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    Quote Originally Posted by millionairetobe71 View Post
    ...I, MTB71, CAN FIX THIS PROBLEM. ME AND ONLY ME HAVE THE SOLUTION...LET'S DO THE ELECTIONS ALL OVER AGAIN...
    I declare you mentally insane...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickabuck View Post
    I declare you mentally insane...

    LOL...dude...you are really funny.....Didn't you and I had this same conversation before?.....

    Don't you agree that doing the elections all over again without the Russians interventions would be the wiser and the right thing to do?....I think so. That would declare one person and one person only victorious, no Russians knocking on our doors, no obstructions, no nothing. Just Donaldof and Hillary all over again.

    But I won't put any blame if you make a sarcastic comment. After all, we all know the hard truth and I know that you and others would find very difficult to digest the truth, and the truth is this: Donaldof had help from his buddies, the Russians. Donaldof hired the Russians to interfere with the elections because the Russians like Donaldof business and Donaldof like Russians money. It is actually something simple to acknowledge and accept, and I know, I know well that deep in your tender loving heart, you know that Donaldof is a Russian Puppet. Is heresy to think otherwise. One day you will wake and realize the kernel of wisdom in my words and you will embrace the hard truth.

    But why wait until later?

    Do it now man!!
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    Trump Funneled Cancer Charity Money to His Businesses, Associates: Report


    The Trump Foundation came under heavy scrutiny during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. David Farenthold of The Washington Post even won the Pulitzer Prize solely for his reporting on Trump's charitable (mis)givings, which included using $20,000 of his foundation's money to purchase a portrait of himself. After the election in November, the Trump Foundation admitted to violating a legal prohibition on "self-dealing," or using money meant for a nonprofit to benefit its leader.

    Such shady practices apparently weren't limited to his own charity. According to a report released Tuesday by Forbes, once his son Eric's charity golf tournament started raising a substantial amount of money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which specializes in pediatric cancer, Trump began charging for the use of Trump Organization golf courses, and, ultimately, funneling the money the tournament raised into other charities that benefited Trump's business interests.

    Eric Trump, who first hosted the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational in 2007, has always maintained that he is able to hold the event on Trump Organization courses free of charge, and that much of the food, drinks, entertainment and equipment is either comped or paid for by sponsors. According to tax filings obtained by Forbes, the event expenses averaged around $50,000 for each of its first four years.

    Then, in 2011, the cost rose to $142,000. This was allegedly because Trump learned that the course was being used without charge, and became upset. "Mr. Trump had a cow," Ian Gillule, a former membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester, told Forbes. "He flipped. He was like, 'We're donating all of this stuff, and there's no paper trail? No credit?' And he went nuts. He said, 'I don't care if it's my son or not—everybody gets billed.'"

    Trump then essentially laundered money through the tournament by having his foundation donate to his son, in order to cover the event fees that the Trump Organization was now being paid. From Forbes:

    "In effect, though, this maneuver would appear to have more in common with a drug cartel's money-laundering operation than a charity's best-practices textbook. That $100,000 in outside donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (remember: Trump himself didn't give to his own foundation at this time) passed through the Eric Trump Foundation—and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump's private businesses."
    By 2015, the event's expenses had reached $322,000. Forbes spoke with golf tournament organizers and the former head golf pro at Trump National Westchester, and no one could fathom how a one-day charity event could cost so much money.

    In what seems to be a measure to ensure the Eric Trump Foundation could make as much money for the Trump Organization as possible, Trump installed his own people on the foundation's board, which was initially made up of friends of Eric's who had no financial interest in the Trump Organization's success. The Trump associates added to the board included Trump attorney Michael Cohen and Trump social media director Dan Scavino Jr.

    "They were wearing two hats," Patrick Lanagan, a former director of golf at Trump National Westchester, told Forbes. "You're dealing with people talking about the event and the charity who also at the same time are thinking about it as a corporation and as a business. It's a for-profit club. You know, they're trying to make money."

    Soon after the new board took over, large sums of money meant for St. Jude's were rerouted to other charities run by associates of Trump. Forbes spoke with Eric Trump for the piece, but he eventually decided to "disengage" because he felt it was not going to be a "fair" portrayal. The Trump Organization "declined to answer detailed questions."

    The Eric Trump Foundation, in effect, became just another way for Donald Trump to make money. Whether the money was originally intended for kids suffering from cancer was irrelevant, apparently, to the man who is now the president of the United States.
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    Leaked Docs Show New Depth of Russian Hacking



    Russian government hackers carried out a cyberattack against one U.S. voting software vendor last August and launched a spear-phishing attack targeting local U.S. organizations days before the 2016 U.S. election, according to a highly classified report within the National Security Agency.
    CBS News confirmed the authenticity of the report Monday after the 5-page document was published by The Intercept. Sections of the report have been redacted by U.S. intelligence, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has declined to comment on it.


