Thursday Open Thread | Trump Knew Putin Ordered Cyber-attacks to Sway Election

Two weeks before his inauguration, President Trump was shown intelligence indicating Russian President Putin had personally ordered cyberattacks to sway the 2016 election, according to a report.

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76 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Trump Knew Putin Ordered Cyber-attacks to Sway Election

  1. rikyrah says:

    Spy Girl’s Sugar Daddy got KT McFarland on the National Security Council😒😒

  2. rikyrah says:

    The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) Tweeted:
    A staffer for GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart was a participant in a month-long group chat with people planning the next white supremacist Unite the Right rally

  3. Breaking news!


    Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Trump asked John Bolton to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Get him, Forever FLOTUS.


    Michelle Obama arrives in Scotland for charity fundraiser

    — STV News (@STVNews) July 17, 2018

    Michelle Obama slams Trump as ‘mediocre’ at charity event in Scotland

    — Scotland Star (@ScotlandStar) July 19, 2018

  5. rikyrah says:


    Weird how Russia didn’t seem to think infiltrating the Democratic party and liberal groups was a path to power.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 19, 2018

    When Butina approached “a left-leaning civil rights group” they contacted the FBI.— b🦈🦈swax (@realmissbeeswax) July 19, 2018

  6. rikyrah says:

    This is what you call Twitter Truth:

    This is why Bernie never makes much noise about Putin or Russia, and making noise is his only political skill. Trump, Sanders, Stein, were all assisted by Putin. In 2016, there was only one candidate for president who scared the hell out of Putin: Hillary Clinton.

    — Spandan @ TPV (@thepeoplesview) July 19, 2018

  7. rikyrah says:

    Connect the dots, people:

    July 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Bernie voting record on Russia/Putin according to this text:

    Voted NO on the Magnitsky Act

    Voted No to Russian Sanctions.

    Like Trump, Bernie never showed his tax returns.

    After the election, Bernie bought 3 homes.

    Bernie’s wife is being investigated by the FBI about shady loan deal.

  8. rikyrah says:


    Adding to this as I process it…

    Mueller’s evidence in a criminal trial includes communications between Tad Devine, Paul Manafort and a Russian connected to Putin up through JUNE OF 2014.

    In NOVEMBER OF 2014, Devine joined Bernie’s campaign.

    — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 19, 2018


    The Russian Devine was communicating with is Konstantin Kilimnik.

    Kilimnik is already under indictment by Mueller.

    Bernie’s Chief Strategist was in touch with Manafort’s shady Putin-connected pal right before joining Bernie’s campaign… Uh-oh.

    — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 19, 2018

  9. You see how destructive he is to the country and the people in it? He’s hell bent on hurting this country. He’s very vindictive. He hates America. It’s not rocket science.

  10. This bish!

    Did the law change while I wasn’t looking? Deliberately running over someone w/ a car is criminal. Kidnapping kids from their parents & killing people is criminal. What’s wrong w/ you? You’re so disgusting, Kristjen Nielsen.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Of course he always knew


    We’ve had forty-four occupants of the Oval Office. Some have been iconic. Some have plunged us into misery. But what none of them were were traitors. The Constitution foresaw such an eventuality, and a remedy to deal with a compromised president. But that system is not functional at the present moment. Trump’s party goes to amazing lengths to protect him, putting their own interests over the very existence of our democracy. One has to assume that democracy is just a fig leaf for them for the grabbing of power. It’s safe to say that if a Democratic president had even a fraction of the scandals in which Trump is mired, a Democratic Congress would have already impeached him or her. We currently have only one party which values American ideals, and it’s not the party in power.

    This was never funny. But now it’s spun out of control. This week has laid bare all of the GOP’s treason and skullduggery. The Constitution has a remedy for this as well. It’s the franchise. Exercising the sacred duty of voting is the solution to this impasse. Cleansing Congress of the GOP, returning a Democratic majority in both houses, and expediting real oversight of the occupied executive branch is how we get out of this mess without resorting to harsher measures. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be easy. But it’s the only way forward.

  12. rikyrah says:


    My GOP DC Friends:

    If you (and it’s plural, quite plural) stuck your d*ck in Comrade Butina call your lawyer now, this morning, to set up a chat with the FBI. You are in deep trouble. This will not look good when it comes out.

    And it will.

    You know who you are….

    — John Schindler (@20committee) July 19, 2018

    • Ametia says:

      ______________FLATLINES—————–@ If you (and it’s plural, quite plural) stuck your d*ck in Comrade Butina

      That peen gets them in deep (PUN intended) DOO DOO everytime!

  13. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Told you…there ARE no six degrees of separation in Russia to Putin.


