Samantha Power On President Donald Trump, Russia, And Bill Taylor | The Last Word | MSNBC

Samantha Power On President Donald Trump, Russia, And Bill Taylor | The Last Word | MSNBC


>>>TODAY DONALD TRUMP DECLARED>>>TODAY DONALD TRUMP DECLARED VICTORY OF HIS POLICY OF ABANDON VICTORY OF HIS POLICY OF ABANDON ABANDONMENT OF THE KURDS IN ABANDONMENT OF THE KURDS IN SYRIA AND SAID, QUOTE, LET SYRIA AND SAID, QUOTE, LET SOMEONE ELSE FIGHT OVER THIS SOMEONE ELSE FIGHT OVER THIS LONG, BLOOD-STAINED SAND. LONG, BLOOD-STAINED SAND. THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THE THE PRESIDENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THE REMOVAL OF ALL SANCTIONS AGAINST REMOVAL OF ALL SANCTIONS AGAINST TURKEY AFTER SAYING TURKEY HAS TURKEY AFTER SAYING TURKEY HAS AGREED TO WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREED TO WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CALLING A PERMANENT CEASE IS CALLING A PERMANENT CEASE FIRE IN THE REGION. FIRE IN THE REGION. JOINING US NOW IS SAMANTHA JOINING US NOW IS SAMANTHA POWER, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S POWER, PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND AUTHOR OF “THE NEW “NEW YORK AND AUTHOR OF “THE NEW “NEW YORK TIMES” BEST SELLER “THE TIMES” BEST SELLER “THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST.” EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST.” SAMANTHA POWER, YOUR REACTION TO SAMANTHA POWER, YOUR REACTION TO DONALD TRUMP’S DESCRIPTION OF DONALD TRUMP’S DESCRIPTION OF THE LONG BLOOD-SUSTAINED SAND THE LONG BLOOD-SUSTAINED SAND AND WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE AND WHAT’S HAPPENING THERE TODAY. TODAY.>>IT IS BLOOD-STAINED SAND, IN>>IT IS BLOOD-STAINED SAND, IN FACT, BECAUSE THE KURDS TOOK FACT, BECAUSE THE KURDS TOOK MORE THAN 10,000 CASUALTIES IN MORE THAN 10,000 CASUALTIES IN BEING THE GROUND FORCE AGAINST BEING THE GROUND FORCE AGAINST ISIS, WHICH POSED A THREAT TO ISIS, WHICH POSED A THREAT TO AMERICANS ALL OVER THE WORLD. AMERICANS ALL OVER THE WORLD. SO, THERE’S A GRAIN OF TRUTH FOR SO, THERE’S A GRAIN OF TRUTH FOR ONCE IN WHAT HE SAID. ONCE IN WHAT HE SAID. BUT THE NOTION THAT THIS IS A BUT THE NOTION THAT THIS IS A PLACE OF SAND IS SOMETHING HE PLACE OF SAND IS SOMETHING HE KEEPS COMING BACK TO. KEEPS COMING BACK TO. IT’S A PLACE OF PEOPLE, OF IT’S A PLACE OF PEOPLE, OF FAMILIES WHO RELIED ON THE FAMILIES WHO RELIED ON THE UNITED STATES AND HOST LOVED UNITED STATES AND HOST LOVED ONES AGAIN IN SERVICE OF THIS ONES AGAIN IN SERVICE OF THIS CAUSE ON RELIANCE ON A PROMISE. CAUSE ON RELIANCE ON A PROMISE.>>WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THAT>>WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THAT REGION? REGION?>>WELL, THAT’S THE REALLY SCARY>>WELL, THAT’S THE REALLY SCARY THING. THING. THIS TRIUMPHALISM ABOUT THE THIS TRIUMPHALISM ABOUT THE DEAL, IT’S AN ETHNIC CLEANSING DEAL, IT’S AN ETHNIC CLEANSING DEAL. DEAL. RUSSIANS HAVE COME OUT TODAY AND RUSSIANS HAVE COME OUT TODAY AND HAVE SAID — AS TRUMP IS HAVE SAID — AS TRUMP IS BOASTING ABOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE, BOASTING ABOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE, THE RUSSIANS ARE POINTING TO THE RUSSIANS ARE POINTING TO WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE AND SAID WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE AND SAID THIS IS THE AMERICAN — THE THIS IS THE AMERICAN — THE OFFICIAL AMERICAN BETRAYAL OF OFFICIAL AMERICAN BETRAYAL OF THE KURDS. THE KURDS. FOR ONCE, YOU’RE ACTUALLY BETTER FOR ONCE, YOU’RE ACTUALLY BETTER OFF READING THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN OFF READING THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY’S STATEMENTS TO HAVE A MINISTRY’S STATEMENTS TO HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT’S ACTUALLY SENSE OF WHAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENING HERE. HAPPENING HERE. BUT THEY’RE SAYING IF ANY BUT THEY’RE SAYING IF ANY KURDISH FIGHTERS REMAIN, WE’RE KURDISH FIGHTERS REMAIN, WE’RE GOING TO ROLL THEM OVER. GOING TO ROLL THEM OVER. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS AN SO, IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS AN ULTIMATUM TO THE KURDS TO LEAVE, ULTIMATUM TO THE KURDS TO LEAVE, WHICH IS WHAT TURKEY HAS BEEN WHICH IS WHAT TURKEY HAS BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG. SAYING ALL ALONG. IT’S NOT A CHANGE TO THE STATUS IT’S NOT A CHANGE TO THE STATUS QUO EXCEPT INSOFAR AS IT’S BEEN QUO EXCEPT INSOFAR AS IT’S BEEN LEGIT MATE LEGIT MATE LEGITIMATED NOW BUT THE TRUMP LEGITIMATED NOW BUT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. ADMINISTRATION. THE SPONSORSHIP OF THIS THE SPONSORSHIP OF THIS CAMPAIGN, THOSE VERY MODEST CAMPAIGN, THOSE VERY MODEST COSTS, MIND YOU, BUT THOSE COSTS COSTS, MIND YOU, BUT THOSE COSTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY, AT LEAST HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY, AT LEAST FOR NOW. FOR NOW.>>I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT>>I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING I ASKED SENATOR SOMETHING I ASKED SENATOR BRADLEY ABOUT, WHICH WAS BILL BRADLEY ABOUT, WHICH WAS BILL TAYLOR, SINCE YOU KNOW HIM. TAYLOR, SINCE YOU KNOW HIM. AND THERE’S SO MANY THINGS IN AND THERE’S SO MANY THINGS IN TODAY’S NEWS AND I APOLOGIZE FOR TODAY’S NEWS AND I APOLOGIZE FOR RACING THROUGH THEM. RACING THROUGH THEM. WHEN BILL TAYLOR DOES PUBLICLY WHEN BILL TAYLOR DOES PUBLICLY EMERGE AS A PUBLIC WITNESS IN EMERGE AS A PUBLIC WITNESS IN THIS CASE, AS HE SURELY WILL, IN THIS CASE, AS HE SURELY WILL, IN BOTH THE PUBLIC HOUSE BOTH THE PUBLIC HOUSE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AND WHAT IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AND WHAT MAY BE THE SENATE TRIAL, WHAT MAY BE THE SENATE TRIAL, WHAT WILL THE PUBLIC SEE WHEN THEY WILL THE PUBLIC SEE WHEN THEY SEE BILL TAYLOR TESTIFY? SEE BILL TAYLOR TESTIFY?>>A PRO’S PRO, SOMEBODY WITH NO>>A PRO’S PRO, SOMEBODY WITH NO AX TO GRIND. AX TO GRIND. