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In unequivocal language, the report pins responsibility for the election attack directly on President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, ruling out the possibility that it was ordered by intelligence officials or simply carried out by Kremlin supporters.
Notably, the report concludes that Russia sought not only to damage Hillary Clinton, whom it thought likely to win, but actually tried to help elect Donald J. Trump.
“The U.S. Congress on Friday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Donald Trump his victory in the contentious 2016 presidential election after a raucous half-hour joint session punctuated by Democratic challenges.”
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
Trump Nominees’ Filings Threaten to Overwhelm Federal Ethics Office. Which is probably one reason the House wanted to get rid of the OCE. (ETA: whoops, this is the Office of Government Ethics, not Congressional. Same function, different purview.)
Several Democratic Senators have asked the OCE to look into Tom Price’s health stock trading while in Congress. Finally.
“Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation’s leading intelligence experts, resigned Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team because of growing tensions over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies.”
Katy Talento will serve on Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, specializing in healthcare policy. She believes birth control causes miscarriages, infertility, and abortions, despite all medical evidence.
The National Park Service is taking control of protest permits back from the transition team and will open up additional park land for protests. Previously, the Trump team had closed down many of the usual protest areas around DC, including the Mall, not just for inauguration day but for months afterward.