Some Trump Cabinet Members Have Their Doubts About John Bolton

That’s the problem with a revolving door administration – you never know how everybody is going to gel.

According to a new report with the New York Times, President Trump’s decision to burn through another national security adviser to install the third, with barely more than a year into his presidency, may be causing some discomfort with other members of his administration.

Trump sent H.R. McMaster packing on Thursday, only days after ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in favor of Mike Pompeo.

McMaster was a replacement for Michael Flynn, who was shuttled off after only 3 weeks on the job, after giving misleading statements to the FBI and Vice President Pence over his communications with Russians.

Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton, however, is reported to be an uncomfortable fit for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, both retired generals.

 Mattis reportedly told staffers he would find it difficult to work with Bolton prior to Trump’s announcement last Thursday that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster.

Bolton is said to be an unpopular pick with both Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

It’s not that Bolton is void of qualifications. He served under President George W. Bush as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He also served as an undersecretary of State before the Iraq war. He had a focus on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, during that time.

Bolton’s past expressed views on war have some observers stressing and wondering if he will be a good fit as national security adviser, and that may be where Mattis and Kelly’s objections lie.

Whatever the case, nobody is safe in this administration, so maybe they should just keep their heads down and plow forward.

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Trump’s Legal Misfires Continue (Trump Team Endurance Will Now Be Measured in Scaramuccis)

Called it.

I actually saw one of those Trumpidian fringe sites on social media the other day announcing the addition of Fox News conspiracy theory lawyer, Joe diGenova, and his wife, Victoria Toensing to President Trump’s Russia investigation legal team.

I can’t remember the exact title, but it referenced special counsel Robert Mueller and said news of this couple joining to fight for Trump had him shaking in his shoes.

I laughed a lot. I’m pretty sure Mueller would laugh too, if he was the sort that laughed.

As I pointed out earlier, that’s not a thing that will be happening.

Today, one of the lawyers that is intent on sticking it out on the legal team, Jay Sekulow, made the announcement.

Trump personal attorney Jay Sekulow says in a statement that Washington lawyers Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have conflicts that won’t allow them to represent the president regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Sekulow said diGenova and Toensing, who are married to each other, will be “assisting the President in other legal matters.” Sekulow did not specify the conflict, but the couple’s firm has represented other clients in the special counsel’s investigation, including former Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis.

Other legal matters? Like what? Parking tickets?

Toensing is said to also be representing Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, as well as former spokesman for the Trump legal team, Mark Corallo, hence the conflict of interests.

Corallo, by the way, left in what some report as disgust over Trump’s treatment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Also, because he saw the alleged discussion on Air Force One, regarding a deceptive response for Donald Trump Jr. to questions about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, as possible obstruction.

He may be working with Robert Mueller on that. Mueller definitely has questions about that incident.

So as it stands now, Trump has lost his lead attorney, John Dowd, is in danger of losing White House counsel Don McGahn, according to some reports, and only has Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow to carry the load, for sure, at this point.

But he’s boasting about how many high powered firms want to work with him today (which means he’s desperate).

 

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With a Legal Team Shake-Up, Trump Boasts of Law Firms Clamoring to Be His Russia Counsel

This is someone sweating, so don’t be fooled.

We kind of knew the weekend was going to be a little manic for President Trump. The suspicion was that he’d be tweeting out his frustrations with the growing pressures of the Stormy Daniels interview and the ever-pressing Mueller Russia probe.

He began his Sunday lying… lying like a dog!

Specifically, he addressed the chaos with the legal team working on his Russia case, and he wants us all to know that things are not just fine, but better than fine!

The realities are that John Dowd, the top attorney working the case bailed on him last week, a few days after suggesting that the investigation be shut down. He also said that he was speaking on the president’s behalf.

Within hours, he backpedaled and said that he was only speaking for himself.

Not surprisingly, after stepping down, he circled back and said that he actually was speaking at Trump’s direction.

