1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump reaches the end of the line


Right now Donald Trump probably thinks he’s winning. He just got William Barr confirmed as his new Attorney General, and just like magic, it’s being widely reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is suddenly “winding down” his investigation. We think TV pundits should fall through a trap door every time they use that idiotic phrase, because Mueller isn’t winding anything down; if he’s done it’s because he’s ready to drop the biggest hammer in history.




Donald Trump keeps betting on the wrong people. Just yesterday we learned that his entire reason for appointing Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was to have Whitaker put Geoffrey Berman in charge of the SDNY investigation, something that even an idiot like Whitaker knew wasn’t possible, because Berman had already recused himself from it.




Now Trump is betting on William Barr saving him, even though Barr seems way too smart to risk committing felony obstruction on Trump’s behalf, and Barr is an old friend of Mueller. That’s right, Trump is facing ouster and prison, and he only gets to take one more swing at saving himself, and he just placed his bet on Robert Mueller’s friend saving him from Robert Mueller. Trump really is that obtuse, it seems.



If Mueller is indeed finishing up next week, it’s because he’s been waiting for his friend William Barr to take office, because he knows that Barr will do the right thing and allow Mueller’s report to make it to the right hands. That’s when everything instantly goes off a cliff for Trump. He won’t be instantly ousted as the process plays out, but he’ll quickly start wishing someone would finish him off. If Mueller is finished, then Trump’s end of days is truly upon us.



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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal – The New York Times

Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal  The New York Times

An interim report from the House Oversight Committee paints a familiar picture of Trump associates skirting the law to curry favor with people who can make …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Robert Mueller is about to eat Donald Trump’s kids alive

There are widespread reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will be filing his final report about Donald Trump’s crime spree as early as next week. As Palmer Report has been pointing out from the start, Mueller came out of retirement for two years to bring to justice an illegitimate criminal President of the United States. He’s not going to simply turn in a book report and go home.

If Robert Mueller truly is calling it quits next week, it’s because he’s ready to swing a very large and very broad hammer. Let’s take a look at where we are thus far. Mueller has managed to take down essentially everyone who helped Donald Trump conspire with Russia to rig the election. The only two groups of people remaining are Trump and his family, and Trump’s obstruction of justice co-conspirators.


We have yet to see precisely what Mueller is planning to do with the White House folks who tried to help Donald Trump sabotage the investigation, but were not involved in the original Trump-Russia election plot. But these people can be indicted at any time, and in fact there could be sealed indictments against them already. More to the point, Donald Trump isn’t going to care all that much if, say, Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus get arrested next week.




But Donald Trump will go utterly berserk once his family members are indicted and arrested. One theory has been that Robert Mueller would destroy Trump’s family, thus making clear to Trump that he has no choice but to cut a resignation plea deal. Another theory has been that Mueller would have an easier time of taking Trump down first, and then circling back for his family after he’s no longer in a position to even try to pardon them (pardons wouldn’t fully work, but they would complicate things).




Let’s say it’s the latter, and Robert Mueller is planning to drop the hammer on Donald Trump next week. Mueller could use court filings to publicly release everything that Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Rick Gates, and other cooperators gave up on Trump, thus making clear to the public just how guilty Trump is, just as House Democrats use Mueller’s official report to begin the impeachment process. In such case, Mueller really could step off the stage next week.



Then, once Donald Trump is safely earmarked for ouster, Robert Mueller’s allies at places like SDNY could indict and arrest Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and any other Trump family members who have been exposed as criminals. This would ensure that they actually go down for their crimes, and that Donald Trump can’t magically bail them out. If Mueller really is finished next week, it means it’s time for Trump’s family to hurry up and get their pre-arrest affairs in order.



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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: Trump blocks Isis member from returning to US – live – The Guardian

Trump blocks Isis member from returning to US – live  The Guardian

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation – CNN

Actor Jussie Smollett now a suspect in criminal investigation  CNN

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was “officially classified” a suspect in a criminal investigation Wednesday for allegedly filing a false police report, according to a …

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mikenov on Twitter: Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report theblaze.com/news/new-attor…

Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report theblaze.com/news/new-attor…


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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Trump’s new attorney general could announce end of Mueller investigation by next week: report


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New U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to CNN. This could come as soon as next week.

Here’s what we know

CNN cited “people familiar with the plans” who said that the Mueller report would be coming shortly. The exact date could depend on the timing of President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. NBC News had previously said that the investigation was likely to wrap up in the middle of February.

Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, to oversee an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Rosenstein had taken over the investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on the grounds that he had been a Trump campaign surrogate. Rosenstein is expected to resign next month.

When Mueller’s investigation wraps up, he will submit a full report to the attorney general. In this report, Mueller will have to detail why he chose to prosecute (or not prosecute) each matter he investigated.

It’s not clear how much of that report will be released to the public or Congress, if any of it is released at all. During his confirmation hearings, Barr indicated that rather than release the report from Mueller directly, he might choose to instead release a report of his own summarizing Mueller’s findings.

What did the president say?

On Wednesday, Trump said that he would leave the decision of whether or not to release the report with Barr.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, calling it a waste of time and taxpayer money and a “hoax.”

While Mueller’s team has so far not revealed any information that could incriminate Trump, the investigation has led to convictions for multiple people connected to the president, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on charges unrelated to the campaign.

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“Trump – Russia Investigations” – Google News: Donald Trump’s extraordinary two-year war – Herald Sun

Donald Trump’s extraordinary two-year war  Herald Sun

US President Donald Trump has executed a vicious and sustained attack on those investigating him over two years, attacking his critics and forcing his circle to …

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“Trump and Russia” – Google News: Trump news – LIVE: President launches new attack on ‘enemy of the people’ media amid fresh claims over Saudi nuclear deal – The Independent

Trump news – LIVE: President launches new attack on ‘enemy of the people’ media amid fresh claims over Saudi nuclear deal  The Independent

Donald Trump asked his acting-attorney general Matthew Whitaker whether a counsel of his choosing could be put in charge of the investigation into “hush …

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Palmer Report: Robert Mueller has reached the finish line – or has he?

Speculation and rumor are running rampant that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be ending his investigation as soon as next week. For three days last week, the Office of Special Counsel employees were seen removing boxes and wheeling out a cart full of files from their office. Four of Mueller’s prosecutors have now resumed their former jobs at the Department of Justice, according to CNN, and his grand jury doesn’t seem to have convened since January 24th, the day it brought an indictment against Roger Stone. It’s all very curious. Major news stations are reporting that Mueller is about to issue his report.


So what’s happening here? We know Mueller extended his grand jury for six months at the beginning of January. That doesn’t sound like he’s ready to end the investigation. We know that he’s working in cooperation with several other jurisdictions, none of which seem to be wrapping up. We also know that Paul Manafort was cooperating with the Special Counsel before he screwed it up. Since cooperation is only sought when the subject has someone larger to implicate, we know the Yellow Brick Road doesn’t end at Manafort.




Dorothy’s journey doesn’t stop in the poppy field, nor in the dark woods. No, she goes all the way to the Emerald City. It is her destiny. Robert Mueller’s destiny is to finish his probe and in order to do that he will have first reviewed all the threats to his investigation and placed effective protections around it.




But wait, you say! What if there is actually no “there” there? What if all there is here is a little side corruption with Trump’s cohorts, and what if Trump is actually innocent of everything? Mueller’s report could say just that.



Possible. Not at all likely. Keep in mind the circumstantial evidence around Trump and his minions is mountainous and broad. And, despite what a lot of people believe, people get convicted all the time just on circumstantial evidence. Trump and his circle of grifters have their DNA spattered all over this mess and the one who truly understands that fact the most is Robert Mueller.
Another thing, let’s recall the many times the press has speculated that Mueller is ready to issue his report and be done with it. When Rudy Giuliani came onboard the Trump legal team in April of last year, he said the investigation would wind up in two weeks.



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House probe of Deutsche Bank and Trump should be taken seriously – American Banker

House probe of Deutsche Bank and Trump should be taken seriously  American Banker

Congressional investigations are often rushed affairs that fail to dig beneath the surface. But the hiring of a veteran investigator who has tangled with Deutsche …

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: 2016 Trump campaign staffer files lawsuit over nondisclosure agreements – Axios

2016 Trump campaign staffer files lawsuit over nondisclosure agreements  Axios

Jessica Denson, a former staffer on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, filed a class action suit on Wednesday to annul every nondisclosure and …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Why we may not get all the answers from Mueller’s report – Daily Local News

Why we may not get all the answers from Mueller’s report  Daily Local News

Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: Justice Department Preparing To Announce End Of Mueller’s Russia Probe: Report – Yahoo News

Justice Department Preparing To Announce End Of Mueller’s Russia Probe: Report  Yahoo News

An announcement that special counsel Robert Mueller is wrapping up the Russiaprobe may come in a matter of days, CNN reported Wednesday.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Teaching the Technical Aspects of Cybersecurity to Law and Policy Students: Come Join Our Team in Austin!

Tacos and sunshine. SXSW and a booming, tech-focused economy.  Barbeque and live music all over.  All that, plus a chance to work with a team that is kind, fun, and eager to innovate in the classroom and in policy-relevant writing.

What’s this all about? Well, when not writing for Lawfare or doing professor stuff, I’m the director of UT-Austin’s Robert Strauss Center, which is a cross-campus interdisciplinary unit that sponsors novel courses, policy-relevant writing, and high-impact events across a wide-range of topics.  Among other things, we have a rapidly-growing cybersecurity-focused program that emphasizes interdisciplinary cross-training: we want our law students to be literate with respect to technology and policy, we want the policy students to understand the law and technology, and we want the computer science and engineering students to understand law and policy (and other units too…I’m just mentioning those three to keep this brief!).  We are fortunate to have strong support from the Hewlett Foundation and its remarkable Cyber Initiative, and the program is expanding rapidly.  All of which brings me to my point: I’m looking to hire!

Specifically, I’m offering a generous (commensurate with experience) teaching-and-research fellowship in residence with the Strauss Center, with a one-year term but a possibility of renewal if it goes well for all concerned.

The ideal candidate will have a strong technical foundation in computer and network security combined with a knack for translating that knowledge for law and policy grad students. Does that sound like you, or someone you know?  I’m open to hearing from anyone who likes the idea of helping law and policy students gain a degree of technical literacy (notice I did not say fluency!), and who also would be able to take energetic and creative advantage of the fellowship to engage in policy-relevant writing, take part in the broader life of our programs, mentor students, and whatever other ideas you might want to pitch.

Even if this is not your cup of tea, please spread the word to others who might be interested.  Diversity of all sorts is most welcome, of course, as are preliminary inquiries if you think you might apply but need to know something more. 

Deadline to apply:                          

FRIDAY MARCH 8th

Where to apply:

Just email me (rchesney@law.utexas.edu).

What should you submit:            

In the text of the email, tell me anything you’d like me to know about

(1) what you’d do, ideally, if given this chance;

(2) your qualifications;

(3) how this fits in with your career trajectory/goals (note that we have no preconceived notions regarding the amount of experience a person should have for this position; it could be very little or a whole lot); and

(4) a list of three recommenders (these should be people with whom you have worked who can speak with experience regarding qualities like collegiality, kindness, and communication skills).

Current weather in Austin:

Just thought I’d mention that today’s high will be 63, with clear blue skies.  Of course, I should add that this position does not require you to be in residence in the summer….

Ok, that’s it for now.  I am excited to hear from some of you!  Spread the word!!!

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: U.S.-China Trade Talks in Beijing Conclude Without Meaningful Progress on Structural Issues

Last week, American and Chinese officials held trade talks in Beijing over a five-day period. From Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, a lower-level American delegation, led by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, focused on “technical details” and on the question of enforcement of any possible trade agreement. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 saw high-level talks between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. President Xi Jinping met with Lighthizer and Mnuchin on Feb. 15 and noted that “important progress” had been made.

President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin both cast the Beijing trade talks as “productive.” Trump had previously indicated that he might be willing to let the March 1 deadline for a trade agreement “slide for a little while” if both sides made substantial progress. If Trump sticks with the deadline, however, the U.S. tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will rise from 10 to 25 percent.

