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Donald Trump Jnr Posts Emails Of Russian Offer Of Material To Harm Clinton’s Candidacy ‘I Love It’

David Smith in Washington

Related: Trump Jr ‘was told lawyer had info from Kremlin’ (Provided by Sky News)
 

Donald Trump Jr has been forced to release damning emails that show he welcomed what he was told was a Russian government attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US president’s son that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

Goldstone adds: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”

Donald Trump Jr replied in the chain: “If it’s what you say, I love it.’© AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump Jr replied in the chain: “If it’s what you say, I love it.’

Trump Jr replies 17 minutes later and welcomes the offer. “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.”

In a later email, Goldstone describes the Russian lawyer they were due to meet, Natalia Veselnitskaya, as a “Russian government attorney”.

The formatting of the emails suggests that Trump Jr forwarded the whole chain to Paul Manafort, then Trump’s campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, Trump Jr’s brother-in-law, before the meeting the three attended with Veselnitskaya.

Trump Jr released the email exchange on Tuesday apparently to pre-empt their publication by the New York Times, which, this weekend, first broke the news of his meeting with Veselnitskaya in June last year. Veselnitskaya had promised compromising information about Clinton but apparently failed to deliver.

The president’s eldest son denies any wrongdoing and tweeted on Tuesday: “Media and Dems are extremely invested in the Russia story. If this nonsense meeting is all they have after a year, I understand the desperation!”

On Monday night, the Times had reported that Trump Jr was informed in an email before a meeting with the lawyer that damaging information about Clinton to be handed over was part of an effort by the Russian government to help the Trump campaign.

The Times did not publish the Goldstone email but reported that three different people had described it to them. On Tuesday the paper published the email, and Trump Jr posted the email chain to Twitter.

There is no such position as crown prosecutor of Russia.

(The Guardian)

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2016 Presidential Election Was My Last Race, Says Hillary Clinton

 

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Clinton on loss to Trump: That was my last race© Provided by The Hill Clinton on loss to Trump: That was my last race
Hillary Clinton said that the 2016 presidential election was her “last race” after it became apparent she lost, a new book reveals.

The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Sidewire’s Jonathan Allen write in “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” that on the night of the 2016 election, the former Democratic presidential nominee looked through the draft of her concession speech.

“Look, I really just want to concede gracefully, wish him the best, thank everybody, and get off the stage,” she said.

“This is not a moment for me to do more than that.”

Chief strategist Jake Sullivan said: “Everything you said, we’re going to do in the speech.”

“But you have been saying for many months that he’s temperamentally unfit and that he would be dangerous, and if you meant it, you should say it,” he told her.

“And you made a case that all these people’s rights and safety are in danger- if you meant that, you should say it.”

But in response, Clinton said it wasn’t her “job anymore to do this.”

“Other people will criticize him. That’s their job. I have done it. I just lost, and that is that,” she continued.

“That was my last race.”     (The Hill)

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Hillary Clinton Explains Why She Really Lost To Trump |The Republican News

 

by KENDALL BREITMAN

Almost four months after her stunning defeat, Hillary Clinton on Thursday primarily blamed her loss to President Donald Trump on four factors that were beyond her control.

The former Democratic presidential candidate cited Russian meddling in the election, FBI Director James Comey’s involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails from her campaign chairman, and misogyny.

Clinton’s comments came during her first post-election interview at Tina Brown’s eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. She was questioned by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.

She largely cited these factors for her defeat:

– Russia. “A foreign power meddled with our election,” she said, labeling it “an act of aggression.” She called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s involvement and said the probe should examine whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign.

– Misogyny. “Certainly, misogyny played a role. That has to be admitted,” she said. Clinton added that “some people — women included — had real problems” with the idea of a woman president.

– Comey. Clinton cited as damaging to her campaign his unusual decision to release of a letter on October 28, less than two weeks before Election Day, that said he was looking at additional emails related to the FBI probe of the former secretary of state’s use of a private server.

– WikiLeaks. Weeks of disclosures of stolen emails from the personal account of then-Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, were particularly harmful, Clinton said, adding that it “played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand.”

She said the combination of Comey’s actions and the WikiLeaks’ revelations “had the determinative effect.”

Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City.© Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City.

 

About her own role, she said, “There were things I could have done better.”

While Clinton said there were “lots of contributing factors” to her failure to secure the nation’s highest office, she called Russia’s interference the “weaponization of information.”

“I didn’t fully understand how impactful that was and so it created doubts in people,” Clinton said. “But then the Comey letter coming as it did — just 10 days before the election — really raised questions in a lot of people.”