    One of the four authors who wrote The Intercept's story about the NSA report tweeted that nothing in the report indicated that "the actual voting machines or vote tabulations were compromised" in November's election. Former DNI James Clapper, who left his post before President Trump's inauguration, has repeatedly said that there was no evidence that Russia changed any vote tallies in the U.S. election.


    The report itself doesn't offer raw intelligence, The Intercept said, but analyzes intelligence the NSA recently acquired. The report is dated May 5, and one part says it was based on information that became available in April.


    Russian government hackers within the country's intelligence service masqueraded as an e-voting vendor in an email to trick local U.S. government employees into opening documents that were "invisibly tainted with potent malware," The Intercept reports. Late last August, the report says that these hackers sent emails that seemed to be from Google to workers at an election software company in the U.S., the report said. The Intercept pointed out that while the company wasn't directly named, the NSA's report referenced the company VR Systems several times. Its products are used in eight states: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The NSA found that there were seven "potential victims" at the unnamed company and at least one person's account was likely compromised.



    In late October, the hackers set up a Gmail account that appeared to be from an employee at VR Systems and launched a spear-phishing attack in the days following against local government organizations, The Intercept reports.


    "It is unknown whether the aforementioned spear-phishing deployment successfully compromised the intended victims, and what potential data could have been accessed by the cyber actor," the NSA's report says.


    The report's summary also noted two other hacking operations in which another email address was created to "potentially used to offer election-related products and services, presumably to U.S.-based targets." The hackers also "sent test emails to two non-existent accounts ostensibly associated with absentee balloting, presumably with the purpose of creating those accounts to mimic legitimate services." The test emails appeared to be sent to accounts that appeared to be associated with American Samoa's Election Office.


    This comes just as former FBI Director James Comey is set to testify publicly before Congress for the first time since President Trump fired him on May 9. He will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday in both open and closed session.
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    Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses, associates: report

    LAUREN PEARLE and RILEY BEGGIN
    Good Morning AmericaJune 7, 2017

    Eric Trump is slamming a Forbes report that alleges his charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, has been funneling donations -- from donors who believed the money was going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- to the Trump Organization by paying high sums for use of Trump properties during fundraisers and re-donating some funds to charities friendly with Trump interests.

    Forbes reported Tuesday that the Eric Trump Foundation paid the Trump family business hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last seven years for use of one of the organization’s golf courses, funds which he claimed were being donated nearly in full to the children’s cancer charity.
    "We were able to come up with this concept of raising a lot of money with really no expense and it's because we were incurring the expenses at the assets we were taking on the expenses as Trump. We were using our own facilities," Eric told donors in a promotional video.

    According to IRS filings, the Eric Trump Foundation in 2012 spent $59,085 on its annual Golf Invitational fundraiser held at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York -- money that skimmed from donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Those expenses ballooned to $230,080 in 2013 and to $242,294 in 2014, according to the filings. It is unclear from these tax forms how much of those payments went to the Trump Organization.

    Forbes reported that in 2011, costs for Eric Trump’s golf tournament fundraiser tripled because his father realized that the organization had not been charging for the event and there were no bills to prove it. The Foundation declined to provide Forbes with an itemized list of expenses for the tournament.

    Charity experts told Forbes that the amount paid to the Trump Organization for a golf tournament fundraiser for St. Jude’s "defy any reasonable cost."

    The increased costs for the tournament coincided with changes to the Foundation’s board in 2010, when it changed from being made up of mostly Eric’s personal friends to those closely connected with the financial interests of the Trump Organization, according to Forbes.
    The tax filings also show that the Eric Trump Foundation made a 2014 payment of $87,665 to another Trump property, the Trump National Golf Club in Washington, DC for fundraising events.

    In addition, the Forbes report claims that Eric Trump's charity redirected some donations. More than $500,000 was given by the Eric Trump Foundation to other charities, "many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests," according to Forbes.
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    61 percent say Trump fired Comey to protect himself (POLL)



    CHRISTINE FILER
    Good Morning AmericaJune 7, 2017

    Six in 10 Americans think Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in order to protect himself rather than for the good of the country, and most think Trump is trying to interfere with official investigations of possible Russian influence in the 2016 election.

    A broad seven in 10 in an ABC News/Washington Post poll also doubt Trump’s word on the Russia issue. That said, 55 percent doubt Comey’s word as well -– likely a sign of his own past controversies, as well as general distrust of Washington.

    See PDF for full results, charts and tables.

    With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today and Comey himself to do so tomorrow, the survey finds the public taking a particularly dim view of Trump in the controversy. Sixty-one percent say he ditched the director to protect himself; just 27 percent think he did it for the good of the nation.

