US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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17 Sep 2019

Israel Was Caught Spying on Capitol Hill Cellphones and Trump Was Fine With It

The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones, allowing them to capture the contents of calls and the mobile browser activity. Lipmann says that the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division subjected the devices to extensive forensic tests, looking at where the components came from, how old they were, and considering who would have access to them, and the trail led inexorably to Israel.
The Israelis deployed StingRay mobile identity-catchers, devices that are mistaken for cell towers by cell phones,...
28 Jan 2019

Trump advisers lied over and over again, Mueller says. The question is, why?

They lied to the public for months before Donald Trump was elected — and then repeatedly after he took office. They lied to Congress as lawmakers sought to investigate Russia’s attack on American democracy in 2016. And they lied to the FBI, even when they knew lying was a crime.
They lied to the public for months before Donald Trump was elected — and then repeatedly after he took office. They...

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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...

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8 Nov 2018

Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist

President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now take charge of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference, a defiant move just a day after a midterm election loss.
President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and replaced him with a loyalist who will now...
31 Oct 2018

Robert Mueller asks FBI to investigate ‘women offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against him’

Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations of sexual harassment against him. In a rare public statement from the office of the man investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, said it had been notified of the accusations last week, apparently by journalists.
Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations...

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4 Oct 2018

FBI Said to Lack White House Approval to Talk to Kavanaugh, Ford

The FBI hasn’t interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford because it doesn’t have clear authority from the White House to do so, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. Instead, the White House has indicated to the FBI that testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford, who has accused him of attempting to rape her when they were in high school, before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week is sufficient, said the people, who asked to not be identified discussing the sensitive matter.
The FBI hasn’t interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford because it doesn’t have...
22 Sep 2018

McCabe memos say Rosenstein considered secretly recording Trump

Memos written by Andrew McCabe, then the acting FBI director, say deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein suggested he secretly record his talks with President Trump, and that Rosenstein discussed possibly trying to remove him from office, according to people familiar with the matter.
Memos written by Andrew McCabe, then the acting FBI director, say deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein suggested he...
12 Sep 2018

On Sept. 11 anniversary, Trump launches fresh attacks on FBI and Justice Department with dubious allegation

As politicians and others went on Twitter on Tuesday morning to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Trump used the platform to launch a fresh round of assaults on the FBI and Justice Department.
As politicians and others went on Twitter on Tuesday morning to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,...

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28 Aug 2018

Bruce Ohr Fought Russian Organized Crime. Now He’s a Target of Trump.

In nearly three decades at the Justice Department, Mr. Ohr has made a career of supporting and facilitating important cases that targeted Russian organized crime. Now he is a target of President Trump, who has put his security clearance under review and attacked him publicly, and allies.
In nearly three decades at the Justice Department, Mr. Ohr has made a career of supporting and facilitating important...
17 Jul 2018

Trump-Putin Summit: Putin denies Russian interference in 2016 election

President Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence  agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying at the end of his summit here Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the autocrat privately gave him an “extremely strong and powerful” denial.
President Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence  agencies that Russia interfered in the...
18 Jun 2018

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent. The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Stone and Caputo’s interactions with Greenberg mean that at least 11 Trump associates or campaign officials have acknowledged interactions  with a Russian during the election season or presidential transition.
One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped...

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13 Jun 2018

Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening

Special counsel Robert Mueller  said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 presidential election are still occurring. "Uncharged individuals and entities" are still engaging in operations similar to those charged in a case involving 13 Russian nationals and three entities accused of illegally interfering in U.S. politics, Mueller said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller  said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those...

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31 May 2018

F.B.I. Official Wrote Secret Memo Fearing Trump Got a Cover Story for Comey Firing

Mr. McCabe’s memo, one of several that he wrote, highlights the conflicting roles that Mr. Rosenstein plays in the case. He supervises the special counsel investigation and has told colleagues that protecting it is among his highest priorities. But many current and former law enforcement officials are suspicious of some of his other actions, including allowing some of Mr. Trump’s congressional allies to view crucial documents from the investigation.
Mr. McCabe’s memo, one of several that he wrote, highlights the conflicting roles that Mr. Rosenstein plays...