Dowd’s exit was likely precipitated by Trump bringing in Joe diGenova, a Fox News guest who spouted conspiracy theories about the investigation being a plot by the “deep state” and U.S. intelligence to bring down Trump.

Now, there are reports that diGenova met with the remaining lawyers to discuss the case, and whatever nonsense he spewed for the MAGAdooks watching Fox News, he’s not as devoted to in practice, so he’s already given a hearty, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and made a lunge for the exit.

(A wonderful individual on social media mused, “What’s that? Half a Scaramucci?”)

There’s also whispers of the impending exit of White House counsel Don McGahn, frustrated with a client who refuses to take counsel.

Let Trump be Trump, indeed.

None of that is keeping Trump from boasting of all the counsel clamoring to represent him.

That’s right. It’s the fault of greedy lawyers. I’m sure hearing that is going to really draw in offers of help.

What we know is that at the beginning of this process, Trump courted multiple New York legal firms and was turned down by multiple firms for several reasons, not the least of which is that New York lawyers know the man. He has a history of not paying his bills and if they put their reputations on the line to work such a high profile case, they expect to get paid.

That, and the fact that the man is his own worst enemy, creating suspicion when if he’d just remain silent and stay off of Twitter, he could likely avoid, makes him the worst possible client.

Trump has become increasingly unhinged, as reports of Robert Mueller’s efforts seem to be moving him closer to Trump, rather than further away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Hogg Looks to Coast Through His 15 Minutes as the Most Obnoxious Kid in the News

The February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was an unfathomable tragedy. There were so many failures, across the board, and as a result, 17 families are in mourning today and a lot of kids who lived through the nightmare will probably need many hours of counseling to cope with what happened.

Some will actually need less, as they’ve decided to make activism their therapy.

I’ve kept a respectful distance from David Hogg, possibly the most recognizable face to come out of that shooting – even more so than that of the shooter, Nikolas Cruz – because I recognize that he is just a kid, and he did experience something.

However, now that more than a month is past, the dead are buried, Cruz is locked away, and some form of legislation has been passed with the signing of the massive omnibus bill, it’s time to talk about what these student activists are up to.

Specifically, let’s talk about David Hogg.

No. He’s not a crisis actor, but he is playing for the cameras.

At the end of February, Hogg said in an interview:

“I’m not going back to school on Wednesday until one bill is passed,” Hogg said at gun control rally Sunday in New Jersey, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

“Literally any legislation at this point would be a success.”

Like I said, there has been legislation, tucked away inside the omnibus bill.

Fix NICS provides funding incentives for state and federal authorities to comply with the U.S. criminal background check system.

School safety bill is a $50 million grant given yearly for training to recognize those displaying signs for potential gun violence.

No word on if that covers knife violence or any other lethal forms of violence, but there it is. Hogg can get out of the limelight and back to school.

Please.

Hogg is a typical teen. He’s all about the drama, and this shooting gave him the best opportunity to realize his goals for attention than likely anything else in his life ever would have.

I’m not suggesting that he’s happy about it, but I am suggesting there’s a bit of ghoulish, self-absorbed excitement he derives from seeing his name in print or with every invite to appear on another liberal talk show.

And it’s time for the disrespectful little brat to shut up.

Yeah. I went there.

Hogg is part of this new age of children being raised up with parents afraid to cut a switch off of a tree in the yard, in order to “adjust his attitude.”

Too bad, because now he has no respect for them.

In an interview with The Outline, Hogg gave us the benefit of his vast well of knowledge on the issues of the day.

The 17-year-old has been working tirelessly in the wake of the Florida school massacre to help pave the way for gun reform in the US — on account of “our old a** parents” not knowing how “to use a f–king democracy,” he says.

What about those young a** children that don’t understand this isn’t a democracy – it’s a republic, designed to give that single voice a say, rather than letting the mob rule?

“I get to a certain point where I just get so tired that I keep going,” Hogg explained during an interview with The Outline.

Yeah. I’m sure this is a real burden on you.

“It creates a positive feedback loop in some ways — the more stress and work I put on me, the more stress and work I can deal with.”

