Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Benedict Donald: Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador

Mod: The so-called great negotiator has turned out to be something of a sissy blabbermouth. Show him a little respect, treat him like he is a valued friend, and out pour some of our nation's most precious intelligence secrets. Here are five new articles that discuss Trump's latest bouts with weakness when hanging out with those funny smiling Russians.

Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador (Washington Post link): President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

Why the latest White House crisis is a really big deal (CNN link): Donald Trump's latest crisis -- over his reported disclosure of highly classified information to Russia -- is giving voice to a question whispered privately in Washington during weeks of political turmoil: Is the President up to the job?

"This isn't really about the power of the President. He has the power to do this," former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on "CNN Tonight" Monday. "This is more about the person of the President and the performance."

The new storm engulfing an already beleaguered White House is so potentially damaging because it stretches far beyond the simple personal standing and reputation of the President.

The rumpus, first reported by The Washington Post, has national security, intelligence and international implications that White House attempts to knock down the story on Monday night conspicuously failed to address. It's even possible that lives could be at risk, considering that the information Trump reportedly shared was related to an ISIS terror plot against civil aviation -- the most urgent terrorist threat to the United States.

Donald Trump Just Betrayed America’s Intelligence Community (The Daily Beast link): We don’t know—yet—why Trump feels the need to cower before Russia. We do know that he’s sold out our allies to benefit an adversary.

When Donald Trump was elected, U.S. intelligence officials feared that allies would stop sharing critical intelligence information for fear that information might be passed on to Russia. European countries in particular rightfully worried their secrets would land in the hands of Vladimir Putin even as he meddled in their elections.

Wednesday, it appears those fears were realized.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the infamous Ambassador Sergey Kislyak must have giggled inside, maybe even smirked a little as Russia’s preferred President bragged to them about how “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day about the amazing intelligence.” Trump’s bravado allegedly revealed highly classified specifics about an Islamic State plot to bomb civilian aviation, one that has triggered months of incremental bans on laptops being carried into airplane cabins bound for the U.S.

He gave that information—which came from an ally as part of what the Washington Post describes as “an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government”—to an adversary, Russia. The same adversary under scrutiny for its widespread hacking of American leaders, including the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, the personal emails of former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and former NATO commander General Breedlove, hacking which may have tipped the election in favor of Trump.

By releasing classified intelligence, at best, Trump created a gaffe for which any American other than the commander-in-chief might be imprisoned. At worst, he revealed and put at risk the life of an essential intelligence source of a critical foreign ally.

Above all, Trump further eroded trust in America and amongst Americans at a time when democracy has come under the intense assault of Russian Active Measures to break up the European Union and the NATO military alliance.

With White House in 'downward spiral,' there's no saying what desperate, unpredicatable Trump might do (New York Daily News link): The Trump White House is in a "downward spiral," says Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It's impossible to disagree.

Every day brings another bombshell. The roar from the firing of FBI Director James Comey had not yet died down when news came that President Trump had shared top-secret code-word intelligence concerning ISIS with the Russians, jeopardizing an intelligence sharing relationship with a close ally, potentially endangering friendly agents in the field and weakening U.S. counterterrorism efforts at a moment of peril.

On top of that — and that is hard to beat — we have a White House staff in remarkable turmoil.

When President Trump's spokespeople attempted to defend the Comey firing by attributing it to the memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump cut them off at their legs, saying to NBC that he had been planning to fire Comey all along, and referencing "the Russia thing" that Comey was investigating.

As the backdrop to all the disarray, we have Trump's historically dismal standing in the polls, with record high levels of disapproval.

Alone in the White House at night, absorbing an endless stream of bad news, surrounded by staffers whom he does not trust, Trump is desperately searching for ways to right his ship.

"He's frustrated, and angry at everyone," one of Trump's confidantes told the news organization Axios, which reports that Trump is planning a wholesale purge of his senior White House staff, ridding himself of Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and Stephen Bannon. But of course firing the White House staff is not likely to fix a problem that stems from Trump himself.

Screaming overheard in Cabinet Room meeting between Spicer, Bannon and Sanders after Russia intel revelation (Raw Story link): Reporters at the White House on Monday overheard yelling between White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief White House counsel Steve Bannon, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House Communications Director Michale Dubke, prompting staffers to turn up TV’s to drown out the back-and-forth.

According to BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo, the officials walked into the Cabinet Room of the White House shortly after news broke that Donald Trump revealed classified information to the Russian ambassador and Russian foreign minister during a closed-door meeting last week.

