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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Brennen says about Trump trying to influence the Intelligence community



71 comments:

opie said...

Being unaware does not mean it didn't happen. Even the dull minded know that, CH. LOL

KD, Obama left a mess said...

CHT, the trouble with your post is easy to spot, let me help.

1, Hillary lost the election not because of her ill health, no-message or any other thing that would put the blame of the loss on her.

2, Trump Won


3, You don't have a pair of specialty glasses that the Feckless Five of CHT wear, so you see what people said, not what they were meant to say.

Roger Amick said...

Trump fires Comey over the investigation

Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.

Notes by Comey said Trump told him to cease the investigation on Flynn.

Trump knew Flynn was under investigation

You misquote the former CIA director.

Such fun watching you sink like the Titanic

Commonsense said...

Notes by Comey said Trump told him to cease the investigation on Flynn.

Comey didn't say that.

At least not under oath.

Roger Amick said...

I have the position it's not appropriate to characterize the President.

That's a dodge, but not a denial.

Swirling

Roger Amick said...

The Republican and Democratic heads said that they will complete the investigations.

Everything he did needs further evidence.

Roger Amick said...

CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates

Loretta Russo said...

Watching you wipe the egg off of your faces is going to be delicious, libs.

Commonsense said...

Everything he did needs further evidence.

Doesn't that indicate there's no real evidence to begin with?

Loretta Russo said...

"The American public has been bombarded with speculation about ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government for months. In characteristic style, Congressman Trey Gowdy pressed on the ex-CIA chief to set the record straight.
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"I was aware of intelligence and information about contacts between Russian officials and U.S. persons that raised concerns in my mind about whether or not those individuals were cooperating with the Russians ... that served as the basis for the FBI investigation to determine whether such collusion, cooperation occurred” - Ex CIA Chief John Brennan stated.
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“Well, there are a bunch of words that start with 'C' floating around. I asked you about collusion, coordination, and conspiracy, and you used the word 'contact'. Contact could be benign or not benign. So was it contact you sa w.. .what was the nature of what you saw? - Congressman Trey Gowdy”
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“I saw interaction, but I don't know. I don't have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion.” - Ex CIA Chief John Brennan stated.
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There we have it. The former CIA director under President Barack Obama has confirmed that all talk of a proven “conspiracy” or “collusion” between the Russian government and Trump campaign is — at the moment — still only speculation."

Nothingburger.

#AlternativeFacts

Roger Amick said...

I saw information information and intelligence that was worthy of investigation by the bureau that such cooperation was taking place.

The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign last year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White House.

In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said he became increasingly concerned that Trump associates were being manipulated by Russian intelligence services as part of a broader covert influence campaign that sought to disrupt the election and deliver the presidency to Trump.

“I was worried by a number of the contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons,” Brennan said, adding that he did not see proof of collusion before he left office on Jan. 20, but “felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well-founded and needed to look into those issues.”

Brennan’s remarks represent the most detailed public accounting to date of his tenure as CIA director during the alleged Russian assault on the U.S. presidential race, and the agency’s role in triggering an FBI probe that Trump has sought to contain.

Loretta Russo said...

Big ole nothingburger.

Roger Amick said...

Trump has refused to fully accept the unanimous conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia stole thousands of sensitive emails, orchestrated online dumps of damaging information and employed fake news and other means to upend the 2016 race.

GOP lawmakers spent much of Tuesday’s hearing trying to get Brennan to concede that he had no conclusive evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Brennan acknowledged that he still had “unresolved questions” about the purpose of those contacts when he stepped down as CIA director in January.

But, “I know what the Russians try to do,” Brennan said. “They try to suborn individuals and they try to get individuals, including U.S. persons, to act on their behalf either wittingly or unwittingly.”

Brennan refused to name any of the U.S. individuals who were apparently detected communicating with Russian officials. The FBI investigation, which began last July, has scrutinized Trump associates including Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager; Carter Page, who was once listed as a foreign policy adviser to Trump; and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after misleading statements about his contacts with the Russian ambassador were exposed. He had to keep some things out of the public testimony.

