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Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:36 AM

Sen. Graham Blames FBI For Trump Campaign's 'Improper' Russian Contacts

Eric Boehlert

August 18, 2018 5:17 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is troubled that staffers on Trump’s 2016 campaign had “inappropriate ties” with Russia, and he knows just whose fault that is: the FBI.

In a strange and clumsy attempt to cover for the White House, Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, wanting to know why the FBI didn’t try to protect the Trump campaign from possibly colluding with Russia.

“Upon developing concerns that Trump campaign staffers George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort had improper ties to the Russian government, what defensive briefings did the FBI provide to then-candidate Trump or the Trump campaign of the potential threat?” Graham wrote.

“Given the continuing efforts by Russia and other bad actors to infiltrate American elections, what policies does the FBI have in place to warn current and future candidates of foreign efforts and attempts to infiltrate their campaigns?”

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Reply Sen. Graham Blames FBI For Trump Campaign's 'Improper' Russian Contacts (Original post)
DonViejo Aug 2018 OP
shraby Aug 2018 #1
beachbum bob Aug 2018 #2
spanone Aug 2018 #3
GoCubsGo Aug 2018 #12
CatMor Aug 2018 #4
GoCubsGo Aug 2018 #11
njhoneybadger Aug 2018 #19
rusty fender Aug 2018 #30
Iliyah Aug 2018 #5
PearliePoo2 Aug 2018 #6
politicaljunkie41910 Aug 2018 #35
Hortensis Aug 2018 #7
salin Aug 2018 #8
GoCubsGo Aug 2018 #9
Claritie Pixie Aug 2018 #10
Doodley Aug 2018 #13
still_one Aug 2018 #14
wishstar Aug 2018 #15
yardwork Aug 2018 #16
C_U_L8R Aug 2018 #17
MiniMe Aug 2018 #18
Achilleaze Aug 2018 #20
tblue37 Aug 2018 #21
Angry Dragon Aug 2018 #22
2naSalit Aug 2018 #23
Greybnk48 Aug 2018 #24
still_one Aug 2018 #26
GeorgeGist Aug 2018 #25
JonLP24 Aug 2018 #27
Power 2 the People Aug 2018 #28
gratuitous Aug 2018 #29
SWBTATTReg Aug 2018 #31
democratisphere Aug 2018 #32
JHan Aug 2018 #33
Solly Mack Aug 2018 #34

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:38 AM

1. Hey, Graham the a**-kisser. I would venture to guess the FBI gave the trumpsters the same

admonishments they have give all campaigns since WWII.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:39 AM

2. trying to cover after the event is too funny....

 

blame law enforcement for crooks performing criminal acts

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:39 AM

3. republicans will cover for this 'president' regardless of what he does.

he could shoot Jesus on fifth avenue and lindsey fucking graham would cover his ass

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Response to spanone (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:12 AM

12. Many of them are also covering their own asses.

It appears Graham may have been sucked into the whole Russian web, as well, either by choice, or by happenstance.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:40 AM

4. trump must have dirt on Graham ...

wonder what it could be. He has become one of trumps staunchest supporters and golf buddies.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:11 AM

11. More likely, Putin.

It's becoming apparent that Graham has ties to Russia. They may or may not be inadvertent.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:16 AM

19. LOL, Lindsey Graham in the arms of another man would be quite a sight

There is nothing He wouldn't say or do to avoid it.

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Response to CatMor (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:46 PM

30. Yup.

Putin must have Graham’s emails, maybe even records of his financial transactions.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:42 AM

5. Admission.

But alas, blame others. Look at me, I'm the victim.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:44 AM

6. Both campaigns were warned! Try to keep up and pay attention, asshole. nt.


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Response to PearliePoo2 (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 04:31 PM

35. Exactly. That's been reported from the beginning that both campaigns were warned.

If you see something, say something. The Trumps just thought they were smarter than everyone else. But than you can't blame them when you had Jeff Sessions, who has been a member of Congress for what seems like FOREVER, and who has always wanted to be the Attorney General meeting with the Russians at hotels and in his office and then lying about it. Their candidate and his staffers were corrupt from the beginning.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:51 AM

7. The Trump campaign was informed and warned

by our intelligence services and was noted to not just ignore the warnings but continue its very concerning activities. I don't remember specifically that the FBI warned, but I imagine so.

