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“Barring some emergency, coming more from Bob Mueller than the Congress, I see no reason not to expect an appearance” from Mueller, @RepAdamSchiff says. But Barr doesn’t want Mueller to testify, Schiff adds, and committees are still having daily fights with DOJ. #AspenSecurity
Schiff: I want to make it clear that the choice not to go beyond the report during testimony is a choice Bob Mueller is making, that is not required by law or regulation—it is a choice.
Schiff confirms that HPSCI has heard about 5 hours of testimony on counterintelligence subjects, behind closed doors.
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“I don’t think the [Iranian] regime is any more monolithic than our own administration,” says HPSCI chairman Adam Schiff. Says the difference of policy opinions among Iran’s leaders may create a “window of opportunity” to move forward, lower tensions. #AspenSecurity
“I had the impression the president wanted to hear from people outside his bubble,” Schiff says of meeting Trump had with congressional leaders on Iran. Says he told Trump Iran’s objective was to divide US and allies, and that “we have not authorized you to use force.”
“Barring some emergency,” Schiff tells @kwelkernbc he expects Robert Mueller to testify on Wednesday. “I fully have every expectation it will go forward.”
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Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Sec. for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence says, “Without a doubt sanctions [on Iran] are working.” Cutting off regime from resources to conduct malign activities, build up nuclear and missile program, support Hezbollah and other proxies.
Stresses Trump admin open to negotiations. Seeing signals that Iran, in response to US pressure, may be open to sitting down and talking. “There’s no question we’re seeing this campaign work.” #AspenSecurity
Wendy Sherman, an architect of the Iran nuclear deal, counters that sanctions don’t fundamentally stop bad behavior. They may bring Iran to the table. But don’t overestimate their value.
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NATO Secretary General says he is confident that if a member state were attacked the others would respond. One expects he would say that, and yet it’s such a statement about the times that he had to be asked. #AspenSecurity
“We don’t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally,” Jens Stoltenberg says, clarifying he means traditional armed attack, not terrorism or cyber attacks.
Stoltenberg: A free press “is the best guarantee against disinformation.”
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Trump didn't tell DNI Dan Coats of Putin's upcoming visit to Washington in advance of the twitter announcement. DNI Coats – a Trump appointee – literally found out from twitter via @mitchellreports, live onstage at the #AspenSecurity.
ICYMI: Trump didn't inform DNI Dan Coats in advance of his Oval Office meeting with Russian envoys Lavrov & Kislyak last May.

Trump keep every interaction he has with Russia a secret from his OWN, hand-picked intelligence chiefs. So obvious why.
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Asked why he issued that statement in response to Trump's siding with Putin in Helsinki, DNI Dan Coats says: "I was just doing my job...I believed I needed to correct the record...I wish he had made a different statement but I think that, now, has been clarified." #AspenSecurity
More Coats: "The very pillar of democracy is the ability to have confidence that your leaders were elected legitimately." #AspenSecurity
Coats on Trump/Putin private meeting: "I don't know what happened in that meeting...I would've suggested [it be done] a different way, but that's not my call." Coats adds that "that risk is always there," when asked whether the Russians may have recorded the meeting.
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.@mitchellreports asks DNI dan coats why he issued a statement on interference on monday that contradicted trump: “i was just doing my job … it was important to take that stand.” #aspensecurity
COATS says he wishes TRUMP had made a different statement re: russia.

given "what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed and carefully gone over still was important to take that stand on behalf of the IC and on behalf of the american people.” #aspensecurity
“could is not a definitive word here. […] it’s undeniable that the russians are taking a lead on this. they are the ones that are trying to undermine our basic values & divide us” -COATS at #aspensecurity
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“I was just doing my job” -DNI Coats to @mitchellreports on his Russia statement Monday #AspenSecurity
“Obviously I had wished he made a different statement,” Coats says. But says it has been “clarified.”
Coats says the U.S. needs to be “relentless” in calling out the Russians for doing what they’re doing #AspenSecurity
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"While we see Russians continuing to attempt to influence and undermine our democracy, we’re not seeing the targeting of the actual state and local elections systems that we saw in 2016 right now" -- Jeanette Manfra, assistant DHS sec for cybersecurity #AspenSecurity
NOTED: Microsoft exec says company discovered a fake domain established for purpose of phishing attack against three candidates in midterm elections.
Microsoft's Tom Burt wouldn't ID the targeted campaigns. But said: "They were all people who, because of their positions, might have been interesting targets from an espionage standpoint as well as an election disruption standpoint."
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FBI Director Christopher Wray tells @LesterHoltNBC:

"My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election."

FBI Director Wray: Mueller is not on a witch hunt.


FBI Director Wray to @LesterHoltNBC: "I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on a witch hunt. I think it's a professional investigation."
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