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House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.74f5f8475527

He was referring to Trump and Rohrabacher..Rohabacher has been a very vocal proRussian spokesperson on his approval of Russian annexation of Crimea and their invading of Nazi Ukraine.....a number of his comments have been posted on the Ukrainian thread.....
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What goes around comes back around in ways you cannot foresee....

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.@realDonaldTrump, don't go all weepy on me! You've got what you wanted: you're the center of attention, but not the kind you wanted, right?

He was referring to the Trump speech yesterday at the CGA graduation....
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Azor...warned you about the coming Turkish response if Trump/CENTCOM/SOF did not throttle back their blatant support for PKK and the very poor Trump meeting where Trump was not prepared for anything that Erdogan raised as issues...is what is coming out of Istanbul today...


Turkey calls for ouster of #US envoy who coordinates international coalition fighting against IS: foreign minister @AFP
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Senior FBI official says the bureau is “jubilant” about Mueller’s appointment
http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...s-true-215153#
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BREAKING: @WSJ: Israeli intelligence source compromised by Trump was the most important the West had inside #ISIS
https://www.wsj.com/articles/israeli...8912?mod=e2tw#

BTW...IS is very good about rooting out spies if it is warned about them as Trump did for them.....
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Some in the Kremlin are wondering if Trump will be impeached as storm around White House grows
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Kellyanne Conway cancels Fox News appearance after special prosecutor announcement
http://hill.cm/SgbuUvN

Appears no one in the Trump WH wants to go public on this.....
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@FoxNews FoxNews using Kremlin catchphrase "Russia Hysteria" calls for new phrase. Now Putin uses "schizophrenia" to both mock & defend his man Trump

Putin trying hard to support Trump now....

Putin says he handed over "secret information" to the G7 leaders during his Sochi meeting with Italian PM.
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Breaking News: Trump aides knew Michael Flynn was under investigation before he became national security adviser
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Wow...we have now officially left the Nixon Watergate era behind us and entered the "twilight zone"......

Flynn & Kislyak discussed establishing a back channel for comms between Trump & Putin to bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN18E106

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources
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Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel | WASHINGTON

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Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.
The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.
Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.
In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.
The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far. But the disclosure could increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and Congress with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to the Kremlin during and immediately after the 2016 election.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Flynn's lawyer declined to comment. In Moscow, a Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment on the contacts and referred Reuters to the Trump administration.
Separately, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington said: “We do not comment on our daily contacts with the local interlocutors.”
The 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016 as hackers engaged in what U.S. intelligence concluded in January was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the vote and influence the outcome of the election in favor of Trump over his Democratic challenger, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Those discussions focused on mending U.S.-Russian economic relations strained by sanctions imposed on Moscow, cooperating in fighting Islamic State in Syria and containing a more assertive China, the sources said.
Members of the Senate and House intelligence committees have gone to the CIA and the National Security Agency to review transcripts and other documents related to contacts between Trump campaign advisers and associates and Russian officials and others with links to Putin, people with knowledge of those investigations told Reuters.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday it had appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Mueller will now take charge of the FBI investigation that began last July. Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.

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In addition to the six phone calls involving Kislyak, the communications described to Reuters involved another 12 calls, emails or text messages between Russian officials or people considered to be close to Putin and Trump campaign advisers.
One of those contacts was by Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician, according to one person with detailed knowledge of the exchange and two others familiar with the issue.
It was not clear with whom Medvedchuk was in contact within the Trump campaign but the themes included U.S.-Russia cooperation, the sources said. Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter.
Medvedchuk denied having any contact with anyone in the Trump campaign.
"I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump's close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place," he said in an email to Reuters.
In the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasized a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focusing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside, the sources said.
Republicans worry Trump scandals may doom legislative agenda
Veterans of previous election campaigns said some contact with foreign officials during a campaign was not unusual, but the number of interactions between Trump aides and Russian officials and others with links to Putin was exceptional.
“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters.

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Beyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been “masked” in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens. However, officials can request that they be revealed for intelligence purposes.
U.S. and allied intelligence and law enforcement agencies routinely monitor communications and movements of Russian officials.
After Vice President Mike Pence and others had denied in January that Trump campaign representatives had any contact with Russian officials, the White House later confirmed that Kislyak had met twice with then-Senator Jeff Sessions, who later became attorney general.
Kislyak also attended an event in April where Trump said he would seek better relations with Russia. Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, also attended that event in Washington. In addition, Kislyak met with two other Trump campaign advisers in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention.
Trump fired Flynn in February after it became clear that he had falsely characterized the nature of phone conversations with Kislyak in late December - after the Nov. 8 election and just after the Obama administration announced new sanctions on Russia. Flynn offered to testify to Congress in return for immunity from prosecution but his offer was turned down by the House intelligence committee.
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It's good to have so many MSM reporters pick up their notebooks and join the hunt. I'm sure @LouiseMensch will join me in welcoming you.

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Trump assumed that by firing the FBI Director he could side step any Russian CI investigation....EVEN President are not above the rule of law....

