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I never saw any direct empirical evidence that the Trump Jr. campaign or someone in it was plotting/conspiring with the Russians to meddle with the election, that's not to say that there weren't concerns about the evidence we were seeing, anecdotal evidence. ... But I do not recall any instance where I had direct evidence of the content of these meetings. It's just the frequency and prevalence of them was of concern.
I've come around to the position some months ago that perhaps as at least an initial plateau, in the interest of getting something done, it might be worth considering capping what North Korea have now and then maybe on a much longer term basis trying, you know, to get them to reduce their nuclear holdings to zero, which I think is going to be very difficult.
My read of the Mueller report is that there's a road map laid out there if the Congress chooses to follow it, i think the decision is whether to do that in the face of Republican resistance or opposition in the Senate, which is where a conviction has to happen, or let this play out through the 2020 election.
The first objective of The Russians was to sow doubt, discord and discontent in this country, and they've succeeded to it fairly well -- capitalizing and exploiting the polarization and divisiveness in this country, secondarily, of course, was to do all they could to damage Hillary Clinton's candidacy and to help, when he became serious as Donald Trump, Donald Trump.
I think it is, i think John is sort of like a freight train, and he's going to say what's on his mind. I think, though, that the common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up, though, is a genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values, and although we may express that in different ways. And I think that's what this really is about. But John and his rhetoric, I think, have become an issue in and of itself.
I think it is, i think John Brennan is sort of like a freight train, and John Brennan's going to say what's on John Brennan mind. I think, though, that the common denominator among all of us that have been speaking up, though, is a genuine concern about the jeopardy or threats to our institutions and values, and although we may express that in different ways. And I think that's what this really is about. But John Brennan and John Brennan rhetoric, I think, have become an issue in and of itself.
I find it very disturbing that here we were in compliance with a request of the then-President of the United States to put into one document our insight and knowledge of the profound threat that Russia posed to this country, and now, apparently, we're being punished for this. John( Brennan) already has been.
The parallelism between what the Donald Trump campaign was doing and saying and what the Russians were doing and saying was remarkably parallel, particularly when it came to attacks on Hillary Clinton, all Hillary Clinton alleged physical and mental maladies, and there was almost an echo chamber between the two.
This behavior and this divisiveness, intellectual and moral and ethical void that the president of the United States exhibits, and how much longer does the country — to borrow a phrase — endure this nightmare ? Trump’s remarks in Phoenix were reminiscent of candidate-Trump on the campaign trail, slamming the media over its coverage of his presidency — specifically noting his response to recent violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Our most important resource is our people, the compromises, decisions we've made, and then the budget reductions occasioned by sequestration or sequestration-like reductions is – the cumulative effect of all this is what I worry about and the reduction in our capacity. It's not as great as it was, say, a year or two ago. And if we continue, you know, these cuts, it will continue to have a negative impact.
Based on the pace and scope of construction at these outposts, China will be able to deploy a range of offensive and defensive military capabilities and support increased PLAN and CCG presence beginning in 2016, once these facilities are completed by the end of 2016 or early 2017, China will have significant capacity to quickly project substantial offensive military power to the region.
We assess that North Korea has followed through on its announcement by expanding its Yongbyon enrichment facility and restarting the plutonium production reactor, we further assess that North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough so that it could begin to recover plutonium from the reactor’s spent fuel within a matter of weeks to months.
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