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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Broward County judge granted Florida's first order temporarily removing guns from a person under the state's new gun control laws. Last week, four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were ordered removed from a 56-year-old man from Lighthouse Point, Florida determined to be a potential risk to himself or others. Under new gun control legislation law enforcement has more power to act on evidence that an individual may pose a danger. According to Lighthouse Point police, they were called to perform a welfare check on the individual who was said to be behaving erratically. The man turned off the main electrical breakers to his condominium building and told officers he "was being targeted and burglarized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a neighbor who lives in [his] building. [He] could not describe the neighbor but stated that the neighbor [can] ‘shape shift, he can change heights and I'm not sure where he comes from' and ‘to be honest, he looks like Osama Bin Laden.'" read more

Monday, March 19, 2018

One of the big stories over the weekend was about the fact that the Trump campaign's data firm, Cambridge Analytica, stole the Facebook data of millions of people in order to psychologically profile them for targeting. What Mueller and his team of investigators will be interested in is whether or not there was a connection between this voter profiling with the kind of intrusion into social media he has already included in recent indictments of Russians. Back in October 2016, just days before the election, Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg did some reporting on the Trump campaign and the work of Cambridge Analytica in particular. Here is how they described their strategy at the time: Instead of expanding the electorate, Bannon and his team are trying to shrink it. "We have three major voter suppression operations under way," says a senior official. "They're aimed at three groups Clinton needs to win overwhelmingly: idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans ... ." read more

Sunday, March 18, 2018

On Saturday evening, [Donald] Trump for the first time posted a tweet that specifically mentioned the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The president again denounced the inquiry he is conducting as a "witch hunt." The president's tweets, posted on a Saturday in which he remained inside the White House with no public schedule, came as Mueller is said to have sent questions to Trump's legal team as part of negotiations over an interview with the president. Mueller is seeking the interview, according to two people close to the White House, in order to ask follow-up questions, but put forward the list as a start. read more

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

After the House intelligence committee announced it was shutting down its probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a Republican who sits on it said he believes the committee has lost its credibility. "We have gone completely off the rails, and now we're basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news," GOP Rep. Tom Rooney said during an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." Earlier this month on "OutFront," Rooney called for the probe to end. "We have lost all credibility and we're going to issue probably two different reports, unfortunately," he said Monday. "So in that regard, that's why I called for the investigation to end."

Friday, March 09, 2018

The most obvious public dimensions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's Russia ties are legal and political. But Mueller is also driven by something else -- a desire to repair and vindicate a code of citizen-leadership whose betrayal he experienced leading a Marine platoon in Vietnam, long before any of us knew of Donald Trump's contempt for it. Now, the future of Trump's presidency hangs in the balance of whether Mueller's effort succeeds. The code that Mueller has followed since boyhood is an American iteration of the ancient one that governed Plato's "guardians," for whom the republic was "so closely bound up with oneself that its interests and fortunes, for good or ill, are held to be identical with one's own." Mueller learned that self-denial for the common good demands self-scrutiny, plain living, and a quiet readiness to take responsibility without reward and bear its burdens with grace. read more


Gal's already got this article posted: www.drudge.com
She just buried the lede with her title.

Trump-linked data firm met with Russian executives: report

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm the Trump campaign used during the 2016 election, met with Russian business executives, The New York Times reported Saturday.

The firms' employees had been in contact with executives from Russian oil giant Lukoil in 2014 and 2015, according to company documents.

There were reportedly three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey and Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters.

Alexander Nix, director of SCL Group, denied at a British Parliament meeting last month that his consulting firm ever worked with Russia.
SCL Group is a British political and defense contractor that owns the American offshoot Cambridge Analytica.

Remember those mysterious servers in Trump Tower that only communicated with two Russian banks? Robert Mueller certainly does.

After the dinner (in Las Vegas), part of the group headed to an after-party at a raunchy nightclub in the Palazzo mall called the Act. Shortly after midnight, the entourage arrived at the club. The group included Donald Trump, Emin Agalarov, Rob Goldstone, Olivia Culpo, and Nana Meriwether, the outgoing Miss USA. Trump and Culpo were photographed in the lobby by a local paparazzi.

The Act was no ordinary nightclub. Since March, it had been the target of undercover surveillance by the Nevada Gaming Con­trol Board and investigators for the club's landlord -- the Palazzo, which was owned by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson -- after complaints about its performances. The club featured seminude women performing simulated sex acts of ---------- and grotesque sadomasochism -- skits that a few months later would prompt a Nevada state judge to issue an injunction barring any more of its "lewd" and "offensive" performances.

Among the club's regular acts cited by the judge was one called "Hot for Teacher," in which naked college girls simulate urinating on a professor. In another act, two women disrobe and then "one female stands over the other female and simulates urinating while the other female catches the urine in two wine glasses."


Wonder where the same Russians that were in Vegas may have gotten the idea that Trump might like to watch------------- play in Moscow? Is Trump's denial that he would like such a show appear to be like most things he says anymore, just another bald-faced lie?

Britain's Government Communications Headquarters became aware of suspicious "interactions" between associates of Donald Trump and suspected or known Russian operatives in late 2015, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

The Guardian's report – which said other intelligence agencies in Germany, Estonia, and Poland also picked up communications between Trump's associates and Russian agents – is consistent with earlier revelations about what spurred the US intelligence community to launch its investigation last summer into Trump's ties to Russia.

The European agencies shared the intelligence with their American counterparts between late 2015 and mid-2016, The Guardian reported. But the FBI and the CIA "were slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump's team and Moscow ahead of the US election," the report said.

"It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep," a UK intelligence source told The Guardian. The European agencies "were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr. Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.' The message was: ‘Watch out. There's something not right here.'"

The FBI did not open its investigation into Russia's interference in the US election – and the Trump campaign's possible complicity – until July 2016, FBI Director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee during a public hearing last month. That was more than six months after British intelligence officials were first alerted to the interactions between Trump's associates and known or suspected Russian operatives, according to The Guardian.

US officials were "very late to the game" when it came to examining those contacts, a source told the British newspaper.

The BBC's Paul Wood reported earlier this year that the investigation began in earnest in the spring of 2016 when an intelligence agency of one of the Baltic states passed former CIA Director John Brennan a recording that alleged money from the Kremlin had made its way into Trump's campaign coffers.

Brennan reportedly established a counterintelligence task force, which included the FBI and the National Security Agency. That summer, Robert Hannigan, then the chief of the GCHQ, passed Brennan more material related to conversations Trump associates had with suspected or known Russian agents, according to The Guardian.

In August – more than eight months after British officials were alerted to the Trump-Russia contacts – Brennan briefed the US's top lawmakers on the material, which he said showed that Russia had interfered in the US election to help Trump win, The New York Times reported last week.

Whereas the CIA was fairly confident by late August that the Russians were working to boost Trump, the FBI did not publicly draw that conclusion until early December. Because the CIA deals exclusively with foreign intelligence, it did not have the authority to announce the evidence it apparently had of such collusion.

One of the lawmakers, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, wrote two letters to FBI Director James Comey between August and October urging him to go public with the information.


To summarize, Christopher Steele and his dossier were never the genesis of the investigations begun inside the US and many foreign intelligence services shared signals intelligence they had intercepted of Trump associates and Russians or aligned cut-outs as early as late 2015, months after Trump announced his candidacy.

That is the truth and those are the facts in evidence.

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