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senate Bill S. 1189

Should the State Dept. Report to Congress About Whether Russia Qualifies as a ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism’?

Argument in favor

Russian transgressions against international norms are only increasing in their boldness and frequency. The U.S. needs to take a harder stance against Russian aggression, and declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism opens up more avenues to respond with sanctions.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/05/2020
I have voted yes on this but I am truly torn. I definitely believe Russia is and always has been a sponsor of of state terrorism and should flat out be labeled an enemy of the United States, I have great difficulty trusting any bill coming from Cory Gardner, Trumps great buddy. The timing of this bill is very suspicious as he is currently losing his Senate race in Colorado but the bill could do some very positive things toward ending Russian aggression towards the USA. In the end in terms of accountability, the more people who know and can say hey what are we doing about this, the better. So I have to say yes. I just wonder if Trump will go for it.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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07/06/2020
THIS SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY, BUT IT IS BECAUSE TRUMP’s BUNCH ARE NOT TELLING THE DEMOCRATS ANYTHING. Anything connected with a foreign entity and our government should be reported to Congress & of course to the Department of Security WHEN BARR IS GONE!!! IT should be a given that Congress is elected to protect & work FOR US- the American taxpayer. It’s their job - and maybe, just maybe, when the Republicans ARE NOT IN OFFICE ANYMORE the Congress & TRUMP & his minions are gone this legislation will no longer be necessary and it can be put away until needed again - hopefully NEVER.
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Candace's Opinion
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07/05/2020
Russia is SO sneaky and does NOT have our best interests at heart!
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Argument opposed

Declaring Russia a state sponsor of terror escalates hostilities against a major world power, and jeopardizes the few ongoing dialogues that the U.S. still has with Russia. There is little evidence to suggest that putting Russia on the state sponsors of terrorism list will do much to deter their aggression.

jimK's Opinion
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07/05/2020
Russia has sponsored domestic terrorism. Anybody paying attention knows this. What would be the purpose of legislation directing the State Department to notify the Congress of this? Shouldn’t our president know this from his day to day contact with the State Department and his detailed daily intelligence briefings? Shouldn’t the Congress be able to get such information from the President? This, to me, is the equivalent of passing legislation that your waiter must inform their restaurant’s manager or accountant if you walk out of the restaurant without paying for your meal. This is fairly obvious. If the State Department, Intelligence Services and/or the President are negligent in dealing with any matter of clear import to our military, our population, or our country’s obligations- that is a matter for Impeachment or censorship; there is no need to legislate each and every possible numbskull interaction between executive branch departments and Congress. The trump’s inability or unwillingness to proactively act to protect our service people from foreign adversary bounties when there is solid (but not perfect) intelligence supporting this - is well, just inexcusable by any measure. We do not need legislation to prove this. The trump’s lack of judgement or any proactive action is not excused because there was no prior legislation that states that the State Department must inform either him or the Congress. Facts are, this legislation will not keep the trump and his sycophants from ignoring it, and for a normal president, this legislation would never be needed in the first place!
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07/05/2020
Let's not start down that trail. Yes, we should punish Putin for paying killers to kill American Shoulders. The State Department should be doing everything humanly possible to repair diplomatic damage and then get help for We the People from whichever old allies will chance the support in hopes the administration will change in Nov. #TRE45ON!
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07/05/2020
The heads of both houses as well as their intelligence commuters do receive closed door briefings from The Department Of State as well as the various intelligence agencies in a regular basis! There is no need for open congressional hearings or briefings on sensitive intelligence! And quit picking on Russia! Hi after The Peoples Republic Of China as the Democrat Party is their Lap Dog!
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What is Senate Bill S. 1189?

This bill — the Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism (SMART) Act — would direct the State Dept. to report to Congress about whether Russia qualifies as a state sponsor terrorism. It would also report to Congress within 90 days about whether the following armed entities qualify as foreign terrorist organizations: entities in the Donbas region of Ukraine controlled or aided by Russia; and entities controlled by or associated with the Donetsk People’s Republic or Lugansk People’s Republic.

