Russian cyber war, Trump appeasement

TIME magazine continues its excellent reporting on the Russian hacking of the U.S. election in 2016. Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say:

The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME.

In one case, investigators found there had been a manipulation of voter data in a county database but the alterations were discovered and rectified, two sources familiar with the matter tell TIME. Investigators have not identified whether the hackers in that case were Russian agents.

The fact that private data was stolen from states is separately providing investigators a previously unreported line of inquiry in the probes into Russian attempts to influence the election. In Illinois, more than 90% of the nearly 90,000 records stolen by Russian state actors contained drivers license numbers, and a quarter contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers, according to Ken Menzel, the General Counsel of the State Board of Elections.

Congressional investigators are probing whether any of this stolen private information made its way to the Trump campaign, two sources familiar with the investigations tell TIME.

“If any campaign, Trump or otherwise, used inappropriate data the questions are, How did they get it? From whom? And with what level of knowledge?” the former top Democratic staffer on the House Intelligence Committee, Michael Bahar, tells TIME. “That is a crux of the investigation.”

Spokesmen for the House and Senate Intelligence committees declined to comment on the search for stolen data.

The House Intelligence Committee plans to seek testimony this summer from Brad Parscale, the digital director of the Trump campaign, CNN reported last week. Hill investigators in February asked the White House and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all materials relating to contacts between the Trump administration, transition team and campaign had with the Russians had been preserved. Parscale did not return messages requesting comment for this story.

Both intelligence committees are looking at whether and how the intrusions could have furthered Russia’s larger strategic goals of undermining U.S. democracy, hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. During the run up to the vote, Obama Administration cyber-security officials took steps to prepare for widespread voter registration manipulation, fearing Russia might seek to cause chaos at polling places to undermine the credibility of the election. Current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials say Russia could also have tried to use stolen voter data to gain leverage over witting or unwitting accomplices in the Trump camp, by involving them in a broader conspiracy.

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Cyber-security officials testifying at the Senate hearing acknowledged for the first time the extent of the Russian effort to interfere with the election. Twenty-one states saw such intrusions last year, a senior official from the Department of Homeland Security, Jeanette Manfra, said. None of the intrusions affected the vote count itself, all the officials testified.

That has not reassured some Hill leaders. “There’s no evidence they were able to affect the counting within the machines,” says the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, Congressman Adam Schiff of California. But, he added, “the effect on the election is quite a different matter.”

The Russian efforts against state and local databases were so widespread that top Obama administration cyber-security officials assumed that by Election Day Moscow’s agents had probed all 50 states. “At first it was one state, then three, then five, then a dozen,” says Anthony Ferrante, a former FBI cybersecurity official and member of the White House team charged with preparedness and response to the cyber intrusion. At that point, says Michael Daniel, who led the White House effort to secure the vote against the Russian intrusions, “We had to assume that they actually tried to at least rattle the doorknobs on all 50, and we just happened to find them in a few of them.”

The Washington Post published a lengthy investigative report on Friday, Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault (excerpts):

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

At that point, the outlines of the Russian assault on the U.S. election were increasingly apparent. Hackers with ties to Russian intelligence services had been rummaging through Democratic Party computer networks, as well as some Republican systems, for more than a year. In July, the FBI had opened an investigation of contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. And on July 22, nearly 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee were dumped online by WikiLeaks.

But at the highest levels of government, among those responsible for managing the crisis, the first moment of true foreboding about Russia’s intentions arrived with that CIA intelligence.

The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

Over that five-month interval, the Obama administration secretly debated dozens of options for deterring or punishing Russia, including cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of CIA-gathered material that might embarrass Putin and sanctions that officials said could “crater” the Russian economy.

But in the end, in late December, Obama approved a modest package combining measures that had been drawn up to punish Russia for other issues — expulsions of 35 diplomats and the closure of two Russian compounds — with economic sanctions so narrowly targeted that even those who helped design them describe their impact as largely symbolic.

