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Wordslinger

Wordslinger
Trump's conflict with Michigan's governor, has resulted in claims that Trump has tweeted that no supplies are to be sent to that State. In other words, because of his political stance, thousands of Michigan residents are going to die.

Strike another victory point for Putin. Reality

zsomething


Y'know, I've been pretty confident that the economy would bounce back pretty quickly once the pandemic crisis passed. The people who are losing their jobs aren't going out in bad standing, the same goods and services will still be wanted once this is over, and banks will be eager to give business loans for owners to re-start their businesses. We will all be on the side of businesses and workers, and the pandemic will also inspire new businesses, such as increased delivery options, etc. So, I was fairly certain we'd get a quick rebound. All you've really got to do is... step back and let it go. Incentivize banks to give loans, maybe a few stimulus packages to the working class to keep them from falling too far behind, but, other than that, things would take care of themselves and the economy would repair itself within a year or so. Maybe not quite back to where it was, but it'd be moving, it'd resurge.

But now I'm hearing that the guy Trump is looking to for re-bound ideas is... Art Laffer. The originator of the infamous "Laffer Curve," a.k.a. "trickle down," one of the absolute worst economic ideas ever fucking come up with by mankind. Reagan fucked America's economic structure completely with that shit, and it is the exact opposite of the way one grows an economy.

If they let an abject moron like Art Laffer have a say-so, then this country can look forward to a major depression, and a long one. It's the absolute WORST move they could possibly make, and even I thought Trump wouldn't be THAT stupid. God damnit...

PkrBum

PkrBum
Did federal income tax receipts rise or fall after Trump tax cuts?

Results matter.

zsomething


PkrBum wrote:Did federal income tax receipts rise or fall after Trump tax cuts?

Results matter.

Yeah, they do. It's just too bad you don't understand results.

Across the board, economic indicators were at a slightly slower rate than they were under Obama, after Trump's tax cuts. That's proof that Trump's tax cuts had no beneficial result to the economy. It was just a way for billionaires to steal even more money from fuckwits like you, who defend them. Letting yourself get scammed to own the libs! That'll show 'em!

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-gop-tax-cuts-no-boost-us-economy-gdp-2020-1


https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/7-charts-showing-trump-tax-cuts-not-economic-rocket-fuel-2019-12-1028780773

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/news/2019/09/26/475083/trumps-corporate-tax-cut-not-trickling/

There's your results, whizbang. O' course, it won't mean anything to you, because you don't deal with facts.

I know you just beliieeeeeve things because you're the idiot son of idiot parents and you don't have the tools in your intellectual toolbox (hell, you don't even have the toolbox in the first place) to understand things, or the courage to face the fact that everything you believe has been bullshit. So you just suck off Hannity and regurgitate what he trains you to say like the good lil' parasite you are, but eventually you really need to embrace the fact that you're a complete moron and there's not a grown-up alive who needs your low-watt slow-gear input about anything. We're all aware by now of what brainwashed FOX-News-end-products sound like, you really don't need to keep reminding us.


Floridatexan

Floridatexan
This Is Trump’s Fault

The president is failing, and Americans are paying for his failures.

APRIL 7, 2020

David Frum
Staff writer at The Atlantic

(long article)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/americans-are-paying-the-price-for-trumps-failures/609532/

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Where are tax receipts headed now? Idiot.


From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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Floridatexan

Floridatexan
From the Atlantic article:

[...]

“If we were doing a bad job, we should also be criticized. But we have done an incredible job,” Trump said on February 27. “We’re doing a great job with it,” he told Republican senators on March 10. “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning,” he tweeted on March 18.

For three-quarters of his presidency, Trump has taken credit for the economic expansion that began under President Barack Obama in 2010. That expansion accelerated in 2014, just in time to deliver real prosperity over the past three years. The harm done by Trump’s own initiatives, and especially his trade wars, was masked by that continued growth. The economy Trump inherited became his all-purpose answer to his critics. Did he break laws, corrupt the Treasury, appoint cronies, and tell lies? So what? Unemployment was down, the stock market up.

