Poisoned Former Spy Shared Trade Secrets
The New York Times reports that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal – who was found poisoned alongside his daughter on a park bench in Salisbury, England on March 4 – was not completely divorced from his previous occupation. Skripal used his experience in espionage to advise nations on Russia's spycraft, which may have kept him in Russia's crosshairs.
Mueller Investigates Mifsud Connections
The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand takes a look at the role information pertaining to Joseph Mifsud, a professor, is playing in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.
In the spring of 2016, Mifsud told a young Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” according to the special counsel’s statement of the offense against Papadopoulos, who was indicted for misleading federal agents about his conversations with Mifsud. Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee months earlier, and would soon break into Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox. It is still not clear how Mifsud seemed to know in advance that Russia sought to compromise Clinton’s candidacy.
Mifsoud reportedly has been missing since last October.
Mueller's Probe Is Even More Expansive Than It Seems (The Atlantic)
‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing
FBI Questions Artemenko
Andrii Artemenko, the Ukrainian politician who enlisted Felix Sater and Michael Cohen to help deliver a pro-Russian peace plan proposal to Michael Flynn in February 2017, tells Politico that FBI agents now have questioned him on at least two occasions over the past year.
A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates
Mueller probes Ukrainian who pitched peace plan to White House
Lawmaker who held secret 'peace plan' meeting with Trump's lawyer has been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship
Ukraine Lawmaker Who Worked With Trump Associates Faces Treason Inquiry
Former Trump Aide Helping Russian Firm Fight Sanctions
The Trump campaign's deputy communications director and transition team's communications director, Bryan Lanza, has gone from working for the president to lobbying his administration on behalf of a Russian energy and aluminum firm controlled by a sanctioned Russian oligarch (Deripaska).
Lanza is not the only former member of the Trump campaign and transition working on behalf of Russian interests.
Former New York Republican Rep. John Sweeney has made more than $200,000 lobbying on behalf of a European pipeline venture owned by Gazprom, the state-controlled Russian natural gas company, according to federal lobbying disclosures. The New York Republican previously worked on Trump's campaign and assisted with administration hires during the presidential transition.
Bolton Eliminates Top Cybersecurity Coordinator Role
Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Now-Defunct Cambridge Analytica
Trump Tower Meeting Threads
A review of the materials the Senate Judiciary Committee released Wednesday that relate to its inquiry into the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower reveals important new details about possible Trump campaign cooperation with Russian government agents and allies.
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting (Senate Judiciary Committee)
Donald Trump Jr. Senate Judiciary Committee testimony (pdf)
Russian social media giant offered pro-Trump effort during campaign
A Russian tech executive began pitching the Trump campaign in early 2016 about using social media to help gain “massive exposure” for his presidential bid, according to Senate interview transcripts released Wednesday.
Witnesses disagree on Kushner timing at Trump Tower meeting
Trump Jr. lawyer tried to coordinate stories on Trump Tower meeting with organizer
Steve Bannon Got Russian ‘Evidence’ From Rob Goldstone During Transition
‘Infuriated’ Jared Kushner Lost His Cool When Russians Didn’t Deliver Hillary Dirt
Trump Jr.'s call to a blocked number could help build an obstruction of justice case against his father
Cohen Lied About Trump Tower Moscow Plans
Michael Cohen has said he abandoned efforts to get a Trump Tower Moscow deal in January 2016, but Felix Sater has turned over communication to investigators showing the two men kept working on trying to make it happen until at least May.
The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign
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