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“In many ways, we vacated a lot of competitive space in recent years and created opportunities for these revisionist powers,” McMaster said, referring to China and Russia. 

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Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI – HuffPost
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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner sued over financial disclosures – Politico
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Trump says he is not planning to fire Mueller as Republican attacks increase – The Guardian
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Trump year one: better scorecard than predicted – Financial Times
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Democrats see plot to fire Mueller in escalating GOP attacks – Politico
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U.S. President Donald Trump is set to present a new national security strategy in a speech on December 18 that will take a hard line with China, senior U.S. officials say  

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McMaster alluded to the assessment by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia conducted a concerted campaign of interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016Putin and other Russian officials deny that Moscow meddled in the election, despite
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Past peak Putin: Is the Russian leader less secure than he seems?
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They will have the full support of many European leaders whose countries have also been the target of Russian interference. Elsewhere in the world, Putin’s attempts to ‘make Russia great again’ by destroying the lives of other people are beginning toand more »

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Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained
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The benefit of this kind of data is that it allows data companies like Cambridge Analytica to develop more sophisticatedpsychological profiles of internet users (more data points means more predictive power). Cambridge Analytica was also able to use and more »

The Early Edition: December 18, 2017

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here.Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trump transition lawyers accused special counsel Robert Muellers team of obtaining unauthorized access to transition emails in a letter written by lawyer Kory Langhofer to Congressional leaders. A spokesperson for Mueller has denied the accusations, saying that the team have secured either the account owners consent or appropriate criminal process when accessing documents as part of the Russia investigation, Evan Perez and Kevin Bohn report at CNN.

Trump denied that he is considering firing Mueller in remarks to reporters yesterday amid rising tensions between the White House and the special counsels investigation, Trump was also asked about the allegation that transition emails were obtained unlawfully, to which he replied that it was quite sad to see and his people were very upset about it. Julia Manchester reports at the Hill.

The allegations by Trump transition lawyers are the latest in a series of criticisms of the Mueller investigation and accusations of potential bias of Muellers team, it was recently revealed that an F.B.I. agent and lawyer, who had been involved in the probe, had called Trump an idiot and a menace. Aruna Viswanatha reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump aides dismissed rumors of Muellers firing, however one adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that Trump appears to be considering a change in the Justice Department leadership, two advisers stated that the president had castigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions as weak and complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensensteins oversight of the Mueller investigation in recent discussions. Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey and Sari Horwitz report at the Washington Post.

Trumps lawyers and allies have increased their attacks on Mueller, revealing fractures in the image of cooperation that Trumps team had portrayed for many months, however White House officials have tried to play down the significance of allegations made by Langhofer, saying that it was an issue for the transition team. Michael S. Schmidt reports at the New York Times.

The courts should resolve the complaint made by Trump transition lawyers, not Congress, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said yesterday, Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas) expressed concern that Trump has not issued an outright condemnation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, saying yesterday that Russia is not going to stop their bad behavior unless there are consequences to it. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Trump has sought to undermine the credibility of the special counsel investigation and the attacks should be taken seriously, Mueller is unable to respond aggressively to criticisms by Trumps team and he has been hampered by the lack of a strong congressional investigation to complement his work. Julian Zelizer writes at CNN.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea must earn its way back to talks through a sustained cessation of threating behavior, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday during a U.N. Security Council session, backtracking from his recent comments that the U.S. could engage in negotiations without preconditions. Tillerson also called for Russia and China to cut off their economic ties with the Pyongyang, Carol Morello reports at the Washington Post.

North Koreas intercontinental ballistic missile (I.C.B.M.) has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now, the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on Friday, adding that analysis on their most recent missile test is ongoing. Reuters reports.

An Australian citizen has been charged for alleged breaches of U.N. and Australian trade sanctions on North Korea, the Australian police said yesterday, adding that the deals that Chan Han Choi allegedly helped to broker could be valued in the millions. Rachel Pannett and Jonathan Cheng report at the Wall Street Journal.

Tillerson last week offered a few details of a U.S. military contingency plan to seize North Koreas nuclear weapons should the Pyongyang regime collapse, saying that the Trump administration had provided assurances to Chinas leadership that U.S. forces would quickly retreat after executing their plan. David E. Sanger provides an analysis of the secretary of states comments at the New York Times.

