9:52 AM 1/29/2018 – SELECTED POSTS: BORTNIKOV AND FSB

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5:46 AM 1/25/2018 – Why General Dynamics Loves the Trump Military Buildup

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10:41 PM 1/24/2018 – Gaps remain in CIA’s understanding
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10:41 PM 1/24/2018 – Gaps remain in CIA’s understanding

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The National Interest: Why General Dynamics Loves the Trump Military Buildup

Dave Majumdar

Security,

Froms subs to tanks the company is in a good position.

The rise of great power competitors to the United States might be a boon for Americas defense conglomerates. Companies like General Dynamics, which builds hardware ranging from Virginia and Columbia class nuclear-powered submarines to Abrams main battle tanks, could stand to benefit from renewed great power competition.

I have long said that I like the positioning of our platform, defense platform businesses because they tend to be somewhat countercyclical, Phebe N. Novakovic, Chairman and CEO General Dynamics, told investors. In a hot war, the tactical forces received the preponderance of the funding and that was true certainly in the hot wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. When we wind down from active intense conflict than the strategic forces, which in our case is the Navy, tend to receive more funding.

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Novakovics contention seems to be borne out in the Pentagons new National Defense Strategy and its spending patterns. What we have is a little bit of a combination of both that we need to grow the fleet for the obvious threats that weve in the North Atlantic and Pacific, and the Army needs to recapitalize based on — it’s had a number of years over a decade of the consumption of its material, but it needs to not only replace but upgrade that material and they put the money behind it, Novakovic said. So I like, I think, were well-balanced.

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Washington Free Beacon: Experts: Turkeys Syrian Offensive Risks Direct Confrontation with U.S.
Washington Free Beacon: Sex Scandal Rocks Missouri Ahead of Senate Showdown
Washington Free Beacon: Billionaire Political Activist Steyer Had Tax Liens
Washington Free Beacon: The Russia Investigation: Its Still All CNN Talks About
Washington Free Beacon: White House Disappointed With Boycott of Meeting by Some Democratic Mayors, Calls It Political Stunt
Washington Free Beacon: U.S. Tourism Declining, But Its Not Because of Trump
Washington Free Beacon: Pelosi Tries to Extend $137,000 Tax Break for Two of Her Multi-Million-Dollar Homes
RSS for National Security: The Latest: US ready for ‘attractive’ trade deal with UK
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: The Latest: US seeks Turkish troops’ exit from Syria town
us national security – Google News: The importance of public safety and national security in the immigration debate – Fox News
Stars and Stripes: Unsealed documents: Hawaii soldier who planned to join Islamic State was obsessed with terrorism videos
War on the Rocks: Prebles Flag: An Emerging Navy Fights Chinese Pirates
War on the Rocks: Britains Nuclear Deterrent Isnt a Military Asset, and Shouldnt Be Funded as One
www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security: Mattis cozying up to Vietnam amid China’s assertiveness
fbi – Google News: ‘Storm Chasers’ Star Joel Taylor Apparent Fatal OD Triggers FBI Investigation – TMZ.com
Cyber Warfare – Google News: How China Is Winning Back More Graduates From Foreign Universities Than Ever Before – Forbes
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house judiciary committee – Google News: Young testifies in support of House bill – Elizabethtown News Enterprise
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Trump lashes out over FBI agents’ missing messages – New York Post
Analysis: Your guide to those anti-FBI conspiracy theories – The Mercury News
Top committee Dems: GOP chairs trying to undermine Russia probe with FBI texts – The Hill
Comey ‘Friend’ Who Leaked FBI Memos Now Claims To Be His Attorney – The Federalist
FBI Agent Was Hesitant to Join Special Counsel’s Russia Probe – Wall Street Journal
Trump Administration Pledges to Get to Bottom of Missing FBI Texts – Daily Signal
Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI | New … – New York Post
FBI: Violent Crime Fell in First Half of 2017 – Voice of America
Classified Memo, Missing Texts Are Latest Salvos As Parties War Over FBI – NPR
The massive FBI sting to bring down an ISIS-supporting weightlifter in Key West – CNN
Your guide to the anti-FBI conspiracy theories rippling through conservative media – Washington Post
Sessions Has No Choice But To Appoint A Special Counsel To Investigate DOJ/FBI – The Federalist
Flynn met with FBI investigators without Trump’s knowledge: report – The Hill (blog)
Flynn kept FBI interview concealed from White House, Trump – NBCNews.com
Donald Trump points finger at Samsung for lost FBI messages – CNET
The Real Story Behind the Waco Siege: Who Was David Koresh – TIME
Ex-national security advisor Flynn reportedly met FBI agents in the West Wing without telling the White House – CNBC
Let’s Wait and See about the FBI ‘Conspiracy’ – National Review
CIA Director Offers A Window Into Trump’s Morning Routine – NPR
FBI’s Strzok allegedly dismissed Mueller probe: ‘no big there there’ – Fox News
Pompeo: CIA focused on blocking shipments to North Korea – Inside Defense
Tillerson blames Russia for gas attacks on civilians in Syria
US: Russia ultimately to blame for Syrian chemical attacks
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Is the FBI’s latest probe of the Clinton Foundation a ‘witch hunt’ or something more? – San Francisco Chronicle

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5:39 PM 1/22/2018

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The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it promised to preserve, and failed to protect the data as it told a federal court it had, Politico . According to recent court filings, the data destroyed were relevant to pending lawsuits facing the agency. Backup tapes from which this data might have been recovered were erased in 2009, 2011, and 2016 as part of a broader housecleaning effort aimed at making space for incoming information.

Following the start of a Turkish offensive in northwestern Syria over the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson jointly requested that Turkish forces exercise restraint against Kurdish fighters, The Wall Street Journal . Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disregarded the plea of his NATO allies, stating that he intends to stay in Syria until the business is done. This latest attack on the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds is part of Turkeys ongoing push to force the Kurds away from the countrys southern border.

Standing before the Knesset, Vice President Mike Pence announced today that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem next year, The Wall Street Journal . Pences announcement comes at the end of his delayed trip to the Middle East, during which he met with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt. King Abdullah of Jordan, a close ally of the United States,  his displeasure to Pence over President Trumps decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel, a sentiment Americas European Union allies .

The FBI failed to retain the text messages exchanged between two senior Bureau officials involved in the investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, The Washington Post . In a congressional letter released over the weekend, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, pressed the FBI to explain in more detail why it failed to collect messages exchanged between December 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. The Justice Departments inspector general is reviewing the text messages as part of an investigation into the FBIs handling of the Clinton email probe.

Although it cited the Department of Homeland Security as the source of its data, a recent Trump administration report on terrorism claiming that three-fourths of international terrorism convicts were immigrants did not include contributions from any DHS analysts, The Daily Beast . The office of Attorney General Jeff Sessions allegedly assembled the reports statistics. Some terrorism experts consider these statistics highly misleading and subsequently released studies of terrorism came to markedly different conclusions. Those who contest the reports statistics and critics of the Trump White House see this latest report as another attempt by the president to strengthen the case for his travel ban and wrongly associate immigrants with terror.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced today that the United States plans to send a team to Europe to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters . According to Tillerson, the officials plan to explore how the United States and its European allies can both improve the deal and counter Iranian activities in the Middle East. This diplomatic endeavor is the latest in the Trump administrations ongoing review of the Iran Deal.

ICYMI: This Weekend on Lawfare

Paul Rosenzweig  that the government shutdown is distracting America from addressing more pressing issues, such as Turkeys invasion of northern Syria.

Sabrina McCubbin  why the shutdown will not affect the Mueller investigation.

Audrey Alexander and William Braniff  that taking down terrorist-linked propaganda and accounts on the Internet is not enough to stop the propagandas effectiveness.

Quinta Jurecic  that we should view Rep. Devin Nuness classified memo on alleged government abuses as one more effort to distract from the Mueller investigation.

Shaun Walker, The Guardians Moscow correspondent,  his new book The Long Hangover: Putins New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past on the Lawfare Podcast.

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This Guy’s Got 2 Words For The President, And He’s Putting Them All Over D.C.
‘Unprecedented Russiaphobia’ Higher Now than Cold War: Russia FM – Newsweek
California couple accused of torturing their 13 children were wannabe swingers, relative says – New York Daily News
Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns – BBC News
Tillerson, U.K.’s Johnson Reiterate Call for Turkish-Kurdish Restraint
Trump’s ‘America First’ Message Is a Case of Rhetoric vs. Reality—So Far
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Facebook admits social media can ‘corrode democracy’ – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Deutsche Bank Taking Legal Action Over Jared Kushner ‘Suspicious’ Funds Report; Company Slams ‘Crazy Allegations’ – Newsweek
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2:06 PM 1/17/2018 – President Donald Trump hosted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev

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President Donald Trump hosted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House on Tuesday, the first visit by a leader of Kazakhstan since 2006.


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11:02 AM 1/17/2018 – Saved Stories: House Panel Subpoenas Bannon In Russia Probe Showdown

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House Panel Subpoenas Bannon In Russia Probe Showdown
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The Early Edition: January 17, 2018
Russia closing gap with NATO, top US general in Europe warns
Republican senator accuses Trump of emulating Stalin in media attacks – Financial Times
Steve Bannon subpoenaed after stonewalling House Intelligence committee – Boston Herald
As Mueller Investigation Has Become Politicized, Americans Are Split On Its Fairness – NPR
Poll: Most Americans want Robert Mueller to complete his Russia probe – PBS NewsHour
Bad news for GOP: Mueller probe could collide with midterms – Politico
If the past is any indication, Trump’s testimony to Mueller could be a train wreck – Business Insider
FBI agents visited Steve Bannon’s home last week to discuss subpoena in Russia probe – NBCNews.com
Steve Bannon strikes deal in Mueller probe: reports – MyStatesman.com
Steve Bannon’s mysterious – and potentially pivotal – grand jury subpoena – SFGate
Steve Bannon’s mysterious and potentially pivotal grand jury subpoena – Washington Post
Political crime – Wikipedia

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10:26 AM 1/17/2018 – Steve Bannon’s mysterious – and potentially pivotal – grand jury subpoena – SFGate

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Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia InvestigationNew York Times
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9:49 AM 1/15/2018 – Recent Tweets: Trump Kazakh Connection: Secret Money

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  1. 9:25 AM 1/15/2018 – Trump Kazakh Connection: Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos To Unknown Buyers http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/15/925-am-1-15-2018-trump-kazakh-connection-secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to-unknown-buyers/ 

    9:25 AM 1/15/2018 – Trump Kazakh Connection: Secret Money: How Trump Made Millions Selling Condos…

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Nazarbayev, Trump to issue statement on Kazakh-U.S. strategic partnership Kazakh President To Meet Trump, Discuss Afghanistan, Russia – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty…

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  2. 6:55 AM 1/15/2018 – The Brooklyn News http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/15/655-am-1-15-2018-the-brooklyn-news/ 

    6:55 AM 1/15/2018 – The Brooklyn News | The Brooklyn News

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  3. 6:40 AM 1/15/2018 – James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/01/15/640-am-1-15-2018-james-bond-is-about-to-be-a-brooklynite/ 

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    James Bond is about to be a Brooklynite – News 247 Monday January 15th, 2018 at 6:26 AM 1 Share Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Burning Iranian oil tanker has sunk after January 6 accident:…

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  4. Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured https://reut.rs/2CZRkBZ 

    Fire engulfs casino shuttle boat off Florida coast, 15 injured

    At least 15 people were injured when a fire engulfed a boat off the coast of Florida on Sunday, causing the 50 people aboard to jump into the Gulf of Mexico and swim to shore, local officials said.

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  5. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Video has surfaced of an NYPD officer being hit as he tries to stop a car in Times Square Saturday night http://4.nbcny.com/ftrKvyK 

    NYPD Officer Struck by Car Near Times Square: Police

    A police officer was struck by a vehicle near Times Square during a traffic stop, police said Sunday.

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  6. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    “A man with unparalleled access to the world’s most powerful information-gathering machine, with an intelligence budget estimated at $73 billion last year, prefers to rely on conservative cable news hosts to understand current events.” http://politi.co/2FrL6fQ 

    I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think.

    There is no strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; he is not trying to distract the media. He is being distracted—by cable news.

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  7. 7:09 PM 1/14/2018 – ALL RECENT POSTS ON G+ http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/709-pm-1-14-2018-all-recent-posts-on-g/ 

    7:09 PM 1/14/2018 – ALL RECENT POSTS ON G+ | The Brooklyn News

    The World News and Times FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes ABC News Feed Integration by RSS Dog. Posts on G+ from mikenova (2 sites) Public RSS-Feed of Mike Nova. Created with the…

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  8. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    A car crashed into the second story of a building in Santa Ana, California, this morning. Officials say the vehicle hit the road’s center divider and went airborne.

