Tag Archives: Russia

Mueller Docs: Paul Manafort Was Paid $60M By Ukraine

Bloomberg reports: Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, earned more than $60 million as a political consultant in Ukraine, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on the eve of his criminal trial, providing the first tally of Manafort’s income there. Prosecutors intend to prove that Manafort made that much and “failed to report a significant percentage of it …

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Trump Claims Mueller Has “Conflicts Of Interest”

The Hill reports: President Trump on Sunday renewed his accusations that special counsel Robert Mueller has “conflicts of interest” in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, citing a previous business dispute between the two men. In a sequence of tweets attacking the special counsel’s credibility, Trump noted that he and Mueller had “a very nasty & contentious …

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Mueller And Junior Spotted At Same DC Airport Gate

CNN reports: The swamp has never seemed so small. Special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted — by POLITICO Playbook — at the notoriously dreaded Gate 35X at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Friday. Cue the Twitter jokes. “Avoiding an ex in a confined space like,” wrote CBS Politics reporter Katie Watson. “AWKWARRRRRRD,” CNN’s Brooke Baldwin …

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Vladimir Putin Invites Trump To Moscow Summit

The Guardian reports: Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he has invited Donald Trump to Moscow, countering an offer to visit the United States as a possible sequel to last week’s controversial summit in Helsinki. Putin also addressed Trump’s invitation to Washington DC on Friday, saying he and the US president are ready for further summits, including at the White …

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MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch: Cohen Told Me Trump Knew About “Everything” In Advance Of Trump Tower Meeting

The Hill reports: MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch said President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told him several months ago that Trump knew “everything” going on during his 2016 campaign, including about his son’s meeting with Russians inside Trump Tower. A panel on Friday’s “Morning Joe” was discussing a new report that Cohen says Trump had prior knowledge of the June 2016 …

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Trump Rages: Cohen Is Lying To Save His Own Skin

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump launched into a Twitter tirade early Friday morning taking shots at his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, suggesting he is “is trying to make up stories” to “get himself out of an unrelated jam.” The tweetstorm started off on the topic of a New York Times report that Robert Mueller‘s Russia probe is looking at Trump’s …

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Giuliani: Michael Cohen Is A Pathological Liar [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Rudy Giuliani accused Michael Cohen of being a “pathological liar” after reports emerged that he would tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Donald Trump knew about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it happened, contradicting the president’s claim of ignorance. “I expected something like this from Cohen, he’s been lying all week. He’s been lying for years,” …

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Cohen Ready To Tell Mueller That Trump Approved In Advance Of Trump Tower Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Politico reports: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Trump knew about and approved the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his campaign officials and a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, according to a source with knowledge of Cohen’s account, who confirmed a CNN report from …

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Russian Hackers Target Vulnerable Senate Democrat

The Daily Beast reports: The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference. McCaskill, who has been highly critical of Russia over the years, is widely …

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Lawyer Who Met With Junior Has Close Ties To Kremlin

The Associated Press reports: The Moscow lawyer said to have promised Donald Trump’s presidential campaign dirt on his Democratic opponent worked more closely with senior Russian government officials than she previously let on, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Scores of emails, transcripts and legal documents paint a portrait of Natalia Veselnitskaya as a well-connected attorney who served …

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GOP Rep Dined With Accused NRA/Russian Spy In DC

ABC News reports: When FBI counterintelligence agents plowed through the emails of alleged Russian agent Maria Butina’s networking around Washington, they discovered her plan to arrange “friendship and dialogue dinners” with influential Americans. At one dinner, ABC News has learned, in February 2017 at the tony French eaterie, Bistro Bis, one guest who dined with the then-28 year old Russian …

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LIVE VIDEO: Mike Pompeo Testifies On Helsinki Summit

USA Today reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be in for a rough afternoon on Capitol Hill. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to grill him on the Helsinki summit, Iran and North Korea. While congressional hearings aren’t usually must-see TV, viewers may be in for political fireworks Wednesday. That’s because Trump has angered European allies, held a …

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John Bolton: We Won’t Meet With Vladimir Putin Again Until Mueller’s “Russia Witch Hunt” Is Finally Over

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Wednesday that any meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be put off until 2019 because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt.” “The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that …

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Soccer Ball Gifted To Trump Actually Contains Chip

The New York Daily News reports: The ball is bugged. Several critics warned President Trump last week to be wary of a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin after the pair met in Helsinki, Finland. And it appears their concern was justified — sort of. Markings on a soccer ball the Kremlin leader tossed to Trump indicate that it contains …

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White House Edits Official Video To Remove Question About Whether Putin Wanted Trump To Win [VIDEO]

The Atlantic reports: It was perhaps the most explosive exchange in an incendiary press conference: Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing to frankly admit to a motive for, and maybe even to the act of, meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, despite repeatedly denying Russian interference in American politics during the rest of his appearance with Donald Trump in Finland …

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Kremlin Snubs Trump’s Invite For Washington Summit

Reuters reports: The Kremlin was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet as well. The Kremlin’s failure to swiftly accept Trump’s invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable. …

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POLL: 51% Of Voters Believe Putin Has Dirt On Trump

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: American voters believe 51 – 35 percent “that the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump,” according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Republicans don’t believe 70 – 18 percent there is compromising information, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group which does not believe it, the poll finds. …

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Trump: Russia Will Try To Hack Midterms To Favor Dems

ABC News reports: President Trump claimed without evidence Tuesday that Russia would attempt to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections in support of Democrats. Trump was aboard Air Force One headed to an event in Kansas City when he sent the tweet. The entire US intelligence community has been in agreement that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in …

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Judge Grants Immunity To Five Manafort Witnesses

Talking Points Memo reports: With the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort just two days away, the judge in the case ordered the testimony of five witnesses granted immunity by special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis at a hearing Monday morning said he would unseal the documents that would reveal the identities of …

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Politico: Trump Just Tweeted More Mueller Probe Lies

Politico reports: President Donald Trump renewed his complaints Monday about the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, writing online that it was triggered by a now-infamous dossier of salacious but unverified information detailing ties between Russia and the president’s campaign. Contrary to Trump’s Monday morning tweet, the newly declassified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wiretap application shows that investigators did …

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