Author of new book reveals how CIA Director John Brennan’s attempts to counter Russian interference in 2016 election were thwarted by Mitch McConnell.

By |2018-10-03T05:36:23-08:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |25 Comments

Courtesy of Raw Story:

A Washington Post reporter revealed new details about former CIA director John Brennan’s efforts to counter Russian election interference — and how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thwarted him.

“One of the things I was interested to read is that then-CIA director (Brennan) went right before the election to try to sound the alarm about what they were already seeing with Russia trying to interrupt the election,” said “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota. “It was not well received by some Republican leaders in Congress, including Mitch McConnell.”

Miller reported in the book that McConnell seemed to see Brennan as a greater threat than Russia, and the former CIA director and the Republican senator got into a shouting argument over election security.

“(McConnell) didn’t want that to come out publicly,” Miller said. “This is a scene in the book that I write about that happens before the election, as you said. The CIA has learned that (Russian president Vladimir) Putin is overseeing this operation. They’re trying to help elect Trump.”

“Brennan setting in motion a series of private briefings with all congressional leaders,” Miller continued. “It is a crazy moment in our history. He’s trying to get their attention.”

“He’s meeting with McConnell,” he said, “and McConnell is basically telling him, ‘You’re telling us that Russia is trying to help elect Trump, (but) if you come forward with this, I’m not going to sign on to any sort of public statement that would condemn Russian interference, but I will condemn you and the Obama administration for trying to mess up this election.’”

And that boys and girls is how we got Donald Trump in the White House. 

Mitch McConnell wanted a Republican in the White House so much that he was even willing for it to be one of Vladimir Putin’s assets. 

So you tell me, how is that NOT treason?

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  1. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 5:45 am

    They needed a butt boy to do their bidding, and they sure found one in tRump. Even in the run up to the RNC, he was given all the free publicity he wanted, front and center at the republican debates, allowed to talk over anything and anyone, free rein to stalk Hillary around the stage in presidential debates, you name it. Easy to run off and play golf all the time when someone else is doing the real job of dismantling everything we once prided ourselves in. I’m also still convinced that the electoral college was paid off as well.

  2. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 5:50 am

    I, for one, will shed no tears when Yertle The Turtle croaks.
    Only the good die young, but assholes live forever.

  3. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Look at all the damage this man has done to our country: blocked Obama before he was even inaugurated, told Obama he would never appoint anyone to supreme court and allowed russians to install a sociopathic crook in the WH.

    Maybe they need to check the ballot counters in KY, I can’t believe the whole state is stupid enough to keep electing this nasty person.

    • Hudson October 4, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Maybe they have to follow “his” money and travels. As of today I believe that he may have been the one in Putin’s pocket all along. He is more dangerous than Trump because he has been in power longer, and is smarter than Trump. He is someone that should be investigated. He has been “leading” the Congress for years, and never working for the country, only the party, and now it would seem that he may be under Putin’s thumb as well. Wonder what they have on him?

      Anyone who has any concern about how the country is being run should be very alarmed today. This may be the worst day ever, as they get their Supreme Court justice who is now in their debt and clearly a weakling. All they have to do is tell him how to vote and he will do it. As long as Trump and McConnell are in charge we are in great danger that we may some day have no REAL judges in place. Since Trump took over, the courts have been the saving grace for the country, the only place he has lost. That will end if they stay in power and continue to stack the courts with right wing judges.

  4. Paul October 4, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Yes, this is treason. Maybe not in the legal, constitutional sense, but certainly McConnell put Russia interests over the good of the country just so Donnie Dotard could be elected. In the future historians, if they haven’t been imprisoned, will write about how McConnell and other far-right politicians brought America to the brink of authoritarianism.

    • Beaglemom October 4, 2018 at 7:53 am

      It was just a tiny step from the eight years of sedition by McConnell and his GOP cohorts to treason. I’m not at all surprised. The 21st century GOP has absolutely no concern for the country. They are owed by their billionaire benefactors – lock, stock and barrel.

  5. Anon October 4, 2018 at 7:01 am

    At all cost, McConnell wanted a republican president. At all cost McConnell wanted a conservative Supreme Court Justice. Didn’t matter who. Doesn’t matter that Trump is a crook. Doesn’t matter that Kavanaugh is a drunk and sexual assaulter. The fact they are Republicans is all that matters. A great big fuck you to America.

    • Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 9:32 am

      The three Republican senators who have widely been considered to be possible defectors are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine. All three joined Sasse in condemning the president’s mockery of Ford. On the Democratic side, the two senators seen as most likely to support Kavanaugh are Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

      A strong indicator that Senate Republican leadership was determined to confirm Kavanaugh regardless of what that report discovers about his background is the fact that the FBI report had not been read by the senators when McConnell filed for a cloture vote.

      eight of the ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley claiming that, “while we are limited in what we can say about this background investigation in a public setting, we are compelled to state for the record that there is information in the second post that is not accurate. It is troubling that the Committee Majority has characterized the information from Judge Kavanaugh’s confidential background investigation on Twitter, as that information is confidential and not subject to public release.”