    Photos via Orange County PIO

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  9. 5:22 PM 1/14/2018 – русский бруклин – Google News: Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is Reconstructed in ‘In the depths of LAVA’ in New York City – HuffPost http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/522-pm-1-14-2018-%d1%80%d1%83%d1%81%d1%81%d0%ba%d0%b8%d0%b9-%d0%b1%d1%80%d1%83%d0%ba%d0%bb%d0%b8%d0%bd-google-news-richard-foremans-avant-garde-piece-lava-is-reconstructed-in-in-the-dept/ 

    5:22 PM 1/14/2018 – русский бруклин – Google News: Richard Foreman’s Avant-garde Piece ‘Lava’ is…

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  10. 5:02 PM 1/14/2018 – Любовь прошла, завяли помидоры | Money for nothing: Another year of corrupt payments in Albany http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/502-pm-1-14-2018-%d0%bb%d1%8e%d0%b1%d0%be%d0%b2%d1%8c-%d0%bf%d1%80%d0%be%d1%88%d0%bb%d0%b0-%d0%b7%d0%b0%d0%b2%d1%8f%d0%bb%d0%b8-%d0%bf%d0%be%d0%bc%d0%b8%d0%b4%d0%be%d1%80%d1%8b-money-for-nothing/ 

    5:02 PM 1/14/2018 – Любовь прошла, завяли помидоры | Money for nothing: Another year of corrupt…

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  11. The Russian Brooklyn http://bklynnews.com/the-russian-brooklyn/ 

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    Russia News Videos Russia News and News In Russian – Новости из России и Новости на Русском языке Russia Video News – Видео Новости из России и Новости на Русском языке The Russian Brooklyn – You…

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  13. Brooklyn Video News http://bklynnews.com/the-brooklyn-news/brooklyn-video-news/ 

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  14. Bitterly cold temps return to Brooklyn http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/37262338/bitterly-cold-temps-return-to-brooklyn#.WluR1OhnH0c.twitter 

    Bitterly cold temps return to Brooklyn

    Residents awoke Sunday morning to the return of last week’s bitterly cold temperatures, turning Friday’s mild temperatures into a distant memory.

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  15. 11:53 AM 1/14/2018 – Residents awoke Sunday morning to the return of last week’s bitterly cold temperatures, turning Friday’s mild temperatures into a distant memory http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/1153-am-1-14-2018/ 

    11:53 AM 1/14/2018 – Residents awoke Sunday morning to the return of last week’s bitterly cold…

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  16. 11:48 AM 1/14/2018 – TomBrady giving resounding endorsement to Giants http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/1148-am-1-14-2018/ 

    11:48 AM 1/14/2018 – TomBrady giving resounding endorsement to Giants | The Brooklyn News

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  17. BWW Review: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia in Brooklyn http://bklynnews.com/blog/2018/01/14/bww-review-the-state-ballet-theatre-of-russia-in-brooklyn/ 

    BWW Review: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia in Brooklyn | The Brooklyn News

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks BWW Review: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia in Brooklyn Mueller targets the White House, another Russian threat looms, and Trump flips on…

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  18. M.N.: The questions and the issues are broader: What kind of the disabling “transformation” happened to the US Intelligence and Security agencies? – Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/13/obama-administrations-bastardization-of-our-intel-agencies-and-fbi/ 

    Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI | Global Security News

    Mark Levin: Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI Posted By Tim Hains On Date January 12, 2018 Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts…

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  19. Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/13/obama-administrations-bastardization-of-our-intel-agencies-and-fbi/ 

    Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI | Global Security News

    Mark Levin: Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI Posted By Tim Hains On Date January 12, 2018 Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts…

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  20. The documents made public did not answer the key question: What motivated Paddock… http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/13/the-documents-made-public-did-not-answer-the-key-question-what-motivated-paddock/ 

    The documents made public did not answer the key question: What motivated Paddock… | FBI News Review

    The documents made public did not answer the key question: What motivated Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, to unleash gunfire from his room on the 32nd floor of the resort into an outdoor…

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  21. FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – ABC News http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/01/13/fbi-knew-las-vegas-gunman-had-big-gun-stashes-abc-news/ 

    FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – ABC News | The World News and Times

    FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – ABC News “The documents made public did not answer the key question: What motivated Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, to unleash gunfire from…

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  22. Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – ABC News – http://abcn.ws/2EBRi3O  via @ABC

    FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes, records say

    FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and…

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  23. Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes ABC News http://lasvegas-shooting.org/2018/01/13/records-fbi-knew-las-vegas-gunman-had-big-gun-stashes-abc-news/ 

    Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes ABC News | Las Vegas Shooting

    Washington Post Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes ABC News Add Las Vegas Shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Las Vegas Shooting news, video, and analysis…

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  24. 5:05 AM 1/13/2018 – Senate report challenges quality of Facebook, Twitter investigations of Russia’s Brexit influence – The Hill – Saved Stories http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/13/505-am-1-13-2018-senate-report-challenges-quality-of-facebook-twitter-investigations-of-russias-brexit-influence-the-hill-saved-stories/ 

    5:05 AM 1/13/2018 – Senate report challenges quality of Facebook, Twitter investigations of…

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Senate report challenges quality of Facebook, Twitter investigations of Russia’s Brexit influence – The Hill social media in trump campaign – Google News: What has…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  25. 1:52 PM 1/12/2018 – A Watergate Moment? The Fusion GPS Testimony Could Change History http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/152-pm-1-12-2018-a-watergate-moment-the-fusion-gps-testimony-could-change-history/ 

    1:52 PM 1/12/2018 – A Watergate Moment? The Fusion GPS Testimony Could Change History | FBI News…

    Fusion GPS co-founder: Dossier author feared Trump was … Fusion GPS Testimony Shows FBI Believed Dossier Without … Fusion GPS transcript undercuts GOP attack on Steele and … ‘Human source’ in…

    fbinewsreview.org

  26. 1:26 PM 1/12/2018 – Trump cancels London visit – Saved Stories http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/12/126-pm-1-12-2018/ 

    1:26 PM 1/12/2018 – Trump cancels London visit – Saved Stories

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Treasury secretary says new Iran sanctions are coming as administration faces another deadline on nuclear deal Trump cancels London visit to dedicate new U.S….

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  27. “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – The impression by the professional intelligence officer of the closest allied service is the very serious issue and the very important “matter”. Investigate the FBI fully, thoroughly and deeply.http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/01/12/russia-gate-is-becoming-fbi-gate/ 

    “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” | The World News and Times

    “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” 10:28 AM 1/12/2018 – “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate – Google Search…

    worldnewsandtimes.org

  28. “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” http://worldnewsandtimes.org/2018/01/12/russia-gate-is-becoming-fbi-gate/ 

    “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” | The World News and Times

    “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” 10:28 AM 1/12/2018 – “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate – Google Search…

    worldnewsandtimes.org

  29. 10:28 AM 1/12/2018 – “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/1028-am-1-12-2018-russia-gate-is-becoming-fbi-gate-the-fbi-hand-behind-russia-gate-consortium-news/ 

    10:28 AM 1/12/2018 – “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate –…

    The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortiumnews Friday January 12th, 2018 at 10:11 AM Consortiumnews 1 Share…

    fbinewsreview.org

  30. “Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate…” – 9:28 AM 1/12/2018 – Russian trolls and US senators – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks  http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/12/928-am-1-12-2018-russian-trolls-and-us-senators-mike-novas-shared-newslinks/ 

  31. 8:09 AM 1/12/2018 – Trump’s Statement On Canceled London Visit Is Full Of Falsehoods – Saved Stories http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/12/809-am-1-12-2018/ 

    8:09 AM 1/12/2018 – Trump’s Statement On Canceled London Visit Is Full Of Falsehoods – Saved Stories

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Trump’s Statement On Canceled London Visit Is Full Of Falsehoods “Shithole countries? Words worthy of a racist-in-chief | Richard Wolffe Few Republicans Acknowle…

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  32. 7:49 AM 1/12/2018 – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/749-am-1-12-2018/ 

    7:49 AM 1/12/2018 – The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLi…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate – Consortium News FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting staged to appear as a suicide FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting…

    fbinewsreview.org

  33. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This country’s greatness and true genius lies in its diversity.

  34. 6:44 AM 1/12/2018 – FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting staged to appear as a suicide – Chicago Tribune – Saved Stories http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/12/644-am-1-12-2018/ 

    6:44 AM 1/12/2018 – FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting staged to appear as a suicide –…

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None FBI expert concluded Chicago cop’s shooting staged to appear as a suicide – Chicago Tribune Veteran Chicago police Sgt. Donald Markham was shot by someone else at…

    fbinewsreview.org

  35. 10:31 AM 1/11/2018 http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/11/1031-am-1-11-2018/ 

    10:31 AM 1/11/2018

    Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Senate Democrats accuse Russia of ‘assault on democracy’ in conspiracy-laden report – RT Palmer Report: Someone is still paying Fusion GPS to investigate Donald…

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  36. The impression by the professional intelligence officer of the closest allied service is the very serious issue and the very important “matter”. Investigate the FBI fully, thoroughly and deeply http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/11/921-am-1-11-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks-fbi-as-he-suspected-it-had-been-compromised/ 

    9:21 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “FBI as he suspected it had been compromised”… |…

    The impression by the professional intelligence officer of the closest allied service is the very serious issue and the very important “matter”. Investigate the FBI fully, thoroughly and deeply, if…

    fbinewsreview.org

  37. 9:21 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “FBI as he suspected it had been compromised”… http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/11/921-am-1-11-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks-fbi-as-he-suspected-it-had-been-compromised/ 

    9:21 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “FBI as he suspected it had been compromised”… |…

    The impression by the professional intelligence officer of the closest allied service is the very serious issue and the very important “matter”. Investigate the FBI fully, thoroughly and deeply, if…

    fbinewsreview.org

  38. 8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Private investigator stopped cooperating with FBI as he suspected it had been compromised, his employer told committee – The Guardian  http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/825-am-1-11-2018-saved-stories-trump-russia-inquiry-transcript-reveals-ex-spy-and-fbis-cloak-and-dagger-dance-us-news-the-guardian/ 

    8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s…

    Source: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance | US news | The Guardian The transcript from the Fusion G.P.S. founders testimony raises questions about what…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  39. 8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance | US news | The Guardian  http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/825-am-1-11-2018-saved-stories-trump-russia-inquiry-transcript-reveals-ex-spy-and-fbis-cloak-and-dagger-dance-us-news-the-guardian/ 

    8:25 AM 1/11/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s…

    Source: Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance | US news | The Guardian The transcript from the Fusion G.P.S. founders testimony raises questions about what…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  40. Trump-Russia inquiry: transcript reveals ex-spy and FBI’s cloak-and-dagger dance https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/10/transcript-raises-questions-about-fbis-handling-of-trump-russia-concerns?CMP=share_btn_tw 

    Transcript raises questions about FBI’s handling of Trump-Russia concerns

    Private investigator stopped cooperating with FBI as he suspected it had been compromised, his employer told committee

    theguardian.com

  41. 7:53 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans :: Balkan Insight – FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/11/753-am-1-11-2018/ 

    7:53 AM 1/11/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans :: Balkan Insight Chinas Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU :: Balkan Insight The Republicans Fake Investigat…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  42. White House won’t say if Trump’s physical will include a cognitive impairment test https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-cognitive-impairment_us_5a5694d5e4b0a300f9059d34?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004  via @HuffPostPol

    White House Won’t Say If Trump’s Physical Will Include A Cognitive Impairment Test

    Trump’s own Health Department says people his age should have the tests as part of their annual checkups to detect early signs of dementia.

    huffingtonpost.com

  43. Who Paid for the HuffPost Puff Piece on Trump’s Felonious Friend? http://thebea.st/2FrpCjs?source=twitter&via=desktop  via @thedailybeast

    Who Paid for the HuffPost Puff Piece on Trump’s Felonious Friend?

    Someone paid for positive story about Felix Sater—but the author is keeping the mysterious benefactor’s identity secret.

    thedailybeast.com

  44. Robots Can’t Vote, but They Helped Elect Trump https://nyti.ms/2FsJPoH 

    Robotic welders working at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss.

    Opinion | Robots Can’t Vote, but They Helped Elect Trump

    The areas of the country with the largest robot work forces gave the president an unanticipated advantage in the Electoral College.

    nytimes.com

  45. China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/china-s-stealthy-advance-in-balkans-should-worry-eu-01-11-2018#.Wlc7vxZwCIg.twitter 

    China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

    While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

    balkaninsight.com

  46. US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/us-democrats-worried-about-russian-interference-in-balkans-01-10-2018#.Wlc5dqD8xhk.twitter 

    US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans

    New Congressional report claims Russia is aggressively targeting countries in Central and Eastern Europe that want to join the EU and NATO – and urges the US to re-engage with the region.

    balkaninsight.com

  47. Bannon’s brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans https://usat.ly/2FoWmcS  via @usatoday

    Bannon’s brutal ouster from Trump and Breitbart circles should frighten Americans

    Conservative institutions have embraced Bannon’s political slaughter not for his past sins but because he criticized the president. That’s chilling.

    usatoday.com

  48. Reviving Old Lies to Unite a New Russia https://nyti.ms/2Ew0AhM 

    Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov at the opening session of the Bishops Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in November at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

    Opinion | Reviving Old Lies to Unite a New Russia

    Why would an Orthodox bishop with close ties to Putin hint at an old anti-Semitic canard to explain the murder of the last czar’s family?

    nytimes.com

  49. The Republicans’ Fake Investigations https://nyti.ms/2DV8ocj 

    Opinion | The Republicans’ Fake Investigations

    The attack on our firm, Fusion GPS, is a diversionary tactic by Republicans who don’t want to investigate Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

    nytimes.com

  50. A doctor’s wife threatened to expose the opioid ring he ran, so he killed her, officials said. http://wapo.st/2CVDqEq?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.a48a013e6c1c 

    A doctor’s wife threatened to expose the opioid ring he ran. So he killed her, officials said.