Suddenly, in 2020, the rooster that had taken credit for the sunrise faced the reality of sunset. He could not bear it.

Underneath all the denial and self-congratulation, Trump seems to have glimpsed the truth. The clearest statement of that knowledge was expressed on February 28. That day, Trump spoke at a rally in South Carolina—his penultimate rally before the pandemic forced him to stop. This was the rally at which Trump accused the Democrats of politicizing the coronavirus as “their new hoax.” That line was so shocking, it has crowded out awareness of everything else Trump said that day. Yet those other statements are, if possible, even more relevant to understanding the trouble he brought upon the country.

Trump does not speak clearly. His patterns of speech betray a man with guilty secrets to hide, and a beclouded mind. Yet we can discern, through the mental fog, that Trump had absorbed some crucial facts. By February 28, somebody in his orbit seemed to already be projecting 35,000 to 40,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Trump remembered the number, but refused to believe it. His remarks are worth revisiting at length:

Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that, right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.

One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.” That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.

But we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people [sick] in this massive country, and because of the fact that we went early. We went early; we could have had a lot more than that. We’re doing great. Our country is doing so great. We are so unified. We are so unified. The Republican Party has never ever been unified like it is now. There has never been a movement in the history of our country like we have now. Never been a movement.

So a statistic that we want to talk about—Go ahead: Say USA. It’s okay; USA. So a number that nobody heard of, that I heard of recently and I was shocked to hear it: 35,000 people on average die each year from the flu. Did anyone know that? Thirty-five thousand, that’s a lot of people. It could go to 100,000; it could be 27,000. They say usually a minimum of 27, goes up to 100,000 people a year die.

And so far, we have lost nobody to coronavirus in the United States. Nobody. And it doesn’t mean we won’t and we are totally prepared. It doesn’t mean we won’t, but think of it. You hear 35 and 40,000 people and we’ve lost nobody and you wonder, the press is in hysteria mode.


On February 28, very few Americans had heard of an estimated death toll of 35,000 to 40,000, but Trump had heard it. And his answer to that estimate was: “So far, we have lost nobody.” He conceded, “It doesn’t mean we won’t.” But he returned to his happy talk. “We are totally prepared.” And as always, it was the media's fault. “You hear 35 and 40,000 people and we’ve lost nobody and you wonder, the press is in hysteria mode.”

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The ravings of a lunatic.

PkrBum

PkrBum
What a fucktardZ you are. First here's to the target audience he wanted to help:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/chuckdevore/2019/12/20/trumps-tax-cut-is-two-years-old-and-job-growth-in-low-tax-states-is-soaring/amp/

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its state-level jobs report today for the Month of November, providing 23 months of employment information to track how the Tax Cut and Jobs Act may have shaped job growth trends across America. The results strongly suggest that the 27 low tax states (with average SALT deductions below $10,000 in 2016) are significantly outperforming the 23 high tax states and the District of Columbia (where filers claimed more than $10,000 in SALT deductions).

From December 2017 to November 2019, the low tax states added nonfarm payrolls at a rate 93.8% greater than the high tax states. Nonfarm jobs include those in the government sector. Limiting the scope of job growth to the private sector, where small business owners’ decisions on when and where to grow their businesses are directed affected by the tax code, shows and even larger job creation advantage for the low tax states, with a 97.9% higher rate of job growth in the past 23 months. Capital-intensive manufacturing shows an even larger disparity, with the rate of manufacturing jobs growing 3.3% in the low tax states compared to 1.3% in the high tax states, a massive 151% disparity in favor of the low tax states. In the past 12 months, the difference in manufacturing job growth is an astounding 1,209% advantage in favor of the low tax states. This may be because manufacturing facilities take longer to get up and running than do other sectors such as retail, with the effect of the tax cut being slower to manifest in this sector.

PkrBum

PkrBum
Here's a clue asshat... when you have to jump through 10 hoops backwards to make your point...

you don't have a point. You have a regurgitated pile of propaganda shit.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-federal-revenues-deficits/

"Taxes: Critics of the Trump tax cuts said they would blow a hole in the deficit. Yet individual income taxes climbed 6% in the just-ended fiscal year 2018, as the economy grew faster and created more jobs than expected.

