Thursday, January 19, 2017

Six law enforcement and intelligence agencies investigating possible covert Russian aid to Donald Trump and his campaign.

Courtesy of McClatchy DC: 

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said. 

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said. 

Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said. One of the allegations involves whether a system for routinely paying thousands of Russian-American pensioners may have been used to pay some email hackers in the United States or to supply money to intermediaries who would then pay the hackers, the two sources said. 

You know widespread investigations like this don't start unless there is good evidence that one is necessary.

This from Mother Jones: 

That's an awful lot of agencies investigating an awful lot of allegations against an awful lot of people. And as the article says, you can't get a warrant unless you can demonstrate at least some kind of plausible probable cause. That means these folks are working off a lot more than just the famous dossier produced by the ex-MI6 spy.

This could be big.

Let's all stay tuned shall we?


  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    What's to stop Littlehands from shutting down all of these investigations 8:00 a.m. Monday Morning?

    1. Littlefingers will try, but he will need help for he knows nothing about how to do that and his minions themselves may be under investigation... what a mess they wove...


      18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason

      Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.) US Code

      Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000;


      shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

      (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 807; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(2)(J), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

    2. Anonymous10:26 AM

      Tiny digits drumpf writing his speech.

    3. Anonymous10:44 AM

      "But there is something so obviously phony about the speechwriting photo, as if Trump and one of his kids staged and shot the scene on the spur of the moment in between rounds of golf. A man who famously does not like to read and whose books are all ghostwritten, a man whose aides are often frustrated by his inability to focus on one subject for more than a minute or two at a time, is not a person who is going to sit down and write a speech for his presidential inauguration."


    4. Anonymous11:22 AM

      Why in the world would anyone believe that photo and statement saying he wrote his own speech? It's already been said in other places that speech writers penned it! He truly is a rabid and pathological liar! You truly cannot believe a fucking thing that comes out of his mouth.

      A good president that WON'T make!

      He'll be gone quickly from the position fairly quickly is my take! He's known not to follow laws and rules.

      Take your blood pressure medication folks - we are going to need it for awhile!

    5. Anonymous11:48 AM

      don't worry...sara is keeping her un-wonky eye on russia
      cause you where they go..yup..yup..
      right over sara's house..

    6. Anonymous12:13 PM

      Right after this>


    7. Anonymous1:17 PM


  2. Anonymous8:40 AM

    If Trump has to wear an orange jump suit will he disappear?

    1. Anonymous10:40 AM

      I hope his jumpsuit has teent tiny buttons or else he will be peeing on himself in Leavenworth...oops, he likes to be covered in pee...never mind.

    2. Anonymous11:19 AM

      Heh heh heh, 10:40
      I saw a pic of Barron drumpf when he was 8 years old, and his hands dwarf his old man daddy's. Me and the hubs got a good laugh at it.

    3. Anonymous11:40 AM

      Leavenworth or Here?>

  3. Anonymous8:42 AM

    I'm sorry, why is Donald Trump still texting?

    He should be talking to advisors and people from the Intelligence Community to catch up on stuff he missed yesterday when he was texting.

    He made several texts this morning, Jan 19th, and he still has tons of positions to fill and I do mean tons.

    That's why Sarah Palin still has a chance of a job. BUT we all know in Alaska that Sarah Palin doesn't like to work. She just wants a title and a ceremonial position.

    1. Anonymous8:56 AM

      A title, ceremonial position and a black dick

    2. Anonymous9:09 AM

      He got the title, the work is left to others. Donnie thinks he is now KING of the universe. Let lower minions do his bidding. He has business deals to pretend to ignore. Also, too he is a JACKASS.

    3. Anonymous9:31 AM

      @8:56 am

      Is the dick for her$elf, or to use on Tawd?

    4. Anonymous9:49 AM

      A waste of time talking about Sarah Palin as she'll never have a role in Trump's government.

      She's done - gone - irrelevant - has a horrid record and Republicans plain out and out done like or respect her!

    5. Anonymous2:02 PM

      He got the title, the work is left to others.
      Yes, it will be those two elected officials, Ivanka and Jared that are going to be making all the policy decisions.

    6. As Keith Olbermann said, he can't help himself. He just can't stop.

      He said it himself. He has to tweet because the lying fake news media are telling lies and the only way to get the truth out there is for him to tweet.

