Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Harry Reid just comes out and says that he is confident the Trump campaign was in on the Russian hacks. Update!

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with WikiLeaks in the runup to the presidential election to damage Hillary Clinton, outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) charged on Monday. 

Reid, who has sharply criticized FBI Director James Comey for sitting on intelligence connecting Russian operatives and the Trump campaign, said he was unsure if Trump himself was aware of the activity. But he said people in Trump’s orbit certainly were. 

“Someone in the Trump campaign organization was in on the deal. I have no doubt. Now, whether they told [Trump] or not, I don’t know. I assume they did. But there is no question about that,” Reid said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “So there is collusion there, clearly.” 

“Don’t put blindfolds on,” he said. “Here is the deal: We have a situation where during the campaign, especially the last few months of the campaign, WikiLeaks was heavily involved in trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and it helped Trump. And you have Trump who said he likes Putin better than he likes Obama.”

You know considering that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, has deep ties with Russia, I concur with Reid that it is VERY likely that Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia on these hacks and how they were released.

And it is not as if Russia's ties to the Trump campaign were exactly secret even months ago.

Remember Trump himself once invited the Russians to hack Hillary while appearing on TV.

Personally I would like to see someone in the Clinton campaign, or "gasp Obama administration, make this same accusation.

Because I think they are completely justified in doing so.

Update: Well if you wish I guess you will receive.

I wrote this post late in the afternoon yesterday, and then late last night President Obama was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and essentially did exactly what I wished he would do.

Courtesy of the Daily Beast: 

Noah didn’t waste any time before asking Obama about the report. 

Obama then pointed to the Oct. 7 joint statement issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which said: “The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”

“Well, it’s not a rush. Keep in mind, when the DNC got hacked, we immediately assigned our intelligence community—our law enforcement—to investigate what had happened. And we determined—and announced—in October that it was the consensus of all the intelligence agencies in law enforcement that organizations affiliated with Russian intelligence were responsible for the hacking of the DNC materials that were being leaked. That was a month before the election. This was not a secret,” the president said. 

“I will say this, though, Trevor: None of this should be a big surprise,” he continued. “This was reported on before the election. I don’t think there was any doubt among anybody in the media or among members of Congress as to who was being advantaged or disadvantaged by the political gossip that was being put out in drip-drip-drip fashion leading up to the election.” 

Then POTUS took things one step further, drawing a line between President-elect Donald Trump’s team and the Russians. 

“This was not a secret running up to the election!” exclaimed Obama. “The president-elect [Trump] in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on, and confirm our conspiracy theories.’ You had what was very clear relationships between members of the president-elect’s campaign team and Russians, and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues.”

And there you have it, in his own very careful way President Obama has essentially confirmed that the Russian government hacked American agencies and civilians in order to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump get elected.

He did not go as far as to openly accuse the Trump campaign of collusion with the Russians, but he left little doubt that such was the case.


  1. Anonymous7:20 AM

    Fired Trump Adviser Tells Moscow Audience How Great Exxon CEO Would Be For Russia
    Carter Page, kicked off the campaign because of his ties to Russia, says he’s “personally excited” about the likely secretary of State pick.


  2. Anonymous7:23 AM

    In 2011 Rick Perry Couldn’t Remember Energy Department’s Name – Now He’ll Head It

    "Reading Rick Perry, who infamously forgot the existence of the Dept. of Energy, is Trump's pick to lead it. You can't make this crap up"

    Yes, that’s right. Trump met with Perry yesterday at Trump Tower and it is unknown if it was Perry’s utter lack of intellect, his propensity to corruption, or his lying tongue that attracted Trump to him. Or all three.

    Bottom line: the selection should come as no surprise as those are a trifecta of the qualities Trump looks for in cabinet level appointees. In a word, Perry’s got it all.


  3. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Exxon Consultants Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates Endorse Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

    Former Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Bush and Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates “strongly endorse” Putin pal and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

    Of course, their endorsement is largely meaningless because as NBC’s Katy Tur points out,


    1. Anonymous9:21 AM

      Traitors, the pair of them. But then they have been for years....

    2. Anonymous9:30 AM

      Well she may be a consultant to Exxon, bur Chevron named an oil tanker after her. She has a thing for oil companies.

  4. Anonymous7:25 AM

    Last Days pastor Tom Horn told Jim Bakker about some unidentified “rabbis” and their view of Donald Trump, saying, “They’re looking at Donald Trump” as the messiah. These “rabbis,” Horn relates, are saying that Trump’s name “actually means ‘messiah.’” In what language is anybody’s guess.

    Horn also assured us that these mysterious “rabbis” are doing research to prove Trump’s “bloodline goes back to the Davidic dynasty.” In other words, a descendant of Mary, the mother of Jesus, or, worse, the family of Jesus himself (Luke 3:23-38).

    Talk about looking for messiahs in all the wrong places…The more corrupt Donald Trump shows himself to be, the more certain the Religious Right becomes that he is the messiah. Not a messiah in the sense the word is more generally used, but in the sense that the word is used in Christianity.


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    3. Anonymous10:31 AM

      politicususa off on another bender lol.

