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Trump Asked Key Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel

In one episode, the president told an aide that the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, should issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January.

The article said Mr. McGahn told investigators that the president once asked him to fire the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

Mr. McGahn never released a statement and later had to remind the president that he had indeed asked Mr. McGahn to see that Mr. Mueller was dismissed

WITNESS TAMPERING

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/0...-priebus-mcgahn.html
 
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WH's Raj Shah: No Intention 'Right Now' to Fire Mueller

https://www.newsmax.com/politi...018/03/11/id/848012/
 
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Lance pushes Trump to enforce Russian sanctions

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, is introducing legislation requiring the Trump Administration to enforce the sanctions against Russia.

Lance also said that Russian President "Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime tries to sow discontent" and that the "United States must respond forcefully to Russian interference and this bipartisan legislation ensures that Russia faces severe consequences."

At issue is the Trump Administration’s enforcement of sanctions against Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (also known as CAATSA), was signed into law by President Trump on Aug. 2, 2017, having passed Congress with the support of Lance and an overwhelming bipartisan majority, according to the release. The legislation targeted officials of the Russian government who took part in foreign interference during the 2016 U.S. elections.

In order to prevent and stop the interference, CAATSA also asked for the executive branch to provide a detailed report from Treasury to determine individuals involved, prevent those individuals from coming to the U.S., and freeze the assets of influencers.

After new reports of the Trump Administration not enforcing the sanctions, Lance wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for action, the release said. The DISARM Act makes clear the executive branch must follow the will of Congress and punish the Russian government.

https://www.mycentraljersey.co...sanctions/411993002/
 
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White House accidentally implicates Trump in Russia probe: He ‘would be aware of any efforts’ to collude

“Let’s step back for a second,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said today. “This investigation was about collusion with the Russian government — between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. There’s been zero evidence — after a year of investigation — that we’ve seen of actual collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.”

“The president, who would be aware of any types of efforts, has been pretty clear,” the White House spokesperson continued. “[He] understands and knows that there’s no collusion. And so, as he has said, this investigation is everything from a hoax to a witch hunt. It’s not going to find any evidence of collusion.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/...are-efforts-collude/
 
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Pentagon chief warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons,
blames Russia


Mattis said Russia, which intervened militarily in Syria to support the Assad government, could be complicit in the civilian casualties.

“Either Russia is incompetent or in cahoots with Assad,” Mattis said. “There’s an awful lot of reports about chlorine gas use or about symptoms that could be resulting from chlorine gas.”

https://www.militarytimes.com/...of-chemical-weapons/
 
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5 things Trump could do to stop Russia’s meddling

Since the president has done none of these things, the burden has shifted to his aides.

Trump is still missing in action. He took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, which establishes democratic elections. He isn’t keeping that promise. There’s a term for that: dereliction of duty.

http://www.columbian.com/news/...op-russias-meddling/
 
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Steve Bannon Told Me He Was 'A Leninist' Who Wants To ‘Destroy the State’

The Breitbart executive director turned GOP leader boasted at a party about his goal of destroying the conservative establishment.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/...me-he-was-a-leninist
 
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Bannon and Cambridge Analytica worked with Russian spy during election?

Mikhail Kalugin, head of the economics section at the Russian Embassy in Washington…Kalugin reportedly went home to Russia last August after a six-year stint in this country

A leading Russian diplomat, Mikhail Kalugin, had been withdrawn from Washington at short notice because Moscow feared his heavy involvement in the US presidential election operation…would be exposed in the media there

FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia has “nailed Kalugin as Russia’s key man in Washington working on the last American election

Kalugin has been recorded by F.B.I. surveillance, well before he left the United States. Kalugin apparently helped the Russians record names, email addresses, and party affiliations of American voters. That list of registered voters was then used by the Russians in a micro-targeting email and social media campaign to spread fakes news and propaganda, with the aim of helping to elect Trump.

The highly valuable government list of registered voters was not only valuable to the Russians here. It turns out Steve Bannon, former Vice President of the Board for the data-mining company, Cambridge Analytica, would most likely find that list desirable too. The company headquarters is located eight blocks from Trump Tower in New York City.

http://americannewsx.com/crook...-making-trump-panic/
 
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Steve Bannon’s Ideological Ties to Russia

http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2...ical-ties-to-russia/
 
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'I think there’s a very good chance Putin knows some things about Trump': Megyn Kelly claims Russian president has dirt on Trump

In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Megyn Kelly reveals that after sitting down with the Russian president, she believes has information on Trump

She said: 'I would not say that Putin likes Trump' but he seemed to know details that the president 'does not want repeated publicly'

Kelly said Putin's information likely deals with Trump's deals with Russia in the nineties

The NBC interview was filmed last week and is set to air this Friday

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...ent-dirt-Donald.html
 
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Donald Trump’s Nukes Plan Puts the Whole World in Peril

His Nuclear Posture Review is like something out of “Dr. Stranglove.”

https://www.motherjones.com/po...-of-dr-strangeglove/
 
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Nunberg: ‘I would highly suggest’ Trump interview with Mueller

Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said today
Trump has to explain suspicious Russia matters


About the Comey firing, Trump "has to explain the logic why, when he based the logic on the Rosenstein memo, and then the next day he gives an interview to Lester Holt saying it has to do with Russia," Nunberg continued.

