Ukraine lawyer wants probe of Manafort daughter's texts. "You know he has killed people in Ukraine? Knowingly," Andrea Manafort allegedly wrote of her father in March 2015 in an angry series of texts to her sister, Jessica, about her father's personal and professional life. "Remember when there were all those deaths taking place. A while back. About a year ago. Revolts and what not," reads another text in reference to the bloodshed in Kiev. "Do you know whose strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered. " "He has no moral or legal compass," Andrea allegedly wrote about her father earlier as part of the same conversation.
The messages were obtained from a hacker website that in February posted four years' worth of texts, consisting of 300,000 messages, apparently taken from Andrea Manafort's iPhone. Paul Manafort: No comment Manafort has not been linked to the shootings. Asked by CNN to comment, Manafort said via text message: "Comment on what. Manafort already influential in Ukraine "I call on Mr. Authorities looked into Manafort protégé. U.S. and Ukrainian authorities have expressed interest in the activities of a Kiev-based operative with suspected ties to Russian intelligence who consulted regularly with Paul Manafort last year while Manafort was running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, came under scrutiny from officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Department partly because of at least two trips he took to the U.S. during the presidential campaign, according to three international political operatives familiar with the agencies’ interest in Kilimnik.
Story Continued Below Kilimnik, a joint Russian-Ukrainian citizen who trained in the Russian army as a linguist, told operatives in Kiev and Washington that he met with Manafort during an April trip to the United States. The FBI declined to comment on Kilimnik, while the State Department did not respond to a request for comment. Kilimnik’s relationship with Manafort traces back to 2005. FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization.
Questions about the possible connection were widely dismissed four months ago. But the FBI's investigation remains open, the sources said, and is in the hands of the FBI's counterintelligence team -- the same one looking into Russia's suspected interference in the 2016 election. One U.S. official said investigators find the server relationship "odd" and are not ignoring it. But the official said there is still more work for the FBI to do.
Investigators have not yet determined whether a connection would be significant. The server issue surfaced again this weekend, mentioned in a Breitbart article that, according to a White House official, sparked President Trump's series of tweets accusing investigators of tapping his phone. CNN is told there was no Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant on the server. The FBI declined to comment. In addition, companies involved have provided CNN with new explanations that at times conflict with each other and still don't fully explain what happened. FBI investigation continues into 'odd' computer link between Russian bank and Trump Organization. Russian intel officer flew in for Republican Convention to oversee Donald Trump's platform change - Palmer Report. Yesterday we brought you yet another name that now must be added to the list of alleged Trump-Russia conspirators: Konstantin Kilimnik. Politico has exposed that Kilimnik had flown in for the Republican National Convention and then bragged about his role in getting the GOP party platform changed in Russia’s favor.
But now Rachel Maddow has pieced together that Kilimnik was a Russian intel officer. Maddow made the connection during her Thursday evening MSNBC program, and oddly enough, she did so by connecting Politico’s latest reporting with an older Politico report on Kilimnik. In a separate development this week, two former Donald Trump campaign aides, Carter Page and J.D. Gordon, are now both asserting that it was Donald Trump himself who personally pushed them to make the GOP platform change.
If you appreciate the investigative reporting of Palmer Report, consider making a contribution: Bill Palmer is the founder and editor in chief of the political news outlet Palmer Report. FBI still investigating Russian email server inside Trump Tower; Betsy DeVos connection confirmed - Palmer Report. Four months after it was first reported elsewhere that the FBI had gained a FISA warrant to investigate an alleged Russian email server inside Trump Tower, it’s now being confirmed by CNN that the FBI is still investigating the server in question.
And one month after Palmer Report first reported that the server was connected to Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, this is also being confirmed. It appears these new confirmations have surfaced as a direct result of Trump’s recent false accusations about President Obama. Here’s the timeline as we now know it. Back on October 31st of last year, Slate was the first to report that internet traffic patterns pointed to a private email server inside Trump Tower whose primary purpose was to communicate with a Russian bank. Then on November 7th, Heat Street was the first to report that a federal judge had granted a FISA warrant allowing the FBI to monitor that server. If this site is correct, we're just scratching the surface of the Trump/Russia connection web. Reading some comments in another blog this morning I suddenly stumbled across a graphic that turned out to be the lead part of an absolutely astounding article on a website called The Trump Watchdog The site’s author — name not revealed, has apparently been digging and digging and digging in an effort to figure out possible links and sublinks and connections between not just Trump and Putin, but an incredibly tangled web of U.S. and Russian individuals and organizations.