If he’s this obnoxious at 17, can you imagine him at 25?

He went on to say that the reason he and his fellow attention seekers are pursuing this activism (beyond the fact that hard left liberals are using them as props), is that adults have failed them.

He then does what sounds a lot like a bit of personal venting, and maybe his parents need to try being actual parents, instead of bystanders in their child’s life, because, at this point, he sounds like he despises them.

“When your old-a** parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the f**king phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government. Our parents don’t know how to use a f–king democracy, so we have to.”

Again, you arrogant little dolt, it’s not a democracy. Maybe learn the difference?

And if my child, who is a decade older than Hogg were to say anything like that, that so obviously was meant as a disparagement towards his parents, he wouldn’t be doing any more interviews.

It’s hard to talk when you’ve got a shoe lodged in your nether regions.

He went on to give his spiel about politicians.

“It just makes me think what sick f–kers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected,” he said. “What type of sh–ty person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.”

And none of that is true.

Notice he never mentions Nikolas Cruz’s name? Why not?

Because there are no political points to be made by placing the blame with the one responsible for the tragedy. Those leftist politicians with their hands shoved up Hogg’s backside, making his lips move are the ones exploiting murder. They’re the ones looking for personal gain.

By the way, Nikolas Cruz wasn’t an “old a** parent” or politician. He is a young man, like Hogg.

For that matter, the recent shooting in Maryland that left one young girl dead and a young man injured – yeah, that was a kid doing the shooting, too. 

What Hogg has said here is irresponsible, dishonest, and based in irrational emotions. The same irrational emotions and lack of self-control that leads some kids to shoot other kids.

He’s getting away with it because he’s a kid, but the reality is, he’s also just a prop, and at some point, something will happen where he ceases to be of use and his “celebrity” fades.

David, sweetie, it’s an election season. Just understand that your 15 minutes will fade soon, and when it does, your lack of knowledge and abrasive, disrespectful attitude will not carry you to lasting glory.

Hogg was part of the March for our lives rally going on Washington, D.C. today, where there was no room for opposing voices, but ample room for stupidity and outright lies about gun rights in this nation.

All the more reason for Second Amendment proponents to remain vigilant and engaged. We can’t let the children lead on this, no matter what they’ve been through. They lack the knowledge or emotional integrity necessary for this debate.

 

 

 

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Trump Team Is Now Fundraising by Raising Fears About the Mueller Investigation

To hear the grifters with Team Trump tell it, Trump is Samson, using the jawbone of an ass to fight off the Philistines.

I’m pretty sure that’s a Robert Jeffress sermon, actually.

The reality is that Trump is closer to being the ass than he is Samson.

And now his campaign team are using special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to fundraise for an election that is still 2 years away.

In an email sent out on Thursday, the implication was that Mueller was somehow out to overturn the 2016 election.

From CNBC.com

“We cannot let the swamp get away with using our government as a weapon to overturn elections and silence millions of American voters. Please make a contribution of $1 to help FIGHT BACK,” said the email.

They can send these kinds of ridiculous emails out because they know the Trump base.

The people who would think an election can be overturned (and I’m supposing their suggestion is that it would be handed to Hillary Clinton) simply because of an investigation like this are the same people who think a Nigerian prince is prepared to give them a cut of a multi-million dollar fortune, simply for allowing his representative to hide away that fortune by wiring it to their active bank account.

That’s not how elections work. The vote of the people is protected, in that even if the president is found to be guilty of something and is impeached or convicted and removed from office, there’s a line of power that follows. His vice president would take that spot. There is nothing in our system of government that would allow for Hillary Clinton to become president because of this investigation.

I’m not going to say that this particular email was any more or less desperate in tone than any other campaign email. They all, no matter the candidate or the party, seem to make it sound as if your $10 contribution is all that stands between our society’s continued survival and the gathering storm clouds of certain doom.

In this particular email, however, there’s at least a hint of something that is just not a real thing that could happen.

There’s also this notion of 2 governments. There’s whatever is going on in that clown car of an administration running things now, and then there’s the “swamp.”

