The Larry O’Connor Show 05.15.18

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Larry O’Connor’s interview with Virginia GOP Senate candidates

Two Colleagues Contradict Brennan’s Denial of Reliance on Dossier (Real Clear Politics)

Former CIA Director John Brennan’s insistence that the salacious and unverified Steele dossier was not part of the official Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 election is being contradicted by two top former officials.

Recently retired National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers stated in a classified letter to Congress that the Clinton campaign-funded memos did factor into the ICA. And James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, conceded in a recent CNN interview that the assessment was based on “some of the substantive content of the dossier.” Without elaborating, he maintained that “we were able to corroborate” certain allegations. [Read More]

Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch (The Hill)

Special counsel Robert Mueller has withstood relentless political attacks, many distorting his record of distinguished government service.

But there’s one episode even Mueller’s former law enforcement comrades — and independent ethicists — acknowledge raises legitimate legal issues and a possible conflict of interest in his overseeing the Russia election probe.

In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007. [Read More]


Metro announced the Metrorail will be extended for an additional hour for Washington Capitals’ fans on Tuesday.

The Capitals will battle the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the National Hockey League’s Conference Finals at Capital One Arena tomorrow.   The Capitals are leading in the series 2-0.

“We are pleased to provide rail service so all of the fans can support the Caps in the playoffs,” said Wiedefeld. “Thanks to Exelon, we can offer a train ride home when the game ends, even if that means overtime.” [Read More]

Journalists Should Stop Falling For Hamas’ Deadly PR Efforts Against Israel (The Federalist)

Hamas isn’t merely a terrorist organization committed to murdering Jews, it’s a terrorist organization that urges its own people to become cannon fodder as a means of appealing to Western journalists and intellectuals. The higher the death toll, the happier Hamas will be. And few things have more of a detrimental effect on the Palestinian cause than the media’s asymmetrical coverage of this conflict with the Jews.

Until Palestinians shed their hatred, turn from the Israeli fences, and march towards their own governments, they will remain pawns and saps in a decades-long suicide mission. That’s because no amount of bad press about Israel’s efforts to stop violence coming from Gaza will impel that nation to create a terror state on its borders. It’s untenable, not to mention immoral. We would never contemplate such a thing. Nor would any rational country. [Read More]

Will Meghan Markle’s father skip the royal wedding? (The Washington Post)

Will Meghan Markle’s father be at her wedding this Saturday to walk his daughter down the aisle? Has the media’s zoom lens of attention on Meg’s Valium-popping pop been “atrocious and intrusive,” as Markle’s half-sister claims? Or is Markle’s half-sis a little media “vulture” herself, as celebrity TV personalty Piers Morgan claimed Tuesday?

Ah, nothing like a British royal wedding. [Read More]

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