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10 Apr 2018

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special...
29 Mar 2018

Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say

The FBI has found that a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, including during the 2016 campaign when Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were in touch with the associate, according to new court filings.
The FBI has found that a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had ongoing ties...

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17 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend.vMr.  McCabe promptly declared that his firing, and Mr. Trump’s persistent  needling, were intended to undermine the special counsel’s investigation  in which he is a potential witness.
Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn,...

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15 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump’s F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter said. Mr. McCabe was a frequent target of attack from President Trump, who taunted him both publicly and privately.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director,...
6 Mar 2018

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg called before grand jury, says he will refuse to go

Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another former Trump adviser, Roger Stone, for colluding with Russians, but he said he would not because Stone has been a friend and mentor to him.
Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another...

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23 Feb 2018

Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Will Cooperate

A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud and lying to investigators in the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and will  cooperate with the investigation.
A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud...
22 Feb 2018

Mueller files new charges against ex-Trump aides Manafort and Gates

The special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin has stepped up pressure on the former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, by filing new sealed court charges against him. Reuters saw a court record referring to the sealed charges, which were also directed against Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business associate, but the documents provided no details on the nature of the charges.
The special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin has stepped up...
20 Feb 2018

Former Skadden Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Investigation

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged in federal court in Washington that he lied to prosecutors about a September 2016 conversation with Rick Gates, the former Trump aide, over work they did together for a Ukrainian political party aligned with Russia. He also admitted that he deleted records of email exchanges that prosecutors had sought. He faces up to five years in prison but said in court that he expected to serve six months or less.
The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged in federal court in Washington that he lied to...
19 Feb 2018

Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election

President Trump questioned the intensifying special counsel investigation of his 2016 campaign and his administration while  attacking his own national security adviser, the FBI, Hillary Clinton,  former president Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress, CNN and others in a remarkable nine-hour span of tweets that included profanity and misspellings.
President Trump questioned the intensifying special counsel investigation of his 2016 campaign and...

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2 Feb 2018

House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias

House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I. and  Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. The memo, which has prompted a political firestorm, also criticizes information used by law enforcement officials in their application for a warrant to wiretap Mr. Page, and names the senior F.B.I. and Justice Department officials who approved the highly classified warrant.
House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I....

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30 Jan 2018

Andrew McCabe Steps Down as F.B.I. Deputy Director Under Pressure

Andrew G. McCabe abruptly stepped down on Monday as the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of withering criticism from President Trump, telling friends he felt pressure from the head of the bureau to leave, according to two people close to Mr. McCabe.
Andrew G. McCabe abruptly stepped down on Monday as the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of...

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26 Jan 2018

Watch Trump insist he never gave ‘any thought’ to firing Mueller

On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June. Trump ordered White House counsel Donald F. McGahn to oust Mueller, but backed down when McGahn threatened to resign. Trump, however, has publicly denied even considering firing Mueller.
On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last...
10 Jan 2018

Fusion GPS founder claimed FBI had Trump source during campaign

The head of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations against Donald Trump told congressional investigators that someone inside Trump’s network had also provided the  FBI with information during the 2016 campaign. It was released by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Feinstein said she released the transcript to set the record straight. “The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice,’’ she said.
The head of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations against Donald Trump told congressional...
26 Dec 2017

No longer a ‘lonely battle’: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold

For months, efforts to discredit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign flickered at the fringes of political debate. Now, the allegation that FBI and Justice Department officials are part of a broad conspiracy against President Trump is suddenly center stage, amplified by conservative  activists, GOP lawmakers, right-leaning media and the president himself.
For months, efforts to discredit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in...
22 Dec 2017

Republicans Are Quietly Putting Their Anti-Mueller Plans into Action

As the flagrant anti-F.B.I. rhetoric instilled by Donald Trump and his allies seeps into the Republican mainstream, the G.O.P. is expanding its push to cast doubt on the efforts of Robert Mueller and his team.
As the flagrant anti-F.B.I. rhetoric instilled by Donald Trump and his allies seeps into the Republican mainstream, the...
3 Dec 2017

Trump appears to have just admitted to a serious crime on Twitter

According to Trump’s own tweet, he would have known Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, assuring him Flynn had done nothing wrong. On Twitter, Matthew Miller, a former Department of Justice official, echoes that Trump’s new version of events indicates an effort to obstruct Comey’s investigation.
According to Trump’s own tweet, he would have known Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time Trump asked former FBI...