The body of the post proceeds to list at least 57 connections (and counting) some of them well documented and others listed, but their significance not yet fully understood. The heavy use of offshore accounts, the deliberate mis-naming of shell companies, the appearance of organizations and individuals like The Blackstone Group, Pete Peterson and such familiar names as Felix Sater, Michael Cohen, Steven Schwarzman, Alex Oronov and Andreii Artemenko, Rosenoft, Carter Page…..the web is incredible. Jeff Sessions Likely Met Russian Ambassador A Third Time | The Huffington Post.
Why the White House defense of Trump wiretap accusation is misleading. President Donald Trump’s White House offered dubious explanations on the Sunday shows to defend Trump’s Twitter accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped phones at Trump Tower before the 2016 election. The president, a spokeswoman said on ABC’s This Week, didn’t come up with the storyline out of thin air. He was echoing reports from "multiple news outlets. " "Everybody acts like President Trump is the one that came up with this idea and just threw it out there," said deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on March 5.
"There are multiple news outlets that have reported this. " At one point in the segment, Sanders specifically named the New York Times and BBC as news outlets that have covered the wiretapping allegations. Sanders repeated her point: "I hardly say he started this when there were multiple news reports prior to that. " If the basis of Trump's comment is media reports, he doesn't have a case. Trump sent his tweet early March 4. Our ruling Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Russian pal Dmitry Rybolovlev may have flown in yet again for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago weekend - Palmer Report. For the past month Palmer Report has been reporting on the curious flight patterns of Monaco-based Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has a consistent habit of flying into whatever city Donald Trump is visiting.
The two men simultaneously visited the town of Concord, North Carolina, for instance. But the greater focus has been Rybolovlev’s travel when Trump visits Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach. And it may have just happened again. Rachel Maddow used her MSNBC show this week to point out the curious pattern, marking the first time cable news has paid attention the story.
We know that Dmitry Rybolovlev has begun disguising his travel habits as he’s come under greater media scrutiny. According to the flight tracking of his private plane, which uses the call sign M-Kate, Rybolovlev had been in Los Angeles for an extended period. If you appreciate the investigative reporting of Palmer Report, consider making a contribution: Russian pal Dmitry Rybolovlev may have flown in yet again for Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago weekend - Palmer Report. Russia-gate Began Like Watergate -- With A Break-In That Few Noticed. CNN Just Confirmed A MAJOR Part of Trump's Russian Blackmail Dossier. Share this story The impetus behind the Trump campaign’s efforts to change the official Republican Party policy platform’s stance on the Russian intervention in the Ukraine has finally been revealed, and the new information supports a key allegation from Christopher Steele’s infamous Trump-Russia “Golden Showers” Dossier.
CNN’s Jim Acosta just reported that former Trump foreign policy advisor J.D. Gordon told him that it was Donald Trump himself who ordered the abrupt change in language to the Republican Party’s official policy platform regarding the Russian Federation’s invasion of the Ukraine, the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and support for the pro-Moscow “rebels” in Donetsk and Luhansk. Instead of “providing lethal defense weapons” to the Ukranian army fighting the Kremlin’s militias and Russian special forces, the language was softened to just “appropriate assistance.”
In another suspicious development, J.D. Watch the CNN report here: Grant Stern. Schumer: 'The president is in trouble' Chuck Schumer has a blunt assessment of Donald Trump's accusation that Barack Obama tapped his phones last fall: "The president is in trouble. " The Senate minority leader said Sunday morning that Trump's Saturday-morning allegations about former President Obama will be damaging to Trump's presidency whether they are true or not and that "the president makes it worse with these tweets.
" Story Continued Below "If he falsely spread this kind of misinformation, that is so wrong. It's beneath the dignity of the presidency ... it shows this president doesn't know how to conduct himself," Schumer told "Meet the Press. " "If it's true, it's even worse for the president. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff ... have probable cause to have broken the law or to have interacted with a foreign agent. " The comments by Schumer further exacerbate a days-long beef between the top Senate Democrat and the president. Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor.