"But then he has the Russians in the Oval Office. And by the way, who the hell in that White House let that happen? He was so ill-served by his staff it was unbelievable. Therefore I don't think Rosenstein had any choice but to put that special counsel."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-...erviews-with-mueller
 
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Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg said today
Trump has to explain suspicious Russia matters


About the Comey firing, Trump "has to explain the logic why, when he based the logic on the Rosenstein memo, and then the next day he gives an interview to Lester Holt saying it has to do with Russia," Nunberg continued.

"But then he has the Russians in the Oval Office. And by the way, who the hell in that White House let that happen? He was so ill-served by his staff it was unbelievable. Therefore I don't think Rosenstein had any choice but to put that special counsel."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-...erviews-with-mueller


Nunberg concluded to Witt "this isn't a witch hunt" and "taxpayers are getting their money's worth," because investigators – who Nunberg repeatedly praised – were only asking about "facts" and not asking for political or circumstantial "opinion."

https://www.newsmax.com/politi...018/03/11/id/848035/
 
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Trump and the Russians: A new book describes how it all began — at a Las Vegas nightclub


Events surrounding Trump’s November 2013 visit to Moscow to oversee the Miss Universe pageant, and to vigorously pursue his long-standing dream of building a Trump Tower in the Russian capital. A deal was reached for the project with Aras Agalarov, an oligarch known as “Putin’s builder,” with financing by a bank controlled by the Russian government.

That agreement, in turn, grew out of a June trip to Las Vegas, where Trump was presiding over the Miss USA pageant, a preliminary to Miss Universe. It has previously been reported that Trump dined with the Agalarovs, Goldstone and others at a Las Vegas restaurant while there. But as the book reveals,

Trump later that night joined Emin Agalarov, Goldstone and the reigning Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, for an after-party at a nightclub called the Act, known for shows, extreme even by Vegas standards, that simulated acts of sadomasochism and bestiality and one (called “Hot for Teacher”)
in which female dancers pretended to be college students urinating on their professor. (The club, the book notes, laid in a supply of Diet Coke for the teetotaling Trump.) The club was the target of an undercover investigation by the Nevada Gaming Commission at the time of Trump’s visit, and many of its acts — including those involving simulated urination — were later banned by a Nevada state judge as “lewd” and “offensive,” court records obtained by the authors show. The Act has since closed.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tru...tclub-140006326.html
 
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Trump Jr. toes "fuzzy line" as undisclosed partner gets access (pay to play)

Donald Trump Jr. and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have long claimed they're just friends.

But Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with his longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father's 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The Associated Press show.

The president's eldest son and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have been involved in business deals together dating back to the mid-2000s and recently formed a company — Future Venture LLC — despite past claims by both men that they were just friends, according to previously unreported court records and other documents obtained by AP.

Beach last year met with top National Security Council officials to push a plan that would curb U.S. sanctions in Venezuela and open up business for U.S. companies in the oil-rich nation.

Ethics experts said their financial entanglements raised questions about whether Beach's access to government officials and advocacy for policy changes were made possible by the president's son's influence — and could also benefit the Trump family's bottom line.

"This feeds into the same concerns that we've had all along: The really fuzzy line between the presidency and the Trumps' companies," said Noah Bookbinder, who leads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a public policy group. "Donald Trump Jr. sort of straddles that line all the time."

It's not the first time Trump Jr. has attracted questions about mixing business and political access. Earlier this year, he traveled to India to meet promoters and buyers of Trump brand luxury homes in that country, raising ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote business ventures overseas.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/t...partner-gets-access/
 
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Why Mueller Might Delay Filing Obstruction Charges in His Trump-Russia Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice is said to be close to completion, but he may set it aside while he finishes other key parts of his probe, such as

1) possible collusion and

2) the hacking of Democrats, according to current and former U.S. officials.

That’s because Mueller may calculate that if he tries to bring charges in the obstruction case — the part that may hit closest to Trump personally — witnesses may become less cooperative in other parts of the probe, or the president may move to shut it down altogether.