Despite Trump’s optimism, negotiators in last week’s talks did not make serious progress on addressing structural issues such as intellectual property theft, Chinese subsidization of state-owned enterprises and forced technology transfer. Beijing has pledged to increase purchases of an array of U.S. goods—from semiconductors to energy products. Such moves could assuage Trump if he prioritizes reducing the bilateral trade deficit over structural reforms. Last month, Trump greeted news of Chinese purchases of U.S. soybeans as a “fantastic sign of faith.” But, as several China analysts have argued, Trump’s focus on the bilateral trade deficit means that a “sustainable and long-term agreement on structural reform in China” could well slip through the cracks.

A side-by-side comparison of the official U.S. and Chinese statements on last week’s trade talks indicates that American and Chinese negotiators still have a slate of key issues to tackle. A statement from Chinese state media agency Xinhua on the trade talks proclaimed that the two sides “reached consensus on major issues and had specific discussions about a memorandum of understanding on bilateral economic and trade issues.” The White House statement, however, did not refer to a consensus, cautioning that “much work remains.”

On Saturday, Feb. 16, as Trump received a briefing on the trade talks at Mar-a-Lago, Vice President Pence delivered a fiery speech at the Munich Security Conference. Pence argued that “we cannot ensure the defense of the West if our allies grow dependent on the East,” singling out the “threat posed by Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies.” Pence’s uncompromising comments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warnings that the U.S. might have to decrease cooperation with European countries that continue to do business with Huawei.

This week, Lighthizer and Liu will lead their respective trade delegations into another round of high-level trade talks in Washington, D.C. Some have questioned whether the two sides will be able to reach an agreement without a personal meeting between Trump and Xi. What remains certain is that Trump’s optimism is but a small part of a complex picture. The lack of headway on resolving structural issues and an emerging multi-agency, bipartisan consensus that the U.S. needs to act tough on China could imperil Trump’s chances of getting to yes on a comprehensive agreement.

Trump Administration Puts Forward New AI Strategy

As competition in emerging technologies moves to the forefront of the U.S.-China relationship, observers have lamented that the U.S. government lags behind China in a strategic approach toward artificial intelligence (AI) research. The Trump administration is now attempting to correct course. On Feb. 11, Trump released an Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The order establishes AI as a federal research and development priority and creates a coordinated strategy under the American AI Initiative. This initiative will focus on five areas for U.S. leadership: technological breakthroughs, establishment of technical standards, training and skill development, promotion of “public trust and confidence” in new technologies, and an “environment that supports American AI research and innovation.” The order did not specify sources or amounts of funding. Precise numbers are difficult to determine on the U.S. government’s current AI budget across all agencies.

Competition with China appears to be an underlying theme of the new AI strategy, although neither the executive order nor an accompanying op-ed in Wired by Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios explicitly mentions the topic. The Wired op-ed stressed American commitments to human rights and privacy, explaining, “[W]e will win the race for AI, and we will do it without compromising our American values.” Meanwhile the executive order articulated the need “to protect the advantage of the United States in AI and technology critical to United States economic and national security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries.” In contrast, the Summary of the 2018 Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy, also released last week, noted the “significant investments in AI for military purposes” made by both China and Russia. The report highlighted AI applications in defense and the potential effect of AI on new capabilities.

The Chinese government is already spending heavily on AI research and development at the national and municipal levels. Exact figures have not been disclosed, but a recent report from the Center for a New American Security states that the budget “is clearly in the tens of billions of dollars,” including nearly $30 billion pledged for AI funds by the cities of Shanghai and Tianjin alone. According to the State Council’s Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan, the Chinese government aims to achieve “world-leading levels” in AI by 2030 and have core industries in the field be worth more than $150 billion. While the Chinese government is making considerable strides in AI research and investment, Chinese academics have also raised concerns about whether the technology could drive a Cold War-style arms race.

In Other News

  • The New York Times reported that cyber intrusions from China and Iran against U.S. companies and government agencies have been mounting. While commercial cyber espionage emanating from China had decreased somewhat during the later years of the Obama administration, recent targets have included companies such as GE Aviation, T-Mobile and Boeing. According to the Times, the deterioration in trade relations between the United States and China as well as the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement may have contributed to increasing tensions and resulted in an uptick in cyberattacks.
  • According to a Financial Times report, the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre believes there are ways to mitigate the risks associated with using Huawei for the construction of 5G mobile networks. This finding led some cybersecurity experts to wonder whether other nations would be reassured by the United Kingdom’s determination and adopt Huawei systems. Amidst the ongoing turmoil surrounding Huawei’s role in international 5G networks, the company’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, announced in an interview with the BBC on Feb. 18, “We still trust in the UK, and we hope that the UK will trust us even more …. Because if the US doesn’t trust us, then we will shift our investment from the US to the UK on an even bigger scale.”
  • The Chinese Communist Party is intensifying its efforts to use new media to improve the party’s image among millennials, according to the South China Morning Post. The report coincided with the launch of a new app called Study the Great Nation created by the party’s Propaganda Department, which provides a slew of content on Xi Jinping thought and government policies including quizzes, video and quotes. It has already become the most downloaded app in the Chinese Apple app store, although this may partially be attributable to party members being pressed to install the app. The app’s Chinese name, xuexiqiangguo (学习强国), is a pun off of the word for study and Xi Jinping’s surname.
  • New Zealand has raised concerns about the government’s decision to ban Huawei from constructing 5G mobile networks in the country may be harming relations more broadly, according to the Times. New Zealand and China have historically enjoyed strong relations in areas such as trade, tourism and student exchange. Earlier this month, Chinese officials abruptly canceled the launch of the 2019 New Zealand-China Year of Tourism. New Zealand-based exporters to China also cited “non-tariff impediments” as another sign that technology disputes could be spilling over into other forms of economic pressure. Meanwhile, Huawei recently launched an advertising campaign in the country with slogans such as “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand.”
  • A Dutch security researcher announced that a database used by facial recognition company SenseNets in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in western China, was available online without additional security. The database contained extensive details on more than 2.5 million users including names, ID card information, photographs and an accompanying list of users’ GPS coordinates. Use of facial recognition software to surveil Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslim population has become a growing source of concern as repression in the region mounts. After the exposure, SenseNets secured its database.

Commentary

Following President Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to support AI development, a number of analysts have addressed the security threats that China poses as well as the global security challenges that China itself faces. Amidst the backdrop of continued scrutiny of Huawei, many analysts have focused on technological competition between the United States and China. Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary of state for cyber and international communications, spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on “security risks to emerging 5G networks.” He warned that Chinese state practices “should give us pause about the way that country might use data in the future.” On Wired, Michael Kratsios, a top technology advisor to President Trump, argues that despite the challenges ahead, “we will win the race for AI, and we will do it without compromising our American values.”

On Lawfare, Colin Clarke and Mollie Saltskog address U.S.-China security questions in the Middle East, arguing that American withdrawal from Syria presents China with an opportunity. Beijing, they contend, will “fold yet another state outside its traditional sphere of influence into its economic and security paradigm.” Writing for the National Interest, the same authors highlight the security threats that could disrupt China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The Munich Security Conference also sparked wider discussion of China-related security issues. China rejected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appeal to join the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; the Chinese state-sponsored Global Times argues that Merkel’s call was “inappropriate” and that China’s nuclear power is “far from … equal to those of the US.” And writing for the Washington Post’s Made by History series, James Clifton warns that China, “free to develop weapons that the United States and Russia cannot,” poses a “security concern for the Americans and Russians alike.” China has developed a large missile stockpile, an estimated 95 percent of which would be inconsistent with the INF Treaty, according to Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

Finally, in light of this week’s trade talks in Washington, a number of China watchers have weighed in on the future of U.S.-China relations. Gordon Chang provocatively argues that “disengagement is the only strategy with China that has not yet failed” and that the U.S. at some point will “disengage its economy from China’s.” Taking a more measured approach, a South China Morning Post (SCMP) op-ed by Wang Xiangwei suggests that “China is unlikely to accede to U.S. demands to stop providing subsidies … for favored industries.” Also writing in the SCMP, Zhang Lin similarly warns that “any trade deal will not be the end of hostilities between the two powers, but rather will be the end of the beginning of a prolonged rivalry.” Finally, in the Brookings Order from Chaos blog, Ryan Hass and Mira Rapp-Hooper identify seven key questions that the “China-facing policy community is now debating” and conclude that “there is not yet unanimity on the … objectives for U.S. strategy with China and in Asia.”

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: After 2 years, Mueller’s Russia probe may be near its end. CNN says DOJ preparing for report as early as next week – Greensboro News & Record

After 2 years, Mueller’s Russia probe may be near its end. CNN says DOJ preparing for report as early as next week  Greensboro News & Record

The Justice Department is preparing to announce as early as next week that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report is complete, according to people …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: US Justice Dept. Preparing to Announce End of Mueller Probe Next Week – Reports – UrduPoint News

US Justice Dept. Preparing to Announce End of Mueller Probe Next Week – Reports  UrduPoint News

US Attorney General Bill Barr is expected to announce as early as next week the completion of Special Counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation, media …

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Facebook Cl A (FB) Stock Declined While Sentinel Trust Company Lba Cut Its Holding by $790,644; Cardinal Capital Management Stake In Parsley Energy (PE) Was Has Increased  The Hi New Ulm

Sentinel Trust Company Lba decreased its stake in Facebook Inc Cl A (FB) by 10.6% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Sentinel Trust …

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“This case is about trust because it’s about Mr. Manafort placing his trust in the wrong person,” Mr. Zehnle said, referring to Mr. Gates.

“Paul Manafort shouldn’t be here,” Mr. Zehnle said.

Mr. Gates worked alongside Mr. Manafort for years, both in Ukraine, where they worked together as political consultants on behalf of pro-Russian officials, and on the Trump campaign in 2016.

Mr. Gates is scheduled to testify against Mr. Manafort in what is likely to be one of the trial’s most dramatic moments.

A JURY HAS BEEN SEATED.

Setting a fast pace for a complicated trial, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va., repeatedly urged lawyers for both sides to speed up their decision-making so the jury could be seated.

By midday, a jury of six women and six men, with four alternates, was in place. Judge Ellis said the trial would move immediately to opening statements after a lunch recess.

WHILE NOT DIRECTLY RELATED, RUSSIA LOOMS OVER THE CASE.

The charges against Mr. Manafort are not related to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election or to attempts by Russian emissaries to make inroads into the Trump campaign, which Mr. Manafort led for three months before he was forced out because of allegations about his work for pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.

Nonetheless, the trial is being carefully watched because of Mr. Manafort’s role as the chairman of the Trump campaign and his longstanding ties with pro-Russia businessmen and politicians, which he developed over a decade of political consulting work in Ukraine.

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Judge Ellis has told lawyers for both sides that he will not allow politics or anti-Russian sentiment to taint the jury. And he has warned prosecutors and defense lawyers to steer clear of references to Russia as they present their evidence.

THE TRIAL IS EXPECTED TO LAST AT LEAST THREE WEEKS.

The judge gave the original pool of 60 prospective jurors what he called “thumbnail sketches” of the accusations in the indictment. Mr. Manafort turned around to face the potential jurors, offering a slight closemouthed smile and looking away when the charges were called.

Judge Ellis questioned many of the potential jurors about any social or professional relationships with individuals within the Department of Justice and assured them he would take into account their August vacation plans, child care, and even pet care.

“I have pets,” he explained.

PROSECUTORS LISTED MORE THAN 400 EXHIBITS AND SAID THEY MIGHT CALL NEARLY THREE DOZEN WITNESSES.

The prosecutors have marshaled what they claim is an overwhelming case that Mr. Manafort evaded taxes on tens of millions of dollars in income he garnered from his work in Ukraine. When that spigot of funds dried up, they claim, Mr. Manafort resorted to bank fraud to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

They have listed more than 400 exhibits and said they might call nearly three dozen witnesses, including Rick Gates, Mr. Manafort’s former right-hand man and Mr. Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. Mr. Gates has pleaded guilty to charges in the case and is cooperating with Mr. Mueller’s inquiry.

Mr. Manafort has maintained his innocence and has shown no public inclination to seek or agree to a plea deal. Mr. Manafort has said he knows nothing about any Russian involvement in the election.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly suggested that he is surprised at how harshly Mr. Manafort has been treated. In an interview with Fox News two weeks ago, he said the indictments against his former aides, including Mr. Manafort, were a “very sad thing for our country.”

