Will The Trump crime family and Russia ever be held to answer?

Turns out there was another Steele Dossier

Christopher Steele compiled a second dossier about Trump during his presidency. This second document reportedly contains further claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes. The former British spy who published a dossier that made explosive claims about Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia produced a second dossier while Trump was president.

The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s second dossier was produced when Trump was in the White House, namely between January 2017 to January 2021. This document, has not independently corroborated, it reportedly “contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes,” The second dossier relied on different sources from the first one but did not say who those sources were. Steele’s first dossier was leaked to and published by BuzzFeed in January 2017. The report detailed numerous claims of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and it came to the attention of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI as they investigated Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The document also contained claims that Russia had incriminating material on Trump, including a tape of him engaging in sexual activities with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

The Steele dossier’s overarching claim: that there was an “extensive conspiracy between [the] Trump campaign team and Kremlin” and a “well developed conspiracy of cooperation between them and Russian leadership.” has never been been disproven. This all needs further and complete investigation

The Mueller’s report said, the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election interference did find that “the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” Which it did, and with the Russians help squeeze out a 70000 vote margin in three swing states. All of the Trump Crime Family and its Republican enablers need to be brought to justice.

News source Business Insider

PUTIN PUPPET’S PARTING GIFT

Putin Gleeful After Trumpsters’ Violent Insurrection

Bemoaning Biden’s election, Russian state media talking heads consoled themselves with the thought that Trump fatally undermined democracy on his way out.

Trump just delivered the biggest present to the Kremlin imaginable by inciting a violent insurrection. Hundreds of Trump supporters descended upon the Capitol, launching a brazen attack that defiled the most precious symbol of U.S. democracy and attempting to overturn the outcome of an election in favor of their conspiracy-peddling idol.

Russian state media had played its own part in amplifying Donald Trump’s baseless claims of electoral fraud and gleefully predicting that post-election violence would inevitably follow. “There will be blood,” asserted Russian lawmakers and state media talking heads, a prospect they considered to be “excellent.” And indeed, there was blood. Vesti reporter Denis Davydov was embedded in the thick of it all, interviewing sweaty seditionists with bloody knuckles in between their attempts to storm Capitol Hill. “The United States never experienced anything like this,” Davydov noted. In his report for Vesti, U.S. correspondent Valentin Bogdanov asserted that the violence is not over: “While the Democrats gained control of Congress and the Senate, that doesn’t mean they can control the minds of the people. January 6, 2021 is forever written into the American political calendar. For some, it’s a dark date they will try to forget. For others, it’s a day to remember—or perhaps to repeat.”

Political scientist Yury Rogulyov told state media channel Rossiya-24: “The discontent will remain, the divisions will continue, but the big question is to which degree the Republicans will follow in Trump’s footsteps. If they do it, the crisis will be extended and America’s healing—if it’s even possible—will take a long time.”

Bemoaning Joe Biden’s election, Russian state media talking heads consoled themselves with the thought that Trump had burned the United States on his way out by discrediting America’s electoral system and democracy as a whole. The failed insurrection provided even more fuel for the fire. Instead of condemning an attempted coup—stoked by blatant disinformation—Russian officials joined Trump and his Republican collaborators in trashing the integrity of the U.S. elections. Addressing the foiled coup, Maria Zakharova, official spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, blamed the “archaic” electoral system and the U.S. media—and not President Trump’s incendiary messaging.

Regardless of what happens to Trump, Russian propagandists find comfort in knowing that their favorite U.S. president’s divisive rhetoric and deliberate disinformation have inflicted lasting damage on America—and cast a dark shadow on democracy, which used to be an example for other countries. Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda argued: “The United States has long insisted that it is perhaps the only standard of democracy and order. But the inability of the American political system to transfer power peacefully and legally from one presidential team to another has torn the fragile veil from a failed example of democracy that has been carefully imposed on both Americans and the world.” Political scientist Igor Shatrov added: “The storefront is broken, shattered. It will be patched up, but the most valuable thing was stolen from the display: trust in American democratic institutions.”

It’s hard to imagine a bigger gift for Trump’s puppet master, Putin.

Edited from Julia Davis in the daily beast

https://www.thedailybeast.com/putin-gleeful-after-trumpsters-violent-insurrection?

A list of Trump’s treasonous anti-US actions

Here is an incomplete list of his treasonous anti-US actions:

Trump has mounted — and maintains — a vicious attack on the legitimacy of American democracy and the integrity of its elections. That has topped Putin’s anti-American wish list beyond his wildest imagination.

