NYTimes: Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric
The email, forwarded to journalists, cites “no difference” between Robert E. Lee and George Washington. It claims Black Lives Matter is infiltrated by terrorists.
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4 days ago
The Washington Post: Violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville
Violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville
Brawls broke out in downtown streets before a planned rally at noon. Police largely did not intervene.
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9 days ago
From POLITICO - Mueller taps Washington grand jury in Russia probe - POLITICO
Title: Mueller taps Washington grand jury in Russia probe - POLITICO
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17 days ago
NYTimes: Big German Bank, Key to Trump’s Finances, Faces New Scrutiny
Regulators are reviewing loans from Deutsche Bank, which is also expecting to have to share information with the authorities investigating campaign ties to Russia.
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4 weeks ago
NYTimes: Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions
President Trump tells The Times that Mueller would cross a red line if investigators delve into Trump family finances unrelated to Russia.
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4 weeks ago
NYTimes: Employee of Russian Real Estate Company Was Eighth Person at Trump Tower Meeting
Ike Kaveladze, an American-based employee of Russian property developers, attended the meeting with President Trump’s son in June 2016, Mr. Kaveladze’s lawyer says.
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4 weeks ago
NYTimes: This Town Melts Down
A veteran political reporter takes stock of how Washington has — and hasn’t — changed in the time of Trump.
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5 weeks ago
NYTimes: Russian Dirt on Clinton? ‘I Love It,’ Donald Trump Jr. Said
Email exchanges reviewed by The Times offer a detailed unspooling of how an eager Donald J. Trump came to meet with a Kremlin-connected lawyer.
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5 weeks ago
NYTimes: Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign
The president’s son was told in an email that the Russian government wanted to help Donald J. Trump’s election bid last year.
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5 weeks ago
Donald Trump’s alarming G20 performance
LARRY SUMMERS in the FT, “Donald Trump’s alarming G20 performance”: “A corporate chief executive whose public behaviour was as erratic as that of Mr Trump would already have been replaced. The standard for democratically elected officials is appropriately different. But one cannot look at the past months and rule out the possibility of even more aberrant behaviour in the future. The president’s cabinet and his political allies in Congress should never forget that the oaths they swore were not to the defence of the president but to the defence of the constitution.”
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6 weeks ago
Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton - The New York Times
THE STORY EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT -- NYT’S JO BECKER, MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN -- “Trump’s Son Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton”: “President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it. The meeting was also attended by his campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner recently disclosed the meeting, though not its content, in confidential government documents described to The New York Times. …
“It is unclear whether the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, actually produced the promised compromising information about Mrs. Clinton. But the people interviewed by The Times about the meeting said the expectation was that she would do so.
“When he was first asked about the meeting on Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. said that it was primarily about adoptions and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton. But on Sunday, presented with The Times’s findings, he offered a new account. In a statement, he said he had met with the Russian lawyer at the request of an acquaintance from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which his father took to Moscow. ‘After pleasantries were exchanged,’ he said, ‘the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.’
“He said she then turned the conversation to adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The 2012 law so enraged President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that he halted American adoptions of Russian children. ‘It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,’ Mr. Trump said. Two people briefed on the meeting said the intermediary was Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and the president of a company called Oui 2 Entertainment who has worked with the Miss Universe pageant. He did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, said on Sunday that ‘the president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting.’”
KTP  Trump  Putin  Russia 
6 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 071017 - 3 VERY CONSEQUENTIAL WEEKS -- JAKE and ANNA are writing a book about Capitol Hill -- WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT: Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer who promised dirt on HRC -- B'DAY: Sarah Boxer - POLITICO
Good Monday morning. WELCOME TO 3 VERY CONSEQUENTIAL WEEKS. Let’s be brutally honest: there is a better than even chance Congress leaves town at the end of this month without a single major legislative achievement to talk about back at home. Not one. The Senate is squirming on health-care reform, and faces long odds in their quest to pass an overhaul to Obamacare. The $1-trillion infrastructure plan that, seven weeks ago, the Trump administration promised would be out in the “next several weeks” has not come out. Tax reform is still in the hearing phase, and the Trump administration still says it will be done by the end of the calendar year.
-- CRISIS MODE: DEBT CEILING UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN BEFORE AUGUST RECESS: Capitol Hill has not been able to chart a path forward on lifting the nation’s debt limit because of infighting in the administration about whether it should come with or without strings. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is pushing for Congress to take action before the August recess, but most Hill aides we speak to say it won’t happen. THE LIKELY GAMEPLAN, AS IT STANDS NOW: the Senate will push a clean debt limit increase to the House in the fall, and after a day or two of squirming and posturing, the GOP will pass it with Democratic votes. Congress has until October to get this done, so hold your horses.
