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  • After Mueller Comes Up Empty, His Targets Speak Out (Cliensmith interviewed Papadopoulos)

    11/23/2019 10:11:29 AM PST · by CaptainK · 22 replies
    Rea Clear Politics ^ | 6/8/2019 | Paul Sperry
    George Papadopoulos A junior member of the Trump foreign policy advisory team in 2016, George Papadopoulos was approached by FBI agents in Chicago, where he lived with his mother after the election while waiting for what he hoped would be an offer to join the new administration. The agents said they just wanted to talk to him about contacts he’d made with people in London during the campaign. He spoke to them without a lawyer or the benefit of notes, emails or a calendar to refresh his recollection — a decision he would later regret. One of the interviews was...
  • All Eyes On Judge In Michael Flynn Case After Weeks Of Shocking Developments

    11/20/2019 7:33:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/20/2019 | Margot Cleveland
    After a flurry of court filings and blockbuster developments last month, the Michael Flynn criminal case has been dormant for nearly three weeks. The parties and the public now await word from presiding Judge Emmett Sullivan on the pending motion to compel and motion for sanctions filed by Sidney Powell, the lead attorney who took over FlynnÂ’s case shortly after the special counsel team disbanded.PowellÂ’s motion seeks to force federal prosecutors to provide Flynn an array of documents withheld from his attorneys and to sanction government lawyers for their failure to provide relevant evidence to the defense team in...
  • Judicial Watch: AP Reporters Gave DOJ/FBI Ukraine Info and Code to Private Locker of Paul Mana...

    10/22/2019 2:07:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 22, 2019 | Staff
    Full title: Judicial Watch: AP Reporters Gave DOJ/FBI Ukraine Info and Code to Private Locker of Paul Manafort in Apparent Effort to Push Criminal Prosecution Andrew Weissmann organized off-the-record DOJ/FBI meeting with AP to exchange ‘clarification’ and ‘assistance’ in their investigation for details on former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released two productions of heavily redacted FBI documents – 28 pages and 38 pages – about an April 11, 2017, “off-the-record” meeting set up by then-Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section Andrew Weissmann, between the DOJ, the FBI and the Associated Press...
  • Campaign Fundraiser Agrees To Plead Guilty To Falsifying Records to Conceal Work as Foreign Agent tr

    10/22/2019 5:20:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    justice.gov ^ | 10/22/19 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Campaign Fundraiser Agrees To Plead Guilty To Falsifying Records to Conceal Work as Foreign Agent, Evading Taxes on Income Obtained by Lobbying on Behalf of Foreign Entities, and Illegal Campaign Contributions Federal prosecutors today filed a criminal case charging Imaad Shah Zuberi, a Southern California campaign fundraiser, with falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. government officials. The criminal charges allege that Zuberi engaged in lobbying efforts that earned him millions of dollars, most of which was pilfered...
  • Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed (Gregory Craig)

    08/13/2019 9:53:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/13/19 | Brett Samuels
    The trial of a former White House counsel in the Obama administration was postponed suddenly on Tuesday amid concerns about the jury selection process. Politico first reported that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the case, announced she may have violated Gregory Craig's right to a public trial by limiting public access to jury selection. Proceedings in the trial began Monday, with opening statements expected to take place Tuesday morning. Politico reported that Jackson thought the trial might have to be postponed to November to find another group to lead jury selection. Politico noted that the process...
  • DOJ Reverses Course in FARA Case – Calls Flynn “co-conspirator”, Doesn’t Want Flynn Testimony

    07/09/2019 9:01:20 PM PDT · by bitt · 14 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 7/9/2019 | SUNDANCE
    Breakthrough – Things Making Sense Now… Lots of things going on in/around the two legal cases involving Michael Flynn today. The origination of the DOJ shift in position involves the indirect case (EDVA) where Flynn is/was a witness in the FARA (Foreign Agent Registration Act) case against Bijan Rafiekian and the Flynn Intel Group. Hat Tip to Techno-Fog for a litany of legal filings assembled today [132 pages here]. This is somewhat complex to explain. The direct case against Flynn (Judge Sullivan court – Washington DC), where Flynn copped a guilty plea for lying to FBI investigators, has a sentencing...
  • Court Finds RM Broadcasting Must Register as a Foreign Agent

