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Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:12 PM

FBI Official Wont Say Whether Trump Acted As an

“Unwitting Agent” for Russia

A top FBI official investigating the Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 election would not say Wednesday whether President Donald Trump acted as an “unwitting agent” of the Kremlin during his presidential campaign.

Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, testified before the Senate intelligence committee that Moscow “employed a multifaceted approach intended to undermine confidence in our democratic process,” including efforts to “discredit” Hillary Clinton and help elect Trump.

Citing Priestap’s description of Russian efforts to “sow discord” in the United States, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) asked Priestap about the term “unwitting agent,” meaning an official duped into doing the bidding of a foreign power.
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The exchange recalled an August 2016 op-ed by former CIA Director Michael Morell endorsing Clinton. “Mr. Trump has also taken policy positions consistent with Russian, not American, interests—endorsing Russian espionage against the United States, supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea and giving a green light to a possible Russian invasion of the Baltic States,” Morrell wrote. “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/fbi-official-wont-say-whether-trump-acted-as-an-unwitting-agent-for-russia/

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Reply FBI Official Wont Say Whether Trump Acted As an (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Jun 2017 OP
Tanuki Jun 2017 #1
Achilleaze Jun 2017 #10
L. Coyote Jun 2017 #2
Arkansas Granny Jun 2017 #3
barbtries Jun 2017 #4
BadgerMom Jun 2017 #5
NewJeffCT Jun 2017 #8
bucolic_frolic Jun 2017 #6
Tommy_Carcetti Jun 2017 #7
Stuart G Jun 2017 #9
Arkansas Granny Jun 2017 #11
Turbineguy Jun 2017 #12

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:16 PM

1. Maybe he thinks Trump knew damn well who he was colluding with,

and thus could not be described as an "unwitting" agent

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Response to Tanuki (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 04:01 PM

10. + 1,000

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:19 PM

2. A "willing agent" might be closer to the truth, or at least "knowingly" an agent if blackmailed.

Who knows what they have on Trump besides sex tapes.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 01:37 PM

3. They are bound to have something on him or a really lucrative business deal that they are holding

over him. Even after the entire intelligence community has stated, unequivocally, that Russia meddled in our election, he won't acknowledge the interference. Why would a President turn a blind eye to something like that?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 02:04 PM

4. my opinion, he is not unwitting here.

he's all in.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 03:23 PM

5. This

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Response to barbtries (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 03:36 PM

8. I think so

I keep expecting Trump to tweet out that something along the lines of Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" -
Cruise makes some good points and asks Nicholson if he ordered the Code Red, and then after Nicholson gives his infamous "you can't handle the truth" speech, Tom Cruise asks him again if he ordered the Code Red and Nicholson says, "you're Goddamned right I did!"

I am waiting for that tweet "You're goddamned right I ordered Flynn to work with Russia!"

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 03:31 PM

6. "Russia, hack my opponent" is not exactly unwitting or unwilling

i'd call it pretty explicit

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 03:34 PM

7. I guess you could ask him yourself.



And shortly afterwards.....

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 03:57 PM

9. As has been pointed out.....Trump will go down...

He is a stupid clown,
And I won't frown,
When, he ain't around....

thank you....

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 04:05 PM

11. Ooh, you're a poet and didn't know it,

but your feet show it 'cause they're Longfellows.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Jun 21, 2017, 04:12 PM

12. Unwitting?

A 71 year old man who grew up during the Cold War? If anything he should have been accused of being overly cautious.

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