-- GOV’T FUNDING: Government funding needs to be reupped by the end of September. As of now, we’ve heard from people in the House and Senate that Congress will likely extend funding until December, and then fight over the rest of the year’s funding in the final month of the year. That could impact tax reform, which, under the Trump administration’s schedule, will also need to be finished by the end of the year.
-- THE TAKEAWAY: The year is quickly being eaten up by must-do housekeeping instead of big-picture legislating.
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6 weeks ago
How Politico’s Next Generation Took Over Washington | Vanity Fair
Inside the transfer of power at Playbook, the most influential newsletter in politics,” by Sarah Ellison.
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6 weeks ago
John Podesta: Why is Trump tweeting about me when he should be doing his job? - The Washington Post
JOHN PODESTA in WaPo, "Why is Trump tweeting about me when he should be doing his job?": "What I do know is this, which is why I'm choosing to respond to Trump's tweet: The Russians stole my emails. When they did that, they committed a crime. They also invaded my privacy, and the privacy of a multitude of friends, family and colleagues with whom I communicated. That, combined with vicious lies spread by the alt-right media such as the so-called Comet Ping Pong conspiracy, exposed them to potential harm, as was evidenced by the shooting at Comet. The crime the Russians committed, as the intelligence community has concluded, was for the purpose of helping Trump get elected president.
"So the responsible thing for a U.S. president to do, in these circumstances, is to have the backbone to stand up against Russian interference in U.S. democracy - not to question, as Trump did on Thursday, the competence of our own intelligence community and to publicly doubt, once again, the conclusion that Russia was behind the hacking."
KTP  Trump  Putin 
6 weeks ago
Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory - POLITICO Magazine
MOLLY K. MCKEW in POLITICO Magazine, "Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory: From his speech in Poland to his two-hour summit in Hamburg, the president seemed determined to promote Russia's dark and illiberal view of the world": "In very concrete terms, through speech and action, the president signaled a willingness to align the United States with Vladimir Putin's worldview, and took steps to advance this realignment. He endorsed, nearly in its totality, the narrative the Russian leader has worked so meticulously to construct. The readout of Trump's lengthy meeting with Putin included several key points. First, the United States will 'move on' from election hacking issues with no accountability or consequences for Russia; in fact, the U.S. will form a 'framework' with Russia to cooperate on cybersecurity issues, evaluating weaknesses and assessing potential responses jointly.
"Second, the two presidents agreed not to meddle in 'each other's' domestic affairs-equating American activities to promote democracy with Russian aggression aimed at undermining it, in an incalculable PR victory for the Kremlin. Third, the announced, limited cease-fire in Syria will be a new basis for cooperation between the U.S. and Russia; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went so far as to say that the Russian approach in Syria-yielding mass civilian casualties, catastrophic displacement, untold destruction and erased borders-may be 'more right' than that of the United States.'"
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6 weeks ago
Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign - The New York Times
Jo Becker, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman: “Two weeks after Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times. The previously unreported meeting was also attended by Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to interviews and the documents, which were outlined by people familiar with them. ...
“The Russian lawyer invited to the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, is best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. The law so enraged Mr. Putin that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children. The adoption impasse is a frequently used talking point for opponents of the Magnitsky Act. Ms. Veselnitskaya’s campaign against the law has also included attempts to discredit its namesake, Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer and auditor who died in mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison in 2009 after exposing one of the biggest corruption scandals during Mr. Putin’s rule.
“In his statement, Donald Trump Jr. said: ‘It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.’ He added: ‘I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.’
“Late Saturday, Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the president’s lawyer, issued a statement implying that the meeting was a setup. Ms. Veselnitskaya and the translator who accompanied her to the meeting misrepresented who they were,’ it said. In an interview, Mr. Corallo explained that Ms. Veselnitskaya, in her anti-Magnitsky campaign, employs a private investigator whose firm, Fusion GPS, produced an intelligence dossier that contained unproven allegations against the president. The firm could not be reached for comment.”
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6 weeks ago
Politico_Playbook 070917: TRUMP pitches cyber-security task force with Putin, and other Republicans gasp -- TRUMP JR., KUSHNER met with Russian attorney during campaign -- SUNDAY BEST -- SAM SMITH’S WEDDING -- B’DAY: Patrick Steel - POLITICO
THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS at 7:15 a.m.: “The G 20 Summit was a great success for the U.S. - Explained that the U.S. must fix the many bad trade deals it has made. Will get done!” … at 7:31 a.m.: “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion.....” … at 7:37 a.m.: “...We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!” ...
