Imagine Huma Foregoing Her Salary - Like Jared Will Do

In a profile of Jared Kushner late last year, Trump’s son-in-law and key advisor mentioned that some of the best work in the campaign was done pro bono. Free. Without charge. He was referring specifically to the data operation that he helped lead, and that drove Trump to speak at rallies in the now-infamous Democrat Blue States, which caused a lot of skepticism and groans about how Donald Trump just liked big crowds and had no sense of how to win a general election.

And now that Jared Kushner has been officially appointed a senior advisor to the President-Elect, young Jared has decided to work for free for President Trump. Yes, he has money of his own. Yes, he's a wealthy real estate developer who was thrust into a CEO role before he was ready, and had to take on awesome responsibilities for a kid his age. Even a wealthy kid.

You would think, therefore, that Jared was all about the money. And he certainly better be aware of costs and how to bring them down, if he wants to continue to keep Trump's ear. But maybe, just maybe, Jared Kushner is also about public service. Maybe working pro bono was not just a clean way to avoid conflict of interest. Maybe he gets how important public service is. And how venal and corrupt it so often becomes.

Let those deeply versed in America's history and constitution argue about whether the founding fathers envisioned an enormous bureaucracy surrounding - literally, politically, and professionally - Congress and the White House. That is, whether the founders ever imagined such an outcome could be likely.

The more important point is how a professionalized and detached army of bureaucrats have taken up much of what used to be Congress' prerogative: making the nation's laws. And the executive branch has been glad to use the bureaucracy to circumvent Congress. Obama has been the most flagrant abuser of executive privilege, but far from the only president to do so.

So as Congress pushes back with, for example, the REINS Act, it is also refreshing to see Jared Kushner forego his salary. Compare that to Huma Abedin when she was at State, and in the private sector, all at once. All carefully permissioned with special exemptions: rules by bureaucrats for privileged politicos in other words. Now, imagine Hillary had won. And imagine Huma Abedin foregoing her salary.

Doesn't seem a likely hypothetical, does it?

Posted by Keeley at January 10, 2017 3:11 PM
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Don’t worry, Jared will get paid.

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 3:24 PM
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Warren I’m sure that both Trump and Jared know right now that they cannot comply with the financial conflicts of interest standards being suggested by the press and by Washington politicians for this administration. Real Estate is not a very liquid investment and Jared’s family has already ended up in court over how to distribute property. And Trump probably has branding deals that he can’t terminate without serious litigation; if I had him in a contract I know I wouldn’t let him out of it with litigation . So this rock is going to be there throughout his Presidency for both of these guys.

The question is do you want to throw it at Jared? From all indications he is a positive influence on Trump and everyone that speaks about him does so with admiration. Mika was gushing about him just this morning. Would you want to deny him a role just for the sake of tarnishing a Trump administration? Seems to me that there’s plenty of ammo being amassed just on the soon to be POTUS’ issues; I’m not sure there’s a need to eliminate one of the good ones. I would say the same too about Jared’s wife Ivanka as well. I understand nepotism and the like but we are probably better off with her involved than not.

Maybe she can even disable his Tweet machine..

Posted by: George in SC at January 10, 2017 4:44 PM
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CNN and others reporting Trump compromised by the Russians, both personally and financially. WB will not let me post an article, but this is big, and yet, the least surprising story of the campaign. Say ‘hello’ to President Pence!

Posted by: phx8 at January 10, 2017 6:26 PM
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This brings up a whole series of questions:

Will Trump immediately step down and resign? If so, will Pence to take the oath? If so, will he keep this cabinet? Probably not. Several of the advisors are already compromised, especially General Flynn and Steven Bannon.

Will Trump deny it, take the oath, and wait for the FBI and the intelligence agencies to release their findings? Both he and Obama have already been briefed.

Will the Russians wait, or go ahead and use their leverage now, while it still has value? Or will they wait for Trump to take office, and then blow him out of the water?

I will give a tip of the hat and a wag of the finger to Putin, because he screwed us like nobody but nobody has ever done before.

Posted by: Phx8 at January 10, 2017 6:43 PM
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And this has been reported before elsewhere, but now intelligence sources are saying it:

“The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.”

