Why Is DHS Letting Local Election Officials Defend Themselves Against Russia?


A cyber security expert David Hickton recently made a startling revelation on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show that the Department of Homeland Security is apparently letting local county election officials defend their voting systems against the threat of hacking by Putin’s Russia. Think about that folks, while most Americans think DHS is the first line of defense going out there chasing down would be Russian hackers to prevent them from interfering in midterms 2018, we now find out courtesy of Maddow that Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s DHS has in fact left local county officials to defend themselves against the powerful military grade Russian hacking capabilities–a total travesty!


This is a very serious story that deserves the utmost attention by the mainstream media and Democrats. As Maddow correctly points out in the segment, it is foolhardy to expect that local county officials will have the wherewithal to withstand a highly sophisticated Russian hacking operation,  with all due respect to local county officials.

Bottom line Dems and the mainstream media must confront DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for leaving local county officials fend for themselves against the threat of Russian hacking when she knows or ought to know they cannot possibly fend off a highly sophisticated Russian hacking operation. Simply put Dems should demand Secretary Nielsen’s resignation if she does not make her DHS the first line of defense against Russian hacking in midterms 2018. Anything less than that would be an abdication of her sworn duty to protect the homeland against foreign threats.

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

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Cathy McMorris Rogers Admission on Mueller Probe Implicates Speaker Ryan

A secret tape recording of a fundraiser for 4th ranking GOP member of Congress Cathy McMorris Rogers captures her essentially admitting to the fact that House Republicans are primarily interested in protecting Trump from the Mueller probe, and not getting to the bottom of what Russia did in 2016.


While the public has suspected, even seen evidence of this for a long time now, it was quite breathtaking to hear such a high ranking member of congress essentially admitting that the majority party in Congress is essentially stonewalling a very serious investigation into Russian meddling in the  2016 U.S. elections.

It also bolsters the charge that has been levelled at House Speaker Paul Ryan since the Mueller investigation began–that he sits idly by as Rep Devin Nunes and other House Republicans openly obstruct the Mueller investigation–abetts their conduct. With McMorris-Rogers admission, the public does not have to speculate anymore about Speaker Ryan’s actions/inactions. It appears obstructing Mueller probe is an agenda fully endorsed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep Cathy McMorris-Rodgers–Congressional leaders.

This is very serious in that it does away with the widely held notion that there are a few wayward GOP characters in Congress (Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan et al) who are acting independently to obstruct Mueller probe/protect Trump and suggests the entire GOP leadership in Congress is onboard with Mueller probe obstruction.

Dems must take Rep Cathy McMorris Rogers to task and demand that she comes forward and explain her actions. The same must be done for Speaker Ryan. Bottom line it is highly unlikely that Rep McMorris-Rogers would go along with a plan to obstruct Mueller probe if Speaker Ryan wasn’t in on it.

Dems and indeed the mainstream media(still a major let down) must take McMorris-Rogers and Speaker Ryan to task regarding their shameful conduct because they are Congressional leaders who ought to know better. Put another way the media’s emphasis should notbe on Rep Devin Nunes, but on Congressional leaders McMorris-Rogers and Speaker Ryan.

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Maria Butina Said in 2015 Russians Had “A Right To Negotiate” With GOP

Kremlin-Tied Russian Agent Maria Butina

In case you missed it, there was a very interesting observation(as usual) on the 7/16/2018 Rachel Maddow show regarding Russian agent Maria Butina. The main story was that the FBI had arrested her the previous night for “conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia” in the U.S.

However in the same segment, Maddow threw in some additional details about Maria Butina that Yours Truly found quite interesting.


The most interesting fact was that as early as 2015 Maria Butina and by extension her Russian sponsors were confident that the GOP would win the election in 2016. Even more interesting, she apparently said in 2015 that they(Russians) “had a right to negotiate” with the incoming GOP administration. Maddow, like Yours Truly wondered out loud why Kremlin-tied Russians would think they “had a right to negotiate” with any U.S administration? The implication is obvious folks–The Russians had delivered something to TeamTrump/GOP and thus felt they had a “right to negotiate” over U.S. policies affecting Russia. This in itself is a very strong indication that as early as 2015 there was already collusion between Kremlin-tied Russians and the GOP/TeamTrump

There are other interesting tidbits from the must watch Maddow segment(see full segment below). For example the Russians apparently sent a Kremlin-approved delegation to the Prayer Breakfast, a very popular event among U.S. Evangelicals. Why would a Kremlin-approved delegation attend the Prayer Breakfast? This raises questions that the Mainstream Media never asks Trump Evangelicals–and that is their ties to Putin’s Russia. In other words there is a yet untold story about how the strong support Trump gets from Evangelicals is all part of the larger TrumpRussia scheme of things.

