Rep. Handel: Russia Must Be Held Accountable

Rep. Karen Handel (R, GA-6) took to Facebook this afternoon to share her thoughts on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections:

“As I have said before, Russia is not our friend; Russia is not an ally. Based on U.S. intelligence community findings, as well as the findings of the House Intelligence Committee, it is abundantly clear that Russia did indeed interfere with the 2016 elections. Russia’s actions to undermine our democratic process and divide Americans must not be tolerated, and they must be held accountable.”

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Caroline
Caroline

The strongly worded letter. After that treasonous behavior by Trump today what are you gonna do Karen? Send out another tweet?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Oh my God, such baseless hysteria coming from the lefties! And Handel stepping into their tar baby is not such a good idea, since everything they are screeching about happened during Obama’s term, long before Trump went into office, late January 2017. Obama acknowledged in the summer of 2016 that he knew about what Russians were doing. It was Obama’s FBI and DOJ, along with his Secty of State Clinton, who should have been all over the situation at a time when it could have possibly affected the November 2016 elections. Now trying to make it somehow Trump’s fault is… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

along with his Secty of State Clinton

Clinton wasn’t Secretary of State in 2016. Again, get like even the most basic facts down before you start ranting.

Caroline
Caroline

Hillary spoke of Trump’s Russian problem many, many times. It was in the news before the election. The fact that you did not pay attention to this fact is not the fault of Obama or Hillary.

I totally get it. You’re just fine with Putin running the country because your agenda and the agenda of Putin are one and the same.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It was Obama’s FBI and DOJ … who should have been all over the situation at a time when it could have possibly affected the November 2016 elections. And you would have come to this website and screamed bloody murder about how Obama was putting his finger on the scale and concocting an invisible Russian menace in order to swing the election for Hillary. You know that’s true because you’ve already been screaming bloody murder about how the “deep state” has concocted an invisible Russian menace in order to undermine the Trump Administration. As for the whataboutism, I think it’s… Read more »

alpha male
alpha male

With all of this laughable hysteria from the lefties, you would think that Trump’s campaign funded a fictional dossier against his opponent prepared by Russian operatives.

Oh wait…..

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m incredibly skeptical of the dossier myself, but I’d like to offer some corrections: 1) The dossier was initially funded by Republicans, not the Clinton campaign. However, the Clinton campaign did take over paying for the opposition research when Trump became the nominee. 2) I’m still not sure how the fact it started as opposition research means the contents are incorrect. Oppo research frequently uncovers information that winds up being true (cough, John Edwards, cough). 3) I was under the presumption that Christopher Steele was British. If you know something I don’t, please share it. 4) A number of items… Read more »

alpha male
alpha male

The republicans NEVER funded Steele or the dossier. That is flat out incorrect.. They funded oppo research by Fusion gps BEFORE Christopher Steele was involved with Fusion. After Fusion contracted with Steele, the gop was long since gone. It was entirely a Clinton/DNC funded operation thereafter.

Steele was British. But he was not the source. He was the aggregator.The sources were Russian.

According to the fbi themselves, they have not been able to corroborate the major elements in the dossier. In my mind, that makes it fictional.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Steele was British. But he was not the source. He was the aggregator.The sources were Russian.

If you’re trying to collect intelligence on potential connections between Donald Trump and the Russian government, why wouldn’t you contact Russian sources?

Man, you’d make really crappy spy.

Caroline
Caroline

During the Republican primaries, a research firm called Fusion GPS was hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, to unearth potentially damaging information about Mr. Trump. The Free Beacon — which was funded by a major donor supporting Mr. Trump’s rival for the party’s nomination, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida — told Fusion GPS to stop doing research on Mr. Trump in May 2016, as Mr. Trump was clinching the Republican nomination. After Mr. Trump secured the nomination, Fusion GPS was hired on behalf of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the D.N.C. by their law firm, Perkins Coie, to… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Actually it was originally paid for by The Washington Free Beacon. Might as well been funded by republicans

alpha male
alpha male

And Steele paid the Russians with money he got from Hillary. Thus , Hillary was in cahoots with Russians.

There is officially more evidence Hillary colluded with Russians than there is that Trump did.

bethebalance
bethebalance

You are in the deep state of delusion.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

No one paid the Russians. Did you see the news conference today? I guess not or you would know how really foolish you sound right about now.