Obama also approved a previously undisclosed covert measure that authorized planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow. The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability.

In political terms, Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy. It was a case that took almost no time to solve, traced to the Kremlin through cyber-forensics and intelligence on Putin’s involvement. And yet, because of the divergent ways Obama and Trump have handled the matter, Moscow appears unlikely to face proportionate consequences.

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The post-election period has been dominated by the overlapping investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia before the election and whether the president sought to obstruct the FBI probeafterward. That spectacle has obscured the magnitude of Moscow’s attempt to hijack a precious and now vulnerable-seeming American democratic process.

Beset by allegations of hidden ties between his campaign and Russia, Trump has shown no inclination to revisit the matter and has denied any collusion or obstruction on his part. As a result, the expulsions and modest sanctions announced by Obama on Dec. 29 continue to stand as the United States’ most forceful response.

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The Senate this month passed a bill that would impose additional election- and Ukraine-related sanctions on Moscow and limit Trump’s ability to lift them. The measure requires House approval, however, and Trump’s signature.

This account of the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s interference is based on interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments, and U.S. intelligence services. Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.

And this is just from the introduction of the report. The Post goes into a deep-dive investigation of the tick-tock of how this unfolded.

Here is a key passage of details that have been previously reported:

In early September, Johnson, Comey and Monaco arrived on Capitol Hill in a caravan of black SUVs for a meeting with 12 key members of Congress, including the leadership of both parties.

The meeting devolved into a partisan squabble.

“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.

So once again, evil GOP bastard Mitch McConnell is at the center of the controversy. The man who has destroyed the Senate, the man who undermined the Constitution with a blockade of judicial nominees, the man who is hellbent on destroying health care in America in secret, is also the man who prevented a forceful response to Russian interference in the U.S. election. McConnell always puts partisan politics ahead of his country. He is the worst of what America represents.

And then there is Donald Trump, who made it a central theme of his campaign to undermine confidence in the election results by constantly asserting that the election is rigged, asserting and implying that the Obama administration would rig the election for Hillary Clinton. Trump also encouraged the Russians to hack his Democratic opponent, and for Wikileaks to release information the Russians hacked. Numerous members of the Trump campaign team had unusual contacts with the Russians. Vladimir Putin could not have dreamed of a more compliant puppet to parrot his plan to undermine confidence in the American electoral system than Donald Trump. Putin pulled the strings and his puppet happily danced for him. If you are looking for “collusion,” this was collusion hiding in plain sight.

Up until the publication of this Post report, Trump was the last remaining individual in America who continued to dismiss the unanimous position of U.S. intelligence agencies of Russian interference in the U.S. election as a “hoax.”

Trump is now promoting “alternative facts” in an attempt to create an alternate reality in which he seeks to redefine the meanings of “collusion” and “obstruction.” He is a pre-pubescent man-child whose intellectual development retarded at “I know you are, but what am I?” and “I’m rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.” This is a classic case of psychological projection.

Steve Benen reports that Donald Trump responded to the Post’s reporting in a rather amazing way during one of his many Fox News interviews. Trump blames Obama for Russian attack he doesn’t believe happened:

“Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. But nobody wants to talk about that. The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even – before the election…. It’s an amazing thing. To me – in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn’t he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don’t read that. It’s quite sad.”

The president also had a pair of tweets on the subject over the weekend, arguing the Obama administration knew about “election meddling by Russia,” but “did nothing about it.” Trump, who now apparently refers to himself in a first-person-and-first-letter way, added, “Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T!”

Even by 2017 standards, this is astonishingly foolish.

First, to argue that the Obama administration did “nothing” in response to the Russian attack is plainly wrong – Trump may have heard something about Obama imposing new sanctions on Russia that the Trump administration has thought about lifting – and contradicted by the Washington Post article the president is only pretending to have read.

