AMERICAblog News2016 elections – AMERICAblog News http://americablog.com A great nation deserves the truth // One of America's top progressive sites for news and opinion Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:07:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.7 Paul Begala says Mitch McConnell is guilty of “borderline treason” http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:09:13 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144461 Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself. Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he […]

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Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself.

Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he singlehandedly sold our country out when we needed him most, at the onset of the Russia election hack. And he examines what Democrats (including himself) did wrong in 2016, and how we can fix things going forward, such as reaching out to Trump voters without selling our souls, and promoting a concrete positive message for the midterm elections (Paul details a health care “contract with America” that he favors).

Paul Also talks about our chances in the fall elections, and his thoughts on impeachment. This is a good one, I know you’ll enjoy it.

This is a 14-minute excerpt of the 73-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Stop Devin Nunes http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 22:09:35 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144415 One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. […]

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One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. And he’s at it again.

At the end of this Nunes Update I’m going to ask you to contribute to the campaign of Nunes’ Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz. But first a bit more background.

NUNES LIES ABOUT UNMASKING

Now, you may recall that Nunes is the good fellow who in March 2017 ran to the White House to brief Trump on new evidence he “found” that Obama administration officials had “incidentally collected” and “unmasked” Trump campaign officials. In fact, the White House “found” the information, gave it to Nunes, who then held a press conference claiming “he’d” found it, and then Nunes ran to the White House to brief them on the information they had surreptitiously given him. It was all a huge scam. In the end, there was no smoking gun, and Obama official Susan Rice it was determined did nothing wrong.

NUNES LIES ABOUT HIS SECRET MEMO

Nunes’ next stroke of genius to release the much-ballyhooed “memo” about the FBI secretly surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page AFTER Page left the Trump campaign. Page, you’ll recall, had all sorts of creepy Russia contacts before and during the campaign, and the FBI was concerned that he was a Russian asset. In an effort to brand the entire Trump-Russia investigation as tainted, Nunes claimed that the warrant used to spy on Page — the FISA warrant — was inappropriately issued. We were told, falsely, that the warrant was based on the Steele dossier, when in fact, the Steele dossier was one small part of the larger presentation to the FISA judges (who were all Republican appointees). We were also told that the Steele dossier had been debunked — it hasn’t been — and that the dossier was the entire basis of the Trump-Russia investigation — it wasn’t. Trump-Russia began when Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat in London that a Russian intermediary told him the Russians had hacked emails relating to Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos and the Trump campaign didn’t even bother informing the FBI. Once the Nunes Memo was finally made public, all of Nunes’ claims fell.

NUNES LIES ABOUT RUSSIA’S ELECTION INTERFERENCE

Then Nunes, as head of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a “final” report on Trump-Russia, without interviewing scores of key witnesses. The “final” report determined that Russia had no intent on helping Trump win the election. In fact, everyone, including the GOP-run Senate Intelligence Committee, agrees that the Russians tried to help Trump win.

NUNES LIES ABOUT TRUMP CAMPAIGN BEING INFILTRATED BY AN FBI SPY

And now, Nunes is feeding Trump’s descent into paranoia by claiming that Trump’s election campaign was infiltrated by an FBI spy — it wasn’t. What happened was that the FBI, while investigating the accurate reports that the Russians had infiltrated Trump’s campaign, used an outside information to speak with the potentially-compromised Trump campaign officials to see what the Russians had been telling them. Ironically, the FBI didn’t want to approach the Trump campaign itself, lest word got out, and it appeared right before the election that “the FBI was investigating Donald Trump,” even though, in fact, the FBI was investigating Donald Trump. (Yes, you are correct, the FBI had no such concerns about publicly announcing, repeatedly, that it was investigating Hillary Clinton.)

So, Nunes started demanding that the FBI release the name of its confidential informant. The name finally did leak. That could have a number of impacts:

1. The man is ruined as a future FBI informant.

2. The man’s life could be at risk.

3. Future potential FBI informants are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to keep their names secret.

4. And more on point, future potential FBI informants interested in turning state’s evidence against Donald Trump are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to protect them.

And now, because of course Trump got involved, claiming repeatedly (and falsely) that the FBI embedded a spy on his presidential campaign, and demanding that the FBI investigate its own investigation, the FBI is having to sit down with Nunes and fellow House Republican Trey Gowdy on Thursday, where the FBI will provide access to secret documents about the information. No Democrats are invited. No Senate Republicans are invited. Just Nunes the Red and Trey Gowdy, who used to be nuts (he of Benghazi fame), but now that he’s retiring seems to have found a modicum of sanity, so Gowdy is the wild card here.

One additional benefit to Trump of all of this: Nunes can then brief Trump and his defense team, so they’ll know what information the FBI has on Trump.

WE MUST DEFEAT DEVIN NUNES IN NOVEMBER

As I said at the outset, Devin Nunes is Donald Trump’s most effective ally in Congress. Nunes has made it his mission — for reasons no one has quite figured out (is Nunes himself compromised?) — to derail Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. And we need to make it our mission to defeat Devin Nunes at the ballot box in November.

One thing folks need to understand about elections. Yes, we need to vote on election day. But we also need to get involved NOW to ensure that Democrats win and Republicans lose in November. That means donating to  good progressives who are taking on bad Republicans, like Andrew Janz taking on Devin Nunes. They need your support now — not ten days before the election, now. Andrew Janz is a great progressive taking on a god-awful Trump-Republican. In addition to be no fan of treason, Andrew Janz is pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-healthcare, pro-Dreamers and pro-DACA, pro- gun control and pro-education. And Janz is giving Nunes a run for his money. Please donate and support Janz’s campaign now.

STOPPING TRUMP STARTS WITH STOPPING THE GOP CONGRESS

As Devin Nunes’ interference makes clear, one of the best ways to stop Trump is by stopping his enablers in Congress. By getting rid of Devin Nunes, and taking back the House and possibly even the Senate, we not only stop people like Nunes from running interference for Trump, we also take over the reins of power, and the subpoena power that comes with it. That means that every Trump-related controversy that arises — from his ongoing graft, to his leaks of classified info to the Russians, to, most importantly, his election collusion with Russia, the Saudis, the Emiratis and more — all of that can and will be investigated by Democratic-run congressional committees. But that will only happen if we win. And we will only win if you help.

