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GORSUCH SHOULDN’T BE CONFIRMED UNTIL WE KNOW THE PERSON WHO PICKED HIM IS CLEARED OF WRONGDOING

Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean.

Nominating a new justice of the Supreme Court is one of the most important responsibilities of a president. But until we know Trump is a legitimate president, he can’t be presumed to have the authority to make such a pick.

First, we need to be sure Trump didn’t collaborate with Russia to rig the election. The FBI says it has enough “credible evidence” that Trump aides colluded with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the election, to move forward with a full-scale investigation. 

At the least, Gorsuch shouldn’t be considered until that investigation is concluded.

We also need to be sure Trump isn’t motivated by financial conflicts of interest around the world. We need to see his tax records to know he doesn’t owe a bundle to Russian oligarchs or big global banks that would affect his judgement.

And we need to know he’s not violating the Constitution by raking in money from foreign governments. For example, Trump still owns a 77 stake of his luxury hotel in Washington and his children are splitting the rest, even as foreign governments assign their dignitaries rooms at the hotel.

China just granted Trump trademark rights to the Trump brand, potentially worth billions of dollars to Trump and his family. Although it’s normally difficult to obtain brand-name rights in China so quickly, the Chinese authorities apparently saw this as a payback in return for Trump’s backing away from recognizing Taiwan.

Last year Senate Republicans wouldn’t move forward with Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court on the bizarre theory that a president in his last year of office has no legitimacy nominating a Supreme Court justice.

But a true cloud of illegitimacy now hangs over the presidency of Donald Trump. Unless and until that cloud disappears, the Senate shouldn’t move forward with anyone Trump picks for the Supreme Court. 

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Vladimir Putin ordered attempt to influence US election, declassified report says

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to an intelligence report declassified and made public Friday.
  • The report, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections,” noted that Moscow has for years attempted to meddle in American politics, but 2016 operations “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort.” Read more
  • Afterward, Trump said in a statement that cyberattacks had no impact on the integrity of his victory. Read more
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Vladimir Putin personally directed Russian intel op to get Trump elected, per NBC News report

  • U.S. intelligence officials now believe Putin was personally involved in efforts to alter the outcome of the 2016 election in favor of Trump
  • According to the NBC report, Putin knew about and directed cyber attacks on Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
  • NBC spoke with "two senior officials with direct access to the information.“
  • One high-level official told NBC Putin began with a "vendetta” against Clinton, but then transitioned into a generalized attack on what Russian officials saw as corruption in the U.S. political system.
  • As the operation continued, Putin intended to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.” the official said. Read more
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Clinton campaign calls for Electoral College briefing on Russia’s reported meddling

  • Clinton’s campaign joined a group of members of the Electoral College in calling for electors to receive an intelligence briefing on Russia’s reported meddling in the U.S. election
  • This comes after bombshell reports saying Russia’s cyberattacks on the Clinton campaign were in an effort to help elect Trump.
  • The call came from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who said  Russian interference “did not receive the attention it deserved by the media” during the campaign.
  • A bipartisan group of members of Congress have come forward to call for a full investigation as well. Read more
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Watch: Samantha Bee just had the most incredible interview with trolls paid by the Russian government to meddle in American elections

One of the most psychologically compelling moments of the interview comes when Samantha asks one of the trolls whether she believes she is helping or hurting. You’ll never guess the way she answers.

Gifs: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

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According to secret CIA assessment, Russia interfered with the election for Trump

According to the Washington Post, a secret CIA assessment found Russia made efforts to sway the the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. In a “closed-door briefing” detailed by the Post, agency officials told senators Russia aimed to put Trump in the White House. Here’s what the agency found.