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Natasha Bertrand Twitter thread on some details from the intelligence report


JUST OUT: Volume 5 of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia report, focused on counterintelligence threats and vulnerabilities. It's 966 pages long. https://intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

Here's a summary of a document that Michael Flynn sent to KT McFarland in January 2017 that "originated with a close associate of a Kremlin insider," per the committee, and that the WH counsel's office wanted to withhold, citing executive privilege.

"As this experience illustrated, White House intervention significantly hampered and prolonged the Committee's investigative effort," report says. "Most importantly, some witnesses were directed by the White House not to tum over potentially privileged information..."

Wow--SSCI goes further than Mueller did in describing Konstantin Kilimnik's relationship with Russian intelligence. "Kilimnik is a Russian intelligence officer," the report says. kilimnik was Manafort's longtime business associate. (pg 28)

Police cars revolving light "Some evidence suggests Kilimnik may be connected to the GRU hack-and-leak operation related to the 2016 U.S. election. This assessment is based on a body of fragmentary information." (pg. 85)

...“Two pieces of information, however, raise the possibility of Manafort’s potential connection to the hack-and-leak operations." Rest is redacted. (Pg 89)

The report says Kilimnik, who SSCI identified as a Russian intelligence officer, "almost certainly helped arrange some of the first public messaging that Ukraine had interfered in the U.S. election." (pg. 108)

The report confirms my reporting from December that the panel found scant if any evidence of Ukrainian interference. "The Committee identified no reliable evidence that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 election," it says (pg 108)

"In August 2016, following the Campaign's tasking, Stone obtained information indicating that John Podesta would be a target of an upcoming release, prior to WikiLeaks
releasing Podesta's emails on October 7. Stone then communicated this information to Trump..." (173)

WikiLeaks/Assange has long maintained Russia was not the source of the hacked Democratic materials. But the committee says it "found significant evidence to suggest that, in the summer of 2016, WikiLeaks
was knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials.” (208)

Umm...why was Roger Stone drafting pro-Russia tweets for Trump in July 2016, as he was teasing more WikiLeaks dumps?
"Many of the draft tweets ... mentioned a new
peace deal with Putin, such as "I want a new detente with Russia under Putin."

Some details about the day of the Access Hollywood tape/Podesta emails release: Trump campaign team heard about the tape an hour before its release. Stone told Corsi to get Assange to "drop the Podesta emails immediately." WikiLeaks did so 30 min after tape published. (249)

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, of Trump Tower meeting fame, "has significant and concerning connections to Russian government and·intel officials, and has not been forthcoming about those relationships," the report alleges. Next 4 pages are redacted. (337)

Michael Cohen
said that after he was indicted in SDNY, "he discussed a potential pardon for himself with Jay Sekulow ‘more than half a dozen times.’ Cohen further stated that he understood the pardon discussions had come from Trump through Sekulow.” (463)

A memo written to Steve Bannon in December 2016 by Bob Foresman, a banker w/deep ties to Russia who is discussed in the Mueller report, "offered advice for structuring the National Security Council so that Russia was a main focus of the council." (741)

Per the report, after submitting that memo, Foresman met with Flynn. Foresman then met w/Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, who relayed Trump team's message to Putin about a desire for better relations. Recall Gorkov held a secret meeting w/Kushner in Dec 2016.

Here's the choir from all 50 states performing the National Anthem

Just because I loved it!


Lol, this reply to Trump


It's not a protest in North Carolina until the banjo comes out. (At Louis DeJoy's mansion)


It's not a protest in North Carolina until the banjo comes out.

This is a great moment in Greensboro, North Carolina as we protest outside Louis DeJoy's mansion.

#USPSprotest #DemCastNC #SaveTheUSPS

Notice the sign that says "I'm tired". Aren't we all?

Here's the Youtube video with the lyrics featuring Joe Troop thanks to cayugafalls

Special thanks to RuralOrganizing.org

You want to win? . Tune all the bullshit out. Voter Confidence is a fickle thing- Steve Schale

Steve Schale worked for David Plouffe


Dear Democrats - and particularly Florida Democrats, can you pull up a chair for a second? We need to have a little chat about voting, and specifically vote by mail ballots.