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS IN I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS IN READING HIS STATEMENT THAT WAS READING HIS STATEMENT THAT WAS SO STRIKING WAS EVERY PERSON WHO SO STRIKING WAS EVERY PERSON WHO READ THAT STATEMENT COULD READ THAT STATEMENT COULD IMAGINE THEMSELVES IN HIS SHOES, IMAGINE THEMSELVES IN HIS SHOES, SORT OF THINKING IN AN SORT OF THINKING IN AN OLD-FASHIONED WAY THAT YOU’RE OLD-FASHIONED WAY THAT YOU’RE THERE TO PURSUE U.S. INTERESTS, THERE TO PURSUE U.S. INTERESTS, THINKING THAT WHEN RUSSIA THINKING THAT WHEN RUSSIA INVADES THE COUNTRY AND THE INVADES THE COUNTRY AND THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE A SET OF UNITED STATES HAS MADE A SET OF COMMITMENTS TO THE COUNTRY COMMITMENTS TO THE COUNTRY THAT’S BEEN INVADED THAT THOSE THAT’S BEEN INVADED THAT THOSE COMMITMENTS WILL BE MAINTAINED COMMITMENTS WILL BE MAINTAINED AND HIS KIND OF DAWNING AND HIS KIND OF DAWNING CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IS THESE PEOPLE KEEP POPPING UP IS THESE PEOPLE KEEP POPPING UP AND TALKING ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS AND TALKING ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS AND THINGS THAT HE’S IN THE DARK AND THINGS THAT HE’S IN THE DARK ON. ON. WHEN I SERVED IN THE OBAMA WHEN I SERVED IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, BILL TAYLOR WAS ADMINISTRATION, BILL TAYLOR WAS NOT ALL THAT HAPPY WITH OUR NOT ALL THAT HAPPY WITH OUR POLICY, BECAUSE WE WEREN’T GOING POLICY, BECAUSE WE WEREN’T GOING FAR ENOUGH IN DEFENSE OF THE FAR ENOUGH IN DEFENSE OF THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT, FROM HIS UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT, FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE. HE WANTED US TO MOVE IN TO HE WANTED US TO MOVE IN TO PROVIDING LETHAL ASSISTANCE MUCH PROVIDING LETHAL ASSISTANCE MUCH MORE QUICKLY. MORE QUICKLY. AND SO HIS VIEW OF UKRAINE AND AND SO HIS VIEW OF UKRAINE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UKRAINE’S THE IMPORTANCE OF UKRAINE’S SECURITY AND THAT SECURITY SECURITY AND THAT SECURITY CENTRALITY TO EUROPE’S STABILITY CENTRALITY TO EUROPE’S STABILITY AND THE WORLD’S NEED TO STAND UP AND THE WORLD’S NEED TO STAND UP TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, THAT’S A TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, THAT’S A THROUGH LINE FOR HIM. THROUGH LINE FOR HIM. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT STARTED WHEN DONALD TRUMP BECAME STARTED WHEN DONALD TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. HE’S NOT SOME DEEP STATE GUY WHO HE’S NOT SOME DEEP STATE GUY WHO IS OUT TO GET THIS PRESIDENT. IS OUT TO GET THIS PRESIDENT. HE WAS LOOKING AT A SET OF HE WAS LOOKING AT A SET OF ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS AS ENDURING NATIONAL INTERESTS AS HE UNDERSTOOD THEM. HE UNDERSTOOD THEM.>>I WANT TO SQUEEZE IN A>>I WANT TO SQUEEZE IN A COMMERCIAL BREAK. COMMERCIAL BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK, I WANT TO WHEN WE COME BACK, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS IN TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS IN YOUR BOOK THAT STRUCK ME IN BILL YOUR BOOK THAT STRUCK ME IN BILL TAYLOR’S TESTIMONY WHERE HE WAS TAYLOR’S TESTIMONY WHERE HE WAS DESCRIBING THE DIFFICULTY OF DESCRIBING THE DIFFICULTY OF MAKING THE CHOICE TO ACCEPT THE MAKING THE CHOICE TO ACCEPT THE JOB. JOB. ANYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED THESE ANYONE WHO HAS ACCEPTED THESE KIND OF JOBS, AS YOU HAVE, VERY KIND OF JOBS, AS YOU HAVE, VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE PERSONAL>>>AND WE’RE BACK WITH>>>AND WE’RE BACK WITH AMBASSADOR SAM THAN POWER AUTHOR AMBASSADOR SAM THAN POWER AUTHOR OF “THE EDUCATION OF AN OF “THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST.” IDEALIST.” THE SINGLE BEST MEMOIR OF A U.N. THE SINGLE BEST MEMOIR OF A U.N. AMBASSADOR SINCE DANIEL PATRICK AMBASSADOR SINCE DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN’S WHICH HE ENTITLED “A MOYNIHAN’S WHICH HE ENTITLED “A DANGEROUS PLACE.” DANGEROUS PLACE.” YOU BOTH HAVE SIMILAR YOU BOTH HAVE SIMILAR BACKGROUNDS AS PROFESSORS WHO BACKGROUNDS AS PROFESSORS WHO END UP IN GOVERNMENT. END UP IN GOVERNMENT. WHAT ABOUT THAT MOYNIHAN TITLE WHAT ABOUT THAT MOYNIHAN TITLE OF “A DANGEROUS PLACE,” IS THAT OF “A DANGEROUS PLACE,” IS THAT THE WAY — HE WAS REFERRING TO THE WAY — HE WAS REFERRING TO BOTH THE WORLD AT THE TIME, IN BOTH THE WORLD AT THE TIME, IN THE COLD WAR, AND THE U.N. THE COLD WAR, AND THE U.N. ITSELF. ITSELF.>>YEAH.>>YEAH. I MEAN, I THINK HE FELT AS ONE I MEAN, I THINK HE FELT AS ONE DID IN THE COLD WAR, KIND OF OF DID IN THE COLD WAR, KIND OF OF OUTNUMBERED BY ALL THE SORT OF OUTNUMBERED BY ALL THE SORT OF SOVIET PROXIES WHO WERE VOTING SOVIET PROXIES WHO WERE VOTING ONE WAY, ALL THE NEWLY ONE WAY, ALL THE NEWLY INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES THAT WERE INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES THAT WERE VOTING, AND JUST THE ABSENCE OF VOTING, AND JUST THE ABSENCE OF ENOUGH DEMOCRACIES TO REALLY BE ENOUGH DEMOCRACIES TO REALLY BE ABLE TO BUILD COALITIONS. ABLE TO BUILD COALITIONS. BY THE TIME I GOT THERE WE HAD A BY THE TIME I GOT THERE WE HAD A FIGHTING CHANCE ON JUST ABOUT FIGHTING CHANCE ON JUST ABOUT EVERY ISSUE. EVERY ISSUE. ISRAEL, THE ISSUE ON WHICH ISRAEL, THE ISSUE ON WHICH MOYNIHAN HAD ALSO BEEN HIS NAME, MOYNIHAN HAD ALSO BEEN HIS NAME, BEING THE EXCEPTION. BEING THE EXCEPTION. WHERE THERE WAS OVERWHELMING WHERE THERE WAS OVERWHELMING SORT OF I THINK VOTES AND REALLY SORT OF I THINK VOTES AND REALLY BIAS IN ONE DIRECTION IN THE BIAS IN ONE DIRECTION IN THE SENSE THAT THERE WOULD BE 18 SENSE THAT THERE WOULD BE 18 RESOLUTIONS ON ISRAEL AND ONE ON RESOLUTIONS ON ISRAEL AND ONE ON NORTH KOREA. NORTH KOREA. THERE JUST WASN’T PARITY. THERE JUST WASN’T PARITY. BUT ON EVERY OTHER ISSUE, EVEN BUT ON EVERY OTHER ISSUE, EVEN ON LGBT RIGHTS, WHERE 78 ON LGBT RIGHTS, WHERE 78 COUNTRIES CRIMINALIZE BEING LGBT COUNTRIES CRIMINALIZE BEING LGBT AROUND THE WORLD, WE COULD GET AROUND THE WORLD, WE COULD GET LGBT RIGHTS RECOGNIZED AS HUMAN LGBT RIGHTS RECOGNIZED AS HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE FIRST TIME. RIGHTS FOR THE FIRST TIME. WE COULD MOBILIZE AN ANTI-EBOLA WE COULD MOBILIZE AN ANTI-EBOLA COALITION, GATHERING DEMOCRACIES COALITION, GATHERING DEMOCRACIES AND NON-DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES AT AND NON-DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES AT ONCE TO GO AND DEAL WITH THE ONCE TO GO AND DEAL WITH THE THREAT. THREAT. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF EXAMPLES SO THERE ARE A LOT OF EXAMPLES OF THE CACOPHONY THAT DROVE OF THE CACOPHONY THAT DROVE MOYNIHAN CRAZY ACTUALLY BEING MOYNIHAN CRAZY ACTUALLY BEING HARNESSED FOR GOOD INCLUDING THE HARNESSED FOR GOOD INCLUDING THE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE PARIS AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE. CHANGE. BUT IT IS FRUSTRATING TO SEE SO BUT IT IS FRUSTRATING TO SEE SO MANY UNDEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES, YOU MANY UNDEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO GUM UP THE KNOW, TRYING TO GUM UP THE WORKS. WORKS. AND THAT STILL IS THE CASE. AND THAT STILL IS THE CASE. BUT IT’S A MUCH MORE EVEN FIGHT BUT IT’S A MUCH MORE EVEN FIGHT NOW. NOW.>>AND I THINK OF BOTH OF YOU>>AND I THINK OF BOTH OF YOU ACTUALLY AS ENTERING — AS BOTH ACTUALLY AS ENTERING — AS BOTH IDEALISTS AND BY THE TIME YOU IDEALISTS AND BY THE TIME YOU ENTERED THAT JOB, THOUGH, YOU ENTERED THAT JOB, THOUGH, YOU HAVE ENOUGH PRACTICAL REAL-WORLD HAVE ENOUGH PRACTICAL REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE TO BE ENTERING WITH A EXPERIENCE TO BE ENTERING WITH A KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIMITATIONS OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE. WHAT’S POSSIBLE. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT STRUGGLE AGAINST THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE LIMITATIONS? LIMITATIONS?>>WELL, I MEAN, AGAIN –>>WELL, I MEAN, AGAIN –>>FOR AN IDEALIST STRUGGLING>>FOR AN IDEALIST STRUGGLING AGAINST LIMITATIONS. AGAINST LIMITATIONS.>>EXACTLY.>>EXACTLY. MY STORY IS NOT ONE OF DASHED MY STORY IS NOT ONE OF DASHED EXPECTATIONS. EXPECTATIONS. YOU’RE RIGHT. YOU’RE RIGHT. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE OH, OKAY, IT WAS KIND OF LIKE OH, OKAY, THERE ARE THE CONSTRAINTS. THERE ARE THE CONSTRAINTS. NOW WHO AM I GOING TO GET TO BE NOW WHO AM I GOING TO GET TO BE MY ALLY SO WE CAN CIRCUMVENT MY ALLY SO WE CAN CIRCUMVENT THEM? THEM? A LOT OF IT ENTAILED BUILDING A LOT OF IT ENTAILED BUILDING COALITIONS WITHIN THE COALITIONS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, FINDING ALLIES GOVERNMENT, FINDING ALLIES WITHIN THE PENTAGON, FOR WITHIN THE PENTAGON, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE PEOPLE WOULD BE EXAMPLE, WHERE PEOPLE WOULD BE LIKE OH, THAT’S INTERESTING, I LIKE OH, THAT’S INTERESTING, I WOULDN’T HAVE EXPECTED THE HUMAN WOULDN’T HAVE EXPECTED THE HUMAN RIGHTS VOICE TO BE SO ALIGNED RIGHTS VOICE TO BE SO ALIGNED WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT STAFF ON THIS ISSUE OR THAT STAFF ON THIS ISSUE OR THAT ISSUE. ISSUE. SOME OF IT WAS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SOME OF IT WAS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, BEING ABLE TO PROVE INTERNALLY BEING ABLE TO PROVE INTERNALLY THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED FROM OTHER SUPPORT YOU NEED FROM OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO GET COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO GET THE JOB DONE BECAUSE PEOPLE THE JOB DONE BECAUSE PEOPLE MIGHT START TO SAY NO, YOU CAN’T MIGHT START TO SAY NO, YOU CAN’T DO THAT. DO THAT. AND YOU SAY, WELL, ACTUALLY, AND YOU SAY, WELL, ACTUALLY, I’VE TALKED TO THE BRITISH, THE I’VE TALKED TO THE BRITISH, THE FRENCH, THE GERMANS, YOU KNOW, FRENCH, THE GERMANS, YOU KNOW, THE SWISS AMONG THE DEMOCRACIES THE SWISS AMONG THE DEMOCRACIES AND I EVEN THINK I CAN GET AND I EVEN THINK I CAN GET RUSSIA TO ABSTAIN ON THIS, LET’S RUSSIA TO ABSTAIN ON THIS, LET’S GO FORTH. GO FORTH. IT’S ABOUT MANEUVERING WITHIN A IT’S ABOUT MANEUVERING WITHIN A MESSY WORLD. MESSY WORLD.>>I’M SURE WHEN YOU READ BILL>>I’M SURE WHEN YOU READ BILL TAYLOR’S STATEMENT, OPENING TAYLOR’S STATEMENT, OPENING STATEMENT YESTERDAY, YOU READ STATEMENT YESTERDAY, YOU READ THAT PASSAGE ABOUT HIM DECIDING THAT PASSAGE ABOUT HIM DECIDING TO TAKE THE JOB AND HOW THAT WAS TO TAKE THE JOB AND HOW THAT WAS NOT EASY FOR HIM TO DECIDE TO NOT EASY FOR HIM TO DECIDE TO TAKE THE JOB TO GO BACK TO TAKE THE JOB TO GO BACK TO UKRAINE. UKRAINE. TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN CHOICES THAT TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN CHOICES THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE WHEN A POSITION YOU HAVE TO MAKE WHEN A POSITION LIKE THIS IS OFFERED TO YOU. LIKE THIS IS OFFERED TO YOU.>>WELL, FOR ME TO BE OFFERED>>WELL, FOR ME TO BE OFFERED THE CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT THE CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., OBAMA’S AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N., I DIDN’T HESITATE. I DIDN’T HESITATE. I DID FLASH BACK TO BAD I DID FLASH BACK TO BAD RELATIONSHIPS I’D HAD AND, YOU RELATIONSHIPS I’D HAD AND, YOU KNOW, QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER KNOW, QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER CONFIRMATION WAS GOING TO BE CONFIRMATION WAS GOING TO BE TERRIBLE, AND I COMPLETELY TERRIBLE, AND I COMPLETELY EXAGGERATED MY PAST FOIBLES AND EXAGGERATED MY PAST FOIBLES AND THOUGHT OH, MY GOD, THIS IS THOUGHT OH, MY GOD, THIS IS GOING TO BE TERRIBLE IN GETTING GOING TO BE TERRIBLE IN GETTING TO THE JOB. TO THE JOB. BUT I WAS INCREDIBLY GRATIFIED BUT I WAS INCREDIBLY GRATIFIED TO WORK WITH SOMEBODY WITH WHOM TO WORK WITH SOMEBODY WITH WHOM I FELT I HAD A MIND MELD ON HOW I FELT I HAD A MIND MELD ON HOW WE USE THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM WE USE THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THE REAL CHALLENGE NOW I THINK THE REAL CHALLENGE NOW IS THAT BILL TAYLOR HAS — EVEN IS THAT BILL TAYLOR HAS — EVEN THOUGH HE’S BEEN OUT OF THOUGH HE’S BEEN OUT OF GOVERNMENT FOR A WHILE HE’S GOVERNMENT FOR A WHILE HE’S WORKED UNDER REPUBLICAN WORKED UNDER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTS AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS WHO OPERATE VERY PRESIDENTS WHO OPERATE VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN PRESIDENT DIFFERENTLY THAN PRESIDENT TRUMP, WHO BELIEVE IN DIPLOMACY, TRUMP, WHO BELIEVE IN DIPLOMACY, WHO BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WHO BELIEVE IN GLOBAL COOPERATION, WHO BELIEVE IN COOPERATION, WHO BELIEVE IN HUMAN RIGHTS EVEN IF WE’RE NOT HUMAN RIGHTS EVEN IF WE’RE NOT PERFECT IN OBSERVING THEM AS A PERFECT IN OBSERVING THEM AS A FOUNDATION TO OUR LEADERSHIP IN FOUNDATION TO OUR LEADERSHIP IN THE WORLD. THE WORLD. SO HE’S LOOKING, HE’S THINKING SO HE’S LOOKING, HE’S THINKING WHAT AM I GETTING INTO HERE. WHAT AM I GETTING INTO HERE. AND THEN LIKE MANY OF THE PEOPLE AND THEN LIKE MANY OF THE PEOPLE I WORKED WITH WHEN I WAS I WORKED WITH WHEN I WAS AMBASSADOR, HE’S TRYING TO AMBASSADOR, HE’S TRYING TO DECIDE WILL I BE ABLE EVEN TO DECIDE WILL I BE ABLE EVEN TO HAVE MY VOICE HEARD GIVEN THAT HAVE MY VOICE HEARD GIVEN THAT THE DEEP STATE IS BEING ATTACKED THE DEEP STATE IS BEING ATTACKED AT ALL TIMES AND I’M A CAREER AT ALL TIMES AND I’M A CAREER DIPLOMAT. DIPLOMAT. AM I GOING TO BE MARGINALIZED? AM I GOING TO BE MARGINALIZED? AM I GOING TO BE JUST, YOU KNOW, AM I GOING TO BE JUST, YOU KNOW, IN A SENSE MAILING IT IN? IN A SENSE MAILING IT IN? AND SO HE MADE THE CALL THAT HE AND SO HE MADE THE CALL THAT HE COULD HOPEFULLY DO MORE GOOD COULD HOPEFULLY DO MORE GOOD THAN HARM. THAN HARM. AND MAYBE SEEK TO PUT A BREAK ON AND MAYBE SEEK TO PUT A BREAK ON SOME OF THE BAD HABITS AND SEEK SOME OF THE BAD HABITS AND SEEK TO ADVANCE OUR ENDURING TO ADVANCE OUR ENDURING INTERESTS. INTERESTS.>>AMBASSADOR POWER, THANK YOU>>AMBASSADOR POWER, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US VERY MUCH FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. TONIGHT. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WRITING THIS BOOK. WRITING THIS BOOK. THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, THOUGHTFUL LOOK INTO THE COMPLEX