Second, as recently as last week, just a few days before the Fox interview, Trump denied that Russia intervened in the American election, dismissing the allegations as a “hoax” concocted by Democrats. Now he’s saying the intervention did happen, and it was up to Obama to stop Trump’s foreign benefactors’ crimes.

If the Republican president is going to sound coherent on the subject, he should probably make up his mind, because this is getting a little silly. Trump used to argue that Russia didn’t interfere in the election; then he argued that Russia may have interfered, but it didn’t matter; then he argued that it may have mattered, but the Trump campaign didn’t cooperate with the Russian crimes; then he went back to saying Russia didn’t intervene at all, only to say a few days later that Russia did intervene, and Obama deserves the blame.

Third, if Trump is going to blame Obama and his team for not responding aggressively enough, he might also want to have a chat with congressional Republican leaders – who were notified and who refused to take the matter seriously.

Fourth, given that the Russia attack on our election was the most important attack on the United States since 9/11 – a point made clear by the Washington Post article the president is responding to – why in the world has Trump taken no action in response to the intervention he now admits happened?

And finally, for all the love of all that is good in the world, why is Trump saying he “just heard today” about this “for the first time”? Sure, the amateur president has a steep learning curve, and he appears to struggle to keep up with current events. But Americans have known for a while about the Obama White House’s challenges in responding to the Russian attack last year. Unless he daydreamed through every intelligence briefing he’s received, Trump has been notified about the details more than once, and didn’t need the Washington Post’s reporting to shed light on the subject.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard Trump say he’s “just” learned something the rest of us have known for months. Not to put too fine a point on this, but when the president resembles a low-information voter, there’s a problem.

The critical point is that the Trump administration has done nothing to counter the Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections and to possibly manipulate election results.

Instead, Trump has sought to discredit the intelligence agencies and their conclusions about Russian interference in our elections, and he has sought to smear former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller for investigating his campaign’s possible collusion with the Russians. And as always, he has followed a pattern of deny, deflect and blame others, especially President Obama.

The Time and Post articles make clear that the Russians have the capacity to disrupt our elections on a much broader scale. But the Trump administration is disinterested in taking any actions to stop this from occurring. We are in a cyber war with Russia, and what we are getting from the Trump administration is appeasement.

32 responses to “Russian cyber war, Trump appeasement

  1. I recommend re watching election night coverage. there was nothing about collusion, only about why hillary clinton was losing. you want it to be about collusion so you don’t have to address democratic party’s failures. not that almost as many voters hated hillary.nancy pelosi and elitist liberals. only in california was hillary less hated by the voters then trump. in the other 49 states she and nancy were more hated. see recent georgia 6 race where democrat donor money hurt our candidate as south carolina race with out donor money are candidate did better as pelosi wasn’t a factor. its more fun to talk about trumps’s latest sexist tweet then address why most white voters hate liberal democrats.

  2. ““The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.”

    Of course the democrats wanted to announce it. Like the Russians, they want nothing more than to sap confidence in this election. Anything that will help undermine Trump is A-OK with them and will receive their support.

    “So once again, evil GOP bastard Mitch McConnell is at the center of the controversy. He is the worst of what America represents.”

    No, he’s not. But I can see that he could be the focus of your rage as you see all those things you were so certain were going to destroy Trump slowly but surely disappear like so many wisps of smoke before your very eyes. That sense of helplessness and impotence you feel about getting Trump has to make you so angry that you could just spit nails. Heck, if Trump would stop twittering, you woulddn’t have anything to feed your rage. So, McConnell easily becomes a surrogate for your anger. It is not justified, but it is all you have.

    Let’s face it, the reason everyone missed the extent to which Russians were trying to hack our election process was you all were so busy trying to nail Trump for colluding with the Russians in hacking the democrats. It didn’t happen, but you democrats were so certain it did that you squandered many weeks and millions of dollars trying to prove it did. Now you are starting to see what really happened, and are seeking to find a way to make everyone forget how you wasted time and money on an embarrassing wild goose chase.

