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FBI Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016

https://twitter.com/MarkAmesExiled/status/1124331920463224832

"This story is so fucking insane on so many levels. But once reasonable people have no problem with America's secret police infiltrating a political campaign and are happy to normalize this, because Trump eats centrist-liberal brains."

NorthReport

The Full Story of Trump’s Russia Ties Will Come Out—But It’ll Take Time

https://observer.com/2019/04/trump-russia-ties-espionage-full-story-mueller-report/

NorthReport

Convergence Is Worse Than Collusion

Trump and Putin share many more goals than just Trump’s election.

AUG 13, 2018

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/convergence-is-worse-than-collusion/567368/

NDPP

StephenCohen: Mueller's Own Mysteries

https://www.thenation.com/article/muellers-own-mysteries

"...As reflected in the text and footnotes, Mueller relies heavily on reports by US intelligence agencies, but without treating the recorded misdeeds of those agencies, particularly the CIA under John Brennan in promoting the Russiagate saga. He also relies heavily on contemporary media accounts of Russiagate as it unfolded, but without taking into account their journalistic malpractices, as abundantly documented by Matt Taibbi, who equates the malpractice with news reports leading up to the US invasion of Iraq.

So much for all the shameful Russiagate allegations of Trump-Putin collusion, conspiracy, even treason. Surely it means the US needs another, different investigation, one into the actual origins and meaning of this fraudulent, corrosive, exceedingly dangerous and still unending American political scandal."

 

"This tweet and so much else, illustrates why Dems are panicking over Bill Barr. Now that the Mueller festival has collapsed, investigative and media attention is turning to how this conspiracy theory started, who did it, and whether CIA/FBI/NSA powers were politicized and abused."

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1125041234903482368

And so we now move into the most important questions of all. Investigating the investigation will prove much more productive of the mythical 'collusion' though of a distinctly domestic kind. Count on it.

NDPP

America in Denial: Dr Gabor Mate on the Psychology of Russiagate (and vid)

https://twitter.com/DrGaborMate/status/1125783479659012097

"...It wasn't that they just wanted to know the truth. They actually wanted the truth to look a certain way. It's much more comforting to believe that some foreign enemy is doing this to us than to look at what this says about us as a society. There was a massive denial..."

NDPP

CraigMurray: The Real Muellergate Scandal

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/05/the-real-muellergate-sca...

"Robert Mueller is either a fool or deeply corrupt. I do not think he is a fool..."

NDPP

Mike Whitney: 'Judgment Day For John Brennan'

https://southfront.org/mike-whitney-judgment-day-for-john-brennan/

"Sometime in the next 4 weeks, the Justice Department's inspector general will release an internal review that will reveal the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. Among other matters, the IG's report is expected to determine 'whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.'

Critics of the Trump-collusion probe believe that there was never probable cause that a crime had been committed, therefore, there was no legal basis for launching the investigation. The findings of the Mueller report - that there was no cooperation or collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign - seem to underscore this broader point and suggest that the fictitious Trump-Russia connection was merely a pretext for spying on the campaign of a Beltway outsider whose political views clashed with those of the foreign policy establishment.

In any event, the upcoming release of the Horowitz report will formally end the first phase of the long-running Russiagate scandal and mark the beginning  of Phase 2, in which high profile officials from the previous administration face criminal prosecution for their role in what looks to be a botched attempt at a coup d'etat..."

 

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Republican Congressman Justin Amash says that after reading the full, redacted Mueller report, he is convinced that Trump committed obstruction of justice, and must be impeached. Story at Quartz.

josh

He has more guts and integrity than the entire Democratic House leadership.

NDPP

Cohen: Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51640.htm

"Now in its third year, Russiagate is the worst, most corrosive and most fraudulent political scandal in modern American history. And they have enticed mainstream media into one of the worst episodes of journalistic malpractice in modern times..."

josh

Russia’s “attack” on the U.S electoral system in 2016 was “sophisticated,” “concerted” and “systematic.” Any effort to impede the investigation into a matter of that “paramount importance” struck “at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

“As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/mueller-remarks-on-investigation-justice-department

NDPP

Russiagate, Like Count Dracula, Will Never End

https://blackagendareport.com/russiagate-count-dracula-will-never-end

"Russiagate, like Count Dracula, will never end because new political blood will be fed to this vampire...The Russiagate fable-fraud has become a kind of theocratic cult, and it has millions and millions of self-inflicted and unwilling followers. Democratic elites are still roaming the streets of Washington and the Halls of Congress in search of fresh blood..."