On Trump’s watch, Russia has launched possibly the most damaging cyber-attack in American history, an act of war that might prove lasting enough in its damage to supplant #1 above.

Trump seriously degraded America’s NATO alliances — arguably Putin’s top international priority — by feuding with the organization over dues and petty differences and weakening its resolve to treat Russia as a threat.

Trump handed Putin undeserved international legitimacy at a Helsinki summit by publicly siding with him over the unanimous U.S. intelligence community with regard to his denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf.

Trump held foreign aid to Ukraine hostage — aid it needed to defend itself against Russia — as part of a failed extortion scheme to muddy Joe Biden.

Trump failed to raise a whimper of protest when it was revealed the Russia had placed bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Trump pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, isolating the nation from the world community and creating a void for Russia and others to fill.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Trump pulled U.S. troops from Syria, a major strategic victory for Putin and his client, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That was beyond item 7 in value to Russia, which swiftly filled the void left by the U.S.

Trump weakened the European Union — as he did with NATO — by supporting Brexit and sending Steve Bannon to Europe to support anti-government movements.

Trump supported Putin with silence over the poisoning of Russian Alexei Navalny with the same nerve agent used to poison ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018. Trump stayed silent for as long as possible on that one as well.

Trump shared highly classified intelligence information about ISIS with two top Russian officials in an infamous Oval Office meeting.

Trump has met repeatedly in person and by phone with Putin without allowing independent notetaking and documentation customarily included in meetings with foreign leaders.

Trump lifted sanctions from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally, over 2016 election interference, prompting bipartisan outrage from the U.S. Senate.

Trump defended Putin’s 2014 invasion and annexation of Crimea, which had caused Russia to be kicked out of the Group of Eight (G8). Trump has led a one-man effort to bring Russia back into the G8 with no concessions. (Europeans are calling it G6 + 1 as long as Trump is around.)

Trump’s continual support for dictators across the globe has aided the ascent — with his support — of pro-Putin autocrats in Europe.

Trump has consistently resisted the implementation (and reduced the size) of U.S. sanctions aimed at punishing various Russian misdeeds.

The Trump administration last year pressured the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to delete part of a report concluding that Russia was aiming to help Donald Trump win reelection in 2020.

Trump even went out of his way at a Cabinet meeting to laud Russia’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan in which U.S.-backed Afghan militants had fought the Russians.

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Putin’s bitch till the end

Donald Trump finally commented on the suspected Russian hack of the U.S. government — and of course found a way to blame China and fold the attack into his election defeat conspiracy theories.

At least six government departments were hacked in an attack the even Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed was “pretty clearly” the work of Russian intelligence operatives, but Trump as always cast blame away from the Kremlin in his first public comments on the breach six days after it was first reported.

The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality,” Trump tweeted. “I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).”

Trump then suggested the hack may have been carried out against his own election campaign, although no evidence of this has been reported by the media or been included in any of the legal challenges filed by his attorneys.

There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA,” Trump tweeted, tagging director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe and Pompeo.

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Like a World War II suicide pilot destroying America, Trump bows to Putin again

As if yesterday’s outrage wasn’t enough Trump continues to blatantly kiss Putin’s ass.

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/anything-for-vald-right-donnie/

Experts expressed their outraged after Trump quietly moved to pull out of treaty for monitoring Russia.

While the world was focused on “Dicktator” Trump’s overnight blindsiding of the Pentagon and U.S. allies, announcing he is pulling troops out of Syria so Turkey can crush Kurdish forces that have helped the U.S. fight ISIS, the Trump administration was quietly laying plans to pull out of a key and critical compact, the Open Skies Treaty.

First proposed in 1992, since 2002 the Open Skies Treaty has allowed the now 34 signatory nations to fly over each other’s’ territory for the purpose of monitoring and recording military deployments and movements.

In the real world, the Open Skies Treaty allows the most powerful nations on earth to monitor Russian military movements.

And Putin sycophant Trump wants to end that.

U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel on Monday sent Trump’s Acting National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, a letter demanding he “ensure that the United States does not unwisely and rashly withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.”

Chairman Engel also called the possible withdrawal “reckless,” and noted “American withdrawal would only benefit Russia.”

