[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] T [/yt_dropcap]rump has been shadowed by questions about potential ties to Russia since winning the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have also concluded that Russia did indeed meddle in the campaign to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
During the campaign, Trump and other Republicans vigorously criticized a meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, husband of Trump’s general election opponent.
The New York Times has reported that U.S. agencies have intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Trump’s 2016 campaign team. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.
Priebus’ request allegedly came after the FBI told the White House it believed a New York Times report last week describing those contacts was not accurate. Priebus immediately pounced on that information and demanded a repudiation of the FBI probe which the FBI has refused to do raising the tweeting ire of the President.
Priebus’ discussion with FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has sparked outrage among some Democrats. They claim that he has violated policies intended to limit communications between the law enforcement agency and the White House on pending investigations of the White House.
The White House official would not comment when asked if the administration was concerned about the appropriateness of Priebus’ communications with McCabe. The official claimed that he was not authorized to disclose the matter publicly and insisted on anonymity. The FBI, on the other hand, would not say whether it had contacted the White House about the veracity of the Times report. CNN first reported that Priebus had asked the FBI to weigh in on the matter.
Still, Trump and his advisers have denied contacts with Russian officials during the election. Last week, Trump said “nobody that I know of spoke with Russian intelligence agents during the campaign.”
Priebus however has alluded to his contacts with the FBI over the weekend, telling Fox News that “the top levels of the intelligence community” have assured him that the allegations of campaign contacts with Russia were “not only grossly overstated, but also wrong.” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Priebus’ comments opened the door for FBI Director James Comey to discuss the bureau’s investigation publicly.
The plot thickens. It is getting even more intriguing than that of “The Young Pope,” the popular surreal movie about power and derangement.” Perhaps another satirical surrealistic Fellini-like movie about the Caligula Presidency will be necessary to begin to explain what appears irrational and unexplainable.
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Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth
[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] I [/yt_dropcap]f there’s an economic idea that Donald Trump and his economic advisers continually reiterate it is that slashing taxes inevitably leads to economic growth. Let’s see how true this idea is.
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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] C [/yt_dropcap]NN has recetnly reported that President Trump’s latest anti-media attacks “are beneath the dignity of the office of the President.” In an interview with Time magazine, Trump insulted CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and criticized MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He also called CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert a “no-talent guy.”
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