    David Corn
    14h14 hours ago
    In court today, federal prosecutors submitted a document suggesting Maria Butina was funded by an oligarch close to Putin. So her operation might go all the way to the top of the Kremlin. Big deal.

  14. Ametia says:
  15. rikyrah says:

    For months, Republicans offered Trump an escape hatch: Just admit Russian interference happened, and we won’t ask too many questions.

    But the news that Trump was briefed on Putin’s involvement 18 months ago renders that position unsustainable.

    My post:

    — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 19, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:


    The extent to which white people will blame President Obama instead of taking responsibility for their own folks knowingly voting for a racist monster is wow.


    — Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) July 19, 2018

  17. rikyrah says:

    Expert: Russian hackers elusive but not untouchable

    David Hickton, former U.S. attorney who pioneered the tactic of indicting state actors for hacking, talks with Rachel Maddow about how prosecutors are not powerless to address the threat of Russian hacking.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Prosecuting foreign hackers carries benefits beyond a trial

    David Hickton, former U.S. attorney who pioneered the tactic of indicting state actors for hacking, talks with Rachel Maddow about the value of indicting nation-state adversaries even if the chances for extradition are low.

  19. rikyrah says:

    McFaul ‘flabbergasted’ that White House would not defend him

    Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador the Russia, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump administration’s apparent consideration of Vladimir Putin’s suggestion of blindly handing over American citizens for “questioning.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    Butina case raises questions on Russia’s role in Tillerson pick

    Rachel Maddow highlights a portion of the charging document against accused Russian agent Mariia Butina in which there is a suggestion that Russians thought they had a say in Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Mueller adds counterespionage prosecutor to Butina case

    Rachel Maddow reports the surprise addition of Deborah Curtis, a high ranking DoJ counterespionage prosecutor to the Mariia Butina case in which the government argued for the need to keep Butina in custody lest she flee.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Trump admin waffles on standing up for Americans against Putin

    Rachel Maddow reports on the Trump administration’s lack of any innate loyalty to Americans in its apparent consideration of handing Americans over to Vladimir Putin in a tit-for-tat ploy of false equivalency.

  23. rikyrah says:

    To be politically incorrect, the only decisive episode on the horizon is the midterm elections.

    — Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 18, 2018

  24. rikyrah says:

    By my count, Trump has questioned, doubted, or outright rejected the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election at least 13 times — 8 before taking ofc, 5 since. There’s a phrase for when someone “misspeaks” so much about a subject so sore: “What he actually believes.”

    — Amy Zegart (@AmyZegart) July 18, 2018

  25. rikyrah says:

    The new cover of @TIME.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2018

  26. rikyrah says:

    BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) Tweeted:
    Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina spent years creating an irresistible persona to woo US conservatives.

    Here’s how she did it.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒 😒

    Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) Tweeted:
    This isn’t hyperbole. Scheuer literally fantasizes here about “well-armed citizens who voted for Trump” murdering his critics, including the Obamas and “all of the mainstream media.”

    • Dude is a threat to the public. But what will the FBI do? Wait until people are killed?

    • majiir says:

      One of the biggest mistakes some right-wingers make is believing that all liberals/progressives/Democrats are unarmed and will not use those weapons if they start some mess. One of my brothers has an “arsenal” in his home, including an AK-47, and has always voted for Democrats. I don’t have as many guns as he does, but I have enough and enough ammo to go with them to hold these b*st*rds at bay for quite a while. It was only after Obama was elected, and some of these fools seemed to have lost their frigging minds, that I purchased weapons and ammo. Another reason is because I live alone.

  28. rikyrah says:

    You ain’t lying.

    I feel like by Friday the intelligence community is going to be leaking “Jesus Christ America, do we have to draw you a map?”

    — Schooley (@Rschooley) July 19, 2018

  29. rikyrah says:

    The background on Spy Girl’s Sugar Daddy:

    Adam L Silverman says:
    July 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Erickson’s got longstanding connections to Russian government officials and oligarchs/organized crime leaders (Torshin is one of the top leaders of the Russian mob). He’s also heavily connected on the GOP/movement conservative/christian conservative side. Including both the NRA and The Family/The Fellowship/C Street folks who run the national prayer breakfast, which is how Butina was able to get deep access to that stuff. He was a senior advisor to Romney’s campaign in 2012. He was a College Republican treasurer when he was in college. He’s involved with Marsha Blackburn’s campaign to replace Bob Corker in the Senate. He’s a major bridging node between the Russians and these groups, movements, and campaigns in the US. And he’s in a lot of trouble.

  30. Look y’all. They don’t want to know the truth. We’re in big trouble. It’s not safe for us.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄 😄😄

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