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Nigel Farage 'named as person of interest' in FBI investigation into links between Russia and Trump




Donald Trump looks on as Nigel Farage speaks for him at a 2016 campaign event Getty


Nigel Farage is reportedly being treated as a "person of interest" in the FBI's investigation into alleged links between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia.



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The former Ukip politician has been drawn into the probe because of his relationships with Mr Trump's aides and Julian Assange, the Guardian reports.

“One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved,” a source told the newspaper.


“He’s right in the middle of these relationships


. He turns up over and over again. There’s a lot of attention being paid to him.”

​​Being a “person of interest” in the ongoing probe does not infer wrongdoing, and is used to describe people who have information that can assist an investigation.

The FBI declined to comment when contacted by The Independent.



http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nigel-farage-russia-investigation-fbi-person-of-interest-donald-trump-intelligence-information-a7766926.html


The Wikileaks connection?

Putins web stretches far and wide.

Trump Exempts Entire Senior Staff From White House Ethics Rules

President Donald Trump has exempted his entire senior staff from provisions of his own ethics rules to allow them to work with political and advocacy groups that support the administration.
Staffers given a pass on those rules include White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who has the green light to communicate and meet with “political, advocacy, trade, or non-profit organizations” that formerly employed her consulting firm, despite ethics rules that would otherwise bar work with former clients.
Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon also received a waiver to the rules as part of a blanket exemption for all White House appointees allowing them to communicate with the press. His reported discussions with former colleagues at the pro-Trump site Breitbart News, which Bannon chaired until last year, had raised red flags among ethics watchdogs.


Bannon and Conway will both be free to work with a network of political groups backed by the wealthy Mercer family, which was integral to Trump’s victory last year and continues to support his agenda as president.
The White House on Wednesday released a list of waivers to the ethics pledge imposed by a January executive order on all administration nominees and appointees. It agreed to do so only after a pointed exchange with federal ethics officials over the scope of their oversight authority.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-exempts-entire-senior-staff-from-white-house-ethics-rules


If there is anyone in our entire government who can put the brakes on this asshole, they'd better act quickly.

"Too Czmart for His Own Good" - Slate

Like the proverbial dog chasing after a car, Putin has long tried to interfere in the political life of rival countries whether by seeking to buy off politicians or by using clumsily designed disinformation campaigns to move the discourse in a more pro-Putin direction. Though a victory by Donald Trump in 2016 might have seemed unlikely, Putin presumably thought it would be worth his while to take Hillary Clinton down a peg or two regardless of the outcome of the election. When Trump actually won, well, the dog finally caught the car. So, how well has Putin’s maneuvering worked out for him and for Russia?

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To many, the answer is obvious: This has been an absurdly successful gambit. There is a widespread fear in Europe that the Trump presidency has already damaged NATO, which in turn has created an enormous opportunity for Putin’s Russia. This is not at all a ridiculous notion. As someone who has long believed that the U.S. ought to increase its defense budget to counter the Russian threat, I take it very seriously.

But let’s consider the possibility that Putin has made a terrible mistake.

Just a few years ago, Mitt Romney was widely ridiculed for claiming that Russia was America’s chief geopolitical adversary. The notion that the U.S. ought to redouble its efforts to counter Russian aggression and to shore up the NATO alliance was seen by many as an anachronism—a throwback to Cold War–era thinking that had no place in the 21st century. During his first term as president, Barack Obama sought to “reset” relations with Putin’s Russia by, among other things, dropping plans to deploy a missile defense shield to protect U.S. allies in Eastern Europe and agreeing to an arms control agreement that was frankly a much better deal for Russia than it was for the U.S. At a summit in Seoul in March 2012, in an exchange not intended for public consumption, Obama assured his Russian counterpart, then-President Dmitry Medvedev, that he might be willing to go even further in accommodating Russia’s interests, but that he needed some breathing room as he ran for his second term. “This is my last election,” Obama explained. “After my election, I have more flexibility.”

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Suffice it to say, Obama soon realized that Romney had a point. Shortly after Putin returned to the presidency, he embarked on a series of astonishingly aggressive moves, including but not limited to the invasion and annexation of Crimea; using “little green men” special operations forces to bolster ragtag pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine; launching a massive intervention on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria, partly as an opportunity to show off its new military hardware; and stepping up its efforts to threaten and intimidate the Baltic states. Whereas anti-Russian sentiment was once concentrated among GOP hawks, Democratic foreign policy thinkers, including those surrounding Hillary Clinton, started talking tougher about Putin. Then after Clinton’s defeat in November, the Democratic Party as a whole truly caught anti-Russia fever "

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The "gay Putin clown meme" is now banned in Russia.
Fuck the homophobic bastard.




http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/05/vladimir_putin_may_look_like_a_genius_for_aligning_himself_with_donald_trump.html


Norman Mailer forsees Trump...







"Unmasking" Supoenas Issued with Flynn, Cohhen Supoenas (Nunes!)