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74 comments:

  1. Blab 'em by the Russies!

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  2. America's enemies are Donald's friends.

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  3. I wanted them to think I was importantMay 16, 2017 at 5:58 AM

    Trump Says He Wanted to Share Terrorism Facts With Russia

    "As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism," President Trump says on Twitter.

    NOTE: Trump comments amid criticism from fellow Republicans after Washington Post reported that he revealed to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador highly classified information from a U.S. intelligence partner about an Islamic State plot.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/trackers/2017-05-16/trump-defends-russia-remarks-amid-disclosure-criticism-in-tweets

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  4. Great expose. Please do the same with Hillary Clinton's approving the sale of 20 percent of the US uranium reserves to Russia while Secretary of State while the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from Russians who profited from that sale. Just like with Gemcoins the Tattler can shine its spotlight and get people in jail where they belong.

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    1. This is a news site, not a history museum.

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    2. Not even 6am and troll is desperately trying to change the subject.

      Total FAIL.

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    3. "Deflect' worked for Roy Cohn, Trump's mentor. Trump and his supporters use it as a golden rule.

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    4. Where is that inbred goober Trey Gowdy on all of this? I thought leaks and security lapses were big topics for him.

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  5. Trumpster is in over his head - that's been obvious since day 1 - but he's so stoopid he doesn't realize it, keeps trying to run the country like a realty TV show (which does not work). I'm pretty sure when he lays his head on his pillow at night he wishes this all hadn't happened and that he'd not gone for being president, he just couldn't help himself, and day by goddamn day one by one of the fools that voted for him are recognizing their vote was just as stooped as he is.

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    1. They had to tell the NSA and CIA. Trump told the Russian the city where the info had been gathered..

      The NSA and the CIA then got on the phone to whomever shared the information with the US in the first place, to tell them what happened, so they could take action to protect their assets there if necessary.

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    2. Ya know until they find a way to keep this idiot off twitter pharmaceutical companies profits are going to keep climbing due to everyone that works in the Whitehouse having to buy things like aspirin, ibuprofen and varies heartburn and ulcer medications in bulk since he contradicts almost everything they say is official almost immediately.

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  6. Get tough on crime, do the crime then do the time - Leavenworth has a opening for Donald J. Trump.

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  7. OMG;who invited John Podesta to that closed door meeting?
    Anyway, getting closer to one of the internal "White House" leakers.
    The Obama placed public servants, will share in his legacy of the greatest deceptive ex President of the United States.

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    1. Trump is the leaker, you fool!

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    2. Trump Guy is up early today. Must have been a sleepless night.

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    3. He was up waiting for his master's tweets so he would know how better to serve him.

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  8. Who was with Trump during the Russian ambassador and foreign minisister meeting who would be his interpreter. Though both spoke English there was a TASS photographer there and you can bet there was Russian spoken that needed to be heard by an American interpreter for the government. There was subterfuge going on with this set up and the Russians were in charge. Trump is a chump and he is getting us crosswise with our allies in NATO. Russian wants to weaken NATO and are using Trump's affection for Putin and his ego weak self-centered mania to do it. And why??? would Israel take kindly to Trump's gawdawful notion of moving the embassy from Israel to Jerusalem.

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  9. Trump wakes up and promptly throws THREE nat. security officials under the bus confirming reports he shared intel with the Russians.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 49m49 minutes ago
    As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 39m39 minutes ago
    ...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.

    To summarize...
    Tillerson: He didn't do it.
    McMaster: I was there. He didn't do it.
    Dina Powell: Lies! He didn't do it.
    Trump: Yep I did it.

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  10. This issue could turn out to be significant enough that some Republicans will cross over on impeachment. John McCain and Lindsay Graham do care about national security issues. And even if they don't want to admit it, some other republicans might be glad for the nightmare to end, too, because trump is killing their party's future.

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    1. Even Songbird is shocked!

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  11. ...so legally the US President can "declassify" any information he choses to do so. Do you think any previous US President would have had that foresight to ask advisors whether or not this was a good idea? Any president previous to this one would have had the intelligence to do so. Our ninny in chief will get us in more trouble than any of us can possibly imagine.

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  12. I'm listening to Bill Handel on KFI. He's saying the same thing as you, Mod (for all you right-wingers who still won't believe he is nuts). We've got to get him out of the Presidency before he blows up the world. I must quote Handel, "Every other president has been awed by the presidency. Donald Trump is awed by Donald Trump."