NDPP

'They Will Pay A Price': Bolton Says US Has Expanded 'Offensive Cyber Operations' Against Russia

https://on.rt.com/9w6u

"The United States is ramping up cyber operations targeting Russia and other so-called adversaries, in what US National Security Advisor John Bolton says is a response to election meddling. 'The purpose is to say to Russia, or anybody else that's engaged in cyber operations against us, [ Except Israel, of course.] you will pay a price...'

Bolton has long argued for a more hostile footing in cyberspace: In an oped for The Hill last year, he urged the US to launch a 'retaliatory cyber campaign' against Russia, which has apparently now become policy."

The American duopoly uber alles: How to win Dem friends and influence people...

NDPP

US Escalates Online Attacks on Russia's Power Grid

https://twitter.com/caitoz/status/1140005908665126912

"The most disturbing part of the news that the US is engaged in acts of war against Russia and attacking civilian infrastructure is that the elected Commander-in-Chief hasn't been informed of this escalation. Russiagaters are cheering for this currently."

Michael Moriarity Michael Moriarity's picture

NBC news reports on a new study from the University of Tennessee.

Ken Dilanian wrote:
President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that Russian's 2016 propaganda campaign on social media had no impact on the presidential election.

A new statistical analysis says it may well have.

The study, by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not prove that Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it demonstrates that Trump's gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely with high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls and bots of the Internet Research Agency, a key weapon in the Russian attack.

"Our results show that the weeks when Russian trolls were accumulating likes and retweets on Twitter, that activity reliably foreshadowed gains for Trump in the opinion polls," wrote Damian Ruck, the study's lead researcher, in an article explaining his findings.

The study found that every 25,000 re-tweets by accounts connected to the IRA predicted a 1 percent increase in opinion polls for Trump.

NDPP

Analysis: No, Russian Twitter Trolls Didn't Demonstrably Push Trump's Poll Numbers Higher

https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1146062616009162753

"Russian 'ads targeting the three states that handed Trump the election - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - were seen by only 1,000 people..."

 

Insinuendo: Why the Mueller Report Doth Repeat So Much

https://t.co/GhQOIPVyM5

"...What becomes clear is that the special counsel used a number of rhetorical devices to couch evidence and craft a narrative so that a document that ultimately clears the president can also be used as an indictment..."

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Russian attack is the biggest joke of the new millennium. So tell me please someone, where has there been an election in the last twenty years that foreign governments and or their oligarchs have not spent money in to get a preferred outcome. 

I know that the US tries to influence democratic elections because I am watching it in real time. I am getting constantly spammed on social media by US funded groups of both the left and the right trying to influence my vote.  The big NGO's some of which are likely tied to some branch of the 5Eyes are involved as are corporate funded "think thanks."

But this is a very old story for our country. Canada got medicare despite the almost overwhelming media attacks by the US insurance companies against Douglas's introduction of it. It is rather galling to have to see so much angst over a non-event given the scope of the misdeeds of the self-righteous "victim" in the area of electoral interference in other peoples countries.

josh

In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html

NDPP

Re: Above...

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents New 'Russian Influence' Story

https://t.co/S9e9enrCPj

"Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump. He later admitted that the claims therein were 'likely false.' Today, Isikoff came up with a new fake story about 'Russian influence'. Isikoff claims that the conspiracy theory, that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed because he stole the DNC emails which Wikileaks later published, was placed by Russia's foreign intelligence service.

It's eternally tempting to suggest that out-there ideas like the Rich conspiracies were a function of nefarious external actors like Russian intelligence officials. That text from Bannon, though, underlines the more anodyne truth: It was politically useful for a number of people to hype the allegations at the expense of Rich's reputation."

josh

Isikoff is a generally respected reporter.  As for the Steele dossier, 

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/07/09/dojs-inspector-general-report-on-russia-delayed-as-steele-found-credible/

NDPP

Russiagate Falls Apart Even More Every Day (and vid)

https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1148956577354960897

The Nation's Aaron Mate and Lee Camp deconstruct 'Mad Dow' disease & Russiagate conspiracy gobbledygook.

