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Robert Reich: Sally Yates testimony points to ‘Trump ordering Flynn’ to call Russian ambassador

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Writing on Facebook, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich laid out both the timeline of allegations regarding Russia’s election hacking and those related to disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Reich starts his timeline on December 29, 2016, when President Barack Obama announced “retaliation for Russian hacking of the U.S. elections”. He then switched to uncovered phone records from Flynn, that show calling “Russian Ambassador Kislyak several times”.

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Reich went on to suggest that Flynn lied publicly (and to Vice President Mike Pence) about the call, but that U.S. intelligence knew of its’ existence, and reported it to Yates. As a result, Yates would have, according to Reich, warned the White House about Flynn’s lies to the VP. She was subsequently fired, and Flynn resigned two weeks later.

According to Reich, Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism fills in gaps in both the timeline of her firing and Flynn’s alleged inappropriate contact with Russian officials.

“The likeliest explanation for this sequence of events is Trump ordered Flynn to call Kislyak on December 29 in order to assure the Russians that Trump was behind them and grateful for their hacking, despite Obama’s retaliation,” Reich concluded.

Read Reich’s entire post below, via Facebook.

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Trump boasts about ordering Iran strike while reporters watch: ‘You’d have a nice, big story to report’

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During an appearance with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the Oval Office, Donald Trump boasted to reporters he could wipe out Iran that very moment-- and that would give them something to write about.

The president referred to the fact that he has previously been accused of wanting to plunge the country into war before praising himself for his self-restraint.

That led to an extended riff by the president on the damage he could inflict on Iran.

"The easiest thing I could do would be, 'Go ahead, fellas, go do it,'" Trump said of the Pentagon. "And that would be a very bad day for Iran. That's the easiest thing I could do, it's so easy. And for all of those that say, 'Oh, they should do it, it shows weakness,' actually, in my opinion, it shows strength."

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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‘Time for a new special counsel’: Ex-DOJ inspector general calls for formal probe of Trump-Ukraine calls

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A veteran law enforcement official called for a new special counsel investigation of President Donald Trump's communications with the Ukrainian president.

An intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint against the president, and speculation has begun to focus the report concerns Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. aid -- and former Justice Department official Michael Bromwich called for a formal probe.

"Time for a new Special Counsel," Bromwich tweeted.

Bromwich -- inspector general for the Department of Justice from 1994-1999, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra -- was responding to a summation of the allegations against Trump.

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