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Sunday, February 23, 2020

President Donald Trump's new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department. In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians.

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President Donald Trump's new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department. In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians. FARA is the same law that Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates were convicted of violating.

Putin's cock-holster sure knows how to pick them.

#1 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-02-23 11:43 AM | Reply

So IMPOTUS picks someone for DNI who knows nothing about intelligence work and can't qualify for a security clearance. He'll fit right in with the rest of this administration.

#2 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2020-02-23 12:12 PM | Reply

Another criminal appointed to high office by Trump.

Rwingers must be SO proud.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2020-02-23 06:29 PM | Reply

Why does everyone in Trump's orbit lie about who pays them?

And how did this POS even get confirmed as Ambassador to Germany?

#4 | Posted by JOE at 2020-02-23 06:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#4 ... how did this POS even get confirmed as Ambassador to Germany? ...

Looks like partisan politics (Republican) combined with single-issue politics (Democrats)...

Opposing Factions Join to Push Confirmation of a Gay Trump Appointee
www.nytimes.com

...For months, scores of President Trump's nominees for posts from ambassadorships to deputies at cabinet-level agencies have been stalled, awaiting confirmation hearings.

But few drives for a confirmation vote have turned into a cause " supported by groups often on opposite sides of the political spectrum " like Richard Grenell's.

Mr. Grenell, a Republican who worked with the incoming national security adviser, John R. Bolton, at the United Nations, was nominated by Mr. Trump last year for the ambassadorship to Germany, becoming the president's most prominent openly gay appointee....

Democrats in the Senate have expressed concern about Mr. Grenell's sometimes caustic Twitter posts. But his nomination has attracted support from an unlikely coalition of conservative commentators and gay rights activists.

Stuart Milk, who co-founded the Harvey Milk Foundation in honor of his uncle, a prominent gay civil rights pioneer in California who was gunned down decades ago, said he believed that Mr. Grenell's confirmation would "send an important message" about the gay community's having a place in the Trump administration....

But privately, some White House advisers say Mr. McConnell could do more " like keep lawmakers in Washington " to force nominations through even with the existing rules....


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-23 07:51 PM | Reply

I suspect Grinell will not be nominated for the permanent job. There are enough GOP votes in the Senate to deny an inexperienced, incompetent criminal to the job. Not many, but just enough...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2020-02-23 08:31 PM | Reply

Pres Trump has already been saying that there are four (if I remember correctly) candidates being considered for the permanent position.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-23 09:49 PM | Reply

Beauts, every one.
Garanteed.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-24 04:27 AM | Reply

LAMP

"Pres Trump has already been saying that there are four (if I remember correctly) candidates being considered for the permanent position."

Yeah, and Trump lies . . . about everything.

So anytime Trump speaks, divide by 4 . . . . at least, and usually more.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-24 05:00 AM | Reply

I think Trump finally found the one INS toady corrupt enough to give him the name of the Whistleblower responsible for the "Scarlet I" Trump will carry for the rest of his life.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-24 05:07 AM | Reply

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And how did this POS even get confirmed as Ambassador to Germany?
#4 | POSTED BY JOE

Via a largely party-line vote: www.senate.gov

#11 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-24 06:16 AM | Reply

you Socialists are funny. I love the way you pretend that your Leaders have never done anything wrong

LOL

BTW, Philip Haney was shot over the weekend, found on the side of the road

#12 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-02-24 09:49 AM | Reply

"President Donald Trump's new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanction. . . .In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc."

So what is the nature of Plahotnuic's corruption. You won' tbe surprised:

[blockquote]In fact, Plahotniuc"termed "Moldova's Donald Trump""is deeply in bed with Russian organized crime, specifically the notorious Solntsevo Brotherhood led by Semyon Mogilevich, according to INTERPOL.

Plahotniuc isn't just a corrupt oligarch who stands plausibly accused of robbing his impoverished country blind. He's also a human trafficker, in fact the leading one in Moldova. INTERPOL admitted his role in human trafficking in 2012, based on an Italian request. Although Plahotniuc has never been charged with this crime, this isn't surprising given the influence he possesses over Moldova's highly corrupt judiciary. Sergiu Mocanu, one of the few Moldovan politicians brave enough to speak out, stated, "Plahotniuc was involved in human trafficking, he was a pimp, he received money from this business."

What Plahotniuc really is represents one of the worst-kept secrets in Eastern Europe. His criminal enterprises are well known to Western intelligence and police agencies. If Ambassador Grenell went to bat for Plahotniuc for money, the American public deserves to know how much and from whom. This should have been unmasked during Grenell's Senate confirmation process. Why it was not should be asked as well.[/blockquote]

observer.com

This is the guy Trump has now put in charge of DNI to replace Joseph Maguire who in turn replaced Dan Coates. Any questions?