A Republican congressman who aligned with President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign called Friday for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia. Rep. Darrell Issa said on HBO's "Real Time" that Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who Trump appointed as the nation's top law enforcement officer — should not handle the problem. Story Continued Below "You cannot have somebody, a friend of mine Jeff Sessions, who was on the campaign and who is an appointee," the California Republican said in response to a question from host Bill Maher. "You're going to need to use the special prosecutor's statute and office to take — not just to recuse. You can't just give it to your deputy. Issa emphasized that "there may or may not be fault" with Trump's associates but said Russian President Vladimir Putin's brutality toward political enemies highlighted the need for such a probe.
Top Democrat has 'grave concerns' about Trump-Russia investigation. The top Democrat on the Senate committee investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia says he has “grave concerns” about the independence of the probe following a report that the panel’s Republican chairman helped the White House knock down negative news stories. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Saturday he called Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to express his concerns. Story Continued Below But Warner did not go so far as to say he was giving up on the Intelligence Committee’s probe, which many Democrats consider the best hope for getting to the bottom of the ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow given that GOP leaders have made clear they won't agree to a select committee or independent commission. “I will not accept any process that is undermined by political interference,” Warner said in a statement.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rep. Also on Friday night, Rep. GOP Intel chair Burr under fire over ties to Trump. On the campaign trail last fall, Republican Sen. Richard Burr told North Carolina voters there was no "separation” between himself and Donald Trump. The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman also bragged about his role in getting the FBI to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Now, the third-term senator is under fire for running interference for the White House last week on a news report asserting repeated contacts between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. And some Democrats are wondering whether Burr, who also served as a national security adviser to Trump’s campaign, is too close to Trump to lead an impartial investigation. Story Continued Below These Democrats are weighing whether to be more vocal about their concerns in a bid to pressure GOP leaders to create a more independent select committee or outside commission to handle the investigation.
Even two intelligence committee Republicans — Sens. Burr’s allies, though, defend him as a man of integrity perfectly suited for the task ahead. What Putin Is Up To - The Atlantic. Each year on December 20, the Russian intelligence community pays homage to its enduring guardianship of the Motherland. It was on this date in 1917, six weeks after the Bolshevik Revolution, that Vladimir Lenin established the Cheka, an acronym for “Emergency Commission.”
Over the ensuing decades, the commission’s nomenclature and organization chart mutated: It became the OGPU from 1923 to 1934, the NKVD until the early 1950s, and then the KGB for nearly 40 years. After the collapse of the USSR, the sprawling institution was split into separate foreign and domestic agencies. Operatives of both are still called chekists, and they share Lenin’s original purpose: countering Russia’s enemies at home and abroad. President Vladimir Putin was a KGB officer for 15 years leading up to the fall of the Soviet Union, and the director of domestic intelligence in the late 1990s during his meteoric rise to power. Last December, Putin must have been in particularly ebullient spirits. Trump Tower shut down its Russia email server just before FISA warrant was allegedly granted - Palmer Report.
Donald Trump has spent the weekend falsely insisting that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower shortly before the election. And while Trump appears to be too ignorant to understand that a President has no mechanism for doing so, there is evidence that a federal judge granted a FISA eavesdropping warrant to the FBI for Trump Tower’s Russian email server shortly before the election.
And it appears Trump Tower knew that warrant was coming. I reported back in November that there was evidence a FISA warrant had been granted for the Trump Tower Russian email server in October. But as it turns out, Daily Kos has determined that the email server had been shut off for good on September 23rd. This suggests that the operator of the email server was aware the FBI was onto it, and shut it off to prevent its data from being monitored. There is also a Carter Page connection. If you appreciate the investigative reporting of Palmer Report, consider making a contribution: Another Cabinet Pick with Secret Ties to Putin and Oligarchs – DCReport. Jared Kushner has been concealing the Flynn-Kislyak meeting for months. Jared Kushner has been concealing the Flynn-Kislyak meeting for months. Meet the seven Russian operatives who have dropped dead during Donald Trump-Russia scandal - Palmer Report. Learning Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater. Alex Oronov, organizer of Russia-Ukraine blackmail plan sent to Donald Trump, dies suspiciously - Palmer Report.
