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The Express is reporting that the Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election was likely prompted by Hillary’s charges of rigging in that country’s parliamentary elections in 2011.  At the time, Putin accused Hillary of  stirring up the protests that broke out in the wake of the elections.

Did Putin want REVENGE on Clinton for THIS? Ex-envoy says leader wanted Hillary reprisal

VLADIMIR Putin’s anger with Hillary Clinton could have been the cause of Russia’s alleged release of damaging Democratic party emails, according to a former ambassador to Russia.

PUBLISHED Mon, Dec 12, 2016

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Both the CIA and the FBI indicated that Russia could have tried to influence the outcome of the recent presidential election in the USA.A government source told The New York Times: “We now have high confidence that they hacked the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and the RNC [Republican National Committee], and conspicuously released no documents [from the Republican party].”SNIPNow former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has said that the release of the emails could have been sparked by Mr Putin’s desire for revenge over her criticism of the 2011 election that elected the 64-year-old.Read more >>>>

Some readers will remember this.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective Part Four Chapter 11 Russia: Reset and Regression

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If anyone tries to tell you she accomplished nothing or that the reset did not work,  show them this page.  She worked very hard to get this treaty and to get it ratified.  We are lucky.  This protects us all.

But as 2011 began with this extraordinary bi-national victory,  the tone shifted with the year drawing to a close.  As Hillary recounts, Russian parliamentary elections in December were marred by fraud reports,  and Putin announced his intention to run for the presidency again.

Hillary expressed concern about these reports, and when folks in Russia hit the streets to demonstrate their disapproval, Putin blamed her for the unrest.

At this OSCE conference Hillary quotes herself.

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at the OSCE

December 6, 2011

“The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted. And that means they deserve fair, free, transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them.”

Although she argued to Putin that it was unlikely that people woke up and went into the streets because they thought she wanted them to, she does not completely reject the idea that she might have inspired some courage to protest.

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So, yes, the voters, the electors, and the candidate and her enormous campaign team of staffers and volunteers do deserve the facts on the Russian incursion into our election.


Want to encourage your state electors and elected officials to sign on?  Here are some contact links.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Contact the Electors


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Campaign chair, John Podesta, released this statement in support of the letter from electors requesting facts on Russian interference in the presidential election.

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The open letter to James Clapper was penned by Christine Pelosi.

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Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election

Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper:

We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016. We intend to discharge our duties as Electors by ensuring that we select a candidate for president who, as our Founding Fathers envisioned, would be “endowed with the requisite qualifications.” As Electors, we also believe that deliberation is at the heart of democracy itself, not an empty or formalistic task. We do not understand our sole function to be to convene in mid-December, several weeks after Election Day, and summarily cast our votes. To the contrary, the Constitution envisions the Electoral College as a deliberative body that plays a critical role in our system of government — ensuring that the American people elect a president who is constitutionally qualified and fit to serve. Accordingly, to fulfill our role as Electors, we seek an informed and unrestrained opportunity to fulfill our constitutional role leading up to December 19th — that is, the ability to investigate, discuss, and deliberate with our colleagues about whom to vote for in the Electoral College.

We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” The United States intelligence community has now concluded with “high confidence” that a foreign power, namely Russia, acted covertly to interfere in the presidential campaign with the intent of promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. During the campaign Russia actively attempted to influence the election outcome through cyber attacks on our political institutions and a comprehensive propaganda campaign coordinated through Wikileaks and other outlets.

Allegations that Donald Trump was receiving assistance from a hostile foreign power to win the election began months before Election Day. When presented with information that the Russian government was interfering in the election through the course of the campaign, both in private briefings and public assessment, Donald Trump rejected it, refused to condemn it, and continued to accept their help. Donald Trump even made a direct plea to the Russian government to interfere further in the election in a press conference on July 27, saying, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

According to reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, and other outlets, the United States intelligence community has now concluded definitively that the Russian interference was performed to help Donald Trump get elected, yet even today Mr. Trump is refusing to accept that finding. In response to the reports, the Trump transition office instead released a statement which called into question the validity of United States intelligence findings, and declared the election over despite the Electoral College not yet casting its votes. Trump’s willingness to disregard conclusions made by the intelligence community and his continuing defense of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin demand close scrutiny and deliberation from the Electoral College.

