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Trump warns senators looking to start World War III

Source: The Hill

President Donald Trump defended his executive order on immigration and refugee policy Sunday afternoon in two tweets, posted at around the same time the White House released a statement from the president.

The statement stressed the importance of keeping the country safe and denied that the order amounts to a Muslim ban. But the tweets were a more direct response to criticism from Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two outspoken Republicans.

“The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong - they are sadly weak on immigration,” Trump said,

“The two ... Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/316785-trump-warns-senators-looking-to-start-world-war-iii

Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier on Donald Trump

Source: Telegraph UK

An ex-KGB chief suspected of helping the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to compile his dossier on Donald Trump may have been murdered by the Kremlin and his death covered up. it has been claimed.

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.

Erovinkin has been described as a key liaison between Sechin and Russian president Vladimir Putin. Mr Steele writes in an intelligence report dated July 19, 2016, he has a source close to Sechin, who had disclosed alleged links between Mr Trump’s supporters and Moscow

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/mystery-death-ex-kgb-chief-linked-mi6-spys-dossier-donald-trump/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Memos: CEO of Russia's state oil company offered Trump adviser, allies a cut of huge deal...

Source: business insider

Memos: CEO of Russia's state oil company offered Trump adviser, allies a cut of huge deal if sanctions were lifted

A dossier with unverified claims about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia contained allegations that Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state oil company, offered former Trump ally Carter Page and his associates the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia.

The dossier says the offer was made in July, when Page was in Moscow giving a speech at the Higher Economic School. The claim was sourced to "a trusted compatriot and close associate" of Sechin, according to the dossier's author, former British spy Christopher Steele.

"Sechin's associate said that the Rosneft president was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company, that he offered Page and his associates the brokerage of up to a 19 per cent (privatised) stake in Rosneft," the dossier said. "In return, Page had expressed interest and confirmed that were Trump elected US president, then sanctions on Russia would be lifted."

Four months before the intelligence community briefed Trump, then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and the nation's top lawmakers on the dossier's claims — most of which have not been independently verified but are being investigated by US intelligence agencies — a US intelligence source told Yahoo's Michael Isikoff that Sechin met with Page during Page's three-day trip to Moscow. Sechin, the source told Yahoo, raised the issue of the US lifting sanctions on Russia under Trump.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/carter-page-trump-russia-igor-sechin-dossier-2017-1

Republicans Alarmed Over Obamas Executive Orders, Cheer Trumps On

Source: NBC News

For the past eight years, Republicans skewered President Obama as an "emperor" who acted outside of his "legal authority" for the executive orders he issued from the Oval Office. Now, they are cheering President Donald Trump as he issues a raft of his own.

Trump has signed a dozen executive orders in his first few days in office, tackling everything from rolling back the Affordable Care Act's mandate to beginning construction on the Southern border wall to freezing federal hiring. Some Republicans cheered him on, while others, charged with overseeing and investigating executive oversight, have remained silent.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now Trump's attorney general nominee, called Obama "emperor" for his use of executive action on immigration. He has not commented on Trump's dozen presidential actions.

House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Obama's executive orders, calling a handful he issued a year ago aimed at reducing gun violence "a dangerous level of executive overreach." Following Trump's immigration executive order signed Wednesday, he expressed support.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/republicans-alarmed-over-obama-s-executive-orders-cheer-trump-s-n712231

(Seven-year-old) Refugee Bana Alabed begs Trump to save Syria's children

Source: CBS News

LONDON -- As the Trump Administration prepares to suspend new U.S. visas for people from countries including Syria, and to halt the current U.S. refugee program, the little Syrian girl who became a social media sensation for tweeting about the crisis in her native Aleppo is now pleading with Mr. Trump to help.

In a letter sent to the U.S. leader, that CBS News has seen a copy of, she tells Mr. Trump that “peace is important for everyone, including you.”

