administration announced it would quit the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, saying the proposed agreement would have undermined U.S. sovereignty. The Obama administration endorsed a commitment to protecting the rights of migrants and refugees last year. Migrant-rights advocates condemned the Trump administrations decision to withdraw.

Defense Secretary James Mattis called for Pakistan to increase its efforts to fight militants, Reuters reported. Speaking during a one-day visit to Islamabad, Mattis expressed American frustrations that Pakistan has not done more against a resurgent Taliban. Pakistans prime minister affirmed his commitment to achieving peace in Afghanistan during a joint press conference with Mattis.

Maltese authorities arrested ten suspects in connection with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who exposed corruption in Maltas government, the Times reported. Galizias killing in October shocked human rights observers who said that Malta should be condemned for failing to respect the rule of law. A European Parliament delegation said Malta had a culture of impunity after visiting the island country.

 

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President Donald Trump has expressed sympathy for his former National security adviser Michael Flynn, saying Flynn had been treated unfairly by investigators looking into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday 
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The US president addresses the media about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Trump had already fired Flynn for lying to the vice-president, Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russia in February. Trump said it was very unfair how Flynn was being treated compared to Hillary Clinton, who Trump claimed had lied to the FBI many times without sanction

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All the signs in the Russia probe point to Jared Kushner. Who next? | Jill Abramson

The investigation is taking a new twist, as Donald Trump appears to be distancing himself from his son-in-lawGame of Trumps is about to get really bloody. With special counsel Robert Muellers investigation moving ever closer to President Trump himself, it looks like someone inside the family is about to be sacrificed.

With Michael Flynn, Trumps former national security adviser, pleading guilty last week to the charge of lying to the FBI, much more about the Russia scandal is now coming into focus. The Flynn flip was by far the most dramatic event so far in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in 2016s US presidential race. Flynns evidence can only lead up the chain of power towards Trump.

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Robert Mueller forced Michael Flynn to agree to wear a wire

This week Special Counsel Robert Mueller finalized a plea agreement with Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who agreed to testify in the Trump-Russia scandal in exchange for sentencing leniency. Now that the deal is official, its details are becoming a matter of public record. Among the most fascinating aspects of the plea deal: Mueller forced Flynn to agree to wear a wire.

In exact words, the deal required Flynn to agree to participate “in covert law enforcement activities,” as dug up by the Guardian (link). In other words, Flynn had to agree to spy on other suspects or targets involved in the Trump-Russia scandal. In Flynn’s case that could only have meant wearing a wire, planting a bug, or something similar. Considering that Flynn is ex-military and used to run the Defense Intelligence Agency, it’s perfectly reasonable to believe he could have pulled this off. Now for the bigger question: when the heck would this have happened?

We don’t know that Flynn actually did wear a wire, only that he was forced to agree to wear a wire. The strange part is that the clause is being included in Flynn’s plea deal just now, as his deal is becoming public, so everyone in the Trump-Russia scandal now knows not to talk to Flynn anyway. Some will argue that this is merely boilerplate language. But I believe there are two other possible, and more specific, explanations.

I’ve long suspected, based on a variety of circumstantial evidence, that Michael Flynn began partially cooperating with Robert Mueller this summer, to try to get Mueller to leave his son alone. If so, it’s possible Mueller had Flynn wearing a wire and spying on Donald Trump’s people back then. The other explanation would be that Mueller is throwing this clause into Flynn’s plea deal, despite not being able to act on it, simply to scare every other Trump-Russia suspect. The more paranoid they become about the possibility of Mueller already having dirt on them, the more likely they are to cut a deal.

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Google needs the First Amendment, too – Washington Examiner


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The F.B.I.s reputation is in Tatters worst in History! Trump tweeted yesterday, as part of a series of tweets directed at the F.B.I. accusing the agency of bias, the presidents comments drew condemnation from an array of figures. Trump also accused the former F.B.I. Director James Comey of lying about his role in the investigation into Flynn, Michael D. Shear reportS at the New York Times.

Emails between trop transition officials suggest that the

Trump transition team were keen to improve relations with Russia and that Flynn was not a mere rogue actor,

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K.T. McFarland discussed how sanctions imposed by the Obama administration would make it harder for Trump to reach out to Moscow.

