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3/30/17: Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'

3/30/17: Trump Russia dossier key claim 'verified'
Image copyright BBC/Facebook The BBC has learned that US officials "verified" a key claim in a report about Kremlin involvement in Donald Trump's election - that a Russian diplomat in Washington was in fact a spy. So far, no single piece of evidence has been made public proving that the Trump campaign joined with Russia to steal the US presidency - nothing. But the FBI Director, James Comey, told a hushed committee room in Congress last week that this is precisely what his agents are investigating. Stop to let that thought reverberate for a moment. "Investigation is not proof," said the president's spokesman. Trump's supporters are entitled to ask why - with the FBI's powers to subpoena witnesses and threaten charges of obstructing justice - nothing damning has emerged. Perhaps there is nothing to find. The roadmap for the investigation, publicly acknowledged now for the first time, comes from Christopher Steele, once of Britain's secret intelligence service MI6. Image copyright Getty Images

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11/16/17: Hicks may hold the keys to Mueller's Russia puzzle Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is preparing to interview the woman who’s seen it all: Hope Hicks. She’s been part of Donald Trump’s inner circle for years, first at Trump Tower and then as an omnipresent gatekeeper and fixer who could get emails or other communications directly to the boss during the 2016 campaign. Story Continued Below As a senior White House adviser and now as communications director, she’s been in the room for moments critical to Mueller’s probe, which has grown to include the president’s response to the Russia investigation itself.

1/15/17: Conway: Russian Hacking Investigation Should Be Kept Secret To 'Protect The Public' <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options! </a> During part of a lengthy interview on this Sunday's Fox & Friends, incoming Trump propagandist in chief, Kellyanne Conway was asked whether or not her boss would like to fire FBI Director James Comey after he's sworn in later this week, and Conway told the crew on the curvy couch that she's very concerned that the American people are going to be harmed by all of these leaks. I'm always disappointed at just how public and sometimes political some of these figures seem to be.

7/14/18: Mueller probe: 12 Russians indicted for DNC hack All 12 defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian federation intelligence agency within the main intelligence directorate of the Russian military, who were acting in "their official capacities." The revelations provide more detail on the sophisticated assault on the US election in 2016, including the release of emails designed to damage Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Trump is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin -- who has denied election meddling -- in Helsinki on Monday for a summit that includes a one-on-one meeting with only interpreters present. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday the summit will not be canceled.

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11/29: Michael Cohen-Trump Tower Moscow Deal: Everything We Know After President’s Ex-Lawyer Admits Lying to Congress President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and longtime fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about Trump’s efforts to open a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen admitted that he had lied about the timeline of negotiations for opening a Trump Tower in Russia, and revealed that negotiations to launch the real estate project were still ongoing as late as June 2016. Trump had been floating the idea of building a Trump Tower Moscow since his first visit to Russia, then a republic in the Soviet Union, in the 1980s, but the project consistently fell through. It is now clear that Trump continued his efforts to build the tower while he was running for president. Here’s what we know about the timeline for the latest attempt to open a Trump Tower in Moscow:

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11/27/18: Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump’s campaign, the Guardian has been told. Sources have said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and in spring 2016 – during the period when he was made a key figure in Trump’s push for the White House. In a statement, Manafort denied meeting Assange. He said: “I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him. I have never been contacted by anyone connected to WikiLeaks, either directly or indirectly.

10/19: Justice Dept. Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach The president has also frequently targeted Rod J. Rosenstein, who as deputy attorney general oversees the day-to-day operations at the department as well as the special counsel investigation. In a turnabout this month, Mr.