John Kelly Was Reportedly Furious Over Trump’s Press Conference With Putin

July 17, 2018
Olivier Douliery

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was so incensed by President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that he called Republican lawmakers and gave them permission to speak out against Trump’s comments, three people familiar with the matter told Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman.

Kelly warned Trump that by saying he had no reason to believe Russia would want to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, it made things infinitely worse for him with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Sherman reports, and he also urged him to take back the remarks, which he kind of attempted to do on Tuesday.

Trump himself was surprised by the public’s negative reaction to the press conference, but by the time he returned to the United States he was enraged that few people were defending him. “This was the nightmare scenario,” one Republican close to the White House told Sherman.  Catherine Garcia

 

 

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Buffalo Niagara Coalition For Open Government Advocating For Timely Access To Information & meaningful citizen participation news www.nyopengov.org

July 18, 2018

Paul Wolf
The Buffalo News recently did an article about a conflict of interest situation where contracts were awarded to a company.
At the Thursday July 19th meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government the group will discuss the information contained in the following letter that Paul Wolf would like to send to Gillian Brown, Esq., Executive Director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
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July 20, 2018

Gillian Brown, Esq.
Executive Director
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
300 Perry Street
Buffalo, New York 14204
Re: Addressing BMHA Employee and Vendor Conflicts of Interest
Dear Mr. Brown:
A recent Buffalo News article brought to light information regarding a vendor obtaining $391,000 from BMHA contracts, while the vendor had a relative of a BMHA employee on their payroll. The BMHA employee had the authority to direct contracts to the vendor that employed his brother. The circumstances described in the Buffalo News article appear to be an improper conflict of interest.

The key to preventing conflicts of interest is to have policies and procedures in place whereby family and business relationships are disclosed. Under New York State Public Authorities Law Section 2825, BMHA Commissioners and policy making employees are required to complete an annual financial disclosure form. It is important that the financial disclosure form being utilized asks for information regarding the private business interests of the family members of BMHA employees.

Any BMHA employee that has contracting authority such as the Asset Manager, Superintendents of Maintenance and Assistant Superintendents of Maintenance, should be required to complete annual disclosure forms that request information regarding family member private business interests. Likewise, BMHA vendors should be required to complete an annual disclosure form, where they are required to disclose any family relationships their owners/employees have with BMHA employees.

Our organization recently completed a report where we reviewed the annual disclosure forms used by ten local governments in Erie and Niagara County. Our report recommends sixteen items that should be addressed in a disclosure form. A copy of our report is enclosed.

We are glad to see that you are taking immediate steps to address this situation and offer this information to assist in your goal of making changes at BMHA. We welcome the opportunity to work together with you.

Sincerely,
Paul Wolf, President
James Tricoli, Vice President

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With Top FBI Elections Protection Official Gone, Trump Talks About Giving The Job To Putin

Sign the petition: Trump’s translator who attended Putin meeting must testify before Congress

Lost in Monday’s Surrender Summit in which Russian asset Donald Trump Velcroed himself to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was related and unsettling news from The Wall Stret Journal. The senior FBI official that has been overseeing the task force charged with keeping Russia out of our elections has resigned.

The agent, who had been a co-leader of the agency’s foreign influence task force, has left and now he’s off to make more money as a senior vice president at Charles Schwab. He left in June, and no one at the FBI is giving comment as to why, but, as the WSJ says, “it adds to questions among some tech companies and lawmakers about how much the administration, and the task force in particular, are doing to protect future elections from Russian meddling.” Indeed, particularly now that we know that the occupier of the Oval Office has put his trust in Putin, undermining the nation’s intelligence community. All the FBI is saying is this:

“The FBI takes any effort to interfere with our democratic institutions extremely seriously,” it said. “For that reason, last year, Director Wray announced the Foreign Influence Task Force. Since its creation, the FITF has been an active, forward-looking task force.”
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Ex-NSA Official: Russian Hack of Democrats Was ‘Assembly Line Operation’ David Knowles

July 18, 2018
by David Knowles

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BeatleMagic at Bassett Park Wed July 18 7pm FREE

July 17, 2018

Bassett Park holds its Free concert series every Wed at 7 pm thru 8-15-18

Bring a lawn chair ~

July 18-Beatlemagic – tribute to Beatles

July 25-AmericanLegionBand of Tonawandas

Aug 1- Friends of Harmony quartet songs

Aug 8-Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

Aug 15-Bobby Militello jazz

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The Traitors in America Include Trump and the Peddlers of his Dirty Lies, Fox News

July 17, 2018

by James Tricoli
Editor of the amhersttimes.com

The FOX news organization is the best comedy show on public television. They have reporters who have the ability to twist President Trump’s major errors into comical skits when they report them on Fox news.

Each reporter on Fox news should to handed an Emmy for their performance as comical newscasters without blinking their eyes. When I need a good laugh I watch Fox news and listen to the best jokes about their hero, President Trump.

The press is America’s best protection against all dictators. Fox news will go down in the history books as traitors to America during the Presidency of Donald Trump. History will asked why this news media network sell their holy souls to a man who was trying to destroy America. They must really hate America and want to see this President take down our way of life because they are helping him to it  Are they such greedy monsters who will lie for the all mighty dollar? Who really knows?  They are causing damage to our country, they know what they’re doing and don’t give a Fat F- – -K.

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President Trump Fails to Stand Up for America. Instead He Praises the Russian Dictator Putin

July 17, 2018
Brian Higgins — US Representative for New York District 26

Just three days ago the U.S. Justice Department announced, and a grand Jury confirmed, findings that conclude twelve Russian operatives interfered in the U.S. election. It is no surprise that Russian Leader Putin denies these claims. What is astonishing is President Trump’s willingness to question the veracity of U.S. law enforcement on foreign soil and refusal, despite multiple opportunities, to stand up for America.

This tweet was sent by Brian Higgins:  For over 240 years, US leaders have demonstrated the willingness to put politics aside when defending the U.S. against foreign threats; until today when the POTUS questioned the veracity of US law enforcement on foreign soil and refused every opportunity to stand up for America.

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Irish Company Buys Stampede in Amherst

July 17, 2018

Stampede, an Amherst audio visual and information technology service provider, has been acquired by an Irish company.

Stampede, which has 80 employees at its headquarters at 55 Woodridge Drive and 210 employees company-wide, was purchased by the technology division of Dublin-based DCC Plc. DCC Plc. has 2,700 employees.

Stampede plans to remain in its Amherst headquarters. “For Buffalo, this means a positive influence on employment opportunities,” said Kevin Kelly, Stampede’s president and CEO.

Mark Wilkins,  Stampede’s founder and CEO, retired after the deal closed.
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Statement by SASC Chairman John McCain on Trump-Putin Meeting

July 16, 2018|

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Is Donald Trump Committing Treason?

July 16, 2018

LESLEY BECKER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE PHOTO/ADOBE

by: John Shattuck

Following the 2016 presidential election, a specter of treason was hovering over Donald Trump because of his response to the mounting evidence that the Russians had intervened to help elect him.

According to the law, the federal crime of treason is committed by a person “owing allegiance to the United States who . . . adheres to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort.”

The president’s hostility to the US investigation of Russian cyberattacks, his failure to impose a cost on Russia for the attacks, his denigration of US alliances, and his eagerness to have “an extraordinary relationship” with the Russian leader all point toward giving aid and comfort to an enemy.
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John Shattuck, a former US assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor, is professor of practice in diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

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