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

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    Flynn Jr. is now saying his father never lied to Pence about his interactions with Kisylak. Which, if he is telling the truth, would mean:

    1. Pence, who has said he had no knowledge of the conversations Flynn was having with Kisylak and other Russian officials, actually did know.
    2. Trump's reason for firing Flynn doesn't hold water since the former national security adviser didn't lie to Pence.
    3. Flynn chose to lie to the FBI about his dealings with the Russians during the transition but told the truth to the incoming vice president about those same interactions.
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    Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti released a Dropbox folder containing highlighted court transcripts and screen grabs of Sean Hannity's tweets on Monday afternoon. The compilation of already-available material, which he titled "Facts Are Stubborn Things," came as Avenatti defended himself against allegations that he was launching baseless attacks against the Fox News host.

    Hannity's colleagues at Fox, specifically Brit Hume and Laura Ingraham, had been criticizing Avenatti for both his myriad media appearances and his attacks on Hannity, who was revealed to be embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen's mystery third client last week. Avenatti predicted during a weekend appearance on CNN that the relationship between Cohen and Hannity was "far more extensive" than people realize, although he did not provide evidence.

    Hume tweeted on Sunday that Avenatti had no basis for those predictions, writingthat the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels is playing the news media.

    Avenatti responded in a series of tweets Monday afternoon.

    "In light of @brithume claiming I never have a basis for my statements and he and @ingrahamAngle taking shots at me for my harmless comments re Mr. Hannity on CNN yesterday, I think it’s only fair that I shed light on some critical FACTS re the situation," he tweeted, linking to the Dropbox folder.

    Inside, he highlighted swaths of testimony. One highlighted portion appeared to contradict Hannity's own description of the relationship he shared with lawyer. The Fox News host claimed he never "retained" Cohen in any legal matter and instead simply consulted the attorney—but a U.S. attorney said in court that Cohen never grouped people he consulted for with his legal clients.

    “Mr. Cohen’s letter states that he has some clients for whom he provides strategic advice or business consulting," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay, according to the transcripts. "Now, he hasn’t put those in the realm of legal clients for now.”

    Avenatti's suggestion appears to be that if Hannity and Cohen's work only extended to business or consulting matters, then the Fox News host wouldn't have been listed within Cohen's client group. However, he did not explicitly say what in the transcripts led to his assertion that there was a "far more expansive" relationship between Cohen and Hannity. Instead, he said he provided the transcripts so readers could, on their own, discern the nature of the relationship.

    In follow-up tweets, Avenatti defended his client Stormy Daniels and his numerous television appearances.

    “To those that are critical of the number of my TV appearances, note: 1. As soon as things stop happening in the highly active cases, I will stop appearing; 2. I accept only 30% of my invites and 3. Don’t watch if you don’t like it (minority). #basta,” he tweeted.
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    fox/nra/gop what else did I say was going to fall down
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    Brit Hume is a piece of shit
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    A new court filing by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel confirms that Paul Manafort was raided by the FBI to look for documents relating to the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russian lobbyists, which was brokered by Donald Trump Jr.

    Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is indicted on five counts, among them conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and acting as an agent of a foreign government without registering as such. The 69-year-old political consultant made tens of millions of dollars by working for the Ukrainian government, then controlled by the Kremlin ally Viktor Yanukovych.

    He attended the Trump Tower meeting, at which a Russian lawyer with links to the Kremlin and a former Soviet counterintelligence officer were also present, while running the presidential campaign. They allegedly promised dirt on Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

    According to the latest court filing by the Mueller inquiry, which is defending a warrant attached to a raid on Manafort’s home in July 2017, part of what the FBI were hunting for were “communications, records, documents, and other files involving any of the attendees of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, as well as Aras and [Emin] Agalarov.”

    Investigators were also searching for documents relating to Manafort and his associates' financial dealings, bank accounts, payments made by foreign individuals, and work on behalf of foreign entities, such as governments or officials.

    The Agalarovs, a wealthy Azeri family, helped arrange the meeting by connecting the Trump campaign with the Russian lawyer, though they are not believed to have been present at it.

    Details of what exactly happened at the meeting are murky amid contradictory statements by those who were involved. Mueller is investigating suspicions of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to undermine American democracy.

    There were at least eight people in attendance at the meeting. They include Manafort; Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law; Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer and lobbyist with close ties to the Kremlin; Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lawyer and former Soviet counterintelligence officer; Rob Goldstone, the publicist of Emin Agalarov, who is connected to Trump Jr's attorney and Ike Kaveladze, a Georgian-American executive at Aras Agalarov's real estate company.