Impact

The government of Russia; Congress; and the State Dept.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1189

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced this bill to initiate a process for determining if Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism and would potentially lead to its designation as such:

“Vladimir Putin continues to try to cause grievous harm to international peace and stability, and I’m pleased today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced my critical legislation directing the State Department to consider naming Russia what they are - a state sponsor of terror. Putin’s Russia has invaded its neighbors Georgia & Ukraine, supports the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad and many of our adversaries around the globe, and is engaged in election meddling and active information warfare against Western democracies. Russia is also directly responsible for heinous terrorist acts, such as the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people, including an American citizen, and the chemical weapons attacks in the United Kingdom in 2018 that killed two people, including a British citizen. Unless Russia fundamentally changes its behavior, we must not repeat the mistakes of past Administrations of trying to normalize relations with a nation that continues to pose a serious threat to the United States and our allies.”

Since Gardner first introduced this bill, there have been reports that Russia offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ordered State Department officials to make the case for declaring Russia a state sponsor of terrorism after a former Russian spy and his daughter with poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent on British soil in 2018, but abruptly ended the initiative. Explaining the abrupt halt to Tillerson’s initiative, a U.S. official told ProPublica: “There are a lot of issues that we have to work on together with Russia. Designating them would interfere with our ability to do that.”

U.S. officials say that the State Department’s reluctance at the time to impose the terror designation was not a product of Trump administration sympathy for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Instead, it reflected an ambivalent, and sometimes contradictory, policy towards Russia on terrorism issues stretching back over a dozen years.

Even as Washington has grown more concerned about an array of Russian security threats, it has continued to seek Moscow’s cooperation in combating terrorism. Although this approach has yielded few victories, advocates of the policy argue that it has been one of the few areas of common ground in which cooperation remains possible during a period of increasing confrontation. David McKean, a former director of policy planning at the State Department, frames the situation thus:

“Russia is clearly a bad actor on the world stage. But terrorism is an area where we have to keep trying to talk to them. They can either play a negative role or not play a negative role — or occasionally play a positive role.”

The Brookings Institute’s Daniel Byman agrees that adding Russia to the State Department’s official list of sponsors of terror would be counterproductive:

“Russia is indeed a sponsor of terrorism. But designating it as such would be counterproductive, and a closer look at the question shows the limits of designation as a tool of U.S. foreign policy… The case for adding Russia is surprisingly straightforward… Yet for now at least, adding Russia to the list would be a mistake... Although various Russian actions can be considered ‘terrorism,’ most don’t neatly fit the category. In Syria, Russia is backing a murderous regime that slaughters its own civilians, even to the point of using chemical weapons against them. But such support, while abhorrent, is not really terrorism. Even for Moscow’s actions that involve non-state groups or clandestine violence, terms like ‘subversion,’ ‘influence campaigns,’ and ‘revolutionary war’ fit better.”

This legislation was reported by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee favorably without a written report and has the support of one cosponsor, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).


Of NoteState sponsors of terrorism are those countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. Currently the State Department lists four countries as state sponsors of terrorism: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) (2017), Iran (1984), Sudan (1993), and Syria (1979). The sanctions imposed as a result of this designation are applied pursuant to the Export Administration Act, the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act which collectively fall into four major categories:

  • Restrictions on U.S. foreign aid to the country;

  • A ban on defense exports and sales;

  • Controls placed on exports of items that can be used for civilian or military purposes; and

  • Miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin via Wikimedia / Public Domain)

AKA

Stopping Malign Activities from Russian Terrorism Act

Official Title

A bill to require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.