    “The critical point is that the Trump administration has done nothing to counter the Russian efforts to interfere in U.S. elections and to possibly manipulate election results.”

    Yes, let us forget how very little Obama did when it was actually going on!! Don’t think about the fact that Trump only came into power after the election. Let us all focus on the critical point that some how, some way, this is Trumps fault. Don’t peek behind the curtain! Don’t look into the matter! Just take my word for it…

    We are in a cyber war with Russia, and what we are getting from the Trump administration is appeasement.”

    And if the President announced we were doing things in preparation for combatting our enemies in a cyber war, you would – rightly so – condemn him for running his mouth and giving away secrets. For this type of warfare, you don’t know it is going on. Of course, if it is, give it a little time and one of your democrat cohort will find out about it will spill their guts in the hope of embarrassing Trump in some manner. After all, Senator “Leaky” Leahy didn’t get his reputation by knowing how to keep secrets.

  3. van jones of cnn admits russian collusion with trump is a nothing burgher! see on DU.

    • For Sure Not Tom

      Van Jones has been saying this for awhile now, this is old news.

      Van Jones is one of the people saying we should focus on the economy and jobs, just like you do, Captain, and forget about the election.

      Van Jones wants to win elections, and he’s not wrong, however….

      My employer is too big to fail, and we’re attacked by Russia, China, organized crime, and terrorists, all day and all night.

      But we’re a corporation, not a country. This time America was attacked, our election was attacked, and so were the elections in other countries.

      We need to stop Russia and defend ourselves or this will only get worse.

      • That’s interesting, Tom. You have written several responses without once mentioning Trump. Have you come to your senses and realized there is no Trump involvement, or are just taking a break?

  4. update trumps wants amazon to pay their fair share in taxes to stop them from destroying sales jobs which is costing workers millions of jobs. clintonista corporate democrats say but rich internet donors is where we get are money to hold off sanders wing of the party!

    • For Sure Not Tom

      You are referring to Trump’s tweet from this morning:

      “The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!”

      First, there is no such thing as an “internet tax”.

      Internet sales should include local/state sales tax, but that’s not what Trump is doing.

      He’s doing a pre-emptive strike against upcoming reporting from the Washington Post that he’s worried about, and he’s making a threat against Bezos.

      Please do not applaud twitter threats and please do not applaud attacks on the First Amendment and the free press.

      • there should be an internet tax. local businesses not only pay sales tax but property taxes school taxes unemployment taxes for workers put out of a job by amazon. workers also pay taxes. internet tax sent to cities and states to help defray these lost taxes and make retail stores more competitive. democrats should not be helping people loose their jobs. only corporate third way democrats want to do that. democrats should run on saving retail jobs in 2018. then maybe voters will think democratic party is for them and not amazon!

        • For Sure Not Tom

          You have the right motivations, Captain, we should collect local/state taxes form online sales.

          BenedictDonald does not think the way you do. He’s making threats against the free press and the First Amendment.

          Don’t mistake fascism for a noble cause.

      • Oops! I spoke too soon. Somehow I missed this one. Good for you, Tom. Never admit defeat…even when it makes you look foolish. You realize that the only thing that keeps you going is Trump and his silly tweets. If he stopped podting them, you would have nothing to pin your hopes on.

  5. latest update cnn has acknowledge that producer works for them who said jeff zuker wants collusion coverage to b pushed not for news ;but for ratings! ratings increase for cnn comes from clintonista distraught over election loss and want to see collusion coverage. sounds like somebody here! azbm turns to msdnc when cnn goes away from collusion story costing cnn $$$! also cnn executives were upset that sen chris murphy d-conn. came on and said citizens he talks to worried about economy and losing white collar jobs to the internet not russian collusion and democrats should not be wasting time on collusion. that type of comments cost ratings and$$$. reporters must be more careful so they don’t get comments like that put on the air.