NDPP

Trump-Russia Dossier Journalist Says Russia Planted Story About Clinton Hitmen Killing Seth Rich

https://youtu.be/zEoZ8W4GhaY

"The man who first reported on the discredited Steele dossier has a brand new conspiracy theory about Russia. The idea that DNC staffer Seth Rich was killed on the order of Hillary Clinton was invented by - guess who?"

NorthReport

Actually Hillary Clinton’s dumb campaign team with a little help from James Comey combined with CNN and CNBC 24/7 news coverage of Trump put Trump in the White House but that’s a story for another day

 

How the Seth Rich conspiracy theory put Trump in the White House

https://www.salon.com/2019/07/10/how-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-theory-put-trump-in-the-white-house/

Debater

Acosta resigns as Trump's Labor Secretary amid Epstein pedophile scandal:

NDPP

Margaret Kimberley: Time For Russiagate to End

https://blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-time-russiagate-end

"Russiagate is a scheme meant to give Democrats popular support without doing anything the public wants them to do. Democrats turned what has been labeled Russiagate into a get out of jail free card. They didn't have to explain how they managed to lose to Donald Trump as long as charges of Russian meddling could be used to make Russiagate live on into the 2020 election where it can be the most useful to them..."

NDPP

Galloway: Dunce's Cap For Russiagate Coverage Should Go to CNN

https://on.rt.com/9ybn

"So unhinged has CNN - the last hold-out of the Russiagaters - become, that they have now piled new levels of ordure on the political prisoner Julian Assange in a much touted 'Special' heaping speculation upon speculation on what they hope is the coffin of a man they once lionized. The scandalous behavior - including CNN's own (now Fox) contributor Donna Brazile - through which the Democratic Party rigged their own Primary process to defeat Bernie Sanders and procure the coronation of the aforementioned Mrs Clinton, was not hacked but leaked. Not by Russians but by Americans. Not by RT but by Democratic Party insiders, disgusted as they should have been at the shameless Tammany Hall shenanigans going on in their party..."

NDPP

Mueller Testimony: Another Debacle For the Democrats Anti-Russia Campaign

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/07/25/muel-j25.html

"...It was a reactionary diversion, an attempt to distract public opinion from the collaboration of the Democratic Party with Trump's agenda, including his murderous pogrom against immigrants, his assertion of quasi-dictatorial presidential powers, his record spending on the military and his preparations for war agianst Iran, Russia and China, including the use of nuclear weapons.

The hearing came only one day after Democrats reached a budget deal that effectively grants Trump a free hand to carry out his policies for the rest of his term. The wall to wall coverage was out of all proportion to the content of Mueller's testimony itself. No new information  or allegations were presented and Mueller declared at the outset that he would restrict his answers to statements already contained in his report. Mueller refused to answer more than 200 questions over the course of the two hearings..."

josh

Second, as Mueller will also remind us, two units of the Russian intelligence services breached 29 computers at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and 30 computers at the Democratic National Committee. The Russians siphoned off more than 70 gigabytes of information from the DCCC and stole “hundreds of thousands” of documents from compromised email accounts and networks.

That information was in turn passed by the Russians to the American news media, directly through a fake Russian persona (named Guccifer 2.0)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/07/24/mueller-testimony-russia-interfered-2016-election-donald-trump-column/1805955001/

NDPP

UK 'Up To Its Neck' in Russiagate Affair, Says George Galloway, as Secret Texts Reveal British Role (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/9z6u

"Turns out it was Britain that was the foreign country interfering in American affairs,' says former MP George Galloway to RT, speaking about the new revelations published by the Guardian about early British involvement in the 'Russiagate' investigation..."

 

Secret Texts Cast Light on UK's Early Role in Trump-Russia Inquiry

https://twitter.com/ShoebridgeC/status/1156179928532049920

"Secret FBI and Mi5 texts reveal how, as early as June 2016 (and just as ex-MI6 officer Steele was beginning his dossier) UK intelligence agencies were already playing a key role in developing the suggestions of Russian interference in November 2016 US election."

NDPP

Russiagate Fanatic Michael Isikoff's Curious Project

https://www.blackagendareport.com/russiagate-fanatic-michael-isikoffs-cu...

"Seymour Hersh has been right about some of the biggest stories of our times, and he thinks the DNC email theft was an inside job..."

NDPP

Judge Throws Out DNC Lawsuit, Assange Still in Peril

https://youtu.be/lc-ur06V51w

"A federal judge dismissed a DNC lawsuit against President Trump over WikiLeaks' release of emails from the Clinton campaign. RT America's Rachel Blevins reports. Then [Canadian] author and historian Jeremy Kuzmarov joins Steve Malzberg to share his insights."

NDPP

Craig Murray: In the World of Truth and Fact, Russiagate is Dead

https://t.co/tOXUKx7hmm

"In the world of the political elite the answer is Russiagate..."

NDPP

Push-Back with Aaron Mate (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PushbackShow/status/1158030237944492034

"Mueller time is over, Russia hate is here to stay.' Prof Stephen Cohen on Russiagate: 'driven by malign motives..."

NDPP

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Hits Russiagate Rock Bottom

https://youtu.be/1dyOxBvBA58

Aaron Mate slams MSNBC's latest Russiagate dud...

NDPP

Cohen: What We Still Do Not Know About The Russiagate Hoax (and vid)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52213.htm

"It must be emphasized: It is hard, if not impossible,  to think of a more toxic allegation in American political history than the one leveled against candidate and then president Donald Trump that he 'colluded' with the Kremlin in order to win the 2016 presidential election - and still more, that Vladimir Putin's regime, 'America's No. 1 Threat', had compromising material on Trump that made him its 'pupppet.' Or a more fraudulent accusation. Even leaving aside the misperception that Russia is the threat to America in world affairs, no aspect of this allegation has turned out to be true, as should have been evident from the outset..."

 

MUST WATCH: On Contact: Dismantling Security Tales With Charles Derber (and vid)

https://www.rt.com/shows/on-contact/468331-racism-tool-controlling-people/

"Host Chris Hedges talks to Dr Charles Derber about how the capitalist state uses fear bolstered by racism as a tool to control the people, and through their efforts to abolish civil liberties, crush dissent, mand extinguish democratic space. Derber is the author of the new book, 'Moving Beyond Fear: Upending the Security Tales in Capitalism, Fascism and Democracy'."

NDPP

CN Live! (and vid)

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/13/watch-cn-live-special-on-russia-us-re...

"Episode 9 of CN Live was a four-hour special on the state of relations between Washington and Moscow. George Beebe, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter, Tony Kevin, Mark Sleboda and Patrick Lawrence."

An amazing and highly educational four hours of discussion. If you can't do it all then don't miss ex-US intelligence analyst Scott Ritter @ 1:29:00...

NDPP

Ritter: The Spy Who Failed

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/14/the-spy-who-failed/

"Scott Ritter probes Oleg Smolenkov's role as a CIA asset and the use of his data by the director of the CIA to cast doubt over the 2016 US presidential election." Must Read!

NDPP

Russiagate's Last Stand? #Resistance Works Itself Up Over Whistleblower Complaint on Trump's Alleged 'Favor to Foreign Leader'

https://on.rt.com/a21e

"Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff [Dem] to whip it back into life with another scary tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up..."

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

Russiagate's Last Stand? #Resistance Works Itself Up Over Whistleblower Complaint on Trump's Alleged 'Favor to Foreign Leader'

https://on.rt.com/a21e

"Just when you thought the Russiagate horse was well and truly dead, count on House Intelligence chair Adam Schiff [Dem] to whip it back into life with another scary tale of collusion, conspiracy and cover-up..."

Whistleblowers bad!

josh

When the president sought the Biden investigation, the Trump administration’s military aid to Ukraine had been frozen for weeks.

The United States suspended that assistance in early July, according to a former American official. Mr. Trump did not discuss the aid in the July 25 call with Mr. Zelensky, whose government did not learn of the suspension until August, according to people familiar with the call.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/us/politics/trump-whistle-blower-ukraine.html#click=https://t.co/79P37f1p1F

NDPP

'Ukraine Foreign Minister Disputes Reports of Any Pressure From Trump' - ABC News.

"What we SHOULD be asking is why the hell Biden's son is working for the biggest energy company in Ukraine. AND that Joe Biden used his VP office to threaten Ukraine authorities by witholding loan guarantees from Ukraine unless they fired Prosecutor Shokin who was investigating Burisma, Hunter Biden..."

https://twitter.com/21WIRE/status/1175449492339879936

josh

NDPP peddling Trump Republican lies.  What a surprise.