What we’re to believe is that the swamp operates by its own rules, actively seeking to devour the peaceful, prosperous inhabitants of the Trumpidian government.

Yeah. That’s not happening, either, and if Trump signing off on that $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Friday didn’t convince you that he’s the head alligator in the “swamp,” then you’re probably already shopping for all the things you’ll buy, once that prince’s check clears.

The facts are, we’ve got in inexperienced, slow-witted and dishonest president who surrounded himself with dirty players, and now he’s under investigation.

He’s dealing with nothing that other presidents haven’t had to endure, from time to time. Not all of them, but it has happened.

And, if Trump is innocent, he’ll be fine.

 

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Erratic Trump Keeps Aides Guessing and Breaks the Hearts of His Most Faithful

Trump loyalists likely spent an uneasy night, wrestling with their consciences and torn between the fantasy version of Trump-as-conservative-white-knight and the reality of Trump-the-big-government-con-artist.

After a Friday morning tweet, where he announced that he would veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, he quickly pulled a fast one on the nation and signed it, anyway. He gave Democrats everything they wanted – billions in aid to foreign nations, fully funded Planned Parenthood, and a host of expensive goodies that have nothing to do with making America great again.

If his devotees were honest, they’d openly ask how things would have been different with Hillary Clinton in charge. You know, just get it out in the open. Spit that poison on the ground, breathe some fresh air for the first time in several years, clear their heads, drop that damnable pride, admit they were duped and just let the healing begin.

Yeah, I know. Some are still clinging to the “strategy” life raft. They really do believe Trump rolling over and offering up his throat on this is part of an ingenious plan, and not just capitulation.

He’s got them just where he wants them!

Meanwhile, for those of us not living on Planet Coo-Coo Bird, we’re seeing the chaotic manner of this Trump administration, where he says one thing and does another. He has no principle and he stands on nothing.

A report from the Wall Street Journal on Friday evening pointed out that his aides spent a tense few hours after his tweet, where he said he was considering vetoing the bill.

Only a day before, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short were sent out to assure the press that Trump was going to sign the bill.

Vice President Pence echoed that sentiment, boasted about the “down payment” on the southern border wall included in the bill on Thursday, while in New Hampshire.

White House sources told the Journal that Trump has been behaving more erratically with tweets and comments amid administration chaos in recent weeks.

“Never been this wild,” one source told the paper.

The president disputed reports last week that he would fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster, telling advisers the reporters were “total f—ing bullshit,” according to the Journal.

He announced Thursday that he would replace McMaster with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Then came Trump’s Friday tweet, and within the span of about 4 hours, he changed his mind. Again.

So what brought about the change?

According to the report, it was several things.

For one, there was the insistence that the bill did give “some things” that could be counted as a win, like the increased military spending.

In fact, that’s the bulk of what Trump spoke about during his press conference on Friday. He briefly turned the mic over to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in order to explain what would be covered.

Then, of course, was the fear that his Mar-a-Lago weekend could potentially be marred by bad press for allowing a government shutdown.

After aides told him that he could face backlash for allowing a government shutdown on a weekend he was scheduled to spend at his Florida resort, Trump responded “F— that,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

All of this may very well be Trump’s emotional reaction to a Mueller probe that seems to be inching closer and closer to him.

Lead attorney for Trump’s Russia investigation legal team, John Dowd, stepped away this week. Rumors are that White House counsel Don McGahn is likewise looking at a potential exit.

Also, only hours after announcing that Joe diGenova would be added to the legal team, some are reporting that may be in jeopardy. DiGenova, according to rumors, looked over the case and determined he was not “the right fit” to defend Trump.

Keep in mind, he was brought in because Trump saw him on Fox News blabbering conspiracy theories about a plot to bring down Trump and help Hillary Clinton.

Bottom line: Trump’s erratic behavior is no longer simply putting the credibility of his staff and defenders at risk. It’s threatening the well-being of the nation, burying us under debt, straining relationships with our allies, and making us appear weak to geopolitical foes.

