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Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

Report: Twitter Erased Data Potentially Crucial to Russia Probes

13/10/2017

Twitter, which may have been one of Russia’s most effective weapons in its efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, erased user data and posts that would have been valuable to investigators probing the interference, Politico reports. Cybersecurity officials said the site’s strict privacy policy may have led to deletions of the information,...
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Pokémon Go Apparently Used In Russian Election Meddling

12/10/2017

Russian agents used the game Pokémon Go as a tool to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report by CNN. A Russian-linked account masquerading as a Black Lives Matter activist group called Don’t Shoot Us apparently had the “dual goal of galvanizing African-Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view...
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Report: Manafort Offered Russian Magnate ‘Private Briefings’ On Campaign

21/09/2017

While he was still serving as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort sent an email to an employee of his consulting business in Kiev requesting he tell a Russian billionaire with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin that if he wanted “private briefings” on the presidential race, Manafort would set it up, several...
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Dems To Mueller: Flynn Broke The Law On Security Forms

16/09/2017

Former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose a trip he took to arrange a $100 billion Saudi-Russia business deal in his application for security clearance, House Democrats claim in a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller. Further, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and New York Rep. Eliot Engel say responses from...
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Trump Reportedly Called Sessions ‘Idiot’ & Told Him Resign

15/09/2017

After finding out that the deputy attorney general had appointed a special counsel to take over the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, President Trump went off on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, blaming Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation and demanding his resignation, several current and former administration...
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Trump Jr. To Testify Privately Before Senate Panel About Russia Meeting

07/09/2017

Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son and executive director of the Trump Organization, will meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to discuss a June 2016 meeting he set up with a Kremlin-backed lawyer and other Russians promising compromising information on Hillary Clinton. Trump’s testimony, originally scheduled for July, will be transcribed...
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Putin: President Trump Is ‘Not My Bride’

05/09/2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin still has hope for improving relations with the United States under the leadership of President Trump, he said Tuesday. But Putin took issue with questions from reporters asking whether he was disappointed in the American president, calling it “naive” to ask. “He’s not my bride, and I’m also not his...
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Report: Mueller Teaming Up With IRS Investigators For Trump-Russia Probe

01/09/2017

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with agents from the IRS’s Criminal Investigations unit as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the investigation told The Daily Beast. This elite and secretive unit’s 2,500 agents work on financial crimes, including money laundering and tax evasion, and...
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Lobbyist Who Met With Trump Jr. Testified To Mueller Grand Jury

31/08/2017

The Russian lobbyist who attended a meeting with top Trump campaign aides last year has testified to a grand jury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling, the Financial Times reports. The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, was part of a meeting that included Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared...
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Mueller Working With NY Attorney General in Manafort Probe

31/08/2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reportedly working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to look into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s finances. According to Politico, the two sides “have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case,” and have allegedly uncovered “evidence on financial crimes, including potential...
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Trump Attorney: We Did Talk Moscow Tower Deal During The Campaign

29/08/2017

President Trump and his attorneys spoke about a possible real-estate deal in Moscow at least three times, said Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. Cohen said each of the brief conversations happened during the presidential campaign and that he received Trump’s signature on a letter of intent...
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Trump Planned Trump Tower in Moscow During Presidential Campaign

28/08/2017

The Trump Organization was actively involved in discussions to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow while Donald Trump was running for president, The Washington Post reports. Citing several sources familiar with the matter and records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers, the Post reports the discussions involved Russian-born real-estate developer Felix Sater, who at one...
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Report: Pompeo Has CIA Unit On Edge Over Loyalty to Trump

25/08/2017

Officials in a CIA counterintelligence unit that has played a vital role in the FBI’s Russia probe say they have to “watch” CIA Director Mike Pompeo over fear he might report new information directly to President Trump, The Washington Post reports. Officials at the Counterintelligence Mission Center—which Pompeo has asked to report directly to...
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Report: Trump Aide Sent Email About Putin Meeting Request

24/08/2017

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn sent an email referencing an individual who was trying to arrange a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin last year, CNN reports, citing an email recovered by congressional investigators. In the email, Dearborn, who worked on the campaign, included “information about an...
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Report: Russia Linked To North Korean Missile Advances

14/08/2017

North Korea’s rapid missile-program improvements can likely be traced back to a black-market factory that used to produce the Soviet Union’s most deadly weaponry, according to a new report and classified assessments by U.S. intel agencies. It is not believed that North Korea could have made such big leaps forward in their nuclear-weapons program...
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Trump’s Secretary Rhona Graff Wanted For Questioning In Russia Probe