Other key matters under investigation by Mueller’s team, with its 17 career prosecutors, include

1) whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 campaign. Mueller is also expected to indict some of those responsible for

2) hacking the Democratic National Committee before the election and publicly leaking stolen material in an effort to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Muller’s team recently began probing

-- efforts by the United Arab Emirates to influence the Trump team, including

-- a meeting the Gulf kingdom apparently helped organize in the Seychelles where an informal Trump adviser also met with a Russian banker.

The Post also reported that Mueller has been asking about

-- several Russia-related incidents involving longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, including

-- his role in trying to help the Trump Organization build a tower in Moscow in 2015.

When it comes to the obstruction portion of the investigation, Mueller is said to be focused on three main episodes:

1) Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last May;

2) the drafting of a misleading statement about the purpose of a June 2016 meeting between Don Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and a group of Russians at Trump Tower; and

3) the disclosure that Trump considered firing Mueller last June

http://fortune.com/2018/03/12/...arges-investigation/
 
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When it comes to the obstruction portion of the investigation, Mueller is said to be focused on three main episodes:

1) Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last May;

2)the drafting of a misleading statement about the purpose of a June 2016 meeting between Don Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and a group of Russians at Trump Tower; and

3) the disclosure that Trump considered firing Mueller last June

Weekend in Bedminster (firing of Comey)

One focus for Mueller is a rainy weekend that Trump and top aides spent holed up at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, shortly before Comey was fired. Trump stayed out of public view the entire weekend. While the White House released little information about his activities except to say he had “meetings and calls,” it’s clear Trump and his advisers were discussing Comey’s fate.

Traveling with Trump that weekend was then-Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, a Flynn ally; senior adviser Stephen Miller; then-White House communications director Hope Hicks, social media director Dan Scavino; Kushner; and Ivanka Trump.

That Sunday morning in Bedminster, Trump publicly aired his frustrations on the Russia probe, tweeting: “Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling.”

Late that day, Trump flew back to Washington with staff and his daughter and son-in-law. After landing at Andrews Air Force Base, he spent more than 40 minutes on the tarmac before deplaning, an unusually long time. When he did exit Air Force One, Kushner told reporters “everything is good, he was working on something.”

Less than 12 hours later, Trump woke the next morning and began venting again about the investigation. He wrote six Twitter posts attacking the probe, three of them aimed at former acting Attorney General Sally Yates. “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” one of them read. Trump fired Comey the next day.

Don Jr.’s Statement

Mueller also has been prodding witnesses about the crafting of the misleading statement by Trump Jr. to the New York Times concerning the meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Mueller interviewed the former spokesman for Trump’s legal team, Mark Corallo, after the release of author Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, which said Corallo believed the crafting of the statement could amount to obstruction of justice.

The statement — crafted aboard Air Force One by Trump, Hicks and Kushner spokesman Josh Raffel and relayed to Trump Jr. — portrayed the meeting as being mostly about Russian adoptions. Emails later released by Trump Jr. showed an organizer told him the Russians would produce damaging information on Clinton. The White House has said of the statement that Trump “weighed in, as any father would, based on the limited information that he had,” while on a return trip from Germany.

Corallo told investigators that in a phone call with Hicks and Trump raising concern about the statement Hicks insisted the emails would “never get out,” which Corallo found deeply naive, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Trump Wanted to Fire Mueller

The third main area Mueller is probing for potential obstruction involves Trump’s desire to fire Mueller. Trump became enraged with Sessions when he recused himself from anything to do with the Russia investigation, a decision that continues to rankle the president. After Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June, three people familiar with the matter said, raising concern among his top aides and closest supporters that Trump would put himself in legal jeopardy. Trump ultimately relented after White House Counsel Don McGahn refused to carry out the order and made clear he’d resign rather than acquiesce.

http://fortune.com/2018/03/12/...arges-investigation/
 
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QATARIS HAVE GATHERED EVIDENCE OF UAE HAVING ILLICIT INFLUENCE ON JARED KUSHNER,

But Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller


Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration

Lebanese-American businessman George Nader and Republican donor Elliott Broidy, who participated in the meetings, have both been the focus of news reports in recent days about their connections to the UAE and Trump associates.

the information the officials wanted to share included details about Nader and Broidy working with the UAE to turn the Trump administration against Qatar

Qatari officials believe Trump's verbal backing of the blockade was a form of retaliation by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, whose family's negotiations with Qatari investors had recently fallen apart

https://www.nbcnews.com/politi...ings-mueller-n855326
 
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After Putin blames Jews for election meddling, lawmakers demand he extradite indicted Russians

https://www.nbcnews.com/politi...extradite-n855796[b]
 
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