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    IntroducedApril 11th, 2019
    I have voted yes on this but I am truly torn. I definitely believe Russia is and always has been a sponsor of of state terrorism and should flat out be labeled an enemy of the United States, I have great difficulty trusting any bill coming from Cory Gardner, Trumps great buddy. The timing of this bill is very suspicious as he is currently losing his Senate race in Colorado but the bill could do some very positive things toward ending Russian aggression towards the USA. In the end in terms of accountability, the more people who know and can say hey what are we doing about this, the better. So I have to say yes. I just wonder if Trump will go for it.
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    Russia has sponsored domestic terrorism. Anybody paying attention knows this. What would be the purpose of legislation directing the State Department to notify the Congress of this? Shouldn’t our president know this from his day to day contact with the State Department and his detailed daily intelligence briefings? Shouldn’t the Congress be able to get such information from the President? This, to me, is the equivalent of passing legislation that your waiter must inform their restaurant’s manager or accountant if you walk out of the restaurant without paying for your meal. This is fairly obvious. If the State Department, Intelligence Services and/or the President are negligent in dealing with any matter of clear import to our military, our population, or our country’s obligations- that is a matter for Impeachment or censorship; there is no need to legislate each and every possible numbskull interaction between executive branch departments and Congress. The trump’s inability or unwillingness to proactively act to protect our service people from foreign adversary bounties when there is solid (but not perfect) intelligence supporting this - is well, just inexcusable by any measure. We do not need legislation to prove this. The trump’s lack of judgement or any proactive action is not excused because there was no prior legislation that states that the State Department must inform either him or the Congress. Facts are, this legislation will not keep the trump and his sycophants from ignoring it, and for a normal president, this legislation would never be needed in the first place!
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    They’ve been putting a bounty on American soldiers and attacking our elections for over 5 years, only a compromised “president” wouldn’t stand up to that. TRE45ON! REAL republicans are standing up to that, only the trumplicans turn their backs on their country. The blue tsunami is coming. Real republicans are voting blue this year to end the reign of the racist in chief.
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    White Supremacy’s terrorism causes more problems in the US. Clean up terror at home before overseas. Congress does have oversight of the Executive Branch including all Departments so they have oversight over State Department (investigate, impeach, confirm appointments, appropriations, authorization & budget). So, Congress is well within its rights to investigate and take actions as necessary (appropriations, authorizations, budget). Just hope they deal with White Supremacy first with Department of Justice & Homeland Security. All three departments should have their budgets defunded for not taking action on terrorism both domestic & foreign. https://www.loc.gov/law/help/parliamentary-oversight/unitedstates.php https://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Investigations-Oversight/ https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government
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    Let's not start down that trail. Yes, we should punish Putin for paying killers to kill American Shoulders. The State Department should be doing everything humanly possible to repair diplomatic damage and then get help for We the People from whichever old allies will chance the support in hopes the administration will change in Nov. #TRE45ON!
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    Why? Do we need a report? Is ice made of water? Do bears poo in the woods? Isn’t this well known?
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    We already have proof from intelligence agencies that Russia has acted as a terrorist group. I clearly don’t understand the need for the Department of State to also clarify this? Like NoHedges I would like to know more, please.
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    THIS SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY, BUT IT IS BECAUSE TRUMP’s BUNCH ARE NOT TELLING THE DEMOCRATS ANYTHING. Anything connected with a foreign entity and our government should be reported to Congress & of course to the Department of Security WHEN BARR IS GONE!!! IT should be a given that Congress is elected to protect & work FOR US- the American taxpayer. It’s their job - and maybe, just maybe, when the Republicans ARE NOT IN OFFICE ANYMORE the Congress & TRUMP & his minions are gone this legislation will no longer be necessary and it can be put away until needed again - hopefully NEVER.
