The Dossier: Obama FBI spied on Trump. More to come?

· May 3, 2019  
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The FBI sent at least two spies after Trump associates. How many more were there?

In a story for The Blaze Thursday, I discussed the latest report confirming that there were at least two undercover agents tasked with gathering information on Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos.

Concerns remain that other figures central to the Trump-Russia campaign — such as Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud and Australian diplomat Alexander Downer — were also part of the clandestine operation.

The Department of Justice will soon release an inspector general report on the potential abuses committed during the “spygate” saga. It is expected to shed new light on the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community under President Obama and actions it engaged in both before and after Donald Trump was elected president.

Biden-China connections deserve more scrutiny. They’re a national security threat

Now that Joe Biden has thrown his hat into the presidential contender ring (and he appears to be a favorite in early polls to secure the nomination), his record on U.S. relations with our greatest adversaries deserves more scrutiny.

In Conservative Review Thursday, I discussed Biden’s overly dovish stance on China. For the entirety of this political career, he has largely refused to condemn China for its malicious campaigns against U.S. sovereignty, which include intellectual property theft, hacking, and cyber warfare campaigns against American companies and our defense industry.

Even worse, Biden has a massive conflict of interest vis-a-vis China. His son Hunter has the government of China to thank for a recent $1.5 billion windfall for his business.

Read the rest in Conservative Review.

The case to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization

President Trump is once again considering the idea of designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.

Writing for The Daily Wire, editor Josh Hammer argues the move is “long overdue.”

US to consider further sanctions on Iran regime

The Trump administration is considering additional economic sanctions against the pro-terrorist regime that rules Iran.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

“The Trump administration is considering a more-aggressive enforcement of its economic sanctions on Iran—targeting more companies and financial institutions that do business with the Islamic Republic in an attempt to cut off lucrative sources of U.S. dollar-denominated hard currency,” U.S. officials said.

Chinese submarines’ Arctic activity raises alarm bells at Pentagon

The U.S. Department of Defense released a report Thursday raising awareness about China’s continuing military expansion and capacity.

The report, according to Reuters, warned that China is developing a “Polar Silk Road” that could operate in the Arctic as a nuclear deterrent system.

Reuters added:

“The Pentagon report noted that China’s military has made modernizing its submarine fleet a high priority. China’s navy operates four nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, six nuclear-powered attack submarines and 50 conventionally powered attack submarines, the report said.”

What to do in Venezuela

Conservatives are largely split over what to do about the chaos in Venezuela. There remains a fierce power struggle between socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro and the West-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who considers himself the true president of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, foreign nations such as Cuba, Russia, and Turkey have come to the defense of Maduro, with those nations appearing to send in military resources to bolster the authoritarian ruler’s seat at the helm of government.

My colleague Daniel Horowitz has released an hour-long podcast on what he thinks the United States should and should not do in Venezuela.

Author’s note: This post originally appeared in Blaze Media’s The Dossier newsletter. For foreign policy news and views delivered to your inbox twice a week, subscribe here.

 


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Author: Jordan Schachtel

Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review and editor of The Dossier for Blaze Media. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.