Who Led Giuliani’s Indicted Buddies? Longtime Rudy Giuliani pals Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman lived a life of luxury while participating in one of the most audacious political extortion campaigns imaginable.
The pair are set to be arraigned on criminal campaign finance charges in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, as federal prosecutors continue to examine the district’s former top attorney — Rudy Giuliani — as part of the inquiry. Motherjones. What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987? On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump.
A political world already numbed by Trump’s astonishing rise barely took notice. News reports quoted experts who suggested the Russians merely wanted more information about Trump to inform their foreign-policy dealings. By that point, Russia was already broadcasting its strong preference for Trump through the media. Yet when news of the hacking broke, nobody raised the faintest suspicions that Russia wished to alter the outcome of the election, let alone that Trump or anybody connected with him might have been in cahoots with a foreign power.
It was a third-rate cyberburglary. Active Measures: Home. A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath. March 2016 March6 George Papadopoulos joins the campaign.
He says he was told that a priority of the campaign was a better relationship with Russia. March14 He meets with a London-based professor who claims to have ties to the Russian government. March15 Russian hackers begin targeting computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Clinton campaign. March19 They send a phishing email to John D.
March21 Trump names members of his foreign policy team, including Papadopoulos and Carter Page. March24 The professor introduces Papadopoulos to a Russian woman described as Putin’s niece (she was not) and they all discuss setting up a meeting between Trump and Putin. March24 Papadopoulos emails campaign officials about his new Russian contacts. Paul Manafort's Stunning Decision to Help Robert Mueller. The agreement shows just how valuable Manafort could be to the government.
Among other matters, Mueller has been eyeing the meeting Waxman referenced, which Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner attended in June 2016 with Russian nationals offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. “This is also incredibly important because if the president were to pardon Manafort under these circumstances, the case against the president for obstruction of justice would be even more compelling,” Waxman said. New indictments show Russian hacking effort was large, intense, sustained—and GOP supported. This email from accused Russian spy Maria Butina did not age well. Motherjones. Donald Trump Calls Vladimir Putin, KGB ‘Fine’ Ahead of Helsinki Summit. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Four Seasons Arena on July 5, 2018 in Great Falls, Montana.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A quarter-century ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the longtime Democratic U.S. senator from New York, caused a stir by coining an instantly memorable phrase: “defining deviancy down.” - The Washington Post. Untitled. For Russia, Trump Was a Vehicle, Not a Target. Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump.
Trump’s Miss Universe Gambit. The first-round results of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant seem to have come as a surprise to some of the competition’s judges, who thought that they would declare the finalists.
The seven judges of the pageant’s preliminary round were charged with winnowing eighty-six contestants to fifteen finalists. Divided into two groups, they had brief conversations with each of the contestants, who then paraded onstage, first in bathing suits, then in evening gowns. The judges—including public-relations professionals, a modelling entrepreneur, and a fashion reporter—rated each woman on such qualities as “appearance” and “personality,” after which the ballots were whisked away.
“They told us not to share how we voted with each other, but we did anyway,” one of the preliminary judges told me. Veteran journalist nails complicit Paul Ryan: He’s “advancing ... the interests of Russia” Inside Mar-a-Lago for 48 hours critical to the Russia investigation - CNNPolitics. Phone call from Obama In between meetings with health care CEOs, presidential historians and longtime friends, Trump took a call from sitting President Barack Obama, who was on vacation in Hawaii.
Notable Reactions to the Nunes Memo. Democrats warn U.S. remains unprepared for Russian election interference. WASHINGTON — One year after U.S. intelligence agencies detailed the scale and scope of Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 presidential elections, the United States still lacks “a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach” to countering potential future threats from the Kremlin or elsewhere, a new Democratic congressional report finds.
President Donald Trump’s negligence in acknowledging and responding to the threat of continued Russian interference is among the biggest factors leaving the U.S. at risk, Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee assert in the report released Wednesday. The 200-page document lays out in detail how Russia, over two decades under President Vladimir Putin, developed, refined and executed tactics to undermine democratic institutions throughout Europe and, ultimately, the U.S.
White House Official Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin. White House Official Floated Withdrawing U.S. Forces to Please Putin.