    4. Anonymous11:20 AM

      lol troll off on another lol bender.

  5. Anonymous7:28 AM

    House Intelligence Chair Won't Start New Probe Into Russian Hacking


    1. Of course he won't.


  6. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Bait and switch is in the works:

    Social Security advocates were shocked last week when Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) (pictured), the chair of the House subcommittee on Social Security, introduced a bill to little fanfare that would impose major cuts to the popular retirement insurance program.

    Here are five points on the Johnson's bill, titled the Social Security Reform Act of 2016:

    The proposal is a grab bag of ideas that Republicans have pushed to cut benefits in the past.


  7. Anonymous7:40 AM


    Buncha haters!

    Now that Kanye is hanging with Trump


  8. Anonymous7:41 AM

    Morning Joe Cuts Off Pro-Russia Congressman’s Mic in Completely Off-The-Rails Interview


  9. Anonymous7:47 AM

    Joe Scarborough warns Trump: CIA can cut your administration to shreds with leaks – and they will


    1. Anonymous8:17 AM

      It leaves you wondering why Morning Joe would bother having guests on to talk about the inner workings of the Trump transition team when they can just tell us themselves from a first person standpoint. Their relationship with Trump, though MSNBC seems to want to ignore it, leaves the matter in no doubt.

      The show has already been outed as the propaganda outlet it is, and it is past time MSBNC address the issue in an open and forthright manner or lose any remaining credibility as a news source.

      Perhaps it’s time MSNBC just move the show over to Fox News where it belongs.


    2. Then they should start doing it NOW while they have the chance. BEFORE the Electoral College votes.

  10. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Well said harry. You betcha, anyone ever read what litvinenko last statements about putin?

  11. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Nice write-up, G, thanks.

  12. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Anybody with a few firing neurons, who paid any attention to sources other then Faux Noise, knew this when it was reported.

    The biggest problems with a large portion of the population of this country are that they are of low intelligence, and choose to be uninformed by anything but conspiracy theory.

    Education? They don't need no stinkin' ejumacation! They are perfect candidates for the new brown shirt nation...

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  14. Anonymous8:08 AM

    So, and what exactly will President Obama do?! NOTHING, as usual. He is too much still worried about what others think about him.
    THIS IS AN ACT OF WAR what Russia has done to our elections. They have openly interfered with our elections, have put in the puppet they wanted, and now they are telling him to put the worst people they can find in charge of each and every department. The people who know nothing about the departments themselves, but who are dumb enough to completely destroy it. EACH AND EVERY DEPARTMENT!!!

    1. Anonymous8:22 AM


      another angle:

    2. Anonymous9:01 AM

      I get Obama needing time to figure out what move to make, but so much time was wasted that could have been spent on getting info out there and analyzed. We the people ended up not having info that we all should have had in deciding who to elect.

      Last night my husband and I, former Catholics, were talking about how the way Trump voters act reminds us of nothing we've seen in our own lives but so much of the old biblical movies with their crowds clamoring for Pilate to release the murderer Barabbas and crucify Jesus instead. We don't think Hillary's Jesus, of course, but the way people act over Trump reminds us so much of the Barabbas story. I also couldn't help but then think of Obama as like Pilate in how he is acting as if his hands have been so tied and he's not been able to help, like Pilate said he couldn't do anything more to help Jesus. Love the pres, but certain drastic times call for drastic measures. There's been no getting through to human decency for eight years. Fine if Obama accepts that in terms of how he and his family are treated (I don't accept the treatment but in the end it's up to the Obamas what they will and will not tolerate in silence), but this election was not for him to decide by remaining silent until too late, and when he did say something it was so mildly suggested and ended up ignored.

    3. Anonymous1:07 PM

      I think he and the different security septs have to dot all i's and cross all t's. Whatever they bring out has to be ironclad.

  15. Anonymous8:09 AM

    OT:"Donald Trump is warning that a Colorado lawsuit brought by two Democratic members of the Electoral College — Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich — could harm his bid to become president." GOOD NEWS!


    1. Anonymous10:27 AM

      Jesus, I hope these rogue electors have protection. Trumps goons are just about crazy enough to do something awful. I wish they had more anonymity.

  16. Chenagrrl8:51 AM

    What I wanna know is what the Gussuck Putin has on Trump, Tillerson, Perry, Ryan, McConnell, Gowdy et al. They played the Dem cards. Still waiting for the others.

    1. Anonymous9:24 AM

      Dead or under aged girls. live or under aged boys.

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  18. Anonymous3:30 PM

    So they announced in October the russians were behind the hacking, well maybe they weren't too clear that the trump campaign was also involved.

  19. So, which department is Paul Manafort going to be nominated to? You know he's going to bring him back as a reward for arranging for him to win. Manafort paid and now he gets to play.

    Something in security or national defense maybe?

  20. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Also putin may put hit on Perepilichiny. I remember reading The Atlantic.

  21. Anonymous4:12 PM

    The kremlin is very bad. Orange fatty better watch out. He will just rewrite contracts and stuff where orange fatty will have someone else written in as owners. There are many many young russians willing to do anything for the kremlin the money and power.


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