    Trump Jr released publicly his email correspondence with Goldstone after reports of the meeting’s existence first emerged in mid-2017.

    Goldstone told Trump Jr that the Aras Agalarov had met with the crown prosecutor of Russia who “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump—helped along by Aras and Emin.”

    Trump Jr replied that "if it’s what you say I love it," and sought more information ahead of a proposed meeting.

    President Trump denied any knowledge of the meeting taking place at the time and said that he only found out about it when the media reported it.
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    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower arrives on Capitol Hill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie has arrived on Capitol Hill, where he is talking to House Democrats about his time with the data mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump’s campaign.

    Wylie’s visit is part of a Democratic attempt to keep congressional focus on Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign was involved. He is talking to Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday and Democrats on the House intelligence committee Wednesday.

    The GOP-led House intelligence panel shut down its Russian meddling probe last month, saying they don’t see any evidence of collusion or coordination.

    Wylie sparked a global debate over electronic privacy in March when he was part of an effort to reveal that Cambridge Analytica had gathered millions of Facebook profiles to influence elections.
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    This is why Giuliani became a lawyer for the president, he's been involved with Flynn in the Gulen stuff since the start

    Why Giuliani Held a Secret Meeting With Turkey’s Leader
    APRIL 20, 2017

    In late February, as the United States and the rest of the world were adjusting to President Trump and Turkey was focused on a push by its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to expand his power, Mr. Erdogan agreed to an unusual meeting with some American visitors.

    The guests included Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor who had acted as a surrogate for Mr. Trump during his campaign, and another prominent lawyer, Michael B. Mukasey, who served as attorney general in President George W. Bush’s administration.

    The purpose of the visit by Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey was rather extraordinary: They hoped to reach a diplomatic deal under which Turkey might further aid the United States’ interests in the region. In return, the United States might release the two men’s client, Reza Zarrab, a Turkish gold trader being held in a Manhattan jail whose case had attracted Mr. Erdogan’s interest.

    Mr. Mukasey, in court papers made public on Wednesday, characterized the meeting as part of an effort to seek “a state-to-state resolution of this case,” and he hinted at some progress, saying, “Senior officials in both the U.S. government and the Turkish government remain receptive to pursuing the possibility of an agreement.”

    Plea bargaining, even for the best-connected of defendants, is normally conducted by defense lawyers and prosecutors, often in courthouse corridors or drab government offices. But the efforts being made on behalf of Mr. Zarrab show the way that political access and diplomatic overtures can also be employed.

    Mr. Zarrab, 33, is a well-known figure in Turkey, where he moved as an infant after being born in Iran (he is a citizen of both countries). He is married to a Turkish pop star and is regarded as a member of Mr. Erdogan’s circle of friends and associates. Photographs show Mr. Erdogan’s wife, Emine, attending at least one charity event alongside Mr. Zarrab and his wife.

    Mr. Zarrab had also amassed “a considerable fortune,” according to American prosecutors, who say his holdings included ownership in a private airplane and about 20 properties, boats, luxury automobiles and millions of dollars’ worth of artwork.

    In 2013, Mr. Zarrab was detained by the Turkish authorities in a wide-ranging corruption investigation of businessmen with close ties to Mr. Erdogan, who was then Turkey’s prime minister. But Mr. Zarrab used his influence with the Turkish government to win his release from prison, American prosecutors have said.

    They raised the issue of what they called Mr. Zarrab’s “corrupt political connections” last year when they argued that he should not get bail in New York, where he faces charges that include conspiring to violate the United States’ sanctions on Iran. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Mr. Erdogan, taking a personal interest in the case, said last year that there were “malicious” intentions in the prosecution, and he also raised the matter with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. during talks at the United Nations, according to Turkish news reports.

    “We have to seek justice, for he is our citizen,” Mr. Erdogan said of Mr. Zarrab in September.

    The subject of Mr. Zarrab came up again three weeks ago during a visit to Ankara, Turkey, by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson. During that visit, Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, accused Preet Bharara, then the United States attorney in Manhattan, whose office first charged Mr. Zarrab, of being a pawn of anti-Turkish forces.

    Mr. Bharara, who was fired by President Trump last month, had characterized Mr. Cavusoglu’s remarks as “political propaganda.” On Thursday, after The New York Times reported on the strategy by Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey to turn the case involving Mr. Zarrab into a matter of international diplomacy, Mr. Bharara said on Twitter, “One just hopes that the rule of law, and its independent enforcement, still matters in the United States and at the Department of Justice.”

