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The Daily Countable: Russian Indictments & FBI Failures

by Countable | 2.16.18

Greetings, folks. Thanks for joining us this week. We know it's not always easy when the news is tragic. Hope you find some comfort in the weekend.

One Big Thing

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought charges against 13 Russians for interfering with the 2016 elections. The 37-page indictment alleges the Russians’ operations “included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J Trump…and disparaging Hillary Clinton." Wondering what else is in - and not in - the indictment? Click here.

On the Radar

A month before the mass shooting at a Florida high school, the FBI received a tip about the suspected gunman and his "desire to kill people"—but investigators failed to act on it. Read our complete coverage of this breakdown in protocol here.

Under the Radar

As part of the 1994 Crime Bill, Congress banned prisoners from receiving Pell grants—federal subsidies that assist low to middle-income students in paying for post-secondary education. Senators are now considering repealing that ban, allowing federal money to flow to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system. Head here to learn more and share your thoughts.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC & FL

  • The president will receive a briefing on the Parkland, FL tragedy.
  • He will then sign H.R. 582: Kari's Law into law.
  • The president and First Lady will then travel to Palm Beach, FL.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return on Monday, February 26.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return on Monday, February 26.


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  • HockeyGuy
    02/16/2018
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    We do not have a president in the White House, we have a despicable lunatic who thinks congress and everyone else works for him. Trump and Congress both work to enhance their financial futures instead of working to enhance the lives of the American people! I hope that the majority of people come out and vote in November 2018 to remove many members of this congress and replace them with people who will work to make our lives better.

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  • Robert
    02/16/2018
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    The distressing thing about the Russian indictments is the presidents failure to take it as a serious threat. His only concern is for himself not our democracy. Good job Muller!

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  • Larry
    02/16/2018
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    ‪Is everyone ignoring the fact that collusion or not this indictment proves what we all knew. That Trump was Putin’s candidate of choice as our President.‬

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  • Clint
    02/16/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president. What I want to know is what are you planning on doing to protect this country and it’s people from literally everything he does. I could give you a huge list but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • Amy
    02/16/2018
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    The worst part is that Trump has been asserting all along that the meddling by Russia is a hoax. Congress has been allowing him to do that. HEAR THIS. Congress and Senate, YOU are as guilty as your president for imperiling America by allowing this president to act out his charade of leadership every day. We deserve and we DEMAND that you do your job of protecting our republic and impeach this criminal of a leader. Before we can't even function or trust ever again. And do it before the next election cycle so WE can make our own, informed choices. Not Russias' and not yours.

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  • Ed
    02/16/2018
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    How can the President continue his Denial and Silence??? Now is comes to what is the Retribution and Punishment that is Fair snd Equal? To my thinking Putin is trying to be re- Elected Time to make Noise and General dysfunction in that election. Notice needs to be given we will Trade in Same Methods as our enemy !!

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  • Mary
    02/16/2018
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    Just the tip of the iceberg, friends. Already the spin has begun and claims of “No collusion here” are ringing out. Meanwhile congressionally passed sanctions are being ignored, the rats are jumping ship and Captain Queeg continues to deny, deny, deny and browbeat those who would dare cross him. Will Trump finally admit his campaign received Russian help? Is there anyone in his administration with actual ties and loyalty to America? (sarcasm there) What will McConnell, Ryan and Nunes next moves be? Friday bombshells never fail to impress.

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  • Wallace
    02/16/2018
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    Thank God for the FBI!!! Work on the mistake but thank you for defending our democracy!!!

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  • NoHedges
    02/17/2018
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    Trump takes office and corruption goes up. Trump gives tax breaks to big energy and gas prices go up. Trump allows banks to reinstate predatory loan practices and interest rates on home mortgage sky rocket. Oh, I am seeing a trickle, A TRICKLE UP

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  • Countryfirst
    02/17/2018
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    Hmmmm ..yes Lance, you and dictator #45 make all of us SO proud to be Americans

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  • Gregory
    02/17/2018
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    To all of you leftist democrats that hate Donald Trump. I hope you know that you and all of your comrades sound like your the ones that are colluding with Russians to bring down an american president.

