This is such a delicious story. That utter idiot John Ratcliffe completely blew the politicised investigation into who leaked Flynn's calls to Kislyak by... declassifying the conversations to make a political point. Golf clap, Ratcliffe…
'Prosecutors could no longer argue the leak hurt national security because Ratcliffe declassified the conversations' I cannot stop laughing cc @20committee #DarwinAwards
Another takeaway from this; @jeffsessions, before he was forced to recuse, was trying to grab these records with all he had. Barr continued the - dare I say - "witch hunt" :) - and we read how extraordinarily wide the net was - yet they came up with (checks notes) nothing. Zero.
You get *all* the records, you even get subpoenas on the Apple devices of @RepAdamSchiff's cousin's daughter's cat, or whatever, and you come up with a giant goose egg. You whiff. You strike out. You find precisely nothing whatsoever. But the leaks still leaked, now didn't they?
That should tell a smart person something.
Bill Barr wasn't that smart. None of Team @AlfaBank were, really. Ends :)

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OK @JoeBiden and @TheDemocrats, solved your problem, yw:

Tell @SenatorSinema you will primary her out for @CindyMcCain. Sinema is hard left. She’s a Justice Dem. GOP won’t embrace her.

No leverage on Manchin. Bribe him. Ambassador when retired. Or offer his daughter a gig.
2/ know that Sinema has just been elected, but you can still squeeze her hard. Not one dollar of fundraising in the interim and the entire machinery tasked to put Cindy McCain in her seat. Should she be unwilling to do it, I can think of several other great candidates.
3/ Manchin needs the carrot and not the stick. Offer him Ambassador to Fiji, offer him a rich lobbying contract, offer his kids party jobs laden with money, whatever it takes. Throw West Virginia as much pork as it can handle. Sinema gets the stick. Manchin gets the carrot.
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THREAD: 1/ Confirmed: further to this, a bunch of MAGA accounts *may* have soft-blocked @RudyGiuliani yesterday. These include @PamBondi @HawleyMO @AndrewHClark and @CawthornforNC. Rudy unfollowed them all.
2/ @JuddPDeere45 also was unfollowed by @RudyGiuliani yesterday and presumably unfollowed him although the account is archived, so either that one was a unilateral unfollow or somebody still has access to an archived account.
3/ The alternative is that all of the above MAGA accounts Realized a while back that Rudy was in deep manure, unfollowed him, and in a snit he unfollowed them all back upon finding out… but seems unlikely, as somebody else, competent, presumably controls Rudy’s Twitter account.
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I sat on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee when it ran an inquiry into global football FIFA corruption and I can affirm that literally everybody knew he was at the center of that case. What an odd thing to say.
No matter how hard and how often people with zero knowledge of the facts attempt to diminish the dossier, the fact remains that save for one incident (yes that one) the rest of it is entirely correct, yes all the rest of it.
Pace @KyleWOrton’s genuinely bizarre conclusions on Chris Steele, the House of Commons has welcomed him as an expert witness on Russia recently, with most of his testimony classified; all of this is in the public record, and easy to check.
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THREAD: Feeling terribly sorry for Diana, Princess of Wales, and both her sons today. A former BBC “journalist”, Martin Bashir, convinced her - and Earl Spencer - that Buckingham palace and the Queen were spying on her by lying and actually faking bank statements.
Lord Spencer is a wonderful man, and he was tricked into speaking with Bashir and Princess Diana gave that interview absolutely convinced the Palace was trying to destroy her. And who can blame them? This was a respected BBC correspondent - with bank documentation!
Any Briton at any level would find that credible. Nobody would challenge it. Bashir used the weight of the BBC’s pristine reputation to trustwash his lies about the Palace. The Queen offered Princess Diana post-divorce security- she declined, convinced “they were spying” on her.
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Oh dear. ;) @HansCres
So sad. Never mind. Barrett Brown, pro-Russia, pro-Wikileaks, pro-Anonymous, hacker, who has been boasting of entering Britain illegally, was detained by UK immigration.
Quite so, Barrett. Quite so. #GSTQ
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Trust @NewYorkStateAG to get it done.

Hello @Trump.
Buckle up because the next few weeks are going to be insane.

Senior officers, and employees, at @Trump and its subsidiaries include/d, but are/were not limited to, Donald Trump, @EricTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr and @IvankaTrump.

Oh, and @MichaelCohen212. And @FelixSater.
And Michael Cohen went to Prague, from Los Angeles, on August 21, 2016. #SteeleDossier
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