    The efforts on Mr. Zarrab’s behalf come as Mr. Erdogan gains even more power in Turkey, after a hotly disputed referendum that expanded his authoritarian rule and drew a congratulatory phone call from Mr. Trump on Monday.

    Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Trump have made overtures to each other that suggest Turkey and the United States could become closer allies.

    The new court filing, by Mr. Zarrab’s lead lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, includes affidavits from Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey that make it clear they hope to get Mr. Erdogan to accept the notion that a diplomatic deal could be of mutual interest to Turkey and the United States. They wrote in the affidavits that a resolution that would be favorable for Mr. Zarrab could be “part of some agreement between the United States and Turkey that will promote the national security interests of the United States.”

    Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey said it was “hardly surprising” that senior Turkish and United States officials were receptive to a possible deal, considering that none of the transactions in which Mr. Zarrab is accused of participating “involved weapons or nuclear technology, or any other contraband,” and that “Turkey is situated in a part of the world strategically critical to the United States.”

    Some analysts in Turkey have suggested that if Mr. Zarrab were to be freed or returned to that country, Mr. Erdogan might be more inclined to fall in line with American interests in the Middle East.

    Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat and the chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, a liberal-leaning Turkish think tank, said the strategy implied that “allowing a free pass to Zarrab and company would create good will in Ankara that Washington could use to advance its own regional agenda,” with clearer support or at least less interference from the Turkish government.

    Mr. Erdogan, for example, might be less resistant to American plans to retake Raqqa, Syria — the capital of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS — in collaboration with a Syrian Kurdish faction. Turkey regards that faction, known as the P.Y.D., as the Syrian offshoot of a proscribed militant group that operates on Turkish soil.

    A swift end to the case against Mr. Zarrab, Mr. Ulgen said, might mean “Turkey would be much less resistant to the U.S.’s missions in Syria, and primarily its support to the P.Y.D.”

    The United States also needs Turkey to continue to allow anti-ISIS bombing missions to fly out of an air base in the southern part of the country.

    Analysts supportive of Mr. Erdogan’s government contend that Mr. Zarrab’s fate is of limited interest to the Turkish state. In the view of these analysts, the charges against him are spurious and were concocted in order to smear the Turkish president.

    “This Zarrab issue is not a state issue in Turkey,” said Hasan Yalcin, strategic research director at Seta, a government-friendly think tank in Ankara. “It’s not an issue that the Turkish state is focusing on; it’s just speculation that the Turkish state is related to Zarrab.”

    State news media in Turkey reported recently that Istanbul’s chief prosecutor had opened an investigation into Mr. Bharara and 16 other United States-linked individuals in what Western diplomats regarded as retaliation for the Zarrab case.

    The affidavits by Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey were filed by Mr. Brafman, the defense lawyer, at the request of Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court. Judge Berman initially said the affidavits could be filed under seal and ex parte, meaning the government would also not be able to see them. He subsequently directed that they be filed publicly, Mr. Brafman said.

    “The affidavits speak for themselves,” he said, declining to comment further.

    Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey wrote that both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mr. Bharara had been apprised “in general terms” before the meetings with Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish officials. They said they had also discussed their roles with, and had been briefed by, a State Department representative in Turkey before seeing Mr. Erdogan.

    Copies of Mr. Zarrab’s retainer agreements with Mr. Giuliani’s and Mr. Mukasey’s law firms were also filed with the court but were not unsealed.
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    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower urges U.S. lawmakers to investigate company

    Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said after a meeting with House Democrats today he hopes Congress investigates whether the Trump-linked data firm broke U.S. law.

    Asked by reporters what he hopes lawmakers will do with the information he gave them, Wylie responded, "They can investigate it and see if the actions were compliant with American law." Asked if they will, in fact, investigate, Wylie said: "I hope so. That’s why I came."

    Wylie didn't answer a question about what information he provided during the closed-door briefing with Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight committees. Wylie was a source for news reports indicating Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users.

    Rep. David Cicilline called the briefing "disturbing" and said it showed an effort on the part of Cambridge Analytica to undermine U.S. democracy using military-style information warfare tactics. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Congress is abdicating its duty to investigate what sort of interference occurred in the 2016 election and warned the U.S. is not prepared to prevent something similar from happening again in future elections.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Jerry Nadler, ranking member on House Judiciary, bashed Republicans for avoiding the Wylie briefing.