So please donate to Andrew Janz’s campaign to defeat Treason-Weasel Devin Nunes. And thanks.

JOHN

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GOP campaign consultant John Weaver on John McCain & the GOP Stockholm Syndrome under Trump http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:19:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144410 John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s. A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump […]

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John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s.

A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump has on today’s Republican party. John also talked to us about just how rare it is for a presidential campaign to have any foreign contacts at all, let alone the 75 contacts with Russians that Donald Trump’s campaign had, and then hid. We also talked to John about impeachment, which he favors if Mueller catches Trump with the goods, and his views of Karl Rove and Matt Schlapp. After John left, Cliff and I discuss North Korea, and Trump’s meltdown this weekend over his delusion that the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 presidential campaign (they didn’t).

John rounds out our recent deeper-dive into the Never-Trump movement.

Hope you enjoy. (Image of John Weaver courtesy of C-Span.)

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Neera Tanden: “Trump acts like a traitor” http://americablog.com/2018/04/neera-tanden-trump-acts-like-a-traitor.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/neera-tanden-trump-acts-like-a-traitor.html#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:37 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144313 In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode, our guest is Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (CAP). You can listen below. Neera talked to us for almost a full hour about Sean Hannity, James Comey, the 2016 election debacle, the Resistance, Democrats’ chances for winning the House in 2018 […]

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In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode, our guest is Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (CAP). You can listen below.

Neera talked to us for almost a full hour about Sean Hannity, James Comey, the 2016 election debacle, the Resistance, Democrats’ chances for winning the House in 2018 and the White House in 2020, impeaching Trump, working with Never-Trump conservatives, CAPs work against Trump, and much more.

Here’s a 13-minute excerpt, below — you can find the full hour-long interview here — and below that are some quotes I pulled from the interview:

Among the highlights:

On Fox News
“They are a propaganda arm of the Republican party.”

On James Comey
“He was fired because Trump was trying to limit the Russia investigation. My view of this is had he just said, ‘Look I made a mistake, I’m sorry,’ and moved on, it would have been fine. His own mistake was he rationalized his own decision, and there’s really no defense… He screwed up, he didn’t follow Department of Justice guidelines, he made his own unilateral decisions because of how he perceived politics at the time. It turns out he’s a terrible reader of politics and he shouldn’t have played pundit.”

“Comey was incredibly concerned about the political perceptions his actions would have. And how people would perceive what he’s doing. But the truth is, when you really unpack it, he only cared about the perceptions of the right…. He was shaped by the impact of the right-wing noise machine.”

On the Resistance
“We should remember who the resistance is, the new activists are really a lot college-educated women. It’s not just millennials, it’s not just ideologically hard-left. It’s a lot of, essentially, moms who are scared for the future of the country, for their children, and they’re getting involved in politics to take their country back.”

On how Liberals need to fight like Conservatives
“I think this is the asymmetric warfare that liberals and conservatives are engaged in every day. Conservatives are willing to use every tactic at their disposal to reach their political ends. And liberals are trying to be fair-minded in political discourse. This has some benefits too. We believe in good-government so that when we’re in government we’re actually competent. If this administration were more competent it would be far more damaging to the American people…. I think progressives need to recognize that we are in a street-fight for the soul of the country. We are not in an arm-chair chess match. We are in a street-fight. And we have to fight as hard as they do, and we have to use every tool that we can. We shouldn’t be evil, but we have to be really a lot tougher.”

On Trump being a traitor
“He acts like a traitor. My view of it is, I think it is beyond odd. I think it is very suspicious…. and evidence of some kind of Kompromat at play that on every issue Trump is an ‘America First’ person until it comes to Russia. It’s astounding on how every issue related to Russia he tries to be as weak as he can.”

On Impeachment
“[Trump] definitely colluded… If we find that Trump knowingly colluded to impact the election, he knew about Wikileaks or any other of the various strands in play, and then came into power. And then these actions to limit the impact of the government’s ability to effect Russia is because of this collusion, that would make him a traitor in my view.”

“I think that people [on the left arguing against impeachment] are making a huge mistake. This is really a legal question in front us. If Donald Trump has broken the law, I think he should be impeached. I think the Founders thought that if we have a president breaking the law they should be impeached.”

“If the special prosecutor makes a clear case that Donald Trump has broken the law, a lot of Republicans will recognize, just like eventually they did with Nixon, that they were in a fever-dream with a criminal. And I think that can also be a cathartic moment for a lot of people.”

On Mitch McConnell
“One of the many things that gave rise to Trump was the actions of Mitch McConnell…. I think what really gave rise to Trump is, a lot of people looking around saying ‘you know, I’m not doing so well, and Washington isn’t doing anything to solve it.’”

On being called a Corporate Democrat
“I went from being attacked as a communist and a socialist to a neoliberal corporate shill.”

On the importance of embracing Never-Trump conservatives
“Jennifer Ruben, David Frum, Bill Kristol. I have had knock-down drag-down fights with those folks during the Obama years. I had major battles on health care, and taxes, and the whole range of issues. But look, at the end of the day, if I’m going to argue to my friends on the left that we have an existential threat in front of us, and we could stop taking our pitchforks and sticking them into each other … I don’t need to agree with every one of David Frum’s views on the world to say that it’s important to have republicans make the critique of Trump…. Let’s eliminate the assault on democracy, and the impact of a possible traitor, and then I’m happy to argue tax policy with any of these people.”

Neera also discusses CAP’s role in the upcoming elections and the resistance overall, and CAP’s upcoming Ideas conference. It’s a really interesting interview, hope you enjoy.

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Rick Wilson on why Trump is a traitor http://americablog.com/2018/04/rick-wilson-on-why-trump-is-a-traitor.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/rick-wilson-on-why-trump-is-a-traitor.html#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:01:24 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144284 GOP political consultant Rick Wilson joins us in today’s premium episode of our UnPresidented Podcast for a long talk about Donald Trump and the danger he poses to the Republican party and the long-term survival of the republic. You can hear a 13-minute free clip of the interview just below, and the entire 75-minute interview […]

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GOP political consultant Rick Wilson joins us in today’s premium episode of our UnPresidented Podcast for a long talk about Donald Trump and the danger he poses to the Republican party and the long-term survival of the republic.