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The Early Edition: December 4, 2017
 

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps former national security advisor Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the F.B.I. on Friday and said that a senior Trump transition official told him to make contact with Russia. A brief by special counsel Robert Mueller alleged that Flynn willfully and knowingly made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations to F.B.I. agents when interviewed in January, and also alleged that Flynn had lied about the nature of his phone calls with the former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016 regarding further sanctions on Moscow and a U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements. Jenna McLaughlin reports at Foreign Policy.

The very senior transition official referred to in the Flynn plea agreement is the presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a member of Trumps transition team speaking on the condition of anonymity, the AP reports.

I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies, Trump tweeted at the weekend, the presidents message seemingly contradicted his previous assertions that he had fired Flynn in February because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence over whether he had spoken to Kislyak about sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration. Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt and Michael D. Shear report at the New York Times.

Trumps personal lawyer John Dowd said yesterday that Trump was aware in late January that Flynn had probably given F.B.I. agents an inaccurate account of his call with Kislyak and that this had been the same misleading account that Flynn had provided Vice President Pence, Dowd also confirmed that he had drafted Trumps controversial tweet about firing Flynn. Carol D. Leonnig, John Wagner and Ellen Nakashima report at the Washington Post.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin had not been influenced by Flynn, the Kremlin said today, Reuters reports.

Legal experts were bemused and concerned by the tweet apparently composed by Dowd, with the tweet suggesting that Trump took part in the obstruction of justice, however Dowd said that the tweet was a mistake and that he was sorry to have misled people. The Guardian reports.

The F.B.I.s reputation is in Tatters worst in History! Trump tweeted yesterday, as part of a series of tweets directed at the F.B.I. accusing the agency of bias, the presidents comments drew condemnation from an array of figures. Trump also accused the former F.B.I. Director James Comey of lying about his role in the investigation into Flynn, Michael D. Shear reportS at the New York Times.

Emails between trop transition officials suggest that the Trump transition team were keen to improve relations with Russia and that Flynn was not a mere rogue actor, an email from transition adviser K.T. McFarland discussed how sanctions imposed by the Obama administration would make it harder for Trump to reach out to Moscow. Michael S. Schmidt, Sharon LaFraniere and Scott Shane report at the New York Times.

An National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) member discussed setting up a back-channel meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in an email to Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn in May last year, saying that he would try to make first contact during the N.R.A.s annual convention. The N.R.A. members outreach followed a few days after a similar suggestion by an American advocate for Christian and veterans causes, and the meetings appear to involve Alexander Torshin the deputy governor of the Russian central bank and a key figure in Putins political party, Nicholas Fandos reports at the New York Times.

Mueller removed a high-ranking F.B.I. agent from his team in the late summer due to his potential anti-Trump bias, Peter Strzok had previously been in charge of running the investigation into Hillary Clintons use of a private email server. The revelation was seized on by the president who tweetedyesterday: Now it all starts to make sense! Del Quentin Wilber and Paul Sonne report at the Wall Street Journal.

The Flynn plea agreement includes the possibility of participation in covert law enforcement activities and this may prove to be an important issue as it could include wearing a concealed wire or the recording of telephone conversations with other potential suspects. Marcia Chambers and Charles Keiser set out the potential significance of the section eight of the deal at the Guardian.

You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigation at your own peril, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Trump, constituting one of the voices from an array of Democratic and Republican lawmakers expressing concern about the presidents comments. Roberta Rampton and Karen Freifeld report at Reuters.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said yesterday that Mueller may be constructing an obstruction of justice case that could implicate the president, Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

The five key takeaways from Flynns guilty plea are provided by Morgan Chalfant at the Hill.

The significance of Flynns guilty plea is analyzed by eleven legal experts at POLITICO Magazine.

The documents filed by Mueller provide a number of interesting insights, including Muellers intention to do away with extraneous issues such as Flynns connections to the Turkish government and that there are more revelations to come. Barbara McQuade provides an analysis at The Daily Beast.

A timeline setting out what is known about Flynns phone calls with Russia, and conversations regarding Obama-era sanctions on Moscow, are provided by Gregor Aisch, K.K. Rebecca Lai and Karen Yourish at the New York Times.

Flynns plea does not shed more light on what happened during the 2016 presidential campaign, Flynn may be cooperating with prosecutors and may have more information to divulge, however it pays to wait for the evidence, the Wall Street Journal editorial board argues.

The question is who might now be swept up in the investigation? The New York Times editorial boardwrites, saying that the plea struck by Mueller shows that Flynn is part of a larger cooperation deal that suggests he has valuable information to share and the obvious candidate to be considered in the probe is Kushner.

The plea reveals that Flynn was being guided by senior transition officials in his calls to Kislyak regarding Obama-era sanctions on Russia and the U.N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, and as the investigation develops it is of the utmost importance that Mr. Mueller be able to continue unimpeded in his work. The Washington Post editorial board writes.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Trumps son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role in a foundation that funded an illegal Israeli settlement, the revelations come following indications that a senior adviser attempted to influence a U.N. Security Council vote condemning West Bank settlements. Chris Riotta reports at Newsweek.

Trump is expected to announce a plan on Wednesday that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital but would not move the U.S. Embassy there for now, according to sources familiar with the matter, the move intended to strike a compromise between a pledge made by Trump during the presidential campaign and the need to maintain the peace progress. Mark Landler and Julie Hirschfeld Davis report at the New York Times.

Abbas warned against recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital and other leaders have joined in condemning such a plan, the Arab League leader Ahmed Abul Gheit saying that nothing justifies this act it will not serve peace or stability, instead it will nourish fanaticism and violence, and Jordans Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi saying that he had spoken to the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the dangerous consequences of recognizing Jerusalem. Peter Beaumont reports at the Guardian.

Kushner spoke at the Saban forum on the Middle East yesterday to discuss a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, saying that he was optimistic that there is a lot of hope for bringing a conclusion, despite acknowledging the many obstacles to achieving the ultimate deal. Annie Karni reports at POLITICO.

Trump is still looking at a lot of different facts regarding the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, Kushner said yesterday, adding that Trump would make the announcement when has made a decision. Reuters reports.

A peace deal between Israel and Palestine would be necessary to counter Irans expansionism and Islamist extremism, Kushner also said yesterday, saying that an agreement was essential to stability of the region. Karen DeYoung and Loveday Morris report at the Washington Post.

An insight into the debates within the Trump administration over recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital is provided by Anne Gearan at the Washington Post.

A private meeting between the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has caused anxiety across the region, according to officials who have heard Abbass version of the meeting. Bin Salman advocated a plan that was more in favor of Israel than that which has been put forward by the U.S., and the reports of their discussion have led to some speculating that the Crown Prince has been trying to ingratiate himself with President Trump, consequently sowing suspicion about Trumps efforts to negotiate a peace deal, Anne Barnard, David M. Halbfinger and Peter Baker report at the New York Times.

The issue of Jerusalem is the most sensitive and volatile issue in the Israel-Palestine negotiations and should be avoided, such a move would not be worth the trouble and would further complicate the peace process. Aaron David Miller writes at CNN.

NORTH KOREA

The U.S. and South Korea began five days of military exercises today, amid increased tension on the Korean Peninsula, however the U.S. military said the joint maneuvers were not in response to any incident or provocation. Andrew Jeong reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. and South Korea are creating a situation that a nuclear war may break out any moment, North Korean state media said today in response to the large-scale joint military exercises, Brad Lendon and Taehoon Lee report at CNN.

The U.S. is in a race to address the North Korea threat, the White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said yesterday, the BBC reports.

The U.S. should take the example of Israel if it seeks to stop North Koreas aggression, looking particularly to Israels efforts to undermine the financial resources of its enemies. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner reports at the New York Times.

YEMEN

Unconfirmed reports have emerged that Yemens former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in fighting today, Reuters reporting.

The alliance between supporters of Saleh and the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels seems to have broken down, the two sides having taken aim at each other in street battles in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa over the past few days. The AP reports.

Saleh offered on Saturday to turn a new page in ties with the Saudi-led coalition if it stopped attacking Yemen, making the comments amid increased violence between Salah supporters and the Houthis. Reuters reports.

The Saudi-led coalition welcomed Salehs offer of talks, saying in a statement yesterday that the decision would free Yemen of militias loyal to Iran. The BBC reports.

The cause in the apparent breakdown in the alliance remains unclear, with some pointing at Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and other allies for turning Saleh against the Houthis. Ali Al-Mujahed and Kareem Fahim report at the Washington Post.

An analysis of the breakdown in the Houthi-Saleh alliance is provided by Faisal Edroos at Al Jazeera.