There is no winning, here.

 

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A Great Gnashing of Teeth, as Trump World Reacts to President’s Veto Fake-Out

This is a hilarious journey into the swirling vortex of mania that makes up the Trump universe.

For the NeverTrumpers (for purposes of accuracy, they’ll be called “conservatives” from here on out), President Trump’s omnibus bill veto fake-out was no surprise. There’s nothing in his past to support this notion that anyone should believe Donald Trump could be relied upon to govern as a small government pragmatist.

Trump will go with whatever the last person in his ear tells him to do, and after announcing that he would veto the $1.3 trillion boondoggle, over 2,200 pages that no one has had a chance to read, apparently Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got in his ear and told him about all the goodies for the military included in the bill, including pay raises for active duty service members.

That much I can get behind. I don’t think any conservative would object. However, it’s only a portion of the bill, and the debt Americans are being saddled with is an unsustainable path.

Trump spoke out of both sides of his mouth today, saying he was unhappy with the bill, but then touting the defense spending.

I thought one of the things his faithful acolytes believed of him was that he was a great deal maker? Couldn’t he have done a better job with this? It really seems like he just rolled over.

The reaction of Trump’s most faithful defenders has been a mixed bag of hilarious.

Some are just done. They’re defeated. Reality is sinking in.

Then there are those who can’t bring themselves to admit it was all a lie.

And then there are those who are living on a different planet.

I’m not looking forward to the debt. I know this is a horrible thing for our nation. Debt weakens us.

With that in mind, however, there’s a distinct feeling of vindication in seeing everything we conservatives said would happen actually happen, especially in light of all the abuse we’ve endured for doubting Saint Trump is who his defenders want us to believe he is.

We just need a 2015 do-over.

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“He Just Wants to Add a Little Drama” – White House Officials “Confident” Trump Will Sign Omnibus

Will he or won’t he?

Such drama over the 2,000+ page monstrosity called the “Omnibus” bill. It’s $1.3 trillion worth of bad news, and proves Nancy Pelosi isn’t the crazy one.

When the Obamacare bill was crammed down our throats, it was also a massive nightmare that nobody had read, and people excoriated Pelosi for saying we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it, like reading wasn’t a thing in Washington.

This Omnibus bill is crammed full of so much pork, Senator Rand Paul tweeted out that the copier in his office had ran for over 2 hours, and still hadn’t finished printing out the bill. Once it did, he tweeted out some of the ridiculous spending points contained within, and it was clear that if Republicans ever wanted to paint themselves as the party of commonsense and reduced spending, it wouldn’t be happening if they allowed this bill to pass.

But they did.

Then President Trump, perhaps in response to some of the outraged commentary in media, announced this morning that he might veto the bill, because it lacked a DACA fix or funding for the southern border wall.

Vetoing this irresponsible bill would be the right move, no matter the reason. Whether a veto happens or not, however, is up in the air.

For starters, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has already signaled that the bill must be passed, in the interest of defense spending.

Then there are White House officials that absolutely believe we can’t trust a single thing Trump says.

 “I think we’ll be OK,” White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told CNN.

Another official said the White House believes that Trump will ultimately sign the legislation.

“I think he just wanted to add a little drama,” the administration source told The Hill. “Everyone here is confident he’ll sign it when it arrives at the White House.”

Of course. Adding “a little drama” always makes things go more smoothly.

Those paying attention should have already picked up that the separation between what Trump says and what he does is vast. That being said, if he folds and signs this bill, nobody should mistake him for a “conservative president,” or someone looking to make America great, ever again.

He’s just the same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

The government is due to shut down at midnight on Friday, should Trump fail to sign the bill.

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“Lone Hacker” Guccifer 2.0 Goofs, Accidentally Reveals Himself to Be a Russian Intelligence Officer

File this under, “Nobody should be surprised.”

Also, file this under, “Mueller’s got it.”

That would be the information regarding the hacker, Guccifer 2.0, who has been pegged as the hacker behind the hack – and eventual leaks – of the Democratic National Committee’s emails in 2016.

