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Daily Mail names the "former operative"
Ex-MI6 man Christopher Steele is reported to be the source of a salacious file alleging the Kremlin had compromising evidence about Mr Trump's sex life, that it planned to use to blackmail him.
Mr Steele, 52, is said to be an expert in intelligence analysis and counter-terrorism and sources say he once worked with murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
He is now the director of a private security and investigations firm called Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd, run out of plush offices in Belgravia, central London.
The involvement of a former British intelligence officer and ambassador is embarrassing for the Government with Theresa May under pressure to reassure the President-elect that the UK had nothing to do with the 35-page briefing.
The British security services had originally tried to block UK news organisations from naming Mr Steele by issuing a D-notice, which prevents the revelation of certain information for security reasons.
Mr Steele has now fled his home in Surrey, in fear of a backlash from the Kremlin and sources say he is 'terrified for his safety'.
In recent weeks, the former spy declined requests for interviews through an intermediary, who said the subject was 'too hot', reports the Wall Street Journal.
more at the link
nice summary few posts above.
another piece of the puzzle is Carter Page who is named as one of the Trump staff who interfaced w Russian officials. Page was mentioned by Trump at the beginning of his campaign as providing inputs. But it appears Page never actually met Trump and was dropped relatively quickly. Trump was furiously trying to put together a team and most Republicans would not be associated w him.
it would be nice to see CNN shut out of getting questions for a year or so
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"I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands." - George Harrison
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I have been hearing criticism over Trump not answering the media questions.
These fools don't understand. There were 150-200 reporters at the press conference.
Trump answered questions, he just did not entertain any from CNN.
Why do specific news media feel they are so much more important than others?
Looks like they are getting a wake-up call.
Great press conference.
"Elections have consequences" Obama (D) 2009
"We are going to drain the swamp.”
Donald Trump (R) 2016
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Had this same discussion with someone today.
They claimed "censorship".
I said; "The press was present, and there was nothing "hidden" from "We the People...", therefore, all things that we hold dear, are preserved, the press was present and able to see and report, all that took place.
This is not a case of "everyone gets a turn to win a trophy", it is simply the way things are supposed to work.
No one is guaranteed preeminence, and our Republic is established to be and exist on the edge of anarchy, while being held in check by a fine line of decorum.
And this is the reality of that in as demonstrative an example as can be had.
"the meaning of life, is to give life meaning" ✡ I could explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.
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Boom of Doom
Has anyone else notice that the Pres Elect seal looks like a "Do Not Enter" sign?
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People again must learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. ~ Cicero 55 BC
The Dhimocrats love America like ticks love a hound.
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Not To Get Excited
It's a stretch, but I'm good with it.
I can see The People's Republic of Seattle from my house.
I loved his press conference and the appointments to his cabinet. That has got to be the most competent and distinguished bunch of people ever.
His detractors had all best shut the fuck up and get on board unless they want to be spending a lot more time with their families.
It's gonna be an interesting year!
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. - George Bernard Shaw
Censorship is not when someone refuses to answer a question from an asshole. Censorship is when that asshole keeps interrupting so that person can't talk to anyone else.
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Just more 'crybully' behaviour. Act like entitled jerks, then cry "censorship" when somebody doesn't treat them like the special little snowflake they think they are. . .
No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
All my guns have killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.
|wishing we |
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he has told Donald Trump that the leak of a classified report that details unsubstantiated claims that Russia has compiled damaging information on the president-elect probably didn’t come from U.S. spy agencies.
“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” Clapper said.
“James Clapper called me yesterday to denounce the false and fictitious report that was illegally circulated,” Trump said
Clapper did indicate that he had briefed policy makers on its existence, however, saying he was obligated to ensure they “are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.” But, Clapper said, the intelligence community hadn’t made any judgment on whether the claims within the document were reliable.
so our vaunted CIA and FBI have had some of this info for months, but can't figure out if is true. Read the 35 pages. This is hard to figure out ?
The man behind the sensational story concerning information the Russian government had supposedly collected about Donald Trump is a former British intelligence operative and was a longtime intelligence source for the U.S. government who had assisted the FBI during an investigation into corruption by FIFA, the world soccer association,
The operative — identified today by the Wall Street Journal as Christopher Steele, a former Russian operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency — had worked as a consultant for the FBI’s Eurasian organized crime section, helping to develop information about ties between suspected Russian gangsters and FIFA, said one of the sources, who is directly familiar with Steele’s work.
