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    Donald Trump Concedes That Russia Probably Meddled in Election

    Donald Trump Concedes That Russia Probably Meddled in Election

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    RIGHT NOW President-elect Donald J. Trump is addressing reporters in his first news conference since July.

    ■ For the first time, President-elect Donald J. Trump concedes Russia likely meddled in the election.
    ■ Mr. Trump’s lieutenants open first news conference since July with broadsides against the press over the reporting of an unsubstantiated dossier.
    ■ Mr. Trump announces a new secretary for veterans affairs.
    ■ Mr. Trump continued his war with intelligence agencies, asking if leaks of that dossier of dirt meant we were “living in Nazi Germany.”

    Trump concedes Russia behind election interference

    President-elect Trump conceded for the first time that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic institutions during the presidential election, saying at a news conference that, “I think it was Russia.”

    But he vigorously denied the swirl of allegations about his behavior that was published online Tuesday, calling it “fake news” and praising Russian President Vladimir V. Putin for saying it was false. “I respected the fact that he said that,” Mr. Trump told reporters.

    “It’s all fake news. Its phony stuff. It didn’t happen,” Mr. Trump said. “It was gotten by opponents of ours. It was a group of opponents that got together. Sick people and they got together and put that crap together.”

    Mr. Trump disputed the allegations that he was involved in salacious behavior in a Russian hotel room, saying that he is always highly aware that there are “cameras in the strangest places” in hotel rooms when he travels around the world.

    “You can’t see them and you won’t know,” he said. “You better be careful or you will be watching yourself on nightly televisions.”


    Richard Engel

    Trump says russia was in fact behind election era hack. says he's always careful when he travels abroad abt surveillance
    8:34 AM - 11 Jan 2017

    News conference begins with attack on some of news media

    Top aides to President-elect Trump on Wednesday used the president-elect’s first news conference in two months to lash out at the media on Wednesday for its reporting on allegations of salacious behavior by Mr. Trump and connections to Russia by several of his advisers.

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence called the reporting “false and unsubstantiated” and said the reporting “can only be attributed to media bias and an attempt to demean the president elect and our incoming administration.”

    Sean Spicer, who will be press secretary in the next administration, accused Buzzfeed News, which published a 35-page document detailing the allegations, and CNN, which reported on its existence, of a “sad and pathetic” effort to get clicks.

    But Mr. Trump, in opening comments at his news conference, praised other news organizations for declining to publish the document, saying his assessment of those organizations had “just gone up a notch.”

    Fact Check: Trump’s First News Conference Since the Election

    Reporters from The New York Times are fact checking President-elect Donald J. Trump’s news conference in real time.

    How Trump will distance himself from his business

    President-elect Trump, insisting he will not divest himself of his vast business empire as he prepares to assume the presidency, plans instead to turn over all of his business operations to a trust controlled by his two oldest sons and a longtime associate, top officials with his company said Wednesday.

    He will donate to the United States government all profits from foreign government payments to his hotels, the officials said, describing the arrangements as voluntary measures taken to answer concerns about potential conflicts of interest that would allow Mr. Trump to focus on running the country.

    The Trump Organization will also refrain from entering into any new deals with foreign partners, his legal advisers said, backing off from an earlier claim by Mr. Trump that his company would have “no new deals” of any kind during his presidency. Instead, the Trump enterprise will have to clear any new transactions with an ethics adviser to be chosen by the president-elect in coming days. That ethics adviser will vet them for potential conflicts, using a standard that his advisers said had not yet been agreed upon.

    The long-promised specifics Mr. Trump’s advisers provided on Wednesday left dozens of unanswered questions about whether or how the president-elect would avoid conflicts as commander in chief.

    And they fell short of the recommendations of ethics experts in both parties who have said the only way for Mr. Trump to genuinely eliminate potential conflicts is to place all his real estate holdings and other business ventures in a blind trust over which neither he nor his family has any control, severing him entirely from the enterprise. The explanations also raised fresh questions about whether Mr. Trump could leave office with his financial holdings more valuable than when he entered the White House.

    Top officials with Mr. Trump’s company detailed the plans on condition of anonymity on Wednesday to avoid pre-empting a news conference the president-elect will hold later in the day at Trump Tower — his first in nearly six months.