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  1. What the USA was : aware, country first, educated and informative…Today in what you would call TRUMP times…A frikkin nightmare…like all trump does..self serving, and with the use of like minded sycophants. The shame of the USA grows, while those who know better distance themselves from this potus, his staff and those who aid him..Pitiful, nothing less.

  2. you fkkks can never stop lying and you have no shame… and the comments made by the dumborats supporters, its like they are uneducated morons living in caves.
    https://youtu.be/-nhpAHLuT5Y

  3. Oh Sammie dear. Why the look of worry. Will those unmasking days of yours come back to haunt you? Do you have a good lawyer lined up? Tick-tock.

  4. 𝗜𝗳 🇷🇺𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽🇷🇺 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀, 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘂𝘀, 🇺🇸𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻🇺🇸𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻𝘀. 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘁, 𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴! 𝗜 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝟰𝟱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻' 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 (𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁-𝗯𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗸-𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱). 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗼 𝗪𝗘, 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻𝘀, 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗗𝗨𝗠𝗕 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗞 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗪? * ☑️ 🇷🇺 = 𝗿𝘂𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝗴

  5. Trump is against our allies what more is he going to do to keep killing AMERICA. When will trump stop attacking us AMERICANS. Jail this potus of PUTIN. And our ALLIES for PUTIN. This is wrong for my AMERICA. Jail treasonous republicans and TRUMPUTIN.

  6. There is never a permanent cease fire!! So now we have Turkey killing our Kurdish allies and Trump lifts sanctions against them??? Why do I find that set of circumstances to give me a fowl taste in my mouth as well as a sick gut? It's so very, very wrong and NO AMERICAN SHOULD SUPPORT THIS UNINDICTED CRIMINAL PRESIDENT WHO MADE THESE TRAGIC DECISIONS!!

  7. So basically what Trump said is nah, lift the sanctions and punishment of Erdogan because I have hotels there and need to keep them.. He's not doing anything or making decisions in the best interest of the American people, he's doing it for himself!

  8. I wish ppl would quit using the term "ethnic cleansing". It is such a sanitary phrase compared to the reality. it is disgusting go to google images a search holocaust for some examples of reality

  9. Power was the author of Obama's policies that led to the death of Qaddafi and the attempt to overthrow Syria's Assad.
    I'm left of center but I'd not want to use her as a source of wisdom.

  10. This President claims victory from a defeat, claims safe passage from ethnic cleansing, claims oil is safely in US hands despite no US troops being present, claims US 100% behind destruction of caliphate despite putting Kurds on the front line, claims cease fire was successful negotiations despite turkey saying they stopped cause they achieved their objectives, claims troops going home despite the redeployment to iraq and saudi soil. Americans…wake up. before long, America will have lost most allies, won't be able to convince any new allies to trust you and as for everyone else picking up the costs? – You'll see who's been bearing the costs when you're told to remove your strategic bases and the price of your fuel increases 80% to match the rest of the western world. America is no longer the leaders of the free world, they are only the leaders of America. America first huh? Personally, my opinion is the only way to rescue your reputation is to dump 500k troops into that region and give the Kurds what you promised – their own state. You allow Israel to continue to take over Palestine, Let the Kurds have the same. You're all brainwashed, and the rest of the world no longer trusts you cause your leader is a nut and your politicians are too gutless to say so.

    Good luck with future endeavours. your new 'great recession' is nearly there

  11. Trump has obsession with blood. He is appalling, and especially as he is responsible for more bloodshed on those sands, which he cares nothing about.

  12. Well, the last word…..better start calling it "the last breath" hopefully you read this and act to it O'Donnel….finally….
    Maybe you can take that Obummer biatch with you?

  13. From traitor to genocidal maniac. All with the support of the Republican party and the easily swayed morons who thought Trump would not disgrace the office of president.

  14. Tell the "Turds" to put down their weapons, convert to rastafari and start smoking spliffs and stop war. Jah almighty will fight down war and crime. The democreeps want to keep the warfare and killing going on in the region.

