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>> THAT IS THE CASE >> THAT IS THE CASE THAT IS THE TRUTH THAT IS THE TRUTH OKAY

OKAY SO IF YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME, SO IF YOU WANT MORE OF THE SAME, HERE ARE OUR TOP NEWS STORIES HERE ARE OUR TOP NEWS STORIES THIS MORNING THIS MORNING SEVERAL BOMBSHELL REPORTS REVEAL SEVERAL BOMBSHELL REPORTS REVEAL THAT IN MID-2017 THE UNITED THAT IN MID-2017 THE UNITED STATES SUCCESSFULLY EXFILTRATED STATES SUCCESSFULLY EXFILTRATED ONE OF ITS TOP SPIES FROM RUSSIA ONE OF ITS TOP SPIES FROM RUSSIA OVER FEARS HE WAS IN DANGER OF OVER FEARS HE WAS IN DANGER OF BEING CAUGHT BEING CAUGHT

"THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS "THE NEW YORK TIMES" REPORTS THAT THE CIA’S RUSSIAN INFORMANT THAT THE CIA’S RUSSIAN INFORMANT WHO WAS OUTSIDE OF VLADIMIR WHO WAS OUTSIDE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE BUT SAW HIM PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE BUT SAW HIM REGULARLY AND HAD ACCESS TO REGULARLY AND HAD ACCESS TO HIGH-LEVEL KREMLIN DECISION HIGH-LEVEL KREMLIN DECISION MAKING WAS INSTRUMENTAL MAKING WAS INSTRUMENTAL DECISION THAT PUTIN ORDERED AND DECISION THAT PUTIN ORDERED AND ORCHESTRATED THE INTERFERENCE ORCHESTRATED THE INTERFERENCE CAMPAIGN IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THE TIMES ADDS THAT THE SOURCE THE TIMES ADDS THAT THE SOURCE WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S, QUOTE, WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S, QUOTE, BEST INSIGHT INTO THE THINKING BEST INSIGHT INTO THE THINKING OF AND ORDERS FROM PUTIN AND WAS OF AND ORDERS FROM PUTIN AND WAS KEY TO THE CIA’S ASSESSMENT THAT KEY TO THE CIA’S ASSESSMENT THAT PUTIN FAVORED TRUMP AND PUTIN FAVORED TRUMP AND PERSONALLY ORDERED THE HACKING PERSONALLY ORDERED THE HACKING OF THE DNC

OF THE DNC PUTIN LATER CONFIRMED IN A 2018 PUTIN LATER CONFIRMED IN A 2018 NEWS CONFERENCE IN HELSINKI THAT NEWS CONFERENCE IN HELSINKI THAT THE KREMLIN FAVORED TRUMP THE KREMLIN FAVORED TRUMP NBC NEWS HAS NOT CONFIRMED THAT NBC NEWS HAS NOT CONFIRMED THAT THE RUSSIAN FED THE CIA THE RUSSIAN FED THE CIA INFORMATION ABOUT THE RUSSIA INFORMATION ABOUT THE RUSSIA ELECTION INTERFERENCE BUT FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE BUT FOR REASONS THAT NBC IS WITHHOLDING, REASONS THAT NBC IS WITHHOLDING, HE FITS THE PROFILE OF SOMEONE HE FITS THE PROFILE OF SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE HAD ACCESS TO WHO MAY HAVE HAD ACCESS TO INFORMATION ABOUT PUTIN’S INFORMATION ABOUT PUTIN’S ACTIVITIES AND WHO WOULD HAVE ACTIVITIES AND WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN RECRUITABLE BY AMERICAN BEEN RECRUITABLE BY AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS

CURRENT AND FORMER GOVERNMENT CURRENT AND FORMER GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THAT A OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THAT A FORMER SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIAL FORMER SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIAL WHO HAD ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT WHO HAD ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT SECRETS IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN SECRETS IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE WASHINGTON AREA UNDER US THE WASHINGTON AREA UNDER US GOVERNMENT PROTECTION

