RUSSIA IS THE ENEMY OF AMERICA
Calls Mount for Trump to Cancel Putin Meeting After Mueller Indictments Prove Russia Attacked US
‘Get Your Butt on a Plane Back to the United States’
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein revealed Friday afternoon that he had briefed President Trump on the indictment of 12 Russian government officials for hacking during the U.S. election. The indictments are so serious some are calling it an act of war.
And yet, during his trip to the UK, President Trump – knowing about the indictments – told reporters he would “ask” – not charge, not show proof, but ask – President Vladimir Putin about the “meddling.”
“I don’t think you’ll have any, um, ‘Gee, I did it I did it you got me,'” moment, Trump said, giving Putin an out before he even asks.
The White House has released a statement that takes a defensive posture, and does not in any way condemn Russia:
First WH statement on Mueller indictments lacks any condemnation of Russia or the hacks whatsoever. https://t.co/AGsg0oxlvE
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) July 13, 2018
Political scientist Brian Klass earlier today noted that, “this week, Trump was aware of a British woman murdered with a Russian nerve agent & 12 pending indictments of Russian intelligence agents who attacked American democracy when he lashed out at NATO allies & the UK government while simultaneously praising the Kremlin.”
Trump will be meeting with Putin in private, with no Americans or U.S. government officials in the room.
In the light of today’s indictments, many are insisting Trump must cancel his meeting with Putin.
Take a look:
In light of the charges against 12 GRU officers announced by Rod Rosenstein, @realDonaldTrump should cancel his meeting with Putin, who ordered the attack on the US. @POTUS shouldn’t meet Putin until he accepts responsibility. And Trump should definitely not meet him alone. https://t.co/bP71DdGOHB
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 13, 2018
Upon hearing Rosenstein’s announcement just now, Trump should immediately cancel his Putin meeting.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) July 13, 2018
Given indictments that Russian military intelligence tried to hack our voting system, Congress must call on Trump to cancel his one-on-one summit with Putin. When will Republicans finally put our country first and uphold their oath!!!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 13, 2018
Cancel the Putin meeting. Now. https://t.co/SqdhVDafH7
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 13, 2018
There are now criminal indictments confirming #RussianHacking and efforts to disrupt the ballot box. If @realDonaldTrump is unwilling to confront Putin over this on Monday, he should cancel his trip.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 13, 2018
DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections. @realDonaldTrump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 13, 2018
Following AG #Rosenstein's announcement of #Mueller's newest #indictments against #Russian officials, I call on @realDonaldTrump to cancel his meeting w/#Putin,who has consistently lied about election interference.
They are attacking our country, Mr. President. Enough is enough.
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 13, 2018
Why is he meeting with Putin? Cancel the damned thing.
— John Weaver (@JWGOP) July 13, 2018
If Republicans don't call on Trump to cancel his summit with Putin then they're just as complicit as him in Russia's attack against America
— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) July 13, 2018
"@POTUS, who apparently knew about these #indictments before leaving for #Europe, should immediately cancel his meeting with President #Putin. If he does not, it would be an egregious insult to the American people and our democracy.” https://t.co/MTPEFs9JBE #TrumpPutinSummit
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) July 13, 2018
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RUSSIA IS THE ENEMY OF AMERICA
Putin Attacked US 2020 Election to Help Trump Says Just-Released US Intel Community Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin once again attacked the United States, this time during the 2020 election cycle, in order to help President Donald Trump win re-election, according to a just released declassified report from the U.S. National Intelligence Council, which is part of the broader United States Intelligence Community (IC).
“President Putin authorized, and a range of Russian government organizations conducted, influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting former President Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the U.S.,” one of the report’s key judgments reveals.
The Wall Street Journal adds “Iran carried out a multipronged covert influence operation intended to undercut Mr. Trump’s re-election chances but didn’t directly promote his rivals,” according to the report. China did not actively interfere, the report also states.