New Development on the Michael Cohen 'Peace Plan' Meeting. Donald Trump's White House counsel caught improperly meddling in Trump-Russia investigation - Palmer Report. New Development on the Michael Cohen 'Peace Plan' Meeting. Alex Oronov, organizer of Russia-Ukraine blackmail plan sent to Donald Trump, dies suspiciously - Palmer Report. Trump’s Wiretap Rant Betrays Ignorance of the Law. EXCLUSIVE: FBI 'Granted FISA Warrant' Covering Trump Camp's Ties To Russia. EXCLUSIVE: FBI 'Granted FISA Warrant' Covering Trump Camp's Ties To Russia. Campaign adviser changes story and now contradicts Trump, says Donald ordered Ukraine change at RNC. The ultimate case for a special prosecutor and the eventual resignation of Donald Trump. US Senate calls on British spy Christopher Steele to give evidence on explosive Trump-Russia dossier | The Independent.
Trump-Russia conspirator J.D. Gordon begins ratting out Donald Trump - Palmer Report. M.facebook. Proving Trump colluded in Russian hacking is the Democrats' Holy Grail. Will the Sessions revelations help them? White House throws Jeff Sessions under Russia bus, as Donald Trump skips town again - Palmer Report. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is Washington's most dangerous diplomat. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions met Russian Ambassador in Washington DC in April 2016 - Palmer Report. WATCH: Montco Congressman Boyle Interviewed On CNN About Russia, Attorney General - Norristown, PA Patch. Sessions Revelations Leave Donald Trump in Another Fine Russian Mess. The White House Now Has Three Options on Russia. Jeff Sessions faces resignation calls following Russia revelations. Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War - The New Yorker.
Russian confirmations complicate dubious White House denials. Learning Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater. Trump's Russia scandal takes an unexpected turn. Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin. Russian mafia figure Felix Sater now appears to be blackmailing Donald Trump on Putin's behalf - Palmer Report. Log In - New York Times. FBI uncovers front companies and middlemen linking Donald Trump financially to Russia - Palmer Report. McConnell Covered Up CIA Reports That Russian Hacks Were Aimed At Electing Trump. Comey talks Russia with senators in closed-door briefing. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. Taking advantage of Trump-Flynn meltdown, Russia places spy ship off coast of Delaware - Palmer Report.
Another bombshell: US allies also intercepted contacts between Trump campaign and Russian operatives. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ensures Justice Department won't investigate Russia connection. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III ensures Justice Department won't investigate Russia connection. Former Trump adviser Roger Stone calls for investigation of alleged Russia links | US news.
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Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign. Log In - New York Times. Adam Schiff: It's 'Unlikely' That Flynn Acted as a Free Agent - The Atlantic. M.facebook. Adam Schiff: It's 'Unlikely' That Flynn Acted as a Free Agent - The Atlantic. Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia's Influence on the United States - The Atlantic.
Mike Flynn, the Logan Act, and Russia's Influence on the United States - The Atlantic. It's Official: The CIA and DOJ Believe Trump's Team Is Under Russian Blackmail. Top Republican senators say Congress should probe Flynn situation. Michael Flynn Has Just Resigned As National Security Adviser. House Democrats Demand Investigation of Trump's National Security Adviser.
CNN: US Intelligence Has Confirmed Parts of the Trump-Russia Memos. Investigators on the Trump-Russia Beat Should Talk to This Man. House Democrats Demand Investigation of Trump's National Security Adviser. The Spy Revolt Against Donald Trump Begins. Magnitude of Trump adviser Flynn's Russia scandal gains clarity.
Flynn's talks with Russian ambassador point to larger problem (opinion) Flynn's talks with Russian ambassador point to larger problem (opinion) - CNN.com. This Senator Is Hell-Bent on Getting Out the Truth About Trump and Russia. This Senator Is Hell-Bent on Getting Out the Truth About Trump and Russia. Bombshell Report Suggests Trump's National Security Adviser Is Dishonest and a Threat to US Policy. Despite Denials, Russians Were in Contact with Trump Campaign. Spicer Attacks CNN's Multi-Sourced Corroboration Of Dossier On Trump-Russia Ties As "Fake News"
Trump team in ‘frequent contact’ with Russia despite denying call with Moscow over sanctions. Trump team in ‘frequent contact’ with Russia despite denying call with Moscow over sanctions. Donald Trump’s national security advisor Mike Flynn ‘investigated over Russia ties’ Donald Trump’s national security advisor Mike Flynn ‘investigated over Russia ties’ National security adviser Mike Flynn discussed Obama sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump's inauguration | The Independent. What happened to Donald Trump's Russia scandal?
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