NYT Drops Bombshell: Intercepted Calls Link Trump Campaign and Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls of U.S. Intelligence agencies show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had repeated communication with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the New York Times reported last night. The report cites four current and former American officials who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity because the continued … Continued

Intercepted Communications, Russian Ties Of 3 Trump Advisors Under Investigation

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, his transition team has attempted to distance itself from reports that law enforcement and intelligence agencies have intercepted communications and financial transactions into links between Russian officials and associates of the president-elect. “We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation … Continued

Six U.S. Agencies Now Investigating Kremlin Cash Trail, Aid to Trump Campaign

[DIGEST: McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, Chicago Tribune] The FBI and five other intelligence and law enforcement agencies are collaborating on an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to two people familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity to McClatchy, whose DC bureau broke the story. The FBI the CIA, the National … Continued

Putin Surprises With an About Face Over U.S. Hacking Accusations

Vladimir Putin has decided not to retaliate against the United States’ expulsion of Russian diplomats and new sanctions. Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry had recommended he do just that, and send home 35 US diplomats in response to Washington’s move yesterday. But Putin signaled he would not take immediate action: Instead, he said, he would … Continued

The Big Winner If Tillerson Is Confirmed As Secretary of State

When president-elect Donald Trump announced he’d chosen Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be the next Secretary of State, he praised the business leader as a successful dealmaker who has made profitable deals with foreign countries for the world’s largest energy company. In a statement, Trump lauded Tillerson as “a forceful and … Continued

“Overwhelming Evidence”: GOP, Dems Call for Investigations Into Russian Election Interference

Lawmakers in Congress are strengthening their call for an official and public inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Yesterday, Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) proposed the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” legislation to create a 12-member bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russian meddling. The commission would operate with an initial budget of … Continued

The Real Wikileaks Smoking Gun Points to Trump, not Clinton

An investigative report published in Newsweek reveals that a Russian news organization falsified information and is leaking phony “Hillary Clinton emails” in an attempt to undermine her presidential campaign. Despite widespread speculation that Wikileaks would deliver an “October surprise”––information that could effectively end Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign––its published documents offered no compelling new revelations about the … Continued

Major Shake Up Roils Trump Campaign

[DIGEST: CNN, New York Times] For the second time in two months––and with less than three months until Election Day–– Donald Trump’s campaign has undergone a major staff shakeup. Trump named Stephen Bannon, the executive chairman of conservative website Breitbart News, as his campaign’s chief executive. He also promoted Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser and … Continued

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Border with Syria.

BBC News reports that Russia and Turkey are each offering differing accounts of exactly what it was that brought the plane down. Russia’s defense ministry claims the jet crashed after being hit by fire from the ground. Turkey, on the other hand, claims that Turkish F-16s took out the plane for violating Turkish airspace. Turkish … Continued

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