Separate from Mr. Trump’s own denials of Russian involvement in the election, the confirmed communication between Trump’s aides and those associated with the Russian election interference activity raise serious concerns that must be addressed before we cast our votes. Trump-confidant Roger Stone confirmed during the campaign that he was engaged in back-channel communications with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, responsible for releasing much of the Russian-hacked Democratic communications, and indicated that he was aware of the hacked content prior to its release. Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page reportedly visited Moscow in July of this year, just prior to the release of hacked DNC communications, during which it was believed he met with the Putin aide in charge of Russian intelligence on the U.S. election. Page returned to Moscow this week where he claimed to be meeting with Russian business and thought leaders.

In addition to Donald Trump and his aides’ conduct, revelations about their further involvement with the Russian government over the course of the campaign demand further investigation, as well as full disclosure of findings from any ongoing or closed investigative efforts:

  • Russian government officials revealed that they had maintained contact with the Trump campaign during the election, and stated that they were familiar with most of the individuals associated with Mr. Trump.
  • Media inquiries into whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s July plea for Russian interference in the election resulted in a “Glomar response” neither confirming nor denying the existence of an investigation, rather than the more typical response of denying the request outright.
  • U.S. intelligence officials reportedly probed Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page in regard to travel to his Moscow during the campaign.
  • The FBI reportedly began an inquiry into Trump associates following reports of a multi-million dollar business relationship with pro-Putin figures in Ukraine and Russia, and reports of an effort to sway American public opinion in favor of Ukraine’s pro-Putin government.
  • Michael Flynn, Trump campaign aide and the announced incoming National Security Advisor, traveled to Russia in December of 2015 for a gala event celebrating RT, a state-controlled propaganda network, at which he was seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.

Additionally, the Electors will separately require from Donald Trump conclusive evidence that he and his staff and advisors did not accept Russian interference, or otherwise collaborate during the campaign, and conclusive disavowal and repudiation of such collaboration and interference going forward.

We hope that the information and actions described in this letter will be provided in an expeditious manner, so that we can fulfill our constitutional duty as Electors.

Signed,

Christine Pelosi (CA)

Micheal Baca (CO)

Anita Bonds (DC)

Courtney Watson (MD)

Dudley Dudley (NH)

Bev Hollingworth (NH)

Terie Norelli (NH)

Carol Shea-Porter (NH)

Clay Pell (RI)

Chris Suprun (TX)

Presidential electors interested in adding their names to this letter should contact ElectoralCollege16@gmail.com.


Joint bipartisan statement from senators calling for an investigation.

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Nancy Pelosi has also issued the call for a bipartisan investigation.

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More on this here.

Bipartisan Anger Grows Over Russian Interference Into U.S. Election

Want to encourage your state electors and elected officials to sign on?  Here are some contact links.

Contact Your Elected Officials

Contact the Electors

 

 

The Department of Homegirl Security

From the day Donald J. Trump entered the race, this past election cycle followed a path from the most bizarre to the most corrupted in our history.  If a website experienced the multilateral attacks this election suffered, it would have been taken down. Your bank would have notified you after one such intrusion into your account, cancelled your card and the unauthorized charges to it, and arranged for a new card to be issued. Our government knew these things and did nothing to head off what amounts to election theft.

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By now, you know about all of this, of course.  I am posting it for the record. Why was this information  not released prior to Election Day?  What can be done now?  Must we live with  a flawed election? How secure are we if a major adversary can influence our elections and install the candidate they prefer?  If this were…

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Hillary and I mourn the passing and give thanks for the remarkable life of our friend, John Glenn, a uniquely American hero and one of the finest men we have ever known.

