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Mr. Trump, you are a 71 year old has-been. There is NOTHING "modern" about you.


The president is refusing to release his taxes. What is he trying to hide?


"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?"


BOMBSHELL: I was recruited by Trump campaign to collude on hack, says UK cyber analyst


***The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians***

By Matt Tait Friday, June 30, 2017, 10:50 PM



This evening on the Lawfare Blog, ***UK cyber-analyst Matt Tait reveals in great detail how he himself was recruited by Peter W. Smith to verify the accuracy of emails, purportedly from Clinton’s server, that Smith had either obtained or was negotiating to obtain from an operative on the Deep Web.

Smith set up a dummy corporation to run the effort in order to avoid US campaign finance regulations, according to documents that Tait was sent by Smith.

Tait warned Smith repeatedly that any such hacked emails might be from Russian sources, but Smith was completely unconcerned about that possibility.

Smith was very well connected with Flynn and other highly placed persons in the Trump campaign, according to Tait, and frequently revealed intimate details of conversations and thinking of Flynn and the campaign that he could not have gotten otherwise.****

Other persons listed in documents Tait was sent by Smith:

The first group, entitled “Trump Campaign (in coordination to the extent permitted as an independent expenditure)” listed a number of senior campaign officials: Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Sam Clovis, Lt. Gen. Flynn and Lisa Nelson.

In the end, Tait saw no such hacked emails, and was dropped by Smith after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. And indeed, it wasn’t until the WSJ story appeared this morning that Tait put two and two together and came forward with his story.

Shoes are beginning to drop, folks.



***The combination of Smith’s deep knowledge of the inner workings of the campaign, this document naming him in the “Trump campaign” group, and the multiple references to needing to avoid campaign reporting suggested to me that the group was formed with the blessing of the Trump campaign.*** In the Journal’s story this evening, several of the individuals named in the document denied any connection to Smith, and it’s certainly possible that he was a big name-dropper and never really represented anyone other than himself. If that’s the case, Smith talked a very good game.

I’m sure readers are wondering: why did I keep quiet at the time? Actually, I didn’t. In the fall, prior to the election, I discussed the events of the story first with a friend, and secondly with a journalist. The trouble was that neither I nor the reporter in question knew what to make of the whole operation. It was certainly clear that the events were bizarre, and deeply unsettling. But it wasn’t reportable.

After all, Clinton’s private emails never materialized. We couldn’t show that Smith had been in contact with actual Russians. And while I believed—as I still do—that he was operating with some degree of coordination with the campaign, that was at least a little murky too. The story just didn’t make much sense—that is, until the Journal yesterday published the critical fact that U.S. intelligence has reported that Russian hackers were looking to get emails to Flynn through a cut-out during the Summer of 2016, and this was no idle speculation on my part.

Suddenly, my story seemed important—and ominous.



Maddow was talking about Smith’s long relationship with Newt Gingrich tonight. Dollars to doughnuts Newt was in on the scheme.

Whoa. GOP operative invoked Bannon and Conway - not just Flynn - as he sought hacked emails

GOP Activist Who Sought Clinton Emails Cited Trump Campaign Officials
Peter W. Smith listed Bannon, Conway and Clovis, besides Flynn, in a recruiting document; his purpose isn’t clear and there’s no indication he asked for or received any coordination with them

Mr. Smith’s purpose in listing the officials isn’t clear. There is no indication in the document that he sought or received any coordination from the campaign officials or the campaign in general.

Mr. Smith died in mid-May at age 81, about 10 days after he spoke to the Journal. He said he operated independently of the Trump campaign.

Officials identified in the document include Steve Bannon, now chief strategist for President Donald Trump; Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager and now White House counselor; Sam Clovis, a policy adviser to the Trump campaign and now a senior adviser at the Agriculture Department; and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, who was a campaign adviser and briefly was national security adviser in the Trump administration.



Morning Joe-1 yr ago: What if Trump Wins?



Really Scary Stuff From The NRA:

Joy Reid Asks The RIGHT Question re: Trump's Behavior...

"Can anyone who isn't related to him honestly say Donald Trump makes them feel proud, or they'd want their son to grow up to be like him?"


John Legend: "I see Melania's campaign to end cyber bullying is off to a slow start"

You know it's bad, when Jerry Springer says it...

"I'm sorry, but Trump's behavior is not just beneath the dignity of the Presidency...but that of any decent man."


GOP Logic Meme:

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