The Treasury Department reported this week that individual income tax collections for FY 2018 totaled $1.7 trillion. That's up $14 billion from fiscal 2017, and an all-time high. And that's despite the fact that individual income tax rates got a significant cut this year as part of President Donald Trump's tax reform plan.

Other major sources of revenue climbed as well, as the overall economy revived. FICA tax collections rose by more than 3%. Excise taxes jumped 13%."

That's on just 9 months of results. While you can argue that receipts would've been higher without the tax cut... you can't argue that receipts fell... not intellectually honestly that is. More money was pocketed by tax payers... and the govt.

Telstar

Telstar
While the bodies pile up remember he's making money off the dead. Twisted Evil


Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... Bloody10

zsomething


I already engaged the our resident shit-stuck-to-our-shoe more than he deserves and you can't convince an abject idiot who's going to change parameters whenever he's proven wrong.   But just out of irony, I found it funny that this guy posted a video on confirmation bias on the very day I got a reply that's possibly the best definition of it. Smile

PkrBum

PkrBum
https://www.thebalance.com/current-u-s-federal-government-tax-revenue-3305762

Fiscal Year Revenue
FY 2019        $3.46 trillion (actual)
FY 2018        $3.33 trillion
FY 2017        $3.32 trillion

You're slow... it's probably not your fault.

Telstar

Telstar
[quote="PkrBum"] Now this is what I call a REAL AMERICAN LEADER.


Floridatexan

Floridatexan
Looks to me that this SOB chose profiteering over the health and safety of Americans:

America last: Rep. Porter has receipts showing Trump chose a quick buck over American lives

Rep. Katie Porter has been all business since being elected to office. Today, Rep. Porter released a report showing that in spite of growing concerns and warnings about the potential oncoming pandemic threat of the COVID-19 virus from top officials and experts, Donald Trump not only did nothing about it, he allowed ramped up exportation of much-needed medical supplies. The report, titled “EVERYONE BUT US,” charges Donald Trump with misapplying and mismanaging our nation’s medical supplies in the months leading up to our current crisis.

Rep. Porter, like many Democratic officials, has long pleaded with Trump to use the powers afforded him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up production and supply chains for much-needed medical supplies. These essential medical supplies were needed weeks ago at the front lines of the battle to save lives. Trump has instead been stingy in his application of the DPA, trying to gaslight away the death count under his watch.

But while Trump’s incompetence and criminal negligence has been well covered, Porter’s team has analyzed “previously unreported government trade data” that paints an even darker picture of how complicit in our country’s misery Donald Trump is. According to the report, the United States was not simply ill-prepared for the coming pandemic—they were actively making big money depleting our medical resources, making us even less prepared: “The value of U.S. ventilator exports jumped 22.7% percent from January to February.”

And it wasn’t only ventilators. Porter says her team “found that in February 2020, the value of U.S. mask exports to China was 1,094% higher than the 2019 monthly average.” Think about that every time you read a pick-me-up story of some designer creating PPE masks for ER staff, or some grade-school kid donating their mask. And to be clear, during this same time the U.S. imported fewer PPE and cleaning supplies, as well as fewer ventilators.

It is clear that one of the fundamental tragic flaws of conservatism in America is how shortsighted its greed for money and power is. By not being more serious in January and February, and even in March, the Trump administration and the Republican power apparatus in general has worsened the economic problems we now face, and will continue to face in the not so distant future. What this report shows is that this short-sightedness is pathological in nature, like a fish with a seven-second memory, wondering why it keeps getting hooked in the mouth every time a worm miraculously appears from the sky.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/8/1935508/-America-last-Rep-Porter-has-receipts-showing-Trump-chose-a-quick-buck-over-American-lives?detail=emaildkre

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Link to report:

porter.house.gov/uploadedfiles/everyone_but_us.pdf

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Floridatexan

Floridatexan

Germany confirms that Trump tried to buy firm working on coronavirus vaccine

"The Donald Trump administration offered "large sums of money" to get exclusive access to a coronavirus vaccine being developed by a German company, Die Welt reported Sunday.

