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

14 Nov 2019

New testimony ties Trump more directly to Ukraine pressure campaign

A top diplomat on Wednesday tied President Trump more directly to the effort to pressure Ukraine to probe his political opponents, describing a phone call in which Trump sought information about the status of the investigations he had asked Ukraine to launch one day earlier.
A top diplomat on Wednesday tied President Trump more directly to the effort to pressure Ukraine to probe his political...
9 Nov 2019

House GOP looks to protect Trump by raising doubts about motives of his deputies

House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies — U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, and possibly acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — who they say could have acted on their own to influence Ukraine policy.
House Republicans’ latest plan to shield President Trump from impeachment is to focus on at least three deputies —...

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8 Nov 2019

Trump’s Twitter War Room Aims Its Punches at Decorated Colonel

Days after a decorated Army lieutenant colonel offered damaging testimony about President Trump’s conduct on a July phone call with Ukraine’s leader, Mr. Trump stood on the South Lawn and issued a vague but ominous warning.“You’ll be seeing very soon what comes out,” Mr. Trump said on Saturday, referring to the officer, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman.
Days after a decorated Army lieutenant colonel offered damaging testimony about President Trump’s conduct on a July...

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1 Nov 2019

Trump Is Committing ‘Felony Bribery’ by Giving Fundraising Cash to GOP Senators Ahead of Impeachment Trial: Ex-Bush Ethics Lawyer

Attorney Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned on Thursday that President Donald Trump appeared to be committing "felony bribery" by giving Republican senators fundraising cash ahead of an increasingly likely impeachment trial in the Senate.
Attorney Richard Painter, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned...

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26 Oct 2019

Impeachment Inquiry Is Legal, Judge Rules, Giving Democrats a Victory

The House is legally engaged in an impeachment inquiry, a federal judge ruled on Friday, delivering a major victory to House Democrats and undercutting arguments by President Trump and Republicans that the investigation is a sham.
The House is legally engaged in an impeachment inquiry, a federal judge ruled on Friday, delivering a major victory to...
24 Oct 2019

Watch Fox News Personalities Attempt To Explain Away Bill Taylor’s Testimony

After the bombshell news that emerged from U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, the network’s hosts and personalities took their spin to a new level, peddling absurd conspiracies about the diplomat and declaring reports on his testimony to be fake news.
After the bombshell news that emerged from U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s testimony, the network’s hosts...
23 Oct 2019

William B. Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testifies in impeachment probe

The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine told lawmakers Tuesday that President Trump made the release of military aid contingent on public declarations from Ukraine that it would investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election, contradicting Trump’s denial that he used the money as leverage for political gain.
The senior U.S. diplomat in Ukraine told lawmakers Tuesday that President Trump made the release of military aid...

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18 Oct 2019

Mulvaney Says Trump Held Back Ukraine Aid Pending Investigation of Democrats

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate what the president has long insisted was Kiev’s assistance to Democrats during the 2016 election.
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, said Thursday that the Trump administration withheld nearly $400...
17 Oct 2019

Mulvaney emerges as a key facilitator of the campaign to pressure Ukraine

Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said Mulvaney contributed substantially to the unfolding political crisis, both through his connection to key events related to the attempt to pressure Kiev and through his general approach to the chief of staff job, which was driven by a perceived reluctance to displease the president.
Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said Mulvaney...
12 Oct 2019

Trump Had Ukraine Envoy Removed on ‘False Claims,’ She Tells House Inquiry

Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine in May, testified to impeachment investigators on Friday that a top State Department official told her that President Trump had pushed for her removal for months even though the department believed she had “done nothing wrong.”
Marie L. Yovanovitch, who was recalled as the American ambassador to Ukraine in May, testified to impeachment...

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9 Oct 2019

White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry, Claiming Effort to Undo Trump’s Election

The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with what it called an illegitimate effort “to overturn the results of the 2016 election” and setting the stage for a constitutional clash with far-reaching consequences.
The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, announcing that it would not cooperate with...

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4 Oct 2019

Trump Publicly Urges China to Investigate the Bidens

President Trump on Thursday publicly called on China to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., in an extraordinary presidential request to a foreign country for help that could benefit him in the 2020 election.
President Trump on Thursday publicly called on China to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joseph R....

