The years long narrative ‘Ukraine rather than RU meddled in the 2016 elex’ is a RU Intel Op, US Intel says.
US Intel officials informed senators and their aides of the origin of this narrative & how it serves RU
Yet GOP continue to amplify the falsehoods
RU had engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election.
The briefing came as Republicans stepped up their defenses of Mr. Trump in the Ukraine affair.
The revelations demonstrate Russia’s persistence in trying to sow discord among its adversaries — and show that the Kremlin apparently succeeded, as unfounded claims about Ukrainian interference seeped into Republican talking points
US intel agencies believe Moscow is likely to redouble its efforts as the 2020 presidential campaign intensifies.
The classified briefing for senators also focused on RU’s evolving influence tactics, including its growing ability to better disguise ops.
RU has engaged in a “long pattern of deflection” to pin blame for its malevolent acts on other countries, Hill said, not least Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.
“The RUs have a particular vested interest in putting UKR, UKR leaders in a very bad light,”
By amplifying this disinfo campaign, GOP appear to be aiding & abetting Russian interests, which imperils our NatSec interests in countering RU aggression.
Russian intel operatives deployed a network of agents to blame Ukraine for its 2016 interference.
Starting at least in 2017, the operatives peddled a mixture of now-debunked conspiracy theories along with established facts to leave an impression that the gov’t in Kyiv, not Moscow, was responsible for the DNC hackings & other interference efforts in 2016
The RU intel officers conveyed the info to prominent RU & UKRs who then used a range of intermediaries, like oligarchs, businessmen & their assocs, to pass the material to US political figures & even some journalists, who were likely unaware of its origin
Russia’s operation to blame Ukraine has become more relevant as
Republicans continue to amplify these RU intel narratives during the impeachment inquiry by falsely asserting Ukraine not RU interfered in the 2016 campaign, American officials said.
FACT: Putin ordered military & intel operatives to mount a broad campaign to sabotage the American election.
The Russians in 2016 conducted covert operations to hack Democratic computers and to use social media to exploit divisions among Americans.
Ukrainian Gas (Naftogaz) CEO: I’ll Talk to Feds Investigating Rudy Giuliani’s Business Dealings
Naftogaz is reportedly connected to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two men who allegedly worked with Giuliani to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens
Parnas and Fruman allegedly tried to use their political connec to replace the leadership at Naftogaz, which resisted the two men's efforts for a gas deal. #Firtash
Prosecutors are reportedly inv’g Giuliani for potential campaign finance violations &
Illegal lobbying. The investigation reportedly stems from the probe into Parnas & Fruman re Naftogaz.
Reminder: Two Ukrainian gas industry experts say the gas-market reforms pushed by Biden & others in 2014 & 2015 hit Firtash in the wallet, & badly.
I wonder if Hunter Biden was placed on the Burisma board to keep an eye on the oligarchs. Hmmm...
Dr. Hill calls right-wing Soros attacks the ‘new Protocols of the Elders of Zion’
UK (MI6) knew in 2016 of Trump’s ‘suspicious links’ to Russia, book claims
No 10 did not ‘push matter’ to avoid offending US president,
MI6 was “already aware” in 2016 of “suspicious links” between Russia & the Trump campaign
The surveillance app of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had a proper legal & factual basis
Russia Inquiry Review Is Said to Criticize F.B.I. but Rebuff Claims of Biased Acts
A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as a tad sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of F.B.I. wrongdoing.
Trump’s 2020 budget proposal, the largest in federal history, seeks to reduce economic support, slashing spending on anti-corruption programs generally and on such programs in Ukraine, in particular.
The Trump adm tried to do the same thing last year
Impeachment is about to get a Robert Mueller reprise
Now that the Ukraine hearings are over, Democrats want to hold at least one Mueller-related impeachment hearing on Trump's possible obstruction and perjury.
