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Trump made unusual update to top-secret codeword system to protect his calls from leaks

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President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal isn’t his only problem. In looking at the whistleblower report about the Ukraine calls, it was discovered Trump was using the “upgraded security of the National Security Council’s top-secret codeword system” to hide all of his calls with international leaders and possibly others.

According to Politico, the upgrades to Trump’s system in 2018 added a whole new collection of documents, and it was an abuse of the system.

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“If hiding political embarrassing material, rather than protecting national security secrets, was the motivation, experts and former officials said, it would be an abuse of the codeword system,” the site reported. “While not necessarily an illegal act, it does run counter to an executive order signed by President Obama in 2009 that says information can’t be classified to ‘conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error’ or ‘prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency,'” a former official said.

Another official explained that the new system also had the ability to check who was logging into the system to look at specific documents. It came after Trump claimed a conversation with a Mexican official said one thing while the Mexican officials said another. Someone released the transcript of the call, proving Trump was lying.

“Before the upgrade, the White House began restricting the distribution of the transcripts of the president’s calls with foreign leaders to a narrower group of officials,” reported Politico. “Previously, the transcripts had been put on a shared drive that all NSC staffers had access to, which made it easier for leaks to happen, according to a former Trump White House official.”

Read the full report at Politico.

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Legal experts point out the giant flaw in Trump’s claims about rooting out Ukraine corruption

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Legal experts are noticing that President Donald Trump wasn't asking for a real investigation of Joe Biden, only one that could provide fodder for the news media.

Witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have testified that Trump wanted Ukrainian president to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter in an interview with CNN, in exchange for congressionally approved military aid or a White House visit.

"Trump demanding a Zelensky announce an investigation of Biden, 'in front of a microphone” gives the game away,'" tweeted Jennifer Taub, a professor at Vermont Law School. "If the real goal was to investigate corruption, a CNN announcement would be the wrong approach. Genuine investigations are kept secret."

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Giuliani henchman arrested carrying suspicious items connected to Trump’s extortion scheme in Ukraine

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One of Rudy Giuliani's henchman was carrying items when he was arrested that raise questions about what he was planning as he fled the country.

Lev Parnas, who was arrested with associate Igor Fruman last month on campaign finance violations, was carrying the business card of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had previously met with Giuliani to discuss the conspiracy theories that set in motion the actions now under investigation in the impeachment inquiry, reported The Daily Beast.

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House Republicans are ‘enslaved minions’ whose sole purpose is defending ‘Trump and his hyenas’: GOP consultant

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Jeff Timmer, a longtime consultant for Republican campaigns, blew his top this week watching the House GOP tie itself in knots defending President Donald Trump.

In a lengthy tirade posted on Medium, Timmer compared Trump and his cronies to parasites who have taken over the bodies of House Republicans a la the classic horror movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

"In today’s GOP there is an interloping master -- and there are the infected and enslaved minions who are corrupted and controlled by the invader and his henchmen," he said. "There is nothing in between, just craven servility, dishonor, and decay where character and ideals once existed."

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