Putin's spokesman confirms it received email from Trump's personal lawyer during presidential campaign

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Wednesday that the Kremlin received an email from Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, during the 2016 presidential campaign.

According to The Washington Post:

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that they received Cohen’s email, which was sent to the press office’s general email address. Peskov said it was one of many emails the Kremlin press office gets — since its email address is available online — and that the Kremlin did not reply to it.

Cohen admitted on Monday that Trump's company had been working to land a project in Moscow during the presidential primary, but it fell through.

And according to Business Insider 's article, "A Timeline of Trump Associates' Russia-Related Emails Reveal Consistent Efforts by Russia to Infiltrate the Campaign," yesterday:

The messages show that Russians were consistently trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign, and that many of Trump's associates felt that meeting with Kremlin representatives would somehow bolster Trump's election chances. The newly uncovered emails, moreover — along with Cohen's statement — could used by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller to demonstrate an intent to collude.

"If the reports are true that Cohen emailed a general Kremlin mailbox, that would be another example of malicious intent being tempered only by incompetence on the Trump team's part," Price said.

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Former Attorney General: FBI Director "made a serious mistake"

Last week, FBI director James Comey released a vague letter saying the FBI was investigating more emails that had something to do with Hillary Clinton's personal server. The media largely ran with the GOP characterization of this as reopened investigation into Clinton herself, but things soon got muddy and even conservative commentators found the situation deeply unsettling.

For starters, the emails were on disgraced politician Anthony Weiner's computer, impounded in his teen sext case, meaning Clinton's authorship or receipt of the emails is anyone's guess. Worse, it soon became clear the FBI had failed to get a warrant to read the emails before Comey's announcement, giving the impression of an attempt to tip the election, or of appeasement to political pressures. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General until last year, writes that Comey's made a "serious mistake." Read the rest

Search Hillary Clinton’s emails

The Wall Street Journal has a searchable database of Hillary Clinton's emails from the time when she was secretary of state. I haven't poked around too much, but the thing that stands out is her schedule. It looks brutal. I'd be jonesing for some alone time by 10am. Read the rest