Are Trump Evangelical leaders and their Churches beneficiaries of monies from Putin-tied oligarchs? These are questions the media never asks but hopefully soon they’ll start delving into.

Maria Butina communicating with Alexander Torshin about the Russian delegation to the Prayer Breakfast

Dems and the Mainstream Media need to start asking some of the Trump Evangelical leaders whether they worked with Kremlin-tied Russians to help Trump get elected. Somehow the Evangelicals are left out of the collusion debate yet it is very clear that they played a major part in the TrumpRussia collusion scheme.

Maddow also reported that on 2016 election night, after it became apparent that Trump had won, Maria Butina sent Alexander Torshin a message saying she was “waiting for further orders”. This raises the interesting question as to whether Torshin has sent messages/instructions to Maria Butina after Trump assumed the Presidency and whether any such messages/instructions have been acted upon by President Trump. We talk about TrumpRussia collusion only in the pre-election context. Could there be TrumpRussia collusion still taking place even after Trump became President?

Maria Butina’s message to Alexander Torshin on election night after Trump won

Bottomline Dems and the Mainstream Media need to do some serious inquiry as to why Kremlin-tied Russian agent Maria Butina was so sure back in 2015 that the GOP would win the White House giving them(Russians) a “right to negotiate” with the GOP over U.S. policies affecting Russia. Any reasonable person would conclude that the Kremlin-tied Russians had done the GOP a favor which they believed earned them the “right to negotiate”–the quintessential TrumpRussia collusion.

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What Did Russian Military Intel Do With Stolen Info Of 500,000 Voters?

This week’s bombshell indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of specific members of the Russian Military Intelligence should be cause for Congressional Democrats to get off the TrumpRussia sidelines and begin asking a series of very important questions beginning with this–What did Russian military intelligence do with the information they stole from 500,000 U.S. voters? It is foolhardy to suggest that Russians amassed such a large quantity of data on U.S. voters only to turn around and sit on it. Every reasonable person would conclude that they put such data to use against Dems in the 2016 elections. Dems therefore have every right to question who in the GOP sought or was the beneficiary of such illegally acquired info beginning with the head honcho himself House Speaker Paul Ryan.


There have been media reports that a Ryan-allied political action commitee(PAC) used this illegally obtained information to attack Dems in the 2016 election cycle.


Given Mueller’s indictment, this is the perfect time for Dems to confront Speaker Ryan using the popular watergate question, “What did Speaker Ryan know about the Russian hack and when did he know it?” This is a particularly important question when considering the fact that a lot of Americans find Speaker Ryan’s strange silence even in the face of obvious TrumpRussia obstruction by his House GOP colleagues quite suspect. Is he afraid because he is implicated(complicit) or that he knows a lot of his GOP colleagues are?

Beyond House Speaker Ryan, the possibilities as to what Russian military intelligence could have accomplished with such a treasure trove of voter data should be very concerning to Dems. Remember Trump “beat” Hillary Clinton by a combined total of only 88,000 votes in the key swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Yours Truly has always maintained, even when the mainstream media considered it a radical left-wing conspiracy theory, that Clinton won these three crucial swing states but more importantly, that the pre-election polls that showed her leading were never wrong


Dems need to ask serious questions about MI, WI & PA given this bombshell revelation that Russian military intel stole information of 500,000 voters. Specifically, were Trump’s poll-defying “wins” in MI, WI & PA made up of real voters or fictitious #GucciferVoters? Remember folks we are talking here about the highly sophisticated and well financed Russian military intelligence not the imaginary “400 pound guy in the basement” Trump referred to when confronted about Russian election meddling.

As for the unnamed GOP politician referenced in the Mueller indictments as having sought Dem dirt from the Russians and later used it in his campaign, Dems must demand his immediate resignation if he is currently a member of Congress. The highly informed grassroots Dems who follow Yours Truly on twitter strongly suggest it is Rep Matt Gaetz representing Florida’s 1st congressional district. If he turns out to be the one, Dems must demand his immediate resignation.


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Unpatriotic GOP Members Of House Intel Committee Should Resign

Rep Mike Conaway(R-TX)

On July 3, 2018 a bipartisan Senate Intel Committee concluded without any reservations that Russia did interfere in the 2016 elections to help Trump and his GOP. The bipartisan Senate Intel Committee essentially affirmed the conclusion of virtually all U.S. Intel agencies regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 elections so this was by no means “bombshell” news.


A few months earlier however a totally partisan House Intel Committee led by Rep Devin Nunes and Rep Mike Conaway abruptly concluded with the very strange finding that Russia did interfere, but not to help the Trump campaign–a totally bogus finding meant only to shield President Trump and hide the truth about Russian meddling from the American public.