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1 Dec 2017

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.

Mr. Flynn, who appeared in federal court in Washington, acknowledged that he was cooperating  with the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russian interference in the 2016 election. His plea agreement suggests that Mr. Flynn provided information to prosecutors, which may help advance the inquiry.
Mr. Flynn, who appeared in federal court in Washington, acknowledged that he was...
24 Nov 2017

A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller

Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, are said to have terminated an information-sharing agreement with the president’s legal team. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, are said to have terminated an...
31 Oct 2017

As Russia case unfolds, Trump and Republicans go to battle with Clinton and Democrats

Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe  as unfair and citing various Clinton controversies that he said  warranted investigation. “Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia, ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist,” the president said. “The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R’s are now fighting back like never before. There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!”
Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe  as unfair and citing various...
30 Oct 2017

Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty to lying to agents in Russia inquiry

A former campaign aide to Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, who sought to secure a meeting between the future US president and Vladimir Putin has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A former campaign aide to Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, who sought to secure a meeting between the...
21 Sep 2017

Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President

Robert  S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director, according to White House officials. Mr.  Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with  Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director   had relieved “great pressure” on him.
Robert  S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President...
19 Sep 2017

Mueller Inquiry Sets Tone With Shock-and-Awe Approach

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President  Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.
Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search...
15 Sep 2017

Sanders destroys norm of DOJ independence, lays out case for political prosecution of Comey

During a news briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the administration’s case for prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey from the White House podium. In making the comments, Sanders is disregarding what was previously an important ethical standard — that the Justice Department has prosecutorial independence. The idea is that the Justice Department should decide who to prosecute based on a unbiased application of the law, not political pressure from the White House. This is something that neither Sanders or her boss seem to value.
During a news briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the administration’s case for...
10 Aug 2017

Manafort’s Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry

Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched the Northern Virginia home of President Trump’s  former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for tax documents and foreign  banking records, a sign that the inquiry into Mr. Manafort has  broadened, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched the Northern Virginia home of President...

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4 Aug 2017

Exclusive: top FBI officials could testify against Trump

Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, according to two senior federal law enforcement officials.
Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several...
22 Jul 2017

Robert Mueller, Don Jr.’s Russia meeting, and money laundering.

As Mueller investigates Trump's business, new reporting ties the key players in the infamous Don Jr. meeting to money laundering cases. "The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year," the Bloomberg story says, attributing this information to "someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly." (Bharara was fired from his job in March.)
As Mueller investigates Trump's business, new reporting ties the key players in the infamous Don Jr. meeting to money...
21 Jul 2017

Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller

President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and the special counsel in an interview yesterday with the New York Times that, even by Trump standards, is remarkable.
President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and...
26 Jun 2017

Evidence mounts Russia meddled in US election

Evidence is emerging that the hacking and disinformation campaign waged at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin took at least four separate but related paths. The first involved establishing personal contact with Americans perceived as sympathetic to Moscow — such as former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and early Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page — and using them as a means to further Russia's foreign-policy goals.
Evidence is emerging that the hacking and disinformation campaign waged at the direction of Russian President Vladimir...

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24 Jun 2017

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers

FBI is probing whether Jane Sanders improperly acquired bank loans to expand Burlington College, which was forced to close because of heavy debt. Brady Toensing of Burlington, the man responsible for the claims filed to the U.S. attorney for Vermont, was a chairman for the Trump campaign in his state.
FBI is probing whether Jane Sanders improperly acquired bank loans to expand Burlington College, which was forced to...

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21 Jun 2017

Despite Concerns About Blackmail, Flynn Heard C.I.A. Secrets

Senior officials across the government became convinced in January that the incoming national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail. At the F.B.I., the C.I.A.,  the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — agencies responsible for keeping American secrets safe from foreign spies — career officials agreed that Mr. Flynn represented  an urgent problem. Yet  nearly every day for three weeks, the new C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo, sat in the Oval Office and briefed President Trump on the nation’s most  sensitive intelligence — with Mr. Flynn listening.
Senior officials across the government became convinced in January that the incoming national security adviser,...