“Despite the various foreign campaigns, however, the report said there were no indications any foreign actor had attempted to alter ‘any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 U.S. elections,’ including voter registration systems, individual ballots, vote tabulation systems, or the reporting of results.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
RUSSIA IS THE ENEMY OF AMERICA
‘Putin Told Me’: Former White House Officials Say Russian President Convinced Trump of Ukraine Conspiracy Theory
Former top officials from the Trump White House say they “feared” Vladimir Putin convinced President Donald Trump of a widely-debunked conspiracy theory – that Ukraine, and not Russia, attacked the U.S. 2016 election.
“Almost from the moment he took office, President Trump seized on a theory that troubled his senior aides,” The Washington Post reports, that “Ukraine, he told them on many occasions, had tried to stop him from winning the White House.”
That conspiracy theory, debunked and decimated by a now-famous Intelligence Community unanimous consensus that Russia attacked the 2016 election, apparently got into Trump’s head via President Putin.
“The strong belief in the White House was that Putin told him,” one former official said.
One former senior White House official said Trump even stated so explicitly at one point, saying he knew Ukraine was the real culprit because “Putin told me.”
Apparently it was Trump’s first meetings with Putin, at the July, 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, that “were a turning point,” the Post reports.
Three former senior administration officials said Trump repeatedly insisted after the G-20 summit that he believed Putin’s assurances that Russia had not interfered in the 2016 campaign. The officials said Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all tried to caution Trump not to rely on Putin’s word, and to focus on evidence to the contrary that U.S. intelligence agencies had collected.
Over the next several months, Trump privately told aides on several occasions that he believed Ukraine had interfered and tried to help Clinton win the White House, former officials said.
Another former Trump White House official “said the President would say: ‘This is ridiculous. Everyone knows I won the election. The greatest election in the world. The Russians didn’t do anything. The Ukrainians tried to do something.’ ”
Read the entire Washington Post report here.
RUSSIA IS THE ENEMY OF AMERICA
Putin’s ‘Long Game’ Is to ‘Destroy Western Democracies’ — and the GOP Is Helping Him: Former CIA Officer
As articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump move forward in the U.S. House of Representatives, pro-Trump Republicans continue to insist that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election — a claim that foreign affairs expert Fiona Hill described as total nonsense during her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee last month. Regardless, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina recently told an NBC News reporter that in 2016, “Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton. Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?” And former CIA officer Alex Finley, in a December 10 article for Just Security, explains why Burr’s assertion is a “false equivalence” that “completely and dangerously mischaracterizes the threat we are facing” from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2016, Finley explains, some “Ukrainian officials publicly expressed a dislike for candidate Trump” and “looked to hold” some “corrupt” associates of former President Viktor Yanukovych “accountable” — and one of those associates “happened to be Trump’s campaign chairman” (Paul Manafort). But, Finley quickly adds, “Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, is aiming to destroy western democracies.”
Those who think that statement about Putin sounds “overblown,” Finley asserts, should consider what Putin told the Financial Times: “The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.”
Putin, Finley stresses, is opposed to the very ideal of liberal democracy.
“Russia has been running, and continues to run, a covert intelligence operation aimed at duping westerners and inflaming internal divisions, in order to break down our democratic institutions,” Finley observes. “Putin aims to bring down the western liberal order, which — with the United States at the helm — has generally brought peace and stability to the west for 70 years.”
Republicans, Finley warns, “should ask themselves why Putin sees them as a good partner” in his anti-U.S. goals.
Finley goes on to list some things that the Russian government under Putin’s leadership did in 2016, from hacking Democratic e-mails to running an “influence campaign” through websites like WikiLeaks to infiltrating “the NRA and GOP circles with Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin.”
Moreover, Finley writes, Putin’s government is not only trying to undermine western liberal democracy in the United States, but also, in Italy, France, Germany and other countries that have long been U.S. allies.
“Congressional Republicans have become pansies of Putin in a much larger game,” Finley warns. “This is not about one election or even two elections. Putin is playing a long game aimed at changing the international system in his favor, and Republicans are aiding and abetting him. Does the party of Ronald Reagan really want to be an accomplice to the destruction of the U.S.-led liberal world order?”
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