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  • Countryfirst
    02/17/2018
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    Blame everyone you money grubbing republicans and dictator in charge #45..the sad truth is you love your 2nd amendment and guns MORE than our children! DESPICABLE and DISGUSTING!!

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  • Chester
    02/16/2018
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    How about putting Hillary Clinton in prison instead! We do the same to their countries. This will always happen. This is a waste of taxpayer money. We need to put Hillary Clinton in prison preferably Gitmo where she belongs!

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  • Bobby
    02/17/2018
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    Wait... Are we indicting Internet trolls because they’re Russian internet trolls? What about the Correct the Record trolls hired by the Clinton campaign? That. Is. Literally. The. Exact. Same. Thing. Only they’re interfering in the election right here in the USA.

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  • Mark
    02/19/2018
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    It’s clear that Trumpster, and the Russians, rigged the election. He’s dragging his feet about investigating the issue. Because he’s their buddy. It’s water under the bridge, though. Putin’s buddy is down on his knees.

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  • Gilbert
    02/17/2018
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    I know all the anti-American Snowflakes out there will try to blame President Trump for Russian meddling because they are completely ignorant and full of hatred. FACT #1 is that Obama knew about the Russian attempt to meddle in our election back in 2014 and did NOTHING about it, long before Trump decided to run. Fact #2 is that Crooked Hillary fixed her primary against Bernie Sanders and attempted to fix the election against Trump by COLLUDING and CONNIVING with the Russian Government, the DNC, the FBI, Loretta Lynch, and Barack Obama himself. Fact #3 is that the Obama Administration used corrupt officials in the Justice Department and FBI, utilizing fictional information in the FISA Court, enabling them to obtain a warrant to SPY on President Trump and other American citizens before and after the election of 2016. Although the Russians were not able to affect the results of the election, every REAL AMERICAN who loves our country should be concerned of their attempt to meddle in our Democracy. We should however be MORE troubled by the OBVIOUS and DELIBERATE crimes possibly committed by the Obama Administration, Loretta Lynch, James Comey and his corrupt top administrators at the FBI, the DNC, and Hillary Clinton to overthrow a Constitutionally elected American President. It is horrifying that for the first time in our 242 year history, we have so called citizens who refuse to accept the results of an election and try to undermine everything our president does. It is pure treason and sedition.

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  • MJDalio
    02/16/2018
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    Smoke Screen! So Rosenstein and Mueller’s hole got so deep that they needed to do something. So they indict foreign companies and foreign nationals neither of which can ever go to trial or be prosecuted. This is just DRAMA cover for the Mueller Fleecing of the American Taxpayer and to also give the fake news media something to spin into a positive for Mueller to keep fleecing our tax dollars on his witch hunt and search for all the evidence against himself and Rosenstein in the Uranium One Treason. This will not end until all the evidence against him is destroyed, all the guilty are declared innocent and all the innocent are accused of false crimes!

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  • NoHedges
    02/17/2018
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    Blame this person, blame that person, no accountability, no forward traction, take things away, don't put anything back... sound familiar it's called our government.

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  • Christine
    02/17/2018
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    I am very concerned about Russian interference. I want to ensure that Special Counsel Bob Mueller is permitted to complete his probe.

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  • Dave
    02/17/2018
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    If you attack the person, you can avoid the facts, the truth and the blame, by marginalizing and discrediting others, such as stupid, little hands, little person, rock man, crooked Hilary, locked her up, fake news and others. It the art of deception, intimidation, corrosion and bullying, not the deal or bipartisan. I find it interesting the conservative right, white supremacist, neo nazi, KKK and religious right seem to attack the the person and not the facts or the truth. All need to question information, search for truth, take thing with a grain of salt and be independent in thinking. It is easier to remember the truth, then a lie. I want facts, not opinions, hear say or party lines. Prove it to me, saying it is, is not proof! Forcing people out, because you do not like the views, is not a democracy. Winning at all cost, you end up loosing in the end! By the the way GOD and Jesus are a bunch of liberals and so am I.

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