Two days before the election, Comey announced that none of the emails would lead to criminal charges — leaving in place the FBI’s determination from July. Officials told NBC News that nearly all of the emails were duplicates of emails that had been examined already.

Kristof also asked Clinton about Trump.

“I don’t understand the commitment to hurt so many people that this administration, this White House, seems to be pursuing,” Clinton said, pointing to the immigration ban, the slashing of U.S. funding for the UN Population Fund, and the failed health care bill.

“What they did or tried to do on the health care bill, which I will confess to this — having listened to them talking about repeal and replace for 8 years, or 7 years now, and they had not a clue what that meant,” she said. “They had no idea. I don’t know that any of them had ever even read the bill.”

Clinton, who is writing a book that she said would examine her defeat last year, said she doubted she would ever seek public office again.

“Devastating,” was how she described her loss.

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Secret Service Laptop With Trump, Clinton Information Stolen

 

A Secret Service laptop with information on President Trump and Hillary Clinton has been stolen, CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues reports.
According to law enforcement sources, detectives with the New York Police Department are searching for the stolen laptop, which contains contains pages of important and sensitive information.

The sources said some of the documents are important files on Pope Francis.

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is surrounded by members of the Secret Service as he visits the tomb of former President Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sept. 30, 2016.: Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is surrounded by members of the Secret Service.© Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is surrounded by members of the Secret Service.  

The laptop was stolen from a Secret Service agent’s vehicle Thursday morning and is considered a compromise of national security, Pegues reports. Authorities are examining surveillance video to try and identify a potential suspect.

The Secret Service confirmed in a statement on Friday that a laptop issued by the agency was stolen and that an employee was “the victim of a criminal act.”

“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the agency said. Source: CBS News

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Russian Ambassador Met With Advisers To Clinton Campaign Too, Says Peskov

 

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Kremlin spokesman: Russian ambassador met with advisers to Clinton campaign too © Provided by The Hill Kremlin spokesman: Russian ambassador met with advisers to Clinton campaign too  

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in an interview Sunday that the Russian ambassador who met with Trump campaign officials also met with “people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN “GPS” host Fareed Zakaria. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

Peskov said it is the job of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to meet with officials on both sides to talk about “bilateral relations.”

Peskov also defended those meetings, saying they were not an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.

“But there were no meetings about elections – electoral process … So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary’s activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true,” Peskov said.

Peskov also said Putin never voiced support for then-presidential candidate Trump.

“You would probably recall that President Putin, during election campaign, had never answered directly a question about his candidate of his support. He kept saying that we will respect a choice of American people,” Peskov told Zakaria.

Peskov, did however, concede that Putin preferred Trump over Clinton, saying, “If you ask him whether he had mentioned the then-candidate Donald Trump, I will answer, yes, he had.”

Peskov suggested that the Kremlin leader found Clinton hostile toward Russia, while Trump was open to thawing U.S.-Russian relations.

“The candidate Hillary Clinton was quite negative about our country in her attitude and in her program, declaring Russia being nearly the main evil in the world and the main threat for the United States,” Peskov said.

“And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, ‘Yes, we disagree with the Russians … in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.’ Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, ‘Yes, we disagree, but let’s talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?'” he asked.                  (The Hill)

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Trump Calls Storm Over Hacking A ‘Witch Hunt’ |The Republican News

 

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
President-elect Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, on New Years Eve at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.© Hilary Swift for The New York Times President-elect Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, on New Years Eve at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.  

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview Friday morning that the storm surrounding Russian hacking during the presidential campaign is a political witch hunt being carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the election last year.

Mr. Trump spoke to The New York Times by telephone three hours before he was set to be briefed by the nation’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials about Russian hacking of American political institutions. In the conversation, he repeatedly criticized the intense focus on the alleged cyber intrusions by Russia.

Read more: Russian Hack Almost Brought The U.S. Military To Its Knees |The Republican News

“China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names,” he said, referring to the breach of computers at the Office of Personnel Management in late 2014 and early 2015. “How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.”

He noted that there have been prior successful hacks of the White House and Congress, suggesting that it was unfair because those attacks on American institutions have not received the attention that the Russian cyber-intrusions have. But none of the information from those intrusions was made public as it was in the case of the hack of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

“With all that being said, I don’t want countries to be hacking our country,” Mr. Trump said. “They’ve hacked the White House. They’ve hacked Congress. We’re like the hacking capital of the world.”

Mr. Trump, who has consistently expressed doubts about the evidence of Russian hacking during the election, did so again on Friday. Asked why he thought there was so much attention being given to the Russian cyber attacks, the president-elect said the motivation is political.