You can hear a 13-minute free clip of the interview just below, and the entire 75-minute interview with a premium subscription ($5/month or more) to our podcast. I’ve also transcribed some of the best quotes from this episode below.

Among the podcast highlights….

Rick Wilson on Michael Cohen’s FBI raid: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer douchebag… this guy is so eminently punchable.”

Rick on the 2018 elections: “Democratic voters will crawl over broken glass to vote against Donald Trump’s friends.”

Rick on what GOP Senators will, and should, do if Trump fires Mueller: “Believe me, they won’t do a damn thing. They will not do a damn thing. Nothing will happen. “

Rick on how GOP members of Congress really hate Trump: “A lot of the ones that hate him are publicly the most red-hat wearing, chest beating, MAGA, ‘build the wall’ people you see out there. They hate him. They fear him, they loathe him, they hate their voters because of him. They hate him because they know they basically sold out their conservative principles.”

What Rick recently told a GOP Senator complaining about Trump’s attacks on Mueller: “You guys have to all get together and send him a f*cking letter that says ‘Dear Mr. President, if you remove Robert Mueller from office, we in the United States Senate Republican caucus will take up articles of impeachment when they are sent to us from the House and will proceed with convicting you.”

Rick on the damage Trump is doing to our country: “We’re going to have generational damage from what Trump is doing. He’s broken what the presidency means as a leader for the country. He’s broken the moral stature of the presidency. He’s broken the belief that the president will adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law. He’s moved from being the leader of the Free World to somebody who at best is the bullsh*tter of the Free World with a love of authoritarians. I think there’s a lot of damage he’s done to the American brand.”

Rick when asked if Donald Trump is a traitor: “I believe that Donald Trump has put the national interest of Russia above the national interest of the United States repeatedly. And by any definition I think that’s traitorous.”

Rick on why Trump is the worst president ever: “Even our worst presidents, none of them were willing to burn down the republic for their own ego… If Trump were impeached and convicted, he wouldn’t leave the White House. He would dig in and make them pull him out of there like a tick on the back of a hog, it would not be pretty.”

Rick also called Trump “a gigantic c*cknozzle,” and discussed his upcoming book: “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican consultant gets real about the worst president ever.”

It was a wild interview, with a lot of laughs, and a lot of sobering discussion of where our country is heading. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

This is a 13-minute snippet of the 75-minute-long interview — listen to the full episode here with a premium subscription.

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Roseanne vs. Jared Yates Sexton http://americablog.com/2018/04/roseanne-vs-jared-yates-sexton.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/roseanne-vs-jared-yates-sexton.html#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:01:55 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144280 The reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show “Roseanne” has caused a bit of controversy, not just in that both the real-Roseanne and her fictional TV character are both Trump supporters, but in the way that Roseanne is whitewashing Trump’s bigotry on the show. That’s the argument that author Jared Yates Sexton makes in our latest […]

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The reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show “Roseanne” has caused a bit of controversy, not just in that both the real-Roseanne and her fictional TV character are both Trump supporters, but in the way that Roseanne is whitewashing Trump’s bigotry on the show.

That’s the argument that author Jared Yates Sexton makes in our latest UnPresidented Podcast, below, and it’s quite compelling. (Jared got into a Twitter-fight with Roseanne after she read his criticism, and wasn’t amused.)

ROSEANNE

We had a fascinating, almost 90-minute discussion with Jared, about Roseanne, but also his theory about how “toxic masculinity” undergirds much of Trump’s appeal, and much of the damage Trumps is causing our country. That then took us into a larger conversation about Jared’s theory of “the knot” that plagues much of America — as Jared puts it: “The idea that over time, all of our problems become interconnected [like one big knot]. And you don’t even know where to start, there’s no idea of which strand to start tugging. It’s gender, it’s race, economics, world views, money and politics.”

That led us into a discussion of: Trump’s election; Obama’s re-election in 2012 and whether a black man winning the presidency was an aberration or a sign of hope; Jared’s take on the “Alt Right”; and then a rather interesting discussion of whether the Internet has been a force for good or bad (Jared thinks more bad than good). Jared also talks about his most recent book, “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage,” and its themes permeate the entire podcast discussion.

And finally, we close with Jared telling us a hilarious anecdote about his rural Indiana mom and the stray chicken she just adopted.

It was a really fun, interesting interview. I hope you’ll listen to the 15-minute excerpt about Roseanne, then become a premium subscriber to our podcast for as little as $5/month to unlock the rest of the interview with Jared, and our other premium episodes, like our blockbuster interview with national security expert Malcolm Nance.

(As always, a podcast is simply audio – like a radio show – that you listen to on your computer, tablet or phone.)

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Malcolm Nance: “Russia owns Trump” http://americablog.com/2018/03/malcolm-nance-russia-owns-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/03/malcolm-nance-russia-owns-trump.html#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:20:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144273 National security expert Malcolm Nance says Trump & Kushner have already been compromised by foreign intelligence.

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Cliff Schecter and I recently spoke with former intelligence officer, and national security expert, Malcolm Nance about his upcoming new book, “The Plot to Destroy Democracy,” and his shocking claim that both Donald Trump and Jared Kushner have already been compromised by foreign intelligence services.

Malcolm tells us that Trump “has been involved with Russian operatives with regards to this election since 2012… he is a witting asset”; that Putin became “the leader of the global conservative movement” by “coopt[ing] all of Europe and the American Republican party via the NRA, Evangelicals and the Alt Right — they own the hard core base of the Republican party now”; and why he believes that “Jared Kushner is a compromised person.”

It’s a great, and disturbing, interview that we know you’ll enjoy. Again, you can listen to a free 10-minute clip below, and you can hear the entire hour-long interview with Malcom here by becoming a premium subscriber to the UnPresidented Podcast, for only $5/month.

Thanks so much.