Trump takes a Twitter swipe at deputy attorney general, a key figure in Russia probe

President Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking  official at the Justice Department on Friday, raising concerns among the  president’s critics that Rod J. Rosenstein could be in danger of being fired, while others argued that if he stays he should recuse himself  from his role overseeing the special-counsel probe that has engulfed the White House. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president said on Twitter.
President Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking  official at the Justice...
16 Jun 2017

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in...

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14 Jun 2017

Director Comey Legally Taped Calls, Meetings With Trump

Sources with links to the Justice Department confirm that U.S. intelligence has legal copies of all Donald Trump’s “tapes” of his meetings with Director Comey – and that Comey had his own phone legally  hacked in order to record suspects, including Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr, for over a year.
Sources with links to the Justice Department confirm that U.S. intelligence has legal copies of all Donald...

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8 Jun 2017

James Comey reveals concerns about Trump in devastating account to Congress

In his statement, Comey makes it clear that Trump was seeking to put pressure on him. “My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant  the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job  and create some sort of patronage relationship,” Comey said. “That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status  in the executive branch.”
In his statement, Comey makes it clear that Trump was seeking to put pressure on him. “My instincts told me that...
7 Jun 2017

Comey Told Sessions: Don’t Leave Me Alone With Trump

The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I.  director, to end an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mr. Comey confronted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said he  did not want to be left alone again with the president, according to current and former law enforcement officials.
The day after President Trump asked James B. Comey, the F.B.I.  director, to end an investigation into...

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7 Jun 2017

No, Robert Mueller And James Comey Aren’t Heroes

As top law enforcement officials of the Bush administration (Mueller as FBI Director and James Comey as Deputy Attorney General), both presided over post-9/11 cover-ups and secret abuses of the Constitution, enabled Bush-Cheney fabrications to launch wrongful wars, and exhibited plain vanilla incompetence.
As top law enforcement officials of the Bush administration (Mueller as FBI Director and James Comey as Deputy...

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5 Jun 2017

Bank at Center of U.S. Inquiry Projects Russian ‘Soft Power’

Jared Kushner is now under congressional and F.B.I. scrutiny after his meeting with a close ally of Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Here’s how the Russian banker Sergey N. Gorkov could benefit from meeting President Trump’s senior adviser.
Jared Kushner is now under congressional and F.B.I. scrutiny after his meeting with a close ally of...
2 Jun 2017

Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia

Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Guardian has been told. Sources with knowledge of the investigation said the former Ukip  leader had raised the interest of FBI investigators because of his  relationships with individuals connected to both the Trump campaign and Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder whom Farage visited in March.
Nigel Farage is a “person of interest” in the US counter-intelligence investigation that is looking into possible...
25 May 2017

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe

The bureau’s director may have relied on murky intelligence to push aside Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in 2016. The Russians used fake news to influence Mr. Comey's decision in June to chastise Ms. Clinton and call the investigation completed.
The bureau’s director may have relied on murky intelligence to push aside Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in 2016....

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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...
23 May 2017

Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI...
20 May 2017

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ‘person of interest in Russia investigation’

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. The Washington Post said a senior adviser to Mr Trump was among people investigators wanted to speak to. A New York magazine reporter then said the person in question was Mr Kushner, 36, who is married to Mr Trump’s eldest daughter and who flew out of Washington on Friday night to accompany the President on his first official foreign trip.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the...
17 May 2017

John Cornyn Withdraws as Candidate for FBI Post, Calls for ‘Independent’ Director

A leading candidate to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), withdrew from consideration Tuesday, providing  another sign that a partisan figure might have a hard time winning  confirmation to the influential law-enforcement post. “Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI director,” Mr. Cornyn said.
A leading candidate to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas),...
15 May 2017

With James Comey Gone, These Three FBI and DOJ Officials Are Running the Russia-Trump Probe

This week, FBI Director James Comey joined Mary McCord, Sally Yates, and Preet Bharara as senior law enforcement officials who either resigned under Trump or were fired outright. As new officials are appointed to take their places, it’s getting hard to keep track of who is responsible for the Trump-Russia investigation. Two of these key officials (Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein) are Trump appointees; the third (Andrew  McCabe) will likely be replaced by a Trump pick soon.
This week, FBI Director James Comey joined Mary McCord, Sally Yates, and Preet Bharara as senior law...
13 May 2017

A new report says Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty. That could be devastating.