    Dr. James Kauffman, 68, an endocrinologist on the Jersey Shore, continued to operate a drug ring with members of a motorcycle gang after his wife’s death, prosecutors said.

    washingtonpost.com

  51. Opinion | Fusion GPS transcript undercuts GOP attack on Steele and FBI http://wapo.st/2CZTqVC?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.ee6bbcdae173 

    Opinion | Fusion GPS transcript undercuts GOP attack on Steele and FBI

    Republican antics backfire.

    washingtonpost.com

  52. 12:10 PM 1/10/2018 – U.S. media infiltration by Russian Intelligence | Trump dossier http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/10/1210-pm-1-10-2018/ 

    12:10 PM 1/10/2018 – U.S. media infiltration by Russian Intelligence | Trump dossier

    Foreign spies are watching — and probably targeting — Fox News Channel – The Washington Post washingtonpost.com There’s almost no better source of raw intelligence than President Trump… Mike Nova’s…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  53. Grim dossier claim spurs speculation about possible Russian rubout http://fxn.ws/2AMHmlq 

    Grim dossier claim spurs speculation about possible Russian rubout

    A bombshell revelation made public Tuesday that somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of an unconfirmed anti-Trump dossier has sparked speculation that it was a reference to…

    foxnews.com

  54. 10:07 AM 1/10/2018 – “Several good agents” and other stuff – Foreign spies are watching and probably targeting Fox News Channel http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/10/1007-am-1-10-2018-several-good-agents-and-other-stuff/ 

    10:07 AM 1/10/2018 – “Several good agents” and other stuff – Foreign spies are watching and…

    “For Russian intelligence, a systematic effort to threaten, coerce and co-opt journalists is a decades-old practice. Former KGB general Oleg Kalugin mentioned in his memoirs how his service had…

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  55. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    The US needs to take action now to defend itself against potential Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest, a new report says http://cnn.it/2Fp06LA 

    US must act now to ward off more Russian election meddling, report says

    The US will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now, according to a new report detailing…

    edition.cnn.com

  56. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Congress needs to bring back earmarks. A handout here or there would help end partisan gridlock https://bloom.bg/2mn70sN 

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  57. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Until the very end, Steve Bannon seemed unable to admit that he’d thoroughly screwed himself, writes @Olivianuzzi http://nym.ag/2FoNRyG 

    Bannon Didn’t See Trump Could Ruin Him Until It Was Too Late

    Until the very end, Bannon seemed unable to admit he’d so thoroughly screwed himself, and unwilling to believe that even his own had turned on him.

    nymag.com

  58. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    On any given day, there are about 1.5 million people in prison in the United States, and about another 750,000 people in jail — either awaiting trial, or detained for a misdemeanor. http://j.mp/2EbPDS5 

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  59. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    Democratic senator’s report warns of Russian meddling across Europe https://bloom.bg/2mn6laN 

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  60. Perspective | Foreign spies are watching — and probably targeting — Fox News Channel http://wapo.st/2mfbfWH?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.615dba5ae971 

    Perspective | Foreign spies are watching — and probably targeting — Fox News Channel

    There’s almost no better source of raw intelligence than President Trump’s favorite network.

    washingtonpost.com

  61. Michael Novakhov Retweeted

    WATCH: Thailand’s prime minister places cardboard cut-out of himself in front of microphone, tells reporters to “ask this guy” if they have any questions, and walks away.

  62. The inquiry by the European parliament’s civil liberties committee says the activities of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, GCHQ, appear to be illegal … http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/10/724-am-1-10-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks/ 

    7:24 AM 1/10/2018 – How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs – Mike Nova’s Shared…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs – WIRED 9:16 PM 1/9/2018 FBI was being manipulated for…

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  63. 7:24 AM 1/10/2018 – How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks  http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/10/724-am-1-10-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks/ 

    7:24 AM 1/10/2018 – How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs – Mike Nova’s Shared…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs – WIRED 9:16 PM 1/9/2018 FBI was being manipulated for…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  64. How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs https://www.wired.com/story/stingray-secret-surveillance-programs/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare  via @WIRED

    How the Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs

    A new report from Human Rights Watch sheds light on a troubling law enforcement practice called “parallel construction.”

    wired.com

  65. 6:44 AM 1/10/2018 – Transcript of Fusion GPS founder’s testimony intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier – Chicago Tribune – Saved Stories http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/10/644-am-1-10-2018-saved-stories/ 

    6:44 AM 1/10/2018 – Transcript of Fusion GPS founder’s testimony intensifies feud over FBI, Trump…

    Saved Stories – None Transcript of Fusion GPS founder’s testimony intensifies feud over FBI, Trump dossier – Chicago Tribune Former British spy turned to FBI after dossier revealed Russia might…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  66. 6:35 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: European Countries Have Battled Russian Interference for Years. Here’s What the US Can Learn From Them. – Mother Jones http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/10/635-am-1-10-2018-saved-stories/ 

    6:35 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: European Countries Have Battled Russian Interference for Years….

    Saved Stories – None European Countries Have Battled Russian Interference for Years. Here’s What the US Can Learn From Them. – Mother Jones Democrats target Russia, Trump in report on election…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  67. 5:55 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: Pakistan halts intelligence cooperation with US, but US embassy denies knowledge http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/10/555-am-1-10-2018-saved-stories/ 

    5:55 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: Pakistan halts intelligence cooperation with US, but US embassy…

    Saved Stories – None Pakistan halts intelligence cooperation with US, but US embassy denies knowledge Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript – Washington Post Inside…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  68. 5:41 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript – Washington Post http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/10/541-am-1-10-2018-saved-stories-feud-over-trump-dossier-intensifies-with-release-of-interview-transcript-washington-post/ 

    5:41 AM 1/10/2018 – Saved Stories: Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview…

    Saved Stories – None Feud over Trump dossier intensifies with release of interview transcript – Washington Post Inside the Drug-Dealing Empire That Ruled West Philly – OZY It Is Time for Progressives…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  69. Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview with Dossier Firm https://nyti.ms/2Esr3fR 

    Senator Dianne Feinstein of California released the transcripts without the Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, almost certainly escalating partisan tensions on the committee

    Democratic Senator Releases Transcript of Interview with Dossier Firm

    Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released the transcript of the committee’s interview with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.

    nytimes.com

  70. 9:16 PM 1/9/2018 – “FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people”, Simpson said” – FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion, according to Glenn Simpson’s Senate testimony – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks http://fbinewsreview.org/2018/01/09/916-pm-1-9-2018/ 

    9:16 PM 1/9/2018 – “FBI was being manipulated for political ends by the Trump people”, Simpson…

    “Steele broke off contact with the FBI sometime between Oct. 31, 2016, and the election on Nov. 8, Simpson said, because Steele concluded that the information he had given to the FBI was not elevated…

    fbinewsreview.org

  71. LABRAT KNATS! – Update – 1.9.18 http://globalsecuritynews.org/2018/01/09/labrat-knats-update-1-9-18/ 

    LABRAT KNATS! – Update – 1.9.18 | Global Security News

    LABRAT KNATS! – Update – 1.9.18 Just as a side, and maybe not adequately or well-informed comment: the GRU – Russian Military Intelligence, is the prime suspect among them, and several other candid…

    globalsecuritynews.org

  72. FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion before election, according to Senate testimony https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-knew-possible-trump-russia-collusion-according-senate-testimony-n836216  via @nbcnews

    FBI knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion before election, according to Senate testimony

    A Democratic senator released closed-door testimony by the founder of Fusion GPS showing that the FBI already knew of possible Trump-Russia collusion.

    nbcnews.com

  73. 5:33 PM 1/9/2018 – How to help the family of the fallen Pierce County sheriff’s deputy – Seattle Times – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks  http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/09/533-pm-1-9-2018-how-to-help-the-family-of-the-fallen-pierce-county-sheriffs-deputy-seattle-times-mike-novas-shared-newslinks/ 

    5:33 PM 1/9/2018 – How to help the family of the fallen Pierce County sheriff’s deputy – Seattle…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks How to help the family of the fallen Pierce County sheriff’s deputy – Seattle Times фсб зарубежные операции – Google Search 5 reasons to worry Trump is undermining the…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  74. 5:07 PM 1/9/2018 – Saved Stories: The White House struggles to silence talk of Trump’s mental fitness – Washington Post http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/09/507-pm-1-9-2018-saved-stories-the-white-house-struggles-to-silence-talk-of-trumps-mental-fitness-washington-post/ 

    5:07 PM 1/9/2018 – Saved Stories: The White House struggles to silence talk of Trump’s mental…

    Saved Stories – None The White House struggles to silence talk of Trump’s mental fitness – Washington Post Trump probably could not refuse Mueller subpoena to answer questions – NBCNews.com How to…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  75. 9:34 AM 1/9/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “Fire and Fury” sparks talk about Trump’s mental fitness http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/09/934-am-1-9-2018-mike-novas-shared-newslinks-fire-and-fury-sparks-talk-about-trumps-mental-fitness/ 

    9:34 AM 1/9/2018 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: “Fire and Fury” sparks talk about Trump’s mental…

    Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Everything hits the fan David Cameron thought Barack Obama was a narcissist, says ex … – Telegraph.co.uk “Fire and Fury” sparks talk about Trump’s mental fitness Trump…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  76. 9:19 AM 1/9/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump likely to be interviewed over Russia probe – ANI News http://trumpinvestigations.org/blog/2018/01/09/919-am-1-9-2018-saved-stories-trump-likely-to-be-interviewed-over-russia-probe-ani-news/ 

    9:19 AM 1/9/2018 – Saved Stories: Trump likely to be interviewed over Russia probe – ANI News

    Trump likely to be interviewed over Russia probe – ANI News Saved Stories – None Ahmad Taibi: No deal for Palestine under Donald Trump – Aljazeera.com The Orange Menaceand the Even More Dangerous…

    trumpinvestigations.org

  77. Mueller Conveys Interest in Questioning Trump: Source https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/Mueller-Conveys-Interest-in-Questioning-Trump-468417873.html  via @nbcnewyork

    Mueller Conveys Interest in Questioning Trump: Source

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump…

    nbcnewyork.com

  78. LABRAT KNATS! – By Michael Novakhov
    Last Update on 1.9.18http://globalsecuritynews.org

    Global Security News

    The World News and Times – Information Management Service: Current World News | Reviews of media reports | Selected reading lists | Video and Audio News | News Topics RSS Feeds | News, Reviews,…

    globalsecuritynews.org


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 M.N.: The questions and the issues are broader: What kind of the disabling “transformation” happened to the US Intelligence and Security agencies? – Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI

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 M.N.: The questions and the issues are broader: What kind of the invisible but disabling “transformation” happened to the US Intelligence and Security agencies, bodies, structures, institutions, including the FBI, and their personnel and their moral outlook, during the Obama Administration? Was this the real and the overlooked, carefully disguised, “Obama Revolution”? 
Do we deal with its early sequelae now? Is the “Trump – Russia Affair” a direct result of this dysfunctional “transformation”? What will or can happen at a later stage? What should be done to understand this phenomenon and to prevent the looming disasters, related to it? 
And all this has  nothing to do with “race”. It has all to do with the perverse, pseudo-Leftist “crypto-poison”. 
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Mark Levin: Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI

Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts about reports that the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama administration to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Circa News reporter Sara Carter reported this week that the dossier “certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant” that was used to spy on members of Trump’s campaign.

MARK LEVIN: This is a massive scandal, the likes of which we’ve not seen.

The bastardization of our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement by a sitting Democrat administration aimed at destroying and defeating a Republican nominee — the opposition party.

And after the election, his transition. This is a big deal. This is the sort of things that happen in s***hole countries. 

Representatives of four committees… the House Intel Committee, the Senate Intel Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee have been able to review documents in a secure room at the Justice Dept. according to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York.

They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or copy them, but they could take notes. They thus know the answer to the was the dossier used to spy question.

The answer to the question is classified, however, as of yesterday morning, no one had yet leaked it. However, late yesterday, according to reporter Sarah Carter, multiple sources told her that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the FISA court.