He described Mr. Manafort, who helped the campaign marshal delegates for two months before moving up to campaign chairman, as “a nice man.” He added: “You look at what’s going on with him, it’s like Al Capone.”

A LITTLE BACKGROUND

Since Mr. Mueller’s inquiry began in May 2017, a dozen Russian intelligence officers have been indicted on charges of hacking into Democratic Party and presidential campaign computer accounts. An additional 13 have been indicted on charges of illegally using social media to sow discord or try to influence American voters to vote for Mr. Trump.

The other four Americans who were indicted due to Mr. Mueller’s efforts have pleaded guilty. They include Mr. Gates; Michael T. Flynn, a campaign adviser who became President Trump’s national security adviser; and George Papadopoulos, an unpaid campaign adviser who was targeted by emissaries who have been linked to Russian intelligence.

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One day after his controversial testimony about the Trump-Russia scandal, things have managed to get even worse for Donald Trump Jr today. A new bombshell has just landed which demonstrates that his Trump Tower meeting with the Russian government was even more nefarious than previously believed. As a result, Junior is now frantically trying to defend himself from this new bombshell on Twitter and he may have given away a few things in the process.CNN is now reporting that after the meeting, Donald Trump Jr’s friend Rob Goldstone followed up via email with Trump campaign adviser Dan Scavino (link). This comes after Junior had long characterized the meeting as a bust, and it demonstrates that at least someone involved seemed to think the meeting was fruitful. This does not further incriminate Donald Trump Jr, as he was not included in these emails. However, Junior is overreacting on Twitter, which suggests there’s more to this.

Junior retweeted a political ally who had opined that “[CNN host Jake] Tapper’s on-air presentation of this story led with a clip of Don Jr. denying he had any follow up with Russians after Trump Tower. Portrayed as misleading.” He then referenced the portion of the CNN online article which stated “None of the newly disclosed emails were sent directly to Trump Jr.” But that’s not the point here.

This new reporting merely reveals that other participants judged the meeting to have been more fruitful than he’s claimed. That could simply mean that he was mistaken. Maybe he didn’t even know that Goldstone continued to communicate with the Trump campaign about the meeting after the fact. If so, why not just say so? Why is Donald Trump Jr frantically trying to defend himself against a report that doesn’t even appear to incriminate him? Is there more to this, or is he just panicking at this point?

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“Checkmate! Legal scholar says this clause in Michael Flynns plea deal means its over for Donald Trump

It’s been nearly a week since Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s plea agreement with former Donald Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn became official, but the details of that deal are still leaking out. Today a new clause in the deal surfaced publicly, which reveals additional requirements for Flynn whose sole purpose is to prevent Trump from sabotaging things. This led one respected legal scholar to simply declare “Checkmate!”Here’s how Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe summed up the latest news: “Flynns plea deal, unlike nearly all other plea deals, includes a sweeping, open-ended pledge by Flynn to cooperate fully with any state & local prosecutors Mueller might designate which defangs Trumps power to shield himself by firing or pardoning people. Checkmate!” (link). There are two specific things here at play.

First, let’s say that Trump decides to pardon Flynn on all federal charges, in a belated attempt at preventing Flynn from continuing to rat him out. Flynn would still be at the mercy of state level prosecutors such as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who could either charge Flynn based on his confession, or force Flynn to cooperate in any state-level charges that are brought against Trump. Second, even if Trump fires Mueller, Flynn will still be locked into helping to take down Trump on a state level. It seems a given that any additional high ranking targets who cut a deal will be subject to this same clause.

In short, this means that Donald Trump can’t get very far by trying to pardon anyone, or by trying to fire Robert Mueller. It was already too late for that. Trump would have needed to pardon Flynn before his plea deal for it to have helped him much, and Trump would have needed to fire Mueller months ago back when he would have had more political muscle for trying to pull it off. But this plea deal clause helps to wall Trump in even further. It’s simply too late. The game isn’t finished being played yet, but it is indeed checkmate, as he’s going to lose.

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Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List

The first lady asked for peace, health, love and kindness, but apparently not irony. 

Have Donald Trump and his team just picked a new Trump-Russia scapegoat in the White House?

With four people having been arrested and two of them having pleaded guilty, the participants in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal have figured out that a whole lot of them are going down. They’re each just trying to make sure it isn’t them. We’re seeing plea deals, cooperating witnesses, and strategic leaks aimed at steering investigators in certain directions. In short, they’re trying to scapegoat each other. Now it appears Trump and his team may be trying to scapegoat a specific individual in the White House.If you were familiar with the name “Dan Scavino” when the week began, it was only because you know him as Trump’s social media director. He’s the guy who posts promotional tweets to Trump’s Twitter account and such. Apart from that behind the scenes role, he’s largely been invisible to the public until this week. Suddenly, he’s been invoked in a potentially incriminating manner in the Trump-Russia scandal twice within the span of a few days, and at least one of those instances came from Trump’s own team.

After Trump accidentally tweeted a confession to felony obstruction of justice this week, he then claimed that his attorney somehow wrote the tweet. Kellyanne Conway asserted that she witnessed the whole thing and it went exactly as Trump had claimed. She also insisted that Dan Scavino was involved in the posting of the tweet (link). At the time it was unclear why she chose to drag him into it.

Then CNN reported today that after Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russians, his friend Rob Goldstone continued to communicate with you guessed it Dan Scavino after the meeting (link). We don’t yet know how CNN got these emails. But if they did come from Trump’s team, it would be the second time this week in which they’ve pushed the otherwise obscure Scavino front and center in the Trump-Russia scandal. It may be time for Dan Scavino to start asking why.

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Donald Trumps health scandal just got much worse for him

When Donald Trump began slurring his words severely during a speech yesterday, it wasn’t immediately clear if he was suffering from an issue with his teeth or an issue with his health. Pundits, the public, and even comedians have been debating the matter ever since. If it was caused by his teeth coming loose, why would a billionaire be wearing dentures instead of getting implants? If it wasn’t dentures, what is wrong with him? Today, the White House went and made it much worse.White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders knew the question would be coming during today’s press briefing, so she made a statement about it. She blamed Trump’s slurring on a dry throat. She then inexplicably announced that Trump is going to get a physical from a military doctor. This is indeed how these things are supposed to work but why on earth would she decide to make Trump’s health scandal even worse by bringing up the idea of him seeing a doctor? The entire point of her statement was supposed to have been to steer people away from the idea of this being a health issue for Trump.

This got me thinking. The wise answer would have been to simply blame it on a dry throat and move on. Bringing up a physical was a stupid move. But I can’t even figure out what the goal was. If Trump’s White House were trying to make the questions about his health go away, they’d have him take a physical tomorrow and immediately announced the results. Knowing them, they’d probably fake the results to hide anything that might be wrong with him. But they’d do it immediately nonetheless. Instead, they’re saying Trump will take a physical early next year.

Why? All this does is raise even more questions about Donald Trump’s health for the next few weeks. Maybe they’re banking on the idea that the media and the public will have moved on to the next scandal by early next year, and thus Trump never will have to take the physical. Maybe they know he’s in such swift decline that he won’t still be in office by early next year anyway. Or maybe they did this on purpose because they want people talking about Trump’s health, so he can resign for medical reasons right after the holidays. This is bizarre. All I know is that there has to be more to it, and there will be.

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According to the whistle-blower, Copson said, “This is the start of something I have been working on for years. Mike has been putting everything in place for us.” Copson allegedly turned his phone around when he received the text, displaying the message from Flynn that the project was “good to go.” This would mean that Flynn’s first action for the new president was to let his former business partners know that their plan to build nuclear reactors with Russian partners was on.

Think about this for a moment. By this time, Flynn and everyone else in the country was aware that Russia had interfered in the election and that there was serious suspicion surrounding the Trump campaign’s and transition team’s dealings with Russian actors. They knew about the “Steele dossier” because it had been written up in Mother Jones before the election, and Trump himself had been briefed on it by FBI Director James Comey. If what this whistle-blower says is true, Flynn was even more reckless than we knew.

This news is especially damning since we already know that Flynn failed to disclose trips to the Middle East on behalf of ACU when he filed his security clearance renewal application in 2016. It means that his memory was sharp enough to call his friend even before Trump had finished his speech, but not good enough to remember to put his dubious business activities on his disclosure forms. And Robert Mueller knew all about it.

Flynn has made the case in public that it’s important to engage in business deals with Russian interests because the United States needs the Russian government to help fight ISIS. It’s even possible that’s what he thought he was doing — along with lining up a fat payday. According to The Washington Post, Flynn pushed this plan relentlessly during his brief tenure in the White House as national security adviser and his staff kept pushing it even after he left, without really understanding why they were doing it, just knowing that Flynn insisted it was a high priority.

Live Stream: Wray Testifies Before House Judiciary on FBI Oversight

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FBI Director Christopher Wray is testifying this morning at 10 a.m. before the House Judiciary Committee. Read his prepared testimony, and watch the live stream below.

Russia Takes a Step Toward the Post-Putin Era

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he would run for a fourth term as president was long predicted, though it seemed to some Russian observers (incorrectly) that he waited unusually long to make it. Less predictable is how the system Putin built will plan its perpetuation after his term ends in 2024, when he’s constitutionally barred from running again.

Putin’s third term has been his most important one, more momentous even than his first, in 2000-2004, which was marked by U.S. Republican-style economic reforms, a flat income tax, the harsh taming of the 1990s oligarchs and the recentralization of power. In 2012-2018, Putin abandoned any pretense of playing along with the U.S. and its European allies and sought to make it clear to the rest of the world that Pax Americana was ending. In that, he has been largely successful. He has, however, neglected the base on which his geopolitical achievements rest — his own Russia, the vast, still poor, increasingly cynical and potentially very angry nation that Putin may not quite represent, or even run, anymore.

Putin claims his biggest successes outside of Russia. He has held on to illegally annexed Crimea, and the Kremlin retained operational control over the mob-run, separatist “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine, most recently through what looked like an engineered coup in one of them. Putin was held back from further territorial gains by cost considerations — it appears important to him to keep regular military casualties low while making proxies shoulder most of the burden — but his minimum goals, including instability in Ukraine, have been achieved. It’s obvious even to the most biased observers that, despite massive Western support, modern Ukraine is a corrupt mess that is hardly more European than when its people decided to break away from the Russian orbit at the beginning of Putin’s third term.

Despite U.S. resistance, Putin helped his Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad, win his civil war. At the end of 2017, it’s clear that if Assad is leaving at all, he’s not being toppled, the way the U.S. and its allies toppled Saddam Hussein and Muammar Qaddafi. Putin’s successful, resource-light intervention has redrawn the Middle Eastern relationship map, helping effectively rip Turkey out of the Western alliance and forcing even Saudi Arabia to seek a good working relationship with Moscow, which was solidified by an oil policy alliance.

Putin has also given hope to illiberal forces throughout Europe, which failed to win critical elections this year but which will remain useful allies. And, deservedly or not, Russia has been established in the Western elite’s mind as a hacking superpower, a different kind of tech force than the U.S. with its commercial internet behemoths. It’s a reputation Putin is looking to strengthen by embracing cryptocurrency technology as an alternative to the Western-dominated financial system.

All of this has cost Russia its place in the G-8 and its vague aspirations to membership in a greater Europe, stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok. But it hasn’t made Russia a pariah to the rest of the world, most notably to China, which has benignly allowed Putin to shake the foundations of the Western-led global order. Putin’s third term will likely be remembered as the four years that made a multi-polar world if not a reality, then a possibility.

But as Putin’s skill was applied to geopolitics, he was an increasingly absent feudal lord at home. Gleb Pavlovsky, a Kremlin political operator during Putin’s early years in power, captured this feeling best in an interview with Echo Moskvy radio on Wednesday:

For the world, it’s Putin’s Russia. But inside, it’s no longer Putin’s, it’s already post-Putin, and all the main players in it try, so to say, to make their own moves, set up their own chessmen, build up a potential for the moment Putin is no longer there. Putin is just walking around trying to get in on this process. I don’t think it’s possible for him to own it anymore.

Indeed, if first- and second-term Putin was a competent micromanager, making all the important decisions and mediating every significant conflict, Putin now appears to have lost that ability.