      It's why he's keeping his private Twitter account. Because he has so many followers he doesn't want to lose them. Plus probably figures as POTUS he'll add more.

      But he will never have as many as Obama, who has 80.5 MILLION.

      Trump has around 20 million but he lies and inflates it to 46 million.

  4. Anonymous8:52 AM

    All that time investigating Trump is a waste of taxpayers money. As of noon on Jan 20th, those six law enforcement and intelligence agencies will get a Cease and Desist letter.

    1. Anonymous9:47 AM

      I can hardly wait to watch the leaks that will come out about this president and administration soon after they take over our government!

      Trump will be a dictator and I'm sure will do everything he can to shut down anyone he or his group think will leak info to the country. I expect them to also delve into our media and TV outlets across the country.

      I don't trust any of them as far as I can throw them. Will they shut down blogs across the nation too? This is going to be interesting to watch and discuss!

    2. And then we have, boys and girls, a dictatorship and America has been conquered without firing a shot.

    3. Anonymous11:29 AM

      Gryphen, presumably if they come after you, your site will disappear without notice and out of the blue...perhaps there is some sort of code or clue you can give out to let us know that this is happened, since probably you will be unable to talk...

    4. Anonymous2:11 PM

      @ 8:52, well he just made impeachment a whole lot easier.

    5. No.

      But whatever they come up with will be suppressed and buried and all involved will be gagged. They'll call it "national security" or some such shit.

      Trump and his people may not know how to do it but there are those that do whose interests are to keep Trump in office.

  5. Anonymous8:53 AM

    "You know widespread investigations like this don't start unless there is good evidence that one is necessary."

    Not necessarily true. You are totally ignoring political motivation as was the case with Clinton's emails.

    1. Anonymous9:28 AM

      & all that benghazi bullshit that never ends.

  6. Anonymous9:05 AM

    The camera that took this picture of Trump must be one of those special cameras that takes a picture of your inner soul. Trump looks like Lucifer

  7. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Well, Comey can be ruled out as a source for finding incriminating evidence. He is in tRump's pocket. Let's hope the other agencies are more professional.

    1. ...and have protected their information on Canadian HDs as I have read other agencies have already done.

    2. Anonymous10:58 AM

      Google rudy giuliani Eric prince. U will find a story on how they colluded wI think trump on getting Comey to send that letter out. Prince is the owner of blackwater and betsy devos's brother.

  8. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Less then 24 hours....Will it go to the 11th(am)?

  9. Anonymous9:11 AM


    "I will work with Mr. Trump whenever possible, but this weekend I march.”


    Rep. Grace Meng:

    I respect the office of the President and our nation’s peaceful transfer of power.

    But the President-elect must get the message that his antagonistic and divisive comments are unacceptable. We cannot tolerate attacks on women, minorities or a civil rights icon

    ..... I will work with Mr. Trump whenever possible, but this weekend I march.”

    1. Anonymous1:17 PM

      Good for Rep. Meng. As many of us as possible should march this weekend too.

  10. Anonymous9:33 AM

    "“I want to be a witness to history,” he told Cuomo. “But I also want it understood that this our watch and we’ve got to protect this democracy. This, to me, is bigger than President-elect Trump. I’m concerned that we are moving slowly but surely towards a crisis of a legitimacy with regard to our core institutions: CIA, FBI, NSA.”

  11. Anonymous9:38 AM

    "Here's a photo to use as your profile tomorrow, if you feel inclined."

  12. Anonymous9:40 AM

    That photo above is perfect! He is not ready, he's afraid and most assuredly is not qualified for the position he is taking tomorrow.

    He will never last four years and I'm sure will be impeached or assassinated - whichever comes first! He does not have the majority of Americans in his favor and never has had! We are going to wish Hillary Clinton was our qualified and extremely able next POTUS.

    The Donald will be a friggin' disaster even though the press is turning around 'again', trying to make him look like he will succeed in the role he takes tomorrow as potus!

    1. Anonymous10:06 AM

      Let the eggs and tomatoes fly tomorrow!! Please!!