    Fifty-six percent also think Trump is trying to interfere with investigations into possible Russian interference in the election, while just a third think he’s cooperating. And 72 percent report just some or no trust in what Trump says about the issue – half, none at all. Just 21 percent report a great deal or good amount of trust in what the president says about it.

    Even conservatives are about twice as apt to have low trust in what Trump says about Russian interference than to have substantial trust, 60-33 percent. And in the president’s own party, Republicans split evenly on the question of trust, 48 percent expressing distrust, 45 percent, trust.

    As noted, there’s also skepticism of Comey in the poll, produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates; 55 percent have just some or no trust in what he says about possible Russian interference. That said, distrust is 17 points lower than it is for Trump, and twice as many Americans have no trust whatsoever in what Trump says on the issue (50 percent) as have no trust at all in what Comey says (25 percent).

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    Distrust of Trump is widespread; as noted, even 48 percent of Republicans express just some or no trust in what the president says about possible Russian influence in the election and related issues, as do 60 percent of conservatives, 65 percent of middle-aged and older adults, 68 percent of men and 71 percent of whites. These numbers are as high or higher in other groups.

    Views that Trump fired Comey to protect himself, and is trying to interfere in the investigation, peak among Democrats, liberals, younger adults, nonwhites and women. Adults age 18 to 39, for example, are 25 points more apt than their elders to think Trump fired Comey to protect himself and 21 points more likely to doubt what the president says about possible Russian interference. Nonwhites are 20 points more likely than whites to think Trump is interfering in the investigations. Women think so more than men by 12 points.

    Party lines are sharp: Eighty-eight percent of Democrats and nearly two-thirds of independents think Trump fired Comey to protect himself; 71 percent of Republicans think it was for the country’s good. And Democrats overwhelmingly think Trump is interfering with the investigation, 87-10 percent; that virtually flips among Republicans, with 77 percent saying he’s cooperating. Independents are about twice as likely to think Trump is interfering rather than cooperating.

    Similarly, a steep majority of liberals (86 percent) think Trump was protecting himself in firing Comey, as do 66 percent of moderates; that declines to 38 percent of conservatives. A narrow majority of conservatives, 52 percent, think Trump’s decision was for the good of the country.
    Views of Comey also are partisan, but less overwhelmingly so. Fifty-four percent of Democrats trust what he says on the Russia issue, declining to 32 percent of independents and 18 percent of Republicans; it’s 60-37-16 percent from liberals to moderates to conservatives. There’s a larger division by race on Comey than on Trump, with whites 11 points more likely than nonwhites to distrust Comey.

    These results set the stage for Comey’s highly anticipated testimony Thursday: Most Americans approach what he has to say with considerable skepticism. Yet far more express deep doubts about what the president says -– and about what he’s done –- in the ongoing Russia controversy.
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    Plans for White House 'War Room' to Fight Russia Investigation Scandal Crumbles


    Plans for President Donald Trump to mount a “war room” to deal with the flak from the ongoing Russia probes while his administration gets on with governing have come undone.


    The idea was for Trump’s once-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie to launch a White House team to manage controversies around the investigations into whether former members of the president’s campaign team colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

    Four advisers close to Trump now tell Politico the president has decided against the “war room” and will stick to a plan announced May 31 to refer reporters’ questions about the Russia investigations to Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

    Senior Republicans
    told Axios that the White House has been unable to secure some of the key legal and communications staff they wanted. A top GOP member told the outlet the Trump administration’s “complete inability to get ahead of the Russia story is so strange to people.”


    They said Republicans are “running out of patience” with Trump and that “he's in a very tenuous position, where it wouldn't take a lot more bad news for things to come crumbling apart.”


    More bad news may come Thursday during fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee about whether Trump attempted to obstruct his law enforcement agency’s Russia investigation.

    The fallout from Comey’s testimony is exactly what the former Trump campaign chiefs were supposed to deal with in the war room. Last week it also emerged that Trump’s communications director, Mike Dubke, quit his job on May 18.

    The administration is looking to shake up other aspects of the media team after it failed to meet the president’s expectations in fielding the blowback from Trump’s decision to fire Comey on May 9.

    However, Trump has decided Bossie and Lewandowski are “more valuable on the outside than on the inside fighting back against the Russia narrative,” a source with knowledge of the conversations told Politico. Deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders told the outlet she would not comment on “rumors.”

    Last week Lewandowski, who was replaced by Paul Manafort on Trump’s campaign in June 2016, was looking for office space in the government’s Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

    He and Bossie may yet join Kasowitz’s team handling the Russia blowback, according to a source that spoke with Politico. Kasowitz did not immediately return a request for comment from Newsweek.
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