The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres yesterday urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to stop all ground and air assaults, Reuters reporting.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

The Trump administration is scheduled to release its first national security strategy within the next few weeks, according the White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster the strategy would set out the administrations terms for working with other nations. Julian E. Barnes and Gordon Lubold report at the Wall Street Journal.

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refuted reports that he would be leaving his post and be replaced by C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo, saying on Saturday that people need to get better sources. Jeff Mason reports at Reuters.

Diplomats across the world have expressed concern about reports that Tillerson is set to leave the Trump administration, with some longing for stability in U.S. foreign policy and others worried about further unpredictability should he depart. Robin Emmott and Noah Barkin report at Reuters.

SYRIA

Syrian and Russia jets bombed the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing at least 27 people and injuring dozens, aid workers and the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said today. Suleiman Al-Khalidi reports at Reuters.

The politics of rebuilding Syria raises a plethora of issues, including whether the U.S. and the West should provide funds to reconstruct areas, thereby consolidating Syrian President Bashar al-Assads power. Somini Sengupta provides an analysis at the New York Times.

IRAN

C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo sent a letter to Irans Maj. Gen Qassem Soleimani and Iranian leaders about Irans aggressive behavior in Iraq, Pompeo said at a panel on Saturday, saying that the letter communicated that the U.S. would hold him and Iran accountable for any attacks on American interests in Iraq by forces that are under their control. Reuters reporting.

 The Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely not negotiate on defense and missile issues, Irans foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said today, responding to comments from French officials and the French President Emmanuel Macron on Irans ballistic missile program. Reuters reports.

PAKISTAN

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called on Pakistan to do more to combat terrorism, saying today during a visit to Pakistan that he wants to work with the U.S. to address the problems. Lolita C. Baldor reports at the AP.

The Pakistani government seems to be capitulating to hardline Muslim groups prompting questions about the long-term capability of the government to counter religious extremism. Pamela Constable explains at the Washington Post.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani stated that he would attend the annual summit of Gulf Arab heads of state this week, amid increased tensions in the Gulf following the diplomatic isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain in June. Reuters reports.

The dynamics behind the decision to isolate Qatar were to allow Saudi Arabia to deflect attention from the simmering tension inside their own insular borders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes at the New York Times.

It is unclear whether the Gulf Cooperation Council (G.C.C.) summit would help to resolve the Gulf crisis, Farah Najjar and Linah Alsaafin explain at Al Jazeera 

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The death toll from Octobers attack in Somalias capital of Mogadishu has risen to 512, according to the committee investigating the attack which has been blamed on the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group. The AP reports.

National Security Agency (N.S.A.) employee Nghia Hoang Pho pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act on Friday, Pho took his work home and looked at sensitive files while using anti-virus software from the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. Ellen Nakashima reports at the Washington Post.

The U.S. has withdrawn from negotiations on a voluntary pact to deal with migration, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley saying on Saturday that Americas immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. Patrick Wintour reports at the Guardian.

The leader of the Talibans special forces branch was killed last week by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistans National Directorate of Security, Reuters reporting.

The lawyers for Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker who has been confined to quarters after being found guilty of contempt of the war court at Guantánamo Bay have called for a federal judge to cancel his conviction, arguing in a court filing that the conviction that arose out of the U.S.S. Cole case could lead to a series of career-damaging or career-ending consequences. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

The French President Emmanuel Macron called for the demilitarization of Iraq on Saturday, particularly the Iran-backed Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (P.M.F.), Michel Rose and Ahmed Aboulenein report at Reuters.

The key takeaways from the trial of Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab are provided by Benjamin Weiser at the New York Times, Zarrab has been charged over a conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran and the Turkish government has denounced the U.S. justice system for pursuing the case.

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British security services are vastly outgunned by the Russian counterintelligence threat

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Theresa May and PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin meets British PM Theresa May at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, in 2016. Reuters / Sputnik Photo Agency

  • MI6 has elevated Russia to “tier one” threat status.
  • The head of MI6 has told NATO its response to Russian interference in Europe and the West needs to get sharper.
  • Russia has at least 700,000 security and intelligence personnel on its payrolls.
  • Britain has only about 16,000 equivalent  people in its special security services.
  • NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force is outnumbered six to one by Russian forces.