  15. Trump 2020. 20 years for treason and 20 years for obstruction 🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒🔒LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP LOCK HIM UP

  16. Bill Taylor is a Blackberry Member. He is in on the corrupt gain of the political class like Hunter Bidens
    gains. The Elite are making moncy off these foreign wars.They want them to keep going. for their own
    personal gain.

  17. Elect a clown expect a circus 🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪🎪

  18. Vote out all Russian loving republicans, gutless traitor's. Putin's Mitch 🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠🛠

  19. Civil war coming. no country can hang together under the weight of this amount of lies and hypocrisy.
    The USA is finished.

  20. Nice to hear the US is against killing – a new look for us. Obama's Admin. dropped an avg. of 20,000 bombs a year, this witch was a part of that. Trump's no better, 44,000 per year. Making some good money here. Maybe Powers should condemn Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza? Maybe that "no fly zone would have worked"? I hope both these people drop dead, soon!

  21. Donald Trump is the first president in modern times to throw our allies under the bus and that is exactly what he has done to the Kurds and that is a shame and leaves our country looking so weak, and untrustworthy. The next president to take office will have to undo what this president has done and rebuild the trust we had before him.

  22. Impeach the Russian agent in the wh. Putin ordered trumpf to get out of Syria, shut down the govt, lift sanctions, and create chaos,. Trumpf obeys Putin’s orders.

  23. This dangerous trio + 1 epitomizes the vast evil that folks in my elder generation prayed and protested against since University days in the early 60's. How America evolved to have these harmful "men" be in power, in league with Russia and oligarchs of the world, is crazy; perhaps we were too apathetic or too "trusting" we'd be okay, or we just left the sty gate open.  
    But, we must support their removal and get our gov't back to good functioning.

  24. Ok but any "low information" voters won't understand what this woman is saying. Translation: Trump is a disaster. Get him out before the world collapses.

  25. When we look at, what is happening, with all of Donald Trump's lies and boast about himself, in today's United States, here in the 21st century, it seems like sitting watching a comedy movie, a drama movie, a crime- movie and last but not least a disaster movie, at exactly the same time, while the US we all love, crumbles in front of our eyes.
    How could a man like Donald Trump become a US President, when he has told over 10,000 falsehoods and lies, in front of the American people and fortunately tmore and more Americans, now try to distance them, from the Russian elected and Russian placed Donald Trump, into the White House.
    This is wll known by all the European intelligence, together with US intelligence services and all normal people, both inside and outside the US, have any doubt about, how this was what happend in 2015-2016 and that this is the truth and here can the new 2016 investigation, that Justice Barr has launched, just because there are people close to Donald Trump ( Hannity ), who believes more in conspiracy theories, than the truth.
    Donald Trump will without a doubt, take countless Republican politicians and a Justice Minister, a Secretary of State, a Chief of Staff and a Vice President, with him in the political tomb and for every day, with more and more of Donald Trump's lies and with the more and more crazy and desperate misleading attempts, of everyone on Fox News, the more stitches, are being punched in Donald Trump's coffin.

  26. Question to my American friends: Is the US Ambassador to the UN a cabinet position? Does the UN Ambassador have a seat on Trump's cabinet? Just wondering.

  27. Those in the know are aware that it is about more than sand don’t forget about the Oil. Trump have always wanted the Oil.

  28. Trump got paid by Turkey to lift sanctions against them, and he's been helping them with multiple situations to aid Turkey president.

  29. MSNBC is really bad news. A place of sand, what did that mean? it means of no real interest to America as a country. Meaning there is no real reason for our troops to fight and die there. We are NOT their POLICE! Why cant some of you Democrats get that. why are you trying to make Trump look so bad? Why do you wish to have our troops there? If you don't straighten up MSNBC your company is going to go down, because the majority of Americans are with Trump.

  30. AND NOW its Tulsi Gabbard and Dr. Jill Stein are accused as russians agents. everybody who is against Hillary and the deep state's policy is accused of being a russian asset bcoz americans are psyched into believing that russia is heir worst enemy.
    watch this on jimmy dore

    https://youtu.be/72S3zb16Fq0

  31. Well, the war the past administration was unjust. I do not support Trump. But stop lying. The excuse behind was to build a gas line from Arabia to Turkish through Syria.

  32. Oh please -The Democrats are absolutely terrified. This is a disaster for them and for the radical leftist media. Spygate investigations have just begun. This will be entertaining watching Obama's thugs and goons being indicted

  33. What did you get into Samantha Power? Doxxing Americans? Betrayed Americans? You absolutely have the stench of the Swamp and I can't wait until AG Barr and Durham hands you that indictment! Have you lawyered up yet Samantha? All your buddies are!

  34. "All The Russia Collusion Clues Are Beginning To Point Back To John Brennan"

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/25/all-the-russia-collusion-clues-are-beginning-to-point-back-to-john-brennan/
    By Margot Cleveland October 25, 2019
    Last weekend, NBC News reported that the Justice Department’s probe into the
    origins of the Russia collusion investigation is now focusing on the
    CIA and the intelligence community. NBC News soft-peddled this
    significant development by giving former CIA Director John Brennan a
    platform (a pen?) to call the probe “bizarre,” and question “the legal
    basis for” the investigation. Politico soon joined the spin effort,
    branding the investigation Attorney General William Barr assigned to
    Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham “Trump’s vengeance.”

    However, if the media reports are true, and Barr and Durham have turned their
    focus to Brennan and the intelligence community, it is not a matter of
    vengeance; it is a matter of connecting the dots in congressional
    testimony and reports, leaks, and media spin, and facts exposed during
    the three years of panting about supposed Russia collusion. And it all
    started with Brennan.

    That’s not how the story went, of course.
    The company story ran that the FBI launched its Crossfire Hurricane
    surveillance of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after learning that
    a young Trump advisor, George Papadopoulos, had bragged to an
    Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, that the Russians had dirt on
    Hillary Clinton. This tip from Downer, when coupled with WikiLeaks’s
    release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails and evidence
    of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,
    supposedly triggered the FBI’s decision to target the Trump campaign.
    The Real Story Is Different

    But as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report made clear, it wasn’t
    merely Papadopoulos’ bar-room boast at issue: It was “a series of
    contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to
    the Russian government,” that the DOJ and FBI, and later the Special
    Counsel’s office investigated.

    And who put the FBI on to those supposedly suspicious contacts? Former CIA Director John Brennan.

    “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed
    contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons
    involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about,” Brennan told
    the House Intelligence Committee back in 2017. Whether or not there was
    collusion with Russia, Brennan didn’t profess to know, but he passed on
    the information to the FBI to reach a conclusion.

    “It’s not CIA’s job to make a determination about whether a U.S. person is
    cooperating, colluding, or whatever in some type of criminal or legal
    matter,” Brennan explained, stressing that instead, “it is our
    responsibility to give the Bureau everything that they need in order to
    follow that path and make such a determination and recommendation if
    they want to press charges.”

    The evidence suggests, however, that
    Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely
    pass on details about “contacts and interactions between Russian
    officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” to the FBI.
    The evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence community—including
    potentially the intelligence communities of the UK, Italy, and
    Australia—created the contacts and interactions that they then reported
    to the FBI as suspicious.
    Creating a Russia Collusion Narrative

    Stefan Halper features prominently in the plot. All-but-officially outed by
    the government as a CIA source, the aging academic had contact with at
    least four members of the Trump campaign. Halper’s job of connecting
    targets with Russians, however, dates back to January 2014, when he
    worked at Cambridge University alongside Sir Richard Dearlove, the
    former director of the British intelligence service MI6, and Christopher
    Andrew, the official historian for the British counterintelligence
    group MI5.

