Marc Kasowitz, tapped as Trump's private attorney in Russia probe, also represents Russia's largest bank

Fox News and Reuters report that U.S. President Donald Trump has retained New York-based trial attorney Marc Kasowitz to defend him in the escalating federal investigations involving Russia, espionage suspicions, and possible criminal activities.

Read the rest

Russia criminal investigation expands to include senior WH official close to Trump: WaPo

"The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks."

Read the rest

GOP leader in 2016 said ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump

A month before Donald Trump became the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, his ally House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said privately among GOP peers on Capitol Hill that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin makes payments to Trump.

Read the rest

As Trump adviser, Flynn stopped a military plan Turkey opposed after being paid $500K as its agent

As Donald Trump's national security adviser, one of the first moves Michael Flynn made was aligned precisely with the wishes of Turkey. But Flynn had a secret. He'd been paid half a million dollars to represent the interests of the Turkish government. And team Trump knew.

Read the rest

Trump team knew Flynn was under federal investigation when they made him national security adviser

Another hour, another bombshell in the accelerating pace of criminal and espionage inquiries into Donald Trump and his team.

Read the rest

Robert Mueller, Ex-FBI Chief, appointed as special counsel in Trump-Russia investigation

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including questions about contact between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates.

Read the rest

Feds subpoena Manafort over $3.5M tax-free loan he received right after he abruptly left Trump campaign

Paul Manafort received a 3.5 million dollar tax-free and payback-free loan from someone yet unknown, right after he left Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Federal investigators have subpoenaed Manafort's records to find out more about this weird real estate loan transaction, and his finances in general.

Read the rest

Pro-Trump media denies confirmed reports President Trump leaked classified info to Russia

Donald Trump's white supremacist peanut gallery is scrambling to deny the reality of today's bombshell revelation the President shared highly classified information with Russian officials during a bizarrely timed White House visit the day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

Read the rest

Trump 'revealed highly classified information' to Russians during White House visit after firing FBI's Comey

But Her Emails.

Read the rest

Trump 'Crazy': President described by fired FBI director Comey as 'outside realm of normal'

When President Donald Trump accused outgoing President Barack Obama in March of 'wiretapping' him, James B. Comey, then the FBI director, was “flabbergasted,” reports the New York Times in a breakdown of Comey's thuggish dismissal that includes jawdropping detail. The president, Comey told his FBI associates, was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.”

Those are the words he used, reports the Times.

Read the rest

Comey was concerned over possible evidence of Russia collusion, then Trump fired him: WSJ

Fired FBI Director James Comey was concerned by potential evidence of collusion, reports the Wall Street Journal tonight. Comey got daily instead of weekly updates on Russia investigation three weeks ago, and had been providing updates to top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump didn't like any of this.

Read the rest

Wearing hockey gear, Putin reacts to FBI director James Comey's firing: 'We have nothing to do with that'

Dressed for hockey, one of Vladimir Putin's favorite violent sports other than interfering with foreign elections, the Russian President answered an American reporter's questions about the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Read the rest

Comey asked Justice Dept. for money and manpower to investigate Russia/Trump days before he was fired: NYT

Former FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department for “a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election” right before Trump fired him, reports the New York Times. That would sure explain a lot about why Trump suddenly delivered the surprise sacking yesterday.

Read the rest

Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Tillerson and Trump. Get a load of this transcript.

Here is the full and complete transcript of remarks given to news reporters by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, just before Lavrov went into a closed-door meeting with President Donald Trump.

Read the rest

Why is Trump so silent on French election hacking?

Putin got your tongue? President Donald Trump's history of remarks on U.S. election hacking makes his current silence on the France election cyberattacks very strange. Russia is suspected of being behind those recent hacking attacks, which appeared to be directed at helping the fascist, hardcore right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen win. Despite open support from Donald Trump and others aligned with the U.S. President, Le Pen lost to the more moderate candidate, Emmanuel Macron.

Read the rest

Russia's anti-Nazi women's sniper unit, colorized

These smiling assassins enlisted as snipers when Germany invaded Russia in 1941. "We mowed down Hitlerites like ripe grain," said Lyudmila Pavlichenko aka Lady Death, one of many elite snipers whose photos were colorized by Olga Shirnina aka Klimbim. Read the rest

Putin-linked thinktank wrote plan to swing 2016 U.S. election in Trump's favor

A Russian thinktank controlled by Vladimir Putin's government crafted a written plan “to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system,” reports Reuters, citing three current and four former U.S. officials.

Snip:

They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, after the election.

The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office.

The first Russian institute document was a strategy paper written last June that circulated at the highest levels of the Russian government but was not addressed to any specific individuals.

It recommended the Kremlin launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage U.S. voters to elect a president who would take a softer line toward Russia than the administration of then-President Barack Obama, the seven officials said.

A second institute document, drafted in October and distributed in the same way, warned that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win the election. For that reason, it argued, it was better for Russia to end its pro-Trump propaganda and instead intensify its messaging about voter fraud to undermine the U.S. electoral system’s legitimacy and damage Clinton’s reputation in an effort to undermine her presidency, the seven officials said.

Read the rest

More posts