The preexisting relationship between Steele and U.S. officials is one reason the FBI took the operative’s allegations seriously when he first turned over a written dossier, filled with uncorroborated “raw intelligence” about Trump, to one of the bureau’s agents in Rome last summer, the sources said.
A senior law enforcement official declined to talk about the nature of Steele’s relationship with the FBI. But the official confirmed that he was known to the FBI and that the bureau had already obtained copies of his reports months before Sen. John McCain handed FBI Director James Comey a dossier of Steele’s material in December. Asked why a two-page summary of the uncorroborated reports was included as part of last week’s intelligence briefing on Russian hacking, the official said that “it was an intelligence community decision” to do so after officials learned that his reports had been widely circulating among members of Congress and journalists. “It seemed very clear that these were going to see the light of day in the next couple of weeks,” the official said. The conclusion was that “it might be a good idea to tell [Trump] about them before they were publicly released.”
All my guns have killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.
|Only the strong survive|
The Consumer Confidence Index is one of the most important of future economy growth. From Zacks:
U.S. consumer confidence peaked to record highs in December, as suggested by recent surveys.
The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index climbed to 113.7 (1985=100) - the highest level since August 2001. It moved +4.3 points higher than November’s level, while beating the prior forecast of 109 (according to Bloomberg reports).
Notwithstanding a decline in sentiments on current conditions, the measure of consumer expectations soared to 105.5, the highest level since December 2003 and therefore, accounted solely for the overall confidence index’s December surge. The expectation gauge rose +11.1 points from the preceding month’s level.
Following are some highlights of specific areas covered by the Board’s survey:
Outlook on Business Conditions: The proportion of Americans with an improved outlook on the next six months’ business conditions is 23.6%, the largest since February 11, and up from the previous share of 16.4%. The share of respondents expecting business conditions to deteriorate fell from 9.9% to 8.7%
Outlook on Labor Market:
At 21% compared to the previous share of 16.1%, a greater share of consumers expects to see more job creation in the coming months. Although the percentage of people predicting fewer jobs also increased, it did by a much smaller margin of +0.5 points.
The share of consumers hopeful of higher incomes increased from 17.4% to 21%. The percentage expecting a decrease in incomes declined from 9.2% to 8.6%. Which means, the share differential between the two consumer groups widened to 12.4 points, the largest gap since January 2007.
Outlook on Stock Markets: Proportion of consumers expecting higher share prices in 2017 increased to 44.7% in December, the largest since January 2004.
University of Michigan’s Index of Consumer Sentiment increased +4.7 points from November’s level to reach 98.2 in December, its highest level since January 2004.
Source: Survey of Consumers, University of Michigan
The University’s gauge of consumer expectations climbed to 89.5, up from November’s 85.2. The measure of Americans’ sentiment on current economic conditions improved from the previous month’s 107.3 up to 111.9.
Source: Survey of Consumers, University of Michigan
Bottom Line for Investors
The surge in U.S. consumers’ optimism is largely believed to be a result of their expectations for Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump’s proposed policies, including boosting domestic employment cutting tax rates and raising infrastructure spending, have potentially heightened Americans’ hopes for more jobs, better salaries and higher equity/portfolio returns.
The higher optimism among Americans could possibly offer tailwinds to household spending & investments. But more than short-term expectations, what will eventually drive economic growth are consistent long-term fundamentals – which are likely to strengthen in the coming years. The unemployment rate is predicted to fall to 4.4% next year and to 4.3% in 2018 (versus 2016’s 4.8%). The real GDP is expected to grow at +2.1% in 2017, up from 2016’s +1.7%. For Q1 2017, the projected S&P 500 earnings growth is +10.4% - a marked improvement from the estimated +3.4% in Q4 2016 (According to Zacks Investment Managements Economic Outlook report).
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Why doesn't the media move to Hollywood, as that is the way they act, like a made for TV show?
They aren't even as good as a theater movie, a b grade movie if that term is used anymore?
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When I watched Trump's conference, I thought it was a "Do Not Enter" sign. I had to really look closely to realize it was The White House in front of a red background.
I had initially thought someone was getting clever at the news agency and superimposing the graphic over another insignia.
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The MSM will spin damned near anything!
