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Natasha Bertrand Jul 20
Schiff says NSA and CIA didn’t know that certain midterm candidates had been victims of attempted Russian hacks last year, which was discovered by Microsoft. (Clarifying this from “hacked”)
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 20
“Barring some emergency, coming more from Bob Mueller than the Congress, I see no reason not to expect an appearance” from Mueller, says. But Barr doesn’t want Mueller to testify, Schiff adds, and committees are still having daily fights with DOJ.
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 19
Amb. Jim Jeffrey, current special rep for Syria engagement, says Trump’s tweets about Syria “are a very interesting example of multilateral diplomacy,” prompting some murmurs in the room.
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 19
Sigal Mandelker, current under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intel, goes after Obama admin at about Iran. Says it “did nothing” to curb destabilizing Iranian behavior, prompting instant pushback from Wendy Sherman Jeremy Bash
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 18
INDOPACOM Commander Davidson says there’s still a ways to go to convince India that it’s not in their interest to use the Russian-built S-400. (Russia just delivered the S-400 to NATO ally Turkey as well)
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U.S. Dept of Defense Jul 19
Our global landscape has changed, let's adapt the conversation. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood will address 's expanding global influence, and what that means for us at the Forum this weekend.
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Josh Rogin Jul 20
Former North Korea negotiator says John Bolton used to call him "Kim Jong Hill." LOL
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Jim Sciutto Jul 19
“Does Iran want war?” I asked DIA Director Gen. Ashley. “Iran doesn’t want war, China doesn’t want war, Russia doesn’t want war,” he responded.
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Josh Rogin Jul 20
.: “I pine for the Bush administration.”
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 20
Replying to @NatashaBertrand
Schiff: “I’m not particularly confident” that we can stop another foreign interference campaign in 2020.
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Ken Dilanian Jul 20
Former Hill staffer Christian Brose and former special ops commander Tony Thomas agree that the era of the aircraft carrier has come and gone. The Chinese can now destroy those expensive ships with precision weapons. So why are we still building them?
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Ken Dilanian Jul 18
ADM Phillip Davidson, commander of US Indo-Pacific Command, says China is engaging in “pernicious behavior” across the region, noting a dramatic expansion of Chinese naval capacity.
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Josh Rogin Jul 20
Former Acting CIA Director John McLaughlin proposes thinking of China as a partner, not an adversary: “We could make history. What if we cold work out an understanding if not a partnership between China, Japan and United States.”
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Shane Harris Jul 20
“I don’t think the [Iranian] regime is any more monolithic than our own administration,” says HPSCI chairman Adam Schiff. Says the difference of policy opinions among Iran’s leaders may create a “window of opportunity” to move forward, lower tensions.
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Shane Harris Jul 20
An emotional John McLaughlin, fmr. dep. director of CIA, recalls that on Sept. 12, 2001, the chief of MI6 (the agency’s British counterpart) showed up at Langley. “It was enormously gratifying to know that we had that kind of support on the worst day of our lives.”
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Josh Lederman Jul 20
. on saying it didn’t respond to outreach about Trump Tower Moscow: “Here you have the Kremlin participating in a coverup with the president of the United States. It’s hard to imagine more compromising circumstances”
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 20
Replying to @NatashaBertrand
Schiff says he does think there’s value in having Mueller speak the report in his own words. But says “what is most powerful” is how the facts look together—not in isolation. “You look at the pattern, and the pattern in volume 1 and volume 2 is devastating.”
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 20
Replying to @NatashaBertrand
Schiff says he wants to know from Mueller whether Trump should be indicted once he leaves office. But he also knows Mueller won’t answer that question. “Nonetheless there are other ways of asking that question,” he adds.
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Josh Rogin Jul 20
Undersecretary of Defense John Rood says China is the #1 threat and challenging the global order: “We are in an ideological competition... The Chinese Communist Party is selling state run authoritarianism.”
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Natasha Bertrand Jul 19
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