Roger Amick said...

Our ability to choose our own leaders, but the Russians made an effort to influence the election and we need to make sure our elections are ours, not the choice of Russia

Roger Amick said...

Putin is sitting back there and smiling every day.

Roger Amick said...

Brennan: Resist Russian election meddling with "every last ounce of devotion to this country"

Roger Amick said...

Obstruction of justice will be in the filing for impeachment.

Roger Amick said...

Trump told Russians that "firing the nut job" Comey eased pressure from investigation.

I suppose that is appropriate to share with the Russians. At least in this imaginary planet.

Roger Amick said...

If Flynn ever decides to take on the President and reveal everything, so if they eventually offer him with immunity if he is honest. But that is unlikely.

But, if he does.. say good bye to your incompetent hero.

Roger Amick said...

He didn't deny a damn thing. He said some of it wasn't appropriate to talk about in public.

Dodge, twist and turn.


The bigger picture is how he behaves. He consistently keeps trying to take the interest away from the current situation. Within a few days, some other revelation will be all over the news. He sits back and smiles because he succored my true believers and moves to make the next thing the same way. It's working here, perfectly.

Loretta Russo said...

Nice spam.

Damn right Putin is smiling.

Compliments of you unhinged liberals.

James said...

“I saw interaction, but I don't know. I don't have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion.” - Ex CIA Chief John Brennan stated.

Yep. Whether there WAS or WAS NOT. That's the sort of thing investigations are intended to clarify.

James said...

InfoWars Gets a White House Press Pass

InfoWars — “the fringe right-wing outlet best known for spreading 9/11 Truther theories, the scurrilous idea that the massacre at Sandy Hook was a hoax, and a founder who has ranted about malevolent forces conspiring to put things in the water to ‘turn the freaking frogs gay'” — got a White House press pass, CNN reports.
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Well now, hyou see, InofWars peddles the kind of FAKE NEWS Trump loves.

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Roger Amick said...

I just watched it again. Gowdy framed a question with his usual skill, he's bright. But the reply was not a yes no because he didn't think it would be proper in public. Interesting.

But no folks, it's not a denial, at least to me, and I'm not stupid as someone else who will remain unnamed, said I was stupid.
You hate this, but it's just me. I can read a paragraph, close the book or other thing, I can write it down with none or very few errors. It's not all that special, to me, it's just what I do.

Anyhow, enough of that. Schiff and the senator, had an interesting interchange. It's not as clearly as you try to make it a denial. It was inappropriate. Not the same thing.

I heard something else tonight and so typical of Trump. He hired his personal attorney,is a loyalist from New York, who has zero experience in the swamp of Washington D. C. It's typical.


Roger Amick said...

I think it's interesting that despite Trump met with the Russians and excluded the American media, the Republicans didn't object. If President Hillary Clinton would done that, the explosion would be heard all over the world.

Roger Amick said...

The fun will begin with the debate over the DOA tax plan sent out yesterday. When asked about it, Senator McCain said "DOA" and walked off.

Roger Amick said...

Shit, one of my brothers got up a couple days ago and he said he was stumbling like a drunk, and he's not a drunk. They did an MRI and there is something there. Damn.. Damn.. anyhow, hope you all have a good day and nothing like that.

Loretta Russo said...

Another beautiful sight.

President Trump with the Pope.

Beautiful.

rrb said...



Roger Amick said...
Obstruction of justice will be in the filing for impeachment.
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if you think this amounts to evidence of a crime, then the pink elephants you hallucinate are evidence of a zoo in your living room, alky.

rrb said...

If President Hillary Clinton would done that
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there will never be a President Hillary Clinton.

James said...

There should never have been a Pres. Geo. W. Bush or a Pres. Donald Trump. Both didn't get the popular vote.

James said...

Brennan: Russia may have successfully recruited Trump campaign aides
The ex-CIA director also says the FBI probe about Russian meddling is "well founded."

rrb said...



cnn reports infowars got a wh press pass.