LONDON — MI6, the secret intelligence service, has reclassified Russia as a “tier one” threat, alongside Islamic terrorism, after years of regarding the nation as a second-rung security issue. Back in 2010, Russia was not even named in the British National Security Council’s annual strategic defence and security review. In 2015, Russia was mentioned but not named specifically as a top priority. Only in 2016 was Russia once again called out — as it was during the Cold War — as a serious threat to national security, in the security review.

Alex Younger, the head of MI6, went to NATO last month to tell the joint forces that Europe and the US need to get their act together when it comes to opposing Russia, according to Edward Lucas writing in The Times.

The British people have been slow to wake up to Russia’s interference in domestic politics. For years, the Russian government has funded misinformation around the Brexit referendum, oligarchs have invested in the London property market via offshore financial vehicles, and Russian espionage services have used the UK as a location for assassinating their political opponents.

But the intelligence community has become increasingly alarmed at the boldness of Russian interventions inside Britain. Fourteen people are suspect to have been killed in Britain by Russian spiessince 2003, according to BuzzFeed.

Now MI6 will no longer stand idly by while Putin acts with a “sense of impunity,” Younger told NATO in November.

But Younger has a problem: The sheer size of the Russian security and intelligence apparatus. Britain has about 16,000 people devoted to intelligence and security. By contrast, the Russian state employs between 705,000 and 940,000 people across its various security, intelligence and counter-intelligence agencies, according to Victor Madeira, a Russia expert at the Institute for Statecraft, who testified to the House of Commons defence committee. That’s 42 times as many, for a country whose population is roughly twice the size of the UK’s.

  • TOTAL Russian security agency staffing (ca 2006-2015) 705,000-940,000
  • FSB: 387,000
  • SVR: 13,000
  • GRU: 280,000-480,000
  • Special Communications and Information Service (Spetssvyaz): 53,000-120,000
  • TOTAL British security agency staffing (2015): 16,586
  • MI5, MI6, GCHQ: 12,080
  • DI, NSS, JIO, OSCT: ~4,506

Of course, not all those people are deployed against the UK. The US remains Russia’s great enemy, Madeira told Business Insider. And many of them will be employed in low-level work, such as border guards. But even so, “you’re talking orders of magnitude [over the UK] that the number of people that Russia can deploy,” Madeira says.

For instance, Russia has a massive official propaganda budget. “The resources we have collectively in the West even since Crimea, since Ukraine, that we’ve thrown at the problem are minuscule compared to what Russia does officially and unofficially, to the tune of annual budgets anywhere from $600 million to $1 billion, the Russians spend on the RTs and the Sputniks and outlets like this,” Madeira testified.

Russia has maintained that force because of the “mindset” of the Russian state, which has a completely different conception of the post-Cold War “peace” than Western nations do. In the West, peacetime is regarded as a dividend to be celebrated, a time to relax and prosper. But inside the Russian state, which is still run largely by former Soviet intelligence officials, peace is regarded as the period you use to prepare for the next inevitable conflict.

The Russian security apparatus, in other words, is in a constant state of war preparation in way that the British government is not.

“Russia continuously conducts strategic influence operations, especially in what NATO sees as ‘peacetime’, because to Moscow that is when the foundations of wartime success are laid,” Madeira wrote to the Commons defence committee. “Recent Russian security and intelligence budgets have grown annually by an estimated 15%-20% – with spending going to operations, not infrastructure.”

“That mindset in the Russian security and intelligence services remains that way today,” he told Business Insider.

It’s not just that the spies are outnumbered, either. NATO is probably not equipped to fend off a surprise attack from Russia, the defence committee heard last year. On that panel, MP Bob Stewart asked Igor Sutyagin, of the Royal United Services Institute, if NATO was capable of reacting in time to a sudden, unprovoked military assault from Russia.

“The problem is that the NATO Very High Readiness [Joint Task] Forces are not enough to cope … the mobility, even if they will be there, they will be outnumbered six to one which is very serious,” Sutyagin said. “Secondly, the forces, even if deployed have some structural deficiencies … the Western side might be unprepared to deal with these environments.”

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The latest disclosure — that even before Trump took office Kushner directed campaign foreign policy advisor Michael Flynn to try to persuade Russia to quash a United Nations resolution — is one example of numerous Kushner contacts with Moscow and meetings with Russian intermediaries now under scrutiny by investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Kushner, a 36-year-old former Manhattan real estate developer and Washington neophyte, may be key as Mueller pursues the still-unresolved mystery of whether Trump’s campaign had improper dealings with Russia, a charge that Kushner denies.

