Ann McFeatters: It's time to start paying attention to Russian Federation investigation


In his first year in office, President Trump incorrectly called Russia's attack on American democracy a hoax 44 times. The indictment document blows up such absurd myths once and for all. If there is still no evidence of collusion between Mr. Trump's campaign and the Russians, he should complete his investigation as quickly as possible so that the country can move on. Unless they have a much better understanding of American politics than our experts and talking heads, they presumably agreed with the consensus view that Clinton would win. We must not let partisan divides between Republicans and Democrats blind us to the threat, nor bind us to inaction.

We're fighting a war.

In the 37 -page indictment, he presents compelling evidence that the Russian entities engaged in cyber crimes aimed at boosting Donald Trump in the 2016 election and, more broadly, sow discord throughout American society. Each of these goals shares a common overarching aim: to weaken the United States by sowing chaos and division in ways that benefit Russian Federation. Pictures and videos that appear to be from Russian-initiated pro-Trump "flash mobs" in Florida show a handful of people in various cities. It used bogus social- media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans.

President Donald Trump speaks during a public safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Washington. Rivera said on Twitter on Sunday that he had seen firsthand that the president "was deeply affected" by the time he had spent with victims, "impressed by their courage" and "equally distressed by the savagery of their wounds". And they even paid Americans to attend pro-Trump rallies, including one who was paid to attend a rally dressed up as Clinton in a prison uniform. Goldman added: "Still, there are keys facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood". If the Flynn case is now the Mueller standard, then we know that a number of high-ranking officials are vulnerable to such legal exposure. But to suggest, as many in Trumpworld do, that not a single American voter was swayed by this three-year-long, carefully orchestrated, wide-reaching information-warfare campaign is a unsafe fantasy. "You can mark it down", Trump told George Stephanopoulos, host of the ABC program "This Week".

Under President Trump, the US has closed Russia's San Francisco consulate last August and imposed new sanctions against a key ally of President Vladimir Putin, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, said a panel of senior officials charged with oversight of the administration's Russian Federation strategy at Wednesday's briefing. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), who was chief deputy majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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"That will cost us quite a bit of money I'm sure in terms of lost opportunity", Trump Jr. said of deals that he claims have been set aside or have been turned down in order to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.

Despite all this, there is no evidence President Trump has taken any meaningful steps to protect the country from future sabotage of our elections by Russian Federation or any other foreign adversary.

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) almost accused Trump and Putin of being banya buddies - pouring icy cold water all over Trump's claim to the "Toughest on Russia" crown (which is bedazzled with MSNBC headlines).

Before we get started, I must credit Byron York for doing most of the work in breaking down the Mueller indictment. President Trump is so cozy with his pal Putin that he has yet to enact bipartisan sanctions on Russian Federation that Congress [passed] w/ an overwhelming majority. We are letting it do so.