White House: Russia indictment ‘consistent’ with claim of no collusion

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White House: Russia indictment 'consistent' with claim of no collusion
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The White House on Friday said the indictment of 12 Russians for hacking Democratic officials during the 2016 election is “consistent” with President Trump’s claim his campaign did not collude with Moscow’s election meddling.

“Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result,” White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”

In announcing the charges, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indicted Russians did communicate with Americans but that “there is no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers.”

Rosenstein, however, did not rule out future charges against Americans as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016.

The White House statement included no condemnation of Russia for their efforts to interfere in the election, which is the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community.

Trump has been briefed on the charges but has yet to personally respond. Rosenstein announced the indictments as the president and first lady were having tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle to conclude his official visit to Great Britain.

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White House wants to privatize the US Postal Service!

I just want to reach out to my friends that are union members of any of the unions that are affiliated with the US Postal Service. If you voted for Trump, you really screwed up! Our country is in shambles and now your paycheck and benefits are threatened because the King of Cruel decided to pick on the USPS!
When you go to cash that paycheck after privatization, which will be $10/hr and no benefits with no guarantee of hours per week at best, maybe you’ll think twice about how your vote counted!
Or you can vote the right way in November.

Remember…
ELECT A CLOWN, EXPECT A CIRCUS!

Frank Antinone, Blogger

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White House claims Palestinian deaths are ‘propaganda’

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah claimed that Hamas was to blame for Israeli soldiers killing at least 55 Palestinian protesters.
Melanie Schmitz May 14, 2018, 4:28 pm
The White House this week claimed that Hamas was simply using Palestinian deaths for ‘propaganda’ purposes. (CREDIT: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah on Monday blamed Hamas for the scores of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers during protests along the border fence in Gaza, as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.“We’re aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today,” Shah said during Monday’s press briefing. “The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response. As the secretary of state said, Israel has the right to defend itself.”Pressed on whether the White House believed Israel should “shoulder the blame” for the 55 Palestinians killed by Israeli snipers, or rein in its military’s response, Shah stated, “This is a propaganda attempt. This is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence. And we find it very unfortunate.”  Israeli soldiers on Monday killed at least 55 Palestinians and injured thousands more, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry, marking the highest single-day death toll since 2014. Amnesty International noted that the fatalities include at least six children.The protests were part of the “March of Return” demonstrations, which began on March 30, and also occurred on the same day that the United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Defense Forces claimed the protesters were “leading a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people,” and that “firebombs and explosive devices” were being hurled at Israeli soldiers.Palestinian protesters say that’s not the case.  “It is shocking. We didn’t expect this huge number of martyrs and injuries,” Hadeel Louz, 25, a Palestinian human rights activist in Gaza, told ThinkProgress. “Most of the martyrs who are killed are just normal citizens — we are not following Hamas party or Fatah party, [the two Palestinian factions]. Even those who follow those parties, they are not in an army — they don’t have guns.”The violence against Palestinian protesters comes one day prior to Nakba, or Catastrophe Day, which marks Palestinians’ expulsion from what is now modern-day Israel in 1948. During that eviction, 700,000 Palestinians were uprooted from their homeland and forced to flee.“…The Nakba is not just about the past, as Palestinians are still displaced and brutalised by Israeli authorities today,” The Independent’s Ben White wrote on Monday. “The Palestinians being gunned down by Israeli snipers in Gaza – including more than 250 children hit with live fire since 30 March, according to Save the Children – live under a devastating blockade.”  Israel kills at least 55 Palestinians for protesting in Gaza as new U.S. embassy opens
The decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem last December was met with criticism from foreign policy experts and human rights groups alike. Palestinian authorities have said the move constitutes a non-starter and crushes any hopes for a two-state solution, to which the Trump administration has claimed it is still dedicated.

“We will not accept for the U.S. to be a mediator, because after what they have done to us — a believer shall not be stung twice in the same place,” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said in January, shortly after the decision was made. He accused Trump’s move of killing the 1993 Oslo Accords, a set of agreements meant to pave the way for a future peace.East Jerusalem is typically recognized as the future home of a Palestinian state, although it has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. Currently, some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and as Reuters reported in October, the Israeli government recently gave its approval for an additional 176 new housing units.

 

 

 

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The White House corrects its statement on Iran’s nuclear program, undercutting Israel’s claim Iran lied

12:04 a.m. ET  Thomas Coex
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a big show of unveiling what he called proof that Iran “lied” about its nuclear program, showing a wall of compact discs he said prove Iran had a nuclear weapons program, called Project Amad, that it shelved in 2003 — 12 years before Iran signed its nuclear deal with U.S. and five other world powers. Netanyahu, who fiercely opposed the deal, said Iran did not “shelve its nuclear ambitions,” but he offered no proof and took no questions.
The White House released a statement saying Israel’s intelligence confirms what the U.S. already knows, that “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world.” It then issued a second statement changing “has” to “had,” effectively confirming that Iran no longer has a nuclear weapons program. A White House official told NBC News that a “clerical error” was to blame for the wrong verb tense being used. James Fallows, who worked in the Carter White House, compared that “error” to “a surgeon amputating the wrong leg.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. has “known about this material for a while” and he had discussed it with Netanyahu, but when asked if it shows Iran violating the nuclear agreement, as Netanyahu claimed, he said, “I’ll leave that to the lawyers.” In his April 12 Senate confirmation hearing, Pompeo, then CIA director, had said he has “seen no evidence that they are not in compliance today.” Under the 2015 deal, Tehran cannot make nuclear fuel until 2030 and agreed to never make nuclear weapons. The U.S. and International Atomic Energy Agency have had similar proof that Iran used to have a nuclear weapons program since 2008.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi dismissed “Netanyahu’s show” as “a childish and ridiculous game” timed “to affect Trump’s decision on Iran’s nuclear deal,” by May 12. A senior Israeli official tells The New York Times that Israel believes Trump will pull out of the Iran deal so Netanyahu’s presentation was to “support” Trump, not “pressure” him. Peter Weber

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