“Never seen anything like it . . . “

Himes, McCain, Graham, Swalwell, and others from Congress critical of Nunes.  There aren’t sure what Nunes is “up to.”  Nunes is a Trump ‘surrogate’ and should never have been appointed to head the Committee.  One person/critic says, “No one will want to come forward with evidence if they believe Nunes will right away go tell Trump.”  Veterans of Congress are saying they’ve “never seen anything like it.”  A former CIA Director shares their incredulity.  Nunes has publicly said that he wanted to aid the POTUS (which is not his role as Chairman of the House Intelligence Investigative Committee, and thus far he’s not kept his promise to show and tell what he showed Trump and spoke with him about).  He has made a ‘joke’ of his role.  LOTS of Trump people seemed to have talked with Russia.   


As Donald Trump’s own advisers said this week that Trump would use Richard Nixon’s famous “law and order” rhetoric during his 1968 campaign as his inspiration for his Republican nomination speech on Thursday, many have begun comparing Trump to the disgraced former president. The parallels with a man who presided over another era in which there were widespread allegations of police brutality and killings of unarmed African Americans seem compelling.


In winning their elections nearly half a century apart, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump both displayed qualities that have been exhibited by successful political figures throughout history. Both men were able to capitalize on social and economic anxieties that were not being addressed by current policy makers nor by those who sought to compete with them for the presidency. Each positioned themselves as men of change, who were able to utilize hold up the dismissive attitudes of the media and political establishments as a badge of honor that gave them a sense of authenticity with those who believed they had also been dismissed by those who hold power. Finally, Nixon and Trump exhibited incredible grit and determination in being able to reach the heights of political success. Despite moments of doubt and defeat neither was willing to give up or give in until their goal had been achieved.


The aim of the Paris deal is to reduce emissions enough to stave off a warming of the planet by more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the level at which, experts say, the Earth will be irrevocably locked into a future of extreme droughts, flooding and shortages of food and water.

But analysts say Mr. Trump’s order signals that the United States will not meet its pledges under the Paris deal to cut its emissions about 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

“Meeting the U.S. terms of the Paris Agreement would require full enforcement of the current regulations, plus additional regulations,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton University. “It takes a comprehensive effort involving every country doing what they committed to and more.”

He said Mr. Trump’s order “sends a signal to other countries that they might not have to meet their commitments — which would mean that the world would fail to stay out of the climate danger zone.”


President Donald Trump is trying to divert attention from the possibility of improper connections to Russia by his campaign aides as he attempts to shift the focus onto 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In a series of tweets from his personal account Monday night, Trump said the “Trump Russia story is a hoax.” He argued that it is Clinton, the former secretary of state under President Barack Obama, who has many questions to answer regarding her own links to Russia and her husband Bill Clinton’s connections to the Kremlin.


Trump tweeted, “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech…money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset,’ praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax.”


After a week of partisan rancor that threatened to bring down the House’s probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election, the Senate is quickly realizing it may be the only chamber left that can produce findings free of the cloud of White House meddling.

“You don’t have the kind of blow-ups [in the Senate] you had at the House,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been able to avoid the partisan fissures that have weakened its House counterpart, and began conducting private interviews with intelligence officials last week. Sources say it also plans to interview Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, who had met in December with the Russian ambassador.

“Trust me, I feel the — everybody on the committee feels — the responsibility to continue to try to do this right,” said the Senate committee’s top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, who is leading the upper chamber’s Russia investigation alongside Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.).


Former vice president Richard B. Cheney became the latest Republican to condemn Russia’s reported meddling in the presidential election, likening the “cyberattack on the United States” to an “act of war.”

Cheney on Monday delivered criticisms of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies and his government’s alleged orchestration of hackings to interfere with the election. Cheney, who supported Donald Trump’s presidential election, was speaking at a global business summit in New Delhi.

“There’s not any argument at this stage that somehow the election of President Trump was not legitimate, but there’s no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization to interfere in major ways with our basic, fundamental democratic process,” he said. “In some quarters, that would be considered an act of war.”

The intrigue now threatening to swamp Washington politics deepened on Monday when Trump’s son-in-law and trusted adviser, Jared Kushner, offered to testify to senators about meetings with senior Kremlin officials — including the head of a bank closely linked to President Vladimir Putin’s government.
And more revelations about a secret trip to the White House complex by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes spurred claims by Democrats that he was in league with the President’s aides to subvert his own panel’s investigation into Moscow’s alleged election meddling and ties to the Trump campaign.

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