Before Nielsen was forced out, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities as DHS secretary: preparing for new and different Russian forms of interference in 2020. Mulvaney told her not to bring it up in front of the president.
Big from NYT. Before getting forced out as DHS Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen tried to focus White House on need to defend against new Russian attack in 2020. Mulvaney didn't want her to bring it up with Trump, because it would detract from his victory:
Kirstjen Nielsen tried to raise the issue of future Russian attacks on American democracy before she was forced out at DHS. Mulvaney told her not to bring it up with Trump because it would taint his 2016 victory. So disturbing.
Really important story about the actual impact of how ⁦⁩’s rage at the Russia investigation is getting in the way of protecting Americans. Top officials were warned not to bring up concerns about Russia’s 2020 interference with POTUS
This is a dereliction of duty on an historical scale. No US president has ever willfully decided not to protect the country from a known attack. Among the many high crimes of this , this may be the highest of all.
Don't tell the president: Kirstjen Nielsen worried about Russian interference in 2020 before quitting. She was told not to discuss it with her boss.
In a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney made it clear that Trump still equated any discussion of malign Russian election activity w/ questions about the legitimacy of his victory. Mulvaney said it “wasn’t a great subject & should be kept below his level."
Securing our elections from foreign influence is not something the President can choose to opt out of because of his ego.
This takes the president’s response to continuing Russian election interference from denial to gross negligence. via ⁦
Mulvaney told Nielsen not to discuss election interference with Trump because he associates it with 2016 legitimacy questions, NYT says.
Confirming much of what's in this scoop, a US Gov official tells me "it's like pulling teeth to get the White House to focus the attention needed on” Russian election interference 1/
President Trump has a sworn duty to protect our democracy. This report indicates he is shirking it.
No, it’s not normal for the Homeland Security Secretary to be told to not bring up the issue of election security with the president.
This is inane. Authoritarian attacks on our democracy require a coordinated interagency response, which is why we’ve urged appointment of a senior counter-foreign interference coordinator. The WH is leaving the door wide open for our adversaries.
The WH COS made clear Trump still equated public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about his victory’s legitimacy. Mulvaney: it “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level.”
Before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on insulating the 2020 elections from Russian interference. “President Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president.”
Re this Nielsen story, , Hogan Gidley on Fox says "Mick Mulvaney said it never happened." Mulvaney's actual statement didn't quite say that. He said, “I don’t recall anything along those lines..."
On the one hand the berserk, crooked president refuses to secure the democracy from his foreign kleptocrat friends who might help him steal re-election. On the other hand if we respond as the Constitution says we should the media might call us partisan.
This is what Jared Kushner said was minor. He’s minor and this is a threat: via
Like many, I’ve been concerned by much of what President Trump has done+not done in office. But this report that his advisors won’t risk his wrath by raising with him Russia’s assault on our elections is truly and deeply disturbing. - The New York Times
Tonight on #Hardball: New developments on the Trump Administration's disregard for election security. , , break down the latest.
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops treating him like a toddler.
"But in a meeting this year, Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, made it clear that Mr. Trump still equated any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory"
In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump - The New York Times
Protecting president's feelings above the integrity of our elections and democracy? via
Trump doesn't even want to hear about election security for 2020. Some say he thinks that such talk undermines his 2016 election, which it does, but there's also a very good chance he just wants to benefit from Russian interference again.
Mr. Trump won’t protect us from foreign attacks -- cyber warfare -- especially when it involves his friend Putin. This couldn’t be a more serious failure for a Commander in Chief. Our national security is at stake. What can we do BUT impeach?
“The White House did not provide comment after multiple requests on Tuesday.”
A highly placed U.S. official is found sabotaging election counterintelligence and cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. Opening the door to Russian interference in the 2020 election. Guess who.
In months before Nielsen was forced out, she tried to focus WH on one of her highest priorities as DHS secretary: preparing for new Russian forms of interference in 2020 election. Trump’s chief of staff told her not to bring it up in front of the president
How Trump's personalization of everything imperils administration's capacity to deal with real threats. In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump
As a reminder, the collusion is ongoing, as Trump is using his power to make it easier for the Russians to interfere with the 2020 election.
This is what Jared Kushner said was minor. He’s minor and this is a threat: via
Nothing to see here, move along.
But now what Trump can do to help the Russians is a lot more obvious: He can prevent federal law enforcement from taking steps to stop the Russian criminal conspiracy. And he will do that. He is already doing that.
⁩ was “adamant that the government needed to significantly step up its efforts to urge the public and companies to block foreign influence campaigns. But the department was stymied by the White House’s refusal to discuss it.“
"Russia, if you're listening ...."
This is crazy! In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump PLEASE say this isn’t so
In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don't Tell Trump - The New York Times via
In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump
"Mr. Trump’s aversion to even discussing the looming threat remains a concern."