In an interview with me this morning, Harvard professor Laurence  Tribe, a persistent Trump critic, argued that this demand for loyalty,  if it happened, could constitute an effort to obstruct justice,  particularly when viewed in the light of the subsequent firing of Comey. “The demand for loyalty from the head of the organization investigating those around you, when you have the power to fire that person — if you wrote a novel about obstruction of justice, this would almost be too good to be true,” Tribe told me.
In an interview with me this morning, Harvard professor Laurence  Tribe, a persistent Trump critic, argued that...
12 May 2017

FBI disputes press reports: We have ‘adequate resources’ for Russia probe

Here is an example of fake news. The article refutes its own headline at the end of the article. Article later states that McCabe was not sure if Comey had asked for more funds and that the claim that he is not popular is false.
Here is an example of fake news. The article refutes its own headline at the end of the article. Article later states...
11 May 2017

Comey’s Firing Came as Investigators Stepped Up Russia Probe

In the weeks before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, a federal investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government was heating up, as Mr. Comey became increasingly occupied with the probe. Mr. Comey started receiving daily instead of weekly updates on the investigation, beginning at least three weeks ago, according to people with knowledge of the matter and the progress of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Mr. Comey was concerned by information showing possible evidence of collusion, according to these people.
In the weeks before President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, a federal investigation into potential...

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10 May 2017

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a stunning development for a president that benefited from the F.B.I. investigation of the Democratic nominee during the 2016 campaign. Separately, the F.B.I. also is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.
President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into...
10 May 2017

Hey Donald Trump, it’s too late: James Comey put Russia indictments in motion before you fired him

Donald Trump is either too clueless to understand that today’s firing of James Comey will do nothing to stop the advancement of the Russia investigation, or he’s too egomaniacal and petty to care that the firing won’t help his cause. Either way, this move won’t change anything – other than embolden those working to take him down.
Donald Trump is either too clueless to understand that today’s firing of James Comey will do nothing to stop the...

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8 May 2017

A 2016 Review: There’s Reason to Be Skeptical of a Comey Effect

Some polls showing a Clinton decline, including one by The Upshot, were conducted before the letter by James Comey was released. Most important, the polls taken before the letter were as bad for Mrs. Clinton as those conducted after it. Again, there aren’t many of these polls, but taken at face value there’s a case that Mrs. Clinton had nearly or even completely bottomed out by the time the Comey letter was released. Even if she had not, the trend line heading into the Comey letter was bad enough that there’s no need to assume that the Comey letter was necessary for any additional erosion in her lead.
Some polls showing a Clinton decline, including one by The Upshot, were conducted before the letter by James Comey was...
20 Apr 2017

Former staffer confirms Jason Chaffetz is under FBI investigation

One day after Jason Chaffetz announced out of nowhere that he won’t be seeking reelection to Congress in 2018 and that he won’t be running for any other office, he followed it up today by hinting that he may not even finish his term. Now comes a report that one of Chaffetz’s own former staffers is confirming that Chaffetz is under FBI investigation, and that it’s going to become public before much longer.
One day after Jason Chaffetz announced out of nowhere that he won’t be seeking reelection to Congress in 2018 and...
18 Apr 2017

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight

Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election. This conspiracy was made possible with the assistance of officers in the New York Police Department and agents within the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All of the major actors in the conspiracy have already confessed to its particulars either in word or in deed; moreover, all of the major actors have publicly exhibited consciousness of guilt after the fact.
Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to...
14 Apr 2017

“Concrete” evidence of Trump-Russia collusion exists, the Guardian reports.