Russia hopes that the U.S. and North Korea will start a dialogue, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today according to the state-run R.I.A. news agency, Reuters reporting.

The sanctions on North Korea ensure that hunger remains a way of life in the country and the U.S. and the international community are at fault for the situation, although the desire to stop Pyongyang from developing nuclear weapons and missiles is understandable, North Korean citizens are paying the price for a strategy that is limited in its effectiveness. Kee B. Park writes at the New York Times.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Violent clashes on Friday between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli security forces led to the deaths of four Palestinians, the Israeli military stated that it had fired selectively towards main instigators. Loveday Morris and Hazem Balousha report at the Washington Post.

The Israeli military carried out airstrikes targeting a Palestinian Hamas training compound in the Gaza Strip, the military said today, saying that the strikes were in response to rockets fired from the Palestinian territory. The AP reports.

Turkey hopes to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday, making the comments after leading calls last week for the world to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. Reuters reports.

The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote today on a draft resolution rejecting Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the resolution is likely to be vetoed by the U.S., Al Jazeerareports.

The Palestinian leadership may take the issue to the U.N. General Assembly if the U.S. exercises its veto at the Security Council, the Palestinian U.N. envoy said today. Reuters reports.

SYRIA

We have to talk to everybody, we have to talk to Bashar al-Assad and his representatives, the French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview which aired yesterday, adding that the Syrian President would answer for his crimes at a later date. Elaine Ganley reports at the AP.

The military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria should be completed by February, Macron also said in the interview, Reuters reporting.

Turkey will not allow the presence of the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish Y.P.G. militia near its border, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday, calling the Y.P.G. terrorists. The AP reports.

Russia is set to launch its own efforts for a political resolution to the Syrian war in 2018 and the Russian initiative is likely to preserve Assad as president, however analysts have cast doubt on Russias ability to deliver lasting peace as Assad has shown himself to be intransigent and Irans role in the country and the region has the potential to complicate matters. Tom Perry provides an analysis at Reuters.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 14 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 8 and December 10. [Central Command]

AFGHANISTAN

Gunmen attacked a building near a training facility of Afghanistans main intelligence agency today, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, however details remain unclear. Reutersreports.

Taliban militants attacked police checkpoints and a N.A.T.O. convoy in a series of attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, according to officials. A provincial spokesperson stated that 11 Afghan police officers were killed in Helmand and a spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition said that there were no fatalities or injuries among coalition forces in the attack in Kandahar, Taimoor Shah and Mujib Mashal report at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Trump during a phone call for U.S. intelligence that helped prevent terrorist bombings in St. Petersburg, Putins office said yesterday, James Marson reports at the New York Times.

President Trump is set to unveil a new national security strategy today which portrays China and Russia as direct competitors with the U.S. and present a challenge to American interests, according to Trump administration officials. Anne Gearan reports at the Washington Post.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a church in Pakistan yesterday, which killed nine and wounded more than 50, according to officials. The AP reports.

U.S. Special Forces member Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in gunfire during the October ambush in Niger, according to anonymous U.S. officials, the account contradicts rumors that Johnson was captured alive or killed at close range. Lolita C. Baldor reports at the AP.

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a wedding procession in Yemen yesterday, killing 10 women, according to witnesses and health officials. Ahmed Al-Haj reports at the AP.

The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army Gen. Khalifa Haftar indicated that he may run in elections next year, his forces control parts of Libya and Haftar has dismissed the U.N.-backed Libyan government as obsolete. Ayman al-Warfalli reports at Reuters.

The Obama administrations desire to secure a nuclear deal with Iran undermined the criminal investigation into networks of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group, administration officials repeatedly created obstacles for investigators. Josh Meyer reveals details of the campaign at POLITICO.

The U.S. military has stepped up its cyber offensive against the Islamic State group, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command has endorsed the operations, saying that it can could destroy an adversary on an epic scale when combined with traditional military operations. Dan Lamothe reports at the Washington Post.

The International Criminal Court (I.C.C.)s recent flurry activity demonstrates its powerlessness, the chief prosecutors announcements are an attempt to repair the I.C.C.s reputation, however the I.C.C. would be better placed pursuing actions that have an impact, such as in Libya. Thierry Cruvellier writes at the New York Times.