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Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts about reports that the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama administration to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Circa News reporter Sara Carter reported this week that the …

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To recap, Steele is a former British intelligence agent who compiled a “dossier” of uncorroborated reports alleging a Trump–Kremlin conspiracy. Steele was …. So how did the Obama administration — the FBI, the Justice Department, and the intelligence agencies — treat Steele’s information? Did they grill …

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Even the Senate committee tasked with oversight of the intelligence agencies was spied on during the Obama administration. … This abuse was so flagrant that the normally pro-government FISA court blasted the Obama administration’s FBI and NSA just days before Obama was set to leave the White …
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If it turns out that the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama administration to spy on Trump’s team — and that’s where the evidence is pointing — it would be the biggest scandal of our lifetimes. A sitting president using the FBI and intelligence agencies to spy on the opposition party is the kind of thing that …
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Thursday on his syndicated radio program, Mark Levin reviews the facts about reports that the Steele Dossier was used by the Obama administration to gain approval for a FISA court warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Circa News reporter Sara Carter reported this week that the dossier “certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant” that was used to spy on members of Trump’s campaign.

MARK LEVIN: This is a massive scandal, the likes of which we’ve not seen.
The bastardization of our intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement by a sitting Democrat administration aimed at destroying and defeating a Republican nominee — the opposition party.

And after the election, his transition. This is a big deal. This is the sort of things that happen in s***hole countries.
Representatives of four committees… the House Intel Committee, the Senate Intel Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee have been able to review documents in a secure room at the Justice Dept. according to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York.
They were not allowed to take the documents out of the room or copy them, but they could take notes. They thus know the answer to the was the dossier used to spy question.
The answer to the question is classified, however, as of yesterday morning, no one had yet leaked it. However, late yesterday, according to reporter Sarah Carter, multiple sources told her that the dossier was used along with other evidence to obtain the warrant from the FISA court.
Our old buddy Fox News’s Sean Hannity corroborated the news on his show that night, saying that three separate sources told him the same thing. This dossier, a 35-page hit piece of opposition research was put together by former British spy Christopher Steele for the liberal opposition research group Fusion GPS, which was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee.
According to Carter, the sources suggest there will be more information in the coming weeks regarding systemic FISA abuse.
‘(The dossier) certainly played a role in obtaining the warrant,’ added another senior U.S. official, with knowledge of the dossier. ‘Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier.’
The law enforcement source said the broader question is why did the FBI use a Democrat-paid-for dossier to actually surveil another campaign.
To show you how utterly and thoroughly corrupt the media is, most of the media are ignoring this. Most of the media are ignoring this. This is such a massive scandal, we can not live in a free society when administrations of one party are surveilling candidates of another party, or transitions of another party.

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The Steele Dossier: Let Transparency Trump Politics

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President Donald Trump, concerned that investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections cast doubt over his legitimacy, has consistently dismissed and denigrated such probes. The decision by Dianne Feinstein, as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, to unilaterally release the transcript of closed testimony by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson adds a measure of much-needed transparency in the still-unfolding investigations. A careful—and apolitical–reading of the more than 300 pages sheds light on the work of the political research firm and the credibility of revelations thus far.

The primary impetus for the nine hours of Senate staff questioning of Simpson was the so-called “Steele Dossier,” a series of raw intelligence reports collected by former British MI-6 officer Christopher Steele, many of which paint Trump and his organization in a highly negative light.

Unfortunately, partisan politics are overshadowing the content of the dossier and the veracity of Steele and Simpson. Information in the transcript contributes significantly to the public’s ability to understand Russia’s goals for the election, as well as the level of professionalism not only of Fusion GPS but also of Steele and, indeed, the FBI.

So it is difficult to ascribe anything but political calculation to Republican opposition to making the transcript public. A spokesperson for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the release “undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work and jeopardizes its ability to secure candid, voluntary testimony.” These complaints do not appear to be serious, given that the committee presumably could subpoena witnesses if it so desired. And in today’s leaky Washington, there is only an even chance that a transcript would remain confidential.

Simpson himself called for release of the transcript in a recent op-ed in The New York Times. Certainly no classified information was discussed, a valid reason often used to conduct closed hearings. Given all of this, Grassley’s opposition to the release of the transcript appears to be first and foremost a political decision, designed to keep Simpson’s comments out of the public eye.

Motivations for the Initial Research

Many believe the Democratic Party hired Fusion GPS to use Steele to get Russian dirt on Trump, and that this was a key goal from the outset. In fact, according to Simpson, his firm started its research on Trump the same way it did when researching anybody else, Republican or Democrat – using public sources.

The research “wasn’t really a Russia-focused investigation for the first half of it,” he told the committee staff. This is important because Simpson noted to the staffers that most of Fusion’s employees were former journalists, and as such, were used to conducting research using publicly available information.

It is also interesting that Simpson’s initial focus was on Trump’s business activities, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. As we will see in a moment, some of the business that caught Fusion’s attention was in Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union.

Simpson indicated that only when public records had been exhausted did he contact Steele, someone he had known for years, in an attempt to obtain additional information, especially in regard to Trump activities in and around Russia. Portions of what Fusion researchers uncovered led them to suspect Russia played a significant role in the Trump story – suspicions that later seemed to be validated by Steele’s work with his Russian sources.

A Long History of Questionable Business Deals

This is a theme that arose several times during Simpson’s questioning. The Fusion CEO indicated that his initial research focused on identifying links between Trump’s business empire and organized crime worldwide. While the research did turn up non-Russian activity (the Italian mob is mentioned, for example though without detail), Fusion began to find more and more Russia-centric organized crime connections.

Felix Sater, whom Simpson describes as having ties to Russian organized crime, was an example. Simpson said that Trump stated under oath at some point – Simpson didn’t specify the context) that he did not know Sater well. Simpson indicated that “this was not true,” and that Trump “continued to associate with [Sater] long after he learned of Felix’s organized crime ties.”

Trump had business dealings all over the world, and trying to track them proved difficult, Simpson said.

“We became interested in his (Trump’s) [Trump’s] overseas business dealings particularly because they were so opaque and seemed to involve … to say the least, colorful characters,” Simpson said.

As Fusion dug further into Trump’s deals in the former Soviet Union –Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan, for example – Simpson became concerned.

“What came back was something … very different and obviously more alarming … which outlined a political conspiracy and a much broader set of issues than the ones we went looking for,” Simpson said. “Initially, we didn’t know what to do with this.”

Fusion’s research into the Trump businesses apparently revealed not only ties to Russian organized crime, but also possible darker intentions on the part of the Russian government. Now Fusion found itself unable to use public information, and so Simpson brought in Steele as a contractor to dig deeper, using the human intelligence techniques Steele had learned as an intelligence officer.

Simpson’s Trust of Steele

The Fusion CEO told the Senate staffers that he had known and worked with Steele for “eight or nine years,” and that, in a business where “a lot of people make stuff up and sell baloney,” Steele stood apart. Simpson made the common-sense business argument that good research and reporting, such as what Steele had provided in the past, made it more likely that Fusion and Steele would get additional business in the future.

Steele is “well-respected in his field, and, as I say, everyone I know who’s ever dealt with him thinks he’s quite good,” Simpson said. “That would include people from the U.S. government.”

So convinced was Fusion of Steele’s skills that Simpson believed Steele would be able to sort out what might be Russian disinformation, should one or more of Steele’s sources be under the control of the Russian government. Simpson reasoned that, given Steele’s long career as an intelligence officer focused on Russia, he would be able to identify false information provided by his Russian sources, and either omit them or include disclaimers in his reporting. This would be standard practice for any professional intelligence officer.

Reporting to the FBI … or Not

One of the more fascinating portions of the transcript describes Simpson and Steele wrestling with how to manage the information that began to flow in regarding the Trump organization’s cooperation with the Russian government. It is clear from the transcript that neither man was initially sure what to do with the bombshell information.

According to Simpson, it was Steele who first raised the issue of passing some of his information to the FBI, given Steele’s concerns that the Russians were attempting to influence the U.S. presidential elections. Simpson at first demurred, saying he needed to think about it. But Steele persisted, and when Steele said he had an old friend who was an FBI officer serving in Rome who could be used as a conduit, Simpson posed no objection to sharing the reporting with him.

“Let’s be clear,” Simpson also told the staffers, “this was not considered by me to be part of the work that we were doing … To me this was, like, you know, you’re driving in to work and you see something happen and you call 911.”

The transcripts reveal Simpson to be a convincing character, one whose firm had been hired over the years to do opposition research on both Republican and Democratic candidates. Fusion GPS’s modus operandi regarding such research seems consistent with Simpson’s journalistic roots and the skills he honed while working as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

On several occasions, Simpson highlighted the need to remain professionally and politically neutral when doing his job, not just because of the ethics of his work, but also because he (and his contractor Steele) understood that being an honest broker in his line of work would mean more clients would hire him in the future.

A question that isn’t answered in the hearing is what Steele told Simpson about who his Russian sources were, and how he obtained information from them. On multiple occasions, Simpson declined to answer questions about the sources in order to protect them; at one point, Simpson’s lawyer, Joshua Levy, pushed back at staffers’ questions on this by saying that one person in Russia had already died as a result of the release of the dossier.

Simpson was clearly focused on the reliability of Steele’s sources. But in the end, he put his trust in Steele’s expertise running Russian agents when he was an intelligence officer.

Much of the information discussed in the Simpson transcripts was already known. But in stark contrast to Trump and, apparently, Republicans on the committee, Simpson and Steele were so troubled by the information they collected that they decided to approach the FBI.

“I mean, for both of us, it was citizenship,” said Simpson. Perhaps citizenship is a concept worth remembering in the future when dealing with questions of Trump and Russia.

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Putin’s Trolls Are Targeting Trump’s GOP Critics—Especially John McCain 

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When John McCain checked into Walter Reed Medical Center in December as he continued his battle against cancer, Russian trolls seized the moment to spread a conspiracy theory that the veteran Republican senator was using his health as a pretense to dodge a rising “scandal” concerning the so-called Trump-Russia dossier. Far-right stories attacking McCain – a frequent critic of President Trump – were among the top 10 shared by Kremlin-backed Twitter accounts in the days after McCain was hospitalized, as well as later in the month after he returned to Arizona, according to recent analysis by the cybersecurity project Hamilton 68.

While the vast majority of the attacks from the 600 Twitter accounts tracked in real time by the Hamilton 68 dashboard are aimed at Democrats, the trolls also turn their sights on Republicans who sometimes stand up to Trump. Repeat targets have included Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. National security adviser H.R. McMaster has also been a target. But no Republican has faced more persistent wrath from the Russian-linked accounts than McCain, says Bret Schafer, an analyst for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a group of national-security experts behind the dashboard working to expose Kremlin meddling in US politics. And those attacks on McCain have intensified in recent weeks.

“In the other cases, it’s usually one day of concentrated activity going after them, any time one of those figures would come out against Trump,” Schafer says. “McCain has been a much more consistent target.”

Schafer says that the trolls tend to spread disinformation from far-right American sites rather than content from explicitly Russian ones. “GatewayPundit.com and TruePundit.com—sites to the right of Breitbart—those are our frequent flyers,” he says. “The Russians are latching onto hyperpartisan content.”

In September, McCain drew the trolls’ fire when he came out against the Graham-Grassley overhaul of the Affordable Care Act; the day after his statement against the bill, six of the top 10 trending topics on the dashboard reflected content attacking the senator. In December, the shared content took a more personal turn, aiming at the senator’s health, including a story from True Pundit carrying the headline, “As the Trump Dossier Scandal Grows and Implicates Him, McCain checks into Hospital.” The True Pundit story claimed: “This is not the fist [sic] time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.” Another story promoted from the site quoted “Beltway insiders” as saying, “new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator’s fragile health.”

McCain has a long history of hard-line stances on Russia and he was an early advocate for a bipartisan commission to investigate Trump’s Russia connections. In May he called Russian President Vladimir Putin “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.” After special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in October, McCain said, “I told you months ago that this was a centipede and shoes would drop, and I guarantee you more shoes will drop.”

McCain has been out of the spotlight the past few weeks as he’s battled his illness; he missed the end-of-the-year tax-bill vote, but he issued a statement in late December praising the administration’s plan to supply Ukraine with anti-tank weapons to fight Russian separatist forces. McCain’s office hasn’t commented on the recent social-media attacks against the senator, but the Arizona senator has previously criticized Russian disinformation efforts and noted that he was targeted in some of the fake online advertisements purchased by Russian troll accounts—part of a broader social-media operation that sought to exploit racial divisions and attack U.S. foreign policy. “These Kremlin-backed advertisements are just one element of Vladimir Putin’s long-term goal of undermining democracies around the world,” McCain said last fall. “Putin’s Russia has no meaningful allies, so it seeks to sow dissent among us and divide us from each other.”