After all, even though the DNC had no idea Russian intelligence was hacking their files until Russia leaked them, the FBI's own records say they were watching Russia's hacking and did notify the DNC long before. A little dissonance there (!), but that Comey kept documentation saying they notified indicates clearly his belief that the FBI had a duty to inform, whether they did not not.

Of course, Trump was the Republican candidate and was handled very differently by the FBI.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:08 AM

8. Dude, get a reality grip on your self. You were a House impeachment manager

for one president - swearing it wasn't about partisanship. And now - where the allegations are SO much more central to the actions of the presidency - you go all smelling salts and fainting couch?

Your partisanship hackiness was clear as a bell back with Pres Clinton - and it is clear as a bell now. But this time - people whisper with the question per your turn around in you attitude/demeanor toward this president: Is it that Trump (and team) has something on you, or is it that Putin has something on you.

What a way to tatter up you own reputation/legacy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:09 AM

9. I can't wait to see what he's hiding.

I'm ashamed that this shitbag is my Senator.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:10 AM

10. Graham is a slippery one. He has a lot of different faces.

This is his traitor face.

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Response to Claritie Pixie (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:21 AM

13. A very accurate description.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:26 AM

14. Another traitor reveals himself

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:41 AM

15. That doesn't excuse Trump,Trump Jr, Hicks, Kushner, Sessions etc lying about any Russian contacts

You can't claim innocence that they didn't know it was illegal to solicit or receive help from Russians when ALL of the people in Trump campaign and Trump staff lied about anyone in his campaign having Russian meetings and contacts. They had to have known it was improper or they would not have so consistently all lied. Hope Hicks, the direct conduit to Trump was in the email loop to all of the conspirators.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:43 AM

16. The Russians have stuff on Graham. He's afraid of them and Trump.

I can guess what some of it is.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:01 AM

17. Do you warn a bank robber that

someone's trying to rob the bank that they're robbing?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:12 AM

18. To Protect them from possibly colluding with Russia?

They sought those contacts out. They were told that Russia was trying to infiltrate their campaign. Treason!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:23 AM

20. Wow. Comrade Dirty Donny* has Graham by the short hairs

How absolutely cowardly to distort reality and try to obscure truth, a massive betrayal of American democracy. Shameful. Graham is showing that he is totally pwned.

* aka republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:29 AM

21. They WARNED him that the Russians were trying to infiltrate his campaign. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:01 AM

22. I blame Congress

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:01 AM

23. Check his bank accts!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:18 AM

24. Graham's probably implicated in the conspiracy, n/t

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:21 PM

26. I wouldn't be surprised

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:15 PM

25. The Gadfly speaks ...

Gibberish.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:28 PM

27. He is such a whore

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:37 PM

28. I think Graham has two main reasons for becoming Trump's best friend

1. He knows his partner in crime and protector John McCain will not be around much longer. McCain had a lot of pull in Republican and military circles that allowed Graham to occasionally go off the right-wing reservation. Lindsey needs an ally to back up his grandstanding.

2. Trump is a cruel man. He probably told Graham that he will out him as a gay man. In South Carolina,being anti-Trump and gay would surely be the end of his lucrative political career.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:41 PM

29. So now ignorance of the law IS an excuse?

Another precedent is broken!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:48 PM

31. Oh really, I don't recall seeing the FBI agents dragging all of rumps' cronies out to meet ...

the Russians and so forth. They alone did it, and lied about it repeatedly.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:53 PM

32. Lindsey Graham is digging his own political grave and I am glad

to see him do it! Wonder what the russians have on LG?!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:00 PM

33. he's always been a fraud.

When you live in a world where Graham is your "moderate" , you know your world is fucked up.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:00 PM

34. The FBI did warn the Trump campaign. Trump chose to ignore the warnings.

The FBI warning Trump received, ignored, and apparently forgot about



In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said.



FBI warned Trump in 2016 Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign


The briefings were led by counterintelligence specialists from the FBI, the sources said. They were timed to occur around the period when the candidates began receiving classified intelligence, the officials said, which put them at greater risk for being targeted by foreign spies. Trump's first intelligence briefing as Republican nominee was Aug. 17, 2016, sources told NBC News at the time.



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