Tag Archives: Russia

Treasury Department Hits Five Russian Companies With Sanctions For Cyberattacks And “Malicious Activities”

ABC News reports: The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia’s military and intelligence services with other malicious activities. The Treasury Department said it was imposing sanctions on five Russian firms and three of their executives under legislation passed last year and an executive order aimed at punishing …

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“Web Of Elite Russians” Met With NRA Before Election

McClatchy reports: Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin [photo] illegally channeled …

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John Oliver: State TV Is Working The Jury [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: On Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver delivered an update on what he’s coined “Stupid Watergate” in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Mueller investigation—or a “witch-hunt,” according to the hysterical folks over at State TV (Fox News). Oliver broke down the Fox News Army’s three diversionary tactics for swaying public opinion …

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Putin Celebrates Trump’s Call For Russia’s G7 Return

The Associated Press reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that he’s happy to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump once Washington is ready to hold the summit and welcomed Trump’s call to bring Moscow back into the G7 group of leading industrialized nations. “It wasn’t us who left,” he said. “Colleagues refused to come to Russia on well-known grounds. …

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Trump Demands Russia’s Reinstatement To G7 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: President Trump called on the world’s leading economies on Friday to reinstate Russia to the Group of 7 nations four years after it was cast out for annexing Crimea, once again putting him at odds with America’s leading allies in Europe and Asia. The president made the suggestion to reporters as he headed to Canada …

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Adam Schiff Asks Mueller To Consider Perjury Charges

David Corn reports at Mother Jones: On Thursday afternoon, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, made a dramatic request: He essentially asked special counsel Robert Mueller to consider whether perjury charges should be brought against witnesses who testified to the committee during its Trump-Russia investigation. Schiff did not convey this request directly to Mueller. …

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Former Fox Analyst: Trump Is In Putin’s “Grip” [VIDEO]

“When I first learned of the Steele dossier, it just rang true to me, because that’s how the Russians do things. And before he became a candidate or president, Donald Trump was the perfect target for Russian intelligence. Here is someone who has no self-control, a sense of sexual entitlement and intermittent financial crisis. I mean, that’s made-to-order for seduction …

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Cossacks To Report Gay Kissing At World Cup [VIDEO]

Sky News reports: Gay couples seen kissing in public by Russian Cossacks during the World Cup will be reported to police. The tournament begins in 11 cities across the country next week. Rostov-on-Don, a southern city, will reportedly have 300 Cossack vigilantes on patrol to help the police keep the streets safe, including 100 on horseback. The city will host …

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Former US Attorney: Paul Manafort Should Take His Toothbrush To Court On Friday, He’s Not Coming Home

The Hill reports: Former U.S. attorney Harry Litman said he expects President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to be sent to federal prison by the end of the week. “Prosecutors hate this, judges hate this and he’s going to have to bring his toothbrush to court on Friday because the statute says, if they find this happened, there’s a …

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Putin: I Speak To Trump “Regularly Over The Phone”

CNBC reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk “regularly,” the Russian president told an Austrian news outlet ahead of his visit to Vienna Tuesday. The Russian leader was responding to a question about special counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations when he brought up his relationship with the American president. “Indeed, …

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Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort Of Attempted Witness Tampering, Demands That Court Revoke Or Revise Bail

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday. Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of …

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First Year Cost Of Robert Mueller’s Probe: $8 Million

The New York Daily News reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling has cost just under $8 million since the former FBI director was appointed last May, according to a new spending report released Thursday. The bill is a far cry from the $20 million President Trump claims that probe has cost and is only slightly higher than …

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Manafort Allies Launch Legal Defense Fund

Politico reports: Self-described friends of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are launching a defense fund to help pay the mounting legal bills he’s incurring as a result of two looming criminal cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. A newly revealed website portrays the wealthy lobbyist and political consultant as struggling to cover his debts since prosecutors froze his …

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Prosecutors Poised To Get One Million Files Seized From Trump Attorney Michael Cohen’s Three Cellphones

The Washington Post reports: Federal prosecutors investigating President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen are poised to receive on Wednesday 1 million files from three of his cellphones seized last month, according to a filing submitted to the court Tuesday night by special master Barbara Jones. In her update to the court, Jones said investigators from the Office of the U.S. …

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Russian-Made “Active Shooter” Game Gets Canceled

The New York Times reports: The online game unfolds from the point of view of an attacker, aiming a weapon down a school corridor or throwing a grenade into an auditorium. The character creeps around corners and up staircases. Bullets spray, blood spatters. SWAT team members are shot dead. Civilians are splayed out on the floor. Active Shooter was developed …

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China “Aggressively” Steps Up Nuclear Weapons Tests

The South China Morning Post reports: China is aggressively developing its next generation of nuclear weapons, conducting an average of five tests a month to simulate nuclear blasts, according to a major Chinese weapons research institute. Its number of simulated tests has in recent years outpaced that of the United States, which conducts them less than once a month on …

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Trump Claims The FBI Never Warned Him About The Russian Infiltrators (That The FBI Warned Him About)

Via Mediaite: Even as some Republicans have suggested it may not be entirely accurate, President Trump is standing by his “SpyGate” claim. He also tweeted this afternoon that the FBI and/or DOJ never contacted him about this “phony Russia problem.” However, NBC News reported late last year that “in the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, …

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Spanish Police Provide FBI With Wiretaps Of Russian “Godfather” That Met With Junior At NRA Convention

Yahoo News reports: The FBI has obtained secret wiretaps collected by Spanish police of conversations involving Alexander Torshin [photo], a deputy governor of Russia’s Central Bank who has forged close ties with U.S. lawmakers and the National Rifle Association, that led to a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. during the gun lobby’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky., in May 2016, …

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REVEALED: Cohen Met With Oligarch At Trump Tower Before Inauguration To Discuss US-Russia Relations

The New York Times reports: Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, according to video footage and another person who attended the meeting. In Mr. Cohen’s office on the 26th floor, he …

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Dem Senator Wants Open Hearing With Junior About His “False Testimony” On Meetings With Foreigners

NBC News reports: Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., says the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., may have provided “false testimony” to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he was asked about the Trump campaign’s involvement with foreign governments and foreign nationals. In a two-page letter Thursday to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the panel, Coons said that information in recent …

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