Trump on 'Fox & Friends': I 'want a trial' in the Senate, pushes debunked Ukraine conspiracy theory originally promulgated by Russian military intelligence
Bolton Allies Cut Out ‘Three Amigos’ for Direct Line to Kyiv
The Alleged Russian Mobsters in Trump World’s Orbit: A Dirty Dozen
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman & more.
Global Warming Suit Against Oil Industry Goes to Appeals Court
NY sued Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips
Mystery grows over Lebanon aid hold-up as impeachment looms
South Korea Decides to Stay in Japan Intelligence Alliance at Last Minute
Obama Tells Democrats to ‘Chill Out’ and Focus on Trump
He urges candidates to ‘go beyond’ what he accomplished
But former president warns party not to use ‘purity tests’
In Ukraine's bleak east, US aid saves lives, raises morale
A Former Fox News Exec Divides Americans Using Russian Tactics
An inv’n found that several sites owned by Ken LaCorte push inflammatory items — hair on fire stories, petitions and the occasional conspiracy theory — to the L/R public.
Disasters Don’t Deter Trump in His Drive to Deregulate Industry
Trump’s professed goal of rolling back “job-killing” regulations has led to weakening mandates proposed or enacted after three of the worst industrial accidents of the last decade:
Shepard Smith Donates Half a Million to Press Freedom Group
Trump donor Imaad Zuberi could face new federal charges
Bribes, Lies and Money-Laundering Case Is Ready for U.S. Juryp
Netanyahu Won’t Go Quietly and Will Opt for the Burning Torches
Gantz's Party Demands Netanyahu Resign Ministerial Posts Following Indictment
'According to the High Court of justice, a minister against whom an indictment is filed, isn't able to continue holding onto his post," said Kahol Lavan in a petition to the AG.
Bayer's Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal Hawaii pesticide spraying
The World May Have a Bigger Problem Than a Potential Recession
OECD flags changes in global economy with long-term fallout
Highlights climate change, shift in geopolitical order
CBS Sued by Investor Seeking Files on $11.7B Viacom Deal
Fund says Shari Redstone may have engaged in wrongdoing
Gazprom raises $3 billion from single buyer with discounted stake
Deutsche Bank sues Madoff feeder funds for reneging on $1.6B claims sale
FB Executive Joel Kaplan ‘Helped Quarterback’ His Pal Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nom
How the Saudi Aramco IPO Came Back to Life
To revive the oil giant’s long-delayed listing, MbS slashed through his bureaucracy to silence or remove naysayers
Bitcoin Tumbles to Six-Month Low as More Supports Give Way
Under US pressure, SK holds off ending intelligence pact with Japan
Berkeley was first U.S. city to prohibit gas in buildings— WTF?
Chef says it’s like taking “paint away from a painter”
Oleg Bakhmatyuk, former owner of VAB Bank, who also owns Ukrlandfarming, one of Ukraine's largest agricultural producers, has been put on wanted list.
The gov’t has paid out about $55M in 163 malpractice cases at Indian Health Service hospitals.
Exclusive: Giuliani associate willing to tell Congress Nunes met with ex-Ukrainian official to get dirt on Biden
"Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December," said Bondy.
"Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last Dec," said Bondy. https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/politics/nunes-vienna-trip-ukrainian-prosecutor-biden/index.html
A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year...https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/politics/nunes-vienna-trip-ukrainian-prosecutor-biden/index.html
Documents show links between Pompeo, Giuliani, Oval Office https://www.americanoversight.org/state-department-releases-ukraine-documents-to-american-oversight
A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of F.B.I. wrongdoing. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/russia-investigation-inspector-general-report.html
A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of F.B.I. wrongdoing.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/russia-investigation-inspector-general-report.html
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-alleged-russian-mobsters-in-trump-worlds-orbit-a-dirty-dozen
The impeachment investigations will have as constant background Trump’s most important and long lasting connections to Russia—through alleged mobsters.https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-alleged-russian-mobsters-in-trump-worlds-orbit-a-dirty-dozen
Justice Dept. inspector general’s draft Russia report finds FBI lawyer may have altered document - The Washington Post
U.S. officials say FBI employee was forced out after the issue emerged.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/inspector-generals-report-on-fbis-russia-probe-to-be-delivered-dec-9/2019/11/21/6d6d789e-0c70-11ea-8397-a955cd542d00_story.html
Moscow has run a yearslong operation to blame Ukraine for its own 2016 election interference. Republicans have used similar talking points to defend Trump in impeachment proceedings. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/ukraine-russia-interference.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Moscow has run a yearslong operation to blame Ukraine for its own 2016 election interference. Republicans have used similar talking points to defend President Trump in impeachment proceedings.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/ukraine-russia-interference.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Now that the Ukraine hearings are over, Democrats want to hold at least one Mueller-related impeachment hearing on Trump's possible obstruction and perjury. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/22/impeachment-robert-mueller-072698
She argued that Barr's remarks were "theologically ill-informed" and also "dangerous to the rule of law within our constitutional republic." https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/notre-dame-adjunct-rebuts-barrs-contentious-talk-religious-freedom
Scarcely a month after U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a controversial address on religious freedom at the University of Notre Dame Law School, an adjunct professor at the school and Democr...https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/notre-dame-adjunct-rebuts-barrs-contentious-talk-religious-freedom
Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/m/society/10765442-ex-owner-of-vab-bank-bakhmatyuk-put-on-wanted-list.html
He urges candidates to ‘go beyond’ what he accomplished
But former president warns party not to use ‘purity tests’ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-22/obama-tells-democrats-to-chill-out-and-focus-on-trump
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday appealed to Democrats to “chill out” about their differences during the presidential nomination race and focus instead on beating President Donald Trump.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-22/obama-tells-democrats-to-chill-out-and-focus-on-trump
An investigation found that several sites owned by Ken LaCorte push inflammatory items — stories, petitions and the occasional conspiracy theory — to the public. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/21/technology/LaCorte-edition-news.html
Federal prosecutors in New York have informed a major donor to Trump’s inaugural committee that they intend to charge him with obstruction of justice and failing to register as a foreign agent. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-22/imaad-zuberi-trump-donor-charges
Imaad Zuberi, who was set to plead guilty in an L.A. case, faces charges in New York of obstructing justice and failing to register as a foreign agent.https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-11-22/imaad-zuberi-trump-donor-charges
Six months later, the president is still completely wrong about the Democratic National Committee hacking.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/11/22/trump-accidentally-proves-again-that-republican-defenses-his-ukraine-request-are-empty/
An intelligence-sharing pact between Japan and South Korea -- once hailed as watershed achievement in U.S. plans to strengthen its network of Asian alliances -- appears set to expire despite a...https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-22/u-s-set-for-strategic-blow-as-japan-south-korea-pact-nears-end
No 10 did not ‘push matter’ to avoid offending US president, say commissioners of Steele dossier
MI6 was “already aware” in 2016 of “suspicious links” between Russia & the Trump campaign https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/22/donald-trump-links-to-russia-steele-dossier-uk-book-claims