He excelled in every one of his roles—decorated Marine, pioneer astronaut, accomplished and admired senator, loving husband and father. He was brave, bright, determined, and profoundly humble. I was honored to approve sending John back into space in 1998, making him, at age 77, the oldest person to ever make the journey. I will never forget seeing him off at Cape Canaveral, and emailing him during the mission.

He and Annie were faithful participants in the Clinton Global Initiative for as long as they were able. He was always eager to learn and embrace new ideas to improve lives. I was fascinated to see how young people were drawn to him, to his quiet dignity, open mind, and open heart. How lucky we were to have him so long.

Our hearts go out to his beloved Annie, John, and Carolyn, and the people of Ohio he served so well.




In her remarks today, Hillary remembered the late Senator John Glenn who passed away today.  The occasion was a tribute to Harry Reid who is retiring after 30 years representing Nevada. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer, who succeeds Reid as Leader, shared the podium in reminiscing on Reid’s long career. Both Hillary and Schumer quoted words from Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”  Reid was a a boxer at one time.  The event was held at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Read’s remarks were typically acerbic. There were moments when he seemed emotional. Harry stuck around so that every single person in the room who wanted a picture with him got one. You could tell he was very touched.

Here is a full video of the proceedings.

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If you saw the movie “Woman in Gold,” and I strongly recommend that you do, you know that as a young lawyer and new dad, Randy Schoenberg argued before Chief Justice Rhenquist’s Supreme Court and prevailed. He did this having given up his job and devoting all of his time, energy, and resources to helping Maria Altmann recover paintings stolen from her family’s Vienna residence by the Nazis.

Here is his Facebook entry.

E. Randol Schoenberg

So, I filed a lawsuit today against the US Department of Justice seeking immediate disclosure of the FBI search warrant for the e-mails of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. As I explained in my blog http://schoenblog.com/?p=1008, I think we need to see what “probable cause” was shown for obtaining the search warrant, because whoever thought there was going to be evidence of a crime was obviously mistaken. And that mistake probably changed the outcome of the election. Journalists should contact my attorney Dave Rankin for more details.


E. Randol Schoenberg. Photo courtesy of E. Randol Schoenberg

E. Randol Schoenberg was confused when he read a New York Times article in the waning days of the presidential election reporting the FBI had obtained a warrant to seize new material in the Hillary Clinton email case.

“I thought, ‘What does that mean?’” he told the Journal. “Normally you have to show probable cause. That’s what it says in the Fourth Amendment.”

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“It’s more likely something criminal happened in the obtaining of the search warrant than… Hillary Clinton did something wrong,” he said

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We thank him and applaud his effort.  In a Gothamist article, Schoenberg says this.

“I like tilting at windmills, and sometimes it turns out not to be as crazy as everybody thinks,” he said. “[Maybe] I’m right that there’s some big story behind this, maybe i’m wrong…Sticking to your convictions, trying to think differently from everyone else is what I like to do.”

In the movie, Ronald Lauder tells Maria Altmann that her “schoolboy” lawyer is not equal to an argument before SCOTUS to help her retrieve family treasures looted by the Nazis. Maria tells Lauder that she will stick with her schoolboy.  He succeeded. Perhaps he is right. Maybe this is a battle worth having. Maybe it indeed is not “as crazy as everybody thinks. ”

Go for it, Randy! (We hope you don’t mind us calling you Randy. Maria got us accustomed to that in the movie.) donate-to-dems

What were we thinking?

The Department of Homegirl Security

Yesterday’s news of TIME’s pick for “person of the year” pretty much dotted the [I]s and crossed the [T]s.  Readers voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton mirroring the popular vote in the election.  Editors, who actually make the selection, opted for the runner-up.  The message could not be clearer.  No matter how popular she is, no matter how many people actually voted for her in any context, that glass ceiling was fortified with steel filament. Hillary Clinton was never going to be president.  How foolish of us to have entertained that frivolous dream.

Americans, and in fact the international community, have long questioned why the United States has not yet had a woman president when so many other countries have elected women to top leadership positions. It is a good question, however, news of the week brings echoes of how those women actually fared in those roles.

1. No one…

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