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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Breaking with their House Republican counterparts, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the intelligence community properly concluded in January of last year that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Donald Trump when Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. According to the Senate Intelligence Committee report: "Our investigation thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the January 2017 ICA, which assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to target our presidential election and to destabilize our democratic institutions," said Vice Chairman [Mark] Warner. "As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive and sophisticated, and its goals were to undermine public faith in the democratic process, to hurt Secretary Clinton and to help Donald Trump. While our investigation remains ongoing, we have to learn from 2016 and do more to protect ourselves from attacks in 2018 and beyond."

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Dolt 45 wants some quality alone time with his handler at the Helsinki summit.

www.cnn.com

#1 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-07-03 05:58 PM | Reply

So Trump is an illegitimate president.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-03 06:13 PM | Reply

I mean, aside from being a Russian stooge.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-07-03 06:13 PM | Reply

"The entire Republican Senate is comprised of RINOS!!"
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#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-07-03 06:16 PM | Reply

Trump wants to meet Putin without notetakers in private so he can don his Vlad kneepads and service Putin adequately for giving his fat treasonous agent our national election.

#5 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-07-03 07:41 PM | Reply

As numerous intelligence and national security officials in the Trump administration have since unanimously re-affirmed, the ICA findings were accurate and on point. The Russian effort was extensive and sophisticated, and its goals were to undermine public faith in the democratic process, to hurt Secretary Clinton and to help Donald Trump.

Yet still no outrage at Trump meeting privately with Putin. I ask all Trump supporters, what will it take? Does he have to come to your house and slap your mom?

#6 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-07-03 07:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Do over in 2020.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-03 07:51 PM | Reply

But her emails!!!

#8 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-07-03 07:56 PM | Reply

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#4 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK

So. The first time I combine people's usernames (a common occurrence on the DR), it gets deleted?

Talk about selective moderation...

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-07-03 07:57 PM | Reply

But her emails!!!

POSTED BY HATTER5183 AT 2018-07-03 07:56 PM | REPLY

It was more than her emails you dingledorfer.

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-07-03 07:58 PM | Reply

"The Russian effort was extensive and sophisticated, and its goals were to undermine public faith in the democratic process, to hurt Secretary Clinton and to help Donald Trump."

"So, what's wrong with that?" - NullSniperPawDust

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-03 07:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was more than her emails

For you and me and some others, maybe.

But Comey's announcement, days before the general election, helped dissuade potential Hillary voters.

It simply reinforced the message that she wasn't trustworthy.

Which. I'm not saying she was or wasn't.

Simply pointing out that the emails played a role in her loss.

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-07-03 08:03 PM | Reply

But Comey's announcement, days before the general election, helped dissuade potential Hillary voters.
It simply reinforced the message that she wasn't trustworthy.
Which. I'm not saying she was or wasn't.
Simply pointing out that the emails played a role in her loss.

POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2018-07-03 08:03 PM | REPLY

Oh lovely now Comey is brought up. Look he is a square that did what he thought was the right thing to do. Oh and honey sweetie she IS untrustworthy. There's like no question about that.

#13 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-07-03 08:10 PM | Reply

And if this isn't enough to set Trump and his demented minions off, there's this:

The Hill @thehill

Federal prosecutors shut down Trump conspiracy theories against Dem IT staffer

thehill.com

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 08:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- he is a square that did what he thought was the right thing to do.

He is a Republican who has stated publicly that had he not thought she was going to win anyway, he would not have released the letter.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-03 08:19 PM | Reply

Comey's announcement, days before the general election, helped dissuade potential Hillary voters.

Comey's hand was forced by pro-Trump FBI agents in NY who were about to leak the reopening of the investigation to the press if Comey didn't announce it. The FBI would then have looked like it was hiding something on behalf of Hillary, which would have hurt her even more.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2018-07-03 08:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#16 No, that's not true:

How one Congressman punked the media on the FBI letter about Clinton's emails

No, the FBI did not say it would ‘reopen' its investigation.