LOL.

Move over InfoWars, here comes CNN! Analyst blames #ManchesterBombing on ‘right wing false flag’

CNN analyst said Manchester was likely an Islamist attack, but floated the idea it could have been “false flag” by “right wing extremists.” pic.twitter.com/IzgKtU8T0O

http://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2017/05/23/move-over-infowars-here-comes-cnn-analyst-blames-manchesterbombing-on-right-wing-false-flag/

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Commonsense said...

Both didn't get the popular vote.

Bill Clinton won as a minority president in 1992 and 1996.

James said...

Trump Is America’s Most Honest President
He just can’t help himself from blurting out the truth—even when it’s self-sabotage.

“I. Never. Mentioned. The Word. ‘Israel,’” said President Donald Trump, drawing out the syllables, performing hard eye contact with the dozens of cameras, as Israel’s prime minister stood by in a brief press conference in Jerusalem on Monday.

Trump spoke in that “make no mistake” way, with notes of the old tune, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” If cameras can cringe, these seemed to. Then Benjamin Netanyahu’s stony face hit a new level of stoniness; he drew close to his body the open arms with which he had promised to welcome Trump one day earlier. In an Internet minute, video of Trump’s claim ricocheted around Twitter.

Because, of course, in mentioning that he didn’t mention Israel, Trump mentioned Israel, seeming to confirm that the state secrets he had blabbed to the Russian ambassador like a tween with Ryan Gosling gossip did not just seem to point to Israel, but belonged to Israel.

Trump’s latest foul will be lost before the week is over; it’s writ on the water of our era’s choppy news seas. But the “Israel” slip indicates something eternal: Donald Trump cannot keep a secret. In fact, the “liar president,” as his opponents would have it, might just be the most pathologically unsecretive—dare I say, honest—president we’ve seen yet.

Sure, we’re accustomed to thinking of Trump as chronically deceptive and flat-out wrong, and he commonly is—about crowd sizes, illegal voting, his “fine-tuned machine” of an administration, the Iraq War, 9/11 cheering, the list is endless. But someone must be putting truth serum in Trump’s second scoop of ice cream these days. No matter the stakes, he doesn’t have even a White House junior aide’s gift for circumspection, spin or truth-shading. Lately, in fact, Trump can’t shut up even when almost everything is at stake.

In a town of snakes and double-agents, the president’s extreme emotional transparency would be admirable, a sign of vulnerability, sincerity, guilelessness—that is, if it weren’t so self-incriminating. Most notably, on the firing of FBI director James Comey, Trump could not for one single day stick to the simple if ludicrous script that his aides hawked in the immediate aftermath: that Comey was fired at the suggestion of Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, the attorney general and his deputy, out of gallantry to Hillary Clinton, the damsel distressed by Comey’s political whims last October.

No, Trump could not prevaricate. Evidently, the president dies in darkness. And it wasn’t even under interrogation lights that he gave up the truth. He volunteered it. I chopped down the cherry tree, Lester Holt! “When I decided to just do it”—fire Comey, the FBI director, on his own initiative—“I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’” It was a flamboyant act of self-sabotage—Trump admitted that he fired the man investigating his campaign’s potential ties to Russia because he was investigating his campaign’s potential ties to Russia—and it unsurprisingly prompted cries of obstruction of justice and calls, ultimately answered, for a special prosecutor. But Trump showed no remorse.

James said...

The president’s zeal for self-defeating candor can seize him anytime. He admitted to Reuters that the being the leader of the free world was harder than he expected—a worrisome revelation, to be sure, but one that came across as sincere and plainly true. Trump also readily admits his ignorance: He confessed, for instance, that before a short chat with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he didn’t understand why it should be so hard for China to bring North Korea to heel. Trump has also blurted out that he had a good chance of being the first candidate to make money running for president; that he finds healthcare mind-bogglingly complicated; and that he holds anyone who seems even faintly to criticize him, including the sacred cows—from the pope to the press to the parents of U.S. soldier Humayun Khan, who died in action—in contempt.

