WP: White House tries to play down meeting of Trump Jr., Russian lawyer as new details emerge

WP: White House tries to play down meeting of Trump Jr., Russian lawyer as new details emerge

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Greg Miller July 10 The White House on Monday was forced to shift from denying contact between the Trump campaign and Russia to defending a meeting that President Trump’s eldest son had in the midst of the presidential race with a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The White House […]

Daily Beast: Trump Aides: Russia Flap Proves Don Jr. Is the ‘Fredo’ of the First Family

Daily Beast: Trump Aides: Russia Flap Proves Don Jr. Is the ‘Fredo’ of the First Family

ASAWIN SUEBSAENG LACHLAN MARKAY 07.09.17 Former Trump campaign officials said Trump Jr.’s role in the scandal involving a Kremlin-linked lawyer is just the latest in a series of mistakes by the president’s first-born son. President Donald Trump’s worst campaign surrogate is back in the limelight, and reminding some former Trump campaign colleagues why he earned the nickname “Fredo.” CLICK […]

NYT: Trump Jr. Met Russian for Dirt on Clinton

NYT: Trump Jr. Met Russian for Dirt on Clinton

By JO BECKER, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN JULY 9, 2017 President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct […]

NYT: Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign

NYT: Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign

By JO BECKER, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN Published in print JULY 9, 2017 Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for […]

LAT: Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 election

LAT: Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 election

Brian Bennett and Michael A. Memoli July 6, 2017 On the eve of his first face-to-face meeting as president with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump on Thursday declined to hold the Kremlin solely responsible for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, insisting that others may have interfered as well. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to LAT story & video. […]

WP: Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House announces he will step down

WP: Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House announces he will step down

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Matea Gold July 6  The director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, who has been the federal government’s most persistent critic of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, announced Thursday that he is resigning nearly six months before his term is scheduled to end. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP video: CLICK HERE […]

NYT: Getting Away With It. Why America’s top prosecutors no longer go after corporations or their execs

NYT: Getting Away With It. Why America’s top prosecutors no longer go after corporations or their execs

Book Review by James Kwak July 5th, 2017 THE CHICKENSHIT CLUB Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives By Jesse Eisinger  377 pp. Simon & Schuster. $28. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to NYT book review. On April 27, 2010, Senator Carl Levin summoned the Goldman Sachs C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein and his lieutenants before the […]

MSNBC: Russia scandal takes an alarming turn for Trump World

MSNBC: Russia scandal takes an alarming turn for Trump World

By Steve Benen 07/05/17 On Thursday night, the Wall Street Journal published an important piece on Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, noting that a longtime Republican operative, Peter Smith, assembled a team that set out to obtain Hillary Clinton emails. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to MSNBC story. To that end, Smith and his cohorts reached out to people they […]

CNN: Forty-one states have refused Kobach’s request for voter information

CNN: Forty-one states have refused Kobach’s request for voter information

By Liz Stark and Grace Hauck Mon July 3, 2017 Washington Forty-one states have defied the Trump administration’s request for private voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to CNN story & videos. State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter […]