FBI Reportedly Launched Pre-Election Trump Investigation Called ‘Crossfire Hurricane’

A new report goes into detail with the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump‘s connections to Russia months ahead of the 2016 election. Based on what federal agents knew at the time, it seems that investigators sat on major findings from the campaign that could’ve caused a political upheaval months before Nov. 8. According to The New York Times, a small group of FBI officials led an extremely-secretive investigation about a hundred days before the election. The mission was codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane” (a reference to The Rolling Stones), and it initially gravitated around Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat who spoke to Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and was treated to his drunken ramblings about Russia having dirt on Hillary Clinton. As the operation branched out and FBI agents started looking into people like Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page, it ended up laying the groundwork Continue reading "FBI Reportedly Launched Pre-Election Trump Investigation Called ‘Crossfire Hurricane’"

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"

NEW: Senate Transcripts Show Donald Trump Jr. Has a Really Hazy Memory on All Things Russia

The Senate Judiciary committee released transcripts of its interviews with Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday — about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. And in some of the excerpts, the president’s son displayed a pretty hazy memory. Notably, according to the AP, Trump Jr. could not recall speaking with his father, President Donald Trump, about the Russia investigation. LA Times reporter Chris Megerian Tweeted out a portion of the transcript which shows Don Jr. denying that he’s spoken with his dad about a number of Russia-related topics.

Trump Blasts Media, Claims ‘Best Poll Numbers in a Year’

President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again Tuesday to unleash his outrage over the “Fake News Media,” suggesting reporters are corrupt and touting his poll numbers as the best he’s seen in a year. It’s likely the president is referring to the latest Rasmussen poll numbers which claim 47 percent “of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance” and 52 percent disapprove. While his approval ratings have been on the upswing, those particular numbers should be taken with a grain of salt since Rasmussen’s polls Continue reading "Trump Blasts Media, Claims ‘Best Poll Numbers in a Year’"

Facebook Makes Stunning Admission on Election Meddling: ‘This Will Never Be a Solved Problem’

In a momentous development in the Facebook-Russian meddling saga, Facebook released a statement claiming that troll accounts and posts will never be completely eradicated from the social media platform. “This will never be a solved problem because we’re up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries,” Facebook said in a statement. “But we are making steady progress.” The company outlined 10 specific undertakings to prevent the spread of fake news and protect users’ privacy that they claim have been effective, including sharing intelligence with the government, collaborating with industries to improve security, and specific action against the Russian-based Internet Research Agency. “As our CEO and Founder, Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last month we need to take a broader view of our responsibilities as a company,” the statement read. “That means not just building products that help people connect – but also ensuring that they are used for good and not Continue reading "Facebook Makes Stunning Admission on Election Meddling: ‘This Will Never Be a Solved Problem’"

VP Pence on Mueller Investigation: ‘It’s Time to Wrap It Up’

Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday that it’s time for special counsel Robert Mueller to end his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, after three American detainees returned from North Korea, Pence was asked about Mueller — who is leading the probe into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Mitchell asked if Pence thought Mueller could be trusted, and whether he thought the special counsel was a “bad guy.” Pence declined to answer, instead stating that the administration has been cooperative with the probe. “Do you think this investigation is a hoax?” Mitchell pressed.

“What I think is that it’s been about a year since this investigation began,” Pence replied. “Our administration has provided over a million documents, we’ve fully cooperated in it.

“In the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up,” Continue reading "VP Pence on Mueller Investigation: ‘It’s Time to Wrap It Up’"

Dan Bongino Mocked For Wild Claim Mueller Is Investigating Trump to Protect Obama, Clinton: ‘Truly Crazy’

Dan Bongino — the former Secret Service agent turned pundit and expert on the the criminality of the Russia investigation — declared on Fox News that special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is really a “smokescreen,” manufactured to protect none other than Hillary Clinton. Bongino, a frequent Fox News guest, made the claim while appearing on Mark Levin’s Sunday night show, Life, Liberty & Levin. “Mueller’s sole purpose right now is to run a smoke screen while investigating Donald Trump, to protect Hillary and Obama and their empires,” Bongino declared. Bongino then embarked on a wild theory about the FBI raid on Michael Cohen — which would require a dimly-lit basement and a large cork Continue reading "Dan Bongino Mocked For Wild Claim Mueller Is Investigating Trump to Protect Obama, Clinton: ‘Truly Crazy’"