Jan 11, 2017
President-Elect Donald Trump will hold a press conference at Trump Tower in New York just days before taking the Oath of Office.
This Is Truly Epic: Donald Trump Unleashes Live On CNN Reporter During Press Conference: “You Are Fake News”
Jan 11, 2017 by Mac Slavo
A recent “intelligence report” about Donald Trump’s activities in Russia suggest that the President-Elect engaged in some sort of sexual fantasies in a Moscow hotel involving prostitutes, golden showers and Russian blackmail.
The report was originally filed by mainstream news darling Buzzfeed and was subsequently gobbled up by the rest of the anti-Trump media, including CNN.
According to a Zero Hedge investigation, it turns out that the report may have been completely fabricated as a prank by members of the 4Chan forum. The purportedly made-up story somehow made it into the hands of journalists, Senator John McCain and even the director the FBI. Posting archives at the 4Chan forums indicate that the hoax was already in play before the CIA et. al. ever made mention of it in their reports, which suggests that no actual intelligence gathering was performed.
In a story that is getting more surreal by the minute, a post on 4Chan now claims that the infamous “golden showers” scene in the unverified 35-page dossier, allegedly compiled by a British intelligence officer, was a hoax and fabricated by a member of the chatboard as “fanfiction”, then sent to Rick Wilson, who proceeded to send it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election.
Of course, Buzzfeed has their own version of events. In a post titled Alt-Right Trolls Are Trying To Trick People Into Thinking Trump Dossier Was A 4chan Prank Buzzfeed struggles to maintain credibility amid the backlash:
…the dossier’s source is understood to be a former British intelligence agent whose past work was described by CNN as credible and the New York Times as “a competent and reliable operative with extensive experience in Russia.” The allegations in the dossier are unverified, and the report contains errors. The papers were reportedly brought to several media organizations in the lead-up to the election.
CNN, which claims itself to be the most trusted name in news (though a recent poll shows they are actually the least trusted name in news), was part of the media organizations that pushed the Trump Golden Shower Russian Blackmail story.
In a live press conference Donald Trump addressed the so-called intelligence report, noting that none of it was true, and taking time to specifically call out the Buzzfeed story, referring to the organization as a “failing piece of garbage.”
The presser quickly devolved into what is perhaps one of the most memorable moments in the run-up to Trump’s swearing in when CNN reporter Jim Acosta repeatedly yelled out a request to ask the President Elect a question. The exchange shows that a Trump Presidency will be nothing like what the mainstream media has ever experienced before:
With Trump looking to call on other reporters, Jim Acosta yelled out, “Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?”
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
Acosta pressed on, “You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” Trump countered by telling him “don’t be rude.”
“I’m not going to give you a question,” Trump responded. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!”
As those on stage by Trump clapped, Acosta retorted, “Now, Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate!”
After the total slam on CNN, members of other media organizations can be heard clapping.
Watch the video:
Here’s an incoming President who is not swayed by polls, precedent or protocol, and who speaks his mind.
Now THAT is transparency.
TRUMP GOES NUCLEAR ON ‘FAKE NEWS’ GIANTS IN MEDIA
CNN, BuzzFeed smear collapses: ‘This should never have been released’
Jan 11, 2017 by Garth Kant
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump came out swinging at the media in his first news conference since the election, livid over lurid and unverified reports he ridiculed as fake news.
Just before Trump spoke, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ripped a bizarre conspiracy theory pushed by U.S. intelligence agencies and the establishment media that appears to be falling apart by the hour.
Their statements were a pointed rebuttal Wednesday to unverified reports that Russia possessed compromising personal and financial information on Trump, and the president-elect blasted two American media outlets for publishing the reports, saying they were unsubstantiated.
Trump said the report “should never have been written and never have been released,” before praising other news outlets and saying his estimation of them had gone up a notch.
“I do have to say and I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,” Trump said. “But maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they did that. A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been reported and it certainly should have never been released.”
Trump also said for the first time he believes Russia was behind hacking ahead of the election.
“I think it was Russia.”
A transcript of Trump’s remarks can be read here.
Spicer was first up at the podium, blasting BuzzFeed News as a “left-wing blog” and condemning its “irresponsible” decision to publish the Russian dossier.
“Before we start, I want to bring your attention to a few points on the report that was published in BuzzFeed last night. It is frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible left-wing blog that was openly hostile to the presidential campaign to drop highly salacious flat-out false information on the Internet just days before he takes the oath of office.”
Spicer accused BuzzFeed and CNN of engaging in “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.”
“It is not an intelligence report plain and simple,” he said. “It is frankly shameful and disgraceful.”