Here’s the excerpt:

 

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George Papadopoulos has a story to tell about Donald Trump, Russia and Hillary’s emails http://americablog.com/2017/10/papadopoulos-story-tell.html http://americablog.com/2017/10/papadopoulos-story-tell.html#comments Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:37:31 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=143918 While it’s all well and good that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted yesterday, the big news was the FBI’s plea deal for Trump campaign senior foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, you’ll recall, in spite of Donald Trump’s claims today that he was a nobody, was in fact one of Trump’s top five […]

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While it’s all well and good that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted yesterday, the big news was the FBI’s plea deal for Trump campaign senior foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos, you’ll recall, in spite of Donald Trump’s claims today that he was a nobody, was in fact one of Trump’s top five foreign policy aides early on in the presidential campaign. Trump even included Papadopoulos in a list of top aides he gave to the Washington Post editorial board. At the time, Trump called Papadopoulos “an excellent guy.”

So, it’s well established that Papadopoulos had influence in the Trump campaign, as evidenced by his seat at the Trump foreign policy table during the campaign — he’s the third man from the left, facing the camera — Trump heads the table to the right.

What we’re trying to figure out now is what Papadopoulos did with the information given to him by a “professor,” who seemed to be acting as an intermediary for Russian intelligence (if not Russian intelligence himself), and who told Papadopoulos nearly 18 months ago that Moscow had “thousands” of stolen emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos was told about these emails before the email scandal was known publicly.

Keep in mind that Papadopoulos was wooed by this “professor” only days after Donald Trump publicly acknowledged Papadopoulos’ role in the campaign in March 2016. Within days, the professor introduced Papadopoulos to a woman claiming to be Vladimir Putin’s relative. And one month later, the man told Papadopoulos that he’d heard in Moscow that Russian intelligence had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — namely, “thousands” of stolen emails.

Papadopoulos didn’t write the Russian intermediary off as a nut — something he initially claimed to the FBI. Instead, he reported back to his Trump campaign supervisor, believed to be now- Trump Department of Agriculture nominee Sam Clovis, about the ongoing meetings, and the Russians’ interest in eventually having Putin meet Trump. The intermediary professor even introduced Papadopoulos to the Russian ambassador to London. Trump’s supervisor Clovis told Papadopoulos he was doing “great work” with the Russians — so clearly the Trump campaign didn’t write off the Russian either.\

We don’t know, for example, what exactly Papadopoulos told his bosses, and which bosses were informed. Were they told that the Russians claimed to have thousands of Hillary’s emails? It’s difficult to believe that Papadopoulos kept this information to himself, especially after the story became nationwide news. So who did he tell on the campaign: Clovis, Sessions (who was heading up the foreign policy team), Don Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Trump himself?

And if he did tell anyone, why didn’t they call the FBI?

We do know that whatever Papadopoulos did with the explosive information he received from the Russians, it was worth lying to the FBI about. Now, why would he do that? Why would he lie about simply having contacts with a professor who knew some Russians? That’s not illegal. Nor is it illegal for the professor to introduce you to Putin’s relative, or even to tell you a rumor that Moscow had Hillary’s stolen emails. None of that is illegal, so why would you lie to the FBI about any of it?

It’s possible that Papadopoulos is simply an idiot, got scared, and tried to hide anything and everything from the FBI. But, it’s hard to believe that Papadopoulos is an idiot. And most honest Americans know what happens when you lie to the FBI — you go to jail. So it suggests that Papadopoulos felt he had something to hide.

It’s also possible that Papadopoulos, ever the loyal Trumper, was afraid that anything he said might incriminate Team Trump, even if Papadopoulos’ own actions weren’t illegal. For example, Jeff Sessions has repeatedly claimed under oath that he was unfamiliar with anyone on the campaign having contacts with Russians. If Papadopoulos briefed Sessions, by email, or in that larger meeting with Trump, about his Russian liaisons, then Sessions may have perjured himself (again). So that’s one possibility for why Papadopoulos lied.

It would also be embarrassing to the Trump campaign if word got out that they were informed by Russian intermediaries, even before the public knew, that the Russians had hacked Hillary’s people — and Team Trump didn’t bother contacting the FBI.

An even more nefarious possibility is that the Russians offered the Trump campaign the stolen emails, and the Trump campaign was interested. That perhaps this was the hot anti-Hillary information that the Russians dangled before Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort in their meeting with Putin’s agents at Trump Tower in June of 2016. And, it’s possible that Donald Trump Sr. knew that this was what the Russians were offering, when Trump wrote Don Jr’s statement lying about what transpired at the meeting. And it’s possible that these were the emails Trump Sr had on his mind when he publicly called on Russia to find and release Hillary’s emails. (Though, in fact, these were different emails, Trump Sr isn’t know for nuance — he could have easily confused the two.) If all of that is true, then the Trump Campaign was intimately involved in the hack against Democrats during the 2016 election, and that’s something worth hiding (if you’re a criminal).

Papadopoulos felt it necessary to lie to the FBI last January, and Trump felt it necessary to lie about Papadopoulos today. That’s more than enough to suggest that we have yet to hear the full truth. Here’s our latest podcast on yesterday’s indictments and Papadopoulos’ plea:

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Indicted: What you need to know about today’s Russia-related FBI indictments http://americablog.com/2017/10/indicted-need-know-todays-russia-related-fbi-indictments.html http://americablog.com/2017/10/indicted-need-know-todays-russia-related-fbi-indictments.html#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:02:48 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=143916 Two members of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, have been indicted by FBI special counsel Mueller; and a third member of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, has reached a deal where he is cooperating with prosecutors. And Papadopoulos, who many had never heard of, is the real bombshell here. Papadopoulos ties Team […]

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Two members of the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, have been indicted by FBI special counsel Mueller; and a third member of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos, has reached a deal where he is cooperating with prosecutors.

And Papadopoulos, who many had never heard of, is the real bombshell here. Papadopoulos ties Team Trump to Russia and Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails. It’s a huge story, and Cliff Schecter and I break it down for you. I think this is our best, and most important, podcast yet. You can listen via the box below, just click the orange arrow.