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    1. Trump needs to be impeached or removed from office by means of the 25th Amendment.

      This: "The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said."

      Trump is a danger to the national security of The United States. He is either an ignoramus or suffering from dementia. Or both.

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    2. OK, that happens, then what?

      President Pence?

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    3. At least Pence is not insane. Only nuts.

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  13. Handel can run for office in eight years.
    Trump is getting the swamp drained, as a non politician, he is doing a great job.
    Being "awed" is a left coast Hollywood, Washington Post "fundraiser" community ploy.

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    1. Whatever you say, Milo.

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    2. Russian troll post

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    3. Guy ain't draining anything except your bank account. First 100 days were total FAIL. Hiding from the press, outnegotiated by foreign powers, left behind by would-be economic partners.

      Corrupt nepotistic anti American

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  14. Trolls get trumped! Even other right Wong extremists are bailing:

    Ann Coulter Calls ‘Grotesque’ Donald Trump A Disappointment
    “The Trump-haters were right ... it’s a nightmare,” she tells The Daily Caller.

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  15. Looking Into Trump Campaign's Russia Ties, Investigators Follow The Money
    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/15/528486988/investigators-looking-into-trump-campaigns-russia-ties-follow-the-money

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  16. Trump is the beginning of the end of life in America as we know it. I attribute this to the uninformed, ignorant, redneck voters. And now were dealing with the stubborn who don't want to admit they were wrong voting for Trump. Old saying for that, cut your nose off to spite your face. Sort of like the Ostrich, stick your head in the sand long enough your going to get your butt kicked.

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  17. ERIC TRUMP REPORTEDLY BRAGGED ABOUT ACCESS TO $100 MILLION IN RUSSIAN MONEY
    “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/eric-trump-russia-investment-golf-course

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  18. What if Trump offers to sell Alaska back to Russia for 6 million dollars to improve relations?

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  19. 6:33am. Checking the "Big Book" on locations of Jerusalem. Yep; it's Isreal.

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    1. 8:57 proves once again that religious fundamentalism and the desire to go to war over events that happened centuries ago is not limited to Moslems.

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  20. Why do rednecks hate the U.S. so much that they gave us Trump?

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    1. Because the only other option was a known lying criminal, and ironically enough, we ended up with a lying (and maybe)criminal.

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    2. Actually you swallowed a lot of untrue propaganda, and then voted for a known lying criminal. Take some responsibility for your own actions.

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    3. Had the Dem put up anyone other than Hillary, it would have been a landslide...

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  21. National Security. General McMasters: on Trumps meeting with Russia. Context of conversation of fighting ISIS, and on going operations, in no way comprised the United States.
    The "Washing Posts", spreading fake news. The political appointees will be removed as these people are the real threat to this Country.

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  22. FBI, major restructure in progress.

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    1. Trump might try to destroy the FBI, but Congress and the Courts will stop it.

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  23. Pay Trump Bribes Here projected on wall above entrance to Trump Hotel in D.C. -- The words Pay Trump Bribes Here were projected Monday night onto a wall above an entrance to the Trump Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington.

    The letters appeared directly above one of the entrances to the monumental structure at 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. An arrow pointed from the words toward the entrance.

    The letters were stripped across an entrance of the building just above an archway, apparently on a side of the building that has its main entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    The letters apparently were projected from outside the building onto the wall. It was not clear who projected them, or how.

    http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/16/pay-trump-bribes-here-projected-on-wall-above-entrance-to-trump-hotel-in-d-c/

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  24. Andre McCabe will be given walking papers soon. Andre McCabes wife has undisclosed ties with Hillary,

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  25. Troll obsessed that Hillary put sensitive information on private server. Doesent care that Trump gives it directly to Russians.

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    1. Trump's way is more efficient.

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    2. There's no evidence that Hillary's private email account was compromised or that any sensitive documents were viewed by anyone not authorized to view them.

      Does anyone know if sensitive documents sent to and from Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell's private email were compromised or viewed by anyone who did not have authority?

      Does anyone know if sensitive documents sent to and from Republican Secretary of State Condi Rices's private email were compromised or viewed by anyone who did not have authority?

      Do Hillary and Obama haters realize that their orange idol is beholden to the Russians, does what they tell him to do, and gave them classified information in a meeting in the Oval Office that allowed only Russian media (Tass) and barred American media?