Vice president-elect Mike Pence also attacked the mainstream media for reporting “fake news” in an effort to de-legitimize the election.
At one point during the press conference, Trump got into a war of words with a CNN reporter.
“Since you are attacking us, can you give us a question?” asked Jim Acosta.
“Not you,” Trump said. “Your organization is terrible!”
“You are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance to ask a question, sir?” replied Acosta.
“I’m not going to give you a question. “I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news!” Trump responded.
“Now, Mr. president-elect, that’s not appropriate!” declared Acosta.
It all began Tuesday night when BuzzFeed News published a sensational, lurid and unverified account that “A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump.”
The dossier alleged, “That the Russian government has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ President-elect Donald Trump for five years and gained compromising information about him s — even obtaining compromising information in an effort to blackmail him.”
The most bizarre and sensational claim in the document is that Trump, knowing the Obamas had slept there, rented the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow, then hired prostitutes to urinate upon the bed.
CNN picked up on the story Tuesday night, alleging that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
CNN claimed the intelligence community presented classified documents to both President Obama and Trump “including allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”
However, on Wednesday, NBC then published a report effectively debunking the CNN claim: “President-elect Donald Trump was not told about unverified reports that Russia has compromising information on him during last week’s intelligence briefing, according to a senior intelligence official with knowledge of preparations for the briefing.”
NBC also reported that officials had merely prepared a two-page summary of the dossier, and that it had come from “opposition research by anti-Trump Republicans and then shopped by Democrats.”
The network said, according to multiple officials, “During the briefing, the president-elect was not briefed on the contents of the summary.”
And, in conclusion, NBC reported the most damning contradiction of the CNN story: “Intel and law enforcement officials agree that none of the investigations have found any conclusive or direct link between Trump and the Russian government period.”
But, before that NBC report, other mainstream outlets such as the Washington Post picked up CNN’s version of the story. Then BuzzFeed published the full version of the alleged document, even though it attached the broad disclaimer that its authenticity was “unverified and potentially unverifiable.”
Part of the story alleges Trump aide Michael Cohen went to Prague to coordinate activities with Russian agents.
However, all the main characters involved in the story are adamantly denying it.
Trump tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
He added, “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
And, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied his country had collected or was holding any incriminating evidence on Trump.
Cohen produced his passport on MSNBC to show he had never even been to Prague.
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called the report “offensive crap that we shouldn’t even be talking about. This is garbage … shameful is what it is.”
Perhaps the most damning evidence that the news is fake comes from the apparent source of the story, the website 4Chan, which now claims it fabricated the entire story as a hoax.
According to ZeroHedge “4Chan now claims that the infamous ‘golden showers’ scene in the unverified 35-page dossier, allegedly compiled by a British intelligence officer, was a hoax and fabricated by a member of the chatboard as ‘fanfiction,’ then sent to Rick Wilson, who proceeded to send it to the CIA, which then put it in their official classified intelligence report on the election.”
Wilson is a GOP political strategist and media consultant who virulently opposed Trump.
But there is another report that intelligence officials were given the questionable document by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
According to the Daily Mail, “Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect.”
McCain has now publicly admitted he turned over something, and it seems to be the document in question.
“Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,” he said in a public statement.
“Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI. That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue,” he added.
Then this morning the Guardian reported the FBI applied for a warrant to spy on the Trump team, and may have gotten one.
The Guardian said it “has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.”
IDENTITY OF “FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER” BEHIND FAKE TRUMP DOSSIER REVEALED
Jan 11, 2017 by ZeroHedge
No surprise: former MI-6 officer
While we learned earlier that John McCain was responsible for handing over the 35-page “dossier” of compromising, if arguably fake, revelations about Trump’s connections to Russia over to the FBI, the identity of the actual creator, who was said to be an ex-British intelligence service, remained a mystery.
Courtesy of the WSJ, we now know his name: the former MI-6 officer, now working for a private security-and-investigations firm “who produced the dossier of unverified allegations about President-elect Donald Trump’s activities and connections in Russia” is Christopher Steele, a director of London-based Orbis Business Intelligence…. and before readers google him, beware, there is a male gay porn star with the same name, who may or may not be into “golden showers.”
The real Chris Steele is profiled below, courtesy of LinkedIn.
Steele, 52 years old, is one of two directors of Orbis, along with Christopher Burrows, 58.
Burrows, reached at his home outside London on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t “confirm or deny” that Orbis had produced the report. A neighbor of Mr. Steele’s said Mr. Steele said he would be away for a few days. In previous weeks Mr. Steele has declined repeated requests for interviews through an intermediary, who said the subject was “too hot.”