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-24 10:30 AM | Reply

Sorry I screwed up the blockquote. Brain fart.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-24 10:36 AM | Reply

BTW, the article I quoted from was written 05/11/18, so this isn't something that is just coming out now.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-24 10:39 AM | Reply

Well, you have Sanders on one side who is a Castro supporter and you have this...which is just more proof that no matter who you vote in, they have their interests in other places. This has been true for decades on both sides yet, in the name of hate, people only concentrate on the bad of the other party and never their own.

#16 | Posted by humtake at 2020-02-24 11:59 AM | Reply

Well, you have Sanders on one side who is a Castro supporter and you have this...which is just more proof that no matter who you vote in, they have their interests in other places. This has been true for decades on both sides yet, in the name of hate, people only concentrate on the bad of the other party and never their own.

#16 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Lies.

He didn't support Castro.

He criticized people claiming everything Castro did was wrong when Castro did some things right.

"We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba " but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad," Sanders, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, told Anderson Cooper on CBS's "60 Minutes."

But glad you have to oversimplify a Sanders interview to deflect from Trump being an idiot.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-24 01:21 PM | Reply

SYCOPHANT

Castro wasn't 100% bad. Just 99.9%. Has Sanders lost his mind?

Sanders shouldn't have used that example at all. Big mistake! There are too many people who still remember fleeing the revolution, the firing squads and the loss of family and property.

And most of all they remember . . . COMMUNISM! ~ i.e. The Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republic

SOCIALIST! ~~ Get it?

Sanders risks being called a Communist, A Castro supporter, for that one slip of the tongue. Trump will bludgeon him with it ~ every single day.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 04:42 AM | Reply

Sounds like somebody is demanding a candidate pass a purity test. Again, one set of stringent rules for the left, and zero rules for the center.

#19 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-25 08:29 AM | Reply

"Sanders shouldn't have used that example at all. Big mistake! There are too many people who still remember fleeing the revolution, the firing squads and the loss of family and property."

I believe it is time to move on from that, Castro is dead. Cuba chose the path it wanted and we need to respect the wishes of the citizens of that country. We do know one thing for certain, the embargo which has been in place for 70 years is not working, is never going to work. The best way to undermine Communist dictators is with lots of tourists, American movies and music, etc.
I get so tired of the freak out whenever someone talks reasonably about Cuba while at the same time we buy billions of dollars worth of goods from China every year. Tourism to China was huge before the Corona Virus and will be again, nothing the government of Cuba has done is any worse than anything the Government of China is still doing every day.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-25 08:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dear Bernie, I have faith in your empathy and listening ability, which you have demonstrated in the past when you spoke with coalminers in KY (and/or WV), e.g. Please do a listening tour of Hispanic voters in South Florida and stop doing this unnecessary damage to your campaign:

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen @RosLehtinen

Yeah, Bernie "truth is truth", as u say, and the "truth" is that Fidel Castro was, from the 1st day he illegally took power, a ruthless murderer, a sadistic killer who stripped Cubans of all freedoms.

Literacy programs were indoctrination.

I lived it as a child.

All lies.

Ana Navarro-Crdenas @ananavarro

Castro regime's been in power in Cuba for +60 yrs w/o free elections. They've killed, jailed, tortured thousands. They confiscated assets, expelled priests & nuns... And let's be clear, Cubans weren't exactly communicating by grunts. Most knew how to read.

I was in 2nd Grade when Sandinistas came to power in Nicaragua. They adopted Cuban education model. The books/curriculum taught ideological indoctrination. Children had to recite communist, revolutionary, anti-American slogans. That's how communist teach people to read and write.

FLA is home to many victims of Castros, Sandinistas, Maduro. I have friends whose dads were jailed, tortured, killed. I know Political Prisoners carrying physical & emotional scars. It's an open wound for many of us.

@BernieSanders should meet w/victims to understand the pain.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-25 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bears repeating in bold:

"I was in 2nd Grade when Sandinistas came to power in Nicaragua. They adopted Cuban education model. The books/curriculum taught ideological indoctrination. Children had to recite communist, revolutionary, anti-American slogans. That's how communist teach people to read and write.

FLA is home to many victims of Castros, Sandinistas, Maduro. I have friends whose dads were jailed, tortured, killed. I know Political Prisoners carrying physical & emotional scars. It's an open wound for many of us."

Sanders has been in politics long enough to know he should do his homework before he opens his mouth. He sounds like Donald Trump now with his half-truths and lies of omission.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 11:54 AM | Reply

"Sanders has been in politics long enough to know he should do his homework before he opens his mouth. He sounds like Donald Trump now with his half-truths and lies of omission."

Bernie has the opportunity to demonstrate that he is not like Trump in that he can listen and learn and change his position of issues and apologize if necessary.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-25 04:35 PM | Reply

Another thing that Bernie and all the other Democratic candidates can do, especially those in their 70s, is turnover more medical records Just because Trump doesn't do it is no excuse for Democratic candidates to follow suit:

Cardiology director says there's one heart measure Sanders could disclose but hasn't

Exclusive: By releasing one simple indicator of his heart health, Sanders could address lingering questions, the president of the American College of Cardiology says.

www.nbcnews.com

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-02-25 04:57 PM | Reply

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