    "Judiciary Committee Republicans refused to participate in the interview, choosing instead to focus on a hearing this Thursday featuring social media personalities Diamond and Silk, who argue that social media companies are engaged in a plot to silence conservative voices on the Internet," Nadler's office said in a statement.
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    Skadden Lawyer Craig Leaves Firm After Inquiry on Ukraine Report
    April 24, 2018

    Gregory Craig, a senior lawyer who oversaw a controversial report that Skadden Arps Sleate Meagher & Flom LLP prepared on behalf of Ukraine’s government, has left the firm, a spokeswoman confirmed.

    Craig was the top lawyer for Skadden’s 2012 review of the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government’s prosecution of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister. The report is central to several legal filings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, figuring prominently in allegations of undeclared lobbying work, hidden payments and false statements to investigators.

    Craig, who defended Bill Clinton against impeachment and was the first White House general counsel under Barack Obama, hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

    The Skadden report was part of efforts spearheaded by Paul Manafort on behalf of the government of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, according to Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Manafort, who went on to become President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, has been accused of hiding his lobbying work on Ukraine’s behalf and laundering millions of dollars he earned there. He was involved in recruiting Skadden to prepare the report on behalf of Ukraine, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg News. The review largely defended the prosecution and conviction of Tymoshenko, defying the view held by the U.S. and the European Union that the case against her was politically motivated.

    Skadden’s $12,000 fee for the report was modest, just below the amount that required public bidding. But according to U.S. prosecutors, Skadden was paid more than $5 million for the work, largely through third-party payments. The firm has said it returned some funds it had held in escrow.

    The Skadden lawyer who prepared the report, Alex van der Zwaan, pleaded guilty in February to making false statements to U.S. investigators about discussions he had in 2016 with two associates about the report and Ukrainian scrutiny of the payments. In pleading guilty, van der Zwaan said he secretly recorded calls with the two people and with a senior Skadden partner, Craig.
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    Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko (Ukrainian: Ю́лія Володи́мирівна Тимоше́нко, pronounced [ˈjulʲijɐ voɫoˈdɪmɪrʲivnɐ tɪmoˈʃɛnko], née Hrihyan, Грігян,[2] born 27 November 1960) is a Ukrainian politician. She co-led the Orange Revolution and was the first woman appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine,[3]serving from 24 January to 8 September 2005, and again from 18 December 2007 to 4 March 2010.

    After the 2010 presidential election, a number of criminal cases were brought against her. On 11 October 2011 she was convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power, and sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay the state $188 million. The prosecution and conviction were viewed as politically biased by many governments – most prominently the European Union, who repeatedly called for the release of Tymoshenko as the primary condition for signing the EU Association Agreement, the US, and international organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.[13] She was released on 22 February 2014, in the concluding days of the Euromaidan revolution, following a revision of the Ukrainian criminal code that effectively decriminalized the actions for which she was imprisoned. The decision was supported by 322 votes.[14][15] She was officially rehabilitated on 28 February 2014.[15][16][17][18] Just after the Euromaidan revolution, the Supreme Court of Ukraine and European Court of Human Rights closed the case and found that "no crime was committed".[19][20][21]

    In 2005 Tymoshenko placed third in Forbes magazine's list of the world's most powerful women.[22]

    Tymoshenko strives for Ukraine's integration into the European Union and strongly opposes the membership of Ukraine in the Eurasian Customs Union. Yulia Tymoshenko supports NATO membership for Ukraine.[23]
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    We read all 67 pages of Mueller's latest court filings on Paul Manafort — here are the main takeaways

    • Prosecutors working for the special counsel Robert Mueller filed new documents late Monday that lay bare a slew of significant revelations about their case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
    • The judge presiding over Manafort's case also signaled that the FBI's searches of Manafort's home and storage locker may be subject to challenge if Mueller's mandate was not properly defined at the time.

    The special counsel Robert Mueller's office filed new court documents Monday night that reveal the extent of prosecutors' interest in Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's campaign, and his connection to Russian interests.

    Mueller's office filed three motions:

    1. One of them opposed Manafort's request for a bill of particulars, which is a detailed, formal written statement of charges against a defendant.
    2. The second opposed Manafort's motion to suppress evidence obtained during an FBI search last May of a storage locker in Alexandria, Virginia belonging to his consulting firm, Davis Manafort Partners, Inc.
    3. The third opposed Manafort's motion to suppress evidence obtained following a predawn raid on his home in Alexandria last July.
    Among other things, prosecutors revealed the following in the new filings:
    • There are potentially three other categories of unknown criminal allegations against Manafort.
    • Manafort interviewed with the FBI twice before he joined the Trump campaign.
    • FBI agents who raided Manafort's home in July 2017 were looking for records related to the June 2016 meeting between three Trump campaign officials, including Manafort, and Russian lobbyists offering dirt on then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
    • Mueller has reviewed details of Manafort's relationship with the Russian-Ukrainian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
    • Contrary to media reports, Mueller's office did not use a "no-knock" warrant to raid Manafort's home.
    What Manafort's lawyers are trying to argue

    Manafort's lawyers have mounted an aggressive defense against prosecutors in recent months.

