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The Shearing of Hair Trompf (8)

June 25, 2017

Oh.  Now they tell us.

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. (Miller, Nakashima, Entous in WaPo)

My eyes have been bad again, so I haven’t kept up; but this is MUST READ / All Eyes. And in case you missed it, don’t miss this embedded “graphics” time table.

Our democracy and our national sovereignty have come under attack. Who is going to insist that we respond with appropriate seriousness and magnitude?

And if our President is not one of them, is he aiding an enemy nation? Or giving comfort to its ex-KGB leader? At the least, is he so lax in his protection of our nation that he should be replaced—as in, right away? And how might the members of the national Intelligence Community feel about such presidential laxness? Let’s hope that, whatever Trompf is saying, or not saying, publicly, in secret he is taking action in our defense.

Officials described the president’s reaction as grave. Obama “was deeply concerned and wanted as much information as fast as possible,” a former official said. “He wanted the entire intelligence community all over this.”

****But wait just a goll darned minute!  This is not the first time that our democracy, specifically our electoral system, has come under mortal attack.  The Republican Party has been attacking it for decades.****

6-24  Here’s the Trompf response to the situation, so far, at least in public. (But for T the “public,” his audience, is always his base; no one else matters to him.) / WaPo on another part of T’s response to the situation.  / But here’s a thought: How do the Europeans counter Russian weaponized alt-information? 6-25  And now it’s Jared again, and a German bank suspected of money-laundering. / Trompf continues to attack mueller, and a T-support PAC, “Great America Alliance,” begins airing an ad attacking M and the investigation.  6-26  We know that Russia is planning to attack us again.

And yet, in an important segment, NBC News recently reported that the Trump administration has taken “little meaningful action to prevent Russian hacking, leaking and disruption in the next national election in 2018.” NBC News reported on “an urgent warning from government officials and outside experts” that is being telegraphed to the White House that “the U.S. may not be ready to stop Russia” from “interfering in our next election.” Experts quoted by NBC News said the United States needs to better coordinate with tech companies to blunt three expected Russian attacks, which reprise efforts that were made last time: the spreading of fake news; the hacking of embarrassing information about candidates; and attempted cyberattacks on election databases. Yet NBC News reports: “Dozens of state officials told NBC News they have received little direction from Washington about election security.” (Waldman in WaPo)

Is T neglecting to protect us from Russian interference because he expects it to help Republicans?  6-27 What it is (at this point) abt Kushner that investigators find interesting.  6-28  Waldman on how big the investigation could get, and why.  6-30/7-1 There’s more reason to suspect T campaign of nefarious actions to undermine the Clinton candidacy, including possible collusion with Russians; JM helps understand, here, and here, why this is big.  7-3 Flynn, Stone, Kushner, Trompf, Russia. / More on Michael Cohen now toxic to HTrompf.  7-6  “A former business associate of President Donald Trump who has extensive ties to organized crime is cooperating with a money laundering probe that stretches across three continents, the Financial Times reported Thursday” (TPM report).

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