FBI Director James Comey alerted Republican members of Congress on Friday that bureau investigators would review some additional emails that might relate to Hillary Clinton's email server. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee who has already vowed to spend the next several years investigating Clinton should she be elected president, quickly rushed to announce the news, falsely claiming that the case had been "reopened."

Minutes later, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan repeated Chaffetz's incorrect assessment and demanded that Clinton's classified intelligence briefings  --  something provided to both major party nominees  --  be ceased.

In a rally in New Hampshire, an ebullient Donald Trump told supporters, "The FBI has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new emails pertaining to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's investigation and they are reopening into the case into her criminal and illegal conduct."

Other Republicans in Congress were quick to make the same false claims.

thinkprogress.org

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 08:41 PM | Reply

I almost deleted what I wrote and said "discovered additional emails." I didn't think anyone would care. It doesn't refute the central point of my post.

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2018-07-03 08:43 PM | Reply

More from above article:

Though nothing in Comey's letter said the case was being reopened, an array of news outlets repeated Chaffetz's incorrect characterization. NBC News initially posted a story with this framing, later changing the headline and lede to drop the claim. USA Today tweeted, falsely, that the FBI director had said the probe was being reopened. The Hill and Bloomberg also got the facts wrong.

Despite the initial overreaction to the news, NBC's Pete Williams has already reported that the newly found e-mails were not originally withheld by Clinton nor her campaign, the emails are not from Clinton, and the letter was sent to the Congressional leaders "out of an abundance of caution." The AP reported that the emails did not come from Hillary Clinton's private server. NBC's sources called the story less than a game-changer.

But that did not stop Clinton's critics from trying to turn it into one.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 08:43 PM | Reply

#18 We'll have to agree to disagree then as I think that late false announcement about her emails did hurt her on election day.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 08:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I never said it didn't hurt her. I said Comey's failure to make the announcement would have hurt her even more, because pro-Trump FBI agents in NY would have leaked the same announcement to the media anyways and made it look like the FBI was covering for Hillary. Did you even read my post?

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2018-07-03 08:47 PM | Reply

Yes, Joe, I read your post. I'm not sure it "would have hurt her even more" as you claim, but we will never know.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 08:49 PM | Reply

...that late false announcement about her emails did hurt her on election day.

As I've said before, what it did mostly was scrub the "P-Grabbing" tape off the news at exactly the right moment.

#23 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-07-03 09:03 PM | Reply

Meanwhile the GOP is trying to cozy up to the Russians even more, and why not? They are no doubt anticipating more election meddling that will help them win more elections!:

Republicans meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow ahead of Trump-Putin summit

www.msn.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 09:15 PM | Reply

Keep in mind how important it is to Trump and the GOP that they retain control of the Senate:

Russians Are Now Trying to Hack U.S. Senate Emails

www.newsweek.com

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 09:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here's the Daily Beast's headline for this story...

"Bipartisan Senate Panel Gives Middle Finger to Devin Nunes"

www.thedailybeast.com

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2018-07-03 09:36 PM | Reply

I'm not sure it "would have hurt her even more" as you claim, but we will never know.

True, but picture the two headlines:

FBI Reviewing Newly Discovered Clinton Emails
or
FBI Has Reopened Clinton Investigation And Comey Is Covering It Up
In my opinion it's pretty obvious what would have hurt her more.

#27 | Posted by JOE at 2018-07-03 09:43 PM | Reply

"FBI Reviewing Newly Discovered Clinton Emails"

That wasn't the original lead though. This was:

"FBI Has Reopened Clinton Investigation"

and it was fallacious.