Read more: U.S. Intercepts Capture Senior Russian Officials Celebrating Trump Win |The Republican News

“They got beaten very badly in the election. I won more counties in the election than Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Trump said during an eight-minute phone conversation. “They are very embarrassed about it. To some extent, it’s a witch hunt. They just focus on this.”

The president-elect also noted reports this week that the Democratic National Committee had refused to give the Federal Bureau of Investigations access to their computer servers after they were hacked.

“The D.N.C. wouldn’t let them see the servers,” Mr. Trump said. “How can you be sure about hacking when you can’t even get to the servers?” The D.N.C. has previously said the law enforcement agency had not asked to examine the computers.

A senior law enforcement official said the F.B.I. had repeatedly stressed to the D.N.C. the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data. The F.B.I was rebuffed, and had to rely upon a third party — a computer security firm brought in by the D.N.C. — for information.

He also said that the hack of emails from the D.N.C. and top campaign officials for Mrs. Clinton had revealed that Mrs. Clinton received advance notice of debate questions and “many many other things that were horrible. How come nobody complains about that?” Mr. Trump was referring to a tip that a CNN commentator and Clinton supporter, Donna Brazile, gave to Mr. Podesta ahead of a Democratic Party presidential debate in Flint, Mich.

Mr. Trump said he is looking forward to his meeting Friday afternoon about the hacking by James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence; F.B.I. Director James B. Comey and other intelligence officials. He said that Mr. Clapper “wrote me a beautiful letter a few weeks ago wishing me the best.”

Read more: Russian Hackers Penetrated U.S Electricity Grid Through A Utility In Vermont |The Republican News

But he said that “a lot of mistakes were made” by the intelligence community in the past, noting in particular the attacks on the World Trade Center and saying that “weapons of mass destruction was one of the great mistakes of all time.”

The president-elect said that he is eager to work with the intelligence community as president and he praised the people he has selected to lead the intelligence agencies, in particular Representative Mike Pompeo, Republican of Kansas, who is his nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

He said that Mr. Pompeo was “first in his class” at West Point.

“We have great people going into those slots,” Mr. Trump said in the interview. “I expect to have a very, very good relationship with them.”

The Washington Post

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State Department Releases New Batch Of Clinton Emails |The Republican News

 

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The State Department on Tuesday released 371 of the 15,000 Hillary Clinton emails uncovered by the FBI during its investigation into the former secretary of State’s personal email server.
Many of the documents – consisting of about 1,031 pages – are “near duplicates” of documents Clinton provided to the State Department in 2014 and have already been made public, according to the agency.

A “near duplicate,” according to the agency, would include emails identical to previously released chains that were forwarded from Clinton to aides with the note “Please print,” for example.

The newly released documents are records of emails sent or received by Clinton directly in her official capacity as secretary of State.

Under orders from a federal judge, the State Department reviewed approximately 1,000 emails prior to Election Day, releasing in batches those that were subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that has been driving the release – about 600 emails.

Going forward, the agency will review 500 pages a month, producing as many relevant documents as exist in each batch.

Clinton deleted about 30,000 emails from the private server she used while secretary of State, saying they were not work-related, before turning over thousands more to the government. But during its examination, the FBI recovered some additional emails that could be relevant to the FOIA lawsuit.

A preliminary review of the 15,000 emails revealed that about 60 percent were of a purely personal nature. Around 37 percent – or 5,600 documents – were deemed work-related, but of those, a “substantial number” were exact duplicates of the 30,000 emails that Clinton turned over to the agency in December 2014, according to State Department lawyers.

Those emails are excluded from each production and will not be re-released.

The Hill

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Obama Punished Russia For Clinton’s Lost, Sanctions Politically Motivated-Spicer |The Republican News

 

President-elect Donald Trump.                             © Evan Vucci/AP President-elect Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON — Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer is defending cryptic comments by President-elect Donald Trump that he knows ‘‘things that other people don’t know’’ when it comes to allegations of Russian hacking.

Spicer tells Fox News Channel’s ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ that Trump is getting national security briefings ‘‘on a daily basis’’ and ‘‘there doesn’t seem to be conclusive evidence’’ Russians were behind the hacking of Democratic emails during the election.

Spicer also dismissed on Monday a report released by the FBI and Homeland Security Department supporting the accusations against Russia, calling it a ‘‘how-to’’ manual on basic cybersecurity for Democrats.

In an interview on NBC’s ‘‘Today Show,’’ Spicer said President Barack Obama only punished Russia after Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the election and that the recent sanctions were politically motivated.  (The Boston Globe)

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