  6. Sen. John Kavanagh

    The only facts present in this post are that while Russia MAY have wanted to hack into America’s election voting system to rig the election, there is no evidence that the they succeeded and some people, maybe Russian maybe not, hacked into the DNC computer and stole and distributed embarrassing and truthful emails.
    The article is full of hedge words and undisclosed sources. It is smoke without fire.

    Messing with elections and stealing emails is serious business and deserves better analysis than political spin and Democrat speculation and wishing.

    • question for you kavanaugh. how many arizona citizens have been prevented from voting arizona republican party?

    • For Sure Not Tom

      You clearly do not know what “hacking” means.

      The most effective form of computer hacking is not breaking code and finding software backdoors.

      The most effective form of computer hacking is and has always been social engineering.

      You should not speak to issues that you do not understand, you are not an information security professional.

      Putin did “hack” the US election, and the elections of several other countries. This is not in doubt.

      But don’t take my word for it, ask the 16 US intelligence agencies and the intelligence agencies of Germany, the UK, Israel, and Australia.

      Ironic, isn’t it? You, John Kavanagh, by definition, are spreading fake news.

      • Sen. John Kavanagh

        The important point was stated in this post, “None of the intrusions affected the vote count itself, all the officials testified.” Hillary still lost.

        And by social engineering, I assume you meant the way DNC Chief Dave Podesta was the victim of phishing. I get it. You really need to stop being so picky.

        • Frances Perkins

          2.9 million votes to the good were not wrong. Any other place on earth with a functioning democracy, Clinton would have won a huge victory. Here with a race based “compromise” with slave states 230 years ago we have two stolen elections in 16 years.

          • Frances, why don’t you put that one note drum away because nobody is listetning. The issue is settled and of no consequence. If it isn’t what we want, we simply have to change the Constitution. So stop whining and do something to make a difference.

          • Frances Perkins

            I work hard everyday assisting in making our public school students more successful. I do not spend the time you do writing 800 word responses. There are probably over 60 million people who thing this “election” by a minority candidate is wrong.

        • For Sure Not Tom

          Hillary did lose, and I can’t stand Hillary, but I’ll give you some credit.

          “There’s no evidence they were able to affect the counting within the machines,” says the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, Congressman Adam Schiff of California. But, he added, “the effect on the election is quite a different matter.”

          The “effect on the election” he’s speaking about is the millions of Russian bots and sock puppets that were targeting FaceBook and Twitter feeds in swing counties while leaving solid Dem counties unmolested.

          There is no doubt that “fake news” played a part in 2016, it was mostly aimed at conservatives. And Putin did the same thing in other countries as well.

          So you’re correct, based on AZ’s post, that there is no evidence that the ballot box was affected, but that’s not the whole story.

          I see GEO’s stock going up like a rocket, your owners are happy, but this “no big deal” attitude” by the entire GOP in regards to a Russian attack on America is disturbing. Please at least pretend to be outraged.

          You are all traitors to America for putting party over country.

          • Sen. John Kavanagh

            Maybe Rs would be more supportive of the Russian inquiry had the Ds not turned it into a Trump witch hunt. In addition, when no evidence that Trump was involved surfaced, Ds then pushed to divert the investigation away from the Russians and into obstruction of justice claims. It is obvious that for many Ds, it about getting Trump and not dealing with Russian hacking. It has become far too political.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            R’s always blame politics anytime they’re on the losing side of an issue. Russia attempted to hack Arizona as well, and you don’t seem to care.

            From USAToday, 8/29/16
            “Matt Roberts, a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, said state authorities were notified last month by the FBI of the suspected hack, when it was discovered the username and password of a county election official were being circulated online.

            The Arizona system was shut down for several days, Roberts said, but there was no evidence that any information related to the 3.4 million voters in the database was compromised.

            Roberts said authorities believe the source of the attempted intrusion was a Russian hacker.”

            Don’t you represent Arizonans? Why aren’t you demanding action against Russia? They attacked our state.

            Please don’t say “because it didn’t work”. It didn’t work this time, it may next.