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    Why did trump do nothing with the information he was given about Russia meddling in our election and killing our soldiers? We have a virus raging in this country. Killing us by the thousands. We are no longer welcome any where in the world. Not because we’re assholes, that would be enough but because every other country has got a handle on this virus. The greatest country in the world right and we’re being beaten by our own ignorance. Ignorance of science as well as our history. trump, he’s feeding off it while you all chant slurs and spew covid filled hate at each other. Oh how this quote is true. Every nation gets the government it deserves. - Joseph de Maistre - More than 30,000 deaths could be avoided by October if 95% of Americans wear face masks in public spaces, and states could move ahead with reopening their economies more safely. Just like the first 3 months of the pandemic, trump and cohorts continue to tell us they are doing a great job as the numbers break every record made from back in April. The trump administration is sitting on 14 billion in Corona virus funding at the same time they are closing 14 testing sites. 7 of which are in hard hit Texas and everybody said he was joking when he said he wants to cut testing because the numbers are to high. Russia has targeted coalition forces in Afghanistan. Offering bounties to those who would attack American troops. Our intelligence has known for a few months which means if trump read his security reports. He knows to. “I was also told that the acting U.S. Attorney was giving Stone such unprecedentedly favorable treatment because he was ‘afraid of the President.’ ” Aaron Zelinsky, one of four prosecutors who withdrew from the Roger Stone case because of extraordinary interference from the justice department. U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman fired. I don’t guess I need to go into detail about how trump hates law and order as it pertains to himself. trump asked president Xi for help in the 2020 election. Bolton says he was so alarmed by Trump’s determination to do favors for autocrats such as Erdogan and Xi that he scheduled a meeting with William P. Barr in 2019. More than half of all federal civilian law enforcement right now is being led by temporary acting officials, everything from ICE and CBP to DEA. (That calculation doesn’t even count the thousands of special agents in inspectors general offices that have recently seen an administrationwide purge of the government’s watchdogs.) The Bureau of Prisons was being overseen by an acting director last summer when Jeffrey Epstein managed to commit suicide while supposedly under strict monitoring. The DEA, with its special temporary powers for the protests, is currently led by an acting administrator who has been on the job for just days. 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Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) revealed Tuesday that she rejected an effort by the White House to take control of her police force. “The unprecedented request sent District leaders scrambling to head off what they regarded as tantamount to a government overthrow, The use of such aggressive force startled some veteran former officers of the Secret Service and other federal agencies, because it appeared to be rushed and unprovoked by protesters. trump used out of state officers under the false pretense of mutual aid, to clear out peaceful protesters 30 minutes before curfew started for a fucking photo op. They removed a priest from the church, shot kids with rubber bullets just to hold up a bible in front of a church he wasn’t invited to. Deplorable Black Lives Matter! If you only raise your voice to criticize the reaction instead of the cause. Your part of the problem. trumps language, “thugs, when the looting starts the shooting starts” is directly taken from racist of our not to distant past. He chooses these words intentionally. It’s not the first time. Please if you doubt me, research it and learn. Wuhan tested 9 million people in 10 days. So we know it’s possible. trump spent Memorial Day weekend playing golf and tweeting lies about a deceased woman. As we pass 100,000 American deaths due to the pandemic and on a day we should be remembering those who have fallen protecting this country. trump disgraced the position he holds, the country he serves and the people who have died defending it. 36,000 Americans could have been saved if social distancing would have been put in place just a week earlier. Imagine what we could have done as a country if we had done something, anything in January. trump said Linick’s removal would be effective in ‘30 days,’ giving him time to wind down his investigations. But Linick has since been told that he is physically barred from returning to the State Department even to collect his belongings, complicating his ability to finish his work. This is where we are at in Florida: Late last Friday, the architect and manager of Florida's COVID-19 dashboard — praised by White House officials for its accessibility — announced that she had been removed from her post, causing outcry from independent researchers now worried about government censorship. Same late night firing pattern as trump has: trump continues to fire inspector generals as if every level of our