Another longtime Republican critic of both Russia and Trump was briefly targeted by the Hamilton-monitored Russian troll network in early January. Mitt Romney, a potential candidate to run for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch’s seat this November, was the talk of the dashboard accounts on Jan. 2, after Hatch announced his retirement, and #neverromney registered as a trending hashtag on Hamilton the next day. But the accounts soon turned their attention to the fallout from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury book, and Schafer cautioned that it’s too soon to say whether they will take an active interest in the Utah Senate race like they did in the Roy Moore Alabama Senate race. He said analysts look for multiple hashtags and urls on a topic to consider it an ongoing campaign. “It’s something we’re definitely going to be tracking over the next couple of months,” Schafer says. “Time will tell whether it’s a race they take a real interest in, or if Romney is just an occasional target that they drag out to curry favor with the pro-Trump crowd.”

Even back in the 2016 presidential primary season, Russian online smear campaigns were spotted attacking Republicans who opposed Trump, according to former FBI special agent Clint Watts, who told the New York Times that Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Lindsey Graham were all targets at the time.

McCain’s and Romney’s support for tough policies on Russia may make them obvious targets for trolls, but the co-directors of the Alliance for Securing Democracy emphasize that the influence campaign transcends party lines. In a recent issue of Democracy Journal, Laura Rosenberger and Jamie Fly wrote: “The Kremlin’s ultimate goal is not necessarily to advance one party over another—though that can be a short-term means to the ultimate end. Moscow’s attack on democracy is not focused solely on elections, but has a broader scope, and a larger target: the norms and institutions that underpin our very democratic system.”

In fact, the most prominent theme recently among the Russian-backed accounts is a growing campaign to discredit the Justice Department and FBI, Schafer says. These attacks increased from around 5% of links shared in September to about 15% of the links in December. The trolls push a “deep state” narrative to undermine the agencies, as well as attack Mueller and his Russia investigation directly. In early December after Mueller’s team indicted former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the network shared stories deriding the “tainted investigation” and claiming “Mueller’s investigation is dead.” “It goes back to the idea that they’re doing this to erode trust in our institutions,” Schafer says.

And in the first week of January, one top-shared story from True Pundit attempted to link a Costa Rican plane crash to former FBI Director James Comey, because the story claimed one of Comey’s former hedge-fund colleagues was killed in the crash. “The article has already kicked off conspiracy theories on sites like Reddit, where ‘citizen investigators’ have begun to piece together ‘coincidences,’” analysts wrote in the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s weekly newsletter. “This is the same formula used in the Seth Rich case, where a wild and unfounded claim was placed online, gained credence through posts and reposts on message boards, and was eventually adopted by more credible news sources.”

Former senior CIA official John Sipher says the FBI is a prime target for Russian influence campaigns because the agency directly threatens Kremlin intelligence operations in the US—and he points out that Trump’s own attacks on federal agencies make the trolls’ job easier. “The Russians know that public support for US security institutions is critical, and that President Trump’s attacks aim directly at that public support.”  Within the Republican Party, Trump’s attacks on the agencies – continuing in recent days – have widened divisions between conservative lawmakers who have piled on the criticism of Mueller and others who worry that the party, which has historically aligned itself with law-enforcement agencies, will be damaged by the offensive. “You can’t have a situation where people say, ‘Oh, you can’t trust the F.B.I.,’” New York Rep. Peter King recently told the New York Times. “That creates a spirit of anarchy.”

Left-leaning audiences have been targeted by Russian disinformation efforts, too: Fake “LGBT United” and “Blacktivist” Facebook pages were among the accounts shut down last year when it was revealed they were operated by the Internet Research Agency troll farm in St. Petersburg, Russia. But campaigns aimed at liberal Twitter users don’t often show up in the Hamilton dashboard, which focuses on a coordinated network of accounts that put out 20,000 to 25,000 tweets a day tailored to a far-right, pro-Trump audience, Schafer says. “This is an alt-right audience targeted by the Russians that is being spoon-fed disinformation.”

Schafer says he and his colleagues are exploring how best to capture Kremlin influence campaigns that target a left-leaning audience on Twitter, and they hope to gain a better understanding of those efforts. “The Russian bots and trolls aren’t just pro-Trump,” he says. As long as they’re fomenting division and chaos, “they don’t really care.”

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Tom Nichols, Opinion contributor Published 12:59 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2018 | Updated 6:41 p.m. ET Jan. 11, 2018

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The transcript of the Senate intelligence committee’s interview with Fusion GPS director Glenn Simpson is now in the public domain, put there by a frustrated Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the wake of ongoing Republican conspiracy theories about what Simpson did or did not tell the Senate.

Somehow, GOP critics of the Trump-Russia investigation have tried to put a positive spin on these materials, as if Simpson’s answers prove their point that the whole business is a witch hunt.

In fact, there are only two ways to read the Simpson interview: either it says nothing, or it has blown up months of carefully constructed conspiracy theorizing.

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Let’s start by piecing together, as best we can, what various critics of the investigation, including the most vociferous Trump supporters, think is going on.

By now we’re all familiar with the “Steele dossier,” a raw — in every way — report from a British spy who was engaged by an opposition research firm called Fusion GPS. It makes sensational claims about years of Russian operations against President Donald Trump.

If not for Steele’s file, the GOP reasoning goes, the FBI would never have started down the path of investigating Trump, which would never have led to FBI Director James Comey approaching Trump about the file; absent this, Comey would never have been fired, there would be no Mueller probe, and all would be right with the world.

But what about Trump officials meeting with the Russians during the campaign? Indeed, in the telling of at least some Trump defenders, these were the result of orders issued from Clinton’s volcano lair for Fusion to lure Donald Trump Jr. and others into a room with shady Russians for meetings that were unwise — or even “treasonous,” if banished Trump advisor Steve Bannon is to be believed. Somehow, after all this slick tradecraft, Clinton’s people never saw it coming when the Russians betrayed them and hacked the DNC anyway.

Think about the size of the claim here: the Clinton campaign, which was convinced it was going to beat Trump in a landslide, funded an espionage-laden high-wire act with a firm whose clients included some unsavory Russians themselves, in which a highly experienced British spook got suckered by the Democrats into weaponizing some Russian disinformation. (Steele could outplay the Russians, but he couldn’t outplay Robby Mook?)

There are other variations on this theme, but central to all of them was the idea that without Fusion there would be nothing, and that we would know this if only we could know what Simpson said to the Senate investigators. But since the Senate intelligence committee wouldn’t release the transcript, we couldn’t know just how much Simpson had spilled his guts.

So now we know, and none of it supports the rickety Jenga pile of Republican conspiracy theories.

Instead of being the source of the FBI investigations, Simpson claimed that the FBI was already on to the Russians, not least because our Australian allies warned us that the Russians claimed to have dirt on Clinton, which they learned because George Papadopoulos, a Trump advisor, was bragging about it to an Australian diplomat.

Also, according to Simpson, Steele was so horrified by what he was finding that he contacted the FBIinstead of just reporting back to his Clintonian masters. Worse yet, Simpson describes Steele as finding the FBI so in the tank — not for Clinton, but for Trump — that Steele stopped cooperating with them.

Now, it’s possible that Simpson is a cool risk-taker who’s willing to lie to Senate investigators. If that’s the case, then we’ve learned nothing. If Simpson, as critics of his testimony insist, is that untrustworthy, then so be it, but that would mean that we do not know anything more today than we knew a week ago.

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But if Simpson is telling the truth in only two central contentions — that the FBI investigation predated Steele’s work, and that Steele was concerned about the FBI’s lean to Trump, rather than to Clinton — then his testimony unravels what was already a conspiracy theory of gigantic proportions.

The beauty of conspiracy theories, and the reason people find them irresistible, is that they are impervious to facts. If evidence emerges to support the theory, then the conspiracy is confirmed. If contrary evidence surfaces, it’s not really evidence — or it’s misinformation planted by the masters of the real conspiracy to hide their misdeeds. And if there’s no evidence at all, then the arid silence itself proves that the conspirators hid their tracks perfectly.

Both Republicans and Democrats seem determined to make all three of these logical errors in their war over the Trump presidency. But for now, the strange spinning of the Simpson interview as supporting the tangled Clinton-Fusion-Steele story puts critics of the Trump-Russian investigation in the lead for conspiracy theorizing’s gold medal — or perhaps one made of tin foil.

Tom Nichols, a Russia specialist and professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College, is the author of The Death of Expertise. The views expressed here are solely his own. Follow him on Twitter: @RadioFreeTom.

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Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – Minneapolis Star Tribune
Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes – ABC News
Las Vegas Gunman Took Elaborate Steps to Hide His Tracks, New Documents Show
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Las Vegas gunman methodically sought to ‘thwart’ investigation of massacre, FBI says – Washington Post
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Mark Levin: Obama Administration’s Bastardization Of Our Intel Agencies And FBI
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‘Congress needs to look at the FBI officials who were handling this case and see what, if anything, was verified in the dossier.’ The law enforcement source said the broader question is why did the FBI use a Democrat-paid-for dossier to actually 
Nunes charges ‘abuse’ of government surveillance by FBI and Justice officialsFox News
Fusion GPS Transcript Says ‘Pee’ Story Prompted Christopher Steele to Contact FBIBreitbart
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Pipeline Protester Won’t Get More Details on FBI Informant
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8, 2017, file photo, Red Fawn Fallis, of Denver, stands outside the federal courthouse in Bismarck, N.D. Fallis,
 
Pipeline Protester Won’t Get More Details on FBI Informant. A Denver woman
 accused of shooting at law officers in October 2016 during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, will not 
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Pipeline protester won’t get more details on FBI informant
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) A Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline will not receive more information about an FBI informant she alleges seduced her and owned the gun. Red and more »
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Trump Lawyers to Continue Talks With Mueller on Interview
Bloomberg
Among those who have been interviewed by Mueller’s team are Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House Counsel Don McGahn, former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg  
Trump has given dozens of depositions in his lawsuit-laden business career but he could face a tougher grilling Los Angeles Times

How far will Trump go to avoid Mueller’s questions? Here are several scenarios.Washington Post
Mueller may move beyond collusion to charge Trump and a constitutional clash will followWashington Times 
Trump’s lawyers are leaning on a new defense strategy as Mueller homes in on the White HouseBusiness Insider

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Trump’s lawyers are leaning on a new defense strategy as Mueller homes in on the White House
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President Donald Trump’s legal team is looking at a 1994 investigation into a Clinton administration official to provide the White House cover in the Russia investigation. The case does not have the same fact pattern as the Russia investigation, but  
Trump Lawyers to Continue Talks With Mueller on InterviewBloomberg
Trump has given dozens of depositions in lawsuit-laden business career, but he could face tougher grilling in Russia …Los Angeles Times

Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel teamWashington Post 
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Attorneys for the FBI special agent charged after allegedly firing his weapon at a pivotal moment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation want the case dismissed. Federal prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s elite
LaVoy Finicum shooting: Defense says case against FBI agent based on ‘junk science’OregonLive.com
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Nunes charges ‘abuse’ of government surveillance by FBI and Justice officials
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Former CIA analyst Buck Sexton provides insight. House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told Republican colleagues in two closed-door meetings this week he has seen evidence that shows clear “abuse” of government surveillance programs byFBI and 
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The Latest: Some FBI documents unsealed in Vegas shooting – SFGate (blog)
 


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LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on a documents related to the Las Vegas shooting (all times local):. 4 p.m.. FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosivesand more »
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FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes, records say
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LAS VEGAS FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to documents 
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Mass casualty events prompt FBI, local agencies to forge closer ties – MyStatesman.com
 


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Mass casualty events prompt FBI, local agencies to forge closer ties
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Christopher Combs, special agent in charge in the FBI’s San Antonio division, said the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., prompted the White House to task the FBI with assisting local and state law enforcement agencies in and more »
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Mass casualty events prompt FBI, local agencies to forge closer ties
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FBI agents search for evidence on FM 539 near First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Nov. 6, the day after a gunman opened fire on parishioners. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Columbine. Newtown. Sutherland Springs. There is not a single place in and more »
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Records: FBI knew Las Vegas gunman had big gun stashes
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LAS VEGAS FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court
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FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents released 
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Las Vegas Gunman Took Elaborate Steps to Hide His Tracks, New Documents Show

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FBI documents unsealed in Las Vegas massacre investigation – New York Post
 


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FBI documents unsealed in Las Vegas massacre investigation
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LAS VEGAS FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court 
The Latest: Some FBI documents unsealed in Vegas shootingMadison.com
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The Las Vegas gunman who opened fire on concertgoers in October carefully prepared both for the attack and the investigation that would follow, according to hundreds of pages of court documents made public late Friday. In the court documents, which 
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Trump said his message to congressional Republicans, while perceived as a call to end the investigations into collusion, was nothing more than him asking his party to “be tough.” “The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was 
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“Private investigator stopped cooperating with FBI as he suspected it had been compromised, his employer told committee…

The release of Simpson’s transcripts by Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, raises questions about what the FBI knew at that time and why federal investigators kept the information quiet.”

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The transcript from the Fusion G.P.S. founders testimony raises questions about what the F.B.I. knew at the time and Steeles role in the investigation. Stephanie Kirchgaessner explains at the Guardian.

