According to a new report from CNN, former FBI director James Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew to be fake in the Hillary Clinton email probe.
The news comes days after a Washington Postreport made public the existence of a piece of Russian intelligence which claimed there was an email citing a private agreement between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Clinton campaign in that Lynch would not probe too deeply in the Clinton email investigation.
The Post report said that there were questions about the authenticity of the document, and yet Comey acted on it anyway.
Now, CNN is reporting that Comey knew that the document was a fake. He reportedly acted on it anyway, by announcing the conclusion of the investigation himself, rather than going through proper Department of Justice channels. Comey’s reasoning, according to the CNN report, was that he feared if the document became public, it would undermine the investigation.
According to sources identified by CNN as being close to Comey, the FBI Director felt “there would be no way for law enforcement and intelligence officials to discredit it without burning intelligence sources and methods.”
This story is currently breaking and will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
In light of the aggressive leaking and media collusion to embarrass and cripple the Trump Administration, the President is gearing his team and adding players to aggressively push back on the un-American attacks against both our country and our President.
West Wing officials are prepping for a years-long war with investigators and the bureaucracy, with plans to beef up legal, surrogate, communications and rapid-response teams as part of a "new normal" for President Trump — besieged.
"The White House is embracing the fight, which is going to last as long as Donald Trump is president," said a Trump ally familiar with the preparations. "We're getting street fighters ready to go."
A West Wing official said Trump has been frustrated by the ferocity of the incoming, and has demanded a more visible response.
Trump aides recognize that besides being in the crosshairs of investigators on Russia, they will be the continuing target of leaks from the bureaucracy. The Trump ally referred to this second enemy as "nameless, faceless, deep-state types" who have been inflamed and are punching back through the media.
What's next: Proposed war-room org charts have been prepared, and final decisions on the structure will be made after Trump returns this weekend.
Jonathan Swan hears that comms/rapid response structures are being considered for both inside the White House and on the outside.
The moving parts: Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon broke off from the trip and returned early, in part to quarterback planning. Numerous officials are involved. There was extra urgency because fired FBI Director Jim Comey had been expected to testify on the Hill next week. But that has been postponed so he can first meet privately with special counsel Robert Mueller.
The backstory: Aides recognize they should have built more push-back capacity from the beginning. But the weakness reflects the minimalist transition planning and thin staffing that have beset the whole Trump machine.
Be smart: The new machinery is an effort to compartmentalize the scandals, so that some officials can focus on probes and revelations while others do their day jobs. But the success of that plan depends partly on President Trump's willingness to compartmentalize. Close aides have trouble imagining that.
A lone American flag hung above the entryway to Pope Francis' apostolic palace in Vatican City on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump arrived for the third leg of his tour of the world's great religions.
Trump met Pope Francis on the fifth day of his first foreign presidential trip, after visiting the cradles of Islam and Judaism.
While their discussion will remain private, the president had a brief message for Francis as he left: 'I won't forget what you said.'
'It's such an honor,' he said as he shook the Pontiff's hand and posed for photos in the Sala del Tronetto, the second-floor 'little throne room.'
'Thank you very much. This is such a great honor,' Trump was later heard saying as he and Francis sat across a desk from each other to begin their talks in his private study.
He tweeted on his way to the airport: 'Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.'
Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia have witnessed terror attacks or attempted attacks every nine days in 2017 on average, analysis of security incidents has revealed.
Since January, around 45 people have been killed by mostly Islamic terrorists, while hundreds have been injured. The only known incident not linked to jihadism in 2017 was the attack on the Borussia Dortmund soccer team by a Russian-German national attempting to profit from short-selling stock in the company.
Attacks and attempted attacks have taken place in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Germany.
Security services in Britain — population 65 million — are known to be tracking 3,500 potential terror suspects or persons posing a threat. Meanwhile Belgium, with its population of just 12 million, is tracking around 18,000 potential jihadists.
A further minimum of 14 terror attacks have occurred in Turkey in 2017, a NATO member country currently being considered for European Union membership.
