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Washington Post: Jared Kushner proposed backchannel communications with Russia

May 27, 2017

    Earlier in the week we learned that Jared Kushner was under scrutiny in the Russia collusion scandal and now the Washington Post is reporting that he tried to set up backchannel communications between the Trump transition team and Russia.

  The Washington Post article is paywalled so I am using another source which is reporting on the original article, here is more:

President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to communicate with the Kremlin through secure transmission systems at Russian diplomatic facilities to ostensibly evade U.S. monitoring during the presidential transition, the Washington Post reported today.

The WaPo based the report, which came a day after the paper reported Kushner’s contacts were a focus of the FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, on U.S. intercepts of conversations that Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with his bosses back in Moscow.

Kislyak allegedly told his higher-ups that Kushner floated the proposal for back-channel communications during a conversation between the two and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn at Trump Tower on Dec. 1 or Dec. 2. The White House acknowledged the meeting in March.

“Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team,” the report states. “Neither the meeting nor the communications of Americans involved were under U.S. surveillance, officials said.”

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Donald Trump to keep Russia sanctions in place, might strengthen them

May 26, 2017

  The whole theory swirling around the Russia election collusion allegations is pretty simple: Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to help him get elected in return for loosening Barack Obama’s sanctions on Russia.

  However, it is now being reported by Bloomberg that Gary Cohn told reporters the sanctions will remain in place and that Donald Trump might even strengthen them. Here is more:

President Donald Trump will maintain Obama-era sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict and may even strengthen them, his top economic adviser said.

“We’re not lowering our sanctions on Russia,” White House National Economic Council director Gary Cohn told reporters Friday in Taormina, Sicily. “If anything, we would probably look to get tougher on Russia.”

His comments mark the strongest statement yet from the Trump administration that sanctions placed by the U.S. on Russia after its military incursion into Ukraine in 2014 will remain in place until Moscow heeds an international accord to resolve the conflict.

  If this is true it would certainly blow a hole in the whole conspiracy theory however the Democrats will probably make the case that this somehow proves there was collusion between the candidate and Russia and the only reason why he is doing this is to provide cover now that his nefarious plot has been uncovered. He simply cannot win with the left…

Jared Kushner will cooperate with FBI investigation into Russia election collusion scandal

May 26, 2017

  Well, this is a little refreshing. As we learned earlier this week, Jared Kushner is under scrutiny by the FBI for his alleged role in the Russia election collusion scandal and today we have learned that he will cooperate if (when) he is contacted by the FBI. This certainly sounds as if he feels he has done nothing wrong, and of course he is not accused of committing a crime.

  Here is more:

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said he would cooperate with any investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia following reports that he is under FBI scrutiny.

Multiple news outlets reported on Thursday that investigators were focused on a series of meetings that Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, held with Russian officials last year as part of the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings,” attorney Jamie Gorelick said in a statement on Thursday. “He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”

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Afterburner with Bill Whittle: ‘Bill Nye the Science Lie’

May 26, 2017

  It has been awhile since we heard from Bill Whittle but he is back with his latest Afterburner video which is entitled “Bill Nye the Science Lie.” As you can guess by the title Bill Whittle takes on the mechanical engineer who has dubbed himself a scientist, Bill Nye, on global warming. Here is the video, enjoy.

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Jared Kushner under scrutiny in Russia election collusion scandal

May 25, 2017

 Last week it was reported that the investigation into the Russia election collusion scandal had reached the White House. Here is a link to a post I wrote on that story. In the comment section to that post some of us speculated that Jared Kushner was the person of interest and now it appears, according to this story, as if that is the case. Here is more:

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

The FBI’s scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau’s sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a “person of interest,” but did not name the person. The term “person of interest” has no legal meaning.

  Once again there is no allegation of a crime having been committed but the investigation continues. Earlier this week Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment right rather than complying with a Congressional subpoena into the Russia election collusion investigation. Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn have become thorns in the President’s side and I see a pattern beginning to emerge here. What do Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner have in common? They are lifelong Democrats, it is time to drain the swamp.

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Whistleblower claims Barack Obama allowed 16 known MS-13 gang members to stay in the United States during the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ surge

May 24, 2017

  As you may recall there was a surge of “unaccompanied alien children” allowed to stay in the United States in 2014. A Department of Homeland Security whisleblower is now claiming that the Obama regime allowed 16 known MS-13 gang member to stay in the United States because they were part of this surge. (It should be noted these were illegal immigrants.)

  Here is more:

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 persons who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.

Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.

  But hey, what is the worst that can happen…

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatens Police Chief with ‘consequences’ if her computer being held as evidence in a hacking scandal is not returned

May 24, 2017

  This is a story which has received no coverage in the mainstream media whatsoever: shortly after the election three Muslim brothers who were working for the government in the IT department were suddenly fired and fled the country after they became aware they were suspected of illegally accessing records. (And no, this is not part of the Russia hacking scandal. This is yet another one.)  Here is a little back story from February:

Three brothers who managed office IT for government officials were relieved of their duties last week on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.

Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday.

They accessed computers unauthorized. They were getting foreign information. The three brothers were making $161,000, $165,000, and $160,000.
One of the brothers has a criminal background.

  As part of the investigation Debbie Wasserman Schulz’s laptop was taken as evidence. Needless to say, she is not happy and she wants her computer back. So much so that she made a veiled threat to the Capitol Police Chief which was caught on video. Here is said video, the relevant part starts at the 2:43 mark:

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s computer was not in her possession when it was taken, it was supposedly lost but more likely it was stolen. She claims that because she is not under investigation the computer should be returned to her but the police chief says there are extenuating circumstances, in other words it is possible there is evidence on the computer related to the three brothers who hacked into the system and shared the information on another server. It makes you wonder what she is afraid of…

  In addition to this there is another angle to this story: it has been reported that Congressional members might be being blackmailed as a result of this breach. Bunkerville wrote a great article about this angle here which everybody should check out.

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