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2 Oct 2019

Administration and Congress Clash Over Deposition as Impeachment Fights Begin

In the first skirmish in what promises to be an epic impeachment struggle between the executive and legislative branches, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at three congressional committees that are seeking to depose diplomats involved in American policy toward Ukraine, calling their demands for confidential interviews “an act of intimidation.”
In the first skirmish in what promises to be an epic impeachment struggle between the executive and legislative...
2 Oct 2019

Barr In Unprecedented Territory With Mueller Origins Probe

Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that Barr’s Italy trip focused on urging the country’s officials to help his Justice Department investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation for an effort that appears aligned with long-festering conspiracy theories on the matter. The campaign to squeeze foreign countries for information that would discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation also extended to a July 29 meeting that Barr had in London with British officials.
Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that Barr’s Italy trip focused on urging the country’s officials to help...
2 Oct 2019

Barr personally asked foreign officials to aid inquiry into CIA, FBI activities in 2016

Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter.
Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their...

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2 Oct 2019

Kremlin says disclosure of Trump-Putin phone calls would need Russian consent

The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The Democratic-led House last week launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump in the aftermath of a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump had solicited interference by Ukraine in the 2020 U.S. election for his own political benefit.
The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S....

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2 Oct 2019

Trump impeachment: lots of scandalous news — and one clear scandal

President Trump has turned American foreign policy into an extortion racket, abusing his powers to goad foreign leaders into persecuting his domestic rivals and improve his political standing. The proof for this in the case of Ukraine is irrefutable.
President Trump has turned American foreign policy into an extortion racket, abusing his powers to goad foreign leaders...

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2 Oct 2019

Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins

President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call.
President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P....
1 Oct 2019

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago

It’s strange to see my journalism twisted, perverted, and turned into lies and poisonous propaganda by Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and their enablers. But that’s what has happened to a news story I wrote four years ago.
It’s strange to see my journalism twisted, perverted, and turned into lies and poisonous propaganda by Donald Trump,...

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27 Sep 2019

White House Tried to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Records, Whistle-Blower Says

After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at the White House scrambled to “lock down” records of the call, a whistle-blower alleged in an explosive complaint released Thursday.
After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at...

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25 Sep 2019

Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump

After months of caution, Ms. Pelosi has become convinced that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s refusal to share details about the matter with Congress, left the House no alternative but to move forward with an inquiry that has the potential to reshape his presidency and cleave an already divided nation just a year before he plans to stand for re-election.
After months of caution, Ms. Pelosi has become convinced that Mr. Trump’s reported actions, and his administration’s...
16 Sep 2019

Democratic candidates demand Kavanaugh impeachment after new allegation in Times piece

Democrats called Sunday for a new investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in response to a New York Times piece that said Kavanaugh was seen sexually harassing a female student while at Yale.Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro, Democratic presidential candidates, pushed for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
Democrats called Sunday for a new investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in response to a New York...
30 May 2019

Bannon described Trump Organization as ‘criminal enterprise’, Michael Wolff book claims

The former White House adviser Steve Bannon has described the Trump Organization as a criminal entity and predicted that investigations into the president’s finances will lead to his political downfall, when he is revealed to be “not the billionaire he said he was, just another scumbag”.
The former White House adviser Steve Bannon has described the Trump Organization as a criminal entity and predicted that...

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3 May 2019

State Dept. allowed foreign govts to lease luxury condos at Trump World Tower without Congress OK

The U.S. State Department allowed at least seven foreign governments to rent luxury condominiums in New York's Trump World Tower in 2017 without approval from Congress, according to documents and people familiar with the leases, a potential violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause.
The U.S. State Department allowed at least seven foreign governments to rent luxury condominiums in New York's Trump...

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29 Sep 2018

House Republicans to Meet Privately With Rod Rosenstein

House Republicans plan to privately question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, about discussions last year where he suggested secretly taping President Trump to expose a chaotic White House and removing him from office under the 25th Amendment. House Democrats complained that they were left out of the planning and pledged to push to attend the meeting. Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said his Republican colleagues “cannot be left alone in a room” with Mr. Rosenstein.
House Republicans plan to privately question the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, about discussions last year...
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...
6 Sep 2018

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader. The dilemma — which...
29 Aug 2018

Vice President Pence Now Being Investigated For Campaign Fraud, His Ties To Russia And Manafort

Unfortunately for Pence — but fortunately for everyone in America who likes women’s rights, their gay uncle Sal, and R-rated movies — his future looks bleak as well. It’s not just Trump who should be worried about his connections to Paul Manafort, or indeed, to the occurrences at Trump Tower or during the transition period between Obama’s presidency and Trump’s.
Unfortunately for Pence — but fortunately for everyone in America who likes women’s rights, their gay uncle Sal, and...
27 Jul 2018

House conservatives introduce resolution calling for impeachment of Rod Rosenstein

Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, in a move that marks a dramatic escalation in the battle over the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The effort, led by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), also sets up a showdown with House Republican leaders, who have distanced themselves from calls to  remove Rosenstein from office.
Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod...
26 Jul 2018

Emoluments Lawsuit, Accusing Trump of Violating Constitution, Clears a Hurdle

A lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by maintaining a financial interest in his company’s Washington hotel cleared a critical hurdle on Wednesday when a federal judge allowed the case to move forward.The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, say that Mr. Trump’s profits from the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House, violate anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution and take business from local convention centers and hotels.
A lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by maintaining a financial interest in his company’s...
24 Jul 2018

ICE Has Conducted Hundreds of Raids in New York Since Trump Came to Power. Here’s What Those Operations Look Like.