It's a parody! LOL
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Andrew Napolitano: Why the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back to front and center
The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill.
Even though the case against her -- which was closed and then reopened and then closed again -- is old news and she obviously is no longer a candidate to become president of the United States and has been staying below the radar for the past two months, recent developments have regenerated the case.
Here is the back story.
On July 5, FBI Director James Comey announced publicly that the FBI would recommend against seeking an indictment of Clinton for espionage -- the failure to safeguard state secrets that had been entrusted to her. He argued that though the case against her was strong -- as secretary of state, she had been extremely careless with secrets; exposed hundreds of materials that were confidential, secret and top-secret; and used non-secure mobile devices while in the territory of hostile governments -- no reasonable prosecutor would take the case.
Why was the decision of whether to prosecute Clinton left to Comey?
The FBI’s job is to gather evidence of federal crimes and to present that evidence to career prosecutors in the Department of Justice for evaluation. The FBI has numerous investigative tools available to it. One of those tools is presenting evidence to a grand jury and requesting subpoenas from it. Another is presenting evidence to a federal judge and requesting search warrants from the judge. A third is obtaining the indictment of someone who is in the inner circle of the person who is the true target of the investigation and then persuading that indicted person to become a government witness.
None of those tools was used in the Clinton case.
As well, a major interference with the case occurred when Attorney General Loretta Lynch agreed to meet privately with former President Bill Clinton. He was -- and still is -- also the subject of an FBI criminal investigation. Though both Lynch and Mr. Clinton denied talking about the investigations, the attorney general took herself and senior DOJ management off the Hillary Clinton case, leaving the FBI director with the authority to decide whether to prosecute. So based on Comey’s decision that no reasonable prosecutor would take the case against Mrs. Clinton, it was closed.
The case was briefly reopened 11 days before Election Day. The FBI announced it had stumbled upon a potential treasure-trove of emails contained in a laptop jointly owned and used by Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The FBI believed at the time that the laptop contained nearly every email Abedin had received from Clinton. Weiner was under investigation for various sexual crimes, and the FBI had obtained the laptop in its search for evidence against him.
Then, a week later, the FBI announced that it had found nothing among the 650,000 emails in the laptop that would cause it to reopen the Clinton case, and it closed the case a second time.
Donald Trump argued during the last weeks of the presidential election campaign that Clinton had exposed state secrets to hostile foreign governments. FBI agents who disagreed with their boss’s decision not to seek the indictment of Clinton made the same arguments. Clinton denied vehemently that she had caused any state secrets to pass into the hands of hostile foreign governments.
Then Trump was elected president of the United States.
Then Clinton left the public scene.
Then, last Sunday evening, during the NFL playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers, the FBI posted on its website more than 300 emails that Clinton had sent to an unnamed colleague not in the government -- no doubt her adviser Sid Blumenthal -- that had fallen into the hands of foreign powers. It turns out -- and the Sunday night release proves this -- that Blumenthal was hacked by intelligence agents from at least three foreign governments and that they obtained the emails Clinton had sent to him that contained state secrets. Sources believe that the hostile hackers were the Russians and the Chinese and the friendly hackers were the Israelis.
Last Sunday’s revelations make the case against Clinton far more serious than Comey presented it to be last summer. Indeed, Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated by Trump to be attorney general and who has been a harsh critic of Clinton's, told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that he would step aside from any further investigation of Clinton, thereby acknowledging that the investigation will probably be opened again.
One of the metrics that the DOJ examines in deciding whether to prosecute is an analysis of harm caused by the potential defendant. I have examined the newly released emails, and the state secrets have been whited out. Yet it is clear from the FBI analysis of them that real secrets were exposed by the nation’s chief diplomat -- meaning she violated an agreement she signed right after she took office, in which she essentially promised that she would not do what she eventually did.
The essence of the American justice system is the rule of law. The rule of law means that no one is beneath the law’s protections or above its obligations.
Should Clinton skate free so the Trump administration can turn the page? Should the new DOJ be compassionate toward Clinton because of her humiliating election loss and likely retirement from public life? Of course not. She should be prosecuted as would anyone else who let loose secrets to our enemies and then lied about it.
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Not long now...
Their system of ethics, which regards treachery and violence as virtues rather than vices, has produced a code of honour so strange and inconsistent, that it is incomprehensible to a logical mind.
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