GOVERNMENT PROTECTION NBC NEWS HAS NOT CONFIRMED THAT NBC NEWS HAS NOT CONFIRMED THAT THIS OFFICIAL IS THE CIA ASSET THIS OFFICIAL IS THE CIA ASSET MENTIONED IN "THE NEW YORK MENTIONED IN "THE NEW YORK TIMES" AND CNN REPORTS, HOWEVER, TIMES" AND CNN REPORTS, HOWEVER, TO FORMER FBI OFFICIALS TELL NBC TO FORMER FBI OFFICIALS TELL NBC NEWS THEY BELIEVE SET SOURCE NEWS THEY BELIEVE SET SOURCE REFERRED TO IN THOSE REPORTS REFERRED TO IN THOSE REPORTS PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ASKED ABOUT THE STORY YESTERDAY THE STORY YESTERDAY

>> THE REPORT TODAY THAT SAY >> THE REPORT TODAY THAT SAY THAT YOU HAVE MISHANDLED THAT YOU HAVE MISHANDLED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM RUSSIA? RUSSIA? >> I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT >> I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT I SEE THE CIA RESPONDED I SEE THE CIA RESPONDED PERFECTLY PERFECTLY SO WHATEVER THE CIA SAID IS FIND SO WHATEVER THE CIA SAID IS FIND WITH ME

WITH ME BUT I HEARD THEY RESPONDED BUT I HEARD THEY RESPONDED PERFECTLY PERFECTLY I KNOW NOTHING I KNOW NOTHING

>> SO, CLINT, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS >> SO, CLINT, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARILY DISTURBING AN EXTRAORDINARILY DISTURBING REPORT REPORT YOU HAVE THE TIMES GOING A BIT YOU HAVE THE TIMES GOING A BIT FURTHER THAN OTHERS SUGGESTING FURTHER THAN OTHERS SUGGESTING THAT ACTUALLY THIS SPY THAT WAS THAT ACTUALLY THIS SPY THAT WAS SO HIGHLY PLACED — I’M SORRY, SO HIGHLY PLACED — I’M SORRY, IT WAS CNN WHO WENT FURTHER THAT IT WAS CNN WHO WENT FURTHER THAT THIS SPY WHO WAS PLACED IN THIS SPY WHO WAS PLACED IN PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE WAS PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE WAS ACTUALLY PULLED OUT BECAUSE OF ACTUALLY PULLED OUT BECAUSE OF FEARS THAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD FEARS THAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD REFEEL HISRE REFEEL HISRE REVEAL HIS EXISTENCE REVEAL HIS EXISTENCE OTHERS HAVE PULLED OUT BECAUSE OTHERS HAVE PULLED OUT BECAUSE THE HEAT WAS GETTING TOO HIGH THE HEAT WAS GETTING TOO HIGH WITH WHAT WAS IN THE MEDIA AND WITH WHAT WAS IN THE MEDIA AND THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT DONALD THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP

TRUMP BUT IF YOU GO BACK TO I THINK IT BUT IF YOU GO BACK TO I THINK IT WAS FEBRUARY OF 2017, DONALD WAS FEBRUARY OF 2017, DONALD TRUMP REVEALED CLASSIFIED TRUMP REVEALED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM AN ALLY IN THE INFORMATION FROM AN ALLY IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO RUSSIA’S FOREIGN WHITE HOUSE TO RUSSIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER AND AMBASSADOR OF THE MINISTER AND AMBASSADOR OF THE UNITED STATES UNITED STATES SO OBVIOUSLY THE PRUDENT MOVE, SO OBVIOUSLY THE PRUDENT MOVE, REGARDLESS, GIVEN THE FACT THAT REGARDLESS, GIVEN THE FACT THAT HE WAS TRYING SO HARD TO PASS HE WAS TRYING SO HARD TO PASS ALONG — AND THERE’S A PICTURE ALONG — AND THERE’S A PICTURE WHERE HE PASS AID LONG VERY WHERE HE PASS AID LONG VERY SENSITIVE, HIGHLY SENSITIVE SENSITIVE, HIGHLY SENSITIVE INFORMATION TO THE RUSSIANS IN INFORMATION TO THE RUSSIANS IN THE LIGHT OF DAY, IN THE OVAL THE LIGHT OF DAY, IN THE OVAL OFFICE, SUGGESTS THAT NO SOURCE OFFICE, SUGGESTS THAT NO SOURCE IN PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE WOULD BE IN PUTIN’S INNER CIRCLE WOULD BE SAFE WITH THIS MAN AS COMMANDER SAFE WITH THIS MAN AS COMMANDER AND CHIEF AND CHIEF