It was approximately 6:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in early April when the pounding on the front door began. The sun was still coming up over New York City as a man The Intercept will call Michael jumped out of bed to investigate the commotion. Michael opened the door and found three men and one woman wearing tactical vests standing outside. They were accompanied by a man with a camera, already recording.
It was approximately 6:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in early April when the pounding on the front door began. The sun...
5 Jun 2018

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself of federal crimes but denies any wrongdoing

President Trump on Monday asserted an “absolute right” to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing. In a subsequent tweet Monday, Trump also claimed that the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election had been “totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”
President Trump on Monday asserted an “absolute right” to pardon himself of any federal...

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18 Jan 2018

In epic 9-minute speech, Cory Booker takes on Trump’s racism and white complicity

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn’t remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African countries in an Oval Office meeting last week. According to Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin, Trump derided those nations as “shithole countries.”
At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen...
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

Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry

President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate  Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference  in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump’s requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president  into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.
President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate  Republicans, including the chairman of the...
8 Oct 2017

The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

Originally commissioned by a private firm as opposition research by Donald Trump’s Republican and then Democratic opponents, the dossier cite a range of unnamed sources, in Russia and the US, who describe the Kremlin’s cultivation over many years of the man who now occupies the Oval Office – and the systematic collusion of Trump’s associates with Moscow to help get him there.
Originally commissioned by a private firm as opposition research by Donald Trump’s Republican and...

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29 Aug 2017

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement. Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.
Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were...

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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...
3 Aug 2017

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Allegedly Lied Under Oath. Will the Justice Department Investigate?

A watchdog organization has asked the Justice Department to investigate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for allegedly making repeated false statements to Congress about the conduct of OneWest Bank, where he served as CEO and later chair between 2009 and 2015. ”Mnuchin has repeatedly denied that his former bank engaged in robosigning foreclosure documents. The evidence is overwhelming that it did.
A watchdog organization has asked the Justice Department to investigate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for allegedly...
8 Jul 2017

Felix Sater is cooperating with a money laundering investigation. That’s bad news for Trump.

The Financial Times  reported Thursday morning that Felix Sater, former business partner of  President Donald Trump with deep ties to the Mafia and Russian  government, is cooperating in an international investigation into an alleged money-laundering network. Sater has a history of channeling money from prominent families in the Eastern bloc into Trump properties. This could pose problems for Trump, given Sater’s history of outing former close associates in exchange for immunity.
The Financial Times  reported Thursday morning that Felix Sater, former business partner of  President...
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...

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Bragged That He Got US Attorney Preet Bharara Fired

Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia  investigation, has boasted to friends and colleagues that he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, according to four people familiar with the conversations.
Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer in the Russia  investigation, has boasted to friends and...
13 Jun 2017

D.C. and Maryland to sue President Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.
Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday,...
12 Jun 2017

Donald Trump Jr seems to inadvertently confirm James Comey’s remarks on Flynn investigation

“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm hoping,'“ 39-year-0ld Mr Trump said.  - “You and I are friends: 'Hey, I hope this happens, but you've got to do your job.' That's what he told Comey.  - “And for this guy [Comey] as a politician to then go back and write a memo: 'Oh, I felt threatened.' He felt so threatened — but he [President Trump] didn't do anything.”
“When he tells you to do something, guess what? There's no ambiguity in it, there's no, 'Hey, I'm...
12 Jun 2017

Preet Bharara says there’s “absolutely evidence” to launch obstruction of justice case against President Trump.

Former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who led several  high-profile corruption cases until President Donald Trump fired him in  March, said there is “absolutely” enough evidence to launch an obstruction of justice case against President Trump for his firing of FBI chief James Comey. “No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction," Bharara said. “[But] there's no basis to say there's no obstruction.”
Former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who led several  high-profile corruption cases until President Donald...
8 Jun 2017

James Clapper says Watergate ‘pales’ in comparison with Trump Russia scandal

The former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says events in Washington now are more serious than the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, and that it is imperative investigators get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s links with the Putin regime. Clapper used a speech to Australia’s National Press Club on Wednesday to launch a critique of the US president, Donald Trump, describing his decision to cultivate Russia and share intelligence with the Putin regime as “very problematic”. He described Trump’s firing of the FBI chief Jim Comey as “egregious and inexcusable”.
The former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says events in Washington now are more serious than...