    In January 2014, according to a lawsuit filed against
    Halper for defamation by the Russian-born Svetlana Lokhova, Dearlove and
    Andrew invited her to attend a group dinner with U.S. Gen. Michael
    Flynn. At the time, Flynn served as Barack Obama’s director of national
    intelligence.

    The dinner went forward as planned on February 28,
    2014, with Halper, Dearlove, and Andrew all in attendance, alongside
    Flynn and Lokhova and several others from the Cambridge community. After
    dinner, according to Lokhova’s complaint, “Andrew invited Lokhova to
    address General Flynn,” and they had a brief public exchange about her
    academic research on Russia. Then, as laid out in her lawsuit, after
    “General Flynn informally became an advisor to the Trump presidential
    campaign, . . . Halper came back into the picture,” with Andrew inviting
    Lokhova and Halper to join him for dinner at his house.

    While the 2014 dinner went unnoticed at the time and seemed of no concern to
    the Obama administration, after the Russia collusion narrative gained
    steam, the media reported that “US intelligence officials had serious
    concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national
    security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his
    encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency
    records.” Other outlets made clear the then-unidentified woman was
    Lokhova.

    So, had Halper and his British intelligence counterparts
    arranged Flynn’s incidental meeting with the Russian-born Lokhova and
    then reported that contact to the FBI to later justify spying on Flynn?
    Halper Sure Gets Around

    Halper
    also crossed paths with Trump campaign advisor Carter Page at a
    symposium held in Cambridge in mid-July of 2016, shortly after Page
    spoke at the New Economic School in Moscow. Page “said he did not detect
    anything untoward from Halper,” although the former Trump campaign
    advisor also “noted that in their first conversation at Cambridge,
    Halper said he was longtime friends with then-campaign chairman Paul
    Manafort.”

    When asked whether Halper raised Russia as a topic of
    conversation, Page told me that his “interactions with Halper from the
    very beginning originated and was based upon our mutual interest as
    foreign policy scholars.” Page added that “the specifics of those
    conversations are a long forgotten memory,” given that at the time, some
    three years ago, they were but “innocuous interactions with this
    professor.” But “it seems unlikely I wouldn’t have discussed such
    generalized topics related to Russia with him.” After all, Page
    stressed, he had lived and worked in both London and Russia, and for
    much of the past century the Washington-Moscow relationship had been
    central to foreign policy.

    So, had Halper chatted up Page to
    prompt the Trump aide to speak of Russia and his Russian connections?
    And did Halper then relay those connections to the CIA, which then fed
    them to the FBI?

    After the FBI launched its investigation into
    the Trump campaign at the end of July 2016, Halper reached out to Sam
    Clovis, Trump’s national co-chairman. Clovis, who met with Halper in the
    D.C. area, similarly described their conversation as innocuous, and
    focused “mostly on foreign policy issues, including China.”

    While
    Clovis didn’t mention any talk of Russia, the same cannot be said about
    Halper’s outreach to Trump advisor Papadopoulos. In September 2016,
    Halper and a woman posing as Halper’s research assistant, “Azra Turk,”
    met with Papadopoulos in a London bar, asking him directly whether the
    Trump campaign was working with Russia, which Papadopoulos denied.

    Earlier
    this year, The New York Times reported that the FBI had directed Halper
    and Turk to contact Papadopoulos, while the Russia-conspiracy mainstay
    instead portrayed the Page contact as coincidental. But was it? And what
    about the Flynn set-up at Cambridge? Were those instead additional
    efforts to create connections and conversations about Russia to justify
    the FBI launching an investigation into the Trump campaign?
    Same Pattern, Different Agents

    Then
    there’s Joseph Mifsud, who arranged for Papadopoulos to connect with
    myriad real and fake Russians, with his cover as a Russian-connected
    academic serving as the supposed impetus to launch Crossfire Hurricane.
    While we do not yet know who ran the Mifsud operation, given that Barr
    and Durham returned to the United States with two Blackberry devices
    used by mystery man rules out the possibility that he served as a
    Russian or otherwise hostile agent: No foreign adversary would allow his
    smartphones to be appropriated by the enemy.

    Mifsud’s presence
    at the Russia Today dinner gala at which Flynn was seated next to Putin
    adds to the questions concerning Mifsud, his handlers, and his role. Was
    Mifsud responsible for creating or highlighting connections between
    Trump campaign members? Did Mifsud then share this invented “intel” with
    the CIA, which then fed it to the FBI?

    Felix Sater is another
    suspicious character. Back in 1998, none other than Andrew
    Weissmann—more recently known as Mueller’s pitbull and No. 2 in the
    special counsel investigation—approved a cooperation agreement with
    Sater that kept the felon out of prison. From publicly available
    information, as late as 2005, Sater continued to cooperate with the FBI.
    And reports indicate Sater continued as an FBI and CIA asset much
    longer.

    So, was Sater working for the FBI or CIA when he pushed
    his connections to Putin to Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen? Did
    Sater relay those exchanges to the CIA to construct more suspicious connections with Russia?

  35. "All The Russia Collusion Clues Are Beginning To Point Back To John Brennan"

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/25/all-the-russia-collusion-clues-are-beginning-to-point-back-to-john-brennan/
    By Margot Cleveland October 25, 2019
    Last weekend, NBC News reported that the Justice Department’s probe into the
    origins of the Russia collusion investigation is now focusing on the
    CIA and the intelligence community. NBC News soft-peddled this
    significant development by giving former CIA Director John Brennan a
    platform (a pen?) to call the probe “bizarre,” and question “the legal
    basis for” the investigation. Politico soon joined the spin effort,
    branding the investigation Attorney General William Barr assigned to
    Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham “Trump’s vengeance.”

    However, if the media reports are true, and Barr and Durham have turned their
    focus to Brennan and the intelligence community, it is not a matter of
    vengeance; it is a matter of connecting the dots in congressional
    testimony and reports, leaks, and media spin, and facts exposed during
    the three years of panting about supposed Russia collusion. And it all
    started with Brennan.

    That’s not how the story went, of course.
    The company story ran that the FBI launched its Crossfire Hurricane
    surveillance of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after learning that
    a young Trump advisor, George Papadopoulos, had bragged to an
    Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, that the Russians had dirt on
    Hillary Clinton. This tip from Downer, when coupled with WikiLeaks’s
    release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails and evidence
    of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,
    supposedly triggered the FBI’s decision to target the Trump campaign.
    The Real Story Is Different

    But as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report made clear, it wasn’t
    merely Papadopoulos’ bar-room boast at issue: It was “a series of
    contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to
    the Russian government,” that the DOJ and FBI, and later the Special
    Counsel’s office investigated.

    And who put the FBI on to those supposedly suspicious contacts? Former CIA Director John Brennan.

    “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed
    contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons
    involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about,” Brennan told
    the House Intelligence Committee back in 2017. Whether or not there was
    collusion with Russia, Brennan didn’t profess to know, but he passed on
    the information to the FBI to reach a conclusion.

    “It’s not CIA’s job to make a determination about whether a U.S. person is
    cooperating, colluding, or whatever in some type of criminal or legal
    matter,” Brennan explained, stressing that instead, “it is our
    responsibility to give the Bureau everything that they need in order to
    follow that path and make such a determination and recommendation if
    they want to press charges.”

    The evidence suggests, however, that
    Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely
    pass on details about “contacts and interactions between Russian
    officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” to the FBI.
    The evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence community—including
    potentially the intelligence communities of the UK, Italy, and
    Australia—created the contacts and interactions that they then reported
    to the FBI as suspicious.
    Creating a Russia Collusion Narrative

    Stefan Halper features prominently in the plot. All-but-officially outed by
    the government as a CIA source, the aging academic had contact with at
    least four members of the Trump campaign. Halper’s job of connecting
    targets with Russians, however, dates back to January 2014, when he
    worked at Cambridge University alongside Sir Richard Dearlove, the
    former director of the British intelligence service MI6, and Christopher
    Andrew, the official historian for the British counterintelligence
    group MI5.