    05/15/2019 11:22:09 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    justice.gov ^ | May 13, 2019 | no byline
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 13, 2019 Court Finds RM Broadcasting Must Register as a Foreign Agent U.S. District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg has ruled that a Florida-based company, RM Broadcasting LLC (RM Broadcasting), was acting as an agent of a foreign principal and must register as such under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA).The Department of Justice contended in a civil counterclaim that RM Broadcasting has been acting as an agent of the the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (Rossiya Segodnya), a Russian state-owned...
  • The modern day DC foreign bribery industry:(my title)

    04/22/2019 11:28:38 PM PDT · by bitt · 9 replies
    twitter ^ | 4/22/2019 | BRIAN CATES
    ......"These foreign governments/factions don't just pay bribes to our politicians for favorable policy; they give money to media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post - and those are only the print media. Also networks take this $. Here's why President Trump is so confidently predicting most of the Fake News media is going to be out of business in just six years: When ad revenues dropped and subscriptions dropped back in the mid 2000's, they discovered a lucrative new revenue stream. Many top Fake News outlets are now very, very dependent on the cash they...
  • Ties to Ukrainian National a Unifying Theme in Early Attacks on Trump

    04/22/2019 9:42:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Markets Work ^ | April 11, 2019 | Jeff Carlson, CFA
    While special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, some of the key people in creating the Russia-collusion narrative themselves have ties to a foreign nation. Both the Democratic National Committee as well as Fusion GPS—the company hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign to research the Trump campaign—were using Ukrainian sources in their efforts to discredit Trump. Serhiy Leshchenko, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, was a common thread involved in Democratic opposition research efforts into former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. Leshchenko, along with Artem Sytnyk, the...
  • Ex-Obama counsel Gregory Craig indicted in Mueller-related case

    04/11/2019 2:30:49 PM PDT · by Krosan · 16 replies
    Axios ^ | Friday, April 12, 2019 | Khorri Atkinson
    President Obama's former White House counsel Gregory Craig was indicted on Thursday for concealing information and making false statements to federal authorities in an investigation stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the 2016 election. Details: Craig, who also served in the President Bill Clinton’s administration, is facing up to 5 years in prison for allegedly lying about his work with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for the Russia-aligned government of Ukraine. The investigation of Craig is part of a larger crack down on foreign lobbying by the Department of Justice's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) unit.
  • The Real Story of the Flynn Hearing

    12/19/2018 8:22:21 PM PST · by bitt · 75 replies
    wsj opinion ^ | 12/19/2018 | Michael Leeden
    The dramatic Tuesday hearing for former national security adviser Mike Flynn didn’t produce a sentence. Instead, Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Mr. Flynn a delay to reconsider his options. I was in the courtroom, and my reading of Judge Sullivan’s treatment of Mr. Flynn (with whom I co-wrote a 2016 book) was rather different from what most reporters have said and written. Judge Sullivan repeatedly invited Mr. Flynn to reconsider his guilty plea on a charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Judge Sullivan stressed that he had not presided over earlier proceedings in the case and that he...
  • Paul Manafort's D.C. trial pushed back; evidence from the 1980s can be used against him

    08/29/2018 12:34:42 PM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2018 | Jeff Mordock
    Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team can use evidence from a 1980s Department of Justice review of Paul Manafort’s lobbying activities in the former Trump campaign chairman’s upcoming Washington, D.C., trial, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The same federal judge also pushed back Manafort’s trial date to Sept. 24. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson approved the use of the roughly 30-year-old report, which prosecutors argued is proof that Manafort was long aware of the disclosure requirements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He is charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under the FARA.
  • Federal prosecutors said to be investigating lobbyist Tony Podesta after special counsel referral

    07/31/2018 6:52:18 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 43 replies
    Federal prosecutors are investigating former lobbyist Tony Podesta, former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig, NBC News confirmed, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. CNN first reported the existence of the investigation. Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York opened the investigation following a referral from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources told NBC. NBC previously reported that Mueller had been looking into Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm as part of its broader investigation into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul...
  • Exclusive: Mueller refers foreign agent inquiries to New York prosecutors

