The FBI’s widening investigation into Russian subversion is now looking into continuing threats against a Washington, D.C. pizza shop targeted by right-wing conspiracy mongers.
Comet Ping Pong Pizza, a popular, family-oriented shop in an upscale northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, came under relentless online attack last year because of its owner’s friendship with senior members of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, a website that tracks press coverage critical of the Clintons.
“Despite casting himself as an expert on radical jihadi ideology, Gorka does not speak Arabic and has spent no time in the Middle East,” Daniel Nexon, a leading international affairs expert at Georgetown University, noted in the latest scathing review of Gorka’s work, in the Friday edition of Foreign Policy.
Now that Sessions has stepped aside, Lawyers and Justice Department officials are poring through statutes and scratching their collective heads over who has authority to sign warrants for the FBI’s electronic surveillance of the Russians and Trump associates implicated in the probe.
In some ways, it’s just like old times, when the Kremlin and Washington regularly engaged in tit-for-tat expulsions of a spy or two. But in other ways, it’s not: this spy war long ago moved out of the shadows to entangle the U.S. presidential elections.
The Republican challenger has already benefitted from foreign hacking, persuasively attributed to Russia, of the private, and often embarrassing, emails of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s staff.
Trump has had only nice things to say about Putin, who has fed the candidate’s vanity with approving murmurs about his “flamboyant” personality and “talent.” In response, the candidate has called for ending “this horrible cycle of hostility” between the U.S. and Russia.
A group of former CIA, FBI, DEA and military intelligence officials is urging presidential candidates to reject torture as an interrogation tool.