Twitter Stunned By Trump Demanding DOJ Investigate Claims FBI ‘Spied’ on Campaign: He’s ‘Finally Crossed The Red Line’

Clinging to an unsubstantiated claim that spies infiltrated his 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump tweeted out a demand that the Department of Justice get to the bottom of the matter. The remark comes just after Trump said Friday that an “FBI representative” acted as a mole within his campaign, asserting that it happened “long before” Russian influence in the election made headlines. Amplifying the spying allegations once again, Trump used the tweet on Sunday to single out the staff of the Obama administration as potential perpetrators. Meanwhile reporters and political commentators on Twitter were stunned by Continue reading "Twitter Stunned By Trump Demanding DOJ Investigate Claims FBI ‘Spied’ on Campaign: He’s ‘Finally Crossed The Red Line’"

Kellyanne Conway Demands CNN’s Brian Stelter Reveal Who He Voted For in 2016 Election

In a tense Sunday morning face-off with presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, CNN’s Brian Stelter admitted that when faced with the choice to vote for President Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, he chose neither. The remark came shortly after Stelter asked how Trump, who routinely rails against Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into the Russia and the election, could be so sure there was no collusion. In response, Conway defended Trump’s win, then challenged Stelter, suggesting that in a discussion about the election, everything should be put on the table. “If you want to talk about the 2016 election, let’s talk about it,” she said. “I think everything should come out.” But Stelter maintained that he didn’t want to talk about the election per se, but how the president could confirm Russia was not involved. Conway then demanded to know “what evidence do you or anybody at Continue reading "Kellyanne Conway Demands CNN’s Brian Stelter Reveal Who He Voted For in 2016 Election"

Senate Intel Leaders: Russia Meddled in Election With Intent of Helping Trump

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee put out a joint statement this afternoon affirming their agreement with the intel community assessment that Russia meddled with the election to help Donald Trump. Republican Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) put out a statement in which he says the following:
The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the Intelligence Community’s work on this important piece of analysis. Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions. There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections. I look forward to completing the Committee’s inquiry and issuing our findings and recommendations to the American people.
Democratic Vice Chair Sen. Mark Warner‘s (D-VA) words are slightly more blunt:
“Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the Continue reading "Senate Intel Leaders: Russia Meddled in Election With Intent of Helping Trump"

Ahead of Comey’s Big ABC Interview, Here Are the Five Craziest Things We Know From His Book So Far

Anticipation is high for former FBI Director James Comey‘s first sit-down interview on television since his ousting from the White House. He will speak with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the first of a round of media appearances promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which will be released Tuesday. The book has been touted as a tell-all on his time serving President Donald Trump‘s administration. Here are the most shocking things we know so far: Trump was fixated on proving there was no ‘pee tape.’ He even told Comey to investigate it. Comey writes that Trump said to him, “I’m a germaphobe. There’s no way I would let people pee on each other around me. No way.” Having reportedly been so obsessed with the matter and ensuring his wife, Melania, didn’t become upset, he asked Comey to look into Russia’s claims Continue reading "Ahead of Comey’s Big ABC Interview, Here Are the Five Craziest Things We Know From His Book So Far"

Sarah Sanders: Trump Called Michael Cohen on Friday Because They ‘Have a Long Relationship’

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump phoned his lawyer, Michael Cohen, last week because the two “have a long relationship.” She made the remarks to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning from Washington, where she declined to speak about the nature of the call but said the president would keep his relationship with Cohen. “He’s had a long relationship with Michael Cohen,” Sanders said. “He’s gonna continue to have that relationship. In terms of specifics of their private conversation, I can’t get into that.” While Sanders said the president believes he’s done nothing wrong, she underscored that he could only speak for himself. “The president is very confident in that fact that he has done nothing wrong, and he can’t speak on behalf of anyone else, but he’s very confident in what he has and hasn’t done, and he’s going to continue focusing Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: Trump Called Michael Cohen on Friday Because They ‘Have a Long Relationship’"

Zuckerberg on Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections: ‘This Is An Arms Race’

During the start of his testimony before Congress Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Russian interference in U.S. elections “an arms race.” He made the remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, discussing Facebook’s efforts to deal with foreign meddling in U.S. elections. Zuckerberg called that one of his “top priorities in 2018.” “On of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016,” Zuckerberg said. “We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber attacks which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them, but we were slow at identifying the type of new information operations.” Those new operations were recognized “right around the time of the 2016 election itself,” he said. Zuckerberg noted 2018 wasn’t just a significant time for Continue reading "Zuckerberg on Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections: ‘This Is An Arms Race’"

Who is Alex van der Zwaan, the First Person Sentenced in the Mueller Probe?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation just placed its first person behind bars. So, who is he? Alex van der Zwaan was served with a 30-day jail sentence on Tuesday along with a $20,000 fine after admitting to lying to special agents in Mueller’s Russia probe during November 2017. The false statements concerned e-mail communications and phone calls  between him and Richard Gates, an ex-campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Van der Zwaan is a 33-year-old Dutch attorney who is also the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan, who is also linked to President Vladimir Putin. Khan is one of the individuals named in the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that suggests Trump could be open to blackmail from the Kremlin. Van der Zwaan was a London-based associate of a high-powered law firm called Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom in the early 2010s. At the time, Gates and Paul Manafort, another Continue reading "Who is Alex van der Zwaan, the First Person Sentenced in the Mueller Probe?"