    Their strategy centers around establishing two things: that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein gave Mueller an improper and overly broad mandate when he appointed him special counsel, and that Mueller overstepped his mandate by charging Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian collusion.

    In particular, Manafort's attorneys point to an August 2017 memo that Rosenstein sent to Mueller as evidence that Rosenstein "got something wrong" when he initially tapped Mueller to oversee the Russia probe.

    Rosenstein appointed Mueller special counsel in May 2017. Almost three months later, he sent a memo to Mueller authorizing him to investigate specific allegations related to Manafort, including but not limited to his Ukraine lobbying work and possible collusion with Russia.

    Manafort's main defense lawyer, Kevin Downing, suggested last week that Rosenstein sent the memo three months after appointing Mueller because he had failed to properly outline the scope of Mueller's mandate at the time of his appointment, as Justice Department regulations require.

    The search of Manafort's storage locker was conducted on May 27, 2017, 10 days after Mueller was appointed. The FBI's predawn raid on his home was executed on July 26, 2017, one week before Rosenstein sent Mueller the memo going over his mandate.

    US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson hinted that the searches of Manafort's home and storage locker may be subject to challenge if Mueller was not properly appointed at the time they were executed.

    Unknown criminal allegations against Manafort

    Manafort's attorneys contend that the materials seized from the FBI's predawn raid on his home last July violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.

    They also accuse prosecutors of seizing materials that fell outside the scope of the warrant authorizing the search.

    In defending the raid, Mueller's team said the warrant and the subsequent search and seizure were supported by a 41-page affidavit describing "potential violations of approximately 10 criminal statutes arising from three sets of activities."

    The court document goes specifics about the three allegations against Manafort contained in the affidavit, but almost all the details are redacted.

    Based on Rosenstein's memo, Mueller is authorized to investigate at least two threads as it relates to Manafort: allegations of criminal activity arising from his work in Ukraine, and allegations that he colluded with Russian officials as the Kremlin was trying to meddle in the 2016 US election.

    The memo contained several other details about possible allegations that lay within Mueller's scope, but they were redacted, too.

    Manafort spoke to FBI agents on 2 separate occasions before joining the Trump campaign

    According to the court filings, the FBI interviewed Manafort on two separate occasions before he joined the Trump campaign in March 2016.

    The first time he interviewed with investigators was in March 2013 and the second was in July 2014.

    Manafort's longtime associate and the former deputy chairman of the Trump campaign, Rick Gates, also interviewed with the FBI in July 2014.

    Gates pleaded guilty in February to two counts of conspiracy and making false statements and is now cooperating with investigators.

    When Trump first hired Manafort and Gates in March 2016, Manafort was known for having worked as a top consultant to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and is widely credited with helping him win the election in 2010.

    Yanukovych, a strongman and a prominent figure in the Party of Regions, was ousted from the presidency in 2014 amid widespread protests against his Russia-friendly positions and his decision to back out of a deal that would have promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the West, and distanced it from Russia.

    Meanwhile, last July, The New York Times reported financial records Manafort filed in Cyprus that showed he was $17 million in debt to pro-Russian interests when he joined the campaign. Shell companies connected to Manafort during his time working for the Party of Regions bought the debt, according to The Times.

    Mueller confirms his interest in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting

    When FBI agents raided Manafort's home in July 2017, prosecutors said the warrant allowed them to seize records that fell within 11 specific categories.

    Among those were "communications, records, documents, and other files involving any of the attendees of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, as well as Aras and Amin [sic] Agalarov."

    Reports of the meeting first surfaced about three weeks before the raid. Three Trump campaign officials — Manafort, Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner — attended the meeting with two Russian lobbyists offering damaging information on Clinton.

    The British music publicist who coordinated the meeting, Rob Goldstone, pitched it as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," according to emails Trump Jr. posted to Twitter.

    Trump Jr. has said the Russian lobbyists did not ultimately provide damaging information about Clinton to the Trump campaign and that the conversation instead revolved around the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that blacklists wealthy Russians suspected of human-rights abuses, and which the Russian government is strongly opposed to.