According to the article, Trump was trying to get the Tübingen-based CureVac company — which also has sites in Frankfurt and Boston — to move its research wing to the United States and develop the vaccine "for the U.S. only."..."

https://www.politico.eu/article/germany-confirms-that-donald-trump-tried-to-buy-firm-working-on-coronavirus-vaccine/?fbclid=IwAR3RJsaUZr-BxUngtE0FPH-jae_LdzfDZYSATEodgHUiyDc6jodQChrwFYQ

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CORRUPTION CORRUPTION CORRUPTION

Trump Is ‘Treating Life-Saving Medical Equipment as Emoluments’ to ‘Dole Out’ as Political Favors: Reports

or weeks questions have been swirling about the Trump administration’s refusal to release critical life-saving medical equipment and supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, the Trump administration’s refusal to actually force manufacturers to produce critical life-saving medical equipment and supplies, and the Trump administration’s refusal to answer questions about its very different supply chain tactics surrounding critical life-saving medical equipment and supplies.

Senior advisor to the President Jared Kushner‘s insistence one week ago that the Strategic National Stockpile was “ours” and “not the states'” drew both attention and outrage to the issue, and now it appears the press has some answers.


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JARED KUSHNER: "The notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile. It's not supposed to be states stockpiles that they then use."

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The answers are grotesquely and inhumanely disturbing.

First, the Trump administration has allegedly been forcing manufacturers to cancel orders from the states, buying those desperately needed products, handing them over to retail operators, who in turn are rumored to be re-selling them back to the states – often at a tremendous, exponential markup.

That’s one reported tactic.

Others accuse the federal government “of intercepting shipments of vital medical equipment ordered by state authorities to shore up their supplies in the face of the coronavirus crisis.”

On Thursday The Denver Post Editorial Board accused President Trump of “playing a disgusting political game with our lives.”

“Trump is treating life-saving medical equipment as emoluments he can dole out as favors to loyalists. It’s the worst imaginable form of corruption — playing political games with lives. For the good of this nation during what should be a time of unity, he must stop.”

On Wednesday trump posted this tweet:


Donald J. Trump
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Will be immediately sending 100 Ventilators to Colorado at the request of Senator Gardner! https://twitter.com/sencorygardner/status/1247708045574049797 …

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.@RealDonaldTrump has approved National Guard assistance in Colorado in response to #COVID19, following the request of members of the Colorado congressional delegation. The @CONG1860 will now able to be used by the @GovofCO for state COVID-19 response efforts.

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“Trump had only days before prevented Colorado Gov. Jared Polis from securing 500 ventilators from a private company, instead, taking the ventilators for the federal government,” The Post reported.

So Trump tried to look like a hero by stealing 500 ventilators, then “generously” giving their original purchaser 100 of them.

Talking Points Memo notes that Sen. Gardner is “one of the most endangered Republicans on the ballot this year.”

“We still know too little about what is happening and on what basis the White House is intercepting and distributing these scarce materials. One reason is that those who lose their shipments are afraid to speak out because they fear antagonizing the White House and losing any chance to get their masks and supplies returned,” TPM Editor Josh Marshall notes,

“For all the confusion, what is clear is that the federal government is demanding that states, localities and hospital systems find their own supplies while systematically interdicting those they do purchase and rerouting them in other directions while providing no explanation of what standards are being used to distribute them. At the same time, Republican officeholders keep turning up announcing windfalls of medical supplies courtesy of the President.”

How or if any of this is legal remains unknown.

https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2020/04/trump-is-treating-life-saving-medical-equipment-as-emoluments-to-dole-out-as-political-favors-reports/

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polecat

polecat
Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... Pusher10

Floridatexan

Floridatexan

Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie

By
Dana Milbank
Columnist

April 17, 2020 at 2:48 p.m. CDT

“It would have been so easy to be truthful.”

Thus spake President Trump this week on the very day he surpassed the milestone of uttering 18,000 falsehoods during his presidency, as tallied by the Post’s Fact Checker.

