US President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, amid probes of potential contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials prior to the 2016 presidential election.
“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in statement on Tuesday.
In a letter to Comey, the US president said, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
It was not immediately clear exactly why Comey was ousted.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in the letter.
– More details to appear shortly.
The Department of Defense has confirmed delivery of heavier weapons to US-allied Kurdish fighters, for the upcoming ‘long and difficult’ battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS. The Pentagon has also offered protection to its NATO ally, Turkey.
As if we needed another reason to want the legacy media to die screaming all alone in an ill-reputed nursing home, National Public Radio has just added one more to the planet-sized pile. NPR, which just Wednesday released an anti-WikiLeaks attack editorial disguised as a movie review, has made a deliberate attempt to tarnish WikiLeaks’ 100% perfect record of authentic and accurately-vetted releases by going out of its way to report that the publishing organization had posted nine gigabytes of partially inauthentic documents.
In reality, WikiLeaks did not post 9 gigabytes of anything, but only tweeted a link to a pre-existing cache of documents allegedly from French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on a site that very plainly does not have the WikiLeaks URL, with a very clear disclaimer that it didn’t know who was responsible for posting them.
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None of what is presented below sounds peaceful. It looks like a creeping war is beginning.
!!!!!Boots on the ground: US, UK, and Jordan reportedly deploy thousands of troops in southern Syria
Turkey’s ‘sultan for life’ Erdogan will not be happy. NBC News is reporting that two US defense officials have confirmed President Trump has approved a plan to arm the Syrian Kurdish militia – an important U.S. ally in Syria in the fight against ISIS.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis says the United States will work with Turkey to liberate the Daesh-held northeastern Syrian city of Raqqah.
“Our intent is to work with the Turks, alongside one another to take Raqqah down,” Mattis said on Tuesday while speaking at a news conference following an anti-Daesh summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.
“We are going to sort it out and figure out how we are going to do it, but we are all committed to it,” he added.
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants have largely surrounded Raqqah and are expected to begin an offensive soon. It is not yet clear what role the YPG militia will play in the operation.
US military provides air support members of the SDF – a Kurdish-dominated and anti-Damascus alliance.
After already escalating the fight in Afghanistan last month by dropping its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB or “mother of all bombs”), the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, and engaging in a 3-hour gunfight this past weekend that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Sheikh Abdul Hasib, Trump is apparently considering whether to once again expand U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Syrian Army’s new plans: Secure the realm, attack ISIS in the east, by Moon of Alabama
The de-escalation agreement for four fighting zones in Syria has come into effect. . . Read how the freed up Syrian government troops are to be re-deployed and used.
Putin: Disunity of world’s leading countries allowed Nazis to start WWII; entire world should unite to combat terrorism
BI sources have revealed that the bureau’s Director James Comey had given an inaccurate report during a Senate testimony last week regarding Hillary Clinton’s compromising emails.
ProPublica newsroom reported on Tuesday that FBI officials have privately acknowledged Comey’s statements were not accurate and were preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week.
Last week, Comey testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee explaining what he described as an “incredibly painful” decision to go public about the Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Weiner was the husband of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton, in the past.
Comey told the Senate that Abedin had regularly passed classified letters to Weiner for him to print out, thus, compromising state security.
However, investigators found Abedin forwarded only a handful of emails to Weiner to print, and she did not make a “regular practice” of doing so.
FBI officials have internally acknowledged that Comey inaccurately stated the number of Hillary Clinton’s emails her longtime aide Abedin forwarded to her then husband Weiner’s laptop during Senate testimony last week, according to ProPublica, adding that, FBI officials were now looking for a way to correct the Congress record.[emphasis added]
Weiner, who is former congressman, had his laptop seized by the FBI as part of an investigation into a matter unrelated to the Clinton’s emails.
Weiner came under FBI investigation following a media report about his online relationship with a teenager.
Obama says no country ‘immune’ from climate change . . . apparently no one is interested in reading the one book that makes a lie out of climate change, and brings truth to much else of what is happening on the planet now. What to do! Do people really care? I’m beginning to doubt it.
Claiming that he is spending his time “empowering an effective network of global activists,” former President Barack Obama told an audience in Milan, Italy today that “you get the politicians you deserve.”
The U.S. Department of Energy activated the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday due to a tunnel collapse at the Hanford nuclear site.