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The Early Edition: January 11, 2018

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here.Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.NORTH KOREASouth Korean President Moon Jae-in admitted that there were policy differences with the U.S. in terms of their approach to the Pyongyang regime in a news conference yesterday, however he also expressed guarded optimism about the future of inter-Korean relations and praised President Trump for facilitating the talks which took place Tuesday. Jonathan Cheng reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The current inter-Korean talks could naturally lead to talks between the United States and North Korea for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the White House said in a statement following President Trumps phone call with President Moon yesterday. Reuters reports.

Trump would be open to talks with North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances, Trump said in the phone call, according to the White House statement. Julian Borger and Justin McCurry report at the Guardian.

I hope you let them know that there will be absolutely no military action as long as inter-Korean talks are ongoing, Trump said, according to the South Korean governments statement on the phone call. Dan Merica reports at CNN.

The U.N. Security Council has welcomed the inter-Korean talks in a statement issued yesterday, which expressed hope that the discussions would open possibilities for confidence building and trust building on the Korean Peninsula. The AP reports.

It would be detrimental to U.S. interests for the U.S. to conduct airstrikes against North Korea, such a measure would risk lives and escalation could lead to a response from China. Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) write at Foreign Policy in response to an article by Edward Luttwak.

An investigation into a Chinese businesswoman represents a test for China, revealing how far it is willing to support U.S. efforts to put pressure on North Korea. The growth of Ma Xiaohongs commercial empire has been supported by trade with North Korea and American prosecutors charged her for helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, Steven lee Myers explains at the New York Times.

IRAN

Some of Trumps top advisers have urged the president to waive sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, according to a senior administration official, Trump has privately expressed reluctance to waive the sanctions and he will seek to make a decision today following a meeting with national security aides. Steve Holland reports at Reuters.

President Trump is expected to continue to waive the sanctions ahead of tomorrows deadline, according to sources familiar with the deliberations, but Trump is likely to add that the waiver be coupled with new, targeted sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities. Matthew Lee and Josh Lederman report at the AP.

A decision to re-impose sanctions could be viewed as a U.S. violation of the 2015 agreement, and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, have recommended that Trump continue to waive the sanctions. Zachary Cohen, Elise Labott and Ted Barrett report at CNN.   

Irans Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has traveled to Brussels to meet with European Union officials and European foreign ministers to discuss the 2015 agreement, the E.U. has strongly supported the deal but the recent anti-government protests in Iran have complicated its position. Mehreen Khan reports at the Financial Times.

The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said today that the U.S. was right to raise concerns about Irans ballistic program and its role in the Middle East, but those concerns are separate to the particular issue of the nuclear deal. Robin Emmott reports at Reuters.

The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is set to meet with Zarif today, where he will discuss the nuclear deal and raise the issue of the recent protests in Iran. Anabelle Dickson reports at POLITICO.

There has been no agreement within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding legislation addressing what Trump deems to be issues with the nuclear deal, the panels top Democrat Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told reporters yesterday, adding that there have been very positive discussions with the committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and they have an understanding of the framework of issues that need to be dealt with. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

President Trump declined to commit to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 U.S. election, saying at a news conference yesterday that when you have no collusion and nobody has found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that youd even have an interview. Rebecca Ballhaus reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Ill speak to attorneys, Trump also said in response to the question about meeting with Mueller, adding well see what happens, his answer showing a change from his comments in June, where he said that he would be 100 percent willing to give a sworn statement to Mueller. Julie Hirschfield Davis and Nicholas Fandos report at the New York Times.

For 11 months, weve had this phony cloud over this administration, Trump added, saying that the allegations of collusion were a Democrat hoax and insisting that there has been no collusion. Jeremy Diamond reports at CNN.

Trump attacked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for her decision to release the transcript of the founder of the opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S.s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this week, calling Feinstein Sneaky in a post on Twitter and urged Republicans to take control of the investigation. The Fusion G.P.S. founder Glenn Simpson hired the former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele to produce a dossier on Trumps connections to Russia, Josh Dawsey and Ed OKeefe report at the Washington Post.

The transcript from the Fusion G.P.S. founders testimony raises questions about what the F.B.I. knew at the time and Steeles role in the investigation. Stephanie Kirchgaessner explains at the Guardian.

Senior Democrats in the Senate have accused Republican of engaging in efforts to discredit the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, leading to break downs in the congressional investigations, and Republicans have accused Democrats of politicizing the inquiries. Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

The cybercrime expert Ryan Dickey has been a member of Muellers team since November, according to a U.S. official, Dickeys role in the team suggests that the Mueller investigation may be focusing on computer hacking. Eric Geller reports at POLITICO.

The Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska has filed a lawsuit against Trumps former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates, alleging that they misappropriated millions of dollars of his investments. Manafort and Gates have both pleaded not guilty to charges filed by Mueller as part of the Russia investigation in relation to their work while in Ukraine, Scott Patterson reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Russias threat to Western democracies has been revealed as a consequence of the investigations, report released by Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday has revealed the extent of the assault on democratic institutions and the Democrats warnings must be heeded. The New York Times editorial board writes.

The full Russian- Trump- F.B.I. record should be made public, the Wall Street Journal editorial boardwrites, arguing that there should be proper transparency, including the declassification of details relating to the F.B.I.s handling of the Steele dossier.

The possible ways that presidents lawyers are preparing Trump for an interview with Mueller are set out by Bradley P. Moss at POLITICO Magazine.

SYRIA

Syrian pro-government forces have advanced into the rebel-held Idlib province and reached a rebel-controlled air base yesterday. Bassem Mroue reports at the AP.

The offensive on Idlib has led to the displacement of around 100,000 Syrian civilians, according to the U.N., Idlib was designated a de-escalation zone under a Russia-, Iran- and Turkey-brokered deal, nevertheless Syrian forces have continued their advance and Turkey has called on Russia and Iran to pressure Syria to halt the offensive. The BBC reports.

At least 85 civilians have been killed since Dec. 31 in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital of Damascus, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said yesterday, calling on all parties to respect international law. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The Turkish foreign ministry yesterday summoned the U.S. Embassys Charge dAffaires to express Turkeys discomfort with Washingtons support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, the Syrian Kurdish Y.P.G. militia have received arms and training from the U.S., Al Jazeera reports.

The drones that recently attacked the Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria were launched from a rebel-held village in the Idlib province, the Russian defense ministry held Turkey accountable for the drone attack, which was in contravention of a cease-fire agreement. Liz Sly and Zakaria Zakaria report at the Washington Post.

Rebel attacks on Russian military outposts in Syria have raised questions about the ability of Syrian President Bashar al-Assads ability to consolidate gains and Russias ability to protect its assets. Vladimir Isachenkov reports at the AP.

Russias representative to the E.U. has called on European states to provide financial support to rebuild Syria, the comments highlight tensions faced by European countries who seek to stem the flow of Syrian refugees but do not want to boost the Assad regime. Michael Peel reports at the Financial Times.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 58 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 29, 2017 and January 4, 2018. [Central Command]

CUBA EMBASSY INCIDENTS

Canada has no plans to withdraw diplomats who have suffered symptoms at its embassy in Cuba, a senior Canadian government official said yesterday, U.S. diplomats and personnel also reported illnesses which some have alleged may have been caused by some sort of attack. Tracey Lindeman reports at the AP.

The Canadian government said yesterday that it had no idea what caused the mysterious illnesses, Canadian citizens reported similar symptoms to U.S. Embassy employees in Cuba. Abigail Williams and Tracy Connor report at NBC News.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

A criminal investigation has been opened by Egypt in relation to a New York Times article that described a covert effort by Egyptian intelligence to try and influence public opinion in favor of Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital. Declan Walsh reports at the New York Times.

The Trump administrations reported decision to fund $125m in funds to the U.N.R.W.A. Palestinian aid agency marks an unprecedented change in policy, the administration should progress from this position by stating that U.N.R.W.A. has outlived its usefulness and that Palestinians are not refugees, following this, the administration should create a detailed plan to shift responsibility from U.N.R.W.A. to the Palestinian Authority. Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky write at the Wall Street Journal.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Punishing Pakistan pushes it towards Americas major adversaries, the Pakistan Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan said in an interview, warning that Pakistan would move closer to China in light of the U.S. decision last week to freeze military aid to Pakistan. Saeed Shah reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The House is set to vote today on legislation renewing the National Security Agencys (N.S.A.) warrantless surveillance program today, the House is also expected to vote on a bipartisan amendment that would be seen as a victory for privacy advocates. The votea on the legislation and amendment is likely to be close, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

A U.S. military investigation has been launched after video footage was released appearing to show a U.S. soldier violating the rules of engagement while serving in Afghanistan. Wesley Morgan reports at POLITICO.

The Islamic State group have two options should they decide to come up against the United States, our allies and partners: surrender or die! the Pentagons senior enlisted adviser Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell said in posts on social media yesterday. Dan Lamothe reports at the Washington Post.

The Islamic State affiliate in Egypts Sinai Peninsula have declared on the Palestinian Hamas group, Iyad Abuheweila and Isabel Kershner explain the significance of the declaration at the New York Times.

Chinas rise has been aided by a U.S. absence of leadership, Ishaan Tharoor provides an analysis at the Washington Post.

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Trump, GOP fire back over Fusion GPS testimony
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Exactly one year after the notorious TrumpRussia dossier became public, President Donald Trump’s campaign is still being investigated for Russian collusion, and the fabled “golden showers” tape has not emerged. But some of the document’s seemingly 
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FBI Task Force to Expose Russian Social Media Manipulation
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Officials in Russia, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election. Adversaries likeRussia are blending cybersecurity, criminal and counter intelligence operations in order to distort the truth or prevent 
Donald Trump is hosed and he knows it

What do you do when you’re facing two bad choices, either of which will destroy you, and you know you’re ultimately going to be forced to pick one? You go back and forth in your mind about which unacceptable outcome might be the least awful. You think you’ve made your choice, and then days later you’re leaning in the other direction. That brings us to Donald Trump, and the choice he has to make that’ll sink him either way.Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now reportedly just a few weeks from being ready to interview Trump about his role in the Russia scandal, at least with regard to obstruction of justice. If Trump voluntarily gives the interview, he’ll either have to confess to obstruction, or lie about obstruction. Lying to a federal investigator is a serious crime itself, and Mueller surely has enough hard evidence to nail Trump on any lies. So if Trump speaks to Mueller at all, he’s going down on criminal charges. Trump’s other option would be to plead the fifth, which would end him politically.Trump told a group of reporters just a few days ago on camera that he’s willing to speak to Mueller because he’s innocent. Now today Trump told reporters that “it seems unlikely that you’d even have an interview” (link). Of course Trump is not innocent, and he knows it. He also knows that speaking to Mueller will doom him, and refusing to speak to Mueller will doom him.If Donald Trump were firmly committed to a course of action with regard to being interviewed by Robert Mueller, perhaps it would be a sign that, at least in his mind, he still has a way out of it. But Trump’s hesitance and rapid flip flopping means that, regardless of his trademark obliviousness and obvious mental decline, he understands the gravity of the situation well enough to know that he’s hosed no matter how he plays this.

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Testimony Reveals Fusion GPS Tried to Kill FBI Clinton Investigation
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In his August 2017 testimony before Congress, Glenn Simpson admits Christopher Steele reached out to the FBI following thereopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in October 2016. Steele and Simpson had previously contacted the FBI
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In May or June of 2016, Simpson recalled, he engaged Christopher Steele, an old associate of his, who was the former head of the Russia desk at the British foreign-intelligence agency, MI6. He and Steele, who was by then running his own intelligence 
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Dickey has previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia and has investigated several high-profile computercrime case. In 2016, Dickey helped prosecute the Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar, who was known as “Guccifer.” That same year, a and more »
Legal expert: Robert Mueller is ready to file criminal charges against Donald Trump

Donald Trump appeared to flip flop yet again on whether or not he’s willing to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Just days ago he told reporters that he would do it because he’s innocent, but today he told reporters that such an interview is “unlikely” because he’s innocent. Trump is running out of time, as Mueller reportedly wants the interview to happen within the next few weeks. Now one prominent legal expert says that if the interview doesn’t happen, Mueller is ready to file criminal charges against Trump.Trump said today that “it seems unlikely they could even have an interview” between him and Mueller. As Palmer Report has explained, his hesitant flip flopping on this matter is a sign that he knows he’s screwed either way. If he grants the interview, he’ll have to either admit to obstruction or get charged with lying about obstruction. If he pleads the fifth to avoid the interview, he’s finished politically. But now it turns out Trump is really screwed if he doesn’t grant the interview.Norm Eisen, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, summed it up this way on Twitter today: “Given the state of the obstruction evidence, if POTUS refuses an interview, Mueller WILL file charges.” He went on to add “either criminally or more likely with Congress.” But considering how thoroughly the Republican majority in Congress has thrown its weight behind protecting Trump from prosecution over the past few weeks, it’s difficult to imagine that they would allow impeachment hearings to begin, no matter how damning the charges are against Trump. Mueller has clearly been going for the kill from the start. We believe it’s more likely that he’ll file criminal charges against Trump.Many among the public are under the mistaken impression that Robert Mueller can’t file criminal charges against a sitting president. However, there is no solid legal precedent to substantiate this. Richard Nixon was listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, a route Mueller could go here. But he could also get Trump indicted, and seek to put him on trial in a court of law; the Supreme Court would have to rule on whether he has this power. But one way or the other, some kind of charges against Trump are coming if he doesn’t give Mueller an interview.