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Was Schumer right to agree with Kushner that the Russians didn’t cause Hillary’s loss? http://americablog.com/2017/07/schumer-right-agree-kushner-russians-didnt-cause-hillarys-loss.html http://americablog.com/2017/07/schumer-right-agree-kushner-russians-didnt-cause-hillarys-loss.html#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:48 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=143464 Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, both agreed on Monday that the Russians didn’t cost Hillary Clinton the election. Now, Kushner was saying this to protect Donald Trump’s fragile ego — Trump lives in terror of the notion that his presidency is illegitimate. But why would Schumer say such […]

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, both agreed on Monday that the Russians didn’t cost Hillary Clinton the election.

Now, Kushner was saying this to protect Donald Trump’s fragile ego — Trump lives in terror of the notion that his presidency is illegitimate.

But why would Schumer say such a thing?

Because Schumer is thinking about the future, and the need for Democrats to come up with a coherent message and forward-looking proposals that go beyond being anti-Trump.

In this video blog, I discuss Kushner’s and Schumer’s comments, and more generally, the need for Democrats to come up with a positive message for 2018.

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Trump calls Russia’s interference in our election “a hoax” http://americablog.com/2017/06/trump-questions-whether-russia-interfered-election.html http://americablog.com/2017/06/trump-questions-whether-russia-interfered-election.html#comments Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:20:53 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=142968 Donald Trump today, yet again this morning, questioned whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. While it’s been an established fact for a while now, Trump has vacillated on the issue for months. Here’s what Trump said this morning on Twitter: When asked this week whether Trump believes Russia interfered, White House spokesman Sean […]

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Donald Trump today, yet again this morning, questioned whether Russia interfered in the 2016 US election.

While it’s been an established fact for a while now, Trump has vacillated on the issue for months.

Here’s what Trump said this morning on Twitter:

When asked this week whether Trump believes Russia interfered, White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed, incredibly, that he hadn’t spoken to Trump about it.

A second White House spokesman claimed that Trump already answered the question this past January. And he did. Trump then proceeded to change his story every time he got asked about it.

CNN’s Marshall Cohen did a great write-up of everything Trump has said about Russian interference:

June 15, 2016: Trump campaign says DNC hacked itself.

September 8, 2016: On Russian TV, Trump “dismissed claims Russia hacked the DNC.”

September 27, 2016: “I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China, but it could also be lots of other people, it also could be someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?”

October 10, 2016: “But I notice, anytime anything wrong happens, they like to say the Russians are — she doesn’t know if it’s the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking. But they always blame Russia. And the reason they blame Russia because they think they’re trying to tarnish me with Russia.”

December 11, 2016: “I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country. They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. I mean, they have no idea.”

December 15, 2016: “If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?”

January 3, 2017: “The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!”

January 4, 2017: “Somebody hacked the DNC.”

January 5, 2017: Trump says DNC was “supposedly hacked by Russia.”

January 11, 2017: Trump finally says he thinks it was Russia. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.”

April 30, 2017: Trump is back to questioning whether Russia actually did it. “Knowing something about hacking, if you don’t catch a hacker, OK, in the act, it’s very hard to say who did the hacking. With that being said, I’ll go along with Russia. Could’ve been China, could’ve been a lot of different groups.”

May 11, 2017: “If Russia hacked.”

If Russia hacked, if Russia did anything having to do with our election I want to know about it,” Trump said. When Hold said US intelligence has said Russia is responsible, Trump said: “I’ll tell you this — if Russia or anybody else is trying to interfere with our elections I think it’s a horrible thing and I want to get to the bottom of it and I want to make sure it will never ever happen.”

And now, this morning, Trump is still saying “if” again.

Trump then followed this with a pair of tweets calling claims of Russian involvement in the election “a hoax.”

In fact, we now now that Russia tried to hack the election system in 21 states. And they tried to alter voter data. That’s huge. That’s our worst fear, that the Russians tried to literally cheat the election by changing voter data. And we now know they did tried to do just that.

But what’s even more important, they’ve tried to interfere in the UK, Italian and French elections, and US officials believe the Russians will try to interfere in future US elections as well. So it’s hugely important, and hugely dangerous, that Trump is still denying that Russia even did anything. You can’t have the US prepare for a future Russian election attack if the president is claiming it never happened.

Russia attacked our democracy, and plans to do it again, and our president couldn’t care less.

And Trump wonders why he’s being investigated for possible collusion with Russia.

 

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NYT: Trump campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence http://americablog.com/2017/02/nyt-trump-campaign-repeated-contacts-russian-intelligence.html http://americablog.com/2017/02/nyt-trump-campaign-repeated-contacts-russian-intelligence.html#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:21:46 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141346 The NYT reports that the Trump campaign, and Trump colleagues, had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.

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The New York Times reports that members of Donald Trump’s campaign, and other Trump associates, had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence during the presidential campaign.

These intercepted phone calls came to light around the same time US officials began to become concerned about Russia’s attempt to hack their way into the American election.

If this were Hillary Clinton, her presidency would already be over.

Use this link to contact your members of Congress and demand an independent bipartisan commission to investigate all of this.

We have Donald Trump just last week suggesting that US service members and presidents are “killers” as bad anything Vladimir Putin has done.

We have Trump campaign staff going to Moscow and criticizing American democracy while praising Russia, and losing their job as a result.

We have Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort being forced to step down following increasing revelations about his ties to Moscow-backed autocrats in Ukraine.

We have Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who led a standing ovation for Vladimir Putin a year ago, fired last night for his secret conversations with top Russian officials during the transition finally becoming too big a scandal for Trump to handle.

And now we have the revelation that Trump campaign staff, and other Trump colleagues, were having repeated contacts with Russian intelligence during the election.

We are seriously at the point of wondering whether our president has committed treason. Whether he is a knowing agent of a foreign power, and for all intents and purposes a foreign “enemy” of the United States. There is no other way to frame this.

Hillary Clinton would have been facing impeachment charges at this point.

I just don’t even know what to say, this is so bad. And the implications are so far-reaching. The good news, if you can call it that, is that a growing number of Republicans in Congress are calling for an investigation of more and more parts of the Russia story, including the Michael Flynn imbroglio. And this NYT story is only going to add to those concerns.

