Tag Archives: Russia

White House Rejects Demand To Release Transcripts Of Trump’s Private Talks With Putin: You Can’t Make Us

Politico reports: The White House on Thursday rejected congressional Democrats’ demands for documents relating to President Donald Trump’s private discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin — escalating tensions between the Trump administration and Congress over a crucial piece of Democrats’ oversight ambitions. “The committees’ letters cite no legal authority for the proposition that another branch of the government can force …

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Putin Signs Bill Criminalizing “Insulting” Him Online

Devin Nunes surely approves. The Moscow Times reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday. The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers …

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US To Test Missiles Banned Under Treaty With Russia

The Associated Press reports: The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday. By moving forward with these missile projects, the Pentagon is not excluding …

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Trump: Paul Manafort Ruling Proves No Collusion

Trump is parroting Manafort’s lawyer: The trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has found no evidence of any collusion with Russia, Manafort’ s lawyer Kevin Downing told reporters. The lawyer spoke after Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison in the US state of Virginia over bank and tax fraud related to his work in Ukraine. “Most …

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RUSSIA: New Law Will Jail People For 15 Days Over Online Posts That “Disrespect” Putin Or State Officials

The Guardian reports: Russia’s parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online “disrespect” of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin. The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (£1,155) for “indecent” online posts that demonstrate a “blatant …

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Schiff: We Already Have Direct Evidence Of Collusion

“I think there is direct evidence in the emails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump. They offer that dirt. There is an acceptance of that offer in writing form the president’s son, Don Jr., and there is …

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Russian State TV Mocks Failed North Korea Summit

The Hill reports: Russian state-run media reportedly mocked the sudden collapse of talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. “It ended so badly the sides even avoided signing any joint agreement,” one host said, according to a translation reported by CNN. “Crafty Kim Jong Un was ready for some concessions, but not the ones …

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Frothy Admits: Trump Lies About Many Things [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) said Wednesday that President Trump’s claims about the Russia investigation shouldn’t be alarming because the president “doesn’t tell the truth about a lot of things fairly consistently.” “The president doesn’t tell the truth about a lot of things fairly consistently,” Santorum, a CNN commentator, said during a panel discussion on”Anderson Cooper …

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Cohen To Testify That Trump Knew Of Wikileaks Hack In Advance And Present Copy Of His Stormy Payoff Check

Vox reports: Michael Cohen’s prepared opening statement for his testimony before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday is out — and wow, is it a doozy. The New York Times obtained Cohen’s statement, and posted it online early Wednesday morning. Perhaps Cohen’s most explosive claim is that he heard Roger Stone tell Trump about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s plans to release …

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Final Mueller Report Will Not Be Coming Next Week

CNBC reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday. Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the completion of Mueller’s investigation into any links between President Donald Trump and Russia as soon as …

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Judge Imposes Full Gag Order On Stone, No Jail (Yet)

Tweets at the bottom are from reporters in the courtroom. CBS News reports: Longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone told Judge Amy Berman Jackson he is “heartfully sorry” for an Instagram post on his account depicting the judge and a symbol that resembled crosshairs of a gun. Stone was ordered to court to explain the post and make his case …

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Manafort’s Sentencing In Virginia Case Set for March 8

CNBC reports: Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, will be sentenced for multiple crimes in Virginia federal court on March 8 — just five days before he is due to be sentenced in a related case in Washington, D.C., a judge ordered Thursday. Manafort, 69, potentially faces decades in prison after he is sentenced in …

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Putin Threatens To Target US With New Nukes [VIDEO]

CNBC reports: Russia will respond to any American deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the U.S. itself, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday. In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first …

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Trump Has Publicly Attacked Russia Probe 1200 Times

The New York Times reports: President Trump has publicly criticized dozens of people and groups related to federal inquiries into contacts between his campaign and Russia, according to a New York Times analysis of nearly every public statement or attack on Twitter that he has made while in office. The attacks, which number nearly 1,200, are part of a strategy …

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FBI Had Backup Plan To Protect Russia Probe Evidence

The Associated Press reports: The FBI developed a backup plan to protect evidence in its Russia investigation soon after the firing of FBI Director James Comey in the event that other senior officials were dismissed as well, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. The plan was crafted in the chaotic days after Comey was fired, when the …

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House Dems Launch Probe Into NRA’s Ties To Kremlin

ABC News reports: A pair of House Democrats are launching a new probe of what they called the “complex web of relationships” between members of the National Rifle Association and Russian individuals with close ties to the Kremlin. In a letter sent to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Kathleen Rice expressed concern about the NRA’s attempts …

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Andrew McCabe: Trump Said “I Don’t Care, I Believe Putin” When Told About North Korean Missiles [VIDEO]

“The president launched into several unrelated diatribes. One of those was commenting on the recent missile launches by the government of North Korea. And, essentially, the president said he did not believe that the North Koreans had the capability to hit us here with ballistic missiles in the United States. And he did not believe that because President Putin had …

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Schiff: Evidence Of Collusion Is “Compelling” [VIDEO]

Politico reports: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is pushing back against Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) assertion that the Senate panel has not found evidence of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Schiff said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that there is “pretty compelling evidence” of collusion during the 2016 election. “You can …

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Dems Move To Force Trump To Reveal Talks With Putin

Politico reports: House Democrats are taking their first real steps to force President Donald Trump to divulge information about his private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting up an extraordinary clash with the White House over Congress’ oversight authority. Rep. Adam Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman, and Rep. Eliot Engel, the Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, told POLITICO they are …

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DHS Guts 2020 Foreign Election Meddling Task Force

The Daily Beast reports: Two teams of federal officials assembled to fight foreign election interference are being dramatically downsized, according to three current and former Department of Homeland Security officials. And now, those sources say they fear the department won’t prepare adequately for election threats in 2020. “The clear assessment from the intelligence community is that 2020 is going to …

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