Why Obama Didn’t Act Quickly on Russian Election Interference

The Washington Post had a long story on Friday about how the Obama administration knew that Russia was behind the hacking of our election, how they knew Putin had personally ordered it, and why they felt hamstrung in trying to respond to it forcefully because they were afraid it would appear that they were playing favorites in the election. … [Read more...]

Trump, Russia and the Bayrock Group

Timothy O'Brien, the journalist unsuccessfully sued by Trump for writing a book saying he exaggerated his wealth (which Trump admitted to during his deposition, along with dozens of other lies), has an article at Bloomberg detailing the possibly troubling relationship between Trump, the Russians and the defunct property company the Bayrock Group. … [Read more...]

DHS: Russians Tried to Hack 21 State Election Systems

While Trump and his underlings continue to play silly games with the question of whether the Russians hacked into computers to influence the election last year, they might want to tell the Department of Homeland Security, where one official just admitted that they hit almost two dozen state election computer systems. … [Read more...]

Flynn Got CIA Briefings After CIA Knew He Was Compromised

The New York Times reports that former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn sat in on Trump's daily intelligence briefings for weeks after the intelligence agencies became aware that he had lied about his interactions with the Russians and therefore was open to being blackmailed. … [Read more...]

Is Flynn Cooperating With the FBI?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse was on CNN being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer and said he believes former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn is cooperating with the FBI's investigation into Trump and Russia and likely has been doing so for a while now. … [Read more...]

WaPo: Mueller Investigating Kushner’s Finances

Another new revelation about the FBI investigation into Trump and Russia from the Washington Post. Not only is Special Counsel Robert Mueller looking at obstruction of justice charges for Trump, he's also investigating Jared Kushner's finances, probably as a potential explanation for that secret backchannel to Putin he tried to establish. … [Read more...]

Mueller Also Looking at Possible Financial Crimes

Buried at the bottom of a New York Times report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller seeking to interview Adm. Mike Rogers and Dan Coats about obstruction of justice by Donald Trump is a note that he is also looking at possible financial crimes by close Trump associates. … [Read more...]

WaPo: Mueller Is Investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice

The Washington Post reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in regard to the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. … [Read more...]

Sessions, Like Trump, Totally Unconcerned About Russian Hacking

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday and was asked a similar question to the one James Comey was asked, whether Trump had ever expressed any interest in the investigation into Russian hacking and how it can be prevented in the future. Same answer. … [Read more...]

Report: Russian Election Hacking Even Worse Than Previously Known

Bloomberg News reports that the extent and breadth of Russian hacking of our election systems was far worse than has been previously reported. They penetrated dozens of state election systems to one degree or another, though it doesn't appear any actual votes were affected. … [Read more...]

Comey: Trump Never Asked About Russian Interference

There were many important and interesting moments during former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and I'll post about several of them. The first thing I want to focus on was that Trump never once asked him about the investigation into Russian interference in the election. … [Read more...]

Previewing Comey’s Testimony

Former FBI Director James Comey's prepared opening remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee today have been posted on the committee's website and it offers some insight and a good deal of clarification to various news reports over the last few months. Some of the highlights. … [Read more...]