When a political movement has consistently, in the service of its own power, put lies ahead of truth with respect to Russia, Trump, and associated matters, it simply has to smear those who stared the issue in the face honestly.
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Donald Trump seems increasingly likely to become the Republican nominee for President. Like John, and Ben. I see this prospect as a threat to our national security. Had I been asked I would have signed the open letter on his lack of fitness to be President penned by many of my former colleages.