So more than one member of the Trump campaign was coordinating with the Russians.

The sexually compromising information is, let’s just say, disgusting, according to unverified sources.

The Russians screwed us, and the conservatives were the dupes.

Posted by: phx8 at January 10, 2017 7:00 PM
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George in SC,

So this rock is going to be there throughout his Presidency for both of these guys.

Sorry, I am not going to compromise principles because the Republicans put a rock in the White House. I believe in a President uncompromised by these sorts of financial entanglements. Is this really too much to ask?

To claim that Trump cannot divest is quite foolish. Anything can be sold if the price is low enough.

everyone that speaks about him does so with admiration

In his 2006 book, The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates, Daniel Golden wrote:

“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former [official at Jared’s high school] told me. “His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not. I believe that Jared, for the longest time, didn’t want to talk about any of this, because he felt a little bit upset or guilty that he may have taken somebody else’s place. One of the things the Ivies ask is, ‘was this student in the most challenging courses offered in the school?’ We could not answer that question yes.”

Yeah, that’s some glowing admiration.

I would say the same too about Jared’s wife Ivanka as well. I understand nepotism and the like but we are probably better off with her involved than not.

It’s certainly a peculiar argument. Essentially we are saying that Trump cannot be trusted with the Presidential levers by himself, so he needs Ivana and Jared by his side to keep him from starting a war. I’m actually apt to agree with you here. Fortunately, I am certain my writing here has negligible effect on Jared & Ivana’s fates.

Here is the story to which you refer. The allegations are absolutely damning. Unfortunately, Trump’s narcissism means he will not resign. It’ll require action from Congressional Republicans. Will they sit on their hands as Rome burns or will they actually do their jobs?

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 7:38 PM
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Here’s the full dossier. Without official confirmation, there’s not much to be learned here.

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 8:18 PM
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IMO if this was true I think every News agency in the country would be doing back flips while reporting it so until phx8 gets real conformation from someone other then Buzz feed it stands as FAKE NEWS!!!

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 10, 2017 8:35 PM
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Did you read the CNN article that I linked?

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 8:37 PM
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When the reports become public and come from a source such as the FBI or CIA, Warped, then and only then will I comment on them. CNN and Buzz Feed I consider one and the same, I wouldn’t trust either as being factual.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 10, 2017 9:00 PM
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Go ahead. Move the goalposts.

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 9:16 PM
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Warped, If wanting proof positive other then a biased News source, then move the goal post I will. My question to you is why didn’t this crap come out prior to the election? Hacking has been going on for decades now. The information about Trump and probably 535 Senators and Reps and a few former and current Presidents can be had for the right price. So bring it on.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 10, 2017 9:27 PM
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All right Warren don’t compromise your principles but eventually you are going to run out of matches from lighting you hair on fire.

Hec he’s not even sworn in yet!

Posted by: George in SC at January 10, 2017 10:32 PM
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What makes the latest revelations relevant is that the American intelligence community is briefing the POTUS & POETUS that Trump may have been both personally and financially compromised.

KAP, what part of the stories about Trump did you not understand? There was the failure to release tax returns- this, from a man who constantly likes to brag about his wealth. There were the bankruptcies, the refusals of American banks to lend Trump and more money. There was this statement by Donald Trump Jr. in NY in 2008: “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets… we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” There have been the repeated statements of admiration for Putin. There was Trump trying to move the Miss Universe Pageant to Russia in 2013.

Look, I could go on and on and on. It’s been staring you in the face for the past year or more.

You write: “Hacking has been going on for decades now.”
Yes, but not a hack and leak that successfully influenced a US presidential election. That takes cyber warfare to a whole new level. It is extraordinary. It is an attack on us all, everyone one of us.

Now it becomes a game of chicken. Knowing Trump’s narcissism, he will try to hold on to the presidency no matter what. The Russians will use their leverage to maximum advantage to undermine our country and its relationships with close allies, and to advance their own. The Russian goals are obvious: 1) end Obama’s crippling sanctions, 2) weaken the military and economic ties between the NATO countries, 3) expand into the Ukraine and perhaps even take over the Baltic countries, and 4) close the biggest deal in history, the $500 billion artic oil exploration that Exxon was going to do with them before the Obama sanctions.