But on this day, Trump was not admitting to losing his own struggle with the truth. He was accusing the World Health Organization of “covering up the spread of the coronavirus” and failing to “share information in a timely and transparent fashion.” He declared he was cutting off funding for the world’s public health body in the middle of a pandemic.

The next day he called the WHO a “tool of China” and floated the vile conspiracy theory that the WHO deliberately concealed the danger of the virus: “There’s something going on” at the WHO “that’s very bad,” and "I have a feeling they knew exactly what was going on.”

This is not merely a falsehood. This is a damnable and murderous lie.

As Trump surely knows, and as I have learned from people with knowledge of the situation who spoke to me on the condition of confidentiality, 15 officials from his administration were embedded with the WHO in Geneva, working full time, hand-in-glove with the organization on the virus from the very first day China disclosed the outbreak to the world, Dec. 31. At least six other U.S. officials at WHO headquarters dedicated most of their time to the virus, and two others worked remotely with the WHO on covid-19 full time. In the weeks that followed, they and other U.S. government scientists engaged in all major deliberations and decisions at the WHO on the novel coronavirus, had access to all information, and contributed significantly to the world body’s conclusions and recommendations.

Everything that the WHO knew, the Trump administration knew — in real time. As congressional investigators who requested WHO documents and communications are now learning, senior Trump administration officials — Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Robert R. Redfield Jr., Anne Schuchat, Ray R. Arthur and Jeffrey McFarland; the National Institutes of Health’s Anthony S. Fauci and H. Clifford Lane, and many others — consulted with the WHO throughout the crisis.

Trump came to power on the basis of smears — against opponents, immigrants and minorities. Now he prepares to center his reelection campaign on demonizing China, even though he repeatedly praised China’s response to the virus, specifically that of his “very, very good friend,” Chinese President Xi Jinping. Key to this attack is making a scapegoat of the WHO, which fits his usual criteria because, like the U.N. and the World Trade Organization, it is an international entity (globalists!) run by a foreigner, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

But this smear is particularly deadly. As the virus bears down on less-developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, and South and Southeast Asia, the WHO has had to divert attention from the pandemic to defend itself against Trump’s smear and the loss of its top funding source, the United States. Thousands of Americans are dying needlessly because of Trump’s dithering. How many more around the world will die because of his scapegoating of the WHO for his own failures?

Almost immediately after China disclosed the outbreak, I’m told, 15 CDC officials at the WHO headquarters began working on covid-19 and other U.S. officials there were reassigned to the outbreak from their work on Ebola. U.S. officials participated in person in the twice-daily meetings of the WHO’s emergencies division. In addition to top-level conversations involving Redfield and Fauci, which would be expected, other Trump administration scientists were in all “incident-management” meetings and participated in the WHO’s pandemic “expert network.” They participated in a teleconference between top WHO officials in Geneva and the WHO’s regional and national offices. When the WHO formed its “emergency committee” in January to fight the virus, Martin Cetron, the CDC’s head of quarantine and global migration, was on it. Schuchat, the CDC’s No. 2 official, and Lane, a Fauci deputy, were on the WHO’s “Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards.” Others worked with the WHO group coordinating research on therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines. This is as it should be: The CDC and NIH experts did their job. It’s Trump who didn’t.

Now Trump would blame the WHO for failing to sound alarms about the virus, even though the CDC had an office of 14 people in China “to contain infectious disease outbreaks before they spread globally.” And he would blame the WHO for failing “to call out China’s lack of transparency” — even though, on Jan. 24, he tweeted: "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Trump has decided that reelection requires him to attack the World Health Organization at the height of a pandemic. Multitudes could die for his lie.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/17/trump-tells-damnable-murderous-lie/?fbclid=IwAR2nSa-JPJ6E8yPirYxYSMqn2jJMYWTJumK3PJGyAfr2lceGBaHAI6WHHrY#comments-wrapper

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RealLindaL


If we hadn't seen it happen so often before in history, it would be extremely difficult to believe that one single human being -- albeit surrounded by those of similar bent -- could wreak so very much havoc and destruction on this world.

