1/ Mueller confirms what some of us predicted at the start, that George Papadopoulos won't offer up a smoking gun (or anything, really). According to Mueller, GP "did not provide 'substantial assistance,'" & whatever he gave, the FBI mostly already had:
2/ Not entirely, however: Mueller also confirms it was GP who volunteered info on Professor Mifsud, the supposed Kremlin intermediary (whom Mueller doesn't actually say is a confirmed Kremlin agent). And as some have pointed out, it appears GP only misled agents about *timing*:
3/ Mueller confirms FBI interviewed Mifsud but strangely blames GP for undermining FBI's ability to properly "challenge" him "or potentially detain or arrest him." Say what? GP volunteered info on Mifsud months into your probe & it's his fault you can't challenge or detain him?
4/ in sum, #MuellerTime not looking so good:
- George P, aide who supposedly sparked Trump-Russia conspiracy probe, has given Mueller nothing to use
- GP informed FBI of supposed Kremlin cutout, Mifsud
- FBI interviewed Mifsud in DC - & now blames GP for them not arresting him!

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Oct 8, 2018
This apologia from @theintercept , which dehumanizes Palestinians and whitewashes occupation, is disgusting:
It presumes the legitimacy of an occupying army attacking occupied territory and assassinating its people, only lamenting the decline in sufficient checks and balances.
This follows an offensive piece by @RobertMackey that parroted the official IDF line that its killing of Gaza boys on a beach in 2014 was the result of "a tragic series of mistakes" that “somehow mistook" the young victims “for Hamas militants.”
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Sep 19, 2018
1/ An illustration of why latest Dem handwringing over "sources & methods" is a joke. In 2017 (washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/…) & 2018 (nytimes.com/2018/08/24/us/…), the top 2 papers claimed CIA has sources deep in Kremlin. No Dem objected. Why? Cause those "sources" advanced Russiagate.
2/ So the nation's top 2 papers are revealing "a feat of espionage" (below), "sourcing deep inside the Russian government" with "informants close to President Vladimir V. Putin" (prior tweet), yet no one 1) raises alarm 2) questions why, if sourcing is so deep, it'd be revealed
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1/ Incredibly embarrassing for CNN: Lanny Davis tells Buzzfeed he was a source for a CNN story -- which he now refutes -- about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about Trump Tower meeting: buzzfeednews.com/article/steven…
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3/ What is all the more embarrassing for CNN is that they appear to have lied -- or most generously, blatantly misled -- in their July 26th story to cover up for the fact that Davis was a source! In that story, they claim that Davis "declined to comment." cnn.com/2018/07/26/pol…
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1/ In April 2017, I wrote that @Maddow has become a propagandist on Russiagate -- pushing conspiracy theories while omitting countervailing information. (theintercept.com/2017/04/12/msn…) . Here is a stark example from yesterday:
2/ Noting news that Michael Cohen billed Trump camp $50k for “tech services”, @Maddow wonders if that's actually his reimbursement for paying off Russian hackers. Steele dossier, she reminds us, accuses Cohen of meeting Kremlin reps in Prague to do so: ()
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3/ Right after, Davis walks back his already heavily qualified innuendo to @Maddow -- which generated endless chatter -- about Cohen being useful to Mueller's probe on collusion & knowing of hacking. Now Davis claims he was "tentative", that Cohen "may or may not be useful", etc:
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Before I show you what Gates said, I want to demonstrate why I've argued that pundits like @Maddow have become straight-up propagandists on this issue. Here is Maddow last night saying that Gates' testimony *substantiates* the Manafort-Russia tie:
(you watch that full segment here -- note that it's called "New Trial Testimony Offers Insight Into Paul Manafort Ties To Russia" : )
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