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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Russian NRA Member Charged With Spying To Infiltrate US Politics

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

On Monday, federal prosecutors charged Russian national Maria Butina, a lifetime member of the NRA, with being an unregistered agent of the Russian government and accused her spying for Moscow while she studied in the United States.

The move comes as questions continue to escalate about the NRA’s Russian connections during the 2016 campaign.

The indictment was also unsealed just hours after Trump stunned world observers during his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There, Trump accepted Putin’s word over the U.S. intelligence community and seemed to agree that Russia had nothing to do with attackingU.S.…

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Trump’s Own Intelligence Chief Rebukes Him Harshly

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

The president is in open warfare with the U.S. intelligence community.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates issued a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump following his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the conference, Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence agencies on the now-settled question of Russian election interference.

“The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers,” Coates wrote. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.”

An unnamed official added that the statement was “not cleared by the White House.”



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Will Trump Replace Sessions With Pruitt To Fire Mueller?

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump has a problem, and EPA chief Scott Pruitt may be the solution.

Trump’s problem is, of course, the Russia investigation. A person with less to hide might not think a credible investigation led by one of the most respected prosecutors in the country is a serious problem, but Trump has repeatedly treated it as an existential threat — suggesting that there’s something, or many things, that he’s trying to hide.

So how can Pruitt help? Even as the administrator is engulfed in more scandals than there’s space to list, he has one advantage going for him: He’s already been approved by the Senate for a Cabinet position.…

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