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US Democrats Accuse Russia of ‘Targeting’ Balkans :: Balkan Insight
 

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A new report produced by US Democrats says Russia is aggressively targeting countries that have taken “tangible steps” to integrate with Western institutions like the EU or NATO in order to impede integration processes.
“Georgia, Ukraine, and Montenegro are the most recent cases in a long history of Russian aggression along the periphery that stretches back generations — and, as they have drawn closer to NATO and the EU, they have been the focus of arguably the most brazen Kremlin efforts to keep them from sliding across the finish line,” the report published on Wednesday said.

According to Gallup International Association’s “Global Leaders End of Year” survey, published on Wednesday, the most popular world leader among Serbs is Russian President Vladimir Putin (81 percent). According to the B92 report, Putin is followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping (61 percent), Merkel (38 percent), and Macron and US President Donald Trump (33 percent each).

It added that Russian interference in places like Serbia is less visibly aggressive and focuses more on “cultivating sympathetic elements of society to deter government efforts to integrate with the West”.
“In addition to disinformation and the co-opting of political forces, Russia employs energy resources as a weapon to gain leverage in these countries,” it said.
The Associated Press on Wednesday called the report the first from the US Congress to “comprehensively detail Russian efforts to undermine democracies since the 2016 [US] presidential election”.
AP said the report by Congressional Democrats warns of “deepening Russian interference throughout Europe” – but added that no Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee signed the report.
The document, published on the official website of the Senate, also noted Bulgaria among the “EU members where corruption or vulnerabilities in the rule of law provide openings to erode their bonds to European values and institutions”.
It said most Russian government funding is focused on post-Soviet “swing states” such as Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia, while Kremlin-supported groups also operate in the Balkans, “especially Serbia and Bulgaria”.
The part of the report about Montenegro recalls the events from the 2016 election day when authorities claimed to have quashed a pro-Russian coup.
“Russian malign influence in Montenegro has long been present and intensified in 2016 in an effort to derail the country’s NATO bid,” it said.

“This renewed focus included propaganda, support for NGOs and political parties, and culminated in an alleged Russian effort to overthrow the government following the 2016 parliamentary election,” it added.
Among the recommendations for Montenegro, the report said the United States should recognize its commitment to enter NATO, and that this case should “serve as a wake-up call for other NATO and EU aspirants, especially in the Balkans”.
“The international community should not rest on its laurels now that Montenegro is a NATO member, but should actively help the government to bolster its defenses against other soft power tools in Russia’s asymmetric arsenal,” it said.
In the case of Serbia, the report warned that Russia’s “malign influence” manifests “itself through cultural ties, propaganda, energy, and an expanding defense relationship”.
It added: “Moscow also highlights deep roots between the countries through the Orthodox Church and a shared Slavic culture”.
Despite its close relationship with Moscow, it added, Serbia has made clear that its priority is joining the European Union.
“Serbia’s desire to maintain good relations with both the EU and Russia is reflective of public opinion, but may not be sustainable, as deeper integration may mean adopting EU decisions that run counter to Russian interests,” the report warned, and added that closer ties between Serbia and the EU could result in a surge in Russian influence in the country.
“The government of Serbia has done little to prepare for this eventuality and has taken few discernable actions to defend against Russian malign influence,” it complained.
The report also underlined the energy influence Russia has on Serbia, as it provides 40 per cent of the natural gas consumed in Serbia.
The report urged Serbia to “defend itself against Kremlin interference” and the United States to re-engage with resources and send “a clear message that it is willing to spend the time and effort necessary to support those who want a democratic future in Europe”.
On Bulgaria, report said that the country, “despite pressure, remains resilient”.
“With the dedication of more diplomatic attention and resources—particularly on energy diversification, addressing corruption, and building up the democratic rule of law – the United States will be in a position to help leaders within the Bulgarian government and civil society counter Russia’s asymmetric arsenal,” the report concluded.

US Democrats have accused Donald Trump’s election team of colluding with Russia to win the US presidential election and have fiecely opposed Trump’s call for the US to establish warmer ties to the Kremlin at last in their joint struggle against Islamist terrorists.

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While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

Vesko Garcevic

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The region is still unaware of potential risks of dealing with China. Hence, it’s not whether or not to do business with China; the question is how to make yourself able to negotiate a fair deal.

When EU officials, including foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, refer to the Balkans as a new “chessboard where the big power game can be played”, Russia, not China, seems to be on their mind.

But, whether or not they wish to recognize it, China is becoming a powerful player in the strategic chess game in the Balkans.

Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” policy is already affecting the Balkans, and its presence is visible in almost every corner of the region.

The Republicans Fake Investigations – The New York Times
 

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Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.

We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.

The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.

We suggested investigators look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Mr. Trump’s businesses. Congress appears uninterested in that tip: Reportedly, ours are the only bank records the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed.

We told Congress that from Manhattan to Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and from Toronto to Panama, we found widespread evidence that Mr. Trump and his organization had worked with a wide array of dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering. Likewise, those deals don’t seem to interest Congress.

We explained how, from our past journalistic work in Europe, we were deeply familiar with the political operative Paul Manafort’s coziness with Moscow and his financial ties to Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin.

Finally, we debunked the biggest canard being pushed by the president’s men — the notion that we somehow knew of the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between some Russians and the Trump brain trust. We first learned of that meeting from news reports last year — and the committees know it. They also know that these Russians were unaware of the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s work for us and were not sources for his reports.

Yes, we hired Mr. Steele, a highly respected Russia expert. But we did so without informing him whom we were working for and gave him no specific marching orders beyond this basic question: Why did Mr. Trump repeatedly seek to do deals in a notoriously corrupt police state that most serious investors shun?

What came back shocked us. Mr. Steele’s sources in Russia (who were not paid) reported on an extensive — and now confirmed — effort by the Kremlin to help elect Mr. Trump president. Mr. Steele saw this as a crime in progress and decided he needed to report it to the F.B.I.

We did not discuss that decision with our clients, or anyone else. Instead, we deferred to Mr. Steele, a trusted friend and intelligence professional with a long history of working with law enforcement. We did not speak to the F.B.I. and haven’t since.

After the election, Mr. Steele decided to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary. We helped him do that. The goal was to alert the United States national security community to an attack on our country by a hostile foreign power. We did not, however, share the dossier with BuzzFeed, which to our dismay published it last January.

We’re extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr. Trump’s Russia ties. To have done so is our right under the First Amendment.

It is time to stop chasing rabbits. The public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president. Congress should release transcripts of our firm’s testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy.

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1060x600-7763685d68b3f61401827c6db1372603Glenn Simpson

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the two former Wall Street Journal reports who founded Fusion GPS, have broken their silence about their role in the Trump-Russia affair.

Simpson and Fritsch penned an opinion piece in today’s New York Times. The purpose of the opinion piece was to let the public know what they spent 21 hours explaining to three congressional committees.

Most of the piece rebuts the many rumors surrounding Fusion GPS, including one big one — former British spy Christopher Steele’s sources were not paid for the information that he compiled about Trump, including the scandalous watersports-in-Moscow story.  This is big because paying sources undermines their credibility.

Simpson and Fritsch note their “dismay” that Buzzfeed published the Steele dossier in January 2017. This bothers me because Fusion GPS was shopping Steele and this dossier to every major news outlet who would listen. I guess this is the Washington game, but washing your hands in dirty water is not how you stay clean.

For Trump-Russia investigators, they did offer up a few tidbits:

  • Simpson and Fritsch told investigators to look into the bank records of Deutsche Bank and others that were funding Trump’s businesses.
  • In Manhattan,  Sunny Isles Beach, Florida; Toronto; and Panama, they found “widespread evidence” that Trump had worked with “dubious Russians in arrangements that often raised questions about money laundering.”

There is a lot of information packed in to those few sentences.

Simpson and Fritsch also note, as we did recently here, that Trump’s allies in Congress have dug through their bank records to tarnish the firm and punish them for bringing light into the darkness of Trump’s Russia dealings.

One person who lit up after reading this piece was Bill Browder, Putin’s self-styled enemy No. 1 who was once his biggest fan. Here he is, borrowing from the Devin Nunes “attack the client” strategy, as he vented his anger on Twitter today:

The Steele dossier, unfortunately, is a distraction. It is raw intelligence, not evidence, and was never intended to be used in a court of law. In the public’s mind, however, it has been impossibly conflated with the legitimate investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

It does Browder no credit that he stokes this confusion and allows his hatred of Fusion GPS to become grist for conservative media outlets that seek to undermine the Mueller inquiry. (“The dossier is the foundation on which the case for Russiagate, including Mueller’s investigation, is built.”)

As Browder surely knows, since he’s paid for many an investigation himself, who hired Fusion GPS doesn’t really matter. The bottom line is that if Fusion GPS didn’t dish up facts, it wouldn’t be in business. Period.

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President Donald Trump is expected to continue economic sanctions relief to Iran as part of the Iran nuclear deal, but he will impose new targeted sanctions on Iranian individuals and businesses for their involvement in Irans ballistic missile program and human rights abuses, the AP . Trump faces a deadline on Friday to extend or cancel sanctions relief for Irans central bank, which was lifted as part of the 2015 multilateral agreement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster have recommended that Trump extend the sanctions. The administration has not yet made a final decision. Maintaining the core sanctions relief while adding new targeted measures could allow the nuclear deal to remain in place while satisfying the administrations desire to put pressure on Iran.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein released the transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpsons interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators about the Steele dossier, the Washington Post . Simpson spoke to the committee about Fusion GPS, the firm he co-founded, and its work on the dossier. Republicans have tried to discredit the Trump-Russia dossier as a politically-motivated document. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committees chairman, had refused to release the transcript. Simpson said in his testimony that the FBI believed some of the allegations Steele shared with its investigators about the Trump campaigns ties to Russia because of other intelligence already in the bureaus possession, including information related to a person in the Trump campaign.. That person is believed to be George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy adviser who spoke to an Australian diplomatwhose government then relayed to the FBIinformation about Russian efforts to undermine the Clinton campaign. The testimony refutes GOP talking points that say the dossier served as the basis for opening the investigation into possible collusion with the Russian government.

Separately, Michael Cohen, an attorney and business partner of Trump, filed defamation lawsuits against Fusion GPS and BuzzFeed for publishing the dossier, Politico . The dossier discusses Cohens ties to Russia. BuzzFeeds editor said in an  in the New York Times that it was the right decision to publish the dossier.

Senate Democrats released a report saying Russia conducted a broad campaign to undermine democratic institutions in Western Europe and North America using military operations, cyber attacks, and disinformation over the past 20 years, the Wall Street Journal . The 200-page report from the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says Russian President Vladimir Putins goal was to undermine the transatlantic alliance. It makes 30 policy recommendations, including freezing Russian finances linked to corruption, supporting democratic institutions abroad and levying new sanctions against Russia. Senate Republicans declined to join the report.

Tillerson is opening a State Department investigation into the mysterious attacks on U.S. personnel stationed at the U.S. embassy in Cuba, the New York Times . Senators told senior State Department officials that it should have opened the Accountability Review Board inquiry much earlier to look into the strange illnesses that afflicted U.S. diplomats serving in Cuba. The Cuban government has denied any responsibility for the incidents.

A bill to reauthorize surveillance authorities under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act advanced to the House floor after the Rules Committee approved it in a 6-3 vote, Politico . The bill would renew Section 702, which is currently scheduled to expire on Jan. 19, for six more years. It is a combination of competing bills from the House intelligence and judiciary committees. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the measure is likely to pass both the House and Senate. Sen. Mark Warner, the top democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said the bill would receive support in the Senate.

The Islamic State called on its fighters to attack the militant organization Hamas, saying Hamas had betrayed Palestinians by refusing to release Palestinian extremists and by participating in Palestinian elections, the New York Times . A video released from the Egyptian affiliate of the Islamic State, which is currently fighting Egyptian security forces in the Sinai peninsula, showed Islamic State fighters denouncing Hamas. The feud between the militant organizations makes an already unstable situation near the Sinai-Gaza border even more hostile.

Prosecutors in Myanmar formally charged two Reuters journalists who have been detained in the country for more than a month with violating a law protecting state secrets, the Times . The journalists were investigating mass graves in areas where Myanmars military has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. They denied any wrongdoing. American and European diplomats in Myanmar called for the journalists release.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Mieke Eoyang, Ben Freeman and Benjamin Wittes  their analysis of polling data on government and national security matters from December 2017.

