Statement on Trump Bullying The GSA At The Expense Of The American People

American Bridge spokesperson Kevin McAlister released the following statement on Donald Trump benefiting from his DC hotel lease as an elected official with the General Services Administration, despite the GSA ruling otherwise earlier today:

“Donald Trump has a long history of micromanaging everything touching his business and profits, so we have every reason to believe Trump pressured GSA to rule his way at the expense of the American people’s best interests. And if Trump is pressuring other agencies that he has control over to do his bidding to the detriment of the American people, the White House needs to come clean.”

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Rep. Nunes Just Destroyed His Credibility

Following reports that the Republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes went straight to the White House instead of briefing members of his committee on his apparent new findings, American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh released the following statement:

“Rep. Nunes has lost all of his credibility. From the start it was difficult to see how he could conduct this investigation in an impartial fashion considering he served as a senior member of the Trump transition, but today he made it clear that his partisan agenda is his top priority. For all we know he could be looking at his own name in any incidental collection done by American intelligence agencies and now misleading the public about it, a reality that underscores the need for a special prosecutor.

“Nunes is a White House pawn. He can’t be trusted in any capacity, let alone one that has him overseeing what should be an […]

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Rep. Nunes Highlights Need for a Special Prosecutor

Following Rep. Devin Nunes’ press conference, American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh released the following statement:

“Once again Rep. Nunes is selectively releasing information to further a political agenda on behalf of the White House. If he wants the public to have confidence in his ability to oversee an investigation, he should release details: who were the individuals under surveillance that Trump officials were communicating with? What were they discussing? And why is his first instinct to run to the White House with this information when they’re the subject of multiple investigations?

“If it wasn’t already painfully obvious, Nunes is a White House lackey who can’t be trusted. His political agenda is getting in the way of an unbiased investigation, and this latest development further demonstrates the need for a special prosecutor to oversee this investigation.”

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Spicer Questions: “This Model Can Greatly Benefit The Putin Government” Edition

It’s only Wednesday and this week is already a disaster for President Trump. The health care bill may not even pass the House, Republican governors are rebelling against Trump’s atrocious budget cuts, and of course, there is another bombshell in the unfolding Russia scandal.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions: 

1. Did you nonsensically claim Paul Manafort played a “limited role” on the Trump campaign on Monday because you knew the AP story was coming?

2. The AP reported Manafort said he continues to speak to Donald Trump. How often do they speak and when was their last conversation?

3. How did President Trump react to the story Rex Tillerson didn’t want the Secretary of State job and only did it because his wife felt he should?

4. Judge Gorsuch claimed he would have “walked out the door” if Trump asked him about Roe v. Wade […]

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Tillerson Skips Out on NATO Allies, Assures Kremlin that Russia Trip Still a Go

Just hours after FBI Director James Comey noted that a strong NATO “encircles and threatens” Russia, the State Department announced that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip his first meeting with NATO foreign ministers but will visit Russia. In response to the unprecedented move, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:

“It’s unprecedented for the Secretary of State to skip a meeting with NATO allies, while making the extra effort to assure the Kremlin that Rex Tillerson won’t be missing his diplomatic trip to Russia in May. This only confirms our worst fears that the Trump administration values Russian interests too highly at the expense our own national security. Both Tillerson and Donald Trump have praised Vladimir Putin’s leadership, and by traveling to Russia but skipping a meeting with NATO, they’re sending a dangerous message to our allies around the world about their reckless allegiances and priorities.”

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Comey Hearing: 5 Key Takeaways

Today FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Donald Trump and his aides connections to Russia. The result: things are not looking good for Donald Trump.

“In the first public hearing on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, James Comey admitted that the Trump campaign has been under investigation since July 2016 and that there is no evidence to support any claims of wiretapping by the Obama administration. Russia’s influence over Trump puts us all at risk, and we need a special prosecutor to investigate this scandal immediately on behalf of the American people,” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh.

1. FBI Director Comey admits that Donald Trump is under investigation.
•  FBI Director James Comey officially confirmed that the FBI’s counterintelligence division is investigating links between Trump and his aides to Russia. Watch here.

2. There is no evidence that President Obama or the Obama administration […]

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The Russia Connection Web Series: Roger Stone

Today, Bridge Project is launching a new web series that outlines the numerous direct ties between officials in Donald Trump’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs, gangsters, alleged spy-masters, and Vladimir Putin. For this week’s inaugural episode, Bridge Project focuses on former Trump campaign aide Roger Stone.

As a former Trump campaign official, Roger Stone admitted to being in contact with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the infamous hacker Guccifer 2.0, both who are believed to be connected to the Russian government, while they were engaged in cyber attacks on the U.S. Stone’s contacts are the most explicit connections between Trump’s inner circle and the hackers, and the FBI is currently investigating ‘intercepted communications and financial transactions’ between Stone and Russian officials.

“We’re going to make sure the public is fully briefed on Donald Trump and Roger Stone’s ties to Russia and the national security ramifications. Russia’s potential influence over our president puts us […]

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ICYMI: Tillerson: ‘I’m not a big media press access person’

“Rex Tillerson isn’t a big media person like Michael Flynn wasn’t a big disclose your financial ties to Russia person.  Reporters don’t travel with the Secretary of State to boost their ego, they do it because the Secretary of State works for the American people and they have a right to know what he or she is doing on their behalf. You aren’t an unaccountable big oil CEO anymore Mr. Tillerson, time to shape up,” said American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh. 

Key Points: 
 

Tillerson wouldn’t commit to bringing a pool reporter on future trips, saying it would be decided on a case-by-case basis depending on his goals.

“I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it. …  doing daily availability, I don’t have this appetite or hunger to be that.” [said Tillerson]

 
 
The Hill: Tillerson: ‘I’m not a big media press access person’

BY ELLIOT SMILOWITZ, 3/18/17

Secretary of State […]

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Degrees of Russian separation: Trump adviser Roger Stone’s hacker ties

 
We know that Russia played a role in the 2016 election. We also know that our president, Donald Trump, and his administration have extensive ties to the country.

It’s confirmed that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign aides’ emails were hacked by the Russian government in an effort to help elect Donald Trump. Guccifer 2.0 and Wikileaks, known hackers with ties to Russia, posted the stolen emails. And according to reports, Trump’s aides were in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials at this time.

But those aren’t the only Russian ties to Trump.

 

 

American Bridge has launched Trumpconnections.ru, a website that explains the myriad of connections between Donald Trump and associates from his Administration, campaign and business ventures to Russian oligarchs, gangsters, alleged spy-masters and Vladimir Putin.

Each week, we will examine someone who is part of the expanding web of connections between Donald Trump and the Putin agents […]

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Tillerson Denies U.S. Networks Access to Tour of DMZ

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied U.S. networks access to cover his tour of the DMZ, instead only allowing Fox News to cover the event per pool report. In response American Bridge spokesperson Sabrina Singh released the following statement:

“This is a principal example of Rex Tillerson ripping a page out of the Vladimir Putin playbook and denying Americans accountability and transparency. The public deserves to know how our chief diplomat plans to address North Korea’s threats to the region’s stability, especially after Tillerson warned that ‘all options are on the table.’ Less than two months on the job and Tillerson is failing the American people.”

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