    In January 2014, according to a lawsuit filed against
    Halper for defamation by the Russian-born Svetlana Lokhova, Dearlove and
    Andrew invited her to attend a group dinner with U.S. Gen. Michael
    Flynn. At the time, Flynn served as Barack Obama’s director of national
    intelligence.

    The dinner went forward as planned on February 28,
    2014, with Halper, Dearlove, and Andrew all in attendance, alongside
    Flynn and Lokhova and several others from the Cambridge community. After
    dinner, according to Lokhova’s complaint, “Andrew invited Lokhova to
    address General Flynn,” and they had a brief public exchange about her
    academic research on Russia. Then, as laid out in her lawsuit, after
    “General Flynn informally became an advisor to the Trump presidential
    campaign, . . . Halper came back into the picture,” with Andrew inviting
    Lokhova and Halper to join him for dinner at his house.

    While the 2014 dinner went unnoticed at the time and seemed of no concern to
    the Obama administration, after the Russia collusion narrative gained
    steam, the media reported that “US intelligence officials had serious
    concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national
    security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his
    encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency
    records.” Other outlets made clear the then-unidentified woman was
    Lokhova.

    So, had Halper and his British intelligence counterparts
    arranged Flynn’s incidental meeting with the Russian-born Lokhova and
    then reported that contact to the FBI to later justify spying on Flynn?
    Halper Sure Gets Around

    Halper
    also crossed paths with Trump campaign advisor Carter Page at a
    symposium held in Cambridge in mid-July of 2016, shortly after Page
    spoke at the New Economic School in Moscow. Page “said he did not detect
    anything untoward from Halper,” although the former Trump campaign
    advisor also “noted that in their first conversation at Cambridge,
    Halper said he was longtime friends with then-campaign chairman Paul
    Manafort.”

    When asked whether Halper raised Russia as a topic of
    conversation, Page told me that his “interactions with Halper from the
    very beginning originated and was based upon our mutual interest as
    foreign policy scholars.” Page added that “the specifics of those
    conversations are a long forgotten memory,” given that at the time, some
    three years ago, they were but “innocuous interactions with this
    professor.” But “it seems unlikely I wouldn’t have discussed such
    generalized topics related to Russia with him.” After all, Page
    stressed, he had lived and worked in both London and Russia, and for
    much of the past century the Washington-Moscow relationship had been
    central to foreign policy.

    So, had Halper chatted up Page to
    prompt the Trump aide to speak of Russia and his Russian connections?
    And did Halper then relay those connections to the CIA, which then fed
    them to the FBI?

    After the FBI launched its investigation into
    the Trump campaign at the end of July 2016, Halper reached out to Sam
    Clovis, Trump’s national co-chairman. Clovis, who met with Halper in the
    D.C. area, similarly described their conversation as innocuous, and
    focused “mostly on foreign policy issues, including China.”

    While
    Clovis didn’t mention any talk of Russia, the same cannot be said about
    Halper’s outreach to Trump advisor Papadopoulos. In September 2016,
    Halper and a woman posing as Halper’s research assistant, “Azra Turk,”
    met with Papadopoulos in a London bar, asking him directly whether the
    Trump campaign was working with Russia, which Papadopoulos denied.

    Earlier
    this year, The New York Times reported that the FBI had directed Halper
    and Turk to contact Papadopoulos, while the Russia-conspiracy mainstay
    instead portrayed the Page contact as coincidental. But was it? And what
    about the Flynn set-up at Cambridge? Were those instead additional
    efforts to create connections and conversations about Russia to justify
    the FBI launching an investigation into the Trump campaign?
    Same Pattern, Different Agents

    Then
    there’s Joseph Mifsud, who arranged for Papadopoulos to connect with
    myriad real and fake Russians, with his cover as a Russian-connected
    academic serving as the supposed impetus to launch Crossfire Hurricane.
    While we do not yet know who ran the Mifsud operation, given that Barr
    and Durham returned to the United States with two Blackberry devices
    used by mystery man rules out the possibility that he served as a
    Russian or otherwise hostile agent: No foreign adversary would allow his
    smartphones to be appropriated by the enemy.

    Mifsud’s presence
    at the Russia Today dinner gala at which Flynn was seated next to Putin
    adds to the questions concerning Mifsud, his handlers, and his role. Was
    Mifsud responsible for creating or highlighting connections between
    Trump campaign members? Did Mifsud then share this invented “intel” with
    the CIA, which then fed it to the FBI?

    Felix Sater is another
    suspicious character. Back in 1998, none other than Andrew
    Weissmann—more recently known as Mueller’s pitbull and No. 2 in the
    special counsel investigation—approved a cooperation agreement with
    Sater that kept the felon out of prison. From publicly available
    information, as late as 2005, Sater continued to cooperate with the FBI.
    And reports indicate Sater continued as an FBI and CIA asset much
    longer.

    So, was Sater working for the FBI or CIA when he pushed
    his connections to Putin to Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen? Did
    Sater relay those exchanges to the CIA to construct more suspicious connections with Russia?

  36. "All The Russia Collusion Clues Are Beginning To Point Back To John Brennan"

    https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/25/all-the-russia-collusion-clues-are-beginning-to-point-back-to-john-brennan/
    By Margot Cleveland October 25, 2019
    Last weekend, NBC News reported that the Justice Department’s probe into the
    origins of the Russia collusion investigation is now focusing on the
    CIA and the intelligence community. NBC News soft-peddled this
    significant development by giving former CIA Director John Brennan a
    platform (a pen?) to call the probe “bizarre,” and question “the legal
    basis for” the investigation. Politico soon joined the spin effort,
    branding the investigation Attorney General William Barr assigned to
    Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham “Trump’s vengeance.”

    However, if the media reports are true, and Barr and Durham have turned their
    focus to Brennan and the intelligence community, it is not a matter of
    vengeance; it is a matter of connecting the dots in congressional
    testimony and reports, leaks, and media spin, and facts exposed during
    the three years of panting about supposed Russia collusion. And it all
    started with Brennan.

    That’s not how the story went, of course.
    The company story ran that the FBI launched its Crossfire Hurricane
    surveillance of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after learning that
    a young Trump advisor, George Papadopoulos, had bragged to an
    Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, that the Russians had dirt on
    Hillary Clinton. This tip from Downer, when coupled with WikiLeaks’s
    release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails and evidence
    of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,
    supposedly triggered the FBI’s decision to target the Trump campaign.
    The Real Story Is Different

    But as the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report made clear, it wasn’t
    merely Papadopoulos’ bar-room boast at issue: It was “a series of
    contacts between Trump Campaign officials and individuals with ties to
    the Russian government,” that the DOJ and FBI, and later the Special
    Counsel’s office investigated.

    And who put the FBI on to those supposedly suspicious contacts? Former CIA Director John Brennan.

    “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed
    contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons
    involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about,” Brennan told
    the House Intelligence Committee back in 2017. Whether or not there was
    collusion with Russia, Brennan didn’t profess to know, but he passed on
    the information to the FBI to reach a conclusion.

    “It’s not CIA’s job to make a determination about whether a U.S. person is
    cooperating, colluding, or whatever in some type of criminal or legal
    matter,” Brennan explained, stressing that instead, “it is our
    responsibility to give the Bureau everything that they need in order to
    follow that path and make such a determination and recommendation if
    they want to press charges.”