The compromising material will be used when it benefits them. They will time it to their maximum advantage.

And that puts the US intelligence community in a tricky spot. They have already let Trump know that they know. There are hearings going on right now, most of it behind closed doors. How far do they let Trump go before determining the Russians will use the leverage to harm us?

Posted by: phx8 at January 10, 2017 10:33 PM
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why didn’t this crap come out prior to the election

I’ll let David Corn answer:

1. For those asking, I didn’t publish the full memos from the intelligence operative because I could not confirm the allegations.

The dossier published by buzzfeed has been circulated among insiders ever since last October. The MSM never released it to the public because unlike the right-wing media, the MSM has standards of proof and objectivity. Today’s revelation from American Intelligence Officials changed that calculus (as per reporting done by Evan Perez, Jim Sciutto, Jake Tapper and Carl Bernstein for CNN).

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 10:48 PM
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As Comey said today “UNCONFIRMED SOURCES” phx8 what part of UNCONFIRMED do you not understand. Warped, with CNN’s track record this past election cycle I wouldn’t use them as a source. Also what I said to phx8.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 10, 2017 11:14 PM
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What news source would you accept?

Posted by: phx8 at January 10, 2017 11:40 PM
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Carl Bernstein doesn’t have a good track record?

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 10, 2017 11:42 PM
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phx8, The investigating authority. Warped, As I said I don’t trust anything that comes out of CNN.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 11, 2017 10:04 AM
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If the establishment want Trump out, they will take him out. And there is no doubt that Republicans in DC will lead the charge. They would LOVE a President Pence.
IF factual evidence ever comes up against Trump, he will be gone and the left will then focus their disgusting hatred of all who disagree with them, onto whoever replaces him.

I personally did not, and do not, want Trump to be President. I believe someone like Pence has a much better chance of undoing some of the damage that has been inflicted upon us over the last 8 years. But Trump won the election and, barring some unforeseen information coming to light, we are going to have to ride it out and see what happens.

Posted by: kctim at January 11, 2017 10:21 AM
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I for one don’t care that Trump pays Russian prostitutes for peeing on him. I do care he is being less than upfront about it. If Putin has him by the short hairs Trump needs to deal with Putin very decisively very soon or he will lose the trust of the American people. We are counting on Trump to live up to his campaign promises. To vacate his position to Pence will only make America worse again not better.

If Congressional republicans go after Trump for this little scandal or fake scandal things will only get worse for the people of this country, Pence isn’t worthy.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 11, 2017 11:05 AM
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If Republicans go after Trump over unsubstantiated rumors or some silly little scandal, they and the country will pay for it dearly.
It would confirm to Trump voters that the system definitely is rigged and millions of them will never vote Republican again.
Combine that feeling with the despicable actions of the far-left and there will be conflict.

Posted by: kctim at January 11, 2017 11:27 AM
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The system is rigged!! My God can Trump voters continue to deny reality? Putin/Trump influencing, voter suppression, gerrymandering, Breitbart and post truth era, unlimited campaign funding by billionaires?

I mean CNN and the MSM are now considered to be unreliable sources whilst Faux and Breitbart are considered reliable who do they think is fooling who kctim? I still believe the easily led will continue to vote repub no matter what.

If by this time next week Trump hasn’t beat the crap out of Putin because of these allegations then he should step down and call for a special election to replace him and Pence. Yes a special election as the Constitution doesn’t cover this type of corruption of our electoral process. The American people need a do over.

Posted by: j2t2 at January 11, 2017 1:38 PM
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I always considered Bernstein to be an unreliable source and he was on all night at least taking credit for the story.

And as I stated above, there was no way Trump was going to come close satisfying the critics on separating his business from the Whitehouse. VOX has already called it a sham.

Posted by: George in SC at January 11, 2017 1:55 PM
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Seriously J2? I pretty much agreed with you about Republicans, silly scandals and things getting worse, but you still go off on another partisan BS rant filled with nonsense?