>> YEAH >> YEAH I WANTED TO ADD TO THAT CNN I WANTED TO ADD TO THAT CNN STORY IS WHAT ELSE STARTED MAY, STORY IS WHAT ELSE STARTED MAY, 2017? 2017? THAT WAS THE SPECIAL COUNSEL THAT WAS THE SPECIAL COUNSEL INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATION I THINK THAT IS MAYBE A LITTLE I THINK THAT IS MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LESS DISCUSSED IN THESE BIT LESS DISCUSSED IN THESE ARTICLES BUT SHOULD BE PUT IN ARTICLES BUT SHOULD BE PUT IN CONTEXT

CONTEXT AS SOON AS YOU LAUNCH AN AS SOON AS YOU LAUNCH AN INVESTIGATION LIKE THAT WE KNOW INVESTIGATION LIKE THAT WE KNOW THERE’S GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE THERE’S GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE AMOUNTS OF INTELLIGENCE THAT’S AMOUNTS OF INTELLIGENCE THAT’S GOING TO COME FORWARD THAT’S GOING TO COME FORWARD THAT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO MASK ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO MASK WHAT DID WE SEE FROM AMERICAN WHAT DID WE SEE FROM AMERICAN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS? CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS? ONCE THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION ONCE THE SPECIAL INVESTIGATION STARTED, THERE WAS DISCUSSIONS STARTED, THERE WAS DISCUSSIONS OF FISAS, LEAKS ABOUT ALL SORTS OF FISAS, LEAKS ABOUT ALL SORTS OF CLASSIFIED SOURCES, PEOPLE OF CLASSIFIED SOURCES, PEOPLE BATTLING BACK AND FORTH BATTLING BACK AND FORTH

THAT’S SPILLED OUT IN THE PUBLIC THAT’S SPILLED OUT IN THE PUBLIC FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS WHEN WE LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST WHEN WE LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST FOUR TO FIVE YEARS, LET’S LOOK FOUR TO FIVE YEARS, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT PUTIN DID IF THE WE TALK AT WHAT PUTIN DID IF THE WE TALK ABOUT 9/11, PEARL HARBOR, HE ABOUT 9/11, PEARL HARBOR, HE INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION, HE INTERFERED IN OUR ELECTION, HE HELPED ELEVATE A CANDIDATE OF HELPED ELEVATE A CANDIDATE OF HIS CHOOSING HIS CHOOSING HE LAUNCHED A PUBLIC INQUIRY HE LAUNCHED A PUBLIC INQUIRY WHICH HAS BEEN A QUAGMIRE FOR WHICH HAS BEEN A QUAGMIRE FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, AND MORE THAN TWO YEARS, AND EXPUNGED ONE OF THE TOP SOURCES EXPUNGED ONE OF THE TOP SOURCES INSIDE RUSSIA, FROM RUSSIA, BACK INSIDE RUSSIA, FROM RUSSIA, BACK TO THE UNITED STATES

TO THE UNITED STATES IT WILL ULTIMATELY GO DOWN IT WILL ULTIMATELY GO DOWN HISTORICALLY AS ONE OF THE HISTORICALLY AS ONE OF THE BIGGEST DEFEATS OF AMERICA, BIGGEST DEFEATS OF AMERICA, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF THE PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF THE INTELLIGENCE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE BUSINESS AND NOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, WE AND NOW WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, WE HAVE LOST ALLIES, WE’VE LOST HAVE LOST ALLIES, WE’VE LOST STATURE AROUND THE WORLD STATURE AROUND THE WORLD

WE’RE NOT SEEN AS A TRUSTED WE’RE NOT SEEN AS A TRUSTED SOURCE SOURCE OUR INTELLIGENCE SHARING, I OUR INTELLIGENCE SHARING, I DON’T KNOW WHO WOULD SHARE WITH DON’T KNOW WHO WOULD SHARE WITH US AT THIS POINT THE WAY OUR US AT THIS POINT THE WAY OUR COUNTRY AS A WHOLE HAS BEEN COUNTRY AS A WHOLE HAS BEEN OPERATING, THE WAY THINGS HAVE OPERATING, THE WAY THINGS HAVE SPILLED OUT INTO THE MEDIA SPILLED OUT INTO THE MEDIA AND HOW WOULD YOU EVER RECRUIT A AND HOW WOULD YOU EVER RECRUIT A SOURCE THAT COULD BE REPLACED? SOURCE THAT COULD BE REPLACED? THIS DOESN’T SPEAK TO THE THIS DOESN’T SPEAK TO THE TAXPAYER COSTS IN TERMS OF TAXPAYER COSTS IN TERMS OF LABOR, MAN HOUR, RESOURCES THAT LABOR, MAN HOUR, RESOURCES THAT HAVE GONE INTO PROTECTING THIS HAVE GONE INTO PROTECTING THIS INDIVIDUAL BRINGING HIM BACK INDIVIDUAL BRINGING HIM BACK OUT

OUT I THINK THEY ABSOLUTELY MADE THE I THINK THEY ABSOLUTELY MADE THE RIGHT DECISION, BUT IT JUST IS A RIGHT DECISION, BUT IT JUST IS A DEVASTATING LOSS FOR OUR DEVASTATING LOSS FOR OUR COUNTRY COUNTRY >> AND, WILLIE, IF YOU LOOK AT >> AND, WILLIE, IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT OUR FBI DIRECTOR THAT WHAT OUR FBI DIRECTOR THAT DONALD TRUMP NOMINATED, DONALD TRUMP NOMINATED, SELECTED, OUR CIA DIRECTOR, THE SELECTED, OUR CIA DIRECTOR, THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE INTELLIGENCE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY AND THEIR UNITED STATES MILITARY AND THEIR INTEL OFFICIALS, THEY’VE ALL INTEL OFFICIALS, THEY’VE ALL WARNED THE PRESIDENT OF THE WARNED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, ALL OF THEM, ALL UNITED STATES, ALL OF THEM, ALL REPUBLICAN APPOINTEES, ALL REPUBLICAN APPOINTEES, ALL CONFIRMED BY MITCH McCONNELL CONFIRMED BY MITCH McCONNELL SENATE, THEY HAVE ALL WARNED THE SENATE, THEY HAVE ALL WARNED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING KIRSTEN NIELSEN WHICH INCLUDING KIRSTEN NIELSEN WHICH WHEN SHE WAS STILL THE DIRECTOR WHEN SHE WAS STILL THE DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY THAT RUSSIA OF HOMELAND SECURITY THAT RUSSIA IS STILL INTERFERING IN AMERICA IS STILL INTERFERING IN AMERICA DEMOCRACY AND WE MUST DO DEMOCRACY AND WE MUST DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT SOMETHING ABOUT IT

