The GOP conspiracy theorists are going to be unhappy with learning the latest news about the investigation into Chris Steele, the retired MI6 British agent who compiled his raw intelligence notes collected from various Russian contacts which has come to be known as the Steele Dossier, has resulted with him being cleared. He was one of sources who had alleged that Moscow was interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.
This investigation that GOP in the US Congress and the republican President Donald Trump have been demanding was conducted by the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ )watchdog, the Inspector General Michael Horowitz who found Mr. Steele’s information to be sufficiently credible.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On July 9, 2019, Mark Hosenball of Reuters penned the following report, “Trump ‘dossier’ author grilled by Justice Department watchdogs: sources”
“Federal lawyers probing the origins of the investigation of…
Following the news this week was intellectually challenging and emotionally exhausting.
I’m not a lawyer or a trained journalist, I have problems with memory and concentration, but I am determined to decide what I think of The Mueller report by reading it.
The Mueller Report describes a lawless president intent on obstructing the the legitimate investigation of an attack on the people of the United States.
The Report describes this attack as meticulous and psychological.
Russia used the personal data and psychological profiles of over 87 Million Americans to target specific groups of people with appeals to tribalism and fear.
The Internet Research Agency built Facebook communities across the political spectrum, but targeted Clinton in all of them. Mueller’s report lists conservative groups like “Being Patriotic,” “Stop All Immigrants,” “Secured Borders,” and “Tea Party News”; black social justice groups like “Black Matters,” “Blacktivist,” and “Don’t Shoot Us”; LGBTQ groups like “LGBT United”; and religious groups “United Muslims of America.”
“Main idea: Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary [Clinton] and the rest (except Sanders and Trump — we support them),” IRA operators told specialists. BuzzFeed.News
According to the University of Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Research Project the Russian attack began in 2013:
What kind of President blocks his government’s investigation of an enemy attack?
Based on the emerging evidence, Trump is an idiot if he genuinely believes he’s a legitimate president with a mandate, and if he’s one of Putin’s useful idiots, my guess is his strategist is the Kremlin’s top handler.
The House and Senate GOP know what Trump is, but they’re useful idiots too.
What comes next is up to us, I don’t like it, I’d rather think about and do other things, but I won’t belong to the generation that killed American Democracy.
This moment is not about winning a game.
This is moment is not about our feelings.
This moment is a reckoning with the facts and history will damn those who choose to ignore them.
I believe in a God that expects humanity to use reason and science to nurture and fully inhabit creation.
To do this we need a civilized world order governed by leaders who respect and protect the rule of law regardless of political and religious affiliation.
With Trump as President, Russia is free to continue to attack our minds, and the gaslighting will only get worse as we head into the 2020 campaign.
Here is a link to the Mueller Report, please read it and pass it on. Below are a few the videos I liked this week
Know your first amendment rights on the internet:
Learn lateral reading, use multiple tabs in your browser to look stuff up and fact check as you read. Real-time fact-checking can help you figure out what’s real and what’s not on the internet.
Ageism: Why do we treat old people like babies?
A History of LGBT rights at the UN
The Creative Process: Leonard Nimoy on developing “Star Trek’s” Spock character
The week began with Attorney General William Barr’s memo, which seemed to imply the Mueller report cleared Trump of all charges. Trump celebrated by going after our health care and depriving Puerto Rico of badly needed resources.
Trump’s “Got Away with Treason” Tour | Real Time with Bill Maher
The week closed with Adam Shiff’s an historic viral take-down of Trump’s Congressional enablers on the GOP side of the House Intelligence Committee, and an Alexandria Cortez MSNBC Town Hall to discuss the Green New Deal as a policy proposal.
It’s refreshing to see Americans engage with each other to solve problems.
I agree with Congressman Schiff: Trump’s corruption is not OK, and neither is the GOP’s.
On a personal note, I had family in town this week. We did some sightseeing but mostly we sat around and talked; I don’t socialize often so it was exhausting. I avoided the news because I was furious with the press for falling for another obvious gaslight, although props to @MSNBC for more accuracy than @CNN or @Fox.
Americans aren’t falling for the gaslight either; 56% still think Trump conspired with Russia.
I’ve spent most of the day watching Michael Cohen give testimony.
He seems tormented and determined to redeem himself.
This felt like a day of reckoning for Michael Cohen and the American people.
The President represents the People; and our ‘ethos’ as a People is an expression of who we are as individuals.
Donald Trump is a sadistic crook: is that who we are as individuals?
“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?” Rep. Elijah Cummings, February 22, 2019
I’ve gathered segments of Cohen’s testimony from different news outlets
for the sake of comparison.
Below is a link to most of the testimony:
And because I can’t resist:
Portrait of Donald Trump in Green, Rob Goldstein, based on a portrait in the public domain.