Look. It is no secret that Congressional Republicans did not want Trump, and it is no secret that Trump supporters were tired of Congressional Republicans. So it is not beyond belief that Trump supporters would see the system as being rigged IF Congressional Republicans were able to get rid of Trump over unsubstantiated rumors or some silly little scandal. A ‘technicality.’
He11, with leftists rioting in the streets because they view our Constitution as a ‘technicality,’ is it really that hard to believe that Trump supporters would be beyond upset if the person they voted for, and who had won, was stripped of his victory?

Posted by: kctim at January 11, 2017 2:10 PM
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A special election is not in the cards. He will take the oath of office and, if necessary, the pardons will fly, including Pence pardoning Trump. The most likely scenario is that Pence will eventually become president.

In the press conference this morning Trump announced his sons would run his business. This is NOT a blind trust. It could be impeachable all by itself. The provisions for blind trusts for government employees are extremely generous. Once again, he is probably hiding something. Why else would he resist the idea of letting others outside the family run it? This whole thing makes no sense.

He continues attacking the media, in particular, CNN. While I have NO love lost for CNN, for all their faults they are nevertheless a legitimate news service, and NOT fake news. CNN responded to Trump’s attack:

“CNN’s decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed’s decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed’ s decision to deflect from CNN’s reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week. We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report’s allegations. Given that members of the Trump transition team have so vocally criticized our reporting, we encourage them to identify, specifically, what they believe to be inaccurate.”

As many have already pointed out, the first target of an aspiring dictator is the media.

So Trump has deeply antagonized the US intelligence community and the media. Once again, he praises Putin, claiming being liked by Putin is “an asset.”

How much worse is this going to get?

Posted by: phx8 at January 11, 2017 3:21 PM
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Talk about fake scandals, phx8. You condemned the right for their fake BS on Obama and his administration, Trump aint even in office yet and you start. SMH!!!!

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 11, 2017 4:05 PM
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Frankly, I am astonished at how easily some on WatchBlog are led down the primrose path.

As much as I dislike Obama and Clinton for their political actions, I usually read a few sources before commenting on stories that were not flattering to them.

CNN is culpable in rushing to judgement.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 11, 2017 5:45 PM
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I like how the left claimed Hillary’s emails were meaningless. Then how the classified information didn’t matter because she wasn’t hacked. Then how it was all perfectly OK because the classified information wasn’t important.

Then I liked how the left claimed the DNC emails were meaningless. Then how personal information didn’t matter because it was hacked. Then how it was totally wrong because the personal information was somehow important enough to change the election.

Now I like how the left claims that the unconfirmed and unsubstantiated ‘dossier’ is gospel. How such information is VERY important and it doesn’t matter that it was leaked.

How much more ridiculous and funny is this going to get?

Posted by: kctim at January 12, 2017 9:42 AM
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Bare silence then. The pounding gone, the gales no more

Posted by: agen resmi Ganoderma plus capsule at January 12, 2017 10:51 AM
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At the time HRC was hacked the information was not classified. It was classified retroactively. National security was never compromised. Hacking personal information is important, and so is hacking businesses, but those are not matters of national security.

Leaking classified information is wrong. You have a point there.

However, the leaking of information in this case differs in one important respect from hacks and leaks during the election. Why? First, because it did not involve a hack. Second, because it was launched by a foreign adversary with the specific intention of harming US national interests while promoting its own, of influencing the election to undermine American’s belief in democracy, prevent the election of Hillary Clinton, who they feared, and to promote Trump, who favors them.

Furthermore, the leak (which was NOT a hack) of the incriminating information on Trump supposedly came from a friendly source- from MI-6 to the FBI office in Rome, to Senator McCain, to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and then to national security agencies, Trump, and Obama.

Finally, there is a fundamental moral question. If Trump is compromised and about to occupy the White House, and a person obtains this classified information and believes it to be true, is it wrong for multiple sources to leak it anonymously to CNN, or better to say nothing and allow a traitor to sit in the Oval Office.

That is what we are looking at, and it is an absolutely horrible situation. It seems our intelligence agencies and MSM are at war with Trump, Wikileaks, and Putin.

Posted by: phx8 at January 12, 2017 11:40 AM
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Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 12, 2017 12:14 PM
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No, it is not fake news. It might be wrong. The leak by Buzzfeed might fit that category, at least in that the site does not observe journalistic practices concerning sources and verification. The again, Buzzfeed is a website. They never claimed to be otherwise. CNN, however, does observe journalistic ethics, or at least, they claim to observe them. CCN says this story was verified with multiple sources. It is worth remembering the Buzzfeed story and the CNN story are two different stories, although some of the content overlaps.