Agency calls the two Chinese telecommunications firms ‘national security threat’ https://www.wsj.com/articles/fcc-deals-blow-to-huwaei-and-zte-cuts-off-telecom-subsidies-11574443335
U.S. regulators labeled two large Chinese telecommunications firms a “national security threat” and voted to ban them from a federal subsidy program, the latest move in a broader push to close them...https://www.wsj.com/articles/fcc-deals-blow-to-huwaei-and-zte-cuts-off-telecom-subsidies-11574443335
H/T @911CORLEBRA777 https://www.theage.com.au/national/defecting-chinese-spy-offers-information-trove-to-australian-government-20191122-p53d1l.html
Wang “William” Liqiang is the first Chinese operative to ever blow his cover and he has taken his story to ASIO.https://www.theage.com.au/national/defecting-chinese-spy-offers-information-trove-to-australian-government-20191122-p53d1l.html
A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of FBI wrongdoing. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/russia-investigation-inspector-general-report.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
A watchdog report will portray the pursuit of a wiretap of an ex-Trump adviser as sloppy, but it also debunks some accusations by Trump allies of F.B.I. wrongdoing.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/22/us/politics/russia-investigation-inspector-general-report.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — U.S.-made medical equipment, night-vision devices and counter-mortar radar makes a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of...https://www.southernminn.com/owatonna_peoples_press/news/nation/article_45372ce5-a2a5-5763-be4a-f338b531b0c4.html
To revive the oil giant’s long-delayed listing, the Saudi crown prince slashed through his bureaucracy to silence or remove naysayers https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-saudi-aramco-ipo-came-back-to-life-11574418637
In his deposition, David Hale described growing consternation among diplomats as the administration would neither release the aid nor explain the hold.https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/mystery-grows-over-lebanon-aid-hold-impeachment-looms-n1089686
OECD flags changes in global economy with long-term fallout
Highlights climate change, shift in geopolitical order https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/the-world-may-have-a-bigger-problem-than-a-potential-recession
Fifty-six years after John F. Kennedy's murder, unsealed government files detail dangerous intrigues about Cuba. This CIA spy was deeply involved.https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/11/21/jfk-spy-cuba-new-york-times-crozier/2425360001/
Russian who filmed prisoner being tortured to death worked for firm with links to Kremlin
H/T @PaulHanley12 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/21/man-filmed-killing-torture-syrian-identified-russian-mercenary-wagner
H/T @MariaKChica https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gazprom-raises-3-billion-single-123322660.html
Russia's Gazprom said on Friday it had raised nearly $3 billion by selling a 3.6% stake, which exchange data showed was bought by a single buyer, whose identity was not disclosed by the world's...https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gazprom-raises-3-billion-single-123322660.html
Berkeley was first U.S. city to prohibit gas in buildings— WTF?
Chef says it’s like taking “paint away from a painter” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/restaurants-warn-gas-bans-threaten-seared-steak-charred-veggies
Restaurateurs have a message for local governments banning the use of natural gas in homes and businesses: Say goodbye to good food.https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/restaurants-warn-gas-bans-threaten-seared-steak-charred-veggies
It’s a case of bribes, kickbacks, lies and money laundering in Mozambique, a U.S. prosecutor told a jury in Brooklyn that is set to decide whether a Privinvest Group salesman defrauded U.S. investors...https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-22/bribes-lies-and-money-laundering-case-is-ready-for-u-s-jury
Indian Health Service hired dozens of physicians with trails of medical mistakes and regulatory sanctions—sometimes to disastrous effect. “We trust IHS as Native Americans, and they should hire the...https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-gave-troubled-doctors-a-second-chance-patients-paid-the-price-11574439222?emailToken=61420980a54bb7cc469cfb80e9af11a1nAnmOc4OmJWXCD7d5Pq9dYdbwUc/nQMEeA88C8z1YtoAJtZ3/Upzpa1PtUi81qM6E2YNWSFa9m8wQ0XrwoT2uMCK3irB+G9ViA+SF2m2t5qAFZzpGS/FjSdyh6TI3JvsKlu8RJT4FXigs+vf04fEiQ%3D%3D&reflink=article_copyURL_share
Biden said: "I say Lindsey, I just -- I'm just embarrassed by what you're doing, for you. I mean, my Lord." @LindseyGrahamSC https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/politics/joe-biden-don-lemon-cnntv/index.html
Joe Biden said he is "embarrassed" for South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham over the Republican's willingness to do President Donald Trump's bidding and investigate the former vice president's actions...https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/politics/joe-biden-don-lemon-cnntv/index.html
Epic week! As expected bombshells are dropping at an accelerated rate.
This should continue over the weekend I believe.
Enjoy, things are coming to a head & it will be a holiday season unlike no other.
So much is out there waiting to drop.
Sleep well everyone
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