    2. Anonymous10:24 AM

      drumpf HIMself

      lOOk up
      aka ultra

      { "Not[hing] further beyond" or ""Nothing better"
      (top notch, unbeatable)"

  13. Anonymous9:57 AM

    If FIVE agencies are on DrumpF's case he better be worried

  14. Rigged, it's all rigged. I know things that nobody else knows, okay? I'll tell you all about it in a few days.

    1. Anonymous11:04 AM

      Jude, aren't you the commenter who made disparaging remarks regarding disgraced SC representative Chris Corley's wife earlier this month?
      Just to let you know, Corley got indicted for domestic violence and he was the one who cheated on her, not the other way around as you said in your comment.
      If you're not that same Jude, my apologies.

    2. Not me. Never heard of Corley or his wronged wife.

    3. Still waiting for his secret plan to defeat Isis and Melania's immigration press conference.

  15. Anonymous10:59 AM

    Too little and too freaking late. If Trump goes will we be stuck with that holy roller hater in the name of religion Pence? This should have been public information BEFORE the damned election. In the end this will make HRC's e mails look like small stuff.

    As for tomorrow the last thing I'll be watching is the inauguration. I mean, if that means I want a marathon of My 600 lb Life or Hoarders so be it. Anything, anything but that illegitimate ignoramus take the oath of office. I hope it just pours rain -- the tears of the nation falling on Washington for this horrible mistake brought upon us courtesy of Putin.

    1. Anonymous11:12 AM

      And, messes up his hair - or pulls whatever he has on top of it - OFF!

    2. Anonymous11:16 AM

      You wanna talk about millions of us marching on Washington......if drumpf is out(please oh please) and pence-il dick is in(NO!) that's exactly what will happen.
      I didn't vote for drumpf and I certainly didn't (and would never) vote for the pence-il dick.
      #periodsforpence #notmypresident

    3. Anonymous11:44 AM

      " the tears of the nation falling on Washington for this horrible mistake brought upon us courtesy of Putin."
      I actually read 'Palin' 1st.
      Two 'Pees'

    4. Anonymous1:34 PM

      I am getting a facial.
      I am wearing black.
      I am binging VEEP
      I am making my signs for Sat. in DC.
      Text me if anything worth watching happens lol! By "worth watching" I mean anything involving Trump and handcuffs, tomatoes, dirty diapers....

  16. Anonymous11:01 AM

    "The answer goes to a core issue with Trump: his utter lack of EMPATHY for ANYONE else."

  17. Anonymous11:11 AM

    Left my tv on TCM channel.

    1. Tomorrow will be a good day for TCM: they're showing A Face in the Crowd. Appropriate, right?

  18. Anonymous11:11 AM

    “We have by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.”<drumpf

    1. Anonymous11:16 AM

      Effing liar as usual.

  19. Anonymous11:54 AM

    But can they get this investigation all sewn up by tomorrow?

    And save the world?

    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      If only! All I'm holding out hope for is something embarrassing that will tarnish the day for him and distract him with worry so that he cant just relish his first day in power.

    2. Anonymous1:15 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. First thing Monday morning anyone working an any investigation of the connection between Russia and the Trump administration will be fired. Apparently, Trump plans to have henchmen in every department watching (shall be say, spying) on work being done. God bless the civil service. We are going to miss them when they're gone and the country goes up in smoke.

  20. Anonymous12:16 PM

    FYI "Scientists are banding together to fight a looming threat from the Trump administration"

  21. Anonymous12:34 PM

    "you can't get a warrant unless you can demonstrate at least some kind of plausible probable cause"

    Except the warrant is from the Fisa court which is sekrit and historically has had a much lower bar for probable cause, so let's not get over-excited yet.

  22. Anonymous12:40 PM

    "Blair said regarding the president-elect’s post-election behavior. “Now it’s countries against each other. It’s news organizations against each other.”“I also think that he’s the same old Trump and emphasizing this combative quality and wanting to fight with just about everybody,” He tries to SHAME themThe most shocking thing I think he did was note all of his enemies in his New Year’s message. The idea of a president actually having even the thought of all of these enemies in his head as he’s welcoming the new year and greeting the country is almost crazy to me.”There’s a fusion, I think, of his childhood, an emphasis on being combative, being KILLERS — as his dad famously instructed his boys to be"D’Antonio followed this up by mentioning one of Trump’s biggest fears — namely, that he’s ILLegitimate. “One thing I think that we have overlooked as we see Trump trying to delegitimize others is what I suspect is a feeling he has inside that nothing he’s ever achieved himself has ever been legitimate, As a result of this fear of illegitimacy, the Trump biographers agreed that he will ultimately only trust people who he views as extensions of HIMSELF."filtered through Javanka.”