    Trump nominates Veterans Affairs secretary

    David J. Shulkin, the current undersecretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the head of its sprawling hospital system, will become the secretary of the beleaguered agency, President-elect Trump said Wednesday.

    Mr. Trump made the comments during his first full news conference since being elected president two months ago and just nine days before moving into the White House. He answered questions from some of the more than 250 reporters crammed into the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

    Even as Mr. Trump took questions in New York, his nominee for secretary of state was being grilled on Capitol Hill by lawmakers about his connections to Russia. And news continued to swirl regarding allegations about Mr. Trump presented by intelligence officials to the president-elect.

    A defense on Twitter

    From the moment the unsubstantiated but explosive intelligence report hit the internet, the questions arose: When and what would Mr. Trump tweet?

    The initial volley came shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Then on Wednesday morning, the president-elect decided to press his war with the intelligence agencies he will soon oversee — and rely on for pressing matters of state.


    Donald J. Trump

    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?
    4:48 AM - 11 Jan 2017

    He also seconded reports from Moscow that Russian government officials deny having any compromising material on Mr. Trump.


    Donald J. Trump

    Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!
    4:13 AM - 11 Jan 2017

    Donald J. Trump

    I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!
    4:44 AM - 11 Jan 2017

    It is true that the Kremlin denied holding any material that it could use to blackmail the incoming president. Dmitri S. Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin, told reporters: “The Kremlin has no compromising dossier on Trump. Such information isn’t consistent with reality and is nothing but an absolute fantasy.”

    Needless to say, Russian officials would not tell the world they had such information if it was meant for blackmail. Also needless to say, an election won with nearly three million votes fewer than your opponent was not won easily.

    A Quinnipiac University poll on Tuesday put Mr. Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent.

    It should be an interesting news conference at Trump Tower on Wednesday morning.

    Live Video and Analysis: President-elect Donald Trump’s Press Conference

    Times reporters are following President-elect Donald J. Trump’s press conference at Trump Tower and offering live updates and analysis.

    A multipronged news media pushback

    Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer and sometimes spokesman, Michael Cohen, issued his own Twitter defense, a possibly ill-advised reference to Page 18 of the dossier, which alleges a secret meeting between Mr. Cohen and Russian intelligence agents in Prague — not something the Trump team wants attention on.

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    Elaina Plott @elainaplott

    I ask Cohen what the passport image in itself is meant to prove. "I'm in a meeting," he says. "Have a good day."
    5:40 PM - 10 Jan 2017

    On CNN on Wednesday, Jake Tapper reported that it was a different Michael Cohen who was in Prague last August. Which one and what his connection — if any — might be to Mr. Trump was left unsaid.


    Jake Tapper

    Government source confirms different Michael Cohen was in Prague
    6:22 AM - 11 Jan 2017

    Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump, took another tack. Asked by the late-night talk show host Seth Meyers about the briefing intelligence officials had given Mr. Trump on the matter, she said she was not aware that he had been briefed.

    A problem for Trump: You can’t unsee something

    Questions continue to swirl about the validity of the dossier alleging that Russian intelligence has deeply compromising material on the man who is about to be commander in chief. But its wide circulation has already had an impact.

    On Tuesday night, Representative Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, asked President Obama for a classified briefing on “the compromising information Russia has obtained regarding President-elect Donald Trump.”

    On Wednesday, the Democratic National Committee’s interim chairwoman, Donna Brazile, pressed for a bipartisan, independent investigation.

    “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must allow the establishment of an independent bipartisan commission to immediately investigate the full range of foreign interference in the 2016 election and determine what we need to do to keep our democracy safe from foreign interference. As part of that investigation, the commission must investigate President-elect Trump’s personal and financial ties to Russia, ties between his aides and Russia, and the existence of allegedly compromising material that has allegedly been obtained by Russia in order to blackmail him.”

    McCain confirms he passed dossier to F.B.I.

    As the news media had previously reported, Senator John McCain of Arizona, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, confirmed on Wednesday that he had received the disputed dossier late last year and passed it on to James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director.

    “Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public. Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the director of the F.B.I. That has been the extent of my contact with the F.B.I. or any other government agency regarding this issue.”

    Key Republican on health care repeal: Slow down

    Mr. Trump may be demanding an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and a simultaneous enactment of a Republican replacement — and the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, may be concurring with that rush — but one senator is not on board. And he is an important one.

    Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, addressed the headlong rush on Tuesday night. “The American people deserve health care reform that’s done in the right way, for the right reasons, in the right amount of time,” he said. “It’s not about developing a quick fix. It’s about working toward long-term solutions that work for everyone.”

    That is significant. If, as expected, Congress passes parliamentary language in the coming days to protect repeal legislation from a Democratic filibuster, four committees will be empowered to draft the actual bill. Mr. Alexander leads one of those committees.


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    Trump Comments on Election Hacking at News Conference: ‘I Think it Was Russia’

    POSTED 5:05 AM, JANUARY 11, 2017, BY CNN WIRE, UPDATED AT 08:53AM, JANUARY 11, 2017

    President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time he believes Russia was behind hacking ahead of the election.

    President-elect Donald Trump holds his first news conference since the election. (Credit: CNN)

    “I think it was Russia,” Trump said.
    He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs.

    The comment came during Trump’s first news conference as President-elect. The event opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a “political witch hunt” following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

    Vice President-elect Mike Pence also slammed the reports before introducing Trump.

    “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 had and it certainly should have never been released.”

    The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia.

    The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible.

    The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

    The news conference comes at an intense political moment as key Cabinet nominees face a grilling on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The event, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dilon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump’s business interests.

    More than a test

    The news conference amounts to more than a test of his familiarity with policy questions and the duties and responsibilities that a President must shoulder. Coming hours after Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago, the news conference reinforces a sense of historic change pulsating through Washington. It also provides hints about the demeanor and attitude he will adopt as commander-in-chief and head of state, potentially shedding light on how he envisions his new role.

    Trump will enter the White House with the most estranged relationship with journalists of any new President in recent memory after repeatedly branding the press “dishonest” and using it as a foil during his campaign and transition.

    Still, the news conference represents Trump’s most extended appearance before the American people since the election and will go some way to showing whether he will adopt his trademark brazen, confrontational style as president.

    Trump will enter the presidency from a position of political strength, given that Republicans control both chambers of Congress and so far have shown little inclination to probe his finances or ethical questions. With that in mind and having shown little desire to reach out to the majority of voters who did not chose him in November, Trump may feel under little pressure to modify his approach as he prepares to take office.

    Trump defied the normal rules of politics, for example, on disclosure about his wealth and assets by refusing to release his tax returns during the campaign. But the question of how his business holdings around the globe can be squared with his wider obligations as President without raising questions of conflicts-of-interest threatens to cast a shadow over the Trump presidency.

    The President-elect has indicated he will not divest his interests as called for by some ethics campaigners. The fact that his two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are in line to control the family empire also creates a gray area over the extent to which he plans to separate himself from his business as president.

    Still, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, announced substantive steps to do just that on Monday, including the divestment of some of his assets, shares in buildings and his ownership of the New York Observer newspaper as he prepares to take on a senior adviser role in the White House.


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    JAN 12 2017, 12:51 PM ET

    Trump’s CIA Pick Mike Pompeo Backs Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking



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    Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to quell concerns his judgment as CIA director would be colored by partisan motivations, telling members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence he agreed with the intelligence community's assessment that Russia had interfered in the U.S. election.
    Speaking of the current skepticism circulating around the legitimacy of the election results, Pompeo told the committee he has "no doubt that the discourse that's been taking place is something [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would look at and say, 'That was among the objectives that I have.'"

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is sworn in at his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Pompeo is a former Army officer who graduated first in his class from West Point. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Earlier in the hearing, Pompeo said he believed a recent report from the intelligence community concluding that Russia tried to help Republican President-elect Donald Trump by "discrediting" his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, was "sound."

    If confirmed as CIA director, he added, "I will continue to pursue foreign intelligence with vigor no matter where the facts lead."

    A foreign policy hawk elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, Pompeo is known as a vociferous critic of the Iran nuclear deal and champion of aggressive surveillance programs. He was tapped by Trump to lead the CIA ten days after the election.

    Pompeo said Thursday that though he opposed the Iran nuclear agreement as a member a Congress, "If confirmed [as CIA director], my role will change." He vowed to continue to evaluate Iranian compliance with the agreement, which put limits on Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for lighter sanctions. Yet he cautioned: "The Iranians are professional at cheating."

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