Observation flights under the Treaty have generated additional info regarding Russian military action in Ukraine & provided a check on further Russian aggression. @NATO allies have stressed the importance of the Open Skies Treaty for their efforts to monitor Russia’s military.

Experts are perplexed and outraged.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Michael McFaul “We are now pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty?  Really?  Please tell me this can’t be true.…”

Investigative journalist and expert on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe: Olga Lautman says “Trump is considering pulling out of the open skies treaty. Definitely a birthday weekend for Putin.” “At this point trump is acting like a kamikaze pilot destroying America in any way he can and in a hurry. At home and especially abroad. We will pay for a long time from his damage”

Russian Media Analyst: Julia Davis: “The Trump administration is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployments. Withdrawal risks dividing the transatlantic alliance.”

“in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.”

Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson once heralded President Donald Trump as “God’s man for the job.” Now, he says the president is “in danger of losing the mandate of heaven.”

On Monday, the Christian Broadcasting Network founder and “700 Club” host delivered an uncharacteristically strong rebuke of the White House’s announcement that it will stand by as Turkey prepares to invade northern Syria, leaving the American-allied Kurdish forces vulnerable to attack.

Traitor Trump is at it again; can we really wait for Mueller to finish?  

Worldwide thug and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is very happy with his little minion Trump’s decision to withdraw from the IMF treaty.

 

On Saturday morning in response to Trump, Putin announced that he had suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty after Trump said he would withdraw the US from the arms control pact.

An analysis by the Washington Post claims that Trump played right into the Kremlin’s hands and allowed Putin to fulfill a dream he has had for years.

It’s true that Trump’s decision is a significant action that appears on the surface to punish Russia.  Experts point out that is a move that the Obama administration resisted, even though it also concluded that Russia was violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, forged at the tail end of the Cold War, in large part because it believed it would trigger a new nuclear arms race, not necessarily because it was afraid of holding Russia accountable. Even with Russia violating the treaty, the reasoning went, it was better to leave it in place as a deterrent. The violations were real but the treaty remained largely intact. Most observers believed better that, than a rekindled arms race.

Vladimir Putin expressed his wish to withdraw back in 2007.

We need to convince other (countries) to assume the same level of obligation as assumed by the Russian Federation and the United States,” Putin stated. “If we are unable to obtain such a goal … it will be difficult for us to keep within the framework of the treaty in a situation where other countries do develop such weapon systems, and among those are countries located in our near vicinity.”

He later complained that the treaty limited Russia and gave too large of an advantage to the U.S.

“What we ultimately got was a clear imbalance: the United States has kept its medium-range missiles. It does not matter whether they are based at sea, in the air, or on land; however, the Soviet Union was simply left without this type of weapons,” Putin claimed.

That doesn’t sound like someone who wanted to keep the treaty, which Putin argued was stacked against Russia, to begin with. Putin just didn’t want Russia to be seen on the world stage as the one that backed out of it. The Russians’ obvious flouting of the treaty promotes the theory that Russia was goading the United States to cancel it. Of course, eager idiot Trump was more than willing to oblige.

According to a report from Reuters, Putin is already making plans to beef up Russia’s military capabilities. “Putin said Russia will start work on creating new missiles, including hypersonic ones, and told ministers not to initiate disarmament talks with Washington, accusing the United States of being slow to respond to such moves,” the news service reported.

Another gift to Vladimir

original source material from Raw Story

More Russian puppet news


Fresh off his successful procedural vote to block the Trump administration from lifting sanctions on a Russian oligarch, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he only needs a few more Republicans to defect to make the move even stronger.
Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he was “pleasantly surprised” when 11 of his Republican colleagues joined Democrats in voting to block the Treasury Department’s lifting of sanctions on businesses linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a figure linked to both Vladimir Putin and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
“We’re only two votes away from telling Vladimir Putin he can’t run the show here in the United States, no matter what the Trump Administration does,” the ranking Democrat said.
He added that his GOP colleagues must join Democrats in reaching a 60-vote majority to make the rebuke stronger.
Schumer pointed out that “On the floor, today Senate Republican Majority Leader McConnell had said, ‘Putin is a thug,’” the ranking Democrat said calling out duplicitous Mitch. “I believe that, if you believe that, if our Republican friends believe that, they should be voting with us, not just the 11” but McConnell himself and others.