    07/31/2018 5:01:54 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 31 July 2018 | Erica Orden
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred a collection of cases to New York federal prosecutors concerning whether several high-profile American lobbyists and operatives failed to register their work as foreign agents, according to people familiar with the matter. The transfer of the inquiries marks an escalation of Mueller's referrals to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the period since he turned over a case involving President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen. Since the spring, Mueller has referred matters to SDNY involving longtime Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta and his work for his former...
  • Sen. Grassley Letter to Rod Rosenstein

    07/27/2017 10:20:24 AM PDT · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Senator Grassley ^ | July 20, 2017 | Senator Grassley
    According to news reports, during the 2016 presidential election, “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump” and did so by “disseminating documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter…” Ukrainian officials also reportedly “helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.” At the center of this plan was Alexandra Chalupa, described by reports as a Ukrainian-American operative “who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee” and reportedly met with Ukrainian officials during the presidential election for the express purpose of exposing alleged ties between then-candidate Donald...
  • Tony Podesta Lobbied For Russia’s ‘Uranium One’ And Did Not File As A Foreign Agent

    11/06/2017 10:14:24 AM PST · by mojito · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/5/2017 | Richard Pollack
    Tony Podesta’s lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, represented the Russian-owned company Uranium One during former President Barack Obama’s administration and did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, The Daily Caller News Foundation has determined. Podesta collected lobbying fees of $180,000 from Uranium One, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, that discloses lobbying documents filed with Congress. The uranium company states on its web site it is a “wholly owned subsidiary” of RUSANO, the Russian State Corporation for Nuclear Energy. Special Counsel Robert Mueller already is scrutinizing Podesta and his firm for allegedly failing to register as...
  • Hermitage Capital Founder Testifies That Fusion GPS (Trump Dossier Creator) Worked For Russian Govt

    07/28/2017 3:50:32 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate / Youtube.com ^ | Jul 27, 2017 | Sen. Lindsey Graham & Bill Browder (Hermitage Capital)
    Graham: You believe that Fusion GPS should of registered under FARA, because they were acting on the behalf of the Russians? Browder: That’s correct. Graham: So, I just want to absorb that for a moment. The group that did the dossier on President Trump hired this British spy, wound up getting it to the FBI. You believe they were working for the Russians? Browder: And in the Spring and Summer of 2016 they were receiving money indirectly from a senior Russian government official. Graham: Okay. So, these are the people that were trying to undermine Donald Trump by showing the...
  • Senate Testimony: Fusion GPS Helped Corrupt Russians And Venezuelans

    07/26/2017 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 26 July 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    At a hearing today, witnesses will testify that Fusion GPS, an organization behind an infamous dossier pumping the Russia-Trump collusion story, is a highly paid smear-for-hire operation in violation of international laws. At a hearing this morning, Senate Judiciary members will receive testimony that Fusion GPS helped advocate the interests of corrupt Russian and Venezuelan officials while hiding its foreign work from federal authorities. Many in the media have focused on whether Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort would testify publicly at the hearing. Less well covered has been anything to do with Fusion GPS, the...
  • Saudis Spent $270K At Trump Hotel In Lobbying Campaign Against 9/11 Bill

    06/05/2017 9:31:03 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 37 replies
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid Trump International Hotel nearly $270,000 through its Washington, D.C. lobbying firm over the past several months, new foreign lobbying disclosure filings show. The payments, from Qorvis MSLGroup, were made for hotel rooms and catering services for dozens of U.S. veterans who the lobbying firm recruited as part of an influence campaign aimed at watering down legislation that could put Saudi Arabia on the hook financially for the 9/11 attacks. Disclosures filed with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act show that Qorvis MSLGroup paid $190,272 to Trump International for lodging expenses,...
  • How Did Russiagate Start?

    05/19/2017 11:05:30 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 65 replies
    rollingstone.com ^ | 15 May 2017 | Matt Taibbi
    What exactly is the FBI investigating? Why was it kept secret from other intelligence chiefs, if that's what happened? That matters, if we're trying to gauge what happened last week. Is it a FARA (Foreign Agent Registration Act) case involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn or a lower-level knucklehead like Carter Page? Since FARA is violated more or less daily in Washington and largely ignored by authorities unless it involves someone without political connections (an awful lot of important people in Washington who appear to be making fortunes lobbying for foreign countries are merely engaged in "litigation support," if...