AND AGAIN he cannot spell in his tweets....

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With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!

BUT WAIT There were over 1121 Congressional hearings about Bengahzi and Clinton emails...ZERO on Trump and Russian connections until a Special Prosecutor was named....

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This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
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Pence lied saying he didn't know #Flynn lobbied for foreign govt/paid by #Russia. Yet Rep Cummings told Pence about BOTH in NOVEMBER.
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I'm going to be blunt. Pence is starting his own PAC because he fully expects to be GOP nominee in 2020.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a..._medium=social

BUT some say even Pence has been under investigation .....
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Confirms previously posted comments above...

The MOE (Marshal Order of Execution) began yesterday afternoon (confirmed by NBC) is search and seizure in 10 physical locations in three jurisdictions.

Aimed at documents, servers, computers, hard drives, telephones etc.

EDVA, SDNY & and the NJ District Court.

AGAIN confirms these social media journalist articles over the last three weeks....THREE Grand Juries..issuing currently 12 sealed indictments and a max of 42 sealed indictments....
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Trump who admitted he does not read..really does need to start reading some history books before he makes such statements in front of Coast Guard officers.....
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Full quote from senior White House official on Trump threat to leave #NATO right here:

Based on precedent, expect bold POTUS move and threat to leave NATO, while visiting NATO, would certainly qualify even if never acted upon.
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Azor..have been trying to tell you that Europe is not matching to the Trump Syrian drumbeat as they have been already active in Syria...APPEARS Trump did not realize this...PLUS they honestly see "mission creep" on the part of the US...

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France and Germany are resisting a plan by U.S. officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.
Many alliance members hope the plan will be announced in Brussels next Thursday, when Trump attends his first NATO summit. But France and Germany have misgivings, allies involved in the discussions said.
Among the concerns: NATO might be caught up in another costly, Afghan-style deployment, irk some Arab countries or risk confrontation with Russia in Syria.
"They are not buying it," said a senior European NATO diplomat, who said some other nations including Greece and Italy were also wary of the plan.
"They want to know what difference would it make. All 28 NATO allies are already part of this effort," the diplomat said, referring to a 68-nation U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State that includes all NATO members.
French and German officials declined to comment, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel left open the possibility of NATO as an institution joining the coalition when she met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg last week. Both ruled out any combat role for NATO in Syria and Iraq.
France's new President Emmanuel Macron will have lunch with Trump - who last month withdrew his earlier charge that NATO was 'obsolete' because it was not 'taking care of terror' - before the Brussels meeting next Thursday.
While Islamic State is on the verge of defeat in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, and bracing for an assault against its de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria, U.S. officials are concerned fleeing militants could leave a vacuum that could prompt Arab tribal fighters to turn on each other to gain control.
U.S. officials say the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an institution could contribute equipment, training and the expertise it gained leading a coalition against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. NATO military chiefs favor the move, said General Petr Pavel, chairman of the alliance's military committee.
Diplomats said this could mean NATO using its surveillance planes over Syria, running command-and-control operations and providing air-to-air refueling.

SYMBOLIC STEP
One compromise would be for NATO as an institution to formally join the coalition at the dinner with Trump next week, but leave the details of any involvement to a later stage.
"If allies can be convinced that it is only a symbolic step, a deal should be possible," said a second NATO diplomat. "Trump goes home with a message that NATO is joining the coalition and NATO doesn't have to do anything extra, at least for now."
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U.N. says 200,000 more people could flee Mosul as fighting intensifies
World Court orders Pakistan to delay execution of alleged Indian spy
A broader hesitancy among European allies stems from the long mission that NATO has undertaken in Afghanistan, taking over the United States' bid to defeat militants in 2003 after the attacks on New York and Washington two years earlier.
Given Russia's concerns over NATO expansion in eastern Europe, and its role in Syria as the key military ally of President Bashar al-Assad, some allies also worry that deeper NATO involvement there could be taken by Moscow as a provocation.
But a stronger role in Iraq and Syria could also address concerns expressed by Mediterranean allies, such as Spain, Italy and Portugal, that NATO lacks a strategy for tackling the root causes of the migrant and refugee crisis.
Stoltenberg has talked about NATO's "untapped potential" in building up armed forces. Options include more NATO training of Iraqi troops and police, as well as strengthening government departments in areas taken back from Islamic State.
"NATO is the only security organization with the skills and breadth to take on this task," wrote Hans Binnendijk and David Gompert in a paper for the U.S. think-tank RAND Corporation.
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NOW we have truly surpassed Watergate.......

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BREAKING: Top Republican on Senate intelligence panel says Michael Flynn's lawyers say he won't honor subpoena.
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This was being reported by the two social media journalists THREE weeks ago and accurately predicted....now MSM breaks it a breaking news...they gave reasons for this BUT MSM in their breaking news never mentioned the WHY??

JASON CHAFFETZ expected to announce today he will step down from Congress early. Comes days after Comey subpoena.His office declines comment.

Some are alluding to the fact that he was also involved in the ongoing FBI investigation.
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