Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Russian Invasion needs an independent prosecutor. The US House is diverting the issue.

March 1, 2017
By Michael B. Marois

A congressional investigation of Russian interference (click here) in last year’s presidential election will also look at whether classified information gathered by U.S. spy agencies was leaked to the public.

The House Committee on Intelligence said Wednesday it would look at what Russian activities were directed against the U.S. during the election and whether anyone connected to the campaigns was involved. It would also examine if classified information about the intelligence community’s assessment of the hack was improperly disclosed....

They are separate issues that carry different degrees of brevity. The Russian Invasion needs to be handled by a special prosecutor and the US House can go forward with a domestic leak investigation. The very fact Sessions is involved and never disclosed the facts demands a special prosecutor.

When is the USA bringing Snowden home?

March 1, 2017
By Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt

Washington — In the Obama administration’s last days, (click here) some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.

American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence.

Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates....

President Obama did what, as the President of the United States, he was suppose to do; he investigated an attack on the USA.

There are no guarantees Trump will do the same thing. Trump has far different priorities and most likely will hobble any further investigation into Russia's interference with USA elections.

A special prosecutor is required!