The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that Russia has launched a “full-on attack” on American democracy to try and help President Donald Trump win the 2020 election.
Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” about the bombshell New York Times report that Russia had hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian company at the center of far-right conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
The host played a clip of House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff telling Rachel Maddow that he only learned of the Burisma attack by reading the newspaper — and had not been briefed by the U.S. intelligence community.
“Make no mistake, this is a full-on attack on our 2020 elections,” Figliuzzi declared.
“This should surprise no one, we were told this was going to happen and it is playing out,” he explained.
“The message here is that they can do this at will and they don’t expect any pushback or sanctions because of it,”
Bernie Sanders urged to end 2020 bid — by his own campaign manager and longtime strategist: Washington Post
Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders is receiving advice to quickly exit the 2020 presidential campaign, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
"A small group of Bernie Sanders’s top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race," the newspaper reported, citing "two people with knowledge of the situation."
Trump appears to have fraudulently manipulated financial markets yet again
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
It was a busy week for the regime, as Trump and his team work tirelessly to manage the political fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems like he made time for some fraud.
In March, global oil prices crashed as a result of a dispute between Russia and the Saudis, dragging down stock markets and making it unprofitable to extract shale oil, which accounts for almost two-thirds of crude oil production in the U.S.
How a general strike might play out in the United States
The idea that pandemic-related economic insecurity might spur a general strike has been trending among pundits and the public in the past week. Such a labor action, which would imply a complete shutdown of all industries as all workers cease showing up to work, would be historically unprecedented, a prominent historian told Salon.
This article first appeared in Salon.