11/08/2017

Congressional investigators want to question Rhona Graff, a longtime secretary for Donald Trump who now serves as senior vice president at the Trump Organization, ABC News reported early Friday. Graff has worked at Trump Tower for nearly three decades, and officials are now scrutinizing her as part of the probe into the infamous June...
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Trump: ‘I Want To Thank Putin’ For Expelling U.S. Diplomats

11/08/2017

President Trump on Thursday said he’s thankful to Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats because now the U.S. government can save money on that payroll. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I’m concerned I’m very thankful that he let go of...
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Manafort Alerted Authorities to Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

10/08/2017

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager to Donald Trump, tipped off authorities to the controversial meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Bloomberg News reported Thursday. The June 9, 2016 came to light after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted emails leading up to the meeting (he initially...
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FBI Agents Kick In Door & Raid Paul Manafort’s Home

09/08/2017

The FBI raided Paul Manafort’s home last month, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, executing a search warrant to seize documents. Agents allegedly entered Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia before dawn on July 26. “The search warrant was wide-ranging, and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various...
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Blumenthal To Trump: Your ‘Bullying’ Tactics Won’t Protect You In Russia Probe

07/08/2017

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) fired back at President Trump on Monday, saying his bullying tactics will not protect him from the ongoing Russia collusion investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. “Mr. President: Your bullying hasn’t worked before and it won’t work now. No one is above the law,” Blumenthal tweeted. “This issue...
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Tillerson: U.S. Will Respond To Russian Diplomatic Expulsions

07/08/2017

After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday said the U.S. would issue its response by Sept. 1 to Moscow’s July 30 announcement that it is expelling 755 U.S. embassy and consulate staff from Russia. Tillerson said he told Lavrov the U.S. hasn’t yet decided...
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KO:Why Is Trump Reminding Us Of The Pee Pee Tape? [VIDEO]

02/08/2017

Why is Trump Reminding Us of the Pee Pee Tape? Just when the Steele dossier had faded from view, Trump brings it up on Twitter
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President Trump Signed Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

02/08/2017

President Trump on Wednesday signed the bill placing additional sanctions on Russia, but expressed deep reservations about what he described as “significantly flawed” legislation. In an official statement, Trump wrote that the law includes “unconstitutional provisions” that would hinder his presidential authority on diplomatic matters. He also suggested Congress passed the bill “in haste”...
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Trump Dictated Misleading Statement On Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting

01/08/2017

President Trump personally dictated the statement regarding his son Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, saying they “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,” several people with knowledge of the incident told The Washington Post Monday. This statement, sent to The New York Times before it...
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Trump Told Fox News To Frame Dems For Seth Rich Murder, Lawsuit Claims

01/08/2017

Rod Wheeler, the private investigator cited by Fox News for its retracted report claiming former DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered for leaking emails to WikiLeaks, has now sued the network, claiming they: 1) Fabricated quotes from him to make the false connection; 2) Sent an article draft to the White House for review;...
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Putin Expels 755 U.S. Diplomats From Russia In Response To Sanctions

31/07/2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday announced 755 members of the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia will be expelled from his country. This reduces the number of American diplomats in Russia from about 1,210 to 455, putting the American delegation on par with the Russian diplomatic contingent in the United States. Putin’s announcement comes...
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Pence Reassures Baltic States, Draws Firm Line Against Russia Aggression

31/07/2017

Vice President Mike Pence assured U.S. commitment to the Baltic states in the face of Russian aggression on Sunday in Tallinn, Estonia, his first stop on a four-day tour that will also include Georgia and Montenegro. While President Trump has been unclear in the past about where he draws the line with Russia, Pence...
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In Retaliation, Russia Seizes Two U.S. Diplomatic Properties

28/07/2017

The Russian government seized two U.S.-owned diplomatic properties Friday, hours after its foreign ministry ordered the U.S. to cut its diplomatic staff in the country by Sept. 1. The New York Times reports the Kremlin will cut off American access on Aug. 1 to a Moscow warehouse and a leafy enclave where U.S. staffers...
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Senate Votes Overwhelmingly on Veto-Proof Russia Sanctions Bill [VIDEO]

28/07/2017

Senators are sending legislation slapping new sanctions on Moscow to President Trump’s desk, setting up a potential showdown with the White House over Russia. Senators voted 98-2 on the bill, which would give Congress the ability to block Trump from lifting the Russia sanctions. It also includes new penalties against Iran and North Korea....
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House Approves Russia Sanctions Bill

26/07/2017

On Tuesday, the House voted 419-3 to pass a bill that strengthens sanctions against Russia in response to its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. The sanctions primarily target Russian oil and gas projects with companies based in the United States and a handful of other countries, and will be difficult for President...
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