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  26. Stunner! Russia Today agrees with Trump!May 16, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Trump says he had ‘absolute right’ to share data on 'flight safety & terrorism' with Russia
    https://www.rt.com/usa/388528-trump-shared-data-russia-right/

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  27. CNN is reporting that Israeli intelligence was the source of the information Orange Man spilled to the Russians.

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  28. Trump plagiarized his commencement speech from LEGALLY BLONDE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ak6EFFgpV5s

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  29. Congressional GOP: Trump Told The Russians More Than He Told Us
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republicans-trump-russia-information-isis

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  30. Not to take away from all the fun everyone is having here, but the Mod should do a better job of vetting the stuff he copies from other web sites—or maybe actually do his own investigative reporting.

    Not sure the purpose of the photo supposedly showing Ivanka Trump with Putin and his arm candy, but it is a composite. The lighting on Ivanka is coming from a different angle than on Pootie and his lady. Also, he is casting no shadow on Ivanka and she is casting no shadow anywhere as would be necessary if she was actually there. A very mediocre Photoshop job that's just good enough to fool those who don't pay attention to what they copy.

    Food for thought Mod.

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    1. Here's BreakfastMay 16, 2017 at 1:58 PM

      Ivanka Trump vacationing with Putin’s rumored girlfriend
      http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/291465-ivanka-trump-vacationing-with-putins-rumored-girlfriend

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    2. Ivanka Trump, the Russia scandal and her billionaire’s social network
      http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/06/ivanka-trump-the-russia-scandal-and-her-billionaires-social-network/

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    3. Putin Ties, Don't Ignore Ivanka's Aug. '16 Croatia Vacation with Vlad's Girlfriend
      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/8/1641651/-Re-Trump-Campaign-Putin-Ties-Don-t-Ignore-Ivanka-s-Aug-16-Croatia-Vacation-with-Vlad-s-Girlfriend

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    4. Ivanka Trump Vacationing With Vladimir Putin’s Girlfriend. Seriously.
      http://www.dailywire.com/news/8373/ivanka-trump-vacationing-vladimir-putins-hank-berrien

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    5. Very mediocre?

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    6. They look happy.

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    7. Lots of mileage from one photo. But, the one the Mod posted doesn't pass the reality check. Just sayin' that stuff copied from other web sites and posted here doesn't mean it's real...even if Trump and his cronies are a bunch of idiots.

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    8. Denial is a river in Egypt.

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    9. All that time to spend on the internet...what, no job?

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    10. But enough about you.

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  31. Israeli intelligence 'boiling mad' over Trump disclosure: report

    Israeli intelligence officers are "boiling mad and demanding answers" after President Trump reportedly shared classified information from Israel with Russia, according to a new report.

    Two Israeli intelligence officers confirmed to BuzzFeed Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the U.S. about Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes.

    "We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing," one intelligence officer told BuzzFeed. "We do not have this relationship with any other country."

    "To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed," the officer added.

    https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/homenews/administration/333670-israeli-intelligence-boiling-mad-at-trump-report%3Famp

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    1. I could care less about israel

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    2. Obviously Trump feels the same way.

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  32. Articles of Impeachment for Donald J. Trump
    A first draft of an impeachment bill for the president.
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/05/here_is_a_draft_of_articles_of_impeachment_for_donald_j_trump.html

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  33. great story on trump , and a follow up yesterday

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/watch-explosive-dutch-documentary-says-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russias-mafia-underworld/

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  34. It's like a scandal a day with this fool.

    White House rocked by allegation Trump tried to shut down FBI's Flynn probe
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/trump-comey-flynn-shutdown-238467

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  35. 3:04pm and 9:20am. Palestinian officials, "haters" of Israel.

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  36. Dump is like Chandler and Tay in Arcadia: just keep talking and everyone soon realizes what an idiot they are. All you Dump supporters a little worried ? You've put a liar in the WH.

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  37. That photo of Vlad and Ivanka - isn't that Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi on the other side? All those poor American idiots... voting away their freedom and future for billionaire oligarchs...

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    1. Yes, it sure is. Comforting, isn't it? The President of Fox News swapped off his dollar date to Vladimir Putin. And now that same woman is palling around vacation hot spots with Trump's daughter. It's like America's enemies are family to the Trumps and Murdochs of this world.

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    2. Like I said from the beginning- trump campaigned on class war - exploiting middle class fear and working class anger - so that the corporate elite win again. Same old swamp.

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