Wednesday 20th of June 2018

a new director for the FBI...


Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the FBI, earned support from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in both parties Tuesday, in part by disagreeing with Trump at almost every chance he got. Several committee Democrats, including the panel’s ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), announced they would vote to confirm Wray, likely assuring that he will become the agency’s new director.

Trump sparked a political firestorm in May when he dismissed the previous FBI director, James Comey, who at the time was leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between Trump associates and the Kremlin. According to Comey, Trump at one point requested that Comey pledge loyalty to the president—a request Comey refused. Trump has disputed that account.


Wray told the committee he would have answered the same way. “No one asked me for any kind of loyalty oath, and I sure as heck didn’t offer one,” he said. “My loyalty is to Constitution, the rule of law, and to the mission of the FBI.”

That wasn’t the only time Wray staked out a position that was seemingly at odds with Trump.

The White House has claimed Trump has the right to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Justice Department’s Russia investigation after Comey’s firing. Wray said he wasn’t sure of the law surrounding the president’s power to dismiss the special prosecutor, but he told senators that as long as the agency’s legal advisers okayed it, he would report any attempt by the White House to interfere in Mueller’s probe.

“I would consider an effort to tamper with Director Mueller’s investigation to be unacceptable and inappropriate and would need to be dealt with very sternly and appropriately indeed,” Wray said.

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he is a dunce but no conspirator...


Here is a good rule of thumb for dealing with Donald Trump: Everyone who gives him the benefit of the doubt eventually regrets it.

This was true of clients and contractors and creditors throughout his business career. It was true of the sycophants and opportunists before whom he dangled cabinet appointments during the campaign and then, oh, never mind. It has been true of his cabinet members and spokesmen, whose attempts to defend and explain their boss’s conduct are gleefully undercut by the boss himself. And it should be true — for the sake of their souls, I sincerely hope it’s true — of the Republican leaders whose reputations for probity and principle he has stomped all over since winning their party’s nomination.

And now it’s true of me.

The benefit of the doubt I extended to Trump was limited, but on a rather important subject: I thought that direct collusion between his inner circle and Russian officialdom during the 2016 campaign was relatively unlikely and the odds of ever finding proof of such a conspiracy vanishingly low. A lot of weirdness around Trump and Russia, I argued, had a more normal explanation — he had made business deals with Russians, he still harbors a 1980s-era vision of superpower cooperation, and as a foreign-policy neophyte he clutched the idea of détente like a security blanket even as the Russians separately made moves to help him win.

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Yep. Donald Dunce is a dork, but he is no conspirator. All along during his campaign to become top cheese, he said he wanted the USA to be more friendly towards Russia. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS. The opposite is fraught with dangers which the hawks in the "US establishment" love. They'd be happy to wipe Putin's arse. As if such biffo had solve anything before. At this stage of the media game, there is not a single proof that Putin helped Trump gain the Presidency from Hillary-The-SheWarrior-Princess. Not an ounce of evidence of Russian interference, even if Donald Junior had a meeting with whatever. That Donald Trump senior burns down his sycophants is for his sycophants to know that one day or another they will be on their arse. Nothing new is the game of politics or business. The newspapers are full of this CEO or executive having done double dealings, or raided the till. So far nothing like this has gone against Trump. The former president of this and that including Netanyahu are charged with corruption or whatever. Olmert just got out of prison...

We get the dorks instead of the Sanders, because the hawks want biffo. This is our democratic malaise.


kiev fiddled?...

While the American mainstream media is struggling to find Russian "traces" in the US 2016 presidential campaign, the story of the Ukrainian interference in the election remains largely neglected.


During his testimony at the Senate Confirmation Hearing on Russia future FBI Director Christopher Wray said that he would be interested in looking into Kiev's alleged meddling in the electoral process in the United States.

For her part, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier that there was "real collusion" between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Ukraine during the campaign.

On July 12 the CyberBerkut hacker group released what it called the email exchange of Thomas Weihe, the head of the board of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, assuming that the Pinchuk entity threw its weight behind Hillary Clinton during the US 2016 presidential campaign.

Victor Pinchuk is one of the most influential Ukrainian oligarchs and a son-in-law of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

In addition, Victor and his wife Elena Pinchuk (also referred to as Olena Franchuk) are well known for their longstanding cooperation with the Clinton Foundation.

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