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 […]

WSJ: GOP Activist Who Sought Clinton Emails Cited Trump Campaign Officials

WSJ: GOP Activist Who Sought Clinton Emails Cited Trump Campaign Officials

By Shane Harris,  Michael C. Bender and Peter Nicholas Updated July 1, 2017 12:30 a.m. E Peter W. Smith listed Bannon, Conway and Clovis, besides Flynn, in a recruiting document; his purpose isn’t clear and there’s no indication he asked for or received any coordination with them. WASHINGTON—A longtime Republican activist who led an operation hoping to obtain […]

LawFareblog: The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians

LawFareblog: The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians

By Matt Tait  Friday, June 30, 2017,  read the Wall Street Journal’s article yesterday on attempts by a GOP operative to recover missing Hillary Clinton emails with more than usual interest. I was involved in the events that reporter Shane Harris described, and I was an unnamed source for the initial story. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to […]

WSJ: GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

WSJ: GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

By Shane Harris June 29, 2017 WASHINGTON—Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WSJ story. In conversations with members of his circle and with others […]

Rachel Maddow: on Trump’s empty threats to sue and efforts by GOP members of Senate Judiciary Committee to discredit Russia probe

Rachel Maddow: on Trump’s empty threats to sue and efforts by GOP members of Senate Judiciary Committee to discredit Russia probe

THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/28/17 Another empty Trump threat falls flat against Comey Rachel Maddow looks at evidence of Donald Trump’s long history of trying to intimidate people he doesn’t like with hollow threats of lawsuits, and notes the failure of his recent threat to file a complaint against James Comey as a setback in his attack […]

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 […]