One high-profile example is the ongoing trial of former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, against whom a close Putin associate, Igor Sechin, the head of state-owned oil giant Rosneft, organized a sting operation to accuse him of extorting a $2 million bribe. The trial has been open to the press, and the secretive Rosneft chief has suffered the indignity of being repeatedly summoned to appear and inventing excuses not to. This is the kind of conflict that, in earlier days, Putin wouldn’t have allowed to play out in the open — at least not for long.

Another example is the defiant independence of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Putin-installed head of Chechnya. His conspicuous wealth, violent suppression of opponents and insistence on conservative Islamic values in a secular state are an ongoing challenge to Moscow’s authority — but Kadyrov’s warlord reputation seems to keep the federal law enforcement apparatus at bay. Again, Putin hasn’t intervened.

Even the banishment of Russian officials from next year’s winter Olympics is indicative of Putin’s weakening leadership. Russian state propaganda outlets discuss it in terms of geopolitical retribution — but Putin could have staged a domestic clean-up and kicked out officials who had, at best, failed to out a doping conspiracy in Russian sports and at worst, participated in it. He could then have appealed to his old friend International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach for support. Yet no such clean-up has taken place, indicating Putin’s remoteness and relative indifference.

Throughout the third term, Putin also drifted on economic policy. Little was done to prepare Russia for an era of low oil prices. A modest agricultural boom which has turned the country into a top grain exporter is no substitute for the lost hydrocarbon revenues, and snail-paced economic growth based on a borrowing-fueled consumption surge isn’t enough to generate economic optimism. Putin has repeatedly shown a reluctance to promote any bold change that would show Russians a more hopeful future.

Though Putin remains by far Russia’s most popular politician, Russians have been apathetic about the March election. According to Levada Center’s latest poll, only 58 percent of voters intend to cast ballots. In 2012, 65.3 percent turned out, and polls at the same time in the electoral cycle indicated that more than two-thirds would cast votes. Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption activist and Putin’s only serious opponent, won’t be allowed to run against him despite months of campaigning and mustering visible support in the Russian hinterland, especially among the young. He has promised to campaign actively for a boycott of the election.

The Soviet-style campaign announcement on Wednesday — during a visit to a truck factory in Nizhny Novgorod, where a worker asked him a “spontaneous” question about the election — is evidence of the Kremlin’s lack of ideas, characteristic of its domestic policy during Putin’s third term. Putin’s legitimacy after his inevitable win will be the lowest of his reign, spurring an ever more active battle for succession, in which new players are likely to start emerging as soon as Putin is re-enthroned.

Putin has cast Russia in the role of the world’s biggest geopolitical disruptor. But its current performance is unsustainable without coherent, successful domestic policies. Putin has presided over, indeed enabled, a corrupt, inefficiently run country where people — including those in the top echelons of business and power — just fend for themselves as best they can. The question of what kind of future Russia might have will arise after Putin’s re-election, and Putin won’t necessarily have much say in it.

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There is now no question Moscow offered to help the Trump campaign multiple times. Campaign advisor George Papadopoulos has testified high-level Russian officials offered him dirt on Clinton.[1] Someone who Donald Trump Jr believed was a Crown 

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Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over worst type of betrayal: Polish defence minister

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Paweł Kononczuk 07.12.2017 13:13

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has said that former heads of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) are suspected of “the worst type of betrayal a Pole can commit.”

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: PAP/Rafał GuzDefence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

Warsaw prosecutors are conducting a probe into suspicions that former heads of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service overstepped their powers, including allegations that they cooperated with a foreign country without the consent of the Polish prime minister.

‘Illegal cooperation with Russian spies’

“This is about fully conscious and illegal cooperation with Russian spies, about the worst type of betrayal a Pole can commit,” Macierewicz told public broadcaster TVP Info on Wednesday.

“We are dealing with people who have very serious allegations against them,” he added.

Asked if former Prime Minister Donald Tusk knew about cooperation between the SKW and Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Macierewicz replied that “at some stage he certainly gained some knowledge.”

Macierewicz was speaking after Piotr Pytel, a former head of Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service was detained on Wednesday.

Macierewicz said Pytel “is being charged in connection with illegal collaboration with the FSB.”

The FSB is Russia’s principal security agency and the main successor agency to the KGB.

Relations between Moscow and Warsaw are tense while Russian intelligence services are widely seen in Poland as hostile to this country.

After emerging from a prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, Pytel said he had refused to testify. He told reporters that the case against him was politically motivated.

Poland’s Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily reported last year that Poland’s Military Counterintelligence Service and the FSB struck a deal in April 2010, just after the crash of a Polish presidential plane in western Russia, on cooperation regarding threats faced by either of the sides.

Gazeta Polska Codziennie reported that a former SKW head and Pytel, his successor, had been accused of overstepping their powers.

Tusk, now European Council head, in April appeared before prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness in a probe into suspected collaboration between Russian and Polish intelligence services.

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The Early Edition: December 7, 2017

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Heres todays news.

TRUMP RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAELS CAPITAL

President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a speech yesterday, the president said it was a long overdue step to advance the peace process and added that the U.S. would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides. David M. Halbfinger, Mark Landler and Isabel Kershner report at the New York Times.

While previous president have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver, Trump said, adding that we cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. David Nakamura reports at the Washington Post.

The presidents decision is an important step toward peace, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Trumps decision, however Palestinian officials denounced the decision and the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas said that the move undermined efforts to achieve peace and meant that the U.S. could no longer be an honest broker in peace talks. Rory Jones reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital is a war declaration against Palestinians, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas militant group, Ismail Haniya, said in a speech in Gaza City today, calling for a new Intifada, or uprising, and saying that Trumps decision has killed the peace process, has killed the Oslo [accord], has killed the settlement process. Al Jazeera reports.

Clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers broke out today following Trumps announcement, including at a checkpoint near Ramallah, at the border fence between Israel and Gaza, and in other places in the West Bank. Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash report at the Washington Post.

Leaders across the world condemned Trumps decision, including some of the U.S.s traditional allies and leaders in the Arab and Muslim world. The BBC reports.

There is no alternative to the two-state solution. There is no Plan B, the U.N.-Secretary-General António Guterres said yesterday in response to Trumps announcement, adding that he understood the deep attachment that Jerusalem holds in the hearts of so many people. The U.N. News Centre reports.

The solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states and with Jerusalem as the capital of both, the E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said today, Reuters reporting.

Trumps decision amounted to throwing the region into a circle of fire, the Turkish President Reçep Tayyip Erdoğan said today, adding that the move disregarded U.N. resolutions regarding the status of Jerusalem. The Hürriyet Daily News reports.

Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem constitutes a legitimate reason to target American forces in Iraq, the leader of a prominent Iranian-backed Iraqi militia group said in a statement today. Reutersreports.

I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition, Netanyahu said today, but did not say which countries have been contacted, Reutersreporting.

The White House was prepared to accept a temporary derailment of the peace process to fulfil Trumps campaign process, two senior White House officials said after the announcement, with one official explaining that we know there will be some short term pain, but think it will help in the long run. Elisa Labott and Jeremy Diamond report at CNN.

A full transcript and video of Trumps speech is provided by the New York Times.

It is not for the U.S. to decide who should control East Jerusalem, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday in response to a question about the issue. East Jerusalem is considered by many to be occupied Palestinian territory, Mallory Shelbourne reports at the Hill.

The U.N. Security Council will meet tomorrow to discuss Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem, diplomats said yesterday that the request for a meeting was made by eight members of the 15-member body. Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

While I recognize that you will publicly welcome this news, I ask that you restrain your official response, a State Department document dated Dec. 6 said, revealing U.S. efforts to influence Israeli officials to temper their reaction to the news. Arshad Mohammed reveals at Reuters.

A taskforce was set up by the State Department to deal with the fallout from the Jerusalem announcement, revealing the threat to the safety of Americans, Josh Rogin explains at the Washington Post.

The precise location of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has important symbolic implications, and some consider the White Houses plan to move the embassy within three to four years as optimistic, Adam Taylor explains at the Washington Post.

The announcement was greeted with joy and outrage in Jerusalem, an Israeli police spokesperson said that the police were prepared for larger protests in the city tomorrow. Loveday and Ruth Eglash observe at the Washington Post.

The key takeaways from Trumps speech are provided by Barbara Plett Usher at the BBC.

Trump had been intent on moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem for months. Some senior administration officials, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, warned that the move would raise potential risks to U.S. interests in the region and undermine the prospect of an Israel-Palestine peace deal, while others, such as Vice President Mike Pence and Nikki Haley, were in support of the decision. Josh Dawsey, Missy Ryan and Karen DeYoung reveal at the Washington Post.

The presidents son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner pushed for the recognition of Jerusalem, he has been focused on achieving a peace deal in defiance of his critics and amid waning influence since the appointment of White House chief of staff John Kelly. Kushner has gambled that the Jerusalem announcement will pay off, however it could have serious implications in the Middle East, Annie Karni explains at POLITICO.

Arab leaders have deprioritized the Palestinian cause while they have been distracted by other troubles in the region, including the Arab Spring uprisings, wars in the Middle East, and the Saudi Arabia-Iran rivalry, meaning that the emotions following Trumps speech were as much of sadness and resignation as of anger and threats. Anne Barnard, Ben Hubbard and Declan Walsh explain at the New York Times.

The rationale for the decision was seemingly tied to Trumps psychology rather than diplomatic considerations, and it is hard to discern any substance in the Trump administrations strategy to achieve the ultimate deal between Israel and Palestine. Peter Beaumont and Julian Borger write at the Guardian.

The peace process was over long ago, Christopher Dickey writes at The Daily Beast, noting the changed dynamics since 1995 and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Countries have not recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital for good reason, the presidents decision has demonstrated that the Trump administration has been willing to pick sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict and exploded any residual notion that Washington can act as honest broker. The Financial Times editorial board writes.

Trumps decision was not as radical as his critics have portrayed, it reflected promises by numerous previous presidential candidates and was in accordance with Congresss 1995 act recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

Trumps speech did not acknowledge the majority-Arab East Jerusalem, was muted in his support for the two-state solution, and the motivation for his speech may in fact be an ideological desire to extend the reach of the culture war, consequently solidifying his support among American evangelicals and reinforcing his own brand of divisive politics. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

Trumps announcement has undermined the U.S.s moral authority, damaged the nascent relationship between Israel and Gulf Arab countries and played into the hand of extremists and terrorists in the region. Hussein Ibish writes at The Daily Beast.

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Trumps former national security adviser Michael Flynn told a former business associate that one of the Trump administrations first acts would be to rip up economic sanctions against Russia, a whistle-blower revealed yesterday in a letter written to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Flynn has been under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, Mark Mazzetti and Michael S. Schmidt report at the New York Times.

Cummings asked the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Flynn, saying that the committee has credible allegations that Flynn sought to manipulate the course of international nuclear policy through the revelation that Flynn assured the associate that sanctions against Russia would be ripped up. Tom Hamburger reports at the Washington Post.

Gowdy said yesterday that his committee would not look into the whistleblowers allegations as the Oversight Committee is not investigating Russia, the House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) declined to say if they would investigate the matter. Manu Raju and Katelyn Polantz report at CNN.

Donald Trump Jr. testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday and refused to provide details of a telephone conversation with his father earlier this year about how to handle the fallout from the revelations that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in July 2016, during the presidential campaign. Byron Tau reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump Jr. said the call with his father was protected under attorney-client privilege as lawyers for both men were on the call, the ranking Democrat on the committee Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) said that the presence of counsel does not make communications between father and son a privilege and that he would follow up with Trumps lawyer about the legal basis for refusing to disclose details of the call. Sharon LaFraniere and Nicholas Fandos report at the New York Times.

The founder of private military contractor Blackwater, Erik Prince, said that his meeting with Russian banker Kirill Dmitriev on Jan. 11 in the Seychelles had nothing to do with his support for the Trump campaign, according to a transcript released yesterday of his interview before the House Intelligence Committee. Prince said that the meeting with Dmitriev was informal and that the real purpose of the trip was to meet with Emirati officials, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska dropped his libel suit against the Associated Press, which alleged that the AP had falsely implied that he was paying Trumps former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for work advancing the Russian governments interests. Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 13 as part of the committees Russia investigation, Brett Samuels reports at the Hill.

The president and his allies have attacked Muellers investigation, highlighting possible bias in Muellers team and the F.B.I. in a possible attempt to discredit the special counsel and create the political support needed to dismiss him. Devlin Barrett and Sean Sullivan report at the Washington Post.