Caroline
Caroline

Repeating a lie over and over doesn’t make it into a fact. It just makes you brainwashed.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

What does the dossier have to do with Friday’s and today’s indictments? The evidence presented in the indictments of the 12 Russians should have been reason enough for Trump to cancel the summit in protest. Rather than behaving in ways which would make us doubt his involvement in the influence operation, he’s behaving like a puppet. It’s a national embarrassment.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Let’s meet for a beer.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Said on FBN (hardly a bastion of liberalism)…and I quote
“That was collusion in plain sight”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Bold prediction: Karen Handel won’t actually do anything to hold Russia accountable or to force the White House to hold Russia accountable.

Gregs
Gregs

Is there any doubt that Trump is a Russian asset? His treatment of long standing allies as compared to his treasonous behavior with Putin removes all doubt about his loyalty. I really hope Wikileaks gets ahold of whatever Putin has on him before he can fully sell us out. Congress will not act unless we elect clear democrat majorities to both houses in November.

#RESIST

Caroline
Caroline

I guess you know wikileaks is a Putin operation. Yes, the majority of republicans are treason weasels. You certainly cannot expect them to do anything but I also wonder if Putin has kompromat on some Republicans too. In the indictment last Friday there was a congressional candidate who actually reached out to the Putin operation to ask for kompromat. We don’t know who it is yet but it’s thought to be one of the congressional candidates in Florida.

armanidog
armanidog

From Quartz this past Friday: “And that’s what’s happened. “Russia is ready to invest $50 billion in Iran’s oil and gas sectors,” Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, told the Financial Times (paywall) on Friday. “Military and technical co-operation with Russia is of major importance to Iran.” It’s one of the biggest steps the two countries have taken to counter the threat of US sanctions. Before the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, there was little, if any, energy or economic co-operation between the two countries, according to the FT. The investment decision was confirmed by a… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Nah, you’ve never seen or heard me use the term “deep state.” Corrupt bureaucrats? Yep, I’ve been sick of those for a long time — it is the 2nd and 3rd layer down that really runs our country’s government. They hand out all the lucrative contracts, promulgate rules in response to Congress’ laws that often don’t do what the legislation intended, hire and fire friends and relatives, etc. of pretty much whatever they want to do. They end up with high-paying jobs and lucrative retirement packages as early as 48 yrs old, then go make tons more money selling their… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

They end up with high-paying jobs and lucrative retirement packages as early as 48 yrs old

My wife is a government attorney, one of the “bureaucrats” handing out lucrative contracts and enforcing federal regulations. Despite her being smarter and more talented than me, I make nearly double what she does by working in the private sector. She may have a high-paying job compared to a restaurant server, but her job isn’t high-paying when compared with the private-practice attorneys she deals with on a daily basis.

armanidog
armanidog

@ Sally Forth ” Yep, I’ve been sick of those for a long time — it is the 2nd and 3rd layer down that really runs our country’s government. They hand out all the lucrative contracts, promulgate rules in response to Congress’ laws that often don’t do what the legislation intended, hire and fire friends and relatives, etc. of pretty much whatever they want to do. They end up with high-paying jobs and lucrative retirement packages as early as 48 yrs old, then go make tons more money selling their government experience/knowledge paid for by the taxpayers.” Would you give… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

I myself was once a federal bureaucrat and am extremely familiar with how things work. I left before I got in my 20 years, due to a family move, so I won’t get the 80% of my salary for the rest of my life, nor the excellent government-paid health insurance coverage til I die. And stupid person I was, I withdrew the money I’d paid into the retirement system, or I would be able to draw a reduced amount for the rest of my life when I reach the magic age, which I believe is 62. But I have many… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Any difference in pay between public and private sector for a similar job is more than made up for by job security not available in private sector, tons of vacation and paid leave time, great health and life coverage, less pressured environment, etc.

Not sure how long it’s been since you got out, but I’ve got similar or sometimes better benefits (e.g. paid maternity/paternity leave). Plus I could take that extra $75-$100K annually and stick it in an index fund and possibly be better off than someone with a pension.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Figured I link the collusion mentioned on FBN since there is no longer an EDIT button

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fbns-cavuto-and-attorney-rip-disaster-trump-putin-presser-collusion-before-our-very-eyes/

bethebalance
bethebalance

We’ll see what Hannity says tonight. He’s our real Commander in Chief.

Will Durant
Will Durant

As much as I’ve droned on regarding President Trump’s denial of Russian election interference, crapping on our allies and trading partners, narcissism, etc., I’ve never figured him for being stupid. Certainly not a smart as he thinks he is but not entirely stupid. I really thought he would have been smart to have at least portrayed a tough stance with Putin just to throw off the hounds. Turns out he isn’t even that smart.

Caroline
Caroline

I didn’t think he would be tough but I didn’t think it would be quite this obvious either.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

And we’ll hold them accountable by……. inviting Russia back and making it the G-8 again.

Or we could poop on our allies. That’ll show those Russkies.