According to Steele’s LinkedIn profile, at least before he scrubbed it, he was a counselor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with foreign postings in Brussels and New Delhi in the 2000s. The Foreign Office declined to comment to the WSJ. Furthermore, the LinkedIn profile for Mr. Steele doesn’t give specifics about his career, however notes that intelligence officers often use diplomatic postings as cover for their espionage activities. That, or they are dumb enough to actually reveal where they are stationed.
Some more details courtesy of the WSJ:
Orbis Business Intelligence was formed in 2009 by former British intelligence professionals, it says on its website. U.K. corporate records say Orbis is owned by another company that in turn is jointly owned by Messrs. Steele and Burrows. It occupies offices in an ornate building overlooking Grosvenor Gardens in London’s high-end Belgravia neighborhood.
The firm relies on a “global network” of experts and business leaders, provides clients with strategic advice, mounts “intelligence-gathering operations” and conducts “complex, often cross-border investigations,” its website says.
The dossier consists of a series of unsigned memos that appear to have been written between June and December 2016. Beyond creating the document, Mr. Steele also came up with a plan to get the information to law-enforcement officials in the U.S. and Europe, including the F.B.I., according to a person familiar with the matter.
The WSJ adds that “the author of the report had a good reputation in the intelligence world and was stationed in Russia for years, said John Sipher, who retired in 2014 after 28 years in the CIA’s clandestine service, where he specialized in Russia and counterintelligence.”
Private-intelligence firms like Orbis have a growing presence.
Major corporations use them to conduct due diligence on potential business partners in risky areas, but quality control can be loose when it comes to high-level political intrigue, according to executives of private intelligence companies.
It appears they are also used to create smear campaigns (for lots of money one assumes) targeting potential presidential candidates, not to mention president-elects.
Trump Unveils Ethics Policy to Avoid Conflicts of Interest
President-elect Donald J. Trump and his transition team unveiled an extensive plan to avoid conflicts of interest between his private business empire and his public office at a press conference at Trump Town in Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
The plan was presented by Sheri Dillon, a tax attorney at the Morgan, Lewis and Bockius firm. The goal of the plan, she said, was to ensure that Americans could “rest assured that all of [Trump’s] efforts are directed to pursuing the people’s business and not his own.” She said that Trump’s business empire was “not dissimilar to the fortunes of Nelson Rockefeller when he became Vice President — but at that time, no one was so concerned.”
While Trump would not divest himself entirely of his assets — a process, Dillon argued, that would itself involve conflicts of interest because of the people buying his assets or lending the money for their purchase — he had directed the attorneys at the firm to create a structure that would “completely isolate him from the management of the company.” She pointed out that Trump’s plan was voluntary, since laws governing conflicts of interest did not apply to the president or vice president, but he wanted to avoid even an appearance of impropriety.
The plan involves several major elements, the first of which is President-elect Trump’s decision to place all of his business assets, liquid and illiquid, in a trust by the time he is sworn in Jan. 20, and to hand control of the family business to his sons, Eric and Donald, Jr., along with Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg. Trump himself would resign from all his posts in the family business, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, would also resign from, and have “no further involvement with,” the Trump Organization, due to her husband, Jared Kushner, taking an advisory role in the White House.
Furthermore, the management of the new family business entity, Dillon explained, would appoint an Ethics Advisor, whose written approval would be required for any dealing “that could potentially raise ethics or conflicts of interest concerns.” The Trump Organization had also created the position of “Chief Compliance Counsel” to oversee conformity with ethics rules.
Dillon also revealed that Trump had ordered that all of his pending business deals terminated, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. She added: “No new foreign deals will be made whatsoever during the duration of President Trump’s presidency. New domestic deals will be allowed, but they will go through a vigorous vetting process.” Trump would not have any role in such deals, but would only learn about them through the media like everyone else, in order to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest. The Trump Organization would only report profits and losses to Trump, not particular business details.
She also argued that creating a blind trust would have been ineffective, since Trump knows what his “iconic assets” are, and that turning the Trump Organization into a publicly-traded company would have been too lengthy and cumbersome to work.
In answer to critics who argued that foreign payments to Trump’s businesses — such as hotel bills paid by overseas guests — violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, Dillon pointed out that the courts had never interpreted that clause to apply to fair market value exchanged for goods or services. Nevertheless, she said, Trump had arranged that any profits from foreign customers of the Trump hotel chain would be donated to the U.S. Treasury to prevent appearances of foreign influence.
Critics might observe that all of the arrangements above are voluntary — that is, the chain of accountability is entirely within the Trump Organization. However, Dillon would likely argue Trump’s commitments exceed what is required under the law.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.