Samuel Estreicher  separation of powers issues with the Iran nuclear deal agreement.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck  a primer on the merits issues in ACLU v. Mattis.

J. Dana Stuster  the Middle East Ticker, covering the Iran protests, austerity for the royal family in Saudi Arabia and possible U.S. cuts to U.N. relief for Palestine.

Matthew Kahn  the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committees interview with Glenn Simpson.

Kahn  Lawfares resource page for documents related to FISA Section 702 reauthorization.

Kahn  the text of a speech FBI Director Christopher Wray gave on Jan. 9 about encryption and cyber security.

Vanessa Sauter  the Lawfare Podcast, featuring an interview between Alina Polyakova and Julia Ioffe about Ioffes recent piece on Putins goals.

Paul Rosenzweig  the context for the Trump administrations decision to end Temporary Protected Status for El Salvadorans.

 

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A bombshell revelation made public Tuesday that “somebody’s already been killed” as a result of the publication of an unconfirmed anti-Trump dossier has sparked speculation that it was a reference to an ex-KGB agent mysteriously found dead in his car a year ago in Moscow.

The attorney for Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson told Senate investigators in a 300-page deposition released Tuesday that a murder had been carried out as a result of the publication of an unverified and salacious dossier about Donald Trump.

“Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work,” said Joshua Levy in the deposition, which was taken Aug. 22, but released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Somebody’s already been killed as a result of the publication of this dossier and no harm should come to anybody related to this honest work.”

– Joshua Levy, attorney for Glenn Simpson

The cryptic reference spurred a guessing game about who the unlucky person was. The best guess, at least for now, seems to be former KGB general, Oleg Erovinkin, who was found dead in the back of his car on a Moscow street in December 2016.

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According to a January 2017 report in British newspaper The Telegraph, Erovinkin was a top aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister who was named repeatedly throughout the dossier. The KGB chief was also suspected at the time of helping former MI6 spy Christopher Steele compile info on Trump for the dossier.

Erovinkin and details of his death were published in the book, “Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump win.” It alleges that the street his body was found on in Moscow was desolate with no cafes or other businesses and not much pedestrian traffic, making it an ideal spot to carry out an assassination.

“The vehicle had halted in Kitaigorodsky Proyezd – a street devoid of pedestrians and home to government buildings and an unfinished office block,” reads a line from the book detailing where Erovinkin’s body and the car were found. “It was three weeks after [Center for Information Security head Sergei] Mikhailov’s arrest, Monday, December 26. At number 9 there is a military academy named after Peter the Great. Guards turn back any errant drivers who try to enter the courtyard.”

Local media reports suggested at the time of his death that foul play was involved, but it was later claimed that his death was a result of a heart attack.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has released a transcript from an interview with Simpson, the firm that commissioned a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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In the aftermath of his death, media reports speculated that Erovinkin was an unnamed informant for the dossier and Christo Grozev of Risk Management Lab, a think-tank based in Bulgaria claimed in a January 2017 Haaretz article eluded to the former KGB general being the main source of information for the dossier.

“Insiders have described Erovinkin to me alternately as ‘Sechin’s treasurer’ and ‘the go-between between Putin and Sechin,’” Grozev said to the newspaper. “One thing that everyone seems to agree – both in public and private sources – is that Erovinkin was Sechin’s closest associate.”

“I have no doubt that at the time Erovinkin died, Mr. Putin had Mr. Steele’s Trump dossier on his desk. He would – arguably – have known whether the alleged… story is based on fact or fiction,” Grozev also said. “Whichever is true, he would have had a motive to seek and find the mole… He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest.”

Levy did not immediately return messages requesting information about who he was referring to.

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TRUMP-RUSSIA

The transcript of the Glenn R. Simpsons interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee was unilaterally made public by the top Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Simpson is the co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion G.P.S. and the transcript provides details about the commissioning of a dossier which alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele. In an op-ed for the New York Times last week, Simpson and his co-founder Peter Fritsch called on the Judiciary Committee to release the transcript, but this was met with a pushback from Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Nicholas Fandos, Matthew Rosenberg and Sharon LaFraniere report at the New York Times.

The transcript of Simpsons testimony is available at Just Security.

Steele sat down for a full debriefing with the F.B.I. in September 2016 over his concerns about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that Trump could have been blackmailed over an alleged sexual escapade at a hotel in Moscow in 2013. Ken Dilanian and Mike Memoli report at NBC News.

An internal Trump campaign source reported his or her concerns about Trump-Russia connections to the F.B.I., Simpson said in the testimony, also saying that Steele severed his relationship with the F.B.I. as he was concerned based on an article that was published by the New York Times in October 2016 that agents were being manipulated by Trump insiders. Alan Yuhas, Julian Borger and Stephanie Kirchgaessner report at the Guardian.

Its political rhetoric to call the dossier phony. We can argue about whats prudent and whats not, but its not a fabrication, Simpson said in the interview, adding that Fusion G.P.S. were mostly concerned with Trumps business dealings until Steele brought back something very different. Katie Bo Williams and KJonathan Easley report at the Hill.

Somebodys already been killed as a result of the publication of the Steele dossier, Simpsons testimony claimed, declining to reveal further details because, Simpsons lawyer claimed, he wanted to be very careful to protect his sources. Brandon Carter reports at the Hill.

Feinstein said that she decided to release the transcript because the American people deserve the opportunity to see what he [Simpson] said and judge for themselves, a spokesperson for Grassley said that Feinstein made the transcript public with no agreement from committee Republicans and accused her of undermining the integrity of the committees oversight work. Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

Speculation over the New York Times article published in October 2016 has increased following the release of Simpsons testimony, Erik Wemple explains at the Washington Post.

The key points from Simpsons interview are provided by Amber Phillips at the Washington Post.

Trumps personal lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed for publishing the Steele dossier, Cohen said that allegations against him in the dossier are provably false, including claims that Cohens wife is Russian and that her father is a leading property developer in Russia. Alex Johnson reports at NBC News.

The editor in chief of BuzzFeed News has defended his websites decision to publish the Steele dossier in an op-ed at the Washington Post, saying that a year of government inquiries and blockbuster journalism has made clear the dossier is unquestionably real news.

Twitter has failed to meet a deadline to provide lawmakers with further information on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner (Va.) yesterday expressed disappointment with the social media company. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

U.S.-Russia relations would be done if Russia attempts to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said yesterday in a closed-door session with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Andrew Desiderio reports at The Daily Beast.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month but the issue of North Koreas nuclear weapons program was not mentioned in the joint statement released after yesterdays inter-Korean talks, which were the first official face-to-face talks in over two years, with North Koreas chief delegate saying that the nuclear weapons were strictly aimed at the U.S. and it would be ridiculous to discuss the program. Andrew Jeong reports at the Wall Street Journal.

I am giving a lot of credit to President Trump, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a press conference today, recognizing Trumps contribution to forcing North Korea to engage in discussions, but adding that relations between the two Koreas were ultimately dependent on Pyongyangs willingness to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Choe Sang-Hun reports at the New York Times.

While Moon praised Trump, he also warned that pressure on North Korea could raise tensions and bring about unintentional clashes, James Griffiths reports at CNN.

South Korea presented North Koreas agreement to send athletes to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as a significant breakthrough in bilateral relations, however it is unclear whether North Korea would engage sincerely with South Korea to further improve relations. Anna Fifield reports at the Washington Post.

The talks between North and South Korea were a good first step in the process to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Steve Goldstein, said yesterday in response to the North and South Korea joint statement. Christine Kim and David Brunnstrom report at Reuters.

President Moon said today that he was willing to meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un under certain conditions, saying that a summit must be committed to resolving the nuclear issue and not just for the sake of holding a summit. Bryan Harris and Katrina Manson report at the Financial Times.

The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the progress made at the inter-Korean talks and welcomed North Koreas decision to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics. The U.N. News Centrereports.

North Korea stepped up its criticism of the U.S. and Trump as the talks with South Korea took place, putting forward a message that calls on the U.S. to steer clear of the crisis and let Koreans solve the issue, however such a message would be hard for South Koreans to accept due to Seouls close relationship with Washington. Eric Talmadge provides an analysis at the AP.

The State Department has proposed a military sale of more than $133m worth of missiles and equipment to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, the State Department told Congress yesterday. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

A profile of President Moon, and a discussion of whether he has the ability to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, is provided by Paula Hancocks and James Griffiths at CNN.

The inter-Korean talks offered Kim a propaganda victory and drove a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea, President Moon faces huge obstacles in achieving reconciliation and the presence of the a U.S. military aircraft off the coast of Korea during the Olympics offers a more reliable guarantor of peace than the gestures of a young dictator who pretends to want peace even as he threatens war. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

Moon and Kim are well-placed to resolve the crisis due to their respective abilities to leverage political capital, they must now use this political capital to promote the possibility for peace. S. Nathan Park writes at Foreign Policy.

IRAN

[Trump] must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes wont be left without a response, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday, blaming the U.S. for fomenting the recent unrest in Iran. Thomas Erdbrink reports at the New York Times.

Iran foiled the U.S., Britain and others in their attempts to overthrow the Islamic Republic, Khamenei also said, making the comments as the protests in Iran have started to wind down. Babak Dehghanpisheh reports at Reuters.

Around 3,700 people have been arrested during the demonstrations in Iran, according to an Iranian member of parliament. Al Jazeera reports.

Withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could make it difficult to make an agreement with North Korea in the future, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) warned yesterday, making the comments ahead of a series of deadlines that Trump faces regarding the deal and whether to continue to waive sanctions on Iran. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The decision to whether to waive or re-impose sanctions on Iran is expected to be made Friday, the State Department said yesterday, Reuters reporting.

Trump should waive sanctions on Iran and play the long game, with the aim of fixing the nuclear deal. Michael Doran writes at the Wall Street Journal.

The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley faces a difficult task when it comes to Iran and the nuclear deal, if she aspires to be president, she would be wise to avoid trouble with Iran that could easily backfire. Richard Gowan writes at POLITICO Magazine.

SYRIA

The Syrian army has started to advance on the rebel-held Idlib province, leading to around 70,000 civilians to flee the area. Kareem Shaheen reports at the Guardian.

Turkey today urged Russia and Iran to pressure Syria to respect the de-escalation zone in Idlib and to stop the Syrian military advance. Tuvan Gumrukcu reports at Reuters.

A spate of attacks on the Russian Hmeimim air base in Syria has raised numerous questions, it is unclear who is responsible and it appears to be part of a concerted assault. Liz Sly reports at the Washington Post.

Russia appeared to suggest that the U.S. were behind the attacks in a statement yesterday, the APreports.

Russias ambassador to the U.N. yesterday expressed hope that a new round of U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva would be more fruitful and contribute to the peace initiative being held in the Russian city of Sochi. The AP reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 58 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 29, 2017 and January 4, 2018. [Central Command]

CUBA EMBASSY INCIDENTS

The U.S. are exploring a range of theories in relation to the symptoms experienced by employees at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba in 2016, the State Department said yesterday, 24 U.S. personnel and family members experienced mysterious illnesses in Havana and there have been speculation that they were subjected to some sort of acoustic or sonic attack. Matt Spetalnick reports at Reuters.

The State Department did not follow the law in failing to set up a review board months ago to establish what happened in Havana, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at a hearing yesterday. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

An Israeli man was killed by a suspected Palestinian gunman yesterday, according to Israeli military and medical officials, the man was a resident of a West Bank settlement near the Palestinian city of Nablus. Reuters reports.

The Israeli military has conducted raids near Nablus following the shooting, Al Jazeera reports.

The Swedish ambassador to the U.N. yesterday expressed concern about the Trump administrations plan to review funding for the U.N.R.W.A. aid agency for Palestinian refugees, saying that such action would have negative humanitarian implications and would be destabilizing for the region. Reutersreports.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The Trump administrations nuclear posture review plans to loosen constraints on the use of nuclear weapons, according to what is believed to be the final draft of the review. Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

Ecuador has been exploring ways for the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave its embassy in London, the Ecuadorean foreign relations minister said, who was quoted as saying that it was unsustainable for Assange to remain at the embassy indefinitely and that the solution would require international cooperation and the cooperation of the U.K., Ryan Dube reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump has signed a memorandum calling on the Director of National Intelligence to establish a new policy on unmasking Americans in intelligence reports, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Senior National Security Council official Kevin Harrington proposed withdrawing some U.S. troops from Eastern Europe to please the Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to two former administration officials. Spencer Ackerman reveals at The Daily Beast.

Trump and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are playing the same game, both are embroiled in domestic issues that involve their sons and both are pursuing illiberal agendas. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

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Federal Agencies May Be Regularly Hiding Surveillance Methods in …

Reason (blog)22 hours ago
A DEA training slide on parallel constructionAlthough mass surveillance is usually identified with the war on terror and the National Security Agency, a subsequent USA Today investigation found the DEA and Justice Department had been collecting logs of billions of phone calls originating from the U.S. in a …