In other Russian traitor News:

A top Kremlin aide on Wednesday actually tried to dismiss as ridiculous claims that Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russia amid mounting controversy over his alleged ties to Moscow.
“Why comment on something stupid? How can Trump be an agent of another country?” President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov told a briefing after a journalist if Trump was a Russian agent.
Ushakov lame assertion is that Russia’s relations with the US were “at rock bottom” and “nothing has happened in the context of developing them.”
Trump tried to deny the obvious fact that he’s Putin’s puppet by claiming that he has “never worked for Russia” and told reporters: “It’s disgrace that you even ask that question.” (No idiot, it’s your disgrace that we even have to ask it!)
Trump was responding to a report in The New York Times that said the FBI had opened an investigation into whether he was acting on Russia’s behalf soon after he was elected.
In addition, The Washington Post reported on what it said were unusual lengths taken by Trump to hide details of his conversations with Putin.
The bombshell reports as came as special prosecutor Robert Mueller presses a huge investigation into alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election — and the probable Kremlin conspiracy with Trump and his campaign.

Edited from Raw Story

Russia’s fully weaponized propaganda machine kicks in right before 2018 elections

The Election of Trump by any means necessary was a gambit by Putin, now he’s getting serious!

Some on the right just love this guy

First Russia unleashed a nerve agent. Now it’s unleashing its lie machine.

Maybe he was a drug addict; maybe he was suicidal. Maybe his British handlers decided to get rid of him; maybe it was his mother-in-law. Ever since Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, was poisoned in a provincial English town, Russian state media and Russian officials have worked overtime to provide explanations.

The British government identified the poison as Novichok, a substance made only in Russia. A spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry spokesman parried the claim by insisting that the Czechs, the Slovaks, and the Swedes had it, too. And, of course, the British themselves.

One Russian journalist opined that the assassination attempt was a rival’s ploy to undermine Russian President Vladi­mir Putin; another blamed a Ukraine attempt “to frame Russia.” The Russian foreign minister declared the whole story was an attempt to “distract from Brexit.”

For his part, Putin, when asked, said Russia had destroyed all its chemical weapons anyway.

The conspiracy theories came so thick and fast that some had to be retracted. One Russian scientist admitted that the Soviet Union had created Novichok; the interview was removed from the Internet because it contradicted the foreign ministry spokesman, who claims Novichok never existed. So far, the British foreign office has tallied 21 separate explanations for the assassination attempt, with more presumably on the way.

No one was surprised by this barrage of contradictory claims: This was exactly how the Russian media and Russian authorities responded after Russian-backed troops in eastern Ukraine shot down a Malaysian passenger plane in 2014, killing everyone on board. Those explanations were just as varied and far-fetched (the Ukrainians were trying to shoot down Putin and missed; the plane took off from Amsterdam with dead bodies on board), and they had the same aim: to pollute the conversation and make the truth seem unknowable.

Inside Russia, that campaign was a huge success. A Radio Liberty journalist did a series of man-in-the-street interviews in Moscow soon after the crash. Almost everyone he asked told him that not only was it impossible to know what happened but also that nobody would ever know. Even some in the Netherlands (which had many passengers on the doomed flight) have adopted “nobody will ever know” as an explanation for the crash — even though Dutch authorities and others have shown quite convincingly that it was shot down by a Russian Buk missile launched by the Russian-backed “separatists” in eastern Ukraine.

Knowing that there is no point in rebutting each claim — that would simply amplify them further — the British foreign office decided to respond, as one official told me, “by exposing the methodology” of deceit. Its officials created a short video mocking the multiple Russian explanations, and they posted it on Twitter and Facebook with a statement accusing Russia of offering “denial, distraction and threats” instead of explanations. They also sent samples of the Skripals’ blood to a neutral international institution, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, for testing to confirm their conclusions.

But the campaign will continue in places that are much harder to see. Trust in the government is very low in large swaths of the British political spectrum. The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has said that he still wants a “definitive answer” about the source of the nerve agent. Russian Internet trolls are working hard on deepening this doubt. While watching the debate about Skripal, Ben Nimmo of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab noticed an online poll, the creation of a pro-Corbyn blogger with a large social media following. It asked, “Are you satisfied that Theresa May has supplied enough evidence for us to be able to confidently point the finger of blame at Russia?” When Nimmo investigated, he found large numbers of Russian and consistently pro-Russian accounts answering the poll (with an overwhelming “no,” of course) — and then amplifying the result so that it appeared to have even more approval. A minor thing, but it was enough to convince the blogger that “the mood of the public is starting to shift.”

