Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn wants immunity deal but so far there are no takers.  

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

As an adviser to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Mr. Trump’s top aides in the White House, Mr. Flynn was privy to some of the most sensitive foreign-policy deliberations of the new administration and was directly involved in discussions about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.   More details on Michael Flynn’s immunity deal here.

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Trump has become a “cog”  of Russian active measures against his political opponents. 

Trump has become a “cog” of Russian active measures against his political opponents..

The Senate Intelligence Committee uncovered some very interesting information about Russian active measures.  Clinton Watts, a fellow at the George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, testified how Russian disinformation is used and the President has become a “cog” in Russian active measures against his political opponents.   The Senate and House Intelligence Committees are both conducting investigations to determine the involvement of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and each has vowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead.  The FBI is currently conducting a criminal investigation into any coordinating by Trump campaign officials and the Russian interference.  

The Washington Post is reporting on today’s events here. 

Clinton Watts:

“I think this answer is very simple and is one no one is really saying in this room,” he said. Part of the reason, he went on, “is the commander in chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents.”

To buttress the claim that Trump (unwittingly or not) aided Russian disinformation efforts, Watts cited several instances. Among them: Trump’s citation of an apparently false Sputnik story at an October 2016 campaign appearance; his ongoing denial before and after the campaign of U.S. intelligence of Russian interference in the election; his claims of voter fraud and election rigging, which Watts said was pushed by RT and Sputnik; and Trump’s questioning of the citizenship of former President Barack Obama and even his primary rival Ted Cruz.

Watts added that one of the reasons such tactics are working is that Trump and/or his surrogates have repeated some of the claims, further spreading them through social media accounts that are owned both by real people and bots. Thus, the disinformation is kept alive and gradually becomes more real and plausible. “Part of the reason active measures work is because they parrot the same lines,” Watts said.  More from the Washington Post here. 

Former Vice President Al Gore’s Statement on Trump’s  Executive Order to Roll Back Environmental Protections

Former Vice President Al Gore’s Statement on Trump’s Executive Order to Roll Back Environmental Protections

“Today’s executive order, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin rolling back environmental protections and policies including the Clean Power Plan, is a misguided step away from a sustainable, carbon-free future for ourselves and generations to come. It is essential, not only to our planet, but also to our economic future, that the United States continues to serve as a global leader in solving the climate crisis by transitioning to clean energy, a transition that will continue to gain speed due to the increasing competiveness of solar and wind.
No matter how discouraging this executive order may be, we must, we can, and we will solve the climate crisis. No one man or group can stop the encouraging and escalating momentum we are experiencing in the fight to protect our planet.”

More from Al Gore here.

A review of dirty trickster and Trump supporter Roger Stone’s public statements show a man clamoring for attention. 

A review of dirty trickster and Trump supporter Roger Stone’s public statements show a man clamoring for attention.

CNN has provided a detailed accounting of Roger Stone’s public statements.  Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Carter Page have offered to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee.  Without their testimony provided under oath, one questions the veracity and value of their testimony.  Jared Kushner has offered to testify under oath in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and there is no word yet on whether that event will be public. 

Roger Stone worked in the Nixon administration, and we all know how Mr. Nixon’s presidential career ended.  Several of Nixon’s administration ended up serving time in prison, while Roger Stone continued to work in Washington, went on to political consulting, and formed Black, Manafort & Stone.  

CNN reports in the final months of the 2016 campaign, longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone repeatedly discussed his backchannel communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and claimed knowledge of forthcoming leaks from the group, a CNN KFile review of his public statements shows.

Stone’s comments about WikiLeaks have come under increased scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether Trump associates were involved in Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. See the full story and accounting of Stone’s public statements here.

Trump adviser Roger Stone repeatedly claimed to know of forthcoming WikiLeaks dumps.

It all starts around August 10, 2016.

Aug. 10:

Stone tells a local Republican Party group in Florida 

“I’ve actually communicated with Julian Assange.”

Aug. 12:

Stone says on the #MAGA podcast he believes Assange has emails deleted by Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. He adds that he knows he has them and they should be expected to drop in the next three months.

“In fact I know [Assange] has them,” Stone said. “And I believe he will expose the American people to this information in the next 90 days.”

White House sought to block former acting Attorney General testimony in Trump Russia scandal. 

White House sought to block former acting Attorney General testimony in Trump Russia scandal.

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.

According to letters The Post reviewed (copies below), the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.  More from the Washington Post here. 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has since canceled Ms. Yates’ testimony and Adam Schiff is now calling for Mr. Nunes to resign from the committee.  Sally Yates will be testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee where there appears to be more bipartisansip. Where is all this leading and should an independent commission be called in the House investigation?  Please add your comments below.  

Opinion: Senator Chris Murphy says Trump is leading us to war. 

Opinion: Senator Chris Murphy says Trump is leading us to war.

Without any official notification, Trump sent 500 new American troops into Syria, ostensibly to take part in the upcoming assault on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. News reports suggest this deployment may just be the tip of the iceberg, with some saying that the plan is for hundreds more American troops to be added to the fight in the coming weeks. No one actually knows how many troops are inside Syria now, because the administration has largely tried to keep the build-up a secret.  More from the Hartford Courant here. 

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Trump Russia scandal widens with brokered global financial transaction to sell Russian oil. 

Trump Russia scandal widens with brokered global financial transaction to sell Russian oil.

Circumstantial evidence strongly indicates that President Donald J. Trump and his campaign associates brokered a massive oil privatization deal in which Trump Organization facilitated a global financial transaction to sell Russian Oil stock to its Russia’s Syrian War adversary, the Emirate of Qatar.

The Trump Russia Dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, describes a massive privatization deal to deliver a chunk of the Russian state-owned Rosneft Oil company to Qatar and a secret buyer in the Cayman Islands.
This is the transaction that Ranking House Intel Committee Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) described when he kicked off Congress’ Russia hearings, when he discussed Rosneft’s privatization deal and the many contacts between the Trump campaign and Putin’s allies.  Follow the story here from OccupyDemocrats. 

See the Steele Trump-Russia Dossier PDF here.