YEMEN

Trump yesterday called on Saudi Arabia to allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach Yemeni civilians, making the statement after the second consecutive night of Saudi airstrikes on Yemens capital of Sanaa and intermittent blockades on the country by the Saudi-led coalition. Max Bearak reports at the Washington Post.

A White House official said that Trumps statement on Yemen was not a retaliation for Saudi Arabias condemnation of Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that the statement was to do with a serious humanitarian issue in Yemen and the Saudis should and can do more. Steve Holland and Phil Stewart report at Reuters.

The Saudi-led coalition captured an area southwest of Sanaa, residents said today, marking the first significant gains by the coalition since the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed on Monday. Reuters reports.

The death of Saleh has changed the dynamics of the war in Yemen, providing Saudi Arabia an opportunity to gain an advantage by bridging relations with Saleh supporters in opposition to the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Yaroslav Trofimov writes at the Wall Street Journal.

NORTH KOREA

The U.S.-South Korea large-scale military exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war an established fact, a spokesperson for North Koreas foreign ministry said today. Soyoung Kim and Heekyong Yang report at Reuters.

The U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman met with North Koreas vice foreign minister in Pyongyang yesterday and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, according to North Koreas K.C.N.A. news agency. Reuters reports.

A total of 49 countries violated U.N. sanctions on North Korea between March 2014 and September 2017, according to a report by a Washington-based think tank. Rishi Iyengar reports at CNN.

SYRIA

Approximately 2,000 U.S. troops are on the ground in Syria, the Defense Department acknowledged yesterday, a number four times greater than the figure provided a month ago. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

The updated figure does not reflect troops assigned to classified missions and some Special Operations personnel, Pentagon spokesperson Eric Pahon said yesterday, John Ismay reporting at the New York Times.

A delegation representing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is expected to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in U.N.-backed peace talks, according to Syrias state S.A.N.A. news agency, the delegation had walked out last week and returned to the Syrian capital of Damascus. Reuters reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 33 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq between December 1 and December 3. [Central Command]

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The Islamic State groups capacity to reach sympathizers around the world means that its ability to inspire attacks remains potent, the acting director of intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, Lora Shiao, told senators yesterday. Doina Chiacu reporting at Reuters.

The Saudi merchant Mustafa al Hawasi said that he was very happy to have been able to support the brothers who carried out the 9/11 attack, former F.B.I. agent Abigail Perkins said of her 2007 interrogation of the former C.I.A. captive, describing the conversation in testimony meant to demonstrate that Hawasi is subject to trial before the Guantánamo Bay war court. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

The House yesterday voted against advancing articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, Ben Jacobs and Lauren Gambino report at the Guardian.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to visit Africa at the beginning of next year, amid speculation over his position and a plan to replace Tillerson with C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo. Reutersreports.

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FOX News’ Gregg Jarrett on Wednesday night said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become “America’s secret police” and that special counsel Robert Mueller is using the government entity as a “political weapon.”
“The FBI is a shadow government now,” Jarrett declared. “It has become highly politicized.”
“I think we now know that the Mueller investigation is illegitimate and corrupt,” Jarrett told Sean Hannity. “And Mueller has been using the FBI as a political weapon. And the FBI has become America’s secret police. Secret surveillance, wiretapping, intimidation, harassment, and threats. It’s like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night banging through your door.”

Jarrett on Wednesday night’s Hannity:

SEAN HANNITY: Let’s start with all of these revelations. [Jeannie] Rhee, and Peter Strzok and all of these figures. Hillary Clinton supporters, Trump haters.
GREGG JARRETT, FOX NEWS: I think we now know that the Mueller investigation is illegitimate and corrupt. And Mueller has been using the FBI as a political weapon. And the FBI has become America’s secret police. Secret surveillance, wiretapping, intimidation, harassment, and threats. It’s like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night banging through your door.
HANNITY: By the way, this is not a game, this is not a hyperbole you’re using here.
JARRETT: No, ask Paul Manafort. They came for him and broke through his front door…
The FBI is a shadow government now. It has become highly politicized. Peter Strzok is the perfect example of it. He led both the Hillary Clinton investigation and until recently the Mueller investigation. This is a guy who has corrupt political motives. We now know it. The Congress has the emails but he is the tip of the iceberg. There are others, especially Andrew Weissmann and as you pointed out, Jeannie Rhee.

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Michael Novakhov My Bullet Points:  Stop this hysteria, and stop scapegoating Peter Strzok. The political attitudes, and expressing them, on the part of the FBI agent, might or might not be ethical, depending on the circumstances (office email to a colleague and lover probably is not), but it is not a crime. Mr. Muellers … Continue reading“7:56 AM 12/7/2017 – FBI’s Crisis and Peter Strzok – My Bullet Points – by Michael Novakhov”

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Here’s what you need to know about Strzok:

Strzok Was Demoted Over the Texts

Strzok, who the New York Times reported is “considered one of the most experienced and trusted F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators” and was a top investigator in Mueller’s Russia probe, was demoted to a human resources position after the discovery of the texts — which were sent to an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

Strzok Was Involved in Softening Comey’s Language on Clinton’s Email Use

CNN reported that Strzok was involved in changing the language FBI Director James Comey used in his July 2016 statement to describe Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information. The language was reportedly changed from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”

The subsequent language is softer and therefore was less damaging to Clinton — who was at that time locked in a bruising presidential campaign with then-candidate Donald Trump. CNN noted that federal law carries penalties for gross negligence in the handling of classified material.

Strzok Interviewed Michael Flynn, Top Clinton Aides

Strzok was reportedly involved in the interviews of Michael Flynn in January for the probe into Russian interference, as well as Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills concerning the Clinton email scandal.

Those interviews are now being scrutinized as Flynn was charged for lying during that interview about his contacts with Russian officials, but Abedin and Mills were not charged for saying they did not know about Clinton’s private email server until 2013 — when there were emails from earlier suggesting they do.

Strzok’s roles in both interviews have stoked concerns about bias and double standards in the FBI’s probes.

Strzok Is Not the Only One

Strzok is not the only agent accused of having a left-leaning bias. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show that the prosecutor now serving as Mueller’s top deputy sent an email in January gushing over then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ refusal to enforce President Trump’s travel ban.

“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,” said Andrew Weissman in the email, one of a number of supportive emails Yates received from DOJ colleagues.

Congress Wants Answers

Strzok’s potential bias has caught the attention of Republicans in Congress. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) toldthe New York Post Tuesday that he and fellow members of the House Intelligence Committee want to review Strzok’s “text messages, e-mails and contacts.”

They also want to know his impact on the findings of the investigation into Clinton’s email use and why he was questioning Michael Flynn. He also said the FBI and Justice Department have been “stonewalling” them.

“I think we should definitely question him. In fact, he’s one of the people we’ve been trying to get information on for the last several months,” King said.

Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter:@AdamShawNY.

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It’s a foregone conclusion that Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, so why is the Kremlin fretting about turnout? And how is Russia’s big business supposed to help get people to vote? Here’s what’s going on.

Russia’s Central Election Commission is expected to formally kick off the campaign season sometime in mid-December, and Putin will likely declare his candidacy shortly afterwards. But Russia under Vladimir Putin is not a democracy. The Constitutional Court has deemed the country’s best-known opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, ineligible to register for the upcoming March 2018 election, citing two controversial financial-crimes convictions. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that both decisions were arbitrary and unreasonable.

In Navalny’s place, the election will feature Ksenia Sobchak, a television personality. Sobchak polls nationally at less than 1 percent — and her supposedly oppositional campaign has refused to criticize Putin.

Why do unfair elections even matter?

Putin’s regime represents what Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way term “competitive authoritarianism.” Elections in hybrid systems like Russia are not designed to determine who rules, but rather to signal the regime’s power and resilience to potential challengers.

Elections in these polities are often marred by abuses of state power, but they are nonetheless held and can be bitterly fought. It is tempting to disregard the results of such elections because of the extent to which they are manipulated by elites in power. Yet counterintuitively, the level of state control over the electoral process is itself a reason to pay close attention.

In his book “Patronal Politics,” Henry Hale points out that authoritarian regimes deploy every available resource to dominate elections, even when opposition candidates would not win a free and fair contest. Competitive, if unfair, elections send a potent message about the power of incumbent regimes.

A crushing electoral victory signals to potential opponents that they can expect the regime to remain in power, and that open opposition will be futile. But low turnout can communicate the regime’s potential weakness. Challengers may become empowered, while erstwhile allies consider defection to avoid falling on the wrong side of a revolutionary wave.

The Kremlin has high turnout goals for 2018

The “great power of expectations,” as Hale labels this phenomenon, drives Russian politics — and the Putin regime has set a high bar for itself. Last year, the Kremlin’s top political technologists established a “70 at 70” objective for Putin’s reelection in March 2018 — 70 percent of the vote with 70 percent turnout. In a recent interview, Russian political expert Tatyana Stanovaya remarked, “Putin just needs to be elected quietly and quickly, without fuss, with good turnout, and a good result.”

…but may struggle to meet them

September’s regional and municipal elections, though, showed Russians aren’t particularly excited about voting. The low turnout has left the Kremlin scrambling to boost voter enthusiasm for next March. Putin remains popular, but protest activity is rising, particularly in the provinces.

According to the Russian government’s own polling, public support for government policies is at the lowest level in nearly a decade. Russia’s regional governments remain under the Kremlin’s tight control, but they are increasingly at odds with federal policies.

In three regions, fiscal problems have become so dire that their governors circumvented official channels and appealed publicly to Moscow for bailouts. Foreign policy adventures — first in Ukraine, then in Syria — may have temporarily distracted Russians from problems at home, but public interest in both conflicts is waning.

The Kremlin has enlisted help from big business

Putin has publicly downplayed Russia’s low turnout but Kremlin policy tells a different story. Russian authorities have long included state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in their voter mobilization efforts, but “corporate mobilization” has taken on new significance this election cycle. Following record low turnout in Russia’s 2016 parliamentary elections, reports emerged that SOEs, rather than the ruling party United Russia, would drive get-out-the-vote efforts and socioeconomic monitoring in future elections.

Here’s how this played out in September’s regional and municipal elections. State-run energy giants Rosatom and RosHydro funded initiatives to monitor pre-election risks in the regions, and report the findings to the Kremlin. With the presidential contest approaching, Rosatom recently hired a contractor to file reports on socioeconomic conditions in the remote “closed cities” in which the company operates power plants. Rosatom’s former chief executive, Sergei Kiriyenko, is first deputy head of the Presidential Administration tasked with managing domestic politics.

The Kremlin increasingly expects SOEs to deliver investment and social services that struggling regional governments cannot provide. For instance, state-run Gazprom ratcheted up its spending on development projects this year, according to Bloomberg reporting. Despite initial plans to slash “non-core expenditures,” outlays on charity were up 60 percent 2017, reaching 26.3 billion rubles ($438 million).

The company built a patriotic theme park and a sports complex in the Siberian city of Irkutsk — projects that may provide temporary jobs and boost support at the polls for Putin next March. SOEs routinely subsidize economically impractical investments across Russia, especially in the country’s single-industry towns. Economists Clifford Gaddy and Barry Ickes have referred to a political imperative to “keep the lights on” in the Russian provinces.

Reuters report, meanwhile, suggests the Kremlin ordered major energy and utility companies to supply the Presidential Administration with news items that cast Russia’s leadership in a positive light. A memo to industry leaders requested stories “where it’s possible to say that state support helped lift the economy out of crisis” and benefited local residents. State-run media outlets are supposed to disseminate the stories to the public.

Prioritizing short-term political goals hinders Russia’s growth

Over the past decade, the Kremlin has allowed SOEs to monopolize and dominate the Russian economy. The regime is asking SOEs to leverage their weight and reach to ensure Putin wins a convincing mandate in the March 2018 election.

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But the tacit trade of market share for political help comes at the cost of competitiveness in Russia’s economy. Relying on corporations, rather than regional and municipal governments, to fulfill the state’s development goals also risks further atrophying of the country’s federal structure. Under Putin, the Kremlin has increasingly sought to circumvent lower levels of government, preferring instead to dictate policy from Moscow.

Choosing political goals over economic efficiency harms minority investors and will limit Russia’s potential to improve its ranking in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report, once a key goal of Putin’s third term.