… at 7:50 a.m.: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..” … at 7:57 a.m.: “..and safe. Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don’t....” … at 8:06 a.m.: “...have it. Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election?” … at 8:31 a.m.: “Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”
KTP  Trump  Putin  Politico_Playbook 
6 weeks ago
Trump's pursuit of friendship with Putin fulfills his campaign promise - POLITICO
MICHAEL CROWLEY in Hamburg: "Trump's pursuit of friendship with Putin fulfills his campaign promise": "When it comes to dealing with Russia, President Donald Trump is keeping his promise. As president, Trump has backed away from campaign promises to impose tariffs on China, scrap the Iran nuclear deal and quickly build a wall on the Mexican border. But nothing has deterred him from his vow to test the possibilities of diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Not three federal investigations, not talk of impeachment -- not even his wife.
"First lady Melania Trump interrupted her husband's Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin here at the G-20 summit in an unsuccessful attempt to end an unexpectedly long and chatty session between the leaders of two ostensibly hostile powers. 'We went another hour after she came in to see us,' Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in a briefing afterwards, with top White House and State Department aides looking on. 'There was such a level of exchange and engagement,' between Trump and Putin, he added, 'neither of them wanted to stop.'"
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6 weeks ago
NYTimes: Trump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground
The video, seemingly an edited clip from an old appearance on WrestleMania, ends with a restyling of the CNN logo as “FNN: Fraud News Network.”
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7 weeks ago
NYTimes: How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire
Fired by the military, Mr. Flynn tried to build a lucrative consulting business. Instead, he sparked a scandal.
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9 weeks ago
NYTimes: Trump Acknowledges He Is Under Investigation in Russia Inquiry
President Trump acknowledged for the first time that he is under investigation by the F.B.I. as part of a broad inquiry into Russian election meddling.
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9 weeks ago
NYTimes: Friend Says Trump Is Considering Firing Special Counsel
The assertion comes as conservative allies of the president have started attacking the credibility of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
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9 weeks ago
Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold
Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor• Sunday 11 June 2017 13.27 BST
Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming.
The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time.
The call was made in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement surprised May, according to those present.
The conversation in part explains why there has been little public discussion about a visit.
May invited Trump to Britain seven days after his inauguration when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House. She told a joint press conference she had extended an invitation from the Queen to Trump and his wife Melania to make a state visit later in the year and was “delighted that the president has accepted that invitation”.
Many senior diplomats, including Lord Ricketts, the former national security adviser, said the invitation was premature, but impossible to rescind once made.
Trump has named Woody Johnson, a Republican donor and owner of the New York Jets, as the new ambassador to the UK but has yet to nominate him formally. A large number of US ambassadorial positions remain unfilled worldwide largely due to the Trump team failing to make any formal nominations.
The acting US ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, a career diplomat, clashed with Trump last week by praising Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, for his strong leadership over the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.
His remarks came just days after Trump criticised Khan for his response to the attack, misquoting the mayor’s message to Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased presence of armed police.
Khan’s office pointed out Trump’s error later but the president responded by accusing London’s mayor of making a “pathetic excuse”. Khan then called on the UK government to cancel Trump’s invitation. No date had been fixed for the visit.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said on Twitter that Trump’s decision was “welcome, especially after his attack on London’s mayor & withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.”
A Downing Street spokeswoman said it would not comment. “We aren’t going to comment on speculation about the contents of private phone conversations. The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those plans.”
The UK’s traditional effort to act as a bridge between the US and Europe has become more complex since the vote last year to leave the European Union and Trump’s support for policies that have angered European allies.
The Foreign Office was disappointed when against its pleading Trump went ahead earlier this month with his plan to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord. The UK had lobbied hard for Trump not to take the decision, which has led to a wider break between the EU and the US.
Trump had been an advocate of Brexit, and at one point seemed to want the EU to break up, but confidence has since returned to the bloc with pro-European Emmanuel Macron’s victory over far-right Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election.
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10 weeks ago
NYTimes: A Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorist, a False Tweet and a Runaway Story
The journey of one tweet shows how misinformed, distorted and false stories are gaining traction far beyond the fringes of the internet.
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10 weeks ago
NYTimes: For Trump, the ‘Cloud’ Just Grew That Much Darker
James B. Comey’s testimony was almost certainly the most damning j’accuse moment by a senior law enforcement official against a president in a generation.
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10 weeks ago
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