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A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

Source: Mother Jones

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery letter saying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: "In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information."

Reid's missive set off a burst of speculation on Twitter and elsewhere. What was he referring to regarding the Republican presidential nominee? At the end of August, Reid had written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the "connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump's presidential campaign," and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had recently visited Moscow. Last month, Yahoo News reported that US intelligence officials were probing the links between Page and senior Russian officials. (Page has called accusations against him "garbage." On Monday, NBC News reported that the FBI has mounted a preliminary inquiry into the foreign business ties of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief. But Reid's recent note hinted at more than the Page or Manafort affairs. And a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.

"This is something of huge significance, way above party politics," the former intelligence officer says. "I think [Trump's] own party should be aware of this stuff as well."

Does this mean the FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence has attempted to develop a secret relationship with Trump or cultivate him as an asset? Was the former intelligence officer and his material deemed credible or not? An FBI spokeswoman says, "Normally, we don't talk about whether we are investigating anything." But a senior US government official not involved in this case but familiar with the former spy tells Mother Jones that he has been a credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive, and important information to the US government.


Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alleging-russian-operation-cultivate-donald-trump



Holy living f@ck.

Harry Reid was right!!--FBI is investigating Trump ties to Russia.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-making-inquiry-ex-trump-campaign-manager-s-foreign-ties-n675881

The FBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's foreign business connections, law enforcement and intelligence sources told NBC News Monday.

Word of the inquiry, which has not blossomed into a full-blown criminal investigation, comes just days after FBI Director James Comey's disclosure that his agency is examining a new batch of emails connected to an aide to Hillary Clinton.

And it comes a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Comey's revelation and asserted that Comey possesses "explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government."

...

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, regularly receives sensitive briefings. Schiff said he could not discuss Reid's assertions, but he said, "Americans have every right to be concerned about what they see in terms of Trump advisors and their closeness with the Kremlin, Trump's policies vis-a-vis Russia, Trump's potential financial interest, all of those things ought to be of deep concern to voters."

FBI Making Inquiry Into Ex-Trump Campaign Manager's Foreign Ties

Source: NBC News

The FBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's foreign business connections, law enforcement and intelligence sources told NBC News Monday.

Word of the inquiry, which has not blossomed into a full-blown criminal investigation, comes just days after FBI Director James Comey's disclosure that his agency is examining a new batch of emails connected to an aide to Hillary Clinton.

And it comes a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Comey's revelation and asserted that Comey possesses "explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government."

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NBC News reported in August that Manafort was a key player in multi-million-dollar business propositions with Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs — one of them a close Putin ally with alleged ties to organized crime — which foreign policy experts said raised questions about the pro-Russian bent of the Trump candidacy.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-making-inquiry-ex-trump-campaign-manager-s-foreign-ties-n675881



Boom.

the bright side from Florida early voting: Hispanic UNLIKELY voters are voting

Having touted the glum news from Florida's early voting, here's the bright side:

1) the percentage of early voters is 13.5% and (a) has been rising and (b) is greater than that since registration typically undercounts Hispanics

2) 50% of the FL Hispanic Democrats and 55% of Hispanic NPA (No Party Affiliation) who have voted are unlikely voters--those who have either never voted or have voted in only 1/3 previous elections.

caveat, of course, is that their numbers would be picked up in polls that still show Trump either tied or ahead. Plus the other not so great numbers from early voting.

But if folks are looking for a silver lining, there it is.

It's very clear the FBI is a sewer of rightwing operatives

This has been allowed to fester under Comey, but it's also clear he has lost control of his investigators, who have been leaking and delaying and witch hunting in order to throw this election to Trump.

They need to purge the Republican political operatives from that agency, down to the field agent level.

So, the news of the day is that Anthony Weiner got emails from his wife on his phone.

Comey is a damn disgrace.

Oh fuck. Comey is trying to get Trump elected.

He's announced they're reopening the email investigation.

https://mobile.twitter.com/JesseRodriguez/status/792048407649120256

11 days before the election.

This is his October surprise. Someone better do the oppo drop on Trump pronto.

He needs to be fired in the next administration.

Letter to his buddy Chafetz here:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jaketapper/status/792050013555810304

November 2--Hillary will be in ... ARIZONA.

Per her press secretary Brian Fallon:

https://mobile.twitter.com/brianefallon/status/792043601463283713

Arizona ain't an indulgence. It's a true battleground. Perhaps even more favorable-looking right now than some other places we've been on TV."

Trump attending ribbon cutting at his D.C. Hotel this week.

https://mobile.twitter.com/JonLemire/status/790685984115531776


And he's launching Trump TV tonight.

Scampaign.

LOL!! The Deplorables think Wikileaks revealed the crime of OVERSAMPLING in polls

http://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/wikileaks-bombshell-exposes-clinton-campaign-mainstream-media-rigged-polling/

They think the fact that oversampling means Trump's blathering of rigged polls has been vindicated.

In reality, it just means focusing on specific demographics when doing an internal poll for a media buy.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oversampling_and_undersampling_in_data_analysis

Deplorable and dumb ain't no way to go through life.

They make our old buddy Dean "Unskew the Polls" Chambers look brilliant:

http://www.salon.com/2012/09/25/the_website_where_mitt_romneys_winning_in_a_landslide/
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