The release of those emails resulted in utter chaos, with the DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz being forced to step down, and a Democrat base enraged, upon finding that the fix was in to cut out candidate Bernie Sanders and aid Hillary Clinton, all along.

So who is Guccifer 2.0?

We know now, because of a critical slip-up on the hacker’s part, that he was actually an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), working on Russia’s behalf. He was

Robert Mueller has brought in the FBI agents who tracked down the Guccifer persona, and they are now part of his team, as he investigates Guccifer’s activities. That’s important to the ongoing Russia probe, and could possibly bring Mueller closer to the Trump circle.

The Daily Beast reports:

Trump’s longtime political adviser Roger Stone admitted being in touch with Guccifer over Twitter’s direct messaging service. And in August 2016, Stone published an article on the pro-Trump-friendly Breitbart News calling on his political opponents to “Stop Blaming Russia” for the hack. “I have some news for Hillary and Democrats—I think I’ve got the real culprit,” he wrote. “It doesn’t seem to be the Russians that hacked the DNC, but instead a hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer 2.0.”

If it wasn’t for the constant defending of Russia by Trump and his associates…

It was about 5 months after this declaration of an innocent Russia, in January 2017 that U.S. intelligence (FBI, NSA, CIA) announced that they’d assessed “with high confidence” that Guccifer 2.0 was just the persona used, along with DCLeaks.com, and with the WikiLeaks assist, to cover for Russian military intelligence (GRU). They didn’t come right out and say Guccifer was actually a Russian officer. They just assessed that this was a persona created by Russian intelligence.

Then comes the kicker:

Guccifer screwed up.

Guccifer 2.0 sprang into existence on June 15, 2016, hours after a report by a computer security firm forensically tied Russia to an intrusion at the Democratic National Committee. In a series of blog posts and tweets over the following seven months—conspicuously ending right as Trump took office and not resuming—the Guccifer persona published a smattering of the DNC documents while gamely projecting an image as an independent Romanian hacktivist who’d breached the DNC on a lark. As Stone’s Breitbart piece demonstrated, Guccifer provided Moscow with a counter-narrative for the election interference.

And it worked well. The hacker said he wasn’t a Russian. He was a lone, mischievous Romanian. Trump loyalist Roger Stone vouched for him.

That’s all the MAGAdooks needed.

An interview with Motherboard busted open the “lone Romanian hacker” narrative. Too many inconsistencies. Security experts picked up on those and agreed that this was a ruse.

“Almost immediately various cyber security companies and individuals were skeptical of Guccifer 2.0 and the backstory that he had generated for himself,” said Kyle Ehmke, an intelligence researcher at the cyber security firm ThreatConnect. “We started seeing these inconsistencies that led back to the idea that he was created hastily… by the individual or individuals that affected the DNC compromise.”

Proving that link definitively was harder. Ehmke led an investigation at ThreatConnect that tried to track down Guccifer from the metadata in his emails. But the trail always ended at the same data center in France. Ehmke eventually uncovered that Guccifer was connecting through an anonymizing service called Elite VPN, a virtual private networking service that had an exit point in France but was headquartered in Russia.

They didn’t have all the pieces to the puzzle, but a lucky break opened the door they needed.

But on one occasion, The Daily Beast has learned, Guccifer failed to activate the VPN client before logging on. As a result, he left a real, Moscow-based Internet Protocol address in the server logs of an American social media company, according to a source familiar with the government’s Guccifer investigation. Twitter and WordPress were Guccifer 2.0’s favored outlets. Neither company would comment for this story, and Guccifer did not respond to a direct message on Twitter.

Get Roger Stone to ask him.

U.S. investigators grabbed the I.P. address and were able to identify Guccifer as a “particular GRU officer,” and even tracked him down to an office at the agency’s headquarters on Grizodubovoy Street in Moscow.

Oops.

