Discussion in 'Tilted Philosophy, Politics, and Economics' started by rogue49, Jan 8, 2017.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ),
I wonder if Mueller talked to him or saw the intel that was provided? Maybe that makes up some of the redacted parts.
I wonder if Congress will be able to subpoena him now that the role he played has been exposed.
I do wonder what Obama said to Trump in those one-on-one meetings where I be he shared this intel that shows what happened from Putin's point of view.
Good thing he reminded us with this tweet this morning that he is a "very stable genius" or I might have forgotten ... or maybe he is just reminding himself.
The three Republicans who are challenging Trump wrote this joint Washington Post Op-Ed after the several states canceled their Republican primary.
We are Trump’s Republican challengers. Canceling GOP primaries is a critical mistake.
The three of us are running for the Republican nomination for president in a race that will inevitably highlight differences among us on matters of policy, style and background. But we are brought together not by what divides us but by what unites us: a shared conviction that the United States needs a strong center-right party guided by basic values that are rooted in the best of the American spirit.
A president always defines his or her party, and today the Republican Party has taken a wrong turn, led by a serial self-promoter who has abandoned the bedrock principles of the GOP. In the Trump era, personal responsibility, fiscal sanity and rule of law have been overtaken by a preference for alienating our allies while embracing terrorists and dictators, attacking the free press and pitting everyday Americans against one another.
No surprise, then, that the latest disgrace, courtesy of Team Trump, is an effort to eliminate any threats to the president’s political power in 2020. Republicans have long held primaries and caucuses to bring out the best our party has to offer. Our political system assumes an incumbent president will make his case in front of voters to prove that he or she deserves to be nominated for a second term. But now, the Republican parties of four states — Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina — have canceled their nominating contests. By this design, the incumbent will be crowned winner of these states’ primary delegates. There is little confusion about who has been pushing for this outcome.... (more)
The acting director of national intelligence has refused to provide information to Congress as required by law on what has been described as a "troubling "whistleblower complaint of "urgent concern" within the US intelligence community.
This may explain why...
Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and a lawyer representing the whistleblower declined to comment.
Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that requires notification of congressional oversight committees.
But acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about Trump’s alleged transgression with lawmakers, touching off a legal and political dispute that has spilled into public and prompted speculation that the spy chief is improperly protecting the president.
The dispute is expected to escalate Thursday when Atkinson is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a classified session closed to the public. The hearing is the latest move by committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) to compel U.S. intelligence officials to disclose the full details of the whistleblower complaint to Congress...(more)
It certainly makes you wonder what kind of outrageous promise Trump may have made to which one of his authoritarian "buddies" (most likely Putin?) that may have risen to the level that the whistleblower AND the Intelligence IG both have serious concerns about Trump as a security risk.
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