Revelations about Kushner’s Russia contacts have been dribbling out for months, forcing Kushner and other Trump aides who denied or downplayed them to repeatedly backtrack.

But with Flynn now cooperating with Mueller’s investigators, Kushner’s role in handling outreach to foreign governments for Trump is likely to get even more scrutiny from investigators. Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his own Russia contacts.

Publicly Trump insists he is not worried, telling reporters Saturday there had been “absolutely no collusion” with Moscow, but adding, “We’ll see what happens.”

In the wake of Flynn’s plea deal, Democrats on both the House and Senate intelligence committees said they wanted Kushner, who appeared in private before both panels in July, to return to answer new questions about his dealings with Russian officials and intermediaries from Moscow.

“Mike Flynn wasn’t acting as a free agent. He was acting at the behest of very senior people close to the president or the president himself,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. “If Mr. Kushner was involved in that, he’d have a lot to tell us that he hasn’t told us so far.”

Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, declined to comment on Kushner’s Russia contacts.

Kushner has described himself as an overworked and inexperienced campaign aide who was “forced to make changes on the fly” when it came to Russia.

“I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so,” Kushner said after July’s closed-door meeting with investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump cycled through a cadre of high-level aides during the presidential campaign, but Kushner remained a trusted advisor with one particularly unassailable credential — he is family through his marriage to Trump’s older daughter, Ivanka.

After running his real estate company like a family business, Trump saw no reason to change course while campaigning or after winning the White House. Kushner joined the administration and received a vast portfolio of responsibilities, including overhauling the federal government with the newly created Office of American Innovation and pursuing a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

He has insisted that his initial failure to report his meetings with the Russians or any other foreigners on forms required for a government security clearance was not deliberate. He blamed an aide who he said had mistakenly submitted the form, known as an SF-86, before it was complete, and said that he later updated it.

As a trusted advisor, Kushner was the intermediary with foreign officials, a role that led to several contacts with Russian officials, either directly or through intermediaries.

According to court papers disclosed on Friday, Flynn was directed by a “very senior member” of Trump’s transition team — identified by a former official as Kushner — to lobby Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and officials from other foreign governments in an attempt to delay or defeat a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israel in December 2016.

Trump had publicly opposed the resolution, saying it “puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

But the Trump team’s attempts to block the resolution was at odds with the position taken by the Obama administration, which still occupied the White House and planned to let the resolution pass.

The attempts to influence the vote, which a person familiar with the transition described as a collaborative endeavor by multiple high-ranking members of Trump’s team, did not succeed. Kislyak said Russia would not vote against the resolution, which passed after the United States abstained.

Earlier that month, at a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Kislyak asked Kushner whether the Trump transition office had a secure telephone line that Trump’s aides could use to talk to Russian generals about the war in Syria.

Because none was available, Kushner said he asked about using one at the Russian Embassy instead to conduct “direct discussions” with Moscow.

He said that after Kislyak, who was recalled to Moscow last summer, told him that was impossible, they agreed to follow up after the inauguration. Kushner did not explain why the Trump team did not simply ask to use a secure U.S. government line.

In contrast to Flynn, who admitted this week in court that he and Kislyak had discussed U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia by the Obama administration after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, Kushner has said that he did not discuss lifting the sanctions.

Kushner met Kislyak in April 2016 at a foreign policy speech by Trump at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Kushner also held a Dec. 13 meeting with Sergey Gorkov, head of the state-owned Vnesheconombank, Russia’s national development bank. He said he took the meeting at Kislyak’s urging because Gorkov had a “direct relationship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian bank described the session in March as part of a new outreach to “a number of representatives of the largest banks and business establishments of the United States, including Jared Kushner, the head of Kushner Companies.” Kushner, by contrast, said he and Gorkov did not discuss “private business of any kind.”

In testimony to Congress last summer, Kushner also denied having any contact with WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, during the campaign, according to a statement from his lawyer, and said he could not recall anyone from the campaign having such contacts.

WikiLeaks was responsible for releasing hacked emails that U.S. intelligence agencies say were obtained through Russia’s attempt to interfere with the presidential election.

But Kushner was forced to backtrack when the Atlantic magazine revealed last month that the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., forwarded a message from WikiLeaks to Kushner and others.

