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Former CIA director James Woolsey and Trump break ties ahead of major intelligence briefing

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Former CIA director and senior advisor to Donald Trump, Jim Woolsey (Photo: Screen capture)

Former CIA director James Woolsey is no longer a senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, according to a statement from Woolsey.

“He wishes the President-elect and his Administration great success in their time in office,” spokesman Jonathan Franks said in the statement.

Reuters reported Thursday that the Trump team has erupted into very different opinions on shaping the future of spy agencies under his administration.

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Woolsey spoke to CNN on New Year’s Eve and broke from the Trump message after the recent hack of the Vermont electric company. He confessed that he had no idea what was behind Trump’s decision to ignore recent reports about both hacks but he planned to convey the level of seriousness to Trump the next time he saw him.

“I’ve been studying and working on this issue for 10 or 12 years now,” Woolsey explained to Suzanne Malveaux. “I don’t think the same kind of questioning is going to come up [with Trump] because of the nature of the hardware or software that they have found.”

Woolsey said that the hack of the Vermont company is extremely dangerous.

“The Russians have hacked successfully into Ukraine and Georgia’s electric grid,” he said. “This is some of the same software and hardware that they used in those hackings. The grid isn’t just a matter of convenience. It’s a front on which one can conduct asymmetric warfare and the Russians like that and they are doing it. That means if you take down the electricity part of the infrastructure, you have taken down water purification, food deliveries and so on. This is a very big deal and ought to be treated as such.”

It’s unclear if Woolsey was asked to step down by Trump or if he left after meeting with Trump and discussing the hack with him. Some pundits have speculated that something is afoot behind Trump’s constant defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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‘Kraken’ attorney has message for Trump fans: Make checks payable to Sidney Powell

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Today we learned why mobster Don Donald Trump wanted the wildest of his wild-eyed attorneys ejected unceremoniously from his so-called legal team: She was trying to cut into his action.

Yes, TV attorney Sidney Powell can grift with the best of them.

Now that Powell has “unleashed the Kraken” with the help of a copy editor who was smoking the Kraken, it’s time to resolve one of the burning questions of the QAnon universe: “How can we ever show our appreciation to Sidney Powell?”

It turns out you can send her a check as part of a ruse so shameless that Powell isn’t bothering to have your payment made out to the 501 C-4 political “organization” she formed. Just pay the woman directly.

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Conservative blames ‘political correctness’ for pausing COVID-19 vaccine trials to ensure it works for everyone

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A conservative columnist complained that pausing to ensure coronavirus vaccines worked on demographics that were hardest hit by the pandemic was intolerable "political correctness."

Aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin published a column for National Review reacting to a New York Times report on the rush to develop a vaccine for the potentially deadly and highly contagious coronavirus, and complaining the process hadn't been swift enough.

"This situation was made even worse when Moncef Slaoui, head of the Trump administration’s 'Operation Warp Speed,' contacted Moderna on August 25 and told them they had to pause the final stage of their testing program until they recruited more minority subjects," Zubrin wrote. "This delightful piece of political correctness cost Moderna a month, during which time approximately 40,000 Americans died from coronavirus."

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Fox News report determines Trump ‘cannot pardon himself’

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A Fox News segment on Thursday concluded that President Donald Trump cannot grant himself a pardon before leaving office.

Following Trump's pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Fox News host Julie Banderas spoke to Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason about the decision.

"I've heard this from a couple sources that I spoke to -- former White House officials -- yesterday, who said this president is planning more pardons," Mason reported. "Clearly this is a president who is on his way out from the White House and he's got just a little less than two months to continue to make his mark."

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