We cannot let repetition become fact. The Russia investigation was no Hoax. Ask Paul Manafort, convicted of numerous Russia-related financial crimes and later convicted of lying to Mueller despite agreeing to cooperate.

Perhaps ask why he gave sensitive polling data to the GRU.
Or perhaps ask Michael Cohen, who stood up and pleaded guilty to numerous campaign and financial crimes and later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Donald Trump’s financial dealings with Russia.
Or perhaps ask Michael Flynn, who most of all has tried to rewrite history on his own plea deal. He failed to declare the $500,000 lobbying job he got from Turkey while working on the Trump campaign. He lied about promising sanctions relief to Russia. He pleaded guilty.
And don’t forget the facts:

- shell company Cohen used to pay Stormy Daniels received money from a Russian oligarch

- private Russian bank was caught looking up a private Trump computer server a number of times during the campaign

- Roger Stone knew of Russia hacks in advance
And more:

- Israelis connected to Oleg Deripaska (Russia) and Mohammad Bin Salman (Saudi Arabia) pitched the Trump campaign on election interference strategy

- their intermediary, George Nader, was arrested for child pornography and campaign finance charges

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21 Nov
PA Republicans waited until 2 days before certification to file this lawsuit asking court to rule all mail-in votes invalid, claiming law passed by GOP legislature is unconstitutional. Looks like pure delay effort to throw electoral college result into chaos.
On the law it’s pretty bad. First, no court would decide the remedy here is invalidating the entire election. Second, they should have challenged this pre-election. Third, their own party wrote and approved the legislation they now claim is unconstitutional.
If courts let Republican legislators draft a voting law so that it was purposefully unconstitutional, wait until votes were cast according to the new law, then sue to invalidate all votes cast under the law they made defective, it would be a complete subversion of voting.
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21 Nov
I deleted an earlier tweet about CBS report regarding subpoenas to Trump Org for payments made to Ivanka Trump, as it incorrectly phrased them as targeted to Ivanka. It remains significant, but precision is important. Appreciate RT’s to correct confusion.
Flashback, per New Yorker: “Trump helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Ivanka Trump was the most senior Trump Organization official on the Baku project.”
CBS, NYT report both Manhattan DA and NY AG are subpoenaing the Trump Org for details about Ivanka’s payments as a consultant.

This development suggests a wide-ranging Trump Org investigation and was worrying enough that Ivanka tweeted yesterday it was “harassment.”
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The 2016 election was dominated by hacking of one candidate/party, systematic dump of hacked materials, and hacking of elections systems. Republicans blocked election security bills for 4 years, insisting it had no effect. Now they cry interference when they lose. Do better.
Our country needs more bipartisan agreement when attacks happen. Republicans signed off on multiple reports -- including one they led in the Senate Intelligence Committee -- that outlined the vulnerabilities, hacked systems, foreign interference from hacking, etc.
But publicly, they followed the Trump line, which was to downplay any interference so as not to question his legitimacy as President. Look what that got them. Full of knowledge about vulnerabilities and very upset *they* didn't address them for four years!
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20 Nov
GA Governor opens press conference by saying he is concerned about the election results due to signature comparisons.
“Earlier today, Secretary Raffensperger presented verified results.”

Georgia law requires Governor to certify those results. “We must all follow the law, and that is what I will do.”

Says Trump can ask for recounts, and he hopes for more transparency in the runoff election.
Georgia’s 16 electoral votes officially go to Biden.
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NPR: Biden considering Merrick Garland, Sally Yates, Deval Patrick, Doug Jones for Attorney General.
All are incredibly qualified. Garland comes with the bonus of stepping away from a lifetime appointment to do the job, signaling real commitment to restoring DOJ. But he creates a vacancy on the DC Circuit too, and if Dems lose Georgia seats that would be a headache.
Yates is a great nominee: sharp as a tack, familiar with intricacies of Russia investigations, native Georgian and UGA grad. But Republicans may give her a hard time on Flynn and other Russia issues, and Biden may want to avoid hearings dominated by those questions.
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And then my sister asked me what the protagonist looked like and I snapped a quick picture and didn’t realize she HAS A FINGER PUPPET ON.
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