Furthermore, circumstantial evidence makes it appear the stories about Trump being compromised are true. Trump originally claimed to know Putin very well, then later denied it. He stated (in all caps) he had no financial ties with Russians, ““NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” and that is simply a flat out, well documented lie:

“Trump received $95 million for a Palm Beach mansion in 2008 from Russian oligarch ­Dmitry Rybolovlev, more than twice the $41 million of Trump’s original purchase price, according to property records.”

He cited the Wikileaks cyber attacks 164 times in the month of October alone, even though he knew they were an attack, a cyber attack, a clear effort to undermine our election.

Trump keeps praising Putin. The stories about his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, are damning. Manafort was on the payroll of Putin’s friend, the former President of Ukraine. He failed to register as a foreign agent, and that is why he was fired. The Trump campaign made one, and only one, change to the GOP platform, saying the US would no longer provide the Ukrainians with arms.

This is an incredibly ugly story. If CNN and the intelligence agencies are wrong, what are we left with? Will this become a country run by Trump and Putin? Apparently a lot of conservatives and Republicans think that is a good thing, and we should believe Trump and Putin over our own media and intelligence agencies.

Posted by: phx8 at January 12, 2017 1:05 PM
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Phx8, I’ve sent you an email in regards to posting. We’d love to help resolve the issue you’re experiencing. Thanks!

Posted by: Liz at January 12, 2017 1:25 PM
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At the time HRC was hacked the information was not classified. It was classified retroactively. National security was never compromised. Hacking personal information is important, and so is hacking businesses, but those are not matters of national security.


Two points of clarification:

1) There is zero evidence indicating HRC’s server was hacked.

2) As per Comey’s sworn testimony:

110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification

52 email chains were classified at the time they were sent and received. That is a black mark for Hillary Clinton. She should have known better than to acknowledge the existence of the CIA’s drone program on an unclassified system.

This is separate from the issue of retroactive classification:

Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.
You are correct to state that these 2000 additional emails are inconsequential red herrings brought up by the Right. It is the 52 other chains that were important to people concerned with keeping the nation’s secrets safe.

Posted by: Warren Porter at January 12, 2017 1:59 PM
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phx8, CNN may have been a good News source at one time but now it is just a liberal smear machine. As far as Trump, you and others have done this same thing with Bush. Trump owns property and he sells property, Nationality is irrelevant when he sells property, and he sells it for a profit. Get over it the man won the election. All this crap you are bringing up should have been before he was elected if in fact it was real news,, not FAKE NEWS like it was.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at January 12, 2017 2:02 PM
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Not all of the classified information on Hillary’s servers was classified retroactively. Hillary and her team deleted thousands of ‘personal’ emails from her servers.
IF Hillary’s servers were hacked and all of that information is out, she has just a good of chance of being ‘compromised’ as Trump does.

The method used to obtain information that is then leaked, makes little difference. Copying files of the DNC hard drive to a different hard drive is no different than scanning a copy or taking a snap of a file laying around in an office.

Yes, a foreign adversary hacking into our government is serious business and has to be dealt with swiftly. But tell me something, couldn’t all this leftist divisiveness and discontent also be part of a plan to harm US national interests and undermine America’s belief in “democracy?”

The only “fundamental moral question” here is why are you so willing and eager use an unconfirmed memo in order to label somebody who doesn’t share your political beliefs as a “traitor?”

Posted by: kctim at January 12, 2017 2:22 PM
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phx8 asks; “This is an incredibly ugly story. If CNN and the intelligence agencies are wrong, what are we left with?”

At one time CNN actually did real investigative reporting and was not nearly as politically biased as today. They have fallen in the view of many Americans and this is easily seen by their drop in viewers. I sometimes watch CNN for developing stories but rarely watch commentary.

Draining the swamp as Trump has stated includes cleaning up our national security agencies. He has said, and I believe, that much of their work is politicized. We must not tolerate that in these critical agencies.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 12, 2017 3:00 PM
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