  23. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Weird, how Melania split from the luncheon and left Donny looking all confused. Read article and watch video. Vid will look bad at first--it'll get clear.

    1. Anonymous1:36 PM

      She was probably only paid for a few hours, like in her past, and she was NOT sticking around one second longer than her agreement.

  24. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Guess Comrade trump message of hatred and divisiveness is also his inauguration theme:
    Internet rips Trump ‘headliner’ Jon Voight: ‘Sh*t, I thought he was dead’

    Actor Jon Voight started off the concert at the Lincoln Memorial with a speech Thursday and the internet was not happy about it.

    In his short remarks, Voight proclaimed that the election was a “grueling year” in which Donald Trump was plagued by “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if god could reverse all the negative lies” against him.

    He also noted that President Abraham Lincoln was smiling down upon them. Lincoln’s memorial was standing motionless behind him with an expression it has held since 1922.

    Read how the internet ripped him to shreds below:

    Not even George Costanza would want to be sitting in Jon Voight's car anymore. #Inauguration

    Trump keeps every1 waiting @ LincolnMemorial. Family sitting out in cold. Looks like NKorean ceremony-no crowd-just a few cheerleaders-PAID?

    John Voight, the youngest actor they could find who supports Trump.

    Jon Voight started the event with a not so gracious tirade

    @jameswren1975 it would take a Jackass like Voight 2 make such divisive remarks

    Jon Voight apparently missed the memo on moments of grace and national unity. #inaug2017

  25. Anonymous2:19 PM

    Leave it to Perry to proved comic relief:
    Perry And Franken Help Out The Saturday Night Live Writers

    Al Franken, thanks for being you.

    At the opening of his questions for Energy nominee Rick Perry, the Minnesota Senator indicated that the two had met earlier this week in Franken's office. Those pre-hearing meetings are common in confirmation procedures.

    "Were you glad you met me?" said Franken.

    Hey, who wouldn't be? But Perry isn't quite (?) as quick on his comedy feet as Franken, and he stepped in it.

    "I hope you are as much fun on that dais as you were on your couch." said the former Texas governor.

    Yeah moving on.

    At least Perry acknowledged that he likely inspired a Saturday Night Live skit. He seems to have a much thicker skin and ability to self-mock than the President-elect. Sad!

  26. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Now wait just a minute Mar Lago is a resort with paying guests. Bernie Madoff use to wine and dine his clients there.

    Are the taxpayers expected to provide security that includes the guests of the resort? I don’t think so.

    There is probable some loophole that he can get out of paying property or business taxes by using it as the winter white house.

    Mar-a-Lago is an estate and National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, Florida, built from 1924 to 1927 by heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. Post envisioned the house as a future winter retreat for American presidents and foreign dignitaries, and following her death in 1973 it was bequeathed to the nation. Successive presidents declined the use of the house, however, and it was returned to Post's estate in 1980. It was eventually sold to its present owner, Donald Trump (who himself later became President-elect of the United States) in 1985.[4]

    The 126-room, 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2)[5] house contains the Mar-a-Lago Club, a members-only club with guest rooms, a spa, and other hotel-style amenities. The Trump family maintains private quarters in a separate, closed-off area of the house and grounds.[6]

    The Mar-a-lago Club
    The primary business occupying the estate is the Mar-a-Lago Club, which operates as resort and hotel for dues-paying members, and rents out estate venues for private events. Membership at the Mar-a-lago Club requires a $100,000 initiation fee, plus $14,000 annual dues.[18] Overnight guests pay up to $2,000 a night.[11]

  27. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Wow, no latinos whatsoever in top govt jobs. Just supreme court. Haha you see that latinos who voted for fat orange turd? He just does not like you people at all. You see that? He csn't stand you latinoes.

    1. Anonymous10:03 PM

      Hey look, now the arrogant white liberals have decided not only do they think and speak for black people, they are also going to take on thinking and speaking for Latinos! So don't worry about what opinion you might have Mr. or Mrs. Latino, this white liberal at 5:32 will inform you of your political opinions from here on out, and also speak on your behalf!

      BTW, what is a latinoes 5:32, is it something on your face?


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