Seven-year-old Bana Alabed composed her open letter just days before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, reports CBS News correspondent Teri Okita, imploring him to help the young victims of the war in her homeland.

“They are suffering because of adult people... so can you please save the children and save the people of Syria?” she asks the American leader.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bana-alabed-syrian-refugee-girl-aleppo-begs-trump-help-syria-children/

Trump on waterboarding: 'We have to fight fire with fire'

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said he wants to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to stopping terrorism, suggesting that he could be open to bringing back torture because he "absolutely" believes it works.

By reinstating enhanced interrogation, Trump would violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told senators earlier this month that he wouldn't sanction the use of torture, though he later said he would consider bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances.

In an interview with ABC News, Trump said "people at the highest level of intelligence" have told him that torture does work, something military experts have refuted. He went on to say, however, that he will listen to what his Cabinet secretaries have to say about the issue.

"When ISIS is doing things that no one has ever heard of, since medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding?" Trump said. "As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/donald-trump-waterboarding-torture/index.html?adkey=bn

Congress intel committee wants documents on Russia election probe

Source: brisbane times

Washington: The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee called on the Trump administration on Wednesday to provide them with what they expect will be thousands of documents related to the investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

The request may be an effort to avoid a repeat of an unusual document access arrangement made between the Senate Intelligence Committee and CIA to review information related to enhanced interrogation techniques at secret overseas "black site" prisons during the George W. Bush administration.

Under that arrangement, Senate investigators were limited to reviewing documents on a shared computer network set up at a Central Intelligence Agency facility, which later led to accusations the agency had spied on the work of congressional staffers.

"It will not be adequate to review these documents, expected to be in the thousands of pages, at the agencies. They should be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee to provide members adequate time to examine their content," Representatives Devin Nunes, the committee's Republican chairman, and Adam Schiff, its top Democrat, said in a joint statement.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/congress-intel-committee-wants-documents-on-russia-election-probe-20170125-gtysck

WH: Trump believes millions voted illegally

Source: The Hill

President Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.

The spokesman doubled down on the false claim after the president raised it Monday night during a reception with congressional leaders.

“The president does believe that. He has stated that before,” Spicer told reporters at the daily press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.


With reporters continuing to pepper Spicer about why the administration would not want to investigate if it believed that millions had committed voter fraud, Spicer said, "Let's not prejudge what we may or may not do in the future."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315895-wh-trump-believes-millions-voted-illegally

Key Claims in Trump Dossier Said to Come From Head of Russian-American Business Group

Source: WSJ

Some of the most explosive parts of a dossier containing unverified allegations that President Donald Trump had secret ties to Russian leaders originated from the Belarus-born head of a Russian-American business group, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Sergei Millian, a 38-year-old American citizen who has claimed he helped market Trump properties to Russian buyers, wasn’t a direct source for the 35-page dossier, this person said. Rather, his statements about the Trump-Russia relationship were relayed by at least one third party to the British ex-spy who prepared the dossier, the person said.

Among the unverified allegations of Mr. Millian’s that an intermediary passed along, the person said: The claim that the Russians had compromising video of Mr. Trump that could be used to blackmail him, and a claim that there was a “conspiracy of cooperation” between the Trump camp and Russian leadership that involved hacking the computers of Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponents.


Mr. Millian, who posted photos of himself at several VIP events at the Trump inauguration last week, said in an email that the information in the dossier was “fake news (created by sick minds),” and was “an attempt to distract the future president from real work.”

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/key-claims-in-trump-dossier-came-from-head-of-russian-american-business-group-source-1485253804

Russia Set to Move Closer to Decriminalize Domestic Violence

Source: ABC NewsAP

In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether.

Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly 20 percent of Russians openly say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child. In a bid to accommodate conservative voters, deputies in the lower house of parliament have given initial approval to a bill eliminating criminal liability for domestic violence that stops short of serious bodily harm or rape.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/russia-set-move-closer-decriminalize-domestic-violence-44963640
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