    In addition to the meeting itself, Mueller is interested in Trump's role in crafting an initially misleading statement that Trump Jr. released in response to reports of the meeting. The events are said to be a central focus in the obstruction-of-justice case Mueller has been building against the president since last year.

    Mueller zeroes in on Manafort's ties to Oleg Deripaska

    Prosecutors said in Monday's court filings that in addition to seizing tens of thousands of records from Manafort's home last year, they have also reviewed testimony he gave in a civil lawsuit in 2015 about a financial dispute with Deripaska, an aluminum magnate who is closely tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Deripaska's representatives claimed, in legal complaints filed in the Cayman Islands in 2014, that Manafort had disappeared after Deripaska gave him and Gates $19 million to invest in a failed Ukrainian TV venture in 2007.

    Last year, The Washington Post reported that Manafort emailed the former Russian military intelligence operative Konstantin Kilimnik, beginning in April 2016, offering to give Deripaska "private briefings" about the Trump campaign.

    Former intelligence officials told Business Insider that the offer was likely part of Manafort's effort to resolve his financial dispute with Deripaska.

    Manafort and Kilimnik met in May and August during the 2016 campaign.

    Manafort said he and Kilimnik discussed the Trump campaign and the recent hack of the Democratic National Committee during the August 2, 2016 meeting. Kilimnik, meanwhile, said they did not discuss the campaign, but talked about "current news" and "unpaid bills."

    Within hours of the meeting, a private jet linked to Deripaska arrived in Newark, New Jersey, which is close to where Manafort and Kilimnik met. It left within 24 hours.

    Agents did not use a 'no-knock' warrant to raid Manafort's home

    Multiple media reports last year stated that FBI agents used a "no-knock" warrant to while executing the predawn raid of Manafort's home last July.

    But Mueller's team said in Monday's filings that their application for a search warrant "had not sought permission to enter without knocking."

    "In issuing the warrant, the magistrate judge authorized the government to execute the warrant any day through August 8, 2017, and to conduct the search 'in the daytime [from] 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m,'" the document says. "The government complied fully with those date and time conditions, and Manafort does not contend otherwise."

    A possible complication for Mueller

    The FBI's search and seizure of materials from the storage unit belonging to Manafort's firm is central to his defense.

    The legality of the search is focused on the authority of Michael Trusko, a former employee of Manafort's consulting firm Davis Manafort Partners (DMP), to approve the search.

    According to an earlier court filing, an FBI agent first searched the storage locker on May 26, 2017 after obtaining permission to do so from Trusko, described then as a "low-level" DMP employee responsible for carrying out administrative functions.

    The FBI agent then "observed a number of boxes and a filing cabinet" and "some writing on the sides of some boxes," the document says. The agent returned on May 27 with a search warrant relying on information he had surmised when he visited the storage locker the day before and subsequently seized documents and binders from the property.

    Manafort's attorneys argue the evidence in question should not be used in court because the initial search was conducted without a warrant. They have also argued that the warrant itself was too broad and amounted to a carte blanche in violation of Manafort's Fourth Amendment rights.

    But Mueller's team contends the search was lawful because Trusko signed the lease for the storage unit and had a key for the locker.

    "The employee thus had common authority to consent or, at a minimum, apparent authority to do so," Mueller's team said in the earlier court filing. "Manafort 'assumed the risk that [the Employee] would' use the key he possessed to 'permit outsiders (including the police) into the' unit."

    Prosecutors also argued that even if the FBI agent's initial visit to the storage locker was illegal, the May 27 search was legal because the FBI already had enough evidence, without the initial viewing, to support its application for a warrant.

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    Comey Has Brought On Former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald As One Of His Lawyers
    April 24, 2018

    Fired FBI Director James Comey has retained former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as one of his personal attorneys, bringing in a heavy-hitting former prosecutor, close friend and longtime colleague to help him navigate his dramatic role as a potential witness in the investigation of President Trump’s campaign and potential obstruction of justice.

    Two Capitol Hill sources independently confirmed to TPM that Fitzgerald was serving as a lawyer for Comey.

    The hiring adds an additional twist to President Trump’s recent decision to pardon Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, for his role in the Valerie Plame affair.

    Comey, then the deputy attorney general, was the man who authorized the special counsel’s investigation into “the alleged unauthorized disclosure of a CIA employee’s identity” in late 2003, the case that eventually led to Libby’s conviction for perjury and obstruction of justice. His choice for special counsel, the prosecutor who got the guilty verdict on Libby, was none other than Fitzgerald.

