U.S. intelligence warned Congress last week that Russia is ALREADY interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help reelect Comrade Stupid, according to officials who talked the Associated Press.
“A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments.
That warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether the 4th Reich is taking the proper steps to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. saw in 2016.
Haha, of course not. In a rational world, the President of the United States would immediately do whatever it took to defend the country and democracy, but we don’t live in that world.
Instead, The NYTimes’ reports that the disclosure angered Trump, who complained that Democrats would use the information against him. He was not outraged that Russia is attacking our democracy, etc., again, he is outraged that anyone found out, specifically he is outraged that Adam Schiff found out.
The day after the February 13 briefing to lawmakers, Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant. During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that Mr. Trump has been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans.
So Comrade Stupid berated the acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire for briefing the Intelligence Committees of the House and Senate. The kicker? He berated Maguire for being disloyal to him.
Prznint Apprentice You’re Fired’ed Maguire and announced that he would be replaced by Richard Grenell —a loyalist with no intelligence experience to run 17 Intelligence Agencies and remain the ambassador to Germany— though are saying that the timing is coincidental.
Here’s the take-away for talking around the water-cooler today: Prznint Stupid fired his top spy for NOT keeping Russia’s plot to help him get re-elected under wraps.
So who is this
Reaver, er, Grenell? Per The NYTimes,
By choosing Mr. Grenell, who has little experience in intelligence or in running a large bureaucracy, the president signaled that he wants a trusted, aggressive leader atop an intelligence community that he has long viewed with suspicion and at times gone to war against…. While intelligence directors have tried to serve as neutral arbiters of facts, Mr. Grenell’s experience as an ideological advocate prompted some former officials to express concern that he could color the intelligence he presents to Mr. Trump rather than present an objective assessment. “This is a job requiring leadership, management, substance and secrecy,” said John Sipher, a former CIA officer. “He doesn’t have the kind of background and experience we would expect for such a critical position.”
Grenell is also an acerbic combatant who throws regular punches at “fake news” reporters and Mr. Trump’s opponents online. Last month, he angrily demanded the Washington Post retract a report, which he insisted was based on fabricated sources, that Mr. Trump had threatened to impose auto tariffs on European cars if European leaders did not adopt a tougher line on Iran’s nuclear program. The next day, Germany’s defense minister publicly confirmed it.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie tells us:
GRENELL GETS EARLY GOP SUPPORT: Richard Grenell, President Donald Trump’s pick for acting director of national intelligence, has early support from two key members of GOP leadership — Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). But it’s not clear if most Republicans, particularly on the Senate Intelligence Committee, are comfortable with Trump’s choice to replace the current acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire. (Trump said Thursday he would soon be nominating a permanent replacement.)
We are so totally eff’ed in the dark.