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29 May 2017

Donald Trump Sealed Indictment Started With Eric Schneiderman

We have New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman to thank for the genesis of the sealed indictment against Donald Trump currently being held in the Eastern District of Virginia, which has formed the basis of the case of impeachment already begun against him. This is how that happened: AG Schneiderman began a case of Enterprise Corruption, the state name for RICO, against Donald Trump. The case was based on the activities of Russian mobsters like Semion Moglievich who lived in Trump Tower, Russian oligarchs, and others.
We have New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman to thank for the genesis of the sealed indictment against Donald Trump...
28 May 2017

Boris Epshteyn Paid Russian Hackers For Both Team Trump and FSB

Trump Team and Russia jointly paid Pyotr Levashov to hack the US election. Human accounts pushing out fake memes authorized by Russia were paid, via the Kelhios botnet being operated from Trump HQ, using bitcoin and a spam payments system previously used for pornography;
Trump Team and Russia jointly paid Pyotr Levashov to hack the US election. Human accounts pushing out fake memes...
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...

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20 May 2017

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. The conversation reinforces the notion that President Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey,...
18 May 2017

Hill GOPers Trot Out Tortured Defenses Of Trump As Pressure Builds

While the latest Comey allegations have forced reluctant Republican leaders to initiate some oversight of Trump, and at least two GOP lawmakers have raised the possibility of impeachment, most members are standing by their man. Here are the some of the arguments GOP members made to reporters as to why Trump’s pressure on Comey to let Flynn off the hook does not constitute an obstruction of justice.
While the latest Comey allegations have forced reluctant Republican leaders to initiate some oversight of...

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17 May 2017

New fake news dilemma: sites publish real scoops amid mess of false reports

Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern for truth for themselves. And Mensch’s post was difficult to dismiss outright because she and her co-author, Claude Taylor, had earlier reported a pair of details from the investigations into Trump’s alleged links with Russia that were later confirmed by major mainstream news outlets.
Louise Mensch is among a number of bloggers offering a mix of true and inaccurate stories, forcing readers to discern...
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...

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13 May 2017

Explosive Dutch documentary says Trump has deep ties to Russia’s mafia underworld

A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and a history of illegal racketeering.“Donald Trump’s business partners have included Russian oligarchs and convicted mobsters, which could make the president guilty of criminal racketeering charges,” wrote Steven Rosenfeld at AlterNet on Friday.
A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and...
13 May 2017

Sealed indictment issued against Donald Trump

When it comes to political pundits who claim to have inside sources, I judge them by track record. Liberal pundit Claude Taylor’s sources have recently been proven right about Donald Trump grand juries. Conservative pundit Louise Mensch’s sources have long been proven right on Trump-Russia FISA warrants. So when the two of them say they each have  different inside sources telling them the same thing, I listen. And what they’re jointly saying tonight is that a sealed indictment has been delivered against Donald Trump.
When it comes to political pundits who claim to have inside sources, I judge them by track record. Liberal pundit Claude...

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13 May 2017

Sessions may face career-ending legal trouble in wake of Comey firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. That is the investigation that Sessions promised to stay away from. Firing the man heading the investigation -- especially if Sessions knew that the reason was not the one stated in Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's May 9 memo -- is a matter "arising from the campaigns for President of the United States." Sessions may have some explanation for why he chose to participate in the firing of Comey. But the attorney general may now be in considerable legal peril.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. That is the investigation that Sessions...
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...
3 Feb 2017

Sorry Spicer! There’s No Walking Back Calling Trump’s Order A ‘Ban’ Now

To riff on the bard, a Muslim ban by any other name is still a political and legal problem for President Donald Trump. Trump, in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network almost immediately after signing the order, said that one of its purposes was to make it easier for Christians to enter the United States. "It seems to me the soft underbelly of the legal defense is this business about Christians, because not only is that subject to Equal Protection and Establishment Clause [questions] on its own, but it suggests that this is a Muslim ban,” said Michael Meltsner, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law.
To riff on the bard, a Muslim ban by any other name is still a political and legal problem for President Donald Trump....
2 Feb 2017

Homeland Security Inspector General Opens Investigation of Muslim Ban, Orders Document Preservation

In an agency-wide directive sent to DHS staff early Wednesday afternoon, the IG’s office wrote, “All agency personnel must preserve any document  that contains information that is potentially relevant to OIG’s  investigation, or that might reasonably lead to the discovery of relevant information relating to the implementation of this Executive Order. For the duration of this hold, any relevant information that is within your possession or control must be preserved in the exact form as it currently exists.”
In an agency-wide directive sent to DHS staff early Wednesday afternoon, the IG’s office wrote, “All agency...

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