Lost in the coverage of the Special Counsel's indictments of over a dozen Russian individuals and companies is something Bernie or busters and Jill Stein voters would rather not talk about - Russia knew they were upset that Hillary was the nominee and exploited their anger with fabricated and sensational stories.
Imagine the top opposition leader in America being gunned down by an assassin outside of the United States Capitol building. Then imagine the President assuming control of the inquiry into the assassination of his fiercest critic who just happens to be one in a long line of critics that meets an untimely demise.
While much has been made of the recent tensions in Ukraine, not much time has been spent parsing through how Ukraine, Russia, and The West got to this point. Ukraine has found itself in the most recent tug of war between the East and West and the end game is currently anyone's guess.Ukraine's economy has been struggling and on the verge of collapse for the past decade, if not longer.
Drones, anti-missile systems, 40,000 police officers, 30,000 military personnel and 30,000 additional security.. these are the precautions Vladimir Putin has set in place for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi, Russia. He is calling these security measures the "ring of steel".
Election officials have been planning and preparing for 2020 based on what they know happened leading up to 2016. The question now is what more they may learn from the special counsel.
The inquiry has consumed Washington for nearly two years and led to guilty pleas from former advisers to President Trump.
The special counsel may be close to wrapping up. Or he may not. He could file a landmark report. Or he may not. The rules are limited, and the attorney general has a lot of discretion.
What a bonkers two years the world has endured since Donald Trump landed in the White House, despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes. Who could forget James Comey releasing his extremely inappropriate letter to the public, alerting voters that the FBI was taking a fresh look at old emails from Hillary Clinton associates, emails that turned out to be a big nothing burger, while at the same time never revealing that Donald Trump’s campaign was under investigation for colluding with foreign enemy No. 1, Russia. Without a doubt, those actions impacted the 2016 election.
When President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, his stated justification for doing so — that Comey had mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation by essentially being too tough on Clinton — didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering, well, everything Trump has ever said about that topic.
The official explanation for James Comey’s firing did not survive the night. Aides to President Donald Trump initially claimed that he fired the director of the F.B.I. for mishandling an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server. But that flatly contradicted Trump’s public praise of Comey’s decisions in the Clinton case. Moreover, Trump had repeatedly decried the F.B.I. investigation of his associates for potential collusion with Russia, calling it a “witch hunt,” “fake news,” and a waste of money.
You might have expected the first press conference in Moscow featuring both a Trump administration official and a Russian official to be something of a victory lap. After all, Trump was Russia’s preferred candidate in the 2016 election; he had promised to realign US foreign policy to work with Moscow. He even picked Rex Tillerson, an oil magnate and a man to whom Vladimir Putin personally awarded a Russian state medal, to be secretary of state.
The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been frozen,” Jim Himes, a Democratic representative from Connecticut who is a member of the Committee, said.
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