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Intel Chief Insists Russia Meddled in Election and More You missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 1.5.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Trump Aside, Intel Chief Insists Russia Meddled in Election"

"Brushing aside Donald Trump's dismissiveness, the nation's intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America's recent presidential election. And he called the former Cold War foe an "existential threat" to the nation."

"Did Russian hacking sway the results? Not likely, indicated James Clapper, the direction of national intelligence."

Read more at the Associated Press.

2. "Trump is expected to nominate ex-senator Dan Coats for director of national intelligence"

"President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) to be his director of national intelligence, according to a Trump transition team official."

"Coats, who is seen as a traditional Republican, served two stints in the Senate and was ambassador to Germany during George W. Bush’s presidency."

Read more at The Washington Post.

3. "U.S. to transfer four Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia"

"The United States will transfer four detainees to Saudi Arabia from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in the next 24 hours, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in President Barack Obama's final push to shrink the inmate population there despite pressure from the president-elect to halt such releases."

"It will be the first in Obama's final flurry of transfers aimed at sending as many as 19 prisoners to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, before Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20."

Read more at Reuters.

4. "‘Fk Donald Trump, Fk White People!’: 4 People In Custody After Man Kidnapped, Tortured On Facebook Live"

"Graphic footage captured on Facebook Live shows a mentally handicapped white man being tortured in Chicago by African-American assailants as they laugh and express their disgust for white people and President-elect Donald Trump."

"Chicago police announced on Wednesday evening that they had arrested four people in connection with the crime, according to Fox 32."

Read more at The Daily Caller.

5. "Inauguration Tickets and Map Revealed"

"The tickets and map were unveiled at a news conference held Thursday morning by Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. For more information on the security restrictions that day, view the full map and instructions here."

Read more at Roll Call.

6. "Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance"

"A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon."

"Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House."

Read more at Washington Free Beacon.

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  • Mindful
    01/06/2017
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    We must insist that Mr. Trump reveal not only his Income Tax Returns, but more importantly, his involvement in any financial dealings of any sort with Russia and/or oligarchs there attached. Does he have indebtedness obligations, property investments, etc.that may affect his judgement/behavior with Russia. Those Tax Returns may be revealing, No? CONFLICT OF INTERESTS....is this a matter of concern? Is this why he is so much in denial about the 'hacking' issue?

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  • Rhonda
    01/06/2017
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    Trumps constant denial of the intelligence community findings leads me to believe he is hiding his real agenda. Made by his suspect cabinet picks and praise of a murder and tyrant Putin. This must be taken seriously and Trump's ties to Russia and Putin must be investigated.

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  • Dawn
    01/06/2017
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    Just as congress investigated the Benghazi incident, so must you investigate this! With no less vigor! And today, you have an opportunity to discuss what this possible interference meant to our election process with your fellow senators. Please, don't confirm without questioning. You must at least ask the question!

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  • Cindy
    01/08/2017
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    Investigate trumps conflicts and ties with Russia and put in. Pass bill making it a law that presidents must release tax returns. Follow the money but first require trump to show his holdings /money

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  • J
    01/06/2017
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    Why is this not a major issue to all of you, regardless of which side you doggedly support. Put country first!

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  • Beth
    01/09/2017
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    Make Trump show his tax returns!

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  • Andy.
    01/05/2017
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    For the love of God. Provide proof or keep quiet until you have some.

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  • Kelly
    01/06/2017
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    Trump is such a narcissist that he cannot even acknowledge that the Russians were responsible for the hacking of the DNC and other entities. His ego is so fragile. He is in denial that he list the popular vote by 3,000,000 votes. He is going to ruin this country if people do not stand up against his ignorance and incompetent appointments The American public should demand that he release his tax returns and financial involvements with foreign governments as a matter of national security.

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  • Shelley
    01/09/2017
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    I am deeply concerned about the Russian interference with our election. Trump's reaction to the intelligence on this issue makes him appear to have been involved. Please investigate this fully. Including finding out how involved Trump and his team were and are with Putin.

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  • Monica
    01/06/2017
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    Regardless of party preference, Russian interference needs to be taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly.

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  • Roy
    01/09/2017
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    Why haven't you asked to see Trump's tax returns?

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  • John
    01/07/2017
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    The Russian involvement in our national election process is a very real threat to our republic. Please investigate this and help keep our nation free.

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  • Tim
    01/06/2017
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    Trump will never admit it and the reason is simple, admitting this, automatically make this election with stamp "NOT FAIR" and "NOT A REAL PRESIDENT"

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  • Pam
    01/09/2017
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    Why is the Russian involvement in the election not being investigated? Oh, right, because it helped the republicans.

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  • Jlvogelsang
    01/09/2017
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    I am extremely concerned about Trump's ties with Russia!

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  • Briana
    01/06/2017
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    This intelligence needs to be taken very very seriously. Those on both sides of the aisle should be concerned with this issue.

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  • Nathan
    01/06/2017
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    Without Russia apparently hacking into the dnc emails we wouldn't know how corrupt Hillary and the dnc really is. The dnc never denied any of the accusations yet everyone is up in arms about the truth. What is wrong with people.

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  • Stefanie
    01/07/2017
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    Dear Sir, The fact that a foreign government has successfully influenced the outcome of our Presidential election is unacceptable. This is not a partisan issue. We must take steps to ensure Russia is not emboldened by results of this latest endeavor ensure that the American people can trust the outcomes of our electoral process. Your personal actions will factor into my voting decision in coming elections. I look forward to hearing about how you personally will work within your caucus to see these matters effectively addressed.

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  • David
    01/06/2017
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    There seems to be conflicting reports on this issue. Intelligence agents seem convinced that Russian nationals are responsible for the hacks. Assange of WikiLeaks claims he received the information from a disgruntled DNC insider who was angry at the treatment of Bernie Sanders. Frankly, both sounds reasonable, yet both also have questionable reliability. Reports are that the FBI was prevented from examining the DNC servers. So what kind of investigation has been performed? Has the revealed allegations of collusion between the DNC and Hillary been investigated? Why has mainstream media not pursued the truth about this? None of this helps restore faith in our government, the media or our elected officials. It only enforces our resolve to "drain the swamp" that has become American politics.

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  • Nicole
    01/07/2017
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    Dear Sir or Madam, The fact that a foreign government has successfully influenced the outcome of our Presidential election is unacceptable. This is not a partisan issue. We must take steps to ensure Russia is not emboldened by results of this latest endeavor ensure that the American people can trust the outcomes of our electoral process. Your personal actions will factor into my voting decision in coming elections. I look forward to hearing about how you personally will work within your caucus to see these matters effectively addressed. Sincerely, Nicole M. Watson

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