    Comey and Fitzgerald have been close friends for more than three decades, going back to their time working together in the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Office starting in the late 1980s, and knew each other even before then. Fitzgerald is the godfather of one of Comey’s children. In a joint interview in 2008 about their tight bond, Comey described Fitzgerald as a “close friend” as they reminisced about the glory days working their first cases together.

    David Kelley, another of Comey’s old allies whom he’s brought on as one of his attorneys, would neither confirm nor deny to TPM that Comey had hired Fitzgerald — but noted that “Pat and Jim have been friends and colleagues for a long time.”

    “I’ve represented Mr. Comey since not long after his firing,” Kelley told TPM, but would only say “Ask Pat” when pressed on if Fitzgerald was working with him.

    Fitzgerald, through a colleague, declined to comment on TPM’s reporting, or to clarify in what exact role he was working for Comey. Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, another close friend of Comey’s who is serving as one of his attorneys and with whom Comey shared some of his memos about his meetings with President Trump to leak to the press, didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment for the story.

    CHICAGO, IL – MAY 24: U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald speaks to reporters during a news conference on May 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois announcing his retirement. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
    When Comey showed up to his Capitol Hill testimony last summer, there was some speculation in the legal community that Fitzgerald, Richman and Kelley might be quietly serving as his attorneys. Kelley and Richman later confirmed that they were, but this is the first time that it’s been reported that Fitzgerald is also on the team.

    It’s unclear what exact role Fitzgerald is playing for Comey, when he officially came aboard Comey’s legal team, or whether he’s involved day to day.

    Comey’s handling of the criminal probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, including his public pronouncements about the probe before the 2016 election, are among the matters currently under scrutiny in a wide-ranging investigation by the DOJ’s inspector general.

    It’s not clear whether Fitzgerald is assisting Comey in that inspector general investigation, whether Fitzgerald has had any direct contact on Comey’s behalf with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team as it investigates whether there was collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, or if he’s been directly in touch with the various Capitol Hill committees investigating Trump and Russia.

    Trump’s stunning firing of Comey as FBI director in May 2017 quickly led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel in the Russia probe. Mueller was Comey’s predecessor as FBI director.

    At the very least, bringing on Fitzgerald as his attorney gives Comey more freedom to talk to his old friend, potentially giving their conversations attorney-client privilege. As someone intimately familiar with special counsel investigations, Fitzgerald could be a particularly useful sounding board for Comey, no stranger to those prosecutions himself.

    Fitzgerald currently works in private practice at the white-shoe firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. His first major victory was his prosecution of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheik, for the first World Trade Center bombing, which he followed up by leading investigations into as al Qaeda figures including Osama bin Laden in the trials stemming from the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, he helped put behind bars former Illinois Govs. Rod Blagojevich (D) and George Ryan (R).
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    Diamond and Silk say under oath they weren't paid by Trump campaign; FEC filings say otherwise

    The conservative social media personalities known as Diamond and Silk claimed under oath at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that they were never paid by President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

    Federal campaign finance filings show otherwise.

    "We have never been paid by the Trump campaign," Lynette Hardaway, who goes by Diamond, told Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

    Filings with the Federal Election Commission show that the campaign paid the duo $1,275 on November 22, 2016 for "field consulting."

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    Trump says he stayed overnight in Moscow during 2013 trip

    President Trump on Thursday said he did spend the night in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest in 2013 and accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying in memos detailing their conversations.

    "I went to Russia for a day or so," Trump said in an interview on "Fox & Friends." "Of course I stayed there."

    The president's claim appears to contradict what Comey says he was told by Trump. Comey recalled in memos released last week that Trump twice told him that he hadn't stayed the night in Russia during the trip.

    Comey said he authored such memos to document his interactions with Trump, out of concern that the president could lie about their conversations.

    Trump said that he never told Comey that he didn't stay overnight in Moscow and pointed to the apparent contradiction as an example of the inaccuracy of the former FBI director's memos.

    Flight records obtained by Bloomberg also confirmed Trump’s overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.

    Trump fired Comey in May, saying the dismissal was due to the former top cop's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

    Trump later acknowledged that he took the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election into account when he fired Comey.

    Comey's ouster has become part of the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as he looks into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.
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    April 26 2018

    THE JILL STEIN campaign is refusing to comply fully with a Senate intelligence committee request for documents and other correspondence, made as part of the committee’s probe into Russian activities in the 2016 election, according to a letter to be delivered Thursday to the panel by an attorney for the campaign.

