As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.
Back from a ten day break, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening easily approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, but Democrats again made clear they would not allow swift action on several other Trump Cabinet nominees, as Republicans again protested the extended delays.
The accounting firm responsible for tallying Oscar votes and keeping up with envelopes containing the winners has apologized for the Best Picture gaffe at the end of Sunday’s Academy Awards, but President Donald Trump believes the mix-up was actually about him.
With the release of more emails today by Wikileaks from a top aide to Hillary Clinton, the shadowy internet group publicly hinted that it may hold even more up-to-date emails from John Podesta, as news reports indicate the original hack on Podesta occurred in the midst of the 2016 Presidential campaign, in late March of this year.
When you dig through the Podesta emails released by Wikileaks, one notices right away that they only go to a certain point – as no emails to or from Podesta have a date that is after March 21, 2016.
I noted that date this morning on Twitter – and Wikileaks quickly noticed.
The March date is an interesting one, because according to news reports in the last 48 hours, that is right around the time that Podesta’s email account was hacked, maybe by the hacking group known as Fancy Bear.
A story from website Motherboard shows that hackers used a fake email link that Podesta used to enter his password for his gmail account.
This is a graphic used in that Motherboard story to show the phishing clicks:
Motherboard’s report specifically says that Podesta received a phishing email on March 19 – as of now, the Wikileaks emails from Podesta extend just two days after that.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reported today that a private internet security firm based in Atlanta has concluded that Podesta was “hacked by Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the GRU, after it tricked him into clicking on a fake Google login page last March.”
That would square with the Motherboard report – and square with the evidence that the Podesta emails only go to March 21, 2016 – at this point.
“Specific targets include staff working for or associated with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), including individuals managing Clinton’s communications, travel, campaign finances, and advising her on policy,” the group noted.
To some, a link between Wikileaks and Russian intelligence would be no surprise.
AGAIN: "Wikileaks" is no more than a Kremlin front & a fence for Western secrets stolen by Russian intelligencehttps://t.co/iEV2CjEijL
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.