According to a Levada Center poll from late November, 67 percent of likely voters would vote for Putin, with anticipated turnout between 53 and 55 percent — not the 70 percent figure the Kremlin hopes to see. Trailing far behind are the nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the Russian Communist Party’s Gennady Zyuganov, each with just four percent.

Nonetheless, the logic of patronal politics demands that the authorities pull out all the stops to encourage a high turnout in an election Putin will surely win, even if their methods hinder Russia’s future development.

Christopher Jarmas is a master’s candidate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian area studies at Harvard University. Follow him on Twitter @jarmascm.

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The investigation into suspected collusion between US President Donald Trump and the Russian government has claimed its first three victims: one (Paul Manafort) for completely unconnected money laundering charges, and two (George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn) for lying to investigators about things which were not themselves criminal, and which are therefore crimes which would never have happened had there never been an investigation. To date, the evidence of direct collusion between Trump and the Russians is looking a little thin, to say the least. Now, into this maelstrom steps Guardian reporter Luke Harding with his book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win.

Collusion spends over 300 pages insinuating that Trump is a long-standing agent of the Russian secret services, and hinting, without ever providing any firm evidence, that Trump and his team acted on orders from the Kremlin to subvert American democracy. I’ll be honest, and admit that I picked this book up expecting it to be a series of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and to be utterly unbalanced in its analysis, and in that sense I’m not an unbiased reader. At the same time, I was interested to see if Harding had come up with anything that everybody else had not, and was willing to give him a chance. I needn’t have bothered. For alas, my worst suspicions proved to be true, and then some.

collusion

The first thing to note about Collusion is that most of it is padding. That is to say, that it consists mainly of a lot of digressions in which Harding describes people and events not directly related to the main story of collusion. Whenever a new character is introduced, you tend to get pages of background information, along with descriptions of various places they’ve been to, things they’ve done in the past, and so on. At the start of the book, for instance, Harding introduces Christopher Steele, who prepared an infamous dossier purportedly based on secret sources within the Kremlin, which made all sort of extreme accusations against Trump. We learn about Steele’s parents, his childhood, his education, his career, and so on. Harding recounts how he met Steele. We learn about how they tried one café, then another, who drank what, etc, etc. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s a lot of padding. This padding makes Collusion an easy read, and gives it colour, and the flavour of a spy novel. But none of it adds anything to our knowledge of Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. It’s just filler, designed to cover up the fact that, when it comes to the matter of collusion, Harding doesn’t have a whole lot new to say and certainly doesn’t have enough to fill up an entire book.

The second thing to note is that Harding’s modes of argumentation and standards of evidence are not  – how can I be polite about this? – what I’m used to as an academic. Let’s take the example of Trump’s former convention manager, Paul Manafort, to whom Harding devotes an entire chapter, obviously on the basis that the Trump-Manafort connection somehow proves a Trump-Kremlin connection. The problem Harding has is that, despite pages of fluff about Manafort, he hasn’t got any evidence that Manafort is a Kremlin agent. In fact, he quotes one source – a former Ukrainian official, Oleg Voloshin – as telling him that when Manafort worked as a political advisor to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich:

Manafort was an advocate for US interests. So much so that the joke inside the Party of Regions [in Ukraine] was that he actually worked for the USA. … He supported Ukraine’s association with NATO and with the EU. He warned Yanukovich not to lock up [former Prime Minister Iuliia] Tymoshenko. “If it weren’t for Paul, Ukraine would have gone under Russia much earlier,” Voloshin told me.

This is pretty funny behaviour for a Kremlin agent, and Harding has to admit that, “It’s unclear to what extent, if any, Manafort was involved in supplying intelligence to Russia.” This doesn’t fit with the conclusion that Harding obviously wants readers to draw – that Manafort was a Kremlin agent, and so Trump must be too. So, he comes up with something else: some of Manafort’s associates in Ukraine “were rumoured to have links with Russian intelligence.” Note the use of the word “rumoured”. It’s not exactly convincing, but it’s good enough for Luke, who uses it to tell a story about one such associate, Konstantin Kilimnik. Harding recounts that he contacted Kilimnik by email to ask him about his relationship with Manafort. Kilimnik responds by telling him that the collusion accusations are  “insane” and “gibberish”, and signs off his email with a bit of self-mockery: “Off to collect my paycheck at KGB. :))”

And here’s where it gets interesting. For Harding thinks there’s something suspicious about Kilimnik’s answer. He writes:

The thing which gave me pause was Kilimnik’s use of smiley faces. True, Russians are big emoticon fans. But I’d seen something similar before. In 2013 the Russian diplomat in charge of political influence operations in London was named Sergey Nalobin. Nalobin had close links with Russian intelligence. He was the son of a KGB general; his brother had worked for the FSB; Nalobin looked like a career foreign intelligence officer. Maybe even a deputy resident, the KGB term for station chief. On his Twitter feed Nalobin described himself thus:

A brutal agent of the Putin dictatorship : )

And that’s it. That’s Harding’s evidence. Just to make sure readers get the point, he follows the last line up with a double paragraph space. Stop and think what this means, he seems to be saying. Someone who “looked like a career foreign intelligence officer” uses smiley faces. Kilimnik uses smiley faces!!! Say no more.

This is the level at which Harding’s logic works. Harding recounts a meeting of Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, a meeting which was photographed by someone from the Russian news agency TASS. As Harding tells us:

The Times put the photo of Trump and Lavrov on its front page. At the bottom of the photo taken inside the White House was a credit. It said: “Russian Foreign Ministry.”

Yet another double paragraph break follows,  just to make sure that readers take in the implication of what this means.

Take another example. We learn (which in fact we knew already if we’d been following this story) that Trump’s short-lived National Security Advisor, and former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, attended a conference on the subject of intelligence at Cambridge University, where he met a Russian woman, Svetlana Lokhova. Harding admits that, “There is no suggestion she is linked to Russian intelligence.” Nevertheless, he feels it necessary to tell us that Flynn later corresponded with her by email. He writes:

In his emails, Flynn signed off in an unusual way for a US spy. He called himself “General Misha.”

Misha is the Russian equivalent of Michael.

Again, Harding then introduces a section break, leaving this ominous fact hanging in the air. Think of what it means, he is saying!

This is typical of how Harding argues. He puts in some suspicious sounding fact, or asks some question, and then just leaves it hanging. The implication is that the question doesn’t need answering, that the most damaging and extreme answer is obviously true. There’s an awful lot of this technique in Collusion. Harding spends pages on a digression about Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybovlev before telling us that Rybovlev’s private jet sometimes parks next to that of Donald Trump. Seems suspicious, huh? Except that Harding tells us that, ‘The White House … said that Trump and Rybovlev had never met. This appears to be true.” But Harding isn’t satisfied, and asks, “Had he [Rybovlev] perhaps met someone else from Trump’s entourage during his travels? Like, for example, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen?” Later, Harding tells us that Rybovlev’s yacht was once at Dubrovnik at the same time as Ivanka Trump’s yacht. “Was this perhaps planned” he asks.

Harding’s method is to ask these questions, as if asking was itself proof of guilt. Trump borrowed money from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank was bailed out at one point by the Russian bank VTB. “Was there a connection?” Harding asks. But Harding doesn’t answer these questions. In fact, one of the interesting things about this book is that again and again the author has to confess that the facts don’t really fit what he’s trying to say. For instance, when discussing Trump and Deutsche Bank, and trying to make it sound as if Trump was in some way connected to the Kremlin because he was borrowing from the Germans, Harding writes, “The sources insist that the answer was negative. No trail to Moscow was ever discovered, they told us.”

This isn’t a lone example. Harding spends quite a few pages discussing Carter Page, a businessman who appeared on RT and gave a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and who at one point had a marginal role in the Trump election campaign. It’s clear that he wants it all to sound really damaging. And yet, he writes that Page’s “attempts to meet Trump individually failed.” So, it turns out that there’s not much of a connection there after all. Likewise, when discussing Russian computer hackers, Harding writes: “By the second decade of the twenty-first century the cyber world looked like the high seas of long ago. The hackers who sailed on it might be likened to privateers. Sometimes they acted for the ‘state’, sometimes against it.” This rather undermines his claim that the Russian state was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

In another example, Harding discusses the sudden death of Oleg Erovinkin, who worked for the oil company Rosneft. He speculates that “Erovinkin was Steele’s source deep inside Rosneft,” and was murdered because word of Steele’s document had leaked out. The murder, he implies, is proof of the dossier’s validity. Except that Harding admits that, “there was nothing suspicious about Erovinkin’s sudden death” and “Steele was adamant that Erovinkin wasn’t his source.” Yet this doesn’t stop Harding from writing that, “in the wake of the dossier the Kremlin did appear to be wiping out some kind of American or Western espionage network. … It certainly looked that way.”

I could give other examples, but I can’t make this review too long. The point is that Harding ignores his own evidence. He argues by innuendo, and on occasion he just lets his imagine run away with itself. Steele’s dossier alleged that Trump had hired prostitutes while on a trip to Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s response was to crack a joke about Russian prostitutes being the best in the world. But to Harding it wasn’t a joke. As he writes:

Putin may have been sending a second message, darkly visible beneath the choppy, translucent waters of the first. It said: we’ve got the tape, Donald!

I wish I could say that this book was a joke. If you were going to write a parody of the collusion story, this is perhaps what it would look like. Unfortunately, Harding is deadly serious and I suspect that a lot of uncritical readers will soak it all up, not stopping to reflect on the awful methodology. So, I end on a word of warning. By all means read this book. But don’t do so in order to find out the truth about Donald Trump and Russia; do so in order to understand the methods currently being used to enflame Russian-Western relations. In that respect, Collusion is really quite revealing.

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Collusion

The investigation into suspected collusion between US President Donald Trump and the Russian government has claimed its first three victims: one (Paul Manafort) for completely unconnected money laundering charges, and two (George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn) for lying to investigators about things which were not themselves criminal, and which are therefore crimes which would never have happened had there never been an investigation. To date, the evidence of direct collusion between Trump and the Russians is looking a little thin, to say the least. Now, into this maelstrom steps Guardian reporter Luke Harding with his book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win.

Collusion spends over 300 pages insinuating that Trump is a long-standing agent of the Russian secret services, and hinting, without ever providing any firm evidence, that Trump and his team acted on orders from the Kremlin to subvert American democracy. Ill be honest, and admit that I picked this book up expecting it to be a series of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and to be utterly unbalanced in its analysis, and in that sense Im not an unbiased reader. At the same time, I was interested to see if Harding had come up with anything that everybody else had not, and was willing to give him a chance. I neednt have bothered. For alas, my worst suspicions proved to be true, and then some.

collusion

The first thing to note about Collusion is that most of it is padding. That is to say, that it consists mainly of a lot of digressions in which Harding describes people and events not directly related to the main story of collusion. Whenever a new character is introduced, you tend to get pages of background information, along with descriptions of various places theyve been to, things theyve done in the past, and so on. At the start of the book, for instance, Harding introduces Christopher Steele, who prepared an infamous dossier purportedly based on secret sources within the Kremlin, which made all sort of extreme accusations against Trump. We learn about Steeles parents, his childhood, his education, his career, and so on. Harding recounts how he met Steele. We learn about how they tried one café, then another, who drank what, etc, etc. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s a lot of padding. This padding makes Collusion an easy read, and gives it colour, and the flavour of a spy novel. But none of it adds anything to our knowledge of Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. Its just filler, designed to cover up the fact that, when it comes to the matter of collusion, Harding doesnt have a whole lot new to say and certainly doesnt have enough to fill up an entire book.

The second thing to note is that Hardings modes of argumentation and standards of evidence are not  – how can I be polite about this? what Im used to as an academic. Lets take the example of Trumps former convention manager, Paul Manafort, to whom Harding devotes an entire chapter, obviously on the basis that the Trump-Manafort connection somehow proves a Trump-Kremlin connection. The problem Harding has is that, despite pages of fluff about Manafort, he hasnt got any evidence that Manafort is a Kremlin agent. In fact, he quotes one source a former Ukrainian official, Oleg Voloshin as telling him that when Manafort worked as a political advisor to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich:

Manafort was an advocate for US interests. So much so that the joke inside the Party of Regions [in Ukraine] was that he actually worked for the USA. He supported Ukraines association with NATO and with the EU. He warned Yanukovich not to lock up [former Prime Minister Iuliia] Tymoshenko. If it werent for Paul, Ukraine would have gone under Russia much earlier, Voloshin told me.

