Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

'He's Evil': Author Joel Rosenberg Warns Trump Against Upcoming Meeting with Putin

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Melinda Barton | 14 July, 2018, 15:05

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.

The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow.

President Donald Trump said Thursday the U.S.is now "very, very happy" because North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have pledged to increase defense spending to levels "never seen before".

"It's on", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

A federal grand jury alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

"It is regrettable that spreading false information has become the norm in Washington, and [the] indictments are based on openly political motives", the ministry said on Friday, responding to the announcement by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

The calls came after a new indictment in the Russian Federation investigation was announced on Friday.

TRUMP, in Sun interview: "I was cutting a ribbon for the opening of Turnberry - you know they totally did a whole renovation, it is attractive - the day before the Brexit vote".

Trump is slated to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

President Donald Trump took a victory lap Thursday before leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, referring to himself as a "stable genius" and taking credit for securing a commitment from allies to increase their share of defense spending, a point he constantly drove home during the talks in Brussels. "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy".

Republican Senator John McCain said the summit should be called off if Trump is not ready to warn Putin there is a "serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world".

Negroponte, who also served as US ambassador to the United Nations and is a former director of national intelligence, added that he believes the Trump-Putin summit should proceed, regardless of the indictments.

Browder, a financier and vocal Putin critic, said the Russian president should not be given an opening to be on an equal stage to the leader of the free world after invading foreign countries and meddling in the USA elections. When asked at a news conference in Britain on Friday whether he would tell Putin to stay out of USA elections, Trump said, "Yes".

Trump took an aggressive approach with the group - in person and on Twitter - leading some to knock down reports that Trump threatened to leave the alliance.

In his defence, the White House claimed Kelly was sullen because he was disappointed by the Belgian breakfast of pastries and cheese.

The indictment also does not allege that any vote tallies were altered by hacking.