#28 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 10:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Amy Siskind @Amy_Siskind

ON THE SAME DAY A REPUBLICAN-LED SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE FOUND PUTIN INTERFERED WITH OUR 2016 ELECTION TO HELP ELECT TRUMP, SENATE REPUBLICANS ARE IN MOSCOW TODAY STRIKING A "CONCILIATORY" TONE! WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
3:08 PM - 3 Jul 2018

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-03 10:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Putin has bought the GOP. They serve their donors, no matter who they are.
Putin is a genius, why compete with the most expensive military ever, when you can buy those that control it for peanuts.

#30 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-03 11:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Putin is not a genius, he just happens to be smarter than his puppet Orange Adolf, which is pretty easy to do.

#31 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-07-04 12:53 PM | Reply

Putin didn't just out smart Trump, he owns the GOP. They are appeasing Russia and the Norks, while fighting US allies. Think about that.
All because Russia went facist and the GOP was already half way there.

#32 | Posted by bored at 2018-07-04 01:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I like US Senators who celebrate the 4th of July in America.

#33 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-04 10:18 PM | Reply

"Oh and honey sweetie she IS untrustworthy. There's like no question about that."

Laura, darlin, you know I'm one of your biggest fans here, and I'm not disagreeing with you, but Hillary is more of a "keep your hand on your wallet" kind of untrustworthy.

We're dealing with what was our only other option which is more of a "why have you tied me to this chair and doused me with kerosene? Oh, no thank you, I don't smoke." Kind of untrustworthy.

#34 | Posted by RevDarko at 2018-07-05 09:10 AM | Reply

#18 We'll have to agree to disagree then as I think that late false announcement about her emails did hurt her on election day.

#20 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-07-03 08:45 PM | FLAG:

So you are saying it wasn't the Russian face book ads saying "vote for Trump comrads"?

#35 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-05 10:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#35 Russian meddling, Comey's announcement, GOP voter suppression were all contributing factors to Clinton's losing by 80,000 votes in 3 states, IMO.

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-05 10:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Keep in mind how important it is to Trump and the GOP that they retain control of the Senate:

Russians Are Now Trying to Hack U.S. Senate Emails
www.newsweek.com

#25 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-07-03 09:20 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

So hopefully the Dems will learn not to use 1234 as a password and not say things like Bernie supporters are basement dwellers and losers. LOL

#37 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-05 10:58 AM | Reply

#35 Russian meddling, Comey's announcement, GOP voter suppression were all contributing factors to Clinton's losing by 80,000 votes in 3 states, IMO.

#36 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-07-05 10:45 AM | FLAG:

You forgot a couple of big ones, she was lazy and was the furthest thing from "change" which Obama won on.

#38 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-07-05 11:01 AM | Reply

#37 Now we know those Bernie supporters you refer to weren't really Bernie supporters but Russian trolls and bots.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-05 11:05 AM | Reply

"So hopefully the Dems will learn not to use 1234 as a password"

The Repubs too. Putin won't release the GOP's emails (as he will the Dems if he has them) but use them against them as kompromat.

#40 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-05 11:06 AM | Reply

Putin is not a genius, he just happens to be smarter than his puppet Orange Adolf, which is pretty easy to do.

#31 | Posted by aborted_monson

Putin is not a genius. WE have been played for years by our own government.

Putin just took advantage of our one big weakness.

Ignorance.

#41 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-05 12:53 PM | Reply

#35 Russian meddling, Comey's announcement, GOP voter suppression were all contributing factors to Clinton's losing by 80,000 votes in 3 states, IMO.
#36 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-07-05 10:45 AM | FLAG:

You forgot a couple of big ones, she was lazy and was the furthest thing from "change" which Obama won on.

#38 | POSTED BY FISHPAW AT 2018-07-05 11:01 AM | FLAG:

You may be right, but that doesn't absolve Trump, despite his squawks of "no collusion."

#42 | Posted by cbob at 2018-07-05 03:19 PM | Reply

she was lazy and was the furthest thing from "change" which Obama won on.

#38 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

I here I thought that anti-Progressive Conservatives abhorred "change".

#43 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-07-05 03:29 PM | Reply

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