I understand everyone's concerns about this election, especially given Trump's admissions regarding the USPS. Yes we should raise Hell. Yes we should push Congress to step in. Yes we should double down on voter protection efforts. But what we can't do: play into their game 2/

Trump and his campaign want people to believe their vote is at risk. They want people to lose confidence. They know that if you are reading this, you are going to vote regardless -- but they want your less active friends to believe their vote doesn't matter. 3/

Voter confidence is a fickle thing. When we started in Florida in 08, we had real issues getting people to vote by mail. People had real scars from 2000 here. Republicans added to the issues by adding a voter ID law. There was a lot of anxiety around voting. 4/

We knew we had to build confidence. Remind people they could vote other ways if they didn't want to vote by mail. Teach people how to get an ID if they didn't have one. Put poll watchers in polls - give people a sense we had their back & their vote would count. 5/

So if you want to vote by mail -- you should and so should your friends. Tell them to do this:

1. Request it now.
2. Return it immediately. Why they heck would you wait?
3. Track it online.

In every battleground state, you can track your ballot online. So do that. 6/

If your friends want to vote from home, but are worried about mailing back their ballot. Tell them.

1. Request it now.
2. Vote immediately upon receipt.
3. Go to their local SOE website on where/how to drop off.

If you or your friends want to vote in person, that's great too. Remind them that there are a lot of groups working with states and local communities to ensure proper sanitation and health standards.

Go to http://iwillvote.com to learn your options. 8/

But the point is this - we can't let them win the game of crushing voter confidence. That is absolutely how Trump will win. You want to win - tune all the bull shit out and remind folks that if we blow this out, none of the other stuff will matter.

Remember the words of John Lewis: "We cannot give up now, we cannot give up. We must keep the faith, keep our eyes on the prize. We must go out and vote like we never, ever voted before...We must use the vote as a nonviolent instrument or tool to redeem the soul of America.”

All bullshit is now getting tuned out.

Looks like Trump is getting ready to fire Esper


Even Trump is now calling @EsperDoD #Yesper. And Trump is now further humiliating Esper, for humiliating himself for Trump. This entire administration is a disgusting circular firing squad.

Trump requires people to bend the knee to him but when they do, he treats them with contempt and humiliates them for being a toady. He is one messed up sonofabitch.

Trump's going to declare victory in states based on in person voting results

then sue to block and invalidate mail in ballots based on fraud. He’s already assembled a team of lawyers and it’s why he’s saying he can win NY( still don’t think it’s possible)What a gigantic shitshow this is going to be.

Edit to add: we will prevail but it’s gonna be a damn mess.

Sen. Rubio tells a secret: After giving a tax cut to the rich, GOP will cut SS and Medicare

Advocates for seniors and the middle class have been warning for weeks that the Republican drive to cut taxes for the wealthy is the prelude to a larger attack on Social Security and Medicare.

In a videotaped interview with two Politico reporters Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the quiet parts out loud. Asked by interviewers Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman how to address the federal deficit, he replied: “We have to do two things. We have to generate economic growth which generates revenue, while reducing spending. That will mean instituting structural changes to Social Security and Medicare for the future.”

The only thing that’s new here is the explicit admission by a Republican officeholder that this is the GOP’s master plan to eviscerate the welfare and retirement of American workers. Budget analysts have seen it coming with all the subtlety of a freight train. As we reported earlier this month, the damage begins with the so-called Paygo law (for “pay as you go”), which requires Congress to offset any increase in the federal deficit with spending cuts. The law limits Medicare cuts to 4% of its budget per year, or $25 billion of its $625-billion budget. Because the tax cut proposals the Senate was preparing to vote on late Friday would expand the deficit by about $1.5 trillion over 10 years, it’s likely to trigger the cuts.


First off, get rid of the pay go law. Their strategy is nothing new. They've been saying this crap forever.

"My buddy in NC, a registered Democrat, just got this in the mail"


This North Carolina Trump Victory mailer telling people to request a ballot in the mail blurs out the second half of Trump's tweet, which in part reads "Bad things happen with Mail-Ins."

Republicans are getting these as well. Why tell the voters in your party to request mail in ballots and then try to sabotage them?

Entertaining interview w/ Dem Hank Gilbert , who's running against Louie Gohmert on The New Abnormal



Gilbert describes a scene from a rally/protest he held in the town square of (Tyler, TX, I think). Gohmert had paid armed thugs from the 3% militia group there to disrupt the rally.

They also interview the amazing Lauren Underwood, the Dem who won Illinois' 14th Congressional District
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