Why the compulsive target practice at his own foot? Doesn’t Trump, the ultimate brand builder and self-promoter, know better? Whatever it costs him in the real world—and the price of his indiscretions seems increasingly steep these days—Trump must always defend his personal supremacy. He hates the suggestion of his campaign’s collusion with Russia not because it could be criminal, dangerous to national security, immoral or even outright treasonous. He hates it for one reason only: It takes away from his November victory. He didn’t win an Emmy, he lost at golf a time or two, but by gum he is the president of the United States.

At the same time, if Trump ever kept a secret about anything, it would suggest he had something to be ashamed of. But Trump is free from shame, and instead insists on believing that everything he does—consume cake while launching bombs, hit on married women, lecherously size up his own daughter—merits kvelling. This includes his sleazy affair on his first wife (which he put in tabloid headlines in 1990), his tax-dodging (“that makes me smart”) and his ongoing commitment to Michael Flynn, the disgraced and tainted former national security adviser whom Trump reportedly wants back in the White House.

In fact, here’s the secret to Trump’s secrets: They never seem mistakenly to “slip” out, as if he were surprised by his own gaffe and regretted it afterward. Instead, he takes pride in his loose lips. With the Russian ambassador and foreign minister, he was boasting of his “great intel” and, to prove it, promptly burned a key intelligence source (oh, but he never mentioned Israel). With the latest blurt in Jerusalem, Trump, as Cornell Law School professor Josh Chafetz put it, “didn’t ‘accidentally’ confirm that the intel was Israeli. He corralled the press, got their attention, hushed them, & then confirmed it.” Trump doesn’t apologize, temporize or show a split second of embarrassment—like a boy who hams up his burps and then glows with pride.

This leaves Trump’s beleaguered surrogates, more seasoned liars, high and dry. On the other hand, it’s a boon to anyone who would investigate him. With a president this boastful about his misdeeds, Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to handle the Russia investigation, can certainly forego the Gitmo stuff—and even, maybe, routine surveillance. As David C. Gomez, a former FBI special assistant, told the Daily Beast, “On a big case like this, the ideal thing would be a wiretap on your No. 1 subject. … But in this case, you don’t need a wiretap. He just comes right out and says it.”
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Joe the Plumber in the White House.

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James said...

That last paragraph is priceless.

rrb said...



Blogger Loretta Russo said...
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i've often wondered what the child molester and cirrhosis boy think they're trying to prove when all they can do is copy/paste from liberal rags like politico. we don't need a constant reminder that they can't articulate an original thought, yet they continue.

Loretta Russo said...

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Loretta Russo said...

"i've often wondered what the child molester and cirrhosis boy think they're trying to prove when all they can do is copy/paste from liberal rags like politico."

They're losers.

James said...


Wiki:
United States presidential elections in which the winner lost the popular vote

There have been five United States presidential elections in which the winner lost the popular vote including the 1824 election, which was the first U.S. presidential election where the popular vote was recorded...

Adams
Harrison
Hayes
W. Bush
Trump

James said...

Actually, Roger and I prefer facts to fantasies.

rrb said...

Blogger James said...
Actually, Roger and I prefer facts to fantasies.
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which is why you two tout cnn - the caliphate news network - whose anal-ysts would have us believe manchester was a right wing false flag operation...

which is a fantasy opposed to the facts.

for chrissakes, i'm surprised cnn didn't find a way to blame trump and the russians for "colluding" on the manchester attack.

rrb said...



geez, alky's hospice blog looks like it's on life support... pun intended.

only 200 pageviews.

even his "drunks r us" brigade can't manage to wobble over there.

LOL.

James said...

LOL I seldom, almost never, quote cnn.

And these days I'm even finding Nazi-onal Review sometimes refeshing--their candor about the incompetency of Trump.

James said...

LOL. Crickets.

Commonsense said...

Bernie Democrats are discovering voter ID rules may not be that bad after all.

Ironey!!

rrb said...


Blogger James said...
LOL I seldom, almost never, quote cnn...



