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Saturday, February 23, 2019

How Elliott Abrams Helped To Spring A CIA-Connected Coke Trafficker

When U.S. policymakers needed to spring a convicted CIA-connected drug trafficker from doing hard time in federal prison, who did they call?

Trump’s infamous appointed special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, according to a September 1986 National Security Council email, written by NSC staffer Oliver North.

In a U.S. House Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) scorched Abrams for his covering up of the infamous El Mozote massacre and lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra conspiracy in the 1980s.

Her interrogation drew rebuke from Max Boot, the apostate conservative, and a chorus of right-wing media commentators. Boot described Omar’s comments as a “disgraceful ad hominem attack.”

Actually, the impertinent congresswoman from Minneapolis could have gone much further about Abrams’ untrustworthy behavior.…

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House Committee Will Probe Kushner Security Clearance

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, holds a top-secret security clearance, which lets him access highly sensitive national security material. He shouldn’t hold that clearance. In fact, NBC News reports, career security officials initially rejected his application — but they got overruled by someone hand-picked by Trump.

Much like his father-in-law, one of the concerns with Kushner is whether foreign governments have influence over him, given his financial dealings and other issues. Because Kushner’s FBI background check highlighted those concerns, two career security specialists rejected Kushner’s application for top-secret clearance.

In this administration, however, national security comes second to Trump’s family getting access to power and state secrets, so the security specialists were overruled.…

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Special Counsel Arrests Roger Stone In Russia Plot

The special counsel charged former Trump campaign adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. on seven felony counts early on Friday morning, when he was arrested by FBI agents in Florida. The indictment includes felony charges of obstruction, lying to prosecutors, and witness tampering, as well as involvement with a foreign organization that stole Democratic National Committee emails.

A Republican operative whose pedigree dates back to the Nixon era — and who carries a tattoo of the disgraced president on his back — Stone has gloried for decades in his dark image as a dirty trickster and scandalmonger. He had predicted his own indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller for several months and has occasionally taunted law enforcement over its alleged failure to prove his participation in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign on behalf of Trump.…

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