government isn’t subject to over site and transparency. Nebraska has stopped reporting confirmed cases in our meat packing plants. Here in Florida the medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data to the public. As they have in every health emergency since 1992 but the state has just made them stop. FL did not meet trumps own guidelines for reopening but here we are. More than a dozen times trump and his administration was warned about the threat of covid throughout January and February. Warned of the death toll, warned of the economic fall out and warned about China lying about the virus. All while trump himself praised China’s job dealing with the virus, said our economy was fine and told us not to worry he had it under control. trump couldn’t be bothered to use the Defense Production Act to prepare for this crisis but he will use it now to force workers back to the factories that had unsafe working conditions in order to handle and process our food. “Why did Maryland have to go to South Korea to get 500,000 tests”. The chances of a second wave are real likely especially since we still can’t test and trace cases like we need to in order to even try to get back to normal. States opening in spite of not meeting the recommended guidelines won’t help any either and then we still have to deal with all this: Vaccine expert Rick Bright is filing a whistleblower complaint, his attorneys said Thursday. Bright said he was ousted as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority because he resisted efforts to join President Trump in pushing hydroxychloroquine as a potential covid-19 cure. A preliminary study, which has not been peer reviewed, was posted that indicated hydroxychloroquine had no benefit in patients and was associated with higher rates of death. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, was removed from her post as her agency’s coronavirus response chief after saying publicly on Feb. 25 that Americans should begin preparing for “significant disruption” to their daily lives from this “severe illness.” trumps good old go to distractions: blaming immigrants for our woes and threatening war. All to distract from his epic failure of a response to the pandemic. WHO gave the U.S. real time live updates on the spread of covid right from the start of the outbreak. We have employees of the CDC that do a rotation with WHO. trump continues to repeat claims that their are beds, ventilators and tests for anyone who wants or needs them. That is not true, state after state still have not been able to get enough supplies having to compete against other states and sometimes being out bid by the federal government. trump stopped federal testing after making a bad deal and once again has left the country to fend for themselves. What the fuck did we elect the guy who said he alone can fix it for. But hey we do have the highest death toll now in the world, so winning I guess. Didn’t take long for trump to remove the inspector general who was to oversee the $2 trillion stimulus spending. trumps son in-law announced in a press conference that the national stock pile of emergency equipment and supplies is not meant for the states but for them. Within a day the official government webpage for the Strategic National Stockpile was changed to match his language. trump bragged about his press conference ratings and blamed nurses and doctors for steeling masks during a covid-19 public update. So with tests not working, not getting to the right places and no respirators. Don’t worry his ratings are great. trump’s administration has been withholding a Threat Assessment Report from Congress since Feb. 12 that warns the U.S. is unprepared for a pandemic. Against all advice trump continues to claim we will be back to normal soon and apparently now we are sacrificing our grandparents for the sake of the stock market. Here in the U.S. trump tells states to fend for themselves when it comes to medical supplies at the same time he writes a letter to North Korea offering them help. WTF U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely coronavirus pandemic. In briefing notes trump crosses out corona and writes in Chines virus. He’s making this an us vs them (racist) issue. trump claimed Democrats were using the virus as “their new hoax,” downplayed the danger, repeatedly contradicted public health experts and spread falsehoods, such as saying the virus will go away when it gets warmer. Two weeks ago, Trump said the virus was “very much under control” and that the number of people infected was “going very substantially down, not up.” Soon, he declared on Feb. 26, the total number of cases will be “close to zero.” Stock market at a 12 year low and layoffs due to the Corona virus are just starting. Officials say the response by the White House to the Corona virus has been complete chaos. If you think Pence knows what he’s doing when it comes to the Corona virus take a look at how he handled the HIV outbreak in his state. The White House got rid of its top official leading the government response to a global pandemic and essentially folded up his office. This means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. This year the White House proposed a budget that cuts money from the very health agencies that will be dealing