James said...
InfoWars Gets a White House Press Pass

InfoWars — “the fringe right-wing outlet best known for spreading 9/11 Truther theories, the scurrilous idea that the massacre at Sandy Hook was a hoax, and a founder who has ranted about malevolent forces conspiring to put things in the water to ‘turn the freaking frogs gay'” — got a White House press pass, CNN reports.
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Well now, hyou see, InofWars peddles the kind of FAKE NEWS Trump loves.

May 23, 2017 at 8:37 PM

Loretta Russo said...

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Loretta Russo said...

LOL

Commonsense said...

James, you are finding NRO more refreshing because they are consistently never Trumpers and it agrees with your prejudices.

I read NRO despite their consistent never Trumper position because it's still a stimulating source of conservative opinion.

You have a narrow, bigoted worldview and your not intellectually curious enough to look beyond your prejudices.

Which is why you get regularly waxed on this blog.

Loretta Russo said...

"even his "drunks r us" brigade can't manage to wobble over there."

HA!

No fellow drunkards, NOR anyone from his transgender community.

Bigly sad.

Loretta Russo said...

"Which is why you get regularly waxed on this blog."

Which is why he can only copy and paste someone else's opinion.

James said...

CS: I read NRO despite their consistent never Trumper position because it's still a stimulating source of conservative opinion.
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JAMES: Exactly, CS. Even they have the intelligence, and yes, the integrity, to admit what a travesty Trump is to intelligent conservative commentary.

A little similar honesty would be welcome from some of the denizens of this blog. Ch grudgingly sometimes admits it, but only grudgingly.

James said...

George Wills is another voice in the conservative wilderness telling the truth about Trump.

Loretta Russo said...

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James said...

Excellent reading at politicalwire.com this fine morning.
--I'll spare you the details, since you don't like dealing in facts.


Fate of GOP Health Care Bill Depends on CBO Score
(and Republicans are worried)

Trump Hires Private Lawyer For Russia Probe

Comey Friend Says Trump Should Be Scared

GOP Worried They'll Have No Legislative Wins
(and the next four months could be even worse)

Trump's Budget Has Huge Math Mistake

Loretta Russo said...

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Commonsense said...

JAMES: Exactly, CS. Even they have the intelligence, and yes, the integrity, to admit what a travesty Trump is to intelligent conservative commentary.

Actually in regards to Trump, they're a little overboard on the TDS stuff but they just don't dwell on it and some of it is legitimate criticism.

It's certainly not as bad as Bill Kristol with his obsessive hate of all things Trump which has made the Weekly Standard practicably unreadable.

Or the Washington Post who can legally used their paper to conduct an unrelenting hostile war towards the Trump administration but it nevertheless borders in sedation.

Loretta Russo said...

"While former President Barack Obama talked a good game about helping the black community, in reality he accomplished very little, particularly in comparison to newly elected President Donald J. Trump.

“In the first four months of this presidency, the Trump administration has been far more responsive to our community than the past administration,” Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president of a nonprofit that supports and represents black students, explained to the Los Angeles Times in an interview.

“I, for one, judge people by what they do — not what they say,” he added, the implication being that Obama had been full of it.

Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University, seemingly concurred, saying, “For (President) Obama, people expected him to come in and fix everything, especially for black people … but he never campaigned strongly for HBCUs.”

Meanwhile, the reverse has occurred with Trump: Although the black community expected very little from him, many have wound up being pleasantly surprised.

“So people now want to see what’s going to happen because he’s coming in saying he’s going to be the president for HBCUs,” Kimbrough added. “It’s a very different perspective, but it’s still the first 150 days, so we’ll see what happens.”

http://conservativetribune.com/black-leader-compared-obama-trump/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=WesternJournalism&utm_content=2017-05-23&utm_campaign=manualpost

james said...

CS: "...it nevertheless borders on sedation."

Sedation? Drugging someone? Putting someone to sleep?

I guess he meant sedition. ;-)

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opie said...

I guess he meant sedition. ;-)

Mr .2% something wrong??? Just ask our spammer in chief from kansas.