Betsy DeVos Brother Had Secret Meeting To Establish Trump-Putin Back Channel

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secret slotsThe United Arab Emirates arranged a secret slots in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi??mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting slots took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show.

He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations.

“We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”

The Seychelles meeting came after separate private discussions in New York involving high-ranking representatives of Trump with both Moscow and the Emirates.

The White House has acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s original national security adviser, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late November or early December in New York.

Trump Believes Fox & Friends More Than His Own Intelligence Community

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He trusts the 3 biggest morons on tv, just watch them for a day, it’s like the 3 stooges went to work for the RNC and they put them on tv to do a fake news show, they simply do a biased opinion show on Fox News. They are not journalists, they are propaganda puppets for Trump and the Republicans, who agree with every position Trump and the Republican party has, no matter how insane it is, or how many Americans oppose it.

President Donald Trump recently promoted a Fox & Friends report that the previous administration spied on him during the election — an idea that has been widely debunked.

As Trump congratulated Fox & Friends on its amazing reporting, he was ignoring analysis from his own intelligence officials that there’s no evidence such surveillance occurred.

Just minutes earlier, Trump’s favorite morning show tweeted that a new report over the weekend shows a very high up Obama official unmasking Trump associates for political purposes.

Which is a lie, if they were unmasked it was simply because it was known who they were while a foreigner was on a FISA wiretap. The story was made up by some unverified right-wing source, and is not true. And if they were talking to someone under a FISA warrant, they have bigger problems then being unmasked to a government official.

Trump often praises the morons and tweets about stories its hosts have recently discussed.

Trump has for weeks claimed that former President Barack Obama spied on him. But FBI Director James Comey last month told Congress that there is no information to support the president’s claims. National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers made a similar comment. And James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence during the time the alleged spying would have occurred, has also denied the reports.

Several members of Congress have called on Trump to retract the allegations, but so far he has refused. And btw folks, Trump staffers said when he did the crazy tweet he did not even know how a FISA warrant works.

Trump claims the real story is the leakers, not that people in his campaign could have been working with the Russians to steal an American presidential election, which is just laughable. The real story is Russians working with Trump, and maybe his campaign to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. The leakers are doing the American people a favor, and should be seen as great Americans, not criminals.


Trump Lied About Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp 8:00am

Trump said he would drain the swamp and ban lobbyists, now he is giving them ethics waivers so he can hire them to work for him.

Some new Trump officials are working on policies that will benefit clients they recently served. Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to drain the swamp in Washington, President Trump is filling it with former lobbyists and consultants.

The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior.

The New York Times have highlighted some especially worrisome hires in the executive branch, including White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas company lobbyist, and Geoff Burr, a former construction industry lobbyist now working at the Department of Labor.

A lobbyist may “un-register on Monday and enter the Trump Administration on Tuesday,” Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen told said – and could also quickly return to the private sector.

Just last week, Bloomberg revealed that Marcus Peacock, a top Trump aide who worked briefly in the Office of Management and Budget, will join the lobbying group the Business Roundtable. Peacock has recused himself from lobbying the OMB for just six months – even though he agreed not to lobby his former agency for five years, according to Bloomberg.

Trump is also issuing other ethics waivers, but that’s difficult to determine because granted waivers are generally kept secret, the Times reports. The president is also keeping White House visitor logs secret, making it difficult to track corporate representatives meetings with federal officials as they create new policy.