            And if I try to shoot someone, but I have poor aim, are you going to let me walk because “it didn’t work”?

            You’re a traitor to America and Arizona.

          • Sen. John Kavanagh

            How about commenting on my comment?

          • For Sure Not Tom

            I thought I did. How about you show the slightest bit of outrage at Russia by order or Putin attacking Arizona’s voting systems?

            How about you demand action to prevent another attack in the future?

            Where’s your patriotism?

            Look, I’ve been thinking, and I’ll give you and ThuckHead and Steve the benefit of doubt in the Russia/Trump case for awhile, because I drop in on Fox News/Beck/Jones/Breitbart/VDare/TheDailyStormer/etc., from time to time, and I know you’re not getting the whole story.

            You know more and more Republicans are coming out and saying there’s something to the collusion story, and there passing laws in the Senate and Congress limiting how much Trump can give away to his boyfriend Putin.

            Eventually even the right wing media will need to tell you the whole story, and we’ll remember whose side you were on, Comrade Kavanagh.

            Traitor.

          • “Look, I’ve been thinking, and I’ll give you and ThuckHead and Steve the benefit of doubt in the Russia/Trump case for awhile…I know you’re not getting the whole story.”

            Oh Please, spare me your condescension, Tom. You are laying off of Trump and the Russians because you are finally beginning to realize there is nothing there.

            I have told you before, I don’t watch Fox News and I have no idea what they have to say on the subject, but I would bet that whatever they have to say it is far more accurate than CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and all the other sources you like to use.

            “Traitor.”

            Tom, I fear you wouldn’t know a traitor if he was wearing a sign around his neck. Given your propensity for throwing the word around, I don’t think you actually know what it means.

          • Sen. John Kavanagh

            Of course it is an outrage and approaches an act of war. I support a full investigation, prosecutions and corrective measures. But the left needs to stop talking about Trump collusion, when an exhaustive investigation has found no such thing. Diverting the investigation and discussions to fake collusion distracts from the real work that needs to be done to protect America.

          • For Sure Not Tom

            What exhaustive investigation are you referring to?

            I know there are multiple investigations ongoing, by multiple intelligence agencies, the Senate and Congress, which one are you talking about?

            The WSJ, hardly a leftist news source, published an article just yesterday showing possible collusion through an associate of the traitor Michael Flynn.

            You elected the King of the Birthers, a reality TV game show host, and convicted money launderer, a man calls people names and makes idle threats over twitter like a 7th grader, brags about molesting married women, and you think everything is a leftist plot.

            Isn’t it possible you elected a con man?

        • Sen. John Kavanagh

          I am referring to all of the investigations and they all turned up nothing but you know that.

  7. Frances Perkins

    The White House occupant is so obviously incompetent and brain dead, even those who use him for their own purposes know it.

    • For Sure Not Tom

      For those people who doubt Frances Perkins “incompetent and brain dead” comment is true, I present the words of the man himself:

      https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

      Some days he incriminates himself, some days he contradicts himself, some days he just throws temper tantrums like a two year old, and some days he threatens people and calls people names.

      Name calling on Twitter, such a “tough guy”.

      He’s either mentally unsound or we elected a petulant 7th grader.

  8. update on media collusion. cnn executives must now clear any story about russia / trump election collusion. seems media is getting nervous about pushing fake news about collusion.

  9. we know citizens were prevented from voting or given provisional ballots. to say no votes were altered is a not the question(though I question that votes were not altered) if you can’t vote the election was altered. as thom hartman has said on his show democrat party is afraid their voters won’t come out to vote if they think their votes won’t be counted. by the way 3 cnn news hacks had to resign over phony stories on trump/russian collusion. voter registration sabotage is the real story. the next shoe to drop will be mail in ballots shenanigans!

  10. Frances Perkins

    There is nothing to see, and if there is, it’s Obama’s fault. Now, how about us getting together at that country club on Long Island. We can discuss my debt to Russian oligarchs in secret there.