This is pretty funny behaviour for a Kremlin agent, and Harding has to admit that, Its unclear to what extent, if any, Manafort was involved in supplying intelligence to Russia. This doesnt fit with the conclusion that Harding obviously wants readers to draw that Manafort was a Kremlin agent, and so Trump must be too. So, he comes up with something else: some of Manaforts associates in Ukraine were rumoured to have links with Russian intelligence. Note the use of the word rumoured. Its not exactly convincing, but its good enough for Luke, who uses it to tell a story about one such associate, Konstantin Kilimnik. Harding recounts that he contacted Kilimnik by email to ask him about his relationship with Manafort. Kilimnik responds by telling him that the collusion accusations are  insane and gibberish, and signs off his email with a bit of self-mockery: Off to collect my paycheck at KGB. :))

And heres where it gets interesting. For Harding thinks theres something suspicious about Kilimniks answer. He writes:

The thing which gave me pause was Kilimniks use of smiley faces. True, Russians are big emoticon fans. But Id seen something similar before. In 2013 the Russian diplomat in charge of political influence operations in London was named Sergey Nalobin. Nalobin had close links with Russian intelligence. He was the son of a KGB general; his brother had worked for the FSB; Nalobin looked like a career foreign intelligence officer. Maybe even a deputy resident, the KGB term for station chief. On his Twitter feed Nalobin described himself thus:

A brutal agent of the Putin dictatorship : )

And thats it. Thats Hardings evidence. Just to make sure readers get the point, he follows the last line up with a double paragraph space. Stop and think what this means, he seems to be saying. Someone who looked like a career foreign intelligence officer uses smiley faces. Kilimnik uses smiley faces!!! Say no more.

This is the level at which Hardings logic works. Harding recounts a meeting of Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, a meeting which was photographed by someone from the Russian news agency TASS. As Harding tells us:

The Times put the photo of Trump and Lavrov on its front page. At the bottom of the photo taken inside the White House was a credit. It said: Russian Foreign Ministry.

Yet another double paragraph break follows,  just to make sure that readers take in the implication of what this means.

Take another example. We learn (which in fact we knew already if wed been following this story) that Trumps short-lived National Security Advisor, and former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, attended a conference on the subject of intelligence at Cambridge University, where he met a Russian woman, Svetlana Lokhova. Harding admits that, There is no suggestion she is linked to Russian intelligence. Nevertheless, he feels it necessary to tell us that Flynn later corresponded with her by email. He writes:

In his emails, Flynn signed off in an unusual way for a US spy. He called himself General Misha.

Misha is the Russian equivalent of Michael.

Again, Harding then introduces a section break, leaving this ominous fact hanging in the air. Think of what it means, he is saying!

This is typical of how Harding argues. He puts in some suspicious sounding fact, or asks some question, and then just leaves it hanging. The implication is that the question doesnt need answering, that the most damaging and extreme answer is obviously true. Theres an awful lot of this technique in Collusion. Harding spends pages on a digression about Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybovlev before telling us that Rybovlevs private jet sometimes parks next to that of Donald Trump. Seems suspicious, huh? Except that Harding tells us that, The White House said that Trump and Rybovlev had never met. This appears to be true. But Harding isnt satisfied, and asks, Had he [Rybovlev] perhaps met someone else from Trumps entourage during his travels? Like, for example, Trumps personal lawyer Michael Cohen? Later, Harding tells us that Rybovlevs yacht was once at Dubrovnik at the same time as Ivanka Trumps yacht. Was this perhaps planned he asks.

Hardings method is to ask these questions, as if asking was itself proof of guilt. Trump borrowed money from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank was bailed out at one point by the Russian bank VTB. Was there a connection? Harding asks. But Harding doesnt answer these questions. In fact, one of the interesting things about this book is that again and again the author has to confess that the facts dont really fit what hes trying to say. For instance, when discussing Trump and Deutsche Bank, and trying to make it sound as if Trump was in some way connected to the Kremlin because he was borrowing from the Germans, Harding writes, The sources insist that the answer was negative. No trail to Moscow was ever discovered, they told us.

This isnt a lone example. Harding spends quite a few pages discussing Carter Page, a businessman who appeared on RT and gave a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and who at one point had a marginal role in the Trump election campaign. Its clear that he wants it all to sound really damaging. And yet, he writes that Pages attempts to meet Trump individually failed. So, it turns out that theres not much of a connection there after all. Likewise, when discussing Russian computer hackers, Harding writes: By the second decade of the twenty-first century the cyber world looked like the high seas of long ago. The hackers who sailed on it might be likened to privateers. Sometimes they acted for the state, sometimes against it. This rather undermines his claim that the Russian state was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

In another example, Harding discusses the sudden death of Oleg Erovinkin, who worked for the oil company Rosneft. He speculates that Erovinkin was Steeles source deep inside Rosneft, and was murdered because word of Steeles document had leaked out. The murder, he implies, is proof of the dossiers validity. Except that Harding admits that, there was nothing suspicious about Erovinkins sudden death and Steele was adamant that Erovinkin wasnt his source. Yet this doesnt stop Harding from writing that, in the wake of the dossier the Kremlin did appear to be wiping out some kind of American or Western espionage network. It certainly looked that way.

I could give other examples, but I cant make this review too long. The point is that Harding ignores his own evidence. He argues by innuendo, and on occasion he just lets his imagine run away with itself. Steeles dossier alleged that Trump had hired prostitutes while on a trip to Moscow. Vladimir Putins response was to crack a joke about Russian prostitutes being the best in the world. But to Harding it wasnt a joke. As he writes:

Putin may have been sending a second message, darkly visible beneath the choppy, translucent waters of the first. It said: weve got the tape, Donald!

I wish I could say that this book was a joke. If you were going to write a parody of the collusion story, this is perhaps what it would look like. Unfortunately, Harding is deadly serious and I suspect that a lot of uncritical readers will soak it all up, not stopping to reflect on the awful methodology. So, I end on a word of warning. By all means read this book. But dont do so in order to find out the truth about Donald Trump and Russia; do so in order to understand the methods currently being used to enflame Russian-Western relations. In that respect, Collusion is really quite revealing.

Yes, the Kremlin is worried about Russia’s own presidential elections – Washington Post


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Republicans are betting the future won’t happen. Who wants to tell them? – USA TODAY


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The indictments came almost six months after Mueller assumed the federal investigation into Russian collusion, yet so far the charges have not directly related to Manafort and Gates’ work for the Trump campaign or to Russian foreign policy. This week

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Robert Mueller reveals hes taking down Mike Pence along with Donald Trump

For quite some time, it’s been clear that Mike Pence willfully lied to the American public in an attempt at protecting Michael Flynn and covering up Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. That means Pence is guilty of obstruction of justice and maybe a lot more. The big question has been whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller would try to take Pence down along with Trump, or wait to tackle Pence until after Trump has been ousted. Now we’re getting our answer.

Mike Pence’s people are preparing him for what they believe is an inevitable interview with Mueller, according to details buried pretty far down the page in a lengthy new CNN online report (link). Mueller now has Michael Flynn on his side, and Flynn’s testimony and evidence are enough to incriminate Pence. Make no mistake: if Mueller is sitting down with Pence while he’s still investigating Trump, it’s to try to nail Pence. So where does this go?

Flynn is admitting that he was notifying the Trump transition team in real time about his efforts to get the Russian Ambassador to delay the Russian government’s sanctions response. Mike Pence was the head of the transition team. So unless the entire team conspired to keep this information from Pence, which is not a believable scenario, Pence knew that Flynn was committing crimes. That means Pence lied a month later when he claimed he had no knowledge of Flynn doing anything wrong.

Someone on the transition team will cut a deal and confirm that Mike Pence knew what Michael Flynn was up to. Throw in the fact that Congress notified Pence about some of Flynn’s crimes back in November of 2016, and Pence is hosed. Is Robert Mueller seeking to force Pence to cut a deal against Trump and resign the vice presidency? Only Mueller knows but it’s clear Pence knows he’s in jeopardy.

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By pointing the finger at Moscow, Hillary Clinton has promoted Vladimir Putin power – Washington Times

By pointing the finger at Moscow, Hillary Clinton has promoted Vladimir Putin power
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Today even the FBI has taken up Hillary’s strategy, but nothing has as yet implicated Mr. Trump, and no White House grandee is implicated in a Russian-related crime. As of last weekend, we know that a Hillary supporter working high up in the FBI, Peter

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Trump Will Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital And Announce U.S. Embassy Move

The decision threatens to inflame Israeli-Palestinian tensions and provoke outrage across the region.

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More charges could be coming against former Trump aide in Russia probe
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… to hide” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign. Lewandowski and former deputy Trump campaign manager David Bossie will appear on CBSN’s “Red & Blue 

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Robert Mueller reveals hes taking down Mike Pence along with Donald Trump

For quite some time, it’s been clear that Mike Pence willfully lied to the American public in an attempt at protecting Michael Flynn and covering up Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. That means Pence is guilty of obstruction of justice and maybe a lot more. The big question has been whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller would try to take Pence down along with Trump, or wait to tackle Pence until after Trump has been ousted. Now we’re getting our answer.

Mike Pence’s people are preparing him for what they believe is an inevitable interview with Mueller, according to details buried pretty far down the page in a lengthy new CNN online report (link). Mueller now has Michael Flynn on his side, and Flynn’s testimony and evidence are enough to incriminate Pence. Make no mistake: if Mueller is sitting down with Pence while he’s still investigating Trump, it’s to try to nail Pence. So where does this go?

Flynn is admitting that he was notifying the Trump transition team in real time about his efforts to get the Russian Ambassador to delay the Russian government’s sanctions response. Mike Pence was the head of the transition team. So unless the entire team conspired to keep this information from Pence, which is not a believable scenario, Pence knew that Flynn was committing crimes. That means Pence lied a month later when he claimed he had no knowledge of Flynn doing anything wrong.

Someone on the transition team will cut a deal and confirm that Mike Pence knew what Michael Flynn was up to. Throw in the fact that Congress notified Pence about some of Flynn’s crimes back in November of 2016, and Pence is hosed. Is Robert Mueller seeking to force Pence to cut a deal against Trump and resign the vice presidency? Only Mueller knows but it’s clear Pence knows he’s in jeopardy.

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By pointing the finger at Moscow, Hillary Clinton has promoted Vladimir Putin power – Washington Times

By pointing the finger at Moscow, Hillary Clinton has promoted Vladimir Putin power
Washington Times
Today even the FBI has taken up Hillary’s strategy, but nothing has as yet implicated Mr. Trump, and no White House grandee is implicated in a Russian-related crime. As of last weekend, we know that a Hillary supporter working high up in the FBI, Peter

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From my standpoint, having spent a good part of my life in that agency, it’s not the agents that are screwing this all up,” formerFBI assistant director James Kallstrom told FOX Business’ Liz MacDonald. “It’s the people at the higher levels of the 
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Erik Prince proposed private spy network to Trump administration … – CNN


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Donald Trump Jr. likely to face questions on Russian contacts from House panel – NBCNews.com


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Gangster Capitalism and Nostalgic Authoritarianism in Trump’s America – Truthdig


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Just one year into the Donald Trump presidency, not only have the failures of American democracy become clear, but many of the darkest elements of its history have been catapulted to the center of power. A dystopian ideology, a kind of nostalgic 

The media feeding frenzy about Donald Trump firing Robert Mueller is out of control

Donald Trump is going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller any minute now, according to nearly every political news outlet in the country, based on no evidence whatsoever. Last month’s logic: Mueller arrested Paul Manafort, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. Last week’s logic: Michael Flynn cut a deal, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. This week’s logic: Mueller is probing Trump’s finances, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. It’s a media feeding frenzy, and it’s out of control.

Remember all the media buzz about Donald Trump firing James Comey just before it happened? No, you don’t, because there was none. That was the entire point. Trump was trying to catch everyone off guard by firing Comey at a time when no one was expecting it, hoping that he would get away with it because not enough of the public was paying attention to the Russia scandal at the time. It backfired on him, but there was a logic to it.