At this point, at the very least, we must have an independent bipartisan commission set up to investigate Russia’s penetration of our government, and whether our president is a traitor.

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When Trump says “fake news” he’s schilling for Russia http://americablog.com/2017/02/trump-says-fake-news-hes-schilling-russia.html http://americablog.com/2017/02/trump-says-fake-news-hes-schilling-russia.html#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:55:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=141100 Every time Trump rants about "fake news," he's doing the bidding of the Russians.

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Donald Trump went off again this week about “fake news.”

He did it, inappropriately always, during a Black History Month commemoration.

What you might not have realized is that every time Trump rants about “fake news,” he’s doing the bidding of the Russians.

Here’s my short take:

 

 

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Did Trump lie to Mich. recount court about voter fraud? If so, could be perjury. http://americablog.com/2017/01/trump-lie-mich-recount-court-voter-fraud-perjury.html http://americablog.com/2017/01/trump-lie-mich-recount-court-voter-fraud-perjury.html#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:29:37 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140856 CNN’s Jim Acosta raised a fascinating question today. If Donald Trump is now alleging that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, then why did Trump’s lawyer argue in court, on Trump’s behalf, that there was no significant fraud in the election? See document below. If Trump is right, and there is massive […]

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CNN’s Jim Acosta raised a fascinating question today. If Donald Trump is now alleging that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, then why did Trump’s lawyer argue in court, on Trump’s behalf, that there was no significant fraud in the election? See document below.

If Trump is right, and there is massive fraud, and Trump’s lawyers knowingly lied in official court documents, they could face professional and even legal sanctions — possibly even perjury charges, according to some lawyers.

And if Trump’s lawyers were telling the truth in court, and there was no massive voter fraud in 2016, then Donald Trump lied last night, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer lied (again) today, when they averred that up to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

So which is it? Did Donald Trump’s lawyers knowingly lie to a judge in court, or is Trump lying to the American people now?

Here’s CNN’s Jim Acosta with more:

Here’s the Trump campaign’s court document:

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And here’s more on what Trump said last night, and Spicer said today.

And here’s more on what happens when lawyers lie in court:

“You cannot advise a client to commit a crime. You cannot ask or help a client to submit forms to an agency or the court which you know contain lies. You cannot participate in anything that causes the court to be deceived. Knowingly doing so subjects the client and attorney to criminal prosecution,” she points out.

Lying in court is also a violation of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

We need some answers from Trump, because this is now getting legal.

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Trump inaugurated while under investigation by 5 US agencies (video) http://americablog.com/2017/01/trump-inaugurated-investigation-5-us-agencies-video.html http://americablog.com/2017/01/trump-inaugurated-investigation-5-us-agencies-video.html#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:53:26 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140752 The FBI, CIA, NSA, Treasury and Justice are all investigating Trump's Russia ties, have been since last spring.

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Happy inauguration day, everyone. Yeah, not so happy.

There actually is some good news in the middle of the madness. The NYT has confirmed that several federal agencies, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, Treasury and the Director of National Intelligence are investigating Trump’s staff for possible illicit ties to Russia.

The Times reports that the investigation is based on “intercepted communications and financial transactions” involving those around Trump and the Russians.

As part of the growing AMERICAblog response to the Trump presidency, I’m working on a new Russia project with Democrats.com, doing a series of quick video updates about the growing scandal over Russia’s interference in our election, and growing evidence of Trump’s collusion with them.

This is my first video, discussing Inauguration Day and this news that several US and foreign intelligence agencies have been investigating Trump and his staff for most of 2016!

Hope you enjoy, and please share this video liberally. It will help me do more of them :) below is the video, and then below that is my commentary on this issue.


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First off, how the heck are we only hearing about this now? This investigation started last spring. No one told us. The FBI had no problem giving us a daily blow-by-blow of the investigation of Hillary’s email server. But the investigation of possible wrongdoing, and even treason, surrounding Trump’s staff? Crickets.

Now, can Trump just come into off and kill the investigations? Yes, at least the ones coming from the executive branch – meaning, the federal agencies. But Trump can’t stop Congress from investigating (though, obviously, there are serious concerns about whether a Republican congress will conduct a fair investigation of Trump’s suspected wrongdoing).

But, if Trump tries to kill the investigations, all bets are off. That would be interpreted as an admission of guilt, and many (me included) would take it as an admission of treason. I think you’d see a groundswell of support for both Trump’s impeachment and criminal prosecution.

So while I don’t see things getting better for a while, these are treacherous waters Trump is entering. And we’ll be be waiting.

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What if we asked the Electoral College to choose Mike Pence over Donald Trump? http://americablog.com/2016/12/electoral-college-chose-mike-pence-trump.html http://americablog.com/2016/12/electoral-college-chose-mike-pence-trump.html#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:03:33 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140471 What if the Electoral College selected Mike Pence instead of Donald Trump as president?

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A reader emailed me yesterday with a fascinating suggestion: What if we asked the Electoral College (EC) to select Mike Pence instead of Donald Trump as president?

While I certainly prefer Clinton to Pence, I worry about the repercussions of the EC picking the other party to be president. Trump won. Granted, his election was unfair — FBI Director Comey and Russian intelligence rigged it so that Hillary couldn’t win. But, I still worry about what would happen if the EC chose the Democratic candidate instead of the Republican one.

Now, it’s the EC’s right to choose whomever is best suited for the job. And, admittedly, it would be ironic for Republicans to claim that it’s fair for the EC to pick Trump over Hillary, even though Hillary has nearly 3 million more votes than Trump, but it wouldn’t be fair for the EC college to fulfill the rest of its mission, stopping unworthy candidates from assuming the presidency.

Still, I worry about popular unrest should Trump not be seated. So what about the EC picking Pence instead of Trump? This proposal has the advantage of picking not only someone who was on the ticket, but also someone of the same party as the man who won the electoral vote. It would be harder for the Republicans to complain if the EC chose someone of their own party, someone they like. This would help to create a divide between die-hard Trump supporters, and the rest of the Republican party that never really liked Trump anyway.