Floridatexan

Floridatexan
RealLindaL wrote:If we hadn't seen it happen so often before in history, it would be extremely difficult to believe that one single human being -- albeit surrounded by those of similar bent -- could wreak so very much havoc and destruction on this world.

This may cheer you up.



RealLindaL


So where's that ad playing? Haven't seen it anywhere around here.

Hope Biden's campaign keeps 'em coming.

polecat

polecat
Be sure to tune in today for the trump ''BLAME & BOW SHOW''

1st he will blame someone/thing for his ''Short Cummings'', see Stormy Daniels,
and then he will take a bow for the great job he is doing.

Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... 93842010

Floridatexan

Floridatexan

This is an in-depth look at corruption in Trump's administration:

https://prospect.org/mapping-corruption-interactive?emci=ecd93a4d-ae7a-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=b09bc86e-b07a-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=1143273&fbclid=IwAR2SGJul17X-YJNzw3-ua9bohqKnlQtFjS_vKaQp733hpVyTf70jMN7-mI8

PkrBum

PkrBum
Stay tuned comrades. As I've said all along... there was Russian interference and it was bought by Hillary, DNC, and FBI. Then weaponized with knowledge all the way Obama. Who was briefed repeatedly according to communications between Page and Strzok... and others. In a memo to herself on 1/20/17 Rice tried to distance herself and the chain upward. That ought to be funny to hear her explain. This won't likely go that high... but if Comey, Clapper, and Brennan aren't charged it's a travesty.

Here's Brennan running cover for CIA domestic surveillance. They're so dirty... and if anyone has any objectivity they would see that.

On August 17, 2018, on MSNBC, where John Brennan is a national security and intelligence analyst, Brennan told Rachel Maddow “we put together a Fusion Center at CIA that brought NSA and FBI officers together with CIA to make sure that those proverbial dots would be connected.”

Report footnotes show FBI knew Russians had early knowledge of Steele material

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/report-footnotes-show-fbi-knew-russians-had-early-knowledge-of-steele-material/

Newly declassified footnotes from a government report, first obtained by CBS News, show that despite multiple warnings about Russian targeting and the potential for disinformation, the FBI relied on the controversial Steele dossier to secure surveillance warrants for a Trump campaign aide before and after the 2016 election.

Among the revelations, a 2017 U.S. intelligence community report indicated that two individuals "affiliated" with Russian intelligence knew of former British spy Christopher Steele's "election investigation" in early July 2016, three months before the FBI would begin citing the dossier.

..[A]n early June 2017 USIC (US Intelligence Community) report indicated that two persons affiliated with RIS (Russian Intelligence Services) were aware of Steele's election investigation in early July 2016," the footnote said. "The Supervisory Intel Analyst told us he was aware of these reports, but that he had no information as of June 2017 that Steele's election reporting source network had been penetrated or compromised."

The FBI first sought a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to wiretap Trump campaign aide Carter Page in October 2016, and relied in part on material from Steele.

The timing is notable because the June 2017 intelligence report was known to the FBI in the earliest days of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which was opened weeks earlier, in May. The bureau had been tipped off that Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos had said that the campaign might get help from Russia on damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Steele has insisted that his information was unverified. The New York Times noted last year that in a lawsuit deposition about the dossier, "Asked whether he took into account that some claims might be Russian fabrications, [Steele] replied, 'Yes.'" Steele was also asked during the deposition whether he warned Fusion GPS "that a central problem when you are a Russian intelligence expert is disinformation and the Russians have a long history and advanced capability in disinformation?"

The Times noted that the FBI "considered whether Russia had polluted the stream of intelligence, but did not give it much credence," citing a former official.

Another newly declassified footnote speaks directly to Steele's sources, though some sections are still redacted.

Telstar

Telstar
PkrBum wrote:   Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... Pkr_bu27
Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... Pkr_bu28



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Floridatexan

Floridatexan
Trump Continues his effort to Destroy America ... Giphy

zsomething


Why read that butt-drool when you can listen to his equivalent?




(the only real difference is that this guy knows he's parody)

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