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Trump’s FBI formed a secret unit to counter ‘media leak threats’: report

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During the first year of the Trump administration, the FBI formed a secret unit to counter media leaks.

The Young Turks’ Ken Klippenstein learned of the unit through heavily-redacted documents acquired through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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“By law, the FBI is the lead federal agency responsible for the investigation of violations of the espionage laws of the United States,” one document from November 2017 read.

“The complicated nature of — and rapid growth in — unauthorized disclosure and media leak threats and investigations has necessitated the establishment of a new Unit,” the document continued.

TYT noted that “the document date stamps appear to conflict with the earlier claim by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August 2017 that the FBI had already created a new counterintelligence unit to manage leak investigations.”

As of November 2017, Sessions commented publicly that the Justice Department “had increased its leak probes by 800” percent, Klippenstein reported.

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You can read the documents released via TYT’s FOIA request below:

FBI Media Leak Unit by on Scribd

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No cushion for the Trump recession: Why this one could be worse than 2008

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As the corporate media bangs the drum of imminent recession, we need to take a look at how tens of millions of American households that live paycheck to paycheck are situated for another choreographed downturn.

This article first appeared in Salon.

It will tell you all you need to know about the predatory nature of late-stage vulture capitalism, over which Donald Trump presides as its orange mascot. What jumps out when you look at the data is just how phony the “longest recovery” has been — the one for which Joe Biden wants to take a victory lap.

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WATCH: Larry Kudlow wilts under barrage of questions about Trump’s conflicting trade war comments

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Larry Kudlow, who appeared to have been drinking before his FOX News appearance last Sunday, probably wished he was drinking this Sunday after his stammering performance on CNN where he faced a barrage of questions from "State of the Union" fill-in host Brianna Keilar.

Speaking from France where he is attending the G7 conference with Donald Trump, Kudlow was put on the spot over the president's comments where he seemed to express regret over launching a trade war with China.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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