This is an example in miniature of the kinds of efforts that will be repeated again and again, and it’s instructive. Since 2016, we’ve become fixated on the idea that Russian disinformation is something that happens during election campaigns. But it goes on all the time, and coordinators respond to all kinds of circumstances and will evade official attempts to avoid them.

Social media, which makes it easy for anonymous trolls to have influence, makes it easy to invent disinformation. Social divisions, which diminish trust in authorities like the British foreign office, help it spread.

What is needed now is a broader version of Britain’s “expose the methodology” campaign, one ambitious enough to reach below the surface. That will take time and effort. But unless we get started, we’re doomed to live in a world where truth is defined by those who have the least respect for it.

from Anne Applebaum – The Washington Post

“If we play strongly with weak cards, it means the others are just poor players” Vladimir Putin

Putin loves his little pet Trump

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had more words of praise for Donald Trump on Wednesday, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been “eating itself up.” Speaking in an interview with the Russian state television, Putin lavished Trump with praise, describing him as a great communicator. “I have no disappointment at all,” Putin said when asked about the U.S. president. “Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me.”

The two leaders met on the sidelines of international summits last year. Putin praised Trump as a “balanced” man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor. “It’s possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises,” Putin added.

He also noted that he spent some time talking to Melania Trump when he sat next to her during an official dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July. The Russian leader said he told her and the wife of the Italian premier “about Siberia and Kamchatka, about fishing … about bears on Kamchatka and tigers in the Far East.” “I made some exaggerations,” the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin. “When you talk about fishing, you can’t help exaggerating.” Asked if he was trying to recruit the women, the KGB veteran responded by saying: “No, I stopped dealing with that a long time ago.” He added with a smile: “But I liked doing that, it was my job for many years.”

Venting his frustration with the U.S. political system, Putin said “it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up.” “It’s quite difficult to interact with such a system, because it’s unpredictable,” Putin said.

Moscow’s hopes for better ties with Washington have been dashed by the ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Speaking about the bitter tensions in Russia-West relations, Putin said they have been rooted in Western efforts to contain and weaken Russia. “We are a great power, and no one likes competition,” he said.

He said he was particularly dismayed by what he described as the U.S. role in the ouster of Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president in February 2014 amid massive protests. Putin charged that the U.S. had asked Russia to help persuade then-President Viktor Yanukovych not to use force against protesters and then “rudely and blatantly” cheated Russia, sponsoring what he described as a “coup.”

He said the Western sanctions for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the insurgency in eastern Ukraine were part of “illegitimate and unfair” efforts to contain Russia, but added that “we will win in the long run.” “Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves,” he said.

Responding to a fawning question about Russia’s growing global leverage, Putin responded: “If we play strongly with weak cards, it means the others are just poor players, they aren’t as strong as it seemed, they must be lacking something.” Putin, who presented a sweeping array of new Russian nuclear weapons last week, voiced hope that nuclear weapons will never be used — but warned that Russia will retaliate in kind if it comes under a nuclear attack.

“The decision to use nuclear weapons can only be made if our early warning system not only detects a missile launch but clearly forecasts its flight path and the time when warheads reach the Russian territory,” he said. “If someone makes a decision to destroy Russia, then we have a legitimate right to respond.”

He added starkly: “Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world. But as a citizen of Russia and the head of Russian state, I would ask: What is such a world for, if there were no Russia?”

from MOSCOW (AP)

Rage, diversion and just plain BS. This fool looks so guilty!

As the noose tightens around Trump, he continues to divert attention and point fingers. He is really behaving like lower echelon criminal that’s been caught red-handed.

Donald Trump on Wednesday once again attacked his own attorney general and asked why he isn’t investigating former President Barack Obama for alleged Russian election meddling.

Writing on Twitter, Trump told his followers to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions — whose name the president misspelled as “Jeff Session” — why Democrats weren’t being investigated for “crimes” related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation?” the president asked. “Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling? Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Session (sic)!”

This is not the first time that Trump has publicly called out Sessions for not doing his bidding.

Over last summer, for example, Trump called Sessions “beleaguered” and “weak” because he was not sufficiently investigating former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.

Trump has also raged against Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after it was revealed that Sessions falsely told the Senate during his confirmation hearing that he had never met with any Russian government officials during the campaign.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/trump-demands-know-jeff-session-isnt-investigating-obama-russian-meddling-crazed-tweet/