CNN: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

CNN: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

By Jim Sciutto, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, Manu Raju and Pamela Brown, CNN 7:03 PM ET, Thu February 23, 2017 Washington (CNN) The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials […]

CNN: Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

CNN: Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims

By Nick Paton Walsh, Salma Abdelaziz & Victoria Butenko, Feb. 23, 2017 Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to video. In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker […]

Rachel Maddow: Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DOJ integrity under Trump

Rachel Maddow: Pursuit of shady oligarch a test of DOJ integrity under Trump

THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 2/20/17  Rachel Maddow reports on the murky overlap between Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, Vladimir Putin, and the Donald Trump campaign and alerts viewers to watch for whether the Department of Justice under Trump continues to pursue a case against Firtash. Duration: 21:00 CLICK IMAGE for direct link to story.

NBC News: Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin

NBC News: Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin

by BILL NEELY FEB 20 2017, 6:10 PM ET MOSCOW — A dossier on Donald Trump’s psychological makeup is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Among its preliminary conclusions is that the new American leader is a risk-taker who can be naïve, according to a senior Kremlin adviser.   CLICK IMAGE for direct link to story. […]

Newsweek: NSC OFFICIAL CRAIG DEARE FIRED FOR CRITICIZING TRUMP: REPORTS

Newsweek: NSC OFFICIAL CRAIG DEARE FIRED FOR CRITICIZING TRUMP: REPORTS

BY NICHOLAS LOFFREDO ON 2/19/17 AT 4:30 PM  A Trump administration official has been fired for remarks made behind closed doors that were critical of President Donald Trump’s policies and advisers, reports say.  Craig Deare, who was appointed to head the National Security Council’s (NSC) Western Hemisphere division, was escorted out of the Executive Office Building in […]

NYT: A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

NYT: A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

By MEGAN TWOHEY and SCOTT SHANE FEB. 19, 2017 A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the […]

Reuters: U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

Reuters: U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes

By Joseph Menn | SAN FRANCISCO Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:30 pm The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing at least three separate probes relating to alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, according to five current and former government officials with direct knowledge of the situation. While the fact that the FBI is investigating had been […]

CNN: Vice Admiral Bob Harward says no to national security adviser role

CNN: Vice Admiral Bob Harward says no to national security adviser role

By Jim Sciutto and Jake Tapper, CNN (CNN) Ret. Vice Admiral Bob Harward has turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to be national security adviser, sources told CNN Thursday. A friend of Harward’s said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a “s*** sandwich,” the friend said. […]

WP: Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

WP: Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

By Sari Horwitz and Adam Entous February 16 at 4:37 PM Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn denied to FBI agents in an interview last month that he had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, contradicting the contents of intercepted communications collected by intelligence agencies, current and […]

WSJ: Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

WSJ: Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

By SHANE HARRIS and  CAROL E. LEE Feb. 16, 2017 12:33 a.m. ET  Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president. CLICK IMAGE for link to story. U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the […]

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