"To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1," the recording begins, in Russian and English. Press 2 "to use the services of Russian hackers," and 3 "to request election interference."
"The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi*mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.
The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.
Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.
Prince was an avid supporter of Trump who gave $250,000 last year to support the GOP nominee’s campaign, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.
U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment."
“The FBI is planning to create a special section based at its Washington headquarters to co-ordinate its investigation of Russian activities designed to influence the 2016 presidential election,” the Financial Times reports.
“The move, a sign of how seriously the bureau is taking allegations of Russian meddling in American politics, is also aimed at giving FBI director James Comey greater visibility into the investigation’s granular details.”
Said one FBI agent: “It’s meant to surge resources.”
Post by therealcomicman117 on Apr 6, 2017 14:16:11 GMT
He's being replaced by Gowdy, not exactly a huge step-up, but hey will take what we can. However something is definitely happening, if the FBI managed to get Nunes to step-down.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will temporarily step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
The probe will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)
Post by therealcomicman117 on Apr 7, 2017 5:22:24 GMT
Just as he attempts to improve his approval rating, more negative news related to Trump suddenly appear. I swear this administration has the worse memory when it comes to Russia related activities. Gee why I wonder why?
"When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose all encounters with foreign government officials over the last seven years.
But Mr. Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, arranged at Mr. Kislyak’s behest."
Let's have a gander at your exceedingly helpful rhetoric, shall we?
-Actually, it's more likely he wants to improve our relations with Russia, so he can make his master er... buddy Putin, happy. -Also, what would your reaction be if it was proven that Russia was blackmailing Trump, and he was a Putin stooge? -People are scared of Trump's connections to Russia because of his seemingly too overly buddy buddy relationship with Putin, to the point where he won't even insult the man, despite the fact that he has no issue with insulting every other world leader. -Putin and Trump's relationship is absolutely weird and bizarre, at the very least. -Also if Trump were to basically be revealed to be a puppet, that would be a huge slap in the face to democracy in the U.S., you don't care about that? Plus it would further the conflict between U.S. and Russia. -And the Trump / Russia thing relationship has nothing to do with the middle east (Trump's already planning an attack on Iran for money & oil, that has nothing to do with Putin, but hey at least he's "better" than Obama, right). It's all about lifting those sanctions in Ukraine. -We shouldn't let someone under FBI investigation fill a Supreme Court vacancy until we're sure he's not a Putin puppet. -Also, Trump being a traitor and puppet to Putin -Trump being a Russian spy/traitor -Our supposed "traitor in chief"
Kyle really hit the nail on the head with that video. After yesterday's events, people need to stop holding on to this whole conspiracy theory of Trump being Putin's puppet. It was fucking dumb to begin with, and it'd be especially dumb to do now. I hope Gabbard runs for 2020, because I think she'd have an easy win over Trump. I could see her checking a lot of boxes for people from both sides.