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2019/may/07/viral-image/fact-checking-joe-biden-hunter-biden-and-ukraine/

Hunter Biden shouldn’t have been working for that group, but there is no evidence that his father did anything wrong,

NDPP

LOL! According to Ken I'm a 'Marxist-Leninist'. Pull the other one it's got bells on. Effortlessly from the failed Russiagate to a failing Ukrainegate. Your ideological possession has made you open to msm propaganda nonsense chump.

'The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN...' "If this is correct, then the whistleblower's complaint is based on heresay. Sounds like we got another winner."

https://twitter.com/aaronjmate/status/1175472174532124678

josh

On Monday, President Trump unequivocally denied he threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the country into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

But the Washington Post reported late Monday evening that Trump did, in fact, order his acting chief of staff to hold hundreds of millions in military funds from Ukraine about a week before he had the now-infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/washington-post-trump-actually-withhold-millions-ukraine-phone-call

NDPP

If true, stopping weapons to our plucky little Nazi friends in Ukraine so they can kill their eastern relatives is surely his worst crime yet! Good thing Canada's arms shipments still continue!

https://youtu.be/60RNhFwqMi8

 

If The Facts Come Out, It Could Spell The End For Joe Biden

https://consortiumnews.com/2019/09/21/if-the-facts-come-out-it-could-spe...

"The Establishment media is in a frenzy about what they hope will be the downfall of Trump, but if the facts come out, it could be the downfall of Joe Biden instead, writes Ray McGovern."

josh
josh

Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Americans’ Facebook profiles. They worked w Russian assets. Their clients briefed Russian diplomats during the 2016 elections.

https://twitter.com/chrisinsilico/status/1179001506231660544

In 2016, CA worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

josh wrote:

Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Americans’ Facebook profiles. They worked w Russian assets. Their clients briefed Russian diplomats during the 2016 elections.

https://twitter.com/chrisinsilico/status/1179001506231660544

In 2016, CA worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign

Then there is the Canadian connection. Our AIQ created the monster. It seems that many actors bought the software including the Leave campaign. Who knew Boris was a Russian pawn also.

Cambridge Analytica has undisclosed links to the Canadian digital firm AggregateIQ that played a pivotal role in the official Vote Leave campaign in 2016, which was headed by the environment secretary Michael Gove and the foreign secretary Boris Johnson, the Observer has learned.

Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower, has revealed that as well as playing a part in setting up the firm – which is now facing increasing scrutiny from investigators on both sides of the Atlantic over its role in harvesting Facebook data – he was also a central figure in setting up AIQ, which accounted for 40% of Vote Leave’s campaign budget.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/24/aggregateiq-data-firm-li...

Or maybe just maybe this isn't a Russian spy story but a capitalism at its best story. Seems AIQ produced a product that many people including Trump thought was a great tool for enhancing the chances of of winning and it was sold to the highest bidders.  I suspect that some version of this program is in use as we speak on behalf of one or both of the Libs or COns.

A little-known Canadian data firm ensnared by an international investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the Brexit campaign created an election software platform marketed by Cambridge Analytica, according to a batch of internal files obtained exclusively by Gizmodo.

Discovered by a security researcher last week, the files confirm that AggregateIQ, a British Columbia-based data firm, developed the technology Cambridge Analytica sold to clients for millions of dollars during the 2016 US presidential election. Hundreds if not thousands of pages of code, as well as detailed notes signed by AggregateIQ staff, wholly substantiate recent reports that Cambridge Analytica’s software platform was not its own creation.

What’s more, the files reveal that AggregateIQ—also known as “AIQ”—is the developer behind campaign apps created for Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, as well as a Ukrainian steel magnate named Serhiy Taruta, head the country’s newly formed Osnova party.

Other records show the firm once pitched an app to Breitbart News, the far-right website funded by hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer—Cambridge Analytica’s principal investor—and are currently contracted by WPA Intelligence, a US-based consultancy founded by Republican pollster Chris Wilson, who was director of digital strategy for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign.

https://gizmodo.com/aggregateiq-created-cambridge-analyticas-election-so...

NDPP

'Russia Will Meddle': Putin

https://youtu.be/ATBSulMeXhU

"Russia fully intends to meddle in next year's US presidential election' - that was the response of Vladimir Putin, in answer to a question about plans for the upcoming race for the White House..."

Come and get it chumps!

josh

The federal government warned state election officials Thursday it suspects Russia may focus on voter suppression as a means to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/03/politics/russia-voter-suppression-warning/index.html

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