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Comey Told Obama that Flynn’s Conversations with Russian Ambassador ‘Appear Legit,’ According to Strzok Notes

Comey Told Obama that Flynn’s Conversations with Russian Ambassador ‘Appear Legit,’ According to Strzok NotesFormer FBI director James Comey told President Obama that the 2016 conversations between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and incoming national-security adviser Michael Flynn were not criminal in nature, according to notes from former agent Peter Strzok released by Flynn's legal team.The page of notes was taken by Strzok appears to describe a January 5, 2017 meeting of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and national security officials. This meeting occurred amid accusations that incoming Trump administration officials had colluded with Russian operatives. Strzok was not present at the meeting, and it is unclear what record of the meeting he consulted in taking the notes.Strzok writes that "P," presumably President Obama, asked, "Is there anything I shouldn't be telling transition team?"Strzok records that "D," or Director Comey, responded "Kislyak calls but appear legit."> ALSO JUST IN: Flynn legal team files a page of Strzok's notes, which appear to describe the Jan. 5 meetign with Obama and natsec team> > Notes indicate Biden mentioned the Logan Act, but entirely devoid of context. pic.twitter.com/lGsj0DepHm> > — Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 24, 2020In transcripts of conversations between Flynn and Kislyak released on May 29 of this year, Flynn is recorded asking the Russian ambassador not to escalate tensions in response to U.S. sanctions. Those sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration following reports that Russia attempted to interfere in the U.S. general election.Strzok's notes also indicate that "VP" Biden mentioned the "Logan Act" during the meeting, although the context of Biden's remark is unclear. The Logan Act of 1799 forbids U.S. citizens from intervening in disputes with foreign nations without authorization. The law has been cited only twice in U.S. history in two cases in the 1800's and no one has ever been found guilty of violating the statute.While the FBI had monitored Flynn's conversations with Kislyak, the agency moved to close the case on January 4, 2017, indicating it had found "no derogatory information" on Flynn. However, that same day Strzok intervened to keep the case open. Strzok told an unknown individual that day that the "7th floor [is] involved," apparently referring to senior FBI leadership at the bureau's headquarters.Strzok was fired by the FBI after anti-Trump texts between him and agency lawyer Lisa Page were revealed."Your excessive, repeated, and politically charged text messages while you were assigned as the lead case agent on the FBI’s two biggest and most politically sensitive investigations in decades, demonstrated a gross lack of professionalism and exceptionally poor judgement,” the Justice Department said in 2019.



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Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probeThe Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Prosecutors said they concluded that a trial, against a corporate defendant with no presence in the United States and no prospect of meaningful punishment even if convicted, would likely expose sensitive law enforcement tools and techniques, “potentially undermining their effectiveness.” Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering were among three companies and 13 individuals charged in 2018 by special counsel Robert Mueller in a conspiracy to spread disinformation on social media during the 2016 presidential race.



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Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian Immigrant

Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian ImmigrantSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday differentiated Democratic socialism from "authoritarian communism" at a CNN town hall at which he fielded a question from a Russian immigrant who accused him of being "eager to implement" many Soviet-style policies."My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country," audience member Samantha Frenkel-Popell said. "So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?""Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have. And I opposed it," Sanders responded."What do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism?  It certainly is not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union and in other communist countries," the senator said. "What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."Sanders has drawn criticism for comments praising the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Cuba, as well as the left-wing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega."People there seemed reasonably happy and content," Sanders said of the Soviet Union after his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, Russia. "I didn't notice much deprivation."Documents discovered by the New York Times revealed that Soviet officials had attempted to use Sanders's initiative to form a sister-city relationship between Yaroslavl and Burlington, Vt., where Sanders was mayor, to advance Soviet propaganda."We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders said of the communist island nation in a February interview on 60 Minutes. "When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"The comments drew sharp rebukes from Florida politicians in both parties, whose constituents include a large population of Cuban refugees and exiles.



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Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian Immigrant

Sanders Differentiates Socialism from ‘Authoritarian Communism’ When Confronted by Russian ImmigrantSenator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Monday differentiated Democratic socialism from "authoritarian communism" at a CNN town hall at which he fielded a question from a Russian immigrant who accused him of being "eager to implement" many Soviet-style policies."My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country," audience member Samantha Frenkel-Popell said. "So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?""Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have. And I opposed it," Sanders responded."What do I mean when I talk about democratic socialism?  It certainly is not the authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union and in other communist countries," the senator said. "What democratic socialism means to me is we expand Medicare, we provide educational opportunity to all Americans, we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure."Sanders has drawn criticism for comments praising the communist regimes of the Soviet Union and Cuba, as well as the left-wing Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega."People there seemed reasonably happy and content," Sanders said of the Soviet Union after his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, Russia. "I didn't notice much deprivation."Documents discovered by the New York Times revealed that Soviet officials had attempted to use Sanders's initiative to form a sister-city relationship between Yaroslavl and Burlington, Vt., where Sanders was mayor, to advance Soviet propaganda."We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders said of the communist island nation in a February interview on 60 Minutes. "When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?"The comments drew sharp rebukes from Florida politicians in both parties, whose constituents include a large population of Cuban refugees and exiles.



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