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Russian military 'riven with dissent' as Putin's Ukraine war hit with major defeats: CNN national security reporter
On Thursday, CNN's Katie Bo Lillis reported that the Russian military is "riven with dissent" over how to respond as a surprise counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces has pushed Russian troops back, costing them huge expanses of territory they seized control of earlier in the year.
"Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself giving directions directly to generals in the field, two sources familiar with US and western intelligence said — a highly unusual management tactic in a modern military that these sources said hints at the dysfunctional command structure that has plagued Russia's war from the beginning," said the report. "Intelligence intercepts have captured Russian officers arguing among themselves and complaining to friends and relatives back home about decision-making from Moscow, one of these sources told CNN."
Several senior military leaders in Russia, including multiple generals, have been killed on the battlefield in Ukraine.
"There are significant disagreements on strategy with military leaders struggling to agree on where to focus their efforts to shore up defensive lines, multiple sources familiar with US intelligence said," said the report. "The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that it is redeploying forces toward Kharkiv in the northeast — where Ukraine has made the most dramatic gains — but US and western sources say the bulk of Russian troops still remain in the south, where Ukraine has also mounted offensive operations around Kherson."
One senior NATO official also told CNN that "Kremlin officials and state media pundits have been feverishly discussing the reasons for the failure in Kharkiv and in typical fashion, the Kremlin seems to be attempting to deflect the blame away from Putin and onto the Russian military."
All of this comes amid reports that Putin is planning to deploy as many as 300,000 reservists, that Russia has pulled people out of its prisons to fight in the war — and that flights out of Russia are booked solid as young men scramble to get out ahead of an expected draft.
Trump's 'obscenely reckless' claim about how to declassify top secret docs flattened by legal expert
During an appearance on CNN's "New Day," attorney and national security expert Bradley Moss laughed off former President Donald Trump's claim to Fox News Sean Hannity that he could declassify top secret documents by just thinking about doing so.
Speaking with host Brianna Keilar, Moss was asked about the Wednesday night interview where Trump told Hannity, "There doesn’t have to be a process as I understand it. If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it. And there doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process but there doesn’t have to be. You’re the president, you make that decision. So when you send it: it’s declassified. I declassified everything.”
According to Moss, what the former president claimed could not be further from the truth.
"Yeah, I'm sorry, that's not how it works," he told the CNN host. "And this is not me saying it. There were three different cases that came out during the Trump years, one of which I lost, in which Trump made these verbal orders of 'I'm declassifying x, y, z.' Every single time it got pulled back."
'The Justice Department pulled it back saying it wasn't an actual declassification order," he elaborated. "The courts rejected it each time saying there has to be a process followed."
"The simple verbal assertion isn't enough," he insisted. "Thinking it in his head to declassify it? That would be an obscenely reckless way to handle declassification because no one else in the government would know that these records, this information is suddenly declassified."
"I get he's not a details guy but these processes are what have to be followed," Moss continued. "This is not a defense his lawyers are going to actually try to put up -- they have to try and put up something competent and coherent."
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On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that the family of Tina Forte, the Republican challenging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), were caught by FBI agents in a gun and drug bust at their beverage distribution warehouse in the Bronx.
"In a 2020 Facebook post, Forte placed her business at an address on the Bronx’s Stillwell Avenue, and in her financial disclosures to the House Clerk’s office she stated her husband’s income derived from a company incorporated in this same building," reported William Bredderman. "It was this exact location that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent identified as the site of the crimes of Joseph 'Joey Snapple' Galdieri — to whom Forte is married, according to records in suburban Rockland County, where the pair own a home well outside the congressional district’s borders — and their son Joseph Galdieri Jr."
"In the criminal complaint, the agent described the son arranging the drop-off of $150,000 worth of marijuana over the phone at the same time cameras caught his father pacing directly behind him in the warehouse’s office," said the report. "The agent further cited tapes that captured Galdieri Sr. meeting with the co-conspirator who brought a truckload of weed to the distribution center, and handing him a black plastic bag full of cash. In searching the location, federal agents discovered a semiautomatic pistol with its serial number illegally abraded away, in a drawer that Galdieri Sr. opened and rifled through several times in the security roll." Both Galdieris were convicted felons, and were not allowed to possess firearms at all.
Forte has claimed that the whole thing was on her son, not her husband, and that she had no idea of their criminal activities. She also told The Daily Beast that, “This experience has given me insights to the reforms we desperately need, including decriminalization of marijuana, expungement of marijuana violations, and restoring rights for nonviolent offenders.”
Notably though, Forte has spent much of the campaign attacking Ocasio-Cortez for supporting New York's bail reform for supposedly allowing violent criminals to be released. Republicans and police groups have spent months falsely linking new limits on the use of cash bail in New York — a practice that has effectively been used to charge low-income people money for the right to plead innocent — to upticks in crime.
Earlier this year, Snopes.com uncovered evidence that Forte was also a participant in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and entered a restricted area after rioters knocked down police barriers — and that she has associated with members of the far-right Proud Boys, including their leader Enrique Tarrio. She has not been charged with a crime in connection with January 6 as of now.