I get that Mike Pence is awful. And in some ways, Pence is even worse than Donald Trump. Mike Pence is a religious right extremist. He also has significant Washington experience, which means, unlike Trump, Pence might actually be able to get something done. But Pence has one thing going for him: He’s not crazy. Mike Pence isn’t irrational and he isn’t unpredictable. Mike Pence poses a danger to nearly every issue Democrats care about, but he doesn’t pose a danger to our democracy — at least not in the way Trump does –Pence won’t be handing our country over to a foreign enemy, and he’s much less likely to get us into World War III. And that’s something.

Republican electors unwilling to vote for a Democrat, might just support a slightly more sane Republican.

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McConnell rebukes Trump on Russia, endorses hacking investigation http://americablog.com/2016/12/mcconnel-rebukes-trump-russia-endorses-hacking-investigation.html http://americablog.com/2016/12/mcconnel-rebukes-trump-russia-endorses-hacking-investigation.html#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:22:21 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140453 GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell today broke with Trump, calling for a Senate investigation of Russian hacking.

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Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today broke with Donald Trump, and called for a Senate investigation into Russian interference in the election.

McConnell went out of his way to explicitly defend the CIA, and its agents.

This is seen by many as a direct rebuke of Trump from the top Republican in the Senate. Trump has repeatedly demeaned the CIA, including this morning when Trump suggested that the CIA was part of a partisan conspiracy to undermine his presidency.

Republicans have apparently had enough.

This is an interesting development. I’ve been saying for a while that the key to taking Trump down is the GOP Congress. Republicans in Congress don’t like Trump. And they were willing to throw Trump overboard when his polls were slumping to such a degree that it hurt their re-election chances. All Democrats have to do, and it’s not a small task, is hurt Trump in the polls to the degree that it again worries Republicans about their survival. Then they’ll drop Crazy Trump like a Russian spud.

And that already seems to be happening, with McConnell now joining McCain, Rubio and Graham in expressing concern about Russia hacking the election; and endorsing the Senate’s own investigation.

It’s also interesting that McConnell implicitly rebuked Trump by praising the CIA. Clearly Trump’s accusation that the CIA is a den of traitors bothered someone with influence on the Republican party. Trump, who has no political or Washington experience, is walking into a buzzsaw. It takes a lot of experience to make Washington work for you. Trump doesn’t have it. The people he’s attacking do.

There’s another point as well. The Republicans aren’t traitors. They love their country. I was a Republican, a long time ago. And last thing Republicans would tolerate is the Russians gaining a foothold in our government. Far too many Republicans are far too big of patriots to let that happen. And while some, like McConnell, were willing to look the other way for a while — McConnell was briefed on the Russia problem months ago, and poo-pooed it — others have clearly scared McConnell into acting.

Russia may be strong with Team Trump, but it’s not strong with Team America. We need to keep hitting Trump on his weird and troubling allegiance to Russia’s national interest, because today clearly shows that it’s the GOP’s soft spot.

Now, McConnell and the GOP will surely scrub this investigation for anything too damaging to Trump, but it’s a step in the right direction. And that makes this a good day.

America 1, Trump 0.

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Trump accuses CIA of partisan conspiracy to stop his presidency http://americablog.com/2016/12/trump-accuses-cia-partisan-conspiracy-stop-presidency.html http://americablog.com/2016/12/trump-accuses-cia-partisan-conspiracy-stop-presidency.html#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:05:31 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140439 Donald Trump today accused the CIA of being part of a partisan conspiracy to stop his presidency.

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Donald Trump today accused the CIA of being part of a partisan conspiracy to stop his presidency.

That’s treason.

And it’s nuts.

It’s the equivalent of the CIA trying to overthrow our own government. If Trump really believes this, then a lot of folks at the CIA are looking at jail time.

This is the farthest out Trump has gone in his ongoing repudiation of America’s intelligence community. Just a few days ago, when the CIA reported that the Russians had interfered in the elected in order to get Trump elected, Trump responded by claiming falsely that the CIA was responsible for pushing us into war in Iraq.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the Trump transition team said in a statement late Friday. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and “Make America Great Again.'”

In fact, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld (at the Pentagon) were responsible. It was Rummy who centralized intelligence at the Pentagon so he, like Trump today, could ensure the intelligence came out the way he wanted it to.

Here are Trump’s tweets from this morning:

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Trump explicitly calls the CIA analysis on Russia a “conspiracy theory,” and he suggests that the timing of the CIA is further proof that the CIA is lying.

First off, the timing is easily explained. It takes time to gather the evidence and reach a conclusion, and I suspect the intelligence agencies, and President Obama himself, felt they would be undermining the election, and Trump’s candidacy, by announcing this kind of bombshell right before the election.

Unlike James Comey’s FBI, it seems the CIA, and our sitting President, have scruples.

And it’s not just Trump. “Coincidentally,” Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, who was always too cozy with Russia, is in Moscow today. Page just told an audience that the US government may have been behind the DNC hack, and set Russia up to take the blame. Per a NYT reporter in Moscow:

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There is a much larger problem here. Donald Trump is a Russian apologist, who continues to surround himself with top staff who are Russian apologists, and who is now actively undermining America’s top intelligence experts because they’re telling himself something he doesn’t want to hear.

At the same time, Trump is outright refusing to attend his daily intelligence briefings because they’re boring, and more likely, because he was briefed on Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election and didn’t want to hear it. So the briefings ended, and Trump handed them, and the guts of the presidency, to his religious right VP Mike Pence.

And this weekend we hear that Trump plans to hand the State Department over to a certifiable “friend of Putin.”

Where does it end? And when does it end? Has Donald Trump, in five short weeks, managed to turn the Republican party in to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kremlin? It sounds outlandish, but things have already gone too far. During the campaign, we worried about Trump’s bizarre alignment with Russian foreign policy goals over American best interests. But we figured he wasn’t going to win, so no harm no foul. But now Trump is our incoming president. And he’s about as close to a TV villain as you can get.

Fortunately, a few Republicans — though only a few — are voicing concern about Trump’s apparent and inexplicable allegiance to Russia. McCain has spoken out, as has Graham and Rubio. But Jesus, where are the rest?