Timestamps in Guccifer 2.0’s first leaks show they were packaged for release over the course of a single day in June 2016, beginning just hours after the DNC intrusion and its attribution to Russia were made public. The moniker was an homage to Romanian hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel, who as “Guccifer” achieved notoriety in 2013 for a string of hacks against celebrities and politicians.

In his inaugural blog post, Guccifer 2.0 disputed Russia’s involvement and claimed credit personally for the DNC breach, positioning himself as a one-time hacking operation working to expose “the Illuminati.” The post included the world’s first glimpse of the enormous cache of documents siphoned from the DNC’s network, including the Democrats’ opposition research report on Trump. Presaging the leaks that would roil the election, Guccifer 2.0 declared that he’d already sent the bulk of the stolen material to WikiLeaks—which has spent the time since obfuscating whether Guccifer was its source.

And yes. WikiLeaks knew the information was coming from Russians, since WikiLeaks is, as U.S. intelligence has determined, just another arm for cyberattacks from the Russians.

WikiLeaks began releasing the emails in July 2016. Trump promoted the leaks at his rallies. Roger Stone worked to defend Russia from blame.

In his Breitbart piece, Stone defended Guccifer 2.0’s narrative of the “lone Romanian hacker.”

“I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them,” he wrote.

Liar.

Working Twitter, as well as his blog, Guccifer kept up sporadic coverage of the election. Occasionally contacting journalists with leaked info.

Sometime after its hasty launch, the Guccifer persona was handed off to a more experienced GRU officer, according to a source familiar with the matter. The timing of that handoff is unclear, but Guccifer 2.0’s last blog post, from Jan. 12, 2017, evinced a far greater command of English that the persona’s earlier efforts.

“It’s obvious that the intelligence agencies are deliberately falsifying evidence,” the post read. “In my opinion, they’re playing into the hands of the Democrats who are trying to blame foreign actors for their failure.”

(Contrast that with the language from a June 2016 post: “I made some conclusions from the Marcel’s story and decided not to put all eggs in one basket. Moreover, other cases weren’t so successful and didn’t bring me the glory.”)

He was a genuine egg person.

Meanwhile, Mueller’s grand jury have already handed down indictments against members of the Russian troll farm. There are 13 Russians and 3 Russian businesses named in the indictments for charges ranging from bank and wire fraud to identity theft.

 

 

 

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Rex Tillerson Says “Farewell,” Urges Respect in a Disrespectful Business

It sounds like in his short time as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson really got an education about the Washington, D.C. culture and the people around him.

Apparently, he learned the value of kindness.

Tillerson spoke to his department today, possibly for the last time. In his speech, he encouraged State Department personnel to perform an act of kindness, each day.

Gee… I wonder where this is coming from.

Also:

“This can be a very mean-spirited town,” Tillerson said to a round of laughs and applause. “But you don’t have to choose to participate in that.”

He also stressed the values of respect and dignity – something I promise you he gained more appreciation for after a year of seeing none with the current administration.

Notably absent from Tillerson’s remarks was any mention of Trump – the second time since his firing that he declined to acknowledge the president in public comments.

Well, if you don’t have anything good to say…

Tillerson’s last day, officially, is March 31. He probably won’t stick around in Washington for that long, and will likely return to Texas in the coming days. In the meantime, he’s been working to fill out the necessary paperwork and assist with the transition for his successor, Mike Pompeo.

This is probably a relief for Tillerson, actually. He hasn’t had the best relationship with his boss.

Back in July of 2017, reports were that Tillerson almost resigned, due to a profane, abusive appearance at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.

Tillerson, an Eagle Scout, himself, was reportedly disgusted at Trump’s behavior and called Trump a “f**king moron.”

Afterwards, Tillerson denied that he had considered resigning.

He did not deny that he’d called Trump a moron.

Trump’s intellectual failings were not the only problem.

There were multiple clashes over foreign policy issues, such as the Iran deal and the Paris climate accords.

But after he concluded his remarks on Thursday, Tillerson left the State Department to several minutes of applause, as he shook the hands of employees on his way out the door.

Good, Rex. Get out while you can.

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