Lowell said his client did not respond to the email and was not in touch with WikiLeaks.

“Mr. Kushner had no contacts with that organization,” he wrote in a letter last month to the Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel’s bipartisan leadership requested more documents from him.

Kushner also attended a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney introduced to Trump Jr. as “a Russian government attorney” who was part of “its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

The emails said she could provide documents that “would incriminate” Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and would be “very useful to your father.” Kushner insisted he showed up to the meeting without reading the emails about who she was and left early, calling it a “waste of time.”

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KT McFarland, a top official on President Donald Trump’s transition team, said in an email last December that they should reassure Russia, which she said had just “thrown the U.S.A. election” to Trump. The email, obtained by The New York Times, sheds new light on McFarland’s role in coordinating the …

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Ex-Trump adviser KT McFarland reportedly discussed Russia …

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… Getty Images. Ex-deputy national security adviser KT McFarland was identified Friday as the second person who discussed US sanctions against Russia with disgraced ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn. … The Associated Press in a tweet identified McFarland, who was let go after Flynn resigned.
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Meet KT McFarland, Trump’s anti-Arab, Putin-praising Former …

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This article was originally published on November 28, 2016 and republished after reports of KT McFarland’s involvement in the Trump-Russia probe. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has filled two more top administration posts. The incoming president has tapped Fox News analyst Kathleen “KT” …

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KT McFarland will be key to North Korea crisis — if the Senate ever …

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According to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, their nuclear weapons program “endangers world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States.” Another prominent official who sounded this alarm is ambassadorial-nominee KT McFarland, a national security expert whose wisdom has been proven over …
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This article was originally published on November 28, 2016 and republished after reports of KT McFarland’s involvement in the Trump-Russia probe.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has filled two more top administration posts.

The incoming president has tapped Fox News analyst Kathleen “KT” McFarland to serve as deputy national security adviser, and campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel.

Trump confirmed the picks Friday in a statement from his transition team.

He cited McFarland’s “tremendous experience and innate talent,” which he said would “complement the fantastic team we are assembling.”

Trump had already tapped retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

McFarland has most recently served as a Fox News analyst. She served in various posts under former Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan.

While on Fox News McFarland has offered analysis on various issues of national security, some of which has raised an eyebrow or two over the years.

In 2012 McFarland said to, “Either bomb Iran, or let Iran get the bomb.”

In response to the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, McFarland called for more racial profiling, while blaming the attacks on the failings of political correctness. Candidate Trump echoed McFarland’s sentiments in 2016 following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, insisting that the U.S. should adapt “Israeli style” racial profiling.

In a segment with Sean Hannity on Fox News, McFarland defended waterboarding saying, “It’s not torture, but even if it is torture, it’s worth doing.”

While discussing Saudi Arabia’s support for the Iran nuclear agreement, McFarland inisted Saudi Arabia was being duplicitous, based upon her reasons that “they are Arabs, they are not going to say something to your face that will upset you… it’s not what they say, it’s what they do.”

McFarland whose national security experience goes as far back as serving on Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council Staff in the Ford administration, wrote a column in 2013 praising Vladimir Putin for his role in the Syrian conflict. She even went as far as to suggest Putin should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

McFarland’s position does not require Senate confirmation.

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One dead after hit-and-run driver strikes four people during knife …

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One dead after hit-and-run driver strikes four people during knife fight outside Queens hookah bar … (Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News) … An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down at least four people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police …

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Police search for driver who hit at least 4 people in New York City

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NEW YORK — Police are searching for a driver who hit and killed one person and injured three others outside a nightclub in QueensNew York, early Sunday morning, CBS New York reports. Two of the three who are injured are in serious condition, according to the station. Two other people were stabbed …
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Man shot to death near Queens housing complex

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Tax cuts for businesses and rich as Donald Trump wins major 11th …

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US corporation tax will drop from 35 per cent to 20 per cent under Donald Trump’s overhaul which has been backed by Congress. The move piles pressure … “We‘re going to grow the country, we‘re going to grow jobs, we‘re going to be growing everything,” Mr Trump said in New York. “We have companies …

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We are unbeatable,’ Trump tells crowd at New York fundraiser

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President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser at Cipriani in New York, Saturday, Dec. … The president gave the rosy assessment based on the economic upswing since he took office, which the president believes will be supercharged by tax cuts … We‘re going to be growing everything,” Mr. Trump said.


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