Now that the Senate Intel Committee has come up with a credible report, these GOP members of Congress should be called out for their shameful actions. That a sitting member of the U.S. Congress would go out of their way to stonewall an investigation into a hostile foreign power(Russia) interfering with our elections is inexcusable. Even more troubling, some if not all of these GOP members of Congress are running for re-elections this Midterms 2018. One wonders why someone would aspire to be a member of the U.S. Congress when you are giving aid and comfort to the enemy–in this case our deadliest enemy.

Bottomline Dems should demand that the shameful GOP members of the House Intel Committee resign because their unpatriotic actions regarding TrumpRussia investigation render them unfit for office.

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Manafort And The Case For TrumpRussia Collusion

As the TrumpRussia investigation chugs along, the public has become accustomed to public pronouncements by Trump and his GOP operatives that there was no TrumpRussia collusion. To prove their point, they have repeatedly pointed to the length of the Mueller probe saying after one year and countless interviews there is still no collusion bombshell–their point being this late in the game, the public should stop expecting a collusion bombshell


Goodman's strongest argument for collusion is that there are emails proving that then Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort knew of the Russian DNC hack in April 2016, way before this became public information(reported in the media). According to Goodman, Trump Campaign Chair Manafort learnt about the Russian hack through emails that were copied to him by another Trump Campaign operative George Papadopoulos. Manafort apparently was coordinating with the Russians, including a known member of the Russian military intelligence on how to disseminate/weaponize the hacked DNC emails to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign. In an email Manafort sent to Rick Gates, also a member of Trump campaign, Manafort reportedly said "we shouldn't let DT do this, we should let somebody low level do this so as to send no signals."

Think about that folks--way back in April 2016 before the public was aware that Putin-allied Russians had hacked DNC emails, Trump Campaign Chair Manafort and Papadoupolis already knew about it. They not only knew that the emails had been hacked, but they were also communicating/colluding with the Russians on how to disseminate/weaponize the hacked emails to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign--something they eventually did. Manafort even sent an email to Rick Gates, a Trump campaign operative suggesting that they should disseminate the hacked emails in a way that does not implicate "DT"--a clear cut consciousness of guilt on Manafort's part. Folks this is a slam dunk case of TrumpRussia collusion and the Dems better get on it--fast.

Bottom line, its about time Dems started pushing back on Trump and his GOP's bogus claim that there was no collusion between Trump campaign and the Russians. Manafort's case proves clearly that there was not only TrumpRussia collusion but that Team Trump violated federal law(s). A large part of the reason Dems are excited to go to the polls this November is to finally get rid of Trump-supporting GOP Members of Congress who have made a conscious decision not to take any action on what clearly appears to be a Trump Administration in bed with Putin's Russia--an enemy of the United States. Dem candidates need to forcefully make the case that there is strong evidence of TrumpRussia Collusion as we head into midterms 2018

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Putin Allies Met With Top NRA Officials During 2016 Campaign Season

In a previous post, Yours Truly pointed out that the FBI was investigating the powerful gun lobby group NRA for allegedly being used by Russians to funnel money into the Donald Trump Campaign


Well in a bombshell new piece, the news site McClatchy is now reporting that there is photographic evidence of Putin allies meeting with top NRA officials in Moscow. Until recently, most of the public were only aware of Russian banker and Putin ally Alexander Torshin in relation to FBI’s money funneling investigation. Well it now turns out according to McClatchy’s piece that during the hustle and bustle of the 2016 campaign season top NRA officials also met Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russia’s defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russia’s largest philanthropies, both close allies of Putin. In the picture below Rogozin is front right, Rudov is the bearded guy in the back, Torshin is in the back with black shirt, NRA President Pete Brownell is to the left of the women. Also in the picture is none other than the controversial former Milwaukee County Sheriff Dave Clarke(back turned to photo)

NRA Officials Meeting With Putin Allies

It is still unclear whether these two new individuals funneled money into the NRA but the fact that they are close Putin allies who met the NRA during the thick and thin of the 2016 presidential election will certainly be of great interest to the FBI. It bears pointing out that using foreign money to influence a U.S. election is a federal crime punishable with prison time. Simply put this is serious business.


Also remember that the NRA spent more than $30 million on the Trump campaign, more than double what they spent on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. If some or all of this money was illegally funneled from Russia, it could subject Trump and his campaign staff to criminal penalties, and possibly ensnare the NRA, top Republican Party officials and even candidates. Bottom line folks, this is a big deal and Yours Truly will keep you posted on the latest developments.