    The evidence suggests, however, that
    Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely
    pass on details about “contacts and interactions between Russian
    officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign” to the FBI.
    The evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence community—including
    potentially the intelligence communities of the UK, Italy, and
    Australia—created the contacts and interactions that they then reported
    to the FBI as suspicious.
    Creating a Russia Collusion Narrative

    Stefan Halper features prominently in the plot. All-but-officially outed by
    the government as a CIA source, the aging academic had contact with at
    least four members of the Trump campaign. Halper’s job of connecting
    targets with Russians, however, dates back to January 2014, when he
    worked at Cambridge University alongside Sir Richard Dearlove, the
    former director of the British intelligence service MI6, and Christopher
    Andrew, the official historian for the British counterintelligence
    group MI5.

    In January 2014, according to a lawsuit filed against
    Halper for defamation by the Russian-born Svetlana Lokhova, Dearlove and
    Andrew invited her to attend a group dinner with U.S. Gen. Michael
    Flynn. At the time, Flynn served as Barack Obama’s director of national
    intelligence.

    The dinner went forward as planned on February 28,
    2014, with Halper, Dearlove, and Andrew all in attendance, alongside
    Flynn and Lokhova and several others from the Cambridge community. After
    dinner, according to Lokhova’s complaint, “Andrew invited Lokhova to
    address General Flynn,” and they had a brief public exchange about her
    academic research on Russia. Then, as laid out in her lawsuit, after
    “General Flynn informally became an advisor to the Trump presidential
    campaign, . . . Halper came back into the picture,” with Andrew inviting
    Lokhova and Halper to join him for dinner at his house.

    While the 2014 dinner went unnoticed at the time and seemed of no concern to
    the Obama administration, after the Russia collusion narrative gained
    steam, the media reported that “US intelligence officials had serious
    concerns about Michael Flynn’s appointment as the White House national
    security adviser because of his history of contacts with Moscow and his
    encounter with a woman who had trusted access to Russian spy agency
    records.” Other outlets made clear the then-unidentified woman was
    Lokhova.

    So, had Halper and his British intelligence counterparts
    arranged Flynn’s incidental meeting with the Russian-born Lokhova and
    then reported that contact to the FBI to later justify spying on Flynn?
    Halper Sure Gets Around

    Halper
    also crossed paths with Trump campaign advisor Carter Page at a
    symposium held in Cambridge in mid-July of 2016, shortly after Page
    spoke at the New Economic School in Moscow. Page “said he did not detect
    anything untoward from Halper,” although the former Trump campaign
    advisor also “noted that in their first conversation at Cambridge,
    Halper said he was longtime friends with then-campaign chairman Paul
    Manafort.”

    When asked whether Halper raised Russia as a topic of
    conversation, Page told me that his “interactions with Halper from the
    very beginning originated and was based upon our mutual interest as
    foreign policy scholars.” Page added that “the specifics of those
    conversations are a long forgotten memory,” given that at the time, some
    three years ago, they were but “innocuous interactions with this
    professor.” But “it seems unlikely I wouldn’t have discussed such
    generalized topics related to Russia with him.” After all, Page
    stressed, he had lived and worked in both London and Russia, and for
    much of the past century the Washington-Moscow relationship had been
    central to foreign policy.

    So, had Halper chatted up Page to
    prompt the Trump aide to speak of Russia and his Russian connections?
    And did Halper then relay those connections to the CIA, which then fed
    them to the FBI?

    After the FBI launched its investigation into
    the Trump campaign at the end of July 2016, Halper reached out to Sam
    Clovis, Trump’s national co-chairman. Clovis, who met with Halper in the
    D.C. area, similarly described their conversation as innocuous, and
    focused “mostly on foreign policy issues, including China.”

    While
    Clovis didn’t mention any talk of Russia, the same cannot be said about
    Halper’s outreach to Trump advisor Papadopoulos. In September 2016,
    Halper and a woman posing as Halper’s research assistant, “Azra Turk,”
    met with Papadopoulos in a London bar, asking him directly whether the
    Trump campaign was working with Russia, which Papadopoulos denied.

    Earlier
    this year, The New York Times reported that the FBI had directed Halper
    and Turk to contact Papadopoulos, while the Russia-conspiracy mainstay
    instead portrayed the Page contact as coincidental. But was it? And what
    about the Flynn set-up at Cambridge? Were those instead additional
    efforts to create connections and conversations about Russia to justify
    the FBI launching an investigation into the Trump campaign?
    Same Pattern, Different Agents

    Then
    there’s Joseph Mifsud, who arranged for Papadopoulos to connect with
    myriad real and fake Russians, with his cover as a Russian-connected
    academic serving as the supposed impetus to launch Crossfire Hurricane.
    While we do not yet know who ran the Mifsud operation, given that Barr
    and Durham returned to the United States with two Blackberry devices
    used by mystery man rules out the possibility that he served as a
    Russian or otherwise hostile agent: No foreign adversary would allow his
    smartphones to be appropriated by the enemy.

    Mifsud’s presence
    at the Russia Today dinner gala at which Flynn was seated next to Putin
    adds to the questions concerning Mifsud, his handlers, and his role. Was
    Mifsud responsible for creating or highlighting connections between
    Trump campaign members? Did Mifsud then share this invented “intel” with
    the CIA, which then fed it to the FBI?

    Felix Sater is another
    suspicious character. Back in 1998, none other than Andrew
    Weissmann—more recently known as Mueller’s pitbull and No. 2 in the
    special counsel investigation—approved a cooperation agreement with
    Sater that kept the felon out of prison. From publicly available
    information, as late as 2005, Sater continued to cooperate with the FBI.
    And reports indicate Sater continued as an FBI and CIA asset much
    longer.

    So, was Sater working for the FBI or CIA when he pushed
    his connections to Putin to Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen? Did
    Sater relay those exchanges to the CIA to construct more suspicious connections with Russia?

  37. Democrats are facing bomb threat like criminal charges, wasting tax dollars for false alarm violations, they must be held accountable for all wrong doings, if trump was wrong, why isn't he facing criminal charges, because he did nothing!!! Dumb Democrats…..

  38. I would like to hear more about Power's dirty little war in Libya, where the follow set criticized Bush/Cheney was repeated in miniature by Power/Rice/Clinton, a folly that apparently endeared her to be BFF Kissinger. How long before she finds common cause with Pompeo?

  39. Samantha Power

    In last few months of Obama's administration she unmasked name hundreds of times.

    Oh wait a minute! She testified it wasn't her, that somebody else must have used her security ID and unmasked names 100s of times.

    Almost three years have past and nothing. Another deep state secret.

  40. Very interesting twit from Seth Abramson:
    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1188095146400866310
    So it looks like Guiliani and diGenova team have been instrumental in Trump connection to Kremlin.
    1. Firman and Parnas (Fraud guarantee) were part of Guiliani "legal team".
    2. They both work for Firtash (former boss of largest Ukranian gas company Naftogas).
    3. Firtash now fights extradition to US in Austria (where Furman and Parnas were flying when arrested).
    4. diGenova also works for Firtash, representing him in the extradition fight.
    5. Firtash = Kremlin.

    Both Guiliani and diGenova were working together to install Trump in 2016 –> They blackmailed Comey to come up with the statement about re-opening Hillary emails investigation 11 days prior to election (Guiliani knew rogue FBI agent who was about to leak that Weiner's emails were searched through. Comey had no choice, but to make an open statement to prevent the leak)
    diGenova was the one to concoct stories about Biden and DNC server – both conspiracy theories long time peddled in Russia
    So it looks like the information flows this way:
    Kremlin -> Firtash -> Furman&Parnas + diGenova -> Guiliani -> Trump

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