with the coronavirus. The U.S. Justice Department moved Monday to drop its two-year-long prosecution of a Russian company charged with orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The stunning reversal came weeks before the case was to go to trial. Judge cites Barr’s ‘misleading’ statements in ordering review of Mueller report redactions. Iran has almost tripled their stock pile of low-enriched uranium and have blocked access to possible nuclear related sites all since trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Why did the state department hold up the visa of a renowned German professor who was scheduled to teach a class on the rise of far right extremism. A senior intelligence official has warned law makers Russia wants and will likely help trump win re-election. We only know this because trump demoted him for it. Now that trump can do what ever, check out the list of criminal friends he has been pardoning or releasing early from prison. Like former Illinois governor who was found guilty of pay to play politics and former New York police commissioner who was being charged with tax fraud. As well as the former owner of the 49ers who’s state he wants to win this year. Federal judges have called an emergency meeting after Roger Stone case intervention. More than a thousand ex-justice department officials have called for Barr’s resignation and have called for staff attorneys to resist interference. trump has again interfered in a criminal case having Barr reduce the sentence of trumps co-conspirator Roger Stone, who was found guilty of lying to Congress and witness tampering. trump is running out of friends who aren’t in jail, being prosecuted or pleading guilty. $650 a night at Mara Lago and $17,000 a month at Bedminster is what the tax payers are being charged by trump for the secret service to stay at his resorts. We now live in trumps world where you are punished for speaking out against what is wrong, trump has removed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother, as well as Gordon Sondland. 75% of Americans think there should have been witnesses and FOXs own poll shows half of Americans think he should be convicted and removed. 24 emails show trumps thoughts on withholding Ukraine aid and the Justice Department is refusing to release them unredacted. A congressional budget office says our deficit will surpass $1 trillion this year in part because of trumps 2017 tax cuts and increased government spending. trump told Bolton to withhold Ukrainian aid until they announced an investigation against his political rival. trump has rolled back parts of the Clean Water Act that would directly benefit real estate developers. Shit water for us, big buildings for him. trump has made it easier for our kids to eat junk foods at school instead of healthy alternatives because he is petty and does not care at all when it comes to our children. Marie Yovanovitch a U.S. ambassador was followed, threatened and then fired all at the direction of or directly by our president in exchange for dirt on a political rival from a Ukrainian prosecutor who didn’t like her because of her support for anti corruption groups. Russian spies hacked into Ukrainian gas company behind trumps conspiracies, again entangling Moscow in our politics. trump is trying to divert another $7.2 billion in pentagon funds for a wall that no one wants and wouldn’t work. Accused Obama of being week, pathetic and a bad negotiator so he was going to start a war with Iran in order to win re election. So much for bringing the troops home. 90 minutes after phone call with Ukraine president aid was withheld. Christianity Today now says trump should be removed from office. White House officials feared Putin influenced trumps views on Ukraine. trump, “I new it was Ukraine because Putin told me.” trumps inspector general report says FBI had authorized purpose to investigate trump campaign Russian ties. Three constitutional scholars have stated trump has committed, what is clearly spelled out in the Constitution of the United States, impeachable offenses. Attorney General Barr’s handpicked prosecutor says there is no evidence that supports Russia investigation was a setup or hoax. Why was bipartisan approved military aid to Lebanon held up for months by White House.(Jared Kushner has a lot of ties to that part of the world) Giuliani in talks to be paid by Ukraine official, while they were working together to attack trumps political opponent. Donald McGhan ordered to comply with subpoena. Bolton’s next:) Devin Nunez met with Ukrainians and directly pushed for Biden investigations. The meetings were set up by Giuliani’s Russian criminal friend Lev Parnas. Sondland was on a “Domestic Political Errand.” Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland, “Yes, Everyone was in the loop”. David Holmes, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with trump. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine felt threatened by trumps remarks and was threatened by trump while testifying. Long time friend and confidant of trump Roger Stone, found guilty of lying and witness tampering. trump has asked the Supreme Court to keep his taxes hidden. So, no more separation of powers in the government? trump sought status of Ukraine investigations showing aid was depended on the investigations themselves. trump complains that witnesses all speak from 2nd and 3rd hand knowledge yet ordered Mulvaney not to testify. Laura Cooper testified that the Pentagon sought clarification from the trump administration about the hold up of the Ukraine aide and received none. A second person has said they reported sexual misconduct involving a former doctor who’s been accused of sexually abusing nearly 300 men over a 17-year period to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his staff felt they would not get the millions of dollars in aid money without publicly committing to launch the investigations Trump wanted. Senior trump administration officials considered resigning en masse in a ‘midnight self massacre’. State Department official says Giuliani was engaged in a campaign ‘full of lies and incorrect information’ about former ambassador. trump has issued pardons for two soldiers being tried for war crimes and returned rank to a soldier who took a selfie with a dead body. trump to pay $2 million for charity foundation misuse. trump wanted attorney general Barr to hold a news conference saying the president broke no laws on Ukraine call. White House official who heard trumps call with Ukraine president was told to keep quite. White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Russia is SO sneaky and does NOT have our best interests at heart!
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    "If the “Proof Is in the Pudding” where is the Proof? I’d also would like more information on the bill to require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations. The odds are that they may support elements construed to be terrorist by the USA BUT the USA 🇺🇸 may support elements construed to be terrorist by Russia 🇷🇺. Who is more right the USA 🇺🇸 OR Russia 🇷🇺? SneakyPete. 5*24*19
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    Absolutely. Putting a bounty on American soldiers’ heads is just the tip of a very, very dark iceberg.
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    Look I lived through the tail end of the Cold War, they have shot at and played games with hostages for as long as I can remember. They moved weapons to Cuba and we where one shot away from war, they killed more Jewish people then Hitler and even today they attack other cultures and the world looks at the other way. Putin even stated he wants the old USSR back.
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    The heads of both houses as well as their intelligence commuters do receive closed door briefings from The Department Of State as well as the various intelligence agencies in a regular basis! There is no need for open congressional hearings or briefings on sensitive intelligence! And quit picking on Russia! Hi after The Peoples Republic Of China as the Democrat Party is their Lap Dog!
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    What I really want investigated is Donald Trump’s connection with the Russians. I’m saying right now I’m predicting it that when this election is over Donald Trump will leave this country to avoid prosecution an investigation and quite possibly could end up in Russia or state bordering Russia.
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    Of course they should, and already should have done so. However, with Pompeo as Sec of State he will do the bidding of his boss, Trump, and more than likely not do so.
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    You mean....they don't report to Congress already? If I know Russia "qualifies"....they GOTTA know and saying "Russia qualifies as a State Sponsor of Terrorism" is kinda like saying, "the sky is blue"
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    We need criminal laws that specifically address penalties for coercion. Other countries have done this why can’t we? Rather than seek to punish Russia for their actions, which will matter little to Russia, why don’t we seek to strengthen and protect America from all future attacks both external and internal?
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    Cory Gardener is in political trouble in his re-election bid, hence the timing of this bill. Russia has been fomenting terrorism for many years but never before Trump have we had a President who has aided and abetted Russia’s terroristic activities. Gardener is one of Trump’s biggest supporters, so why this bill now except as an attempt by Gardener to boost his re-election chances, knowing full well this bill will never become law. Even if it were to make it to Trump’s desk he would veto it. The United States has numerous reasons to maintain some semblance of a relationship with Russia. Designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, as Gardener already knows they are, would disrupt those necessary relationships. We have other tools to contend with Russia. To do so we need a President and an administration that is willing to confront them rather than aid and abet their terrorist activities. This bill is about Cory Gardener’s re-election, nothing more, nothing less.
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    The only terrorists I’m worried about stopping are Antifa and the BLM organization.
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