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Trump And GOP Hypocrisy Over NFL Players Kneeling For The Flag

Trump has made a point of attacking NFL players(majority black) for not “respecting the flag” when they kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem–the so-called #TakeAKnee in Twitter circles.

By “not respecting the flag” Trump and his GOP are essentially arguing that the NFL players(majority black) are not patriotic, with some even suggesting that they should be kicked out of the league.


For the record the lack of patriotism charge is baseless because the players have made it clear from the beginning that #TakeAKnee is a protest of police brutality against minorities. Specifically, professional black athletes kneel to express their solidarity with minorities who continue to lose their lives to police brutality only for their grieving families to witness the errant officers walk away scott free–no indictment. It has always been a protest against the unfair U.S. criminal justice system–nothing to do with the flag.

The Trump Administration knows that but because they’ve made a conscious decision that stoking racial divisions plays well with their white voting base, they’ve twisted #TakeAKnee into a debate about patriotism–“those blacks are not grateful to America eventhough America has made them millionaires–plus they are disrespecting the soldiers who died defending the flag.” This is a totally false, albeit very powerful message to Trump’s white voting base. It is also deliberately racist.

So far the NFL athletes or even Democrats for that matter have not pushed back effectively against this false patriotism narrative pushed by Trump Admin against NFL athletes. Well, not anymore because Yours Truly has a forceful pushback argument, especially after what the entire world has witnessed at the recently concluded G7 Summit

In a nutshell, how can Trump accuse professional black athletes of not being patriotic when the entire world believes he, the U.S. President, is controlled by Putin? Think about that folks–how can Trump accuse NFL players of “disrespecting the flag” when the whole world believes he has sold the country, with the flag, to Putin’s Russia? This is hypocrisy to the nth degree.

In addition to that there’s an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into whether Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to help him get elected in 2016, an investigation that is constantly obstructed by members of his own GOP–borderline treasonous conduct. How can Trump and his GOP turn around and question anybody’s patriotism when they are under investigation for borderline treason?

Hang in there folks, Yours Truly is going to mount a massive pushback on this shameful assault on professional athletes who, it cannot be left unsaid, are predominantly black.

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Did Russia Funnel Money To TeamTrump Through The NRA?

One of the biggest obstacles for Democrats, especially in the battle for control of State Legislatures has been the powerful gun lobby group National Rifle Association(NRA). Unlike other powerful lobby groups that influence both the Republican and the Democratic Party, the NRA literally has a stranglehold on the Republican party. NRA’s stranglehold on the GOP is so bad, even President Trump recently had to ask GOP Members of Congress not to be “afraid of” the gun lobby group when discussing sensible gun control proposals. Marion Hammer, a powerful NRA lobbyist in Florida for example is so feared by Florida State GOPers, that she’s dubbed “The Real Gov of Florida.” Such is the power the NRA wields over the GOP

https://youtu.be/L6I0zp-lAeo

The troubling news therefore that the FBI is investigating the NRA as a possible vehicle for funnelling Russian money to help Trump in the 2016 elections should be of great concern to Democrats. New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni said on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett that the NRA spent a whopping $30M to help Trump get elected, which is more than they spent the last two Presidential cycles combined. A Russian banker Alexander Torshin who has ties to Putin is an NRA life member and the key suspect in the alleged funnelling scheme. Torshin apparently wanted to create a “back channel” between the Trump Campaign and Russia and one of his associates reportedly told a Trump campaign staffer that “Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump.”(see YouTube video from 14:00 onwards)

Under normal circumstances this would be just another questionable daliance between a powerful U.S. gun lobby group and a foreign financier. However against the backdrop of an ongoing Special Counsel investigation into U.S. election meddling by the Russians, this strange relationship between the NRA and the Putin-allied Russian financier has become a much more serious issue, one that Americans trust Mueller and Co. will get to the bottom of.


It also bears pointing out, as New York Times Columnist Frank Bruni did that Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr, is a major NRA supporter and activist. Trump Jr you’ll remember is already in the middle of a very questionable meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. Veselnitskaya has since confessed that she’s an informant for Putin’s Kremlin

Simply put, the NRA-Russia story is a major story that could affect the Dem political fortunes from here on out. According to CNN Political Correspondent Sara Murray, the NRA is privately, very concerned about the FBI’s investigation into its ties to the Russian Banker(vid at 14:00). Obviously we Dems have to be patient and allow the feds to conduct their investigation into the NRA but just like Trump used the ongoing Clinton email probe to hamstring her 2016 campaign, there is no reason why the DNC should not pummel NRA-allied GOP candidates over Russian money as we head to Midterms 2018, the perfect target being Sen Ted Cruz

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