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Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I guess it is not a surprise, but Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker reports that Trump advisers turned the White House upside-down looking for information to justify Trump’s crazy “Obama spied on me” tweet. Key graf: The intelligence source told me that he knows, “from talking to people in the intelligence community,” that “the White House said, ‘We are going … Read More

Nunes Recuses Himself From Trump-Russia Investigation And Lies About Why

Ken AshfordL'Affaire RusseLeave a Comment

So the bombshell this morning? House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes dismisses himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. Obviously, it relates to his difficulty being impartial and running defense for the executive branch. In a petty statement, Nunes said: Nope. it has nothing to do with leftwing activist groups filing accusations.  The accusation exist and the House Ethics Committee seems to … Read More

Bannon On The Run

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Steve Bannon has more free time: President Donald Trump has removed Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, from the National Security Council, according to a filing in the federal registry. A top White House official told NBC News that Bannon was put on the NSC’s Principals’ Committee only as a check against then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Now that Flynn is … Read More

Yeah, I Admit That I Just Emailed Rachel Maddow

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

I know you get a lot of email, which means I only have a few seconds to grab your interest.  Here I go… WHY AREN’T YOU DOING A COMPLETE SHOW ON EZRA COHEN-WATKINS? Let me bullet-point it for you: Reminder: ECW is the 30-year-old White House aide — the NSC’s senior director of intelligence who started his own ‘review’ of surveillance intercepts of … Read More

Wow! Fox News And The White House Are Going Full Bore On This Susan Rice Thing!

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & Administration, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

It is amazing how the goalposts have moved from Trump’s initial tweets on March 10.  Let’s look at them again: Okay. So Obama has now become Susan Rice, Obama’s National Security Adviser. “Wiretap” has become “names unmasked”. “Trump” and “Trump Tower”, the object(s) of the supposed “wiretap(p)”, is not Trump associates. But other than those things — Trump was 100% … Read More

When Doing Something Legal Is A Scandal

Ken AshfordElection 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So let’s recap two of Trump’s tweets this morning: .@FoxNews from multiple sources: “There was electronic surveillance of Trump, and people close to Trump. This is unprecedented.” @FBI — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017 Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends. “Spied on before nomination.” The real story. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) … Read More

Some Leaks Are Illegal; Ours Aren’t

Ken AshfordCongress, L'Affaire Russe, Political ScandalsLeave a Comment

At a press conference today, House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes gave the following statement: At our open hearing on Monday, I encouraged anyone who has information about relevant topics—including surveillance on President-elect Trump or his transition team—to come forward and speak to the House Intelligence Committee. I also said that, while there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower, … Read More

Take Him At His Word

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The right wing Washington Times reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that President Trump has access to information and intelligence others do not and that “credible news sources” suggested there might be more to look into, after Mr. Trump accused former President Barack Obama over the weekend of tapping phones in Trump Tower during last year’s campaign. “Well, … Read More

The Trump-Russia Connection

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

With a line that runs through newly confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a Donald Trump deal worth tens of millions of dollars.  It’s long (Rachel tends to baby-step us through things) but thought-provoking. At the end of the day, I have to ask…. so what?  Any illegalities?  It might … Read More

Last Night’s Bombshell: Trump Campaign Advisers Talked With Russia Throughout The Campaign

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The New York Times broke the story at 9:11 pm EST. (Obviously, the story is longer than that). The first two paragraphs are the bombshell; the third one there is an important caveat. In some ways, it is not news — in a largely ignored story from November, CNN reported that Russia said it was in contact with Trump campaign … Read More

Lot Of Hypocrisy About Leaks

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Political Scandals, Russia, Trump & Administration, White House Secrecy, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

The Pentagon Papers was a leak from Daniel Ellsberg. It helped de-legitimize the Vietnam War. Deep Throat was Mark Felt, a top FBI official. He gave Woodward and Bernstein the deep background on the Watergate scandal. Edward Snowden leaked information about US government surveillance programs. Chelsea Manning leaked documents and video relating to Iraqi air strikes, diplomatic cables, and Gitmo, … Read More