Intelligence on an ISIL airliner bomb plot given by US President Donald Trump to Russian officials originated in part with Jordanian spies, not Israelis,veteran Jordanian intelligence officials told Al Jazeera. According to several US media reports, Trump’s disclosure of sensitive intelligence to the Russians may have endangered an Israeli spy inside Islamic State of Iraq […]
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Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Charles Fain Lehman Follow @CharlesFLehmanMay 28, 2017 11:45 am Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that leaks from the Trump administration to the press remain an “issue” and a “problem” which could pose a threat to U.S. government sourcing. Appearing on ABC’s […]
Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: David Rutz Follow @DavidRutzMay 28, 2017 11:39 am Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called leaks “damaging” and “corrosive” Sunday on “Meet the Press,” saying the issue is particularly serious now due to U.S. reliance on foreign intelligence partners. Earlier on the program, Department of Homeland Security Secretary […]
Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Washington Free Beacon StaffMay 28, 2017 11:03 am Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in an interview airing Sunday that nothing keeps him up at night, but he keeps others up at night. At the end of a lengthy interview on CBS program “Face The Nation” on the variety […]
Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Charles Fain Lehman Follow @CharlesFLehmanMay 28, 2017 10:45 am Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a hard time answering Sunday if Hillary Clinton should run for president again in 2020. Appearing on CNN’s “State Of The Union”, Emanuel waffled over the question, ultimately insisting that Clinton “has to decide whether […]
Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Charles Fain Lehman Follow @CharlesFLehmanMay 28, 2017 10:34 am The latest in the series of leaks from the White House are “outrageous,” according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and even “darn close to treason.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was forced to apologize for intelligence leaks from […]
China is on the verge of unleashing an energy revolution which defeats the idea that the world is running out of fossil fuel energy.
At the heart of this revolution is a miracle substance, sometimes known as “flammable ice”, made up of deposits of frozen gas concentrate in the ocean bed. The substance – methane hydrate – is incredibly energy intensive: according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration one cubic foot of flammable ice holds 164 cubic feet of regular natural gas.
It is by far the world’s most abundant reservoir of fossil fuel, as the Global Warming Policy Forum has reported.
Donald Trump landed in Israel late on Monday morning in advance of a whirlwind two-day visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank.
He arrived from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Air Force One – flying direct, as no other planes are permitted to do – following a 48-hour lovefest with leaders from dozens of Arab nations.
The second leg of Trump's nine-day excursion will put a spotlight on his vaunted efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians – a prospect that the billionaire businessman has called the 'ultimate deal.'
He said alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a Jerusalem photo-op that even challenges like a belligerent Iran with nuclear ambitions can be an 'opportunity' as Tehran's saber-rattling 'has brought many other parts of the Middle East toward Israel.'
'You have a great opportunity right now,' Trump told him. 'There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just ha
Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday, where she pushed back against the reports that Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret backchannel between the White House and the Russian government. Conway said that communication backchannels are not unusual in the White House, and that Kushner has volunteered to give testimony over […]
White House communications director Mike Dubke has resigned after three months on the job, according to a report in Axios. The resignation is the first sign of a massive shakeup of President Donald Trump’s communications team, reportedly forthcoming following a disastrous week in which his administration failed to contain the fallout from a number of damaging […]
Donald Trump is home. After some unusually presidential activity during his time abroad and over Memorial Day weekend, the 45th president returned to Twitter to release the fury. His target this time, was none other than America’s staunchest European ally — Germany. In an Tuesday morning blast, Trump slammed the country, accusing it of freeloading […]
The saga of Donald Trump and Russia has a little more smoke today after news emerged that Russian agents may have what they described as “derogatory” information about Donald and his key advisers. The Russian boasting was picked up by U.S. intelligence intercepts according to two intelligence officials and one congressional source. The news was […]
On Sunday, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria warned left-leaning Americans that they have to be more open to opposing viewpoints in order to truly advance the nation’s political conversation. Zakaria also warned that many liberals are not as tolerant as they think they are. Zakaria used a segment of his show to talk about how Vice President […]
In yet another blow to Barack Obama‘s tenuous legacy, President Donald Trump is set to announce significant rollbacks to his predecessor’s detente with Cuba. According to an exclusive in The Daily Caller, the Trump administration will announce those changes in a speech the president plans to give in Miami this June. The Daily Caller’s anonymous […]
Good news! President Donald Trump is making yoga great again!!! This news comes to us by way of the May 29 USA Today in which Paul Singer reports that the election of Donald Trump has driven many liberals to take up yoga as a means of escape or to energize themselves for the “resistance” ahead. So […]
Tiger Woods has released a statement addressing his arrest earlier today for DUI. The professional golfer insists that what happened was due to an “unexpected reaction to prescription medications” and had nothing to do with alcohol: Statement from Tiger Woods: pic.twitter.com/XzlESOGOxK — Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) May 29, 2017 “I didn’t realize the mix of medications […]