Trump firing Mueller right now would be completely logicless, even by Trump’s warped standards. He knows everyone is watching him right now. He knows the public is eager to eat him alive if he does it. He knows his own Republican Party might even have to dunk him for it. They could, and at this point probably would, turn around and immediately reappoint Mueller as a more powerful Independent Counsel. It’s not that the GOP cares about doing the right thing. It just doesn’t want to go into the midterms having to answer for why it let Trump fire Mueller. Trump, for all his deranged ideas and increasingly addled brain, knows this.

So why is the media pushing the narrative so vigilantly about Donald Trump preparing to fire Robert Mueller? It’s the same reason the media has begun automatically hyping this same narrative every time Mueller has made a breakthrough. It comes down to one word: ratings. People hear this, they get scared, they tune in for more. It’s not that the odds of Trump firing Mueller are zero. Anything is possible. It’s just that the odds of it are no better now than the last time ten times the media breathlessly overhyped this particular narrative.

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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible – USA TODAY


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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible
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White House attorney Ty Cobb has reportedly built up President Trump’s expectation that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be winding down by Christmas. But now that Mueller has secured the guilty pleas of former national 
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How Robert Mueller is using Deutsche Bank to prove Russia bought off Donald Trump

Many Americans were surprised to learn today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with a bank in Germany to try to connect the dots between Donald Trump and the Russian government. If you’ve been reading Palmer Report since January, you’re not surprised to see this story at all. All year long it’s been inevitable that Mueller would target Deutsche Bank in the Trump-Russia scandal. We know exactly what he’s looking for, because the biggest clues have long been hiding in plain sight.

For years, Deutsche Bank has been loaning unreasonably large sums of money to Donald Trump. Even after most banks worldwide concluded that Trump had become too unlikely to repay his loans and had thus stopped lending to him, Deutsche Bank continued floating Trump almost single handedly. Even after Deutsche Bank hit hard times of its own and should’t have been making risky loans of any kind, it continued to keep Trump afloat for no apparent reason. Then in January of 2017, we learned what appeared to be the reason.

Regulators in the United States and Europe busted Deutsche Bank for having laundered billions of dollars in Russian money into the hands of clients in places like New York City. The story was widely reported in the British press at the time, but it barely got a mention in the American press. Nonetheless it wasn’t difficult to put the pieces together: the Russian government appeared to be sending money to Deutsche Bank, which the bank then turned around and “loaned” to Donald Trump, as a way of funneling money to him.

We’ve never been able to definitively prove this, but Robert Mueller can. It’s why he sent a subpoena to Deutsche Bank months ago in order to get his hands on financial records in relation to the Trump-Russia scandal. We don’t yet know why Deutsche Bank has chosen now to finally cooperate. But we do know what Mueller is looking for: the money trail that proves Russia bought Trump with cold hard cash before installing him as a puppet in the White House.

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Music promoter behind Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer to testify before congressional investigators: Report – Washington Examiner


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Music promoter behind Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer to testify before congressional investigators: Report
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In addition to Trump Jr., former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were present at the meeting. Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury this fall on 12 charges 

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Comey Gets Emotional in Latest Subtweet Against Trump: Lady Liberty ‘In Rough Weather’ – Mediaite


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Comey Gets Emotional in Latest Subtweet Against Trump: Lady Liberty ‘In Rough Weather’
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In James Comey’s latest subtweet against President Donald Trump, the former FBI director got a little emotional about the health of America’s democracy. In NYC to meet with my publisher. Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady 

Robert Muellers holiday gift to the American people: even more Trump-Russia indictments

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become increasingly fruitful over the past five weeks. He’s now indicted and arrested four people, including two of Trump’s most infamous advisers, two of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Now comes word that even more Trump-Russia indictments may soon be on the way.

We’ve already documented that the publicly available schedule for the federal court in Washington DC, where Mueller has carried out most of his grand juries to date, has dozens of sealed items on it. Based on the manner in which the case numbers are grouped, they appear to represent sealed indictments against six or seven individuals. Items are only sealed for good reason. Most or all of these indictments are likely against Trump-Russia players. But now something else entirely is playing out in the public view, and it involves one of the names you’ve already heard.

The attorney for Rick Gates was forced to appear in front of a judge this week because there was a perceived conflict of interest between his representation of Gates and that of another client. For reasons known only to him, the attorney used this as an opportunity to tell the judge that Mueller’s team has informed him that even more indictments could be coming against Gates, according to a new CNN report (link). This means Gates would be hit with charges for alleged crimes that Mueller either didn’t have ready, or didn’t know about, at the time of the arrest. Why does this matter?

By the time the smoke clears, few among the public are going to care or remember what ends up happening to Rick Gates. But it’s notable that this is coming almost immediately after Robert Mueller busted Gates’ business partner Paul Manafort for having conspired with a Russian spy to try to taint the jury pool. No one knows how Mueller found out about it unless Gates told him. All we know is that more indictments are coming soon. Some are against the same old faces, and some are against even bigger players. Happy holiday.

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Mike Pompeo just proved why America needs him at the CIA – Washington Examiner


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Mike Pompeo just proved why America needs him at the CIA
Washington Examiner
Praising Panetta for his work on counterterrorism operations while at the CIA, Pompeo stated that he frequently asks the Obama-era director “how to think about things.” This might seem simple, but it shows a bipartisan intellectual introspection 

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Russia’s Influence Spreads – American Spectator


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Russia’s Influence Spreads
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The FBI has a lot to answer for and ought to itself be investigated. As for the Russians they now have more say in Washington than at any time I can remember. Those in Official Washington who have adopted Hillary’s strategy have made Kislyak a powerful  
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Press backpedals on Trump collusion charge, focuses on obstruction – Washington Examiner


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Press backpedals on Trump collusion charge, focuses on obstruction
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TheHill.com columnist Brent Budowsky wrote a piece Tuesday that said, New evidence raises the danger that PresidentTrump will ultimately be charged with obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller and his special counsel team. The pivot came after a 
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Obstruction of Justice was Coming from Inside the FBI – FrontPage Magazine


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Obstruction of Justice was Coming from Inside the FBI
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Hillary Clinton, Mills and Huma Abedin made what appear to be false statements to the FBI. Had Mills been working for Trump, the same number would have been run on Mills as on Flynn and Papadopoulos. But the men interviewing Mills didn’t want her to 

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White House: Reports of anti-Trump investigator on Mueller team ’cause a great deal of concern’ – Washington Examiner


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White House: Reports of anti-Trump investigator on Mueller team ’cause a great deal of concern’
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Her comment came days after the New York Times and other outlets reported Mueller had reassigned Peter Strzok, a top FBIinvestigator, over the summer in response to the discovery that Strzok had sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague. The news 
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The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors, according to a US official with 
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During a committee interview with the firm behind a 35-page dossier on then-candidate Trump last month, a Fusion GPS official not only stood by its claims but provided additional leads about Russian money flowing to Trump real estate projects 
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The media feeding frenzy about Donald Trump firing Robert Mueller is out of control

Donald Trump is going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller any minute now, according to nearly every political news outlet in the country, based on no evidence whatsoever. Last month’s logic: Mueller arrested Paul Manafort, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. Last week’s logic: Michael Flynn cut a deal, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. This week’s logic: Mueller is probing Trump’s finances, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. It’s a media feeding frenzy, and it’s out of control.

Remember all the media buzz about Donald Trump firing James Comey just before it happened? No, you don’t, because there was none. That was the entire point. Trump was trying to catch everyone off guard by firing Comey at a time when no one was expecting it, hoping that he would get away with it because not enough of the public was paying attention to the Russia scandal at the time. It backfired on him, but there was a logic to it.

Trump firing Mueller right now would be completely logicless, even by Trump’s warped standards. He knows everyone is watching him right now. He knows the public is eager to eat him alive if he does it. He knows his own Republican Party might even have to dunk him for it. They could, and at this point probably would, turn around and immediately reappoint Mueller as a more powerful Independent Counsel. It’s not that the GOP cares about doing the right thing. It just doesn’t want to go into the midterms having to answer for why it let Trump fire Mueller. Trump, for all his deranged ideas and increasingly addled brain, knows this.

So why is the media pushing the narrative so vigilantly about Donald Trump preparing to fire Robert Mueller? It’s the same reason the media has begun automatically hyping this same narrative every time Mueller has made a breakthrough. It comes down to one word: ratings. People hear this, they get scared, they tune in for more. It’s not that the odds of Trump firing Mueller are zero. Anything is possible. It’s just that the odds of it are no better now than the last time ten times the media breathlessly overhyped this particular narrative.

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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible – USA TODAY


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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible
USA TODAY
White House attorney Ty Cobb has reportedly built up President Trump’s expectation that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be winding down by Christmas. But now that Mueller has secured the guilty pleas of former national 
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Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a GOP Problem: Chaos – New York Times


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Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a GOP Problem: Chaos
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WASHINGTON President Trump’s sudden decision on Monday to endorse Roy S. Moore and direct the Republican National Committee to restore funding for the embattled Senate candidate in Alabama undercut party officials who have disavowed him. But it did 
White House defends Trump’s Moore endorsementCNN
GOP senators grumble over Trump, RNC backing MoorePolitico 
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How Robert Mueller is using Deutsche Bank to prove Russia bought off Donald Trump

Many Americans were surprised to learn today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with a bank in Germany to try to connect the dots between Donald Trump and the Russian government. If you’ve been reading Palmer Report since January, you’re not surprised to see this story at all. All year long it’s been inevitable that Mueller would target Deutsche Bank in the Trump-Russia scandal. We know exactly what he’s looking for, because the biggest clues have long been hiding in plain sight.

For years, Deutsche Bank has been loaning unreasonably large sums of money to Donald Trump. Even after most banks worldwide concluded that Trump had become too unlikely to repay his loans and had thus stopped lending to him, Deutsche Bank continued floating Trump almost single handedly. Even after Deutsche Bank hit hard times of its own and should’t have been making risky loans of any kind, it continued to keep Trump afloat for no apparent reason. Then in January of 2017, we learned what appeared to be the reason.

Regulators in the United States and Europe busted Deutsche Bank for having laundered billions of dollars in Russian money into the hands of clients in places like New York City. The story was widely reported in the British press at the time, but it barely got a mention in the American press. Nonetheless it wasn’t difficult to put the pieces together: the Russian government appeared to be sending money to Deutsche Bank, which the bank then turned around and “loaned” to Donald Trump, as a way of funneling money to him.

We’ve never been able to definitively prove this, but Robert Mueller can. It’s why he sent a subpoena to Deutsche Bank months ago in order to get his hands on financial records in relation to the Trump-Russia scandal. We don’t yet know why Deutsche Bank has chosen now to finally cooperate. But we do know what Mueller is looking for: the money trail that proves Russia bought Trump with cold hard cash before installing him as a puppet in the White House.

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Robert Muellers holiday gift to the American people: even more Trump-Russia indictments

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become increasingly fruitful over the past five weeks. He’s now indicted and arrested four people, including two of Trump’s most infamous advisers, two of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Now comes word that even more Trump-Russia indictments may soon be on the way.

We’ve already documented that the publicly available schedule for the federal court in Washington DC, where Mueller has carried out most of his grand juries to date, has dozens of sealed items on it. Based on the manner in which the case numbers are grouped, they appear to represent sealed indictments against six or seven individuals. Items are only sealed for good reason. Most or all of these indictments are likely against Trump-Russia players. But now something else entirely is playing out in the public view, and it involves one of the names you’ve already heard.

The attorney for Rick Gates was forced to appear in front of a judge this week because there was a perceived conflict of interest between his representation of Gates and that of another client. For reasons known only to him, the attorney used this as an opportunity to tell the judge that Mueller’s team has informed him that even more indictments could be coming against Gates, according to a new CNN report (link). This means Gates would be hit with charges for alleged crimes that Mueller either didn’t have ready, or didn’t know about, at the time of the arrest. Why does this matter?

By the time the smoke clears, few among the public are going to care or remember what ends up happening to Rick Gates. But it’s notable that this is coming almost immediately after Robert Mueller busted Gates’ business partner Paul Manafort for having conspired with a Russian spy to try to taint the jury pool. No one knows how Mueller found out about it unless Gates told him. All we know is that more indictments are coming soon. Some are against the same old faces, and some are against even bigger players. Happy holiday.

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