    The Green Party campaign will agree to turn over some documents, but raised constitutional objections to the breadth of the inquiry, which was first made in November 2017, arguing that elements of it infringe on basic political rights enshrined in the First Amendment.

    In the letter responding to committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., Stein’s campaign has now said it will refuse some of the requests, calling them “so overbroad in reach as to demand constitutionally protected materials.”

    The campaign provided that letter to The Intercept and it is posted below.

    Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, authored the letter and responded to each of the six requests from the committee, saying the campaign would comply with some and not others.

    For instance, the committee asked for all communications between the campaign and “Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates” between February 6, 2015, and the present.

    Stein’s campaign is willingly providing these.

    The committee also asked for communications from the “campaign’s policy discussions regarding Russia” during the same time frame.

    Verheyden-Hilliard wrote that the campaign will decline to produce these materials “on the basis of constitutional privilege arising from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” She also wrote that internal campaign communications of this nature are “not pertinent to the subject of Russian interference” in the elections.

    The letter says that if the investigators are interested in the campaign’s foreign policy plans, the Stein campaign is providing material related to those and there is also additional material available publicly on the internet.

    Stein, who was also the party’s presidential nominee in 2012, traveled to Russia in 2015 and attended a dinner marking the 10th anniversary of the Russian-backed news service RT. Russian President Vladmir Putin made an appearance at the event.

    The committee also asked for communications related to any trips to Russia, including any discussion with Russian government officials, and the Stein campaign is willing to provide those.

    What they aren’t willing to do is provide “all communications with Russian persons, or representatives of Russian government, media, or business interests, including but not limited to any communications, discussions, or offers related to opposition research, from February 6, 2015 to the present.”

    In the view of the Stein campaign, this is a request that unfairly puts all people of Russian descent under suspicion.

    The campaign is adamant that it will “not be disclosing names of persons with whom they have ever communicated, including American political supporters, targeted because they happen to be Russian immigrants or of Russian descent. We reiterate here that the responding parties will not participate in a hunt for identification of persons based on nationality or descent.”

    Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson also attended that RT event in Moscow, and told the Salt Lake Tribune that he believes the investigation into Stein’s campaign is “shameful.”

    “Somebody could have picked up the phone and asked her, ‘Did you have your way paid?’” he said. “’Did you get anything of value out of this? Did they give you any instructions? Did they try to enlist you?’”

    Jeremy Scahill did ask her, last June, on the podcast Intercepted. “They did not offer to pay me. They did offer to pay my way, and I said, ‘No, thank you,'” said Stein. “I would not accept money for transportation. They did not pay my hotel fare, either, at a Russian state hotel.”

    The famous photograph, Stein said, tells more of a story than there was.

    Stein: Let me just start with the mythology that this was an intimate roundtable. There were like 11 people at the table. I think only eight are shown in the picture because of the angle it’s taken from. And actually, if you look closely, if you blow up the picture, you’ll see there’s a chair between Michael Flynn and Putin, which was occupied by the head of RT. She happened to be introducing Putin at that moment. Putin and, I think, three rather strapping men kind of stormed in just before Putin was to give a speech, so they really weren’t at the table for very long. Maybe five minutes, maybe 20, tops. Nobody introduced anybody to anybody. There was no translator. The Russians spoke Russian. The four people who spoke English spoke English.

    There was a guy sitting next to Flynn named Cyril Svoboda who was the deputy prime minister of the Czech Republic way back, and also the foreign minister, etc. He spoke both languages. And what I read afterwards was that he had briefly translated between Flynn and Putin, and it amounted to, “Hi, how you doing?” “Okay.” That was it. So, that was the great conversation. Nobody else talked to anybody across language barriers that I could see.

    I assumed these were [Putin’s] bodyguards who came in with him. Turns out they weren’t his bodyguards. They were like his chief of staff and communications. But nobody cared to make introductions. This wasn’t intended to be a discussion of any sort. I spent just about the whole evening talking to the German former foreign minister sitting next to me, Willy Wimmer, and we had a very interesting conversation. But I think that was the only substantive conversation that took place around that table.

    Scahill: And then Putin gets up to give his speech.

    Stein: Yup.

    Scahill: And then does he return to the table?

    Stein: No. Then they walk out. He was basically there to give a speech. This was not some kind of a dinner meeting. Nobody even met anybody. There were — I didn’t hear any words exchanged between English speakers and Russians.

    The full letter to the committee is included below:





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    This is all out propaganda war, but the neocon propaganda is losing hard in the face of international propaganda and the fact those who are not bought and non "centrists" don't give a shit about neocon propaganda.