Tag Archives: Russia

Russia Banned From Winter Olympics Over Doping

The New York Times reports: Russia’s Olympic team has been barred from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The country’s government officials are forbidden to attend, its flag will not be displayed at the opening ceremony and its anthem will not sound. Any athletes from Russia who receive special dispensation to compete will do so as individuals wearing …

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Jimmy Fallon: Robert Mueller’s Comin’ To Town [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon channeled Bruce Springsteen on Monday night to address the recent guilty plea by Michael Flynn to lying under oath to the FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation. Sporting mirrored shades, a red bandana, and no sleeves, Fallon sang a festive, politically-charged version of Springtsteen’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” …

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Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank Over Trump Loans

Bloomberg reports: Special prosecutor Robert Mueller zeroed in on President Donald Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank AG as his investigation into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections widens. Mueller issued a subpoena to Germany’s largest lender several weeks ago, forcing the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family, according to a person briefed on …

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Mueller: Paul Manafort Just Wrote Op-Ed With Russian Spy In Attempt To Sway Public Opinion On His Case

The Associated Press reports: While facing several felony charges, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to a Russian intelligence service, according to court papers filed Monday by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller. In the court filing, prosecutors say Manafort and the colleague …

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Trump Lawyer: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice Because He Is Our Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Axios reports: John Dowd, President Trump’s outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice. The “President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” Dowd …

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NRA Operative Offered Trump “Kremlin Connection”

The New York Times reports: A conservative operative trumpeting his close ties to the National Rifle Association and Russia told a Trump campaign adviser last year that he could arrange a back-channel meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, according to an email sent to the Trump campaign. A May 2016 email to the campaign …

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Emails Contradict White House On Michael Flynn

The New York Times reports: When President Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in February, White House officials portrayed him as a renegade who had acted independently in his discussions with a Russian official during the presidential transition and then lied to his colleagues about the interactions. But emails among top transition officials, provided or described to …

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Trump Lawyer: Collusion Isn’t A Crime Anyway

The New Yorker reports: For now, Jay Sekulow and Ty Cobb are sticking to their original strategy. They have advertised their willingness to coöperate with Mueller as a sign that Trump has nothing to hide, and their reaction to Flynn’s guilty plea reflects this view. “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn,” Cobb …

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Trump On Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea: There’s Been Absolutely No Collusion So We’re Very Happy [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump on Saturday addressed for the first time his former national security adviser’s admission that he lied to FBI investigators about his contact with Russian officials. “No, I’m not” worried about what Michael Flynn will tell investigators, Trump told reporters. “What has been shown is no collusion,” he said. “There’s been absolutely no collusion so we’re …

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Shep Smith: Calling This “Fake News” Is A Lie [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite: Fox News’ Shep Smith today, in reacting to the Michael Flynn plea agreement, said, “The list of people who lied is getting longer and longer.” Smith spoke with Wall Street Journal associate editor John Bussey, who agreed with Smith that there are important lingering questions about Flynn and why he lied and why President Trump gives Russia “a …

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Junior Summoned By Senate Intelligence Committee

Tickity tock: Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Trump, will meet with Senate Intelligence Committee staff this month as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s chairman, confirmed to NBC News on Friday that Trump Jr. would speak to staff. CNN previously reported that Trump Jr. …

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White House: Flynn Only Worked Here 25 Days And Nothing He Says Implicates Anyone Else [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: In a statement, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, “The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates …

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BREAKING: Flynn Will Testify Against Trump, Says Trump Ordered Him To Collude With Russia [VIDEO]

HOLY CRAP. ABC News reports that Michael Flynn promised “full cooperation to the Mueller team” and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump “directed him to make contact with the Russians.” More from ABC: The general told confidants about his decision to plead guilty in the last 24 hours, according to people close to Flynn, who say …

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LIVE VIDEO: Michael Flynn Appears For Guilty Plea

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn is expected to plead guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his post-election discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. A plea hearing for Flynn, the first Trump administration official charged in the ongoing Russia probe, has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Washington, D.C. federal court, …

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Paul Manafort Asks Court To OK Bail Deal With Mueller

Talking Points Memo reports: A month after turning himself in for charges he faces connected to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reached a bail deal with Mueller’s team, according to court documents filed by Manafort’s lawyers Thursday. Manafort’s lawyers are now seeking for a federal judge to approve of his release under the …

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Plea Deal Hint: Mueller Postpones Flynn Grand Jury

CNN reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has postponed an anticipated grand jury testimony linked to his investigation into Michael Flynn amid growing indications of possible plea deal discussions. Additional witnesses were expected to be questioned soon including a public relations consultant hired by Flynn’s lobbying firm who was given an early December date deadline to appear before the grand …

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FIFA Warns Gays Of Potential Violence At World Cup: Stay On Alert For Aggression From Intolerant Russians

The Associated Press reports: FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals. As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared …

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Another Sign Of Plea Deal For Michael Flynn

ABC News reports: The lawyer for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn met Monday morning with members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, the latest indication that both sides are discussing a possible plea deal, ABC News has learned. President Trump’s legal team confirmed late last week that Flynn’s attorney Robert Kelner alerted them that he could …

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REPORT: Manafort Visited Moscow At Least 18 Times

McClatchy reports: Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin’s allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties. Even after the February 2014 fall of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, who won office with the help of a Manafort-engineered image …

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Michael Flynn May Be “Cooperating” With Robert Mueller

The New York Times reports: Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case — an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had …

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