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The”Book of Honor” lists the names of 54 CIA employees who died while serving their country. The names of the remaining 33 employees must remain secret, even in death; each of these officers is remembered in the book by a star.

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Make Twitter Great Again — ban Donald Trump http://americablog.com/2016/12/make-twitter-great-again-ban-donald-trump.html http://americablog.com/2016/12/make-twitter-great-again-ban-donald-trump.html#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:13:24 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140405 It's time to put a stop to Trump's cyber-bully pulpit. Tell Twitter to ban Trump, and make Twitter great again.

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Donald Trump is a menace to social media.

Please sign the petition below (or here) and tell Twitter
to permanently ban Donald Trump from its service.

http://MakeTwitterGreatAgain.org (this link takes you to this page).

Trump puts the “bully” in bully pulpit. Trump regularly uses his nearly 17 million Twitter followers to attack and insult people, places and things (289 by the New York Times’ count, and that’s only since Trump declared his candidacy in mid-2015).

What’s worse, Trump has a tendency to  “punch down”: Trump likes to attack a little guy, knowing full well the little guy will quickly get overwhelmed by the imminent onslaught of Trumps millions of minions.

United Steelworkers 1999 president Chuck Jones learned the hard about Trump’s cyberbullying yesterday when he criticized Trump’s Carrier deal on CNN.

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Within 20 minutes, Trump was on Twitter attacking Jones.

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Half an hour later, the phone calls started rolling in. “You better keep your eye on your kids,” they warned Jones. And “we know what car you drive.”

This is hardly the Trump campaign’s first run-in with Tweeting gone bad. Trump’s pick for National Security Advisers, Michael Flynn, and his eponymous son, recently tweeted fake conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, involving child sex slaves. Just such a theory sent an armed North Carolina man into a pizza parlor in Washington, DC this week.

Trump’s latest Twitter bullying led Robert Reich told CNN: “Let me just say with all due respect, Mr. Trump, you are president-elect of the United States, you are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin-skinned and vindictive. Stop this.”

But Trump won’t stop this. He’s given no indication of any self-control. And in fact, he seems to relish in his Twitter tirades.

The only thing that can stop Donald Trump is Twitter itself.

While the notion of banning Trump from Twitter may at first sound extreme, Twitter’s own rules put Trump on thin ice:

Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.

Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
– if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
– if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
– if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.

Let’s walk through Twitter’s rules and Trump’s actions:

1. Violent threats and harassment.

And while Trump himself has not directly threatened violence on Twitter, he has threatened it offline at his rallies. So his followers know what Trump lies. And, I’d argue that Trump knows, or should know, the possible consequences of tweeting attacks on private citizens — especially after what happened with the Comet pizza parlor fiasco, where there could have been a bloodbath. Trump’s behavior is at the very least reckless.

2. Hateful conduct.

Attacking women:

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Racism:

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Promoting fake news:

Trump is also prolific at creating and sharing “fake news.” As you know, fake-news has become a huge problem this year. So much so, the Pope this week called fake news a sin. From the fake news that led to a near mass murder at the Comet restaurant, to the fake news created and shared by the Russian government to help get Trump elected, fake news is a real problem that social media must address.

Donald Trump is one of the world’s biggest purveyors of fake news. In addition to Trump’s racist fake news tweets above about Muslims on 9/11 and President Obama’s birth certificate, there are also tweets spreading fake news about autism and global warming and the election itself:

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By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can strike a major blow against fake news and bullying.

It’s time to put a stop to Donald Trump’s cyber-bully pulpit. Tell Twitter to ban Trump, and make Twitter great again.

Sign the petition below:

To: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
From: [Your Name]

Donald Trump is a menace to social media. It’s time for Twitter to permanently ban Trump from the service.

Donald Trump has repeatedly violated Twitter’s own rules prohibiting harassment and hateful conduct. By banning Donald Trump, Twitter can not only strike a major blow against bullying, but also against the increasing threat posed by “fake news,” of which Trump is a huge purveyor.

Please put an end to Donald Trump’s cyber-bully pulpit. Ban Donald Trump, and make Twitter great again.

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Tell Donald Trump to take his damn intelligence briefing http://americablog.com/2016/12/donald-trump-take-damn-intelligence-briefing.html http://americablog.com/2016/12/donald-trump-take-damn-intelligence-briefing.html#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:39:50 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=140394 Please sign the petition calling on Trump to finally start taking his daily intelligence briefings.

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TIME magazine just revealed that Donald Trump is still refusing to attend his highly-classified daily intelligence briefings that every President-elects receives in order to prepare him to be ready to defend the country on day one.

Please sign the petition below — or on this page — and join us in demanding that Donald Trump attend these vitally-important briefings.

The President-elect receives the same daily spy briefing that the President himself receives. It’s called the President’s Daily Brief (or PDB), and according to the Washington Post, “is designed to provide a summary of key security developments and insights from all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as an update on covert programs being run overseas by the CIA.”

Donald Trump, unlike his predecessors, is refusing to regularly attend the briefings. Trump doesn’t trust the experts, so he doesn’t want to hear from them. For example, Trump told TIME magazine that he still doesn’t think Russia interfered in the US election. Trump thinks the entire US intelligence community was rooting for Hillary Clinton, and that’s why they concluded that Russia was attempting to hack and hijack our democracy.

Enough is enough. It was one thing when Trump was playing these country-bumpkin games while running for president, but now he is going to be president. America can’t afford Donald Trump’s intellectual ennui and conspiratorial distrust of people who know a lot more about foreign policy than he does. We expect our president to be ready on day one to defend America. And Donald Trump isn’t ready, and won’t be ready, if he continues to refuse even the most basic efforts to educate him about the threats America faces.

Donald Trump needs to understand that the presidency isn’t a licensing deal where he can lend his name, then walk away with the cash. It is a full-time commitment. We need a president who takes the job seriously, and Donald Trump does not.

Please sign the petition below demanding that Donald Trump take his daily intelligence briefing and be ready to defend America on day one.

Mr. Trump, the presidency is not a licensing deal; it is a full-time commitment. We need a president who takes the job seriously, and so far you are not. You must start taking your daily intelligence briefing so that you will be ready to defend America on day one.

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