US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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6 May 2019

Trump Objects to Mueller Testifying Before Congress

President Trump said on Sunday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, should not testify before Congress, setting up another confrontation with Democrats over presidential authority and the separation of powers.
President Trump said on Sunday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, should not testify before Congress,...
29 Mar 2019

Three Lessons From ‘Failed’ Mueller Inquiry

The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing wants to make sure the pig’s face remains painted, the other is happy simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.
The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the...

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25 Mar 2019

Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction of Justice

The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference, according to a summary of the special counsel’s findings made public on Sunday by Attorney General William P. Barr.Mr. Barr also said that Mr. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice.
The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or...

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22 Jan 2019

Deripaska and Allies Could Benefit From Sanctions Deal, Document Shows

When the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting sanctions against a trio of companies controlled by an influential Russian oligarch, it cast the move as tough on Russia and on the oligarch, arguing that he had to make painful concessions to get the sanctions lifted. But a binding confidential document signed by both sides suggests that the agreement the administration negotiated with the companies controlled by the oligarch, Oleg V. Deripaska, may have been less punitive than advertised.
When the Trump administration announced last month that it was lifting sanctions against a trio of companies controlled...

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12 Jan 2019

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.
In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned...
30 Nov 2018

Trump attacks Mueller probe for fourth straight morning, asks if it will ‘go on forever’

President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election interference, questioning whether it will “just go on forever” and calling it a waste of money. “Did you ever see an investigation more in search of a crime?” Trump wrote in a tweet. He also asserted that the probe “has proven only one thing-there was NO collusion with Russia.”
President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller...

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20 Sep 2018

The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City: Vladimir V. Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64. In November, shortly after Donald J. Trump eked out a victory that Moscow had worked to assist, an even bigger banner appeared, this time on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington: the face of President Barack Obama and “Goodbye Murderer” in big red letters.
On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City:...
1 Sep 2018

Don’t Lose the Big Picture – Bruce Ohr was told that Russians have Trump over a barrel

This week Ohr discussed that meeting with lawmakers in a private interview. From the AP: “Among the things Ohr said he learned from Steele during the breakfast was that an unnamed former Russian intelligence official had said that Russian intelligence believed “they had Trump over a barrel,” according to people familiar with the meeting.”
This week Ohr discussed that meeting with lawmakers in a private interview. From the AP: “Among the things Ohr said he...

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6 Aug 2018

President Admits Focus of Trump Tower Meeting Was Getting Dirt on Clinton

President Trump said on Sunday that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was designed to “get information on an opponent” — the starkest acknowledgment yet that a statement he dictated last year about the encounter was misleading.
President Trump said on Sunday that a Trump Tower meeting between top campaign aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer was...
27 Jul 2018

Cohen Says Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting In Advance

According to CNN, Michael Cohen says President Trump knew in advance  about the Trump Tower meeting from Don Jr., approved the meeting in advance, was looking forward to getting the dirt. A little backstory on this. Cohen has been suggesting that he knows this and is willing to testify to that effect. CNN is apparently the first to get this solid enough to report.
According to CNN, Michael Cohen says President Trump knew in advance  about the Trump Tower meeting from Don Jr.,...

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13 Aug 2017

Russia Stole U.S. Presidency, Pro-Kremlin Politician Claims on Live TV

A Russian politician claimed on TV that Russian intelligence “stole” the U.S. presidential election under the nose of U.S. intelligence.Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, appeared Sunday night on a show hosted by presenter Vladimir Solovyov that focused on whether U.S. global influence was in decline.
A Russian politician claimed on TV that Russian intelligence “stole” the U.S. presidential election...

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7 Aug 2017

Tangled web connects Russian oligarch money to GOP campaigns

Party loyalty is often cited as the reason that GOP leaders have not  been more outspoken in their criticism of President Donald Trump and his refusal to condemn Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Yet there may be another reason that top Republicans have not been more vocal in their condemnation. Perhaps it's because they have their own links to the Russian oligarchy that they would prefer go unnoticed.
Party loyalty is often cited as the reason that GOP leaders have not  been more outspoken in their criticism of...

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports. Sergey Kislyak’s account of the meeting was captured by U.S. intelligence.
Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure...

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24 May 2017

Former C.I.A. Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia

John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., offered the fullest public account yet of how the federal investigation into Russian election meddling began. In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Brennan described a nerve-fraying few months as American authorities realized that the election was under attack and worried that Mr. Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight. His remarks were the fullest public account to date of the origins of an F.B.I. investigation that continues to shadow the Trump administration.
John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., offered the fullest public account yet of how the federal...
4 Apr 2017

Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel

Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates. The meeting took...

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23 Mar 2017

Powerful Russian Partner Boasts Of Ongoing Access To Trump Family

“I have nothing to do with Russia,” Donald Trump bellowed to thousands of frenzied supporters at a Tampa, Florida rally last October. The truth, it seems, is a bit more complicated. In an exclusive interview with FORBES, Emin Agalarov—a Russian pop singer, real estate mogul and son of one of the country’s richest people—described an ongoing relationship with the Trump family, including post-election contact with the president himself. 
“I have nothing to do with Russia,” Donald Trump bellowed to thousands of frenzied supporters at a Tampa, Florida...
10 Feb 2017

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say

National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s...
7 Jan 2017

US intelligence report: Vladimir Putin ‘ordered’ operation to get Trump elected

Declassified assessment says Russia ‘had clear preference’ for Trump, who met with US intelligence chiefs on Friday but refused to endorse their findings. Though the report lacks detail, never before has the US intelligence apparatus publicly assessed a foreign power to have interfered in an election for the benefit of an incoming president.
Declassified assessment says Russia ‘had clear preference’ for Trump, who met with US intelligence chiefs on Friday...
3 Dec 2016

Was a server registered to the Trump Organization communicating with Russia’s Alfa Bank?

Security experts claims that a preponderance of evidence (but no smoking gun) points to secret communication between Trump organization and Russians. An email server that was setup for mass email was now receiving strangely small loads of traffic and communicating in secretive fashion and designed to obscure its own existence. Furthermore the Trump campaign had ordered its campaign to rewrite its position on Ukraine, maneuvering GOP toward a policy preferred by Russia.
Security experts claims that a preponderance of evidence (but no smoking gun) points to secret communication between...

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