Buried in the last paragraph of a Guardian story about British intelligence alerting the U.S. to contact between Trump advisers and Russian officials is this sort-of bombshell: One source suggested the official [American] investigation was making progress. “They now have specific concrete and corroborative evidence of collusion,” the source said. “This is between people in the Trump campaign and agents of [Russian] influence relating to the use of hacked material.”
Buried in the last paragraph of a Guardian story about British intelligence alerting the U.S. to contact between Trump...
13 Apr 2017

Foreign intel gives tape to FBI of Donald Trump’s kids engaging in criminal behavior

On a day in which reliable sources are pointing to the Trump-Russia investigation being so far along that arrests could come as soon as next week (link) and that Rudy Giuliani’s offer to flip is no longer even needed (link), another piece of the puzzle is now coming from an insider who has a tendency to be proven right about these things. The upshot: one or more of Donald Trump’s kids is about to go down.
On a day in which reliable sources are pointing to the Trump-Russia investigation being so far along that arrests could...

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to...
31 Mar 2017

Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the FBI and congressional committees investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.
Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the FBI and congressional committees...

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20 Feb 2017

U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

The FBI is investigating companies they believe may have been fronts for Trump-Russia business deals. The investigation includes financial transactions by Russian individuals and companies thought to have links to Trump associates. The transactions under scrutiny involve investments by Russians in overseas entities that appear to have been undertaken through middlemen and front companies, two people briefed on the probe said.
The FBI is investigating companies they believe may have been fronts for Trump-Russia business deals. The investigation...

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7 Nov 2016

FBI Finishes Hillary Clinton Email Review: ‘We Have Not Changed Our Conclusions,’ Comey Says : The Two-Way

Director James Comey says the FBI's review of new emails involving Hillary Clinton doesn't change the decision not to press charges against Clinton over her use of a private server.
Director James Comey says the FBI's review of new emails involving Hillary Clinton doesn't change the decision not to...
5 Nov 2016

Assange: Clinton resisted FBI, and now they’re out for payback

Hillary Clinton sparked an FBI backlash, which is now surfacing, when she stonewalled the Feds, who were trying to investigate her private server, Julian Assange said during the John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, which is now available in full on RT.
Hillary Clinton sparked an FBI backlash, which is now surfacing, when she stonewalled the Feds, who were trying to...

Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia

After lengthy investigations, officials also believe that a hacking of Democratic emails was aimed at disrupting the election rather than electing Mr. Trump. Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
After lengthy investigations, officials also believe that a hacking of Democratic emails was aimed at disrupting the...

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31 Oct 2016

A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

While news media and the FBI have published information regarding Hillary Clinton's emails they have refrained from publishing information regarding on ties between Donald Trump and Russia
While news media and the FBI have published information regarding Hillary Clinton's emails they have refrained from...

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31 Oct 2016

Bush Admin Just Got Involved In FBI’s Probe Into Clinton’s Emails And It’s Game Changing

In a NYTimes Op-Ed, George W Bush's ethics lawyer said - " It would be highly improper, and an abuse of power, for the F.B.I. to conduct such an investigation in the public eye, particularly on the eve of the election. It would be an abuse of power for the director of the F.B.I., absent compelling circumstances, to notify members of Congress from the party opposing the candidate that the candidate or his associates were under investigation.
In a NYTimes Op-Ed, George W Bush's ethics lawyer said - " It would be highly improper, and an abuse of power, for the...
15 Sep 2016

Elizabeth Warren Asks Newly Chatty FBI Director to Explain Why DOJ Didn’t Prosecute Banksters

Like many Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know why the DOJ hasn't criminally prosecuted anyone responsible for the 2008 financial crisis. On Thursday, Warren released two highly provocative letters demanding some explanations. One is to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, requesting a review of how federal law enforcement managed to whiff on all 11 substantive criminal referrals submitted by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a panel set up to examine the causes of the 2008 meltdown
Like many Americans, Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know why the DOJ hasn't criminally prosecuted anyone responsible for...
3 Sep 2016

F.B.I. Papers Offer Closer Look at Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry

FBI through extensive interviews was satisfied with Hillary Clinton's explanations regarding her emails. It is also revealed that her use of private email server was due to advice from Colin Powell yet the Republicans are not satisfied and plan further investigation.
FBI through extensive interviews was satisfied with Hillary Clinton's explanations regarding her emails. It is also...

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