Politico: Kushner adds powerhouse lawyer Abbe Lowell to legal team

Politico: Kushner adds powerhouse lawyer Abbe Lowell to legal team

By JOSH DAWSEY  06/26/2017  Jared Kushner has hired Abbe Lowell, one of the country’s leading criminal defense lawyers, to represent him in the special counsel’s probe of potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and his financial dealings, as well as in separate congressional inquiries. CLICK IMAGE above for direct link to Politico story. But Kushner has […]

WP: Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day

WP: Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day

By Michael Kranish June 25  One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP story. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the […]

WP: Europe has been working to expose Russian meddling for years

WP: Europe has been working to expose Russian meddling for years

By Dana Priest and Michael Birnbaum June 25 RIGA, Latvia — As the United States grapples with the implications of Kremlin interference in American politics, European countries are deploying a variety of bold tactics and tools to expose Russian attempts to sway voters and weaken European unity. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP story. Across the continent, counterintelligence officials, legislators, researchers and […]

FT: Kushner Meeting Shines Spotlight On Russian Bank

FT: Kushner Meeting Shines Spotlight On Russian Bank

by: Max Seddon in Moscow JUNE 24, 2017 When President Vladimir Putin needed billions of roubles to build facilities for the Sochi Winter Olympics or fund spending in a region of Ukraine claimed by Russian separatists, he turned to Vnesheconombank (VEB). CLICK IMAGE ABOVE to subscribe and get direct link to story & related FT pieces. So when […]

BuzzFeed: “from ‘spymaster’ to ‘the most radioactive man in Washington,'” Ambassador Sergey Kislyak Is Going Home To Russia

BuzzFeed: “from ‘spymaster’ to ‘the most radioactive man in Washington,

John Hudson  June 25, 2017 Ending one the most turbulent tenures of a Washington-based ambassador in recent memory, the Kremlin has decided to recall its ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak, three individuals familiar with the decision tell BuzzFeed News. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to BUZZFEED story. The decision to bring Kislyak back […]

NYT: F.B.I. Investigating Deals Involving Paul Manafort & Son-in-Law

NYT: F.B.I. Investigating Deals Involving Paul Manafort & Son-in-Law

By MIKE McINTIRE Published JUNE 24, 2017 Federal investigators are examining financial transactions involving Paul Manafort and his son-in-law, who embarked on a series of real estate deals in recent years fueled by millions of dollars from Mr. Manafort, according to two people familiar with the matter. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to NYT story. The transactions […]

WP: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

WP: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

By Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous June 23, 2017 Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP […]

TIME: Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say

TIME: Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say

Massimo Calabresi June 22nd, 2017 The hacking of state and local election databases in 2016 was more extensive than previously reported, including at least one successful attempt to alter voter information, and the theft of thousands of voter records that contain private information like partial Social Security numbers, current and former officials tell TIME. CLICK IMAGE […]

Bloomberg: Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership

Bloomberg: Trump, Russia and a Shadowy Business Partnership

By Timothy L. O’Brien June 21, 2017 The special counsel’s investigation of the White House has come more sharply into focus. Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post recently reported. As we’ve heard for months now, there is also […]

NYT: Despite Concerns About Blackmail, Flynn Heard C.I.A. Secrets

NYT: Despite Concerns About Blackmail, Flynn Heard C.I.A. Secrets

By MATT APUZZO, MATTHEW ROSENBERG and ADAM GOLDMAN JUNE 20, 2017 WASHINGTON — Senior officials across the government became convinced in January that the incoming national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, had become vulnerable to Russian blackmail. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to NYT story. At the F.B.I., the C.I.A., the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National […]