AND IF YOU HAVE MOSCOW MITCH OF AND IF YOU HAVE MOSCOW MITCH OF THE SENATE PILG KILLING ALL THE SENATE PILG KILLING ALL BILLS TO PROTECT AMERICA FROM BILLS TO PROTECT AMERICA FROM RUSSIA INTERFERENCE AND A RUSSIA INTERFERENCE AND A PRESIDENT THAT DENIES ITS PRESIDENT THAT DENIES ITS EXISTENCE, WHAT CHOICE DO YOU EXISTENCE, WHAT CHOICE DO YOU HAVE BUT TO REMOVE VALUABLE HAVE BUT TO REMOVE VALUABLE ASSETS FROM RUSSIA? ASSETS FROM RUSSIA? BECAUSE WHETHER HE IS OR NOT, BECAUSE WHETHER HE IS OR NOT, MOST INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS MOST INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS WOULD HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT IS WOULD HAVE TO CONCLUDE THAT IS HE SOMEHOW COMPROMISED FOR NOT HE SOMEHOW COMPROMISED FOR NOT RESPONDING TO THEIR DIRE RESPONDING TO THEIR DIRE WARNINGS ABOUT PROTECTING WARNINGS ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICAN DEMOCRACY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY >> WE UNDERSTAND WHY DONALD >> WE UNDERSTAND WHY DONALD TRUMP WANTS TO DEFLECT FROM THIS TRUMP WANTS TO DEFLECT FROM THIS STORY, BECAUSE IT CHEAPENS HIS STORY, BECAUSE IT CHEAPENS HIS VICTORY IN 2016 VICTORY IN 2016 THE MITCH McCONNELL SIDE OF IT, THE MITCH McCONNELL SIDE OF IT, THE CONGRESSIONAL SIDE OF IT THE CONGRESSIONAL SIDE OF IT REMAINS MORE CURIOUS TO ME WHY REMAINS MORE CURIOUS TO ME WHY THEY WON’T TAKE THESE OBVIOUS THEY WON’T TAKE THESE OBVIOUS STEPS TO PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS STEPS TO PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS TODAY AND GOING FORWARD FROM TODAY AND GOING FORWARD FROM HERE

HERE CLINT, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY AN CLINT, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY AN EXTRAORDINARY STEP TO SLIP A EXTRAORDINARY STEP TO SLIP A RUSSIAN ASSET OUT OF THE RUSSIAN ASSET OUT OF THE COUNTRY, PROVIDE PROTECTION IN COUNTRY, PROVIDE PROTECTION IN THE UNITED STATES THE UNITED STATES IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHAT WOULD IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHAT WOULD BE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH BE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE CIA WOULD LIKE AND SAY WE’VE THE CIA WOULD LIKE AND SAY WE’VE GOT TO GET THIS GUY OUT OF HERE? GOT TO GET THIS GUY OUT OF HERE? WAS THERE AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO WAS THERE AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO YOU THINK TO THIS GUY? YOU THINK TO THIS GUY? >> I IMAGINE THERE — I DON’T >> I IMAGINE THERE — I DON’T KNOW, BUT I IMAGINE THERE WAS KNOW, BUT I IMAGINE THERE WAS NOT NOT

BUT WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE BUT WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE PUBLIC REPORTING, YOU SEE PUBLIC REPORTING, YOU SEE CONSISTENTLY REPORTS ABOUT, HEY, CONSISTENTLY REPORTS ABOUT, HEY, EVERYONE WENT TO TALK TO DONALD EVERYONE WENT TO TALK TO DONALD TRUMP AND SAY RUSSIA INTERFERED TRUMP AND SAY RUSSIA INTERFERED IN THE ELECTION AND THERE’S SOME IN THE ELECTION AND THERE’S SOME WOBBLING ABOUT THAT, RIGHT? WOBBLING ABOUT THAT, RIGHT? >> RIGHT >> RIGHT >> THERE’S NOT TRUST IN THE >> THERE’S NOT TRUST IN THE SOURCES SOURCES YOU’RE SEEING THE DOSSIER YOU’RE SEEING THE DOSSIER SURFACE

SURFACE THAT HAS ALL SORTS OF SOURCES THAT HAS ALL SORTS OF SOURCES LISTED ’THE WHEN YOU SEE THAT LISTED ’THE WHEN YOU SEE THAT YOU KNOW TO RUSSIA NOW YOU KNOW TO RUSSIA NOW INTERNALLY INSIDE RUSSIA IS INTERNALLY INSIDE RUSSIA IS GOING THROUGH ALL THEIR RANKS GOING THROUGH ALL THEIR RANKS AND START CLEANING UP MESSES AND AND START CLEANING UP MESSES AND ASSESSING PEOPLE ASSESSING PEOPLE AND THE CIA, I’M SURE, THE CIA, AND THE CIA, I’M SURE, THE CIA, FBI, THE WHOLE INTELLIGENCE FBI, THE WHOLE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY, WHEN THEY SAW THERE COMMUNITY, WHEN THEY SAW THERE WAS GOING TO BE A MAJOR

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