The Resistance Reports
March 21, 2017
On yesterday Russia hearing, there was a surprise, as I thought Washington Post and the New York Time would dominate the top Google search, turned out the top search is Guardian, then Reuters, then Reuters again. Washington Post was in the fourth place followed by Business Insider.
The Guardian and Reuters are UK HQ news group.
The Guardian is a British daily newspaper, known from 1821 until 1959 as the Manchester Guardian. Along with its sister papers The Observer and The Guardian Weekly, The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by The Scott Trust Limited. The Trust was created in 1936 “to secure the financial and editorial independence of The Guardian in perpetuity and to safeguard the journalistic freedom and liberal values of The Guardian free from commercial or political interference.” The Scott Trust became a limited company in 2008, with a constitution to maintain the same protections for The Guardian. Profits are reinvested in journalism rather than to the benefit of an owner or shareholders.
The Guardian is edited by Katharine Viner, who succeeded Alan Rusbridger in 2015. In 2016, The Guardian‘s print edition had an average daily circulation of roughly 162,000 copies in the country, behind The Daily Telegraph and The Times. The newspaper has an online UK edition as well as two international websites, Guardian Australia (founded in 2013) and Guardian US (founded in 2011). The newspaper’s online edition was the fifth most widely read in the world in October 2014, with over 42.6 million readers. Its combined print and online editions reach nearly 9 million British readers.
Until 2008, the Reuters news agency formed part of an independent company, Reuters Group plc, which was also a provider of financial market data. Since the acquisition of Reuters Group by the Thomson Corporation in 2008, the Reuters news agency has been a part of Thomson Reuters, making up the media division. Reuters transmits news in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Urdu, and Chinese. It was established in 1851.
On Guardian report of the Russian Hearing: Russia hearing: Comey says no information to confirm Trump’s wiretap …
James Comey and Mike Rogers appear before the House intelligence panel while Trump’s supreme court pick Neil Gorsuch has a confirmation hearing
- Full report: Trump-Russia collusion is being investigated, Comey says
- Analysis: what we learned from the House hearing
The House intelligence committee hearing on Russian tampering in the US election has wrapped, as has day one of judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings. Here’s what happened:
- FBI director James Comey announced for the first time that “the FBI, as part of our counter-intelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”
- Trump campaign figures mentioned at the hearing included Michael Flynn, Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, JD Gordon, Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway. Comey declined to say whether the president was or is being personally investigated.
- Comey knocked down Trump’s assertion on Twitter that Barack Obama had “wire tapped” him. “We do not have any information that supports those tweets,” Comey said.
- Republican chairman Devin Nunes admitted that “We know there was not a physical wiretap at Trump Tower. However it is possible that other surveillance technology was used against President Trump and his associates.”
- Tweets sent from the @potus account during the hearing mischaracterized Comey’s testimony and that of NSA director Michael Rogers. One tweet said the witnesses had told Congress that Russia “did not influence electoral process”.
- Comey was asked about the tweet. “We’ve offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact, because it’s not something we’ve looked at,” Comey said. “It certainly wasn’t our intention to say that today.”
- Rogers denied a White House claim that the Obama administration asked GCHQ to conduct surveillance on Trump, saying it would have been a violation of US law to ask the British to conduct such an operation.
- Republicans called for punishment for anyone who leaked classified information to the press, concerning Flynn’s contacts with Russian operatives or other issues. One member promised to grill former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper about leaks next week.
- It emerged that the FBI investigation of Russian tampering was launched in late July, although the public did not learn of the investigation for months, well after the FBI saw fit to announce its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
- The first day of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings began with lengthy statements by Senate judiciary members and with an opening statement by Gorsuch.
- Gorsuch was advised by Democrats to publicly and explicitly reject Trump’s attacks on the independence of the judiciary. Gorsuch, looking relaxed, quipped, “I appreciate all of the attention.”
On Reuters Russian reports it says: FBI head confirms Russia election probe, says Moscow backed Trump …
FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating possible ties between Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia as Moscow sought to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
Comey and Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, made clear that their investigation of Moscow and November’s U.S. elections could last for months.
Appearing before a congressional panel, Comey also publicly challenged Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his 2016 campaign headquarters in Manhattan’s Trump Tower.
The two officials spent 5-1/2 hours before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee in testimony marked by starkly partisan divides between the panel’s majority Republicans and Democrats.
Comey refused to back away from his claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not simply want Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to lose the election; he wanted Donald Trump to win.
Trump created a controversy in early March when he tweeted without giving evidence that Obama had wiretapped his campaign while the businessman competed against Clinton.
“With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said.
Leon Panetta, a former U.S. defense secretary and CIA director during the Obama administration, said in an interview that Trump should “acknowledge that he made a mistake, apologize to President Obama.”
Washington Post, reports:
On Monday, unsubstantiated claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign, substantiated claims about Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election to help Trump win, and cloudy claims about Trump associates’ ties to Russia all came to a head.
FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a rare public hearing about what they know and what they want to know.
There was no smoking gun from either side’s perspective, but we did learn more about what the FBI is investigating and what Republicans and Democrats in Congress want to investigate.
Below are six takeaways from the hearing. (For the full rundown of what happened, read The Washington Post’s national security team’s report. You can also read the entire hearing’s transcript.)
The following are the top 5 pages
at Google on Russian hearing:
https://www.theguardian.com › US News › US politics
16 hours ago – One tweet said the witnesses had told Congress that Russia “did not influence electoral process”. Comey was asked about the tweet. “We’ve …
4 hours ago – Comey refused to back away from his claim that Russian President … Key quotes from Congress‘ hearing on Russia and the U.S. election.
14 hours ago – The House Intelligence Committee on Monday held an unusual open hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election …
18 hours ago – Honestly, the whole wiretapping was a sidebar to two other big questions: Did Trump associates collude with Russia, and who has been …
1 day ago – President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss questions surrounding his campaign’s ties to Russia ahead of a congressional hearing Monday, …