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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Don't like that three headed dog showing up. If Flynn talked to the Russians, who was talking to Netanyahu? More: What might, pre-inauguration, have been said?

Cordiality, and you too can salute. Another foursome, yesterday. Spouses showing up, must be important.

With Flynn out, Pence saying - all in concert saying - Pence was kept out of the loop, then presumably Trump was in the loop, and was accessory to a citizen/non-official negotiating with a Russian with the Spooks listening in and with somebody leaking info. Now, if Flynn's conduct was unlawful, what's that make an accessory's culpability; and if Trump needs to be replaced over it - THINK - a Pence/Ryan white house pair; neither really elected as white house occupants except one quietly appended to Trump's bombast. What an outright awful thought reminiscent of Ford/Rockefeller, with the big not-a-crook ousted and gone. Vomit time.

Now: Strib in an NYT feed reports:

By James Risen and Matthew Rosenberg New York Times --
February 15, 2017 — 9:19pm

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to assign a New York billionaire to lead a broad review of U.S. intelligence agencies, according to administration officials, an effort that members of the intelligence community fear could curtail their independence and reduce the flow of information that contradicts the president's worldview.

The possible role for Stephen Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Trump during the campaign and since he became president. On Wednesday, Trump blamed leaks from the intelligence community for the departure of Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, whose resignation he had requested.

There has been no announcement of Feinberg's job, which would be based in the White House, but he recently told his company's shareholders that he was in discussions to join the Trump administration.

Feinberg, who has close ties to Steve Bannon, who is Trump's chief strategist, and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, declined to comment on his possible position. The White House, which is still working out the details of the intelligence review, also would not comment.

Bringing Feinberg into the administration to conduct the review is seen as a way of injecting a Trump loyalist into a world the White House views with suspicion. But top intelligence officials fear that Feinberg is being groomed for a high position in one of the intelligence agencies.

Yup, three dog heads, so reported. So who in this will be Heracles, and if this is the twelfth labor, what were the first eleven? The spooks would have been listening into stuff, and if they've the goods on Pence, will they not leak that; and if not leaked, why Flynn, but no leak for now for others than Monafort, so far?

Wha's Happening?

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