  6. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 7:11 am

    It sounds like the WH has read the FBI report and decided their were not sexual assaults. Isn’t that the Fox deciding the other fox wasn’t in the chicken house?
    Report Finds ‘No Corroboration’ of Kavanaugh Sexual Misconduct Charges

    The Wall Street Journal has reported that officials in the White House have examined interview reports and received a briefing about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest probe into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    The Trump White House received the FBI report Wednesday evening and has found “no corroboration” of sexual misconduct allegations according to the Journal.

    • anonymous October 4, 2018 at 7:42 am

      “This does not fall under the definition of a real authentic FBI investigation, he said and blasted the Trump administration for botching it. “It really is an investigation which is just limited in terms of targeting specific individuals and for reasons unknown, eliminating a vast majority of people who could have provided corroborating evidence, corroborating information, positive, negative, neutral, whatever.”

    • Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 8:43 am

      They want to keep it secret so the public doesn’t find out what a sham the so called investigation was, they only interviewed 4 people .

      It is over, CBC news interviewed Collins and Flake, sounds like they will be voting YES. However the public outrage isn’t over.

      Brett is getting his reward and women are getting screwed all over again.

      Big business is happy, polluters are happy, bye bye healthcare the drunken political hack has arrived to the Supreme Court

      Clarence and Brett can sit around with the scotch and soda and laugh how they pulled one over, but WE know the truth.

    • anonymous October 4, 2018 at 9:23 am

      “To put it bluntly, it smacks of a whitewash and even a cover-up. There have been so many relevant witnesses that have not been contacted let alone interviewed. Of the twenty-five witnesses that I told the FBI and the White House that were necessary and my colleagues on the judiciary committee on the Democratic side joined me on the letter, and only a fraction have been contacted. They have not interviewed again Dr. Blasey Ford or judge Kavanaugh among others, and even some of the eyewitnesses who saw what happened to Deborah Ramirez have never been contacted.”
      “If Senators like Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and Lisa Murkowski use this report to justify voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, they were always going to vote to confirm Kavanagh. They just needed the political cover to do so.

      The report appears to be the work product of a rushed and extremely limited investigations. Those limitations came from Donald Trump, as the con man president is trying to con an accused sexual predator into a seat on the Supreme Court.”

  7. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 7:21 am

    The senators have one hour to read the so called FBI report and there is only one copy of the report. Of course it says little Brett did nothing and those women lied.

    They are going to vote on Saturday, once he is confirmed the good old boys think this will go away,

    They are wrong !!!!

    If I lived in ME or AK, I would let those two women know, they lost my vote and will be urging others to do the same.

  8. anon October 4, 2018 at 7:37 am

    spetsnaz In 2010, Putin famously said that Russian special services do not kill traitors, saying they “croak all by themselves”.
    The Bellingcat investigative team has linked the downing of MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 to a GRU officer who it said “supervised the procurement and transport of weapons”.

    “The book is entitled Aquarium, the nickname of the GRU headquarters in Moscow.
    “What kind of fish swim there?” he asks his boss in the book. “There’s only one kind there — piranhas.”

  9. Ru$$ia October 4, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Oh Turtle neck doesn’t want to lose his Ru$$ian cash cow. Audit them. All of em. Follow the Ru$$ian money tree.

  10. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Yes. It has been odd how the Republican party has obstructed any good things for this country and aided the Russians. I’d say that McConnell is a traitor. Wonder also, if Putin has Kompromat on all the Republicans or are they just adoring fans of the Russians and their ruthless leader? I mean, I knew all along the McConnell had power to kick Trump’s ass to the curb at any time but there were times when he seemed to enjoy what was happening. I don’t know McConnell’s values, or agenda but it seems to be against America.

  11. Anonymous October 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

    A graphic reminder of just how little the FBI actually investigated allegations against Kavanaugh

  12. Turtleface October 4, 2018 at 9:16 am

    ‘djt’s mushroom aka Toad is this big, i’ve seen it.’

  13. Lo$er October 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The president of the United Fucking States of America. By now, we’re used to it, I guess. But the insanity of it hits you in unpredictable places.
    yes: All those dignified accoutrements of the presidency will inevitably belaurel Donald Trump. A library. A museum. Schools named after him. Can you imagine? The Donald J. Trump Magnet School?
    If he’s alive, he’ll joke that it should be called the Donald J. Trump Chick Magnet School.

    . For 40 years, reality and fate have never quite caught up with him. But in the White House, as the one man who laid his hand on a Bible and swore he’d uphold the law, the law has a way of catching up.

    I’d wager that the biggest Trump news hasn’t broken yet.

  14. Anonymous in Chicago October 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I’ve said it many times that I believe the Russians have Kompromat on Trump and many of the Republicans in both the House and the Senate. Look at the behaviour of Lindsey Graham and Devin Nunes. Add Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz and others with voting power but with less visibility and you have the mess we’re in now.

    It’s considered treason to many of us.

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