Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Media Falls For Man In Robot Suit [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: A “hi-tech robot” shown on Russian state television has turned out to be a man in a suit. Russia-24 praised the ersatz android during coverage of a youth forum dedicated to robotics, boasting that “Robot Boris has already learned to dance and he’s not that bad”. But sharp-eyed bloggers were dubious. The Russian website TJournal listed questions …

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Michael Flynn Asks Court For No Prison Time

The New York Times reports: Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, asked a federal judge late Tuesday to spare him prison time for misleading investigators, and they suggested that the F.B.I. agents who interviewed him last year at the White House had tricked him into lying. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers said that his contrition, lengthy military …

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Putin: None Of My Spies Have Heard Of Maria Butina

The New York Post reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed none of his intelligence chiefs knows “anything about” alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. The 30-year-old grad student is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to conspiracy for working with a GOP operative and a Russian official to establish unofficial lines of communication between US politicians and the Kremlin. But …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Agrees To Plea Deal, Faces Five Years In Prison Depending On Her Level Of Cooperation

ABC News reports: Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected …

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FEC Complaint Accuses NRA Of Illegally Coordinating $25M 2016 Election Spending With Trump Campaign

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, two watchdog groups said in a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and its political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, placed $25 million worth of television …

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CNN: 16 Trump Associates Now Linked To Russians

CNN reports: At least 16 associates of Donald Trump had contacts with Russians during the 2016 campaign or transition, according to public statements, court filings, CNN reporting, and reporting from other news outlets. These communications came in the form of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, text messages, emails and video chats. In the months after the election, Trump and his senior …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Changes Plea To Guilty

Talking Points Memo reports: Prosecutors and Maria Butina — a Russian national who’s been accused of being an unregistered foreign agent — requested Monday that a judge schedule a hearing this week so that Butina can change her plea. The filing was a suggestion that Butina and prosecutors may have reached a plea deal in the case. Butina had pleaded …

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Schiff: Trump May “Face The Real Prospect Of Jail Time”

Politico reports: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President Trump might “face the real prospect of jail time” after prosecutors indicated last week that he directed illegal payments during his 2016 presidential campaign. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first …

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Kremlin-Backed Social Media Trolls Spread False Claims That French Police Are Near “Mutiny” Against Macron

Bloomberg reports: Emmanuel Macron successfully dodged cyberattacks and fake news reports that were widely blamed on a Kremlin effort to destabilize his 2017 presidential campaign. Now, with France convulsed by violent protests, the Russians appear to be back – and may be hitting closer to their mark. Among 600 Twitter accounts known to promote Kremlin views, the top hashtag now …

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Glorious Leader Issues Raging Anti-Mueller Tweetstorm

Mediaite reports: After taking a three-day break from criticizing the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump returned early Friday morning to using his Twitter account to attack and undermine the Mueller probe. Trump’s tweets come on the morning of what many are expecting to be a big news day for the investigation into collusion between the …

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Tomorrow: New Mueller Dirt On Manafort And Cohen

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team could reveal tantalizing new details in its investigation into possible Russian collusion on Friday thanks to a pair of court filing deadlines involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former lawyer Michael Cohen. Mueller’s office has a Friday deadline to explain to the court why it accused Manafort of lying …

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Yet Another Trump Adviser Now In Mueller’s Crosshairs

The Guardian reports: Robert Mueller is allegedly examining a Trump campaign adviser’s appearances on the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster RT, offering new hints about the investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump’s associates. Mueller’s investigators have asked Ted Malloch, the London-based American academic who is also close to Nigel Farage, about his frequent appearances on RT, which US intelligence authorities …

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REPORT: WH Has No Response Plan For Mueller Report

The Atlantic reports: Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report—including the people who work at the White House. The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe. Sentencing memos are dropping. Plea deals are being struck. The president’s legal team expects a response to his written interview “soon.” But while most organizations, …

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US Preps To Sail Into Black Sea Amid Ukraine Tensions

CNN reports: The US has begun making the necessary preparations to sail a warship into the Black Sea, a move that comes amid heightened tensions in the region following Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships and detention of Ukrainian sailors. The US military has requested that the State Department notify Turkey of its possible plans to sail a warship into the …

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Feds Target GOP Boyfriend Of NRA-Linked Russian Spy

The Daily Beast reports: Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican politico whose Russian girlfriend is in jail on charges she acted as a covert foreign agent, has been informed that he may face similar accusations. The Daily Beast reviewed a so-called “target letter” that federal investigators sent Erickson’s lawyer, which said they are considering bringing charges against him under Section 951 …

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Mueller Recommends No Prison Time For Michael Flynn

In the week’s most hotly anticipated bit of news, Special Counsel Robert Mueller tonight issued a memo in which he recommends no prison sentence for former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Update to follow shortly… Mueller on Flynn: “Given the defendant’s substantial assistance and other considerations set forth below, a sentence at the low end of the guideline range—including a …

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TODAY: Mueller To Issue Sentencing Memo On Flynn

Reuters reports: U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office will make a sentencing recommendation for former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday, in a court filing that is expected to shed light on the extent of Flynn’s cooperation in the Russia probe. Flynn, who held the White House job for only 24 days, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying …

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Adam Schiff: Cohen’s Guilty Plea Confirms That Trump And His Business Are “Compromised” By Russian Ties

ABC News reports: The leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday on “This Week” that there is now a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen, who he said confirms that “the president and his business are compromised.” “There is now testimony, there is now a witness, who confirms that in …

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Cohen Claims “Close Contact” With Trump WH Team While Lying To Congress, Requests No Prison Time

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Friday he was in “close and regular contact” with Trump’s White House staff and legal team when he prepared a statement for Congress that he now says falsely downplayed Trump’s effort to land a Trump Tower Moscow deal during the 2016 presidential campaign. In a filing seeking a lenient …

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REPORT: Junior Is Worried He’s Next To Be Indicted

Vanity Fair reports: Cohen’s plea also re-ignited fears that the president’s son, Don Jr., will be next to be indicted. “Don’s been telling people he’s very worried after today,” a source said. (Don Jr.’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) Mueller now appears to be driving the West Wing agenda, with the principals in a reactive …

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