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Trump Supporters Are Stepping Up Their Attacks On Bob Mueller And The FBI. The attacks on the bureau and the special counsel’s office appear intended to set the stage for firing Mueller. By Ryan J. Reilly. Joshua Roberts / Reuters. Special counsel 
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But two people who have spoken to the president recently said that he was far more frustrated with the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, than Mr. Mueller. Mr. Trump has said that Mr. Wray has not moved 
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Trump says he is not planning to fire Mueller as Republican attacks increase
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So far, other than issuing characteristic attacks on Twitter, the president has fought something of a proxy war. After it was reported this month that Mueller removed from his team an FBI agent who sent text messages critical of Trump, Republicans in 
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Putin Thanks Trump for Intelligence About Planned Terror Attack
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MOSCOWRussian President Vladimir Putin thanked U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone for intelligence that the Kremlin said had helped prevent a series of terrorist bombings in St. Petersburg, Mr. Putin’s office said Sunday. The Kremlin said Mr  

Trump year one: better scorecard than predicted – Financial Times
 


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Trump year one: better scorecard than predicted
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Trump lawyer accuses Mueller of improperly obtaining transition emails
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Donald Trumps lazy incompetence directly led to Robbert Mueller getting his emails

Donald Trump isn’t merely an illegitimately elected president with authoritarian ambitions and personal loyalty to a foreign enemy. He’s also lazily incompetent. He spends most of his time watching cable news or playing golf. He hasn’t bothered to fill numerous crucial government positions. He’s surrounded himself with sycophantic staffers who are as bumbling as he is. Now it turns out Special Counsel Robert Mueller got a major leg up on Trump because of that lazy ineptitude.Last night it was revealed that all along, Mueller has secretly had every Trump transition team email. He was interviewing Trump’s people about the Trump-Russia scandal, not because he wanted to learn something from them, but because he wanted them to incriminate themselves by lying about what was in those emails. So how did Mueller get the fifty thousand emails in question? He simply asked the General Services Administration to turn them over. Trump had put one of his own people in place at the GSA, presumably in order to specifically stop this kind of thing from happening. Then the guy got sick and died.

According to various major media outlets, Mueller asked the GSA for the emails in question back in August. Back in May, Trump had appointed Richard W. Beckler, one of his own loyalists, as the General Counsel of the GSA (link). It would have been Beckler’s job to fight back against Mueller in the name of preventing those emails from being turned over. But when Beckler became seriously ill and could no longer show up for the job, neither Trump nor his people bothered to put another loyalist in his place (link). This allowed Mueller to get what he wanted without any hassle.

If Donald Trump and his handlers had been on top of this, they might have been able to significantly delay Robert Mueller’s acquisition of the incriminating emails in question. Instead, Mueller has had them for months. For that matter, Trump and his people are so clueless, they weren’t even aware that the GSA had turned them over. That ineptitude may prove to be Trump’s undoing.

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Donald Trump and his goons have their new DOJ scapegoat, and its not Robert Mueller

Donald Trump’s advisers, surrogates, family members, and Republican allies in Congress have spent the past week frantically trying to smear the reputation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They’re panicking at the idea that Mueller is moving closer to exposing Trump’s wide array of serious crimes. But thus far there is no basis for believing that Trump is actually gearing up to try to fire Mueller, which he can’t directly do anyway. Instead, Trump and his people are firmly targeting a different key figure at the Department of Justice.The clues have been in plain sight for days. Congressman Trey Gowdy, who was on the Trump transition team and is likely panicking over the transition emails that Mueller has his hands on, has spent the week making up phony scandals about Mueller. But when it came down to it, Gowdy arrogantly bragged that he actually believes Trump is going to fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He’s far from the only one who thinks McCabe is about to take the fall.

Over the past few days Donald Trump Jr has tweeted or retweeted several false and disparaging claims about McCabe. These people have no poker face at all, because they’re telegraphing that Donald Trump is gearing up to fire McCabe. How did he become the scapegoat? Trump has spent months tweeting phony claims about McCabe being some kind of paid Hillary Clinton shill, which he presumably heard about from Fox News or another propaganda source.

Donald Trump would surely like to fire Robert Mueller. But he knows that firing James Comey was what led to Mueller’s appointment to begin with, and he presumably has some understanding that firing Mueller would be likely to backfire in similar fashion. He might also have to fire half the DOJ in order find someone there who is willing to fire Mueller. So it appears his handlers are steering him toward firing McCabe instead, which will let him fulfill his desire for blood.

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