When I warned Mr. Bortnikov that Russian interference in our election was intolerable and would roil United States-Russia relations for many years, he denied Russian involvement in any election, in America or elsewhere, with a feigned sincerity that I had heard many times before. President Vladimir Putin of Russia reiterated those denials numerous times over the past two years, often to Donald Trump’s seeming approval. Russian denials are, in a word, hogwash. – John Brennan [New York Times]
THE ACCIDENTAL White House occupant has an enemies list based around the Russia investigation.
A book by Omarosa, a former Trump insider — the only African American inside the west wing — has unmasked the unhinged at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Every day, the former White House aide drops a new nugget, another tape.
NEW: Omarosa shares new secret recording of a conversation with Lara Trump, which she asserts shows “an attempt to buy my silence, to censor me, and to pay me off … by the campaign” after she was fired from the White House. https://t.co/QgdSqhQCou
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 16, 2018
The man who was an the center of finding Osama bin Laden had criticized him one too many times.
U.S. newspapers have had it.
NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press.
Meanwhile, in Virginia, the former campaign manager to the Trump campaign is in the fight of his life.
Drip, drip, drip… The incoherent man in the White House couldn’t take it anymore.
Anyone having anything to do with the Russia investigation was a target.
Tuesday primaries delivered another harsh reality to him.
The accidental occupant of the White House… Well, he’d had it.
It was John Brennan‘s turn in the barrel, to quote Roger Stone.
Free speech of intelligence professionals will not be tolerated. It’s beyond Nixonian, because the disgraced Republican would never have put our country in danger, let alone opened the door to let the Russians in.
The pressure from Omarosa’s book, the intelligence experts lambasting the president, Manafort under the gun and waiting for his pardon…
Unhinged Trump acted.
He yelled as loud as he could.
And made our country less safe today than yesterday.
President Trump loosened the set of classified rules governing the use of cyberattacks by the U.S. government, reversing the Obama-era Presidential Policy Directive 20 that established interagency procedures for using cyberweapons, particularly against foreign entities, the Wall Street Journal reports. Under the Obama policy, which replaced a framework established during the George W. Bush administration, offensive cyber operations required the sign off from multiple agencies across the federal government, a coordination effort that was designed for legal reasons, as well as to avoid disturbing existing intelligence and military operations. With the changing nature of digital threats, however, some lawmakers questioned whether the established rules were too cumbersome and hindered the government’s ability to respond to digital attacks, such as Russia’s election meddling. [Slate]