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June 23, 2017: Regator LLC: GOP Congressman demands Mueller stop investigating Trump ' reveals White House in 'nightmarish corner'
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A freshman Republican Congressman on Friday called for special counsel Robert Mueller to recuse himself from any investigation of President Donald Trump.
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller should recuse himself because the integrity of his appointment is in question due to former FBI Director James Comey's manipulative leaks and the relationship between Mr. Comey and Mr. Mueller," Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) claimed. "Mr. Comey's actions were rewarded by a media frenzy that backed the Administration into a nightmarish corner, leading to the appointment of his close friend, Mr. Mueller."
Congressman Biggs' statement impugned the honor of federal investigators.
"His ability to be impartial is doubtful because he has surrounded himself with highly partisan lawyers who make a special practice to line the coffers of Democrats," Congressman Biggs suggested. "Since taking on the role, Mr. Mueller has made blatantly partisan hires that put the integrity of the investigation into question."
"The American people deserve to know the full story behind those actions, not a nefarious tall tale to undermine President Trump," Biggs deflected. "The progress of the Trump administration during President Trump's first five months in office have been slowed by unsourced allegations meant to sabotage his administration and derail his agenda to make this country great again."
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June 23, 2017: Regator LLC: Vladimir Putin ordered Russian hackers to help elect Donald Trump, says explosive new report
A new report indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered election hacking to help elect Donald Trump.
Mr Putin's direct involvement in the effort to undermine the US election systems was disclosed to former President Barack Obama in August, just months before the election that saw a surprise victory for Mr Trump, according to a Washington Post investigation into the Obama administration's internal deliberations on how to handle the meddling.
The Russian president had ordered the attacks in order to defeat, or at least damage, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. At the time of the attacks - and up until voting day last November - Ms Clinton was seen as a the odds on favourite to be the next president.
Mr Putin has denied allegations that his government was directly involved in the cyber attacks that led to massive leaks of emails and data from Democratic servers. Instead, he has said that "patriotic" Russian hackers may have been involved, but not members of his government.
The story of Russian meddling outlined in the Washington Post, however, indicate that US intelligence agencies became so confident that Mr Putin was behind the attacks that Mr Obama personally warned him against continuing to do so. When confronted, the Russian President denied the accusations, and said that there was no proof.
The hackings led the Obama administration to impose sanctions on Russia following Election Day in the US, and to the government expelling Russian diplomats stationed in American cities.
But, although US intelligence agencies became increasingly sure that Russia was actively trying to undermine the 2016 election, the Obama administration worried that acting publicly on the issue in close proximity to the election would give rise to concerns that Mr Obama's team was using the White House to try and influence the election.
Instead of acting against Putin before the election, the White House attempted to stop future meddling, and to work to ensure that US voting systems weren't significantly impacted.
June 23, 2017: Regator LLC: Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill
Sanders doubled down on his claim in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper later that evening, explaining that like Trump's 2018 budget, his heath care bill will wreak havoc on the lives of his own voters.
"If you throw 23 million people off of health insurance, if you cut Medicaid by over $800 billion, there is no question that thousands of Americans will die," he warned.
Sanders also asserted that much like the House legislation passed in May, Senate Republicans' new health care bill has little to do with health care at all.
"The purpose of this whole legislation of raising premiums for older workers, of defunding Planned Parenthood, denying 2.5 million women the choice of doctors [is] to provide $500 billion in tax breaks for the top 2 percent, for the insurance companies, for the drug companies and other major corporations," Sanders said.
"This is barbaric," he hammered. "This is what oligarchy is all about."
Sanders dubbed the bill "the most anti-working class legislation" he'd ever seen, a cruel twist given Donald Trump's populist rhetoric on the campaign trail.
"I don't care what your political view is. I don't think there are many Americans who think that we [should] give unbelievably large tax breaks to billionaires and then tell disabled kids or people who are in nursing homes today because of Medicaid that we're going to punish them," Sanders told Cooper. "Man, that is not what this country is supposed to be about."
June 23, 2017: Regator LLC: Obama authorized use of cyber weapons against Russia before leaving office ' Trump hasn't used them
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President Barack Obama learned last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in a cyber campaign against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to an extensive report by the Washington Post.
The CIA reportedly told Obama the Russian operation's purpose was to disrupt and discredit the 2016 presidential election. Putin himself specifically directed the cyber campaign to defeat or at least damag Clinton in order to elect then-candidate Donald Trump.
Obama "was deeply concerned and wanted as much information as fast as possible," a former official told the Post. "He wanted the entire intelligence community all over this."
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While the Kremlin led their cyber campaign on the election, Trump praised Putin saying he was a better leader than Obama. Trump also told Russians in July to continue hacking Clinton and "find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
The Obama administration then held secret meetings to debate options for dissuading or punishing Russia. Those options included cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, release of CIA intelligence that could embarrass Putin and sanctions that would hurt Russia's economy. Obama approved other measures in December, including the ejection of 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and closing two Russian compounds. As of now, the sanctions Obama placed on Russia remain.
At the end of his presidency, Obama approved a covert measure that would deploy cyber implants in Russian infrastructure, the Post revealed. The cyber weapons would be the digital equivalent of bombs that could be triggered if the tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalated in the future.
June 23, 2017: Regator LLC: Sean Spicer finally talked to Donald Trump about Russia, who 'probably' interfered
In an audio only Friday press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced he had finally spoken to President Donald Trump about Russian interference into the election.
Spicer was widely mocked when he refused to answer whether President Trump believes that Russia attempted to interfere with America's the 2016 presidential election.
NBC reporter Hallie Jackson returned to the subject, asking if Spicer had finally had a conversation with Trump on the biggest subject of his presidential administration.
"He's concerned about, uh, any country or any actor that wants to interfere with our elections, I've confirmed that he stands by that," Spicer updated, without referring specifically on Russia.
June 14, 2017: Regator LLC: France's Macron tells UK's May, 'EU door 'still open'
Theresa-May-MacronFrench President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the door of the European Union remains open to the United Kingdom as long as negotiations for Britain to leave the EU are not concluded.
Macron said in a joint news conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May in the presidential palace's garden that he wished Brexit negotiations should start as soon as possible, led by the European Commission.
"The door of course is still open as long as Brexit negotiations have not been concluded, but a sovereign decision to leave the EU has been taken and I respect that decision," Macron said.
But he stressed too that he respected the sovereign decision of the British people to leave the EU in their referendum a year ago, adding that the start of talks was an important milestone.
"We need to be clear and organised and once it (the Brexit process) has started we need to be collectively clear that it's more difficult to reverse course," he said at the Elysee palace.
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