Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Trolls Plead Not Guilty Of Pro-Trump Trolling

Politico reports: A Russian company tied to a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday in a U.S. criminal case charging that it funded internet trolls and polarizing social media advertisements in a bid to boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office allege that the ...

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Avenatti Calls On Cohen To Release Bank Statements

Via Mediaite: When Avenatti joined ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to talk about the payments [from Russian oligarch Viktor Vekelsberg], he reiterated that “something doesn’t smell right,” and Cohen’s dealings suggest that he might be selling access to Trump. Avenatti said there’s “no question” about the accuracy of his report, but there is something the president or his attorney can do if ...

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NYT Confirms Russian Payments To Michael Cohen

The New York Times reports: A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews. Financial records reviewed by The New York Times ...

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Mueller Team Grills Russian Oligarch About “Hundreds Of Thousands” In Payments Made To Michael Cohen

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have questioned a Russian oligarch about hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments his company’s US affiliate made to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the election, according to a source familiar with the matter. Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of asset manager Renova Group, is an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, and ...

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Avenatti Accuses Cohen Of Taking $500K From Russian Oligarch: “Monies May Have Reimbursed” For Payoff

The Washington Times reports: The attorney for Stormy Daniels publicly accused President Trump’s personal lawyer Tuesday of taking money from a Russian oligarch, possibly as reimbursement for the hush money he had paid. Michael Avenatti made the accusation on Twitter against Michael Cohen, who has acknowledged paying $130,000 to the adult-film star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Mr. Avenatti ...

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REVEALED: Russian Hackers Posed As ISIS Operatives To Threaten US Military Wives In Facebook Messages

The Associated Press reports: Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone: “Dear Angela!” it said. “Bloody Valentine’s Day!” “We know everything about you, your husband and your children,” the Facebook message continued, claiming that the hackers operating under the flag of Islamic ...

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Giuliani: Mueller’s Probe Will Motivate Trump Voters

Politico reports: Rudy Giuliani sees an upside to the Russia probe for Republicans: more angry Donald Trump voters who will turn out for the November midterms to save his presidency. “It has his people much more excited now than before,” the former New York mayor, who last month took on a new assignment as the president’s personal attorney, said in ...

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Trump: I’m Not Obstructing Justice, I’m Fighting Back

The Hill reports: President Trump on Monday criticized the suggestion that he has obstructed justice in the Russia investigation, saying he is simply “fighting back.” Trump’s tweet comes after a federal judge last week pushed back against prosecutors handling the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Trump has repeatedly referring to the probe into Russian election meddling and ...

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Federal Court Rejects Mueller’s Request To Delay Troll Farm Case Against Russian Companies And Individuals

Politico reports: A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge ...

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RUSSIA: Hundreds Arrested At Putin Protest [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president demonstrated throughout the country on Saturday. Police arrested hundreds, including protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is Putin’s most prominent foe. Police seized Navalny by the arms and legs and carried the thrashing activist from Moscow’s Pushkin Square, where ...

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Judge Questions Mueller’s Motives In Manafort Case: You Don’t Care About Fraud, You Want Him To Sing

Politico reports: A federal judge sharply challenged special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution team Friday, questioning how its indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on financial charges relates to Mueller’s core mandate to investigate alleged 2016 Russian election interference. U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis said Mueller’s team seemed to be pursuing the case — which involves bank and ...

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Homocon Fake News Site Claims Israel Nuked Syria

Media Matters reports: A branch of the Russian-owned news outlet Sputnik reported as real a fake story that Israel had used a nuclear weapon on Syria from YourNewsWire, a fake news site that experts have described as a proxy and a pusher of Russian-supported narratives. On April 30, Israel launched a missile attack on facilities in Syria allegedly connected to ...

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Giuliani Tells State TV That Jeff Sessions Should Shut Down Mueller And “Say Enough’s Enough” [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning in the wake of his bombshell interview with Sean Hannity — and called on the Attorney General to step in and shut down the Russia probe. “Everybody forgets, the basis of the case is dead,” Giuliani said. “Sessions should step in and close it. And say enough’s enough.” Host ...

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Rudy Giuliani: We’d Limit Trump’s Mueller Interview To Two To Three Hours Around A Narrow Set Of Questions

The Washington Post reports: In an interview with The Post, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — who is now serving as Trump’s lead personal attorney dealing with the special counsel — said the president did not force Ty Cobb to leave. “It was just time for him to go, but he’s still going to be available to us,” ...

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DOJ Rejects House Freedom Caucus Demand To See Unredacted Mueller Memo On Scope Of Russia Probe

The Washington Examiner reports: The Department of Justice has sent a letter to the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus declining their request to see the unredacted version of a memo detailing the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe. In the letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes: “Although we are working to accommodate ...

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Trump Loses Yet Another Lawyer: Ty Cobb To “Retire”

The New York Times reports: President Trump plans to hire Emmet T. Flood, the veteran Washington lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, to replace Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer who has taken the lead in dealing with the special counsel investigation, who is retiring, according to two people briefed on the matter. In a phone interview, Mr. ...

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Trump Threatens To “Get Involved” With DOJ

Glorious Leader has spent his entire morning freaking out: President Trump has once again weighed in on Republican concerns that the DOJ is not providing documents in a timely manner. It’s gotten to the point where some Republicans have begun drafting articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein as a “last resort.” Rosenstein fired back yesterday by saying the ...

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Former Mueller Assistant: Grammatical Errors In Leaked Mueller Questions Show They Came From White House

The Hill reports: Michael Zeldin, a CNN legal analyst and former assistant to Robert Mueller, said Tuesday he believes President Trump leaked the list of nearly 50 questions the special counsel allegedly wants to ask Trump. “I think these are notes taken by the recipients of a conversation with Mueller’s office where he outlined broad topics and these guys wrote ...

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Trump Erupts Over “Disgraceful” Mueller Leak

CNN reports: President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed the disclosure of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions for him, calling the leak “disgraceful.” Mueller is interested in asking Trump a variety of questions related to the 2016 campaign and people from Trump’s personal life, business interactions and administration, according to Mueller’s list of questions for Trump obtained and reported on by ...

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LEAKED: Robert Mueller’s Questions For Trump

The New York Times reports: Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s election interference, has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself, according to a list of the questions obtained by The ...

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