The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas Wednesday as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, four of them related to the Russia probe — and three about any "unmasking" of Trump associates by Obama officials.

According to a congressional source, the three subpoenas related to unmasking were seeking information on any unmasking requests by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.

Democrats on the committee say they were not consulted on the unmasking subpoenas. "If the reports are accurate," said a senior aide to a committee Democrat, "subpoenas related to the 'unmasking' issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the Committee's Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the Minority's agreement. Any prior requests for information would have been undertaken without the Minority's knowledge."

A Republican committee source, however, told NBC News that Democrats were "informed and consulted about [the subpoenas] beforehand in accordance with committee rules."

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/house-subpoenas-flynn-cohen-unmasking-requests-obama-trio-n766861

What the ACTUAL HELL kind of shit is this?

How is Nunes doing ANYTHING on the intel committee now???



Putin echoes Trump, Nunes lines on U.S. Russia investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have adopted President Trump’s rhetoric about the ongoing probes on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it “fiction” and accusing the Democrats of inventing the allegations because they are still bitter about losing.

The Kremlin leader told Le Figaro, a French newspaper, that the allegations were inspired by the “desire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Putin also repeated his firm denial of Russian involvement with the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee — hacks that negatively impacted the Democrats in the election.
“They want to explain to themselves and prove to others that they had nothing to do with it, their policy was right, they have done everything well, but someone from the outside cheated them,” Putin told the paper. “It’s not so. They simply lost, and they must acknowledge it.”


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335726-putin-echoes-trump-nunes-lines-on-us-russia-investigation





MSNBC Analyst SHOCKS Host By Insisting Jared Kushner Is A Russian Agent [VIDEO]

Jamali insisted that Kushner’s request, which was ultimately not implemented, leads to only one conclusion: “This man was either a Russian agent, either aspiring to be a Russian agent or was in fact a Russian agent.”

“You think Jared Kushner was a Russian agent?” Ruhle asked incredulously.

“Absolutely,” Jamali responded.


THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!!



http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/29/msnbc-analyst-shocks-host-by-insisting-jared-kushner-is-a-russian-agent-video/





Video at link.

At least someone isn't afraid to state the obvious.





Yusuf Islam









Jared Kushners Beleaguered Tenants

... "Bibi was an IDF Special Forces commando, while Obama was a community organizer,” Mr. Trump tweeted about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in 2014. And, earlier that year: “America is at a great disadvantage. Putin is ex-KGB, Obama is a community organizer. Unfair.”

The idea of working with little pay and no fanfare to make people’s struggles less onerous is a sucker’s game for Mr. Trump and his cohort. When members of Team Trump play, they are never the sucker. They exploit foreclosures, promote legislation to benefit themselves, stiff workers and contractors and create multimillion-dollar scams.

For the past few years, Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, who is now in charge of vital parts of the president’s agenda, has been a landlord of often decrepit low-income housing. His subordinates aggressively sue tenants for the smallest infractions despite ignoring maintenance needs, and they pursue judgments even when the tenant seems to have been in the right. While landlord-tenant disputes are hardly new, tenants in Kushner complexes have complained that the company used legal action to hound them on thin or specious grounds.

Since 2011, subsidiaries of Kushner Companies, the family real estate business Mr. Kushner ran until January, bought 20,000 apartments in 34 complexes in Maryland, Ohio and New Jersey. An investigation for The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, by Alec MacGillis, found that one major Kushner subsidiary, JK2 Westminster, had 548 cases on file against Maryland tenants. Hundreds of other cases have been filed there by individual Kushner apartment complexes."

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/opinion/jared-kushner-poor-tenants-legal-nemesis.html?referer=https://www.google.com/


A chip right off of daddy - in - laws tiny block.









Russia suppports "Populist" candidates across the globe

WASHINGTON
Moscow is encouraging a wave of populism that extends from the election of President-elect Donald Trump through Brexit and rise of nationalist politics in France and Germany to bring about “real security threats to Europe,” according to a report in a new NATO journal....

The piece makes the case that a strong EU is important to European support for NATO, and is vital to strong European security. And this, the piece argues, is the root of Russian efforts to encourage popular dissatisfaction.

If there is one crucial lesson in the current discussions about Russia’s way of war — whether we call it hybrid, non-linear or asymmetric — it is that conflict in the twenty-first century is just as much fought in the realms of politics, morale, economics and governance as on the battlefield,” he wrote. “Especially as it faces the loss of the United Kingdom — with Europe’s biggest military budget — the EU needs to focus on two, parallel priorities: firstly, increased ‘non-kinetic’ security, improving common counter-intelligence and financial and political protection measures; secondly, encouraging member states to devote adequate resources to their own national militaries. However, if the EU breaks apart or simply